Posts Categorized: Disaster Response

Creating a Jerry Can Door Hanger for Your Neighbors

Jerry Can has a number of fun activities he wants to share with children around the country to help them learn about the importance of loving our neighbor. Follow the below instructions to learn how to make a door hanger you can share with your neighbors, and check out the Presbyterian Giving Catalog’s Jerry Can… Read more »

Jerry Can Teaches Us How Soil Holds on to Water

Jerry Can has a number of fun activities he wants to share with children around the country to help them learn about the importance of water. Follow the below instructions to learn how soil holds onto water (and why that can be a problem), and check out the Presbyterian Giving Catalog’s Jerry Can Curriculum for… Read more »

Make a Tornado with Jerry Can

Jerry Can has a number of fun activities he wants to share with children around the country to help them learn about the importance of water. Follow the below instructions to make your very own tornado in a bottle, and check out the Presbyterian Giving Catalog’s Jerry Can Curriculum for additional lessons and activities! Gather… Read more »

Four for Four as an Expression of Matthew 25

Watch and download Matthew 25 – The church is not a building The work of the Special Offerings testifies to the idea that “the Church” is not a building, but something that arises from action. For the church to be the Church, we must open the doors to those in need — an understanding that… Read more »

OGHS: Building a Household with the Suffering and Vulnerable

What is a household? Close your eyes and consider the word “household.” What comes to mind? Caring people? A table with food, shared with family and friends? Shelter? Warmth? Friendly voices? Love? I imagine we all think of many of these same things when we think about a household. Yet there are many in this… Read more »

OGHS: Long-Term Recovery from Hurricane Maria

Without power Who could forget the devastation after Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico in 2017? Certainly not Mimita Nieves. Eighteen months later she was still living without electricity. Mimita did the best she could. She got along on canned food and powdered milk, and fresh vegetables when she could get them. She cooked on… Read more »

OGHS: Repairers of the Breach

This is God’s house It is likely that some of us, when we were growing up, were told that there were certain ways to behave in the church building, because it is God’s house. Maybe it was not to run, or to keep our voices quieted, or maybe we were taught to invite others in…. Read more »

Celebrating the 2020 One Great Hour of Sharing with Our Youth

Engaging the children of your congregation with the four churchwide Special Offerings has never been easier or more important. There are numerous ways children can connect with One Great Hour of Sharing, including the engagement placemat and fish coin banks that often arrive in your standing orders. However, were you aware there are numerous resources… Read more »

2020 One Great Hour of Sharing Resources for Mid Council Leaders

You shall be called repairers of the breach. —Isaiah 58 Around the world, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. Each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) helps to improve the lives of people in these challenging situations. For more than 70 years, One Great Hour… Read more »

Christmas Joy: Living with Joy and Dignity

Facing Financial Hardship Grocery shopping had become an anxiety-filled experience for the Rev. Gloria Casasus-Urrutia. Ten years after her 2006 retirement as organist at her church,  Porta Coeli in San German, Puerto Rico, she found herself thrust into severe financial hardship. “I had to write down the price of each item and add everything up… Read more »