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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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November 30, 2015

Keeping the promise of the Advent season

Christmas Joy Offering Poster - Promises Made, Promises KeptDuring this Advent season, we reflect on the influence a promise can have on our lives. God promised each of us salvation, and kept that promise with the birth of Jesus. That promise sustains and uplifts us, during good times and challenging ones.

When we understand this deeper meaning of a promise, we also understand each of us has a special responsibility to make, and keep, faithful promises of our own. The Christmas Joy Offering is one way to do that. Each gift received equally supports two vital promises for our faith.

Through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, the Christmas Joy Offering assists church workers and their families during times of need, giving back to those who have spent their lives in the service of the church. The program provides grants for housing supplements, income assistance, and pastoral vocational leadership needs.

The Christmas Joy Offering also supports the education and development of our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges. These schools are dedicated to nurturing opportunity and creating environments where diverse students can succeed from a foundation of Christian values. The Offering benefits Menaul School and Presbyterian Pan American School, two secondary schools that ready students for a path of higher learning, as well as Stillman College, where graduates are prepared for lives of leadership and service.

When you give to the Christmas Joy Offering, you help sustain these promises and uplift our brothers and sisters in Christ by reducing their burdens and opening new paths of opportunity.

Please give generously:

Categories: Christmas Joy Offering, Racial Ethnic, Special Offerings

Tags: christmas joy, christmas joy offering, cjo

November 23, 2015

Words of Thanks from Menaul School

As we approach Thanksgiving, we are also greeted by words of thanks from others. Two students from the Menaul School, a recipient of Christmas Joy Offering Funds, have sent along a letter for me to share with you:

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November 18, 2015

Passion and Mission

Passion and Mission – Two words that describe the volunteer Ambassadors of the Special Offerings Leader Support Network.  Many of the volunteers are pastors. Many are ruling elders. Some are young. Some are retired. The two common threads among them are a passion for God’s work in the world; and a heart for local, national and global mission. The Office of Special Offerings partners with these volunteers, who are Presbyterians that support Special Offerings not only through giving to their church but also by giving of time and energy.

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November 10, 2015

Eaton FPC Youth loves to support PCUSA Missions!

In this job, I get to hear from several leaders in our congregations about the ways they have used Special Offerings materials to reach out to their church families. I recently spoke with Beth Poole, Christian Education Director at Eaton First Presbyterian Church in Eaton, OH. She offered to write a bit about the programming at her church:

Our youth at Eaton FPC have had a lot of fun collecting items and money for PC(USA) Missions. The Youth from our Wednesday evenings LOGOS program, along with the supportive church members of Eaton First Presbyterian Church collected items for the ...

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November 6, 2015

Looking for new ways to inspire giving? Time to branch out.

What's your favorite ornament? Chances are it's not the fanciest one, but one with great personal meaning: a macaroni star your child made, a tarnished wreath that belonged to your grandmother.

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