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One Great Hour of Sharing Promotional Guide

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. The Offering… Read more »

Rev. Forsberg: Gratitude Amidst Grief in a Season of Joy

Rev. Forsberg: Gratitude Amidst Grief in This Season of Joy In a season filled with joy that celebrates the birth of our Savior, we can forget that for some, the pain of loss and the reality of grief lingers. This year, the Christmas Joy Offering shared a Minute for Mission about Rev. Bob Forsberg, a… Read more »

Christmas Joy Gifts Bring Happy Endings After Tragedies Strike

Christmas Joy Offering Gifts Help Bring Happy Endings After Tragedies Strike From Celebration to Trauma In 2014, Elisabeth Scotland’s college graduation day turned from joy and celebration to  trauma and heartache in an instant. After receiving her diploma from Boston University, Elisabeth, along with family and friends, went to a baseball game at Fenway Park. While… Read more »

Christmas Joy Offering Helps Form PCUSA’s Future Leaders

The Christmas Joy Offering helps form future leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Their student days may have been a generation apart, but both Lemuel Garcia-Arroyo and his nephew Jasiel Hernandez found the Presbyterian Pan American School (Pan Am) to be an incubator for Christian leadership in their lives. Two Generations of Students Lemuel, now… Read more »

Christmas Joy Gifts Help Ensure Dignity for Church Servant

Christmas Joy gifts help ensure dignity for a faithful church servant’s final years As an urban minister for more than 40 years, Bob Forsberg dedicated his willing hands, generous heart, and sharp mind to serving people society had cast aside. Last year however, at age 91, the mental capacity that had served this Presbyterian minister… Read more »

Gifts help Menaul School Change Generations

Christmas Joy gifts have helped Menaul School change lives for generations Gary Lucero Jr., a sophomore at the Presbyterian-related Menaul School, has 20/20 vision that sees the promise of the future and the richness of the past. He looks forward to the year 2020 when he will graduate from Menaul, a racial ethnic secondary school,… Read more »

What Would Calvin Think about #GivingTuesday

What Would Calvin Think about #GivingTuesday A guest post by Chip Hardwick Born just 70 years after Gutenberg built his first printing press, digital communication and social media were probably not even figments of John Calvin’s imagination. However, Calvin thought a lot about “helpfulness for our neighbor” and that is the thrust of #GivingTuesday, a… Read more »

Welcoming Refugees

Peace and Global Witness gifts multiply efforts to help refugees experience welcome Like millions of people around the world, elder Bill Campbell was moved by the heartbreaking image of a drowned Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach in 2015. The photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi drew international attention to the danger… Read more »

Proclaiming Peace that Transcends

Proclaiming a Peace that Transcends the Barriers of Time and Space “So he came and proclaimed peace to those who were far off and peace to those who were near.” Ephesians 2:17 The letter to the Ephesians tells us that Jesus came to proclaim a peace that is universal. While the earthly ministry of Jesus… Read more »

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 »