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You've heard of walking the walk, or talking the talk... but what about Walking the Talk?
Lincroft Presbyterian Church knows a little something about that, as they used their recent Blue Shirt Sunday as an opportunity to get some work done in their community! After church on February 22, members stayed to prepare the building for mission projects, and visited a local day center to pitch in with some Spring cleaning! Read the full story here.
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Today's special post is brought to you by Special Offerings Ambassador Bobbi Updegraff. She was kind enough to share some of her thoughts and memories about One Great Hour of Sharing with us here.
One Great Hour of Sharing
The second Special Offering on the Liturgical calendar.
Gracie was the Lenten centerpiece of our supper table when our children were growing up. She was the reminder of what Jesus could do with small fish. My husband remembers the ½ pint milk cartons that preceded Gracie. Together they demonstrated for children the power of pennies, nickels and dimes, combined with the ...
Each year, One Great Hour of Sharing gives us the opportunity to support disaster relief, hunger initiatives, and self-development of people. Even if you’ve given to this Offering in the past, you may have wondered: Does my individual gift make much difference?
The problems OGHS seeks to address are daunting. Millions displaced by disaster or political upheaval. Whole communities without enough food to eat. Entire generations without access to education and opportunity. In Galatians 6, Paul writes, “So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all” (v. 10). Through God and the work ...
The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, received during Lent, has a sixty-nine year history as an ecumenical endeavor that now involves nine denominations and Church World Service. Founded in 1946 by Episcopal Bishop Henry Knox Sherrill, a goal was set to raise one million dollars in one hour for World Relief. *
The first Presbyterian participation in this ecumenical offering was initiated in 1947 by the the former United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (UPCUSA), followed in 1948 by the former Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS). In 1949, church leaders from several denominations began working ...
Oak Level Presbyterian Church is located in a small rural community in Halifax, VA. This year, the Children's choir chose to receive an Advent Mission Offering, to be used to purchase life-changing items from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog.
Marty Melvin writes, "Each year we encourage the children to think of others and the needs of others around the world. We have had special offerings for several years, whether it be for a needy family locally, Samaritan's Purse, collecting canned goods and clothes. We talked about what it would be like to have to walk a long distance to ...