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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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September 5, 2014

2014 Giving Catalog Launching in 3..2..

It’s a new year; take the first step to help alleviate the burdens of those in need around the world.

In 2013, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) launched the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, a simple way to help those in need while supporting projects Presbyterians are actively engaged in. The Giving Catalog allows you to purchase items like families of chickens, water wells, bags of seed, and beds for children. We are called, as followers of Christ, to help those in need, and this catalog is a way to do just that.

Last year you helped change the lives of countless people with your gifts—Thank you! The success of the inaugural Giving Catalog would not have been possible without you. The new 2014 Giving Catalog, coming in early fall, features new items, providing even more opportunities for you to share the love of Christ by helping people in need around the world.

With your support, we, as Presbyterians, can bring relief to those in need. Please help by going to and choosing a life-changing gift today. You can even give in honor of a friend or loved one.

Gifts made through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog are used by the ministries that receive funding from one of the four Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) churchwide Special Offerings.

Your gift truly does make a difference. 

 To download a copy of this blog and other great resources to help promote the Presbyterian Giving Catalog on your church website or in your church newsletter, just click here!

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August 13, 2014

VBS Kids Get Creative and Raise Hundreds for PC(USA) Water Project

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 ...

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July 28, 2014

My New Gig with Special Offerings

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.)  

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July 15, 2014

GA: The Oscars of the Presbyterian Church

“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.)

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June 18, 2014

Committee Approves Peace & Global Witness Offering

UPDATE: The proposal to create a new Peace & Global Witness Offering has been approved by the 221st General Assembly.

Hi, friends!

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 ...

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