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A Generous Lifestyle

Even though most churches received One Great Hour of Sharing this past Sunday, we wanted to share one more video with you about how your gifts to this offering are making a difference, as well communicate an important point that we sometimes forget to make: although One Great Hour of Sharing comes around just once each year, the needs that are being met through your gifts are on-going. Nowhere is this more true than in the city of New Orleans whose citizens are still struggling to recover from a storm that took place nearly nine years ago.

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The Hands and Feet of Jesus

Our group of adults and youth were ready and flexible to help anywhere during our week at Point Pleasant. We helped paint, build showers for future service teams to use, sheetrocked a garage, and helped with whatever tasks that homeowners needed. One of the most meaningful experiences for us that week was helping a couple move into their home. It was the first time they had spent the night in their home in over 9 months. Through our day spent with them cleaning and moving, we were able to hear their story and be the hands and feet of Jesus. They were just one of the families we were able to interact with. In many ways that week we got more than we gave.

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Planting Seeds for Stronger Communities

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, the Presbyterian Hunger Program has been able to partner with Huerto de la Familia (The Family Garden) and other successful organizations which address hunger and poverty through food production, income generation, advocacy and other holistic programs.

Huerto de la Familia is a community-based gardening and micro-enterprise program in Oregon. It works with Latino families to connect them with each other, their community, and the earth while growing their own organic food. That’s where Roberto’s daughter learned to garden and discovered her love for broccoli.

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SDOP Funds After School Program

One Great Hour of Sharing Interested in learning more about how your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing are making in impact? Here’s an inspiring story about the Infinite Legacy Program in Akron, Ohio, which has benefited greatly from an OGHS funded grant, gifted by Self-Development of People.  “Through One Great Hour of Sharing,… Read more »

Change for Chickens

Southminster Presbyterian in Taylor, Michigan, started a program called ‘Change for Chickens’, collecting loose change with a set goal of raising $50 so they’d be able to purchase two families of chickens from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog.

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Lights|Camera|IMPACT

Pentecost Offering For the second year, Presbyterian youth groups from across the country are invited to submit original videos communicating the impact and importance of the Pentecost Offering. The top three videos will be featured on the Special Offerings blog and social media sites. The winning youth groups will also receive up to three paid registrations… Read more »

Huerto de la Familia – The Family Garden

Impact Video Series Over the course of 2014 I’ll be visiting with people who are diligently working to transform communities across the country, empowered by the gifts you are making to the Special Offerings, and reporting back to you through a series of videos.  Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit with the… Read more »

One Great Hour of Sharing Resources Available

Looking to promote One Great Hour of Sharing in your church this year? We’ve got some great resources for you! The links below will take you to the download pages 🙂 Leaders Guide Minutes for Mission Bulletin Inserts

A Wishing Well

Inspired by the opportunity to sponsor a garden well in the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, youth representatives from First Presbyterian Church in Mission, Texas have come up with a creative way to fund their gift – they have posted a “Wishing Well” in the narthex of their church, asking all who pass by to throw in their spare change with a prayer for those without access to clean water. 

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