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.
I would guess that most of you reading this have heard of Black Friday - that fourth Friday in November, when retailers aim to get "in the black" by hosting crazy sales when customers are off work for Thanksgiving holidays (if you always wondered why it was called Black Friday, you're welcome). A smaller percentage may have heard of Cyber Monday - same concept, but for online shoppers.
Often, the Christmas season is marked by a widespread consumerism that many find a bit disconcerting. As a response to this, Giving Tuesday was founded in 2012 as an alternate way to give back. This year, the Presbyterian Mission Agency is partnering with the Presbyterian Foundation to join the #GivingTuesday movement.
On Tuesday, December 2, this page will become a gateway to giving Presbyterian opportunities, with easy links to all PC(USA) congregations and presbyteries, along with Special Offerings like the Christmas Joy Offering and One Great Hour of Sharing, and a variety of national and international mission causes.
The Presbyterian Mission Exchange provides a secure online giving platform for Presbyterian congregations and ministries. Operated by the Presbyterian Foundation, donors can use the site to make online gifts via debit or credit card or electronic funds transfer to any PC(USA) congregation, and to dozens of Presbyterian-related mission organizations – regional, national, and international.
Funds raised for your congregation will be delivered by check within two weeks. Applicable credit card processing fees will be deducted from the total raised. (If your church is a PMX partner, monies raised will be deposited in your Ministry Partnership Fund.)
Please - spread the word and join us on Tuesday, December 2 to give back in a very real way!
"That moment for me was a glimpse into God’s provision and abundance in this world, in this church and in my life."
Between staff, volunteers, and mission partners, we have a lot of friends involved with Special Offerings on a daily basis. In an effort to include you in our little world, we are beginning a series introducing you to the people behind the scenes who make these offerings possible.
Meet Kate Rascoe.
Kate is a member of our new Special Offerings Leader Support Network (SOLSN). One of the first brave members blazing the trail for our Ambassador program, which trains people like YOU (hint!) to network with churches in your area, to get feedback and offer resources. For our first profile ...
OK, it's true. I don't usually like to think about getting ready for Christmas until my Thanksgiving dinner has fully digested.
I like to jump in head first at the beginning of Advent and not slow down til Christmas day. I'm sure many of you who have worked in congregations know how true those words are!
But the truth of the matter is, sometimes you need a little lead time. I purchased my first two Christmas gifts last week, and I'm getting ready to start the all-important Christmas Card List. This year, choosing a design won ...
We have heard from several congregations who host alternative giving fairs, providing opportunities to purchase the kinds of gifts that don't clutter people's homes. The kinds of gifts that make a difference to someone else who really needs it. In response, we created the Presbyterian Giving Catalog Activation Kit.