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Minute for Mission: Young Adult Volunteer Program

A Year of Service that Changes Lives and Transforms our Church The racially motivated murder of nine people last year at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, sent shock waves of distress and heartache across our nation and around the world. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Young Adult Volunteer Hannah Weinberg-Kinsey was one… Read more »

Pigs for PYGs

Guest Post by Rev. Wendy Downing Many of our stories come from letters with gifts to the Special Offerings or Presbyterian Giving Catalog. Today’s kind note came from Fisk Presbyterian Church in Fisk, MO. The youth in our church take up a “noisy” offering the third Sunday of every month and ask people to give… Read more »

Minute for Mission: Focusing on the First Third of Life

Ministries supported by the Pentecost Offering reach people during this critical stage The Pentecost Offering is all about helping people begin life with a strong start. A solid foundation formed from childhood through young adulthood enables individuals to weather life’s storms and build on life’s opportunities. This age range is sometimes called the “first third… Read more »

Incredible Growth

Guest Post by Rev. Brad Braley The Pentecost Offering is unique in that 40% of receipts are retained by your congregation for local ministries with children, youth or young adults. Pastor Brad Braley wrote to tell us about how creating a thriving project has tripled their offering receipts! Image: Payless Gives In 2001 we saw… Read more »

The Giving Tree

Guest Post by Amanda Davis We know you love to hear the stories of how other congregations are promoting Special Offerings in their churches! Today, Amanda Davis from Central Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute, IN, shares their recent success: This new Christmas-giving opportunity for our church arose at our October Mission Committee meeting, when Renee… Read more »

Helping Hands in Bedford, NH

“Smart and generous people developed Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Board of Pensions Assistance Program, and the PC(USA) Special Offerings. They made a tremendous difference in our presbytery, congregation, and in the lives of our employees. We are truly thankful,” said Rev. John Sawyer, co-pastor of Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford, NH. Rev. Sawyer expressed to… Read more »

A community of gifts, a multitude of benefits

We all have a gift to give. The contributions we make each day are as unique as we are: we may give our talents to accomplish something, give our time to help someone, or give our resources to further a cause. While our individual gifts have great value, so much more is gained when we… Read more »

Minute for Mission: Confronting the Structures of Injustice

Self-Development of People July 16, 1979 is a day the Navajo Nation in New Mexico will never forget. An earthen dam gave way, releasing 1,000 tons of radioactive mill waste and 90 million gallons of acidic and radioactive liquids into the Rio Puerco. The waste traveled downstream across nine Navajo chapters and the community of… Read more »

A Joyful Noise

Guest Post by Linda Raybern Has your congregation ever participated in a “Noisy Offering”? Linda Raybern from Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley, AZ describes the tradition in her congregation, and how they have managed to donate $1800 to the Presbyterian Giving Catalog!  I am a member of Valley Presbyterian Church‘s Mission Committee. Mission is… Read more »

Minute for Mission: Faithful Presence

West Africa Initiative One local villager said, “The most significant thing is…the value and importance of working together. We have learned and benefited so much from each other.”  For nearly 18 months, life ground to a halt in Liberia. The Ebola virus not only ravaged the people, it robbed them of their ability to provide for their families…. Read more »