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.
Since the Presbyterian Giving Catalog is one of our newest tools to help raise support funds for Presbyterian Mission Agency projects we're still learning how to help congregations utilize it in a way that inspires people to invest in PC(USA) causes around the globe.
And sometimes it's a congregation that educates and inspires us.
One such example comes from Edgewood Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Georgia, whose "Splish-Splash" Vacation Bible School students helped raise more than $400 in gifts to support the intallation of garden wells in Africa, through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog. These VBS students chose a gift from the catalog associated with their "Splish-Splash" VBS theme, learned everything they could about the project, and created an educational display that even included a life-size model of a garden well!
We are incredibly excited to see how this can serve as an example to congregations across the PC(USA) on how to educate even its youngest members on the impact of generous giving.
If you are considering something similar in your church, please let us know so that we can help!
During one of the interviews for this position, I sat at dinner next to Rev. Sarah Lisherness as she was telling me about the type of work done by the programs under the Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA). And suddenly, I had this existential, out of body experience. I felt this overwhelming sense of deep awe and gratitude. “I get to be a part of the hands on work God is doing in the world,” I thought, “Wow!” (My deep psyche is not very articulate.)
“This is like the Oscars of the Presbyterian Church,” I found myself saying one day at General Assembly.
Being at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church is none other than electrifying, energizing and all around Presby-nerdy. I met people who were “church-famous” and others who were “book-famous.” There were some that were so famous that I just watched them from afar (um, Jack Rogers). I saw friends from a long ago and friends from yesterday. I met so many amazing people, I could hardly keep track. Although, you can checkout #selfieswithsally on Facebook or Twitter to see some of the amazing folks I met (i included a couple of great examples after the break.)
UPDATE: The proposal to create a new Peace & Global Witness Offering has been approved by the 221st General Assembly.
We have some important General Assembly-related news to share with you today! Yesterday afternoon the Mission Coordination Committee approved the Special Offerings Advisory Task Force proposal for a NEW Special Offering. If approved in the Assembly, here's what you can expect:
Starting this fall, the annual Peacemaking Offering will begin transitioning into the Peace & Global Witness Offering. So, what does this mean exactly? Here are some highlights straight from the recommendations made by the Special Offerings Advisory Task ...
It's an exciting day in the Special Offerings office, as we are finally ready to bring you something we've been working on for a little while (okay, a long while) now. So, we're going to take a quick break from promoting the Pentecost Offering to announce the brand-new Special Offerings website! Well, technically it's just five new landing pages (one general page and one for each of the individual offerings), that are still located under the PC(USA) web umbrella, but we really don't like speaking in technicalities :)