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Keep up with the exciting things happening through your gifts to the Presbyterian Church (USA) Special Offerings. We'll be posting about a wide range of topics, including: how your dollars are used around the world, promotion strategies for use in your local congregations, as well as stories about how Presbyterians are using Special Offerings gifts to make an impact in their own communities. 

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January 7, 2015

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 Offerings" to the PC(USA) Seal, and that served its purpose for awhile. 

Old Offering Logos

Old SO Logo

Until now!

Since the Special Offerings have come together under one umbrella, we have been slowly working on making the style of each offering relate to the others. We want our correspondence to seem like it is all from the same "family", so you know when it's from us. 

Rolling out with the new year, we have a few new logos!

New Special Offerings Logos - 2015

Special Offerings Logo 2015

The arrows symbolize our Special Offerings theme: "The things we'll do. Together."

Whether the members and congregations who come together to give to each offering, or the offerings themselves coming together to further the work of the church, we understand the connectional nature of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 

You'll notice the new logo slowly replacing the old one, particularly on social media like facebook and twitter, Pinterest, and upcoming offering materials. Here's to 2015!

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January 6, 2015

Meet more SOLSN Ambassadors!

It’s time for another round of meet the Ambassadors - since it’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me, I’m going to introduce you to two for the price of one!

Anna Owens and T.J. Piccolo served with me as Young Adult Volunteers in Belfast, so suffice it to say I’m excited to have them on the team.

Anna began classes at Columbia Theological seminary just days after arriving back in the States from her year of service. I asked why she was interested in becoming an Ambassador:

Since much of the YAV Program's ...

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December 16, 2014

Board Of Pensions Assistance Grants

Yesterday, we learned about where 50% of offering receipts go for the Christmas Joy Offering: Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges. The second half of this offering is dedicated to Assistance Grants of the Board of Pensions.

Rooted in a nearly 300-year-old tradition, the Assistance Program embodies the connectional Church at its best. As the Assistance Program relies on voluntary gifts, legacies, endowments, and one-half of the Christmas Joy Offering — not dues — for its funding, it provides a way for caring Presbyterians to support those who serve the Church during their times of need. Assistance is granted for needs that lie ...

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December 15, 2014

Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges

Today my goal is to give you a bit more insight into the recipients of the Christmas Joy offering. Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges receive 50% of the offering. 

The importance of the racial ethnic schools and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is demonstrated in the continuing partnership between the two entities. The institutions have provided quality education to people who have contributed immeasurably to the church at large and to the world. Students are educated for the professions of their choice in an environment which supports and nurtures racial and ethnic heritage.

Many of the college ...

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December 15, 2014

This year, give something more than a present...

Gift giving has become a large part of the Christmas spirit we celebrate each year. We give our family and friends presents to show our love for them, following in the tradition of the wise men the very first Christmas. It is through these actions that we are reminded of those in need, especially during the Advent season.

 

The Christmas Joy Offering is a way for you to do more than simply give a gift; it’s a way to improve the lives of those who are struggling. 50% of all funds raised for this Offering are given to both ...

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