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Special Offerings Leader Support Network

You’ve heard us talk a bit about the Special Offerings Leader Support Network, and even “met” a few of our Ambassadors along the way.  Here’s a look at our training in January.    We’re always looking for people to add to our program. If you’re interested or know someone else who might be, visit…. Read more »

Offering Remittance

After an offering is received in churches (like One Great Hour of Sharing, taken on Palm Sunday or Easter), I often get calls asking where to remit these donations. The short answer is, “through your standard receiving agency” – but what does that mean?  Churches are invited to make a note of the offering in… Read more »

Walking the Talk

You’ve heard of walking the walk, or talking the talk… but what about Walking the Talk?  Lincroft Presbyterian Church knows a little something about that, as they used their recent Blue Shirt Sunday as an opportunity to get some work done in their community! After church on February 22, members stayed to prepare the building… Read more »

Gracie and One Great Hour of Sharing

Guest Post by Special Offerings Ambassador Bobbi Updegraff Today’s special post is brought to you by Special Offerings Ambassador Bobbi Updegraff. She was kind enough to share some of her thoughts and memories about One Great Hour of Sharing with us here.   One Great Hour of Sharing The second Special Offering on the Liturgical… Read more »

What difference does one gift make anyway?

How one offering counts, again and again Each year, One Great Hour of Sharing gives us the opportunity to support disaster relief, hunger initiatives, and self-development of people. Even if you’ve given to this Offering in the past, you may have wondered: Does my individual gift make much difference? The problems OGHS seeks to address… Read more »

A Brief History of One Great Hour of Sharing

The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, received during Lent, has a sixty-nine year history as an ecumenical endeavor that now involves nine denominations and Church World Service. Founded in 1946 by Episcopal Bishop Henry Knox Sherrill, a goal was set to raise one million dollars in one hour for World Relief. * The first… Read more »

Special Offerings Stories: Advent Missions

Oak Level Presbyterian Church is located in a small rural community in Halifax, VA. This year, the Children’s choir chose to receive an Advent Mission Offering, to be used to purchase life-changing items from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog.  Marty Melvin writes, “Each year we encourage the children to think of others and the needs of others around the world.  We… Read more »

New Year, New Logos!

Once upon a time (when I first started working in the office of Special Offerings), someone asked me for a logo to use for a conference.  Sure, we had logos for One Great Hour of Sharing, for Pentecost… but not one that embodied all four as a cohesive unit. A coworker added the words “Special… Read more »