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.
The children at Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit, MI had a mission: to give a goat to a family in need.
After hearing about the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, children from the Sunday School class decided to host a "Give a Goat" fundraiser. "The funds were gathered through a whole-church fundraiser," writes Christian Educator Judith Shelton, "initiated by our children and youth, at which they sold cards and bookmarks they had designed." Congregation members pitched in with baked goods for sale and a silent auction.
With their hard work, the children of Fort Street were able to raise $890, or enough for TEN goats from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog!
Shelton concludes her letter, "Thank you for all that you and others do to make these giving programs possible. It makes it easy to identify a goal and work toward it, as well as giving us confidence that our funds will directly support families in our world."
Thank you so much to the children of Fort Street - we appreciate your enthusiasm! Has your church found an unique way to promote Special Offerings? We'd love to hear about it! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find ideas to promote the Giving Catalog in your congregation here.
When it comes to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), a leader’s enthusiasm is a gift in itself. Research shows church members give significantly more when their leaders share their excitement and passion for a Special Offering.
Consider these ideas to involve your members & inspire them to give:
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As we look ahead to 2016 and beyond, we need your input to make the Presbyterian Giving Catalog even better. How did your congregation promote giving through the catalog? What are you already thinking about for next year? What can other congregations learn from yours? How can we help make it even easier to use the Presbyterian Giving Catalog and its supporting resources?
Share your stories and feedback by clicking on the link below. We want to hear how your congregation was inspired to give back and share in God's mission through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog.
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Doreen Kayla grew up in Kenya. Her childhood—unlike that of many of her classmates at Stillman College—wasn’t filled with after-school activities and family vacations. Instead, she experienced the height of the violence of the Kenyan crisis, where an estimated 800 to 1,500 men, women, and children were killed and 180,000 to 600,000 displaced. “To be honest, that part of my life is really difficult for me to relive. It’s painful, and I’ve tried to put that behind me,” Doreen notes.
But that difficult and painful part of her life is also the ...