Posts Categorized: Special Offerings

International Peacemaker Inspires a Congregation

  International Peacemaker visit inspires congregation to help Syrian refugee family At Ivyland Presbyterian Church, the visits of international peacemakers have informed the minds of members, inspired their hearts, and moved the congregation to action on behalf of people in need. International peacemaker Rami Al Maqdasi, an Iraqi-born pastor, spoke at the suburban Philadelphia congregation… Read more »

Proclaim the Peace of Christ

Proclaim the Peace of Christ “So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.” Ephesians 2:14-17 The letter to the Ephesians tells us that Jesus came to proclaim a peace that is universal. While the earthly ministry of Jesus was in a specific age and… Read more »

Your Church. Your Mission.

The Presbyterian Giving Catalog supports Presbyterian ministries working to alleviate and address the root causes of poverty, oppression, injustice, and suffering in our own communities and around the world. We Need Your Help We’ve been paying attention. We know you aren’t just working quietly behind the scenes. We know you care deeply about the global issues… Read more »

Special Offerings Update

My apologies for disappearing from the blogging world – summer is a busy time here, but it also brings several exciting things to share with you! I met several of you at the 222nd General Assembly in Portland, and was able to share in person our newest Special Offerings resource. It is our first comprehensive… Read more »

Gifts make a difference for the giver and the recipient

Teresa Mader, our project manager for the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, recently received a wonderful letter from the clerk of session, Sandra Silkey, from United Presbyterian Church in Princeton, Indiana. The young children of her church had a wonderful time learning about the people helped by items in the Giving Catalog, and raising funds to donate…. Read more »

OGHS at OLCCP

Guest Post by Elizabeth Belcher As One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) stories come in, we love to share the unique ideas from each congregation. Today’s post is provided by Elizabeth Belcher, Director of Children’s Ministries at Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian. This year, when the kids did their OGHS fish boxes, we wanted something… Read more »

The First Third of Life, Your First Impression of the World

We all know the importance of a first impression. As kids, we all learned about strong handshakes and heard, “First impressions are the most lasting,” and “You don’t get a second chance at a first impression.” Think of all the firsts in your life: your first best friend, your first day of school, your first… Read more »

Minute for Mission: Presbyterian Youth Triennium

Five Days of Faith Formation that Lasts a Lifetime The Presbyterian Youth Triennium is only a five-day event, but its impact on young people can span a lifetime. Rev. Perryn Rice, one of the preachers for the upcoming Triennium in July, will shape his message to help youth leave Triennium with its lessons and impressions… Read more »

Unique Gifts for Mom or Dad

With Mother’s Day less than a week away*, and father’s day not far behind, I thought I would share some unique gift ideas from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog: My mom was a math teacher – and while I never understood numbers the way she could, I appreciated her dedication to encouraging my education. A gift… Read more »

Minute for Mission: Children at Risk

Illinois church helps prepare at-risk boys for success in school The next time you see a group of young African American boys happily playing in a park, keep that mental picture in your mind. Then consider the statistics suggesting that one of every three boys on that playground will spend time in prison. That’s a… Read more »