Posts Tagged: guest post

Partnering in Mission to Serve Cincinnati Youth

Guest post by Karl Graham, Westwood First Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, OH “Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 This is one of the scriptures that underpins our relationship with one of Westwood First Presbyterian Church’s longest-standing mission partners:… Read more »

Passionate Generosity through One Great Hour of Sharing

This piece was written by Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle, Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, for their presbytery newsletter originally published March 30, 2019. Our conversations around what it means to flourish continues to deepen our understanding of what it means to be a Presbytery filled with healthy congregations and innovative leaders who are… Read more »

Exploring Alternative Giving

Guest Post by Lucy Foster Good morning! I’m Lucy Foster, chair of the Mission Peace Eco-Justice Committee at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Salem, OR. Advent begins next Sunday, and with it, the time of Christmas preparation officially begins! I want to talk to you about giving opportunities. Are there people on your giving list that just… Read more »

The small church with a big heart

Guest post by Rev. John H.G. Curtiss Community Presbyterian Church is a small church with a big heart. Earlier in June, our church hosted a short week of Vacation Bible School. As part of the week, the children learned about the Presbyterian Giving Catalog – and got really excited about the idea of buying a… Read more »

Peace & Global Witness Offering Goes to the Super Bowl!

Guest post by Chuck Rawlings Having “Super Bowl 50” in your community can be exciting for the sports fans, but for others it’s a red flag that human trafficking might increase right along with the arrival of crowds of fans. Human trafficking is one form of violence against women.  In 2013 Susan Brooksbank attended the U.N…. Read more »

A Garden Well of Living Waters

Guest Post by Rev. Sommer Bower The following letter is republished from the First Presbyterian Church of Americus, GA: The Samaritan woman asked, “Why do you, a Jewish man, ask for something to drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (Jews and Samaritans didn’t associate with each other.) Jesus responded, “If you recognized God’s gift and… 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 »

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 »

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 »