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We all know the importance of a first impression. As kids, we all learned about strong handshakes and heard, “First impressions are the most lasting,” and “You don’t get a second chance at a first impression.”
Think of all the firsts in your life: your first best friend, your first day of school, your first car, your first job. And on a deeper level, your first understanding of family and your parents’ love, your first experience of God’s grace, your first connections with neighbors and your community.
Now, think of how all of those firsts played a part in who you are today—how you think and act, how you experience joy and hardship, and how you seek and understand God.
The vast majority of these experiences occur during “the first third of life”—the time from childhood through young adulthood when we all develop our first impressions of how the world works and how we fit into God’s plans for it.
The Pentecost Offering Is Your Chance to Help Make the Best Impression Possible
The ministries supported by the Pentecost Offering provide positive, faith-filled mentorship, experiences, and service—to support children, youth, and young adults as they grow and encourage them to consider what God has in store for their lives.
Building the Foundations of Their Faith
Helping youth to grow closer to God and build a faith that lasts a lifetime is what the Pentecost Offering is all about.
Shaping Who They Will Become
What happens to our children early in their lives shapes how they view the world, how they experience joy and hardship, and how they build relationships with other people.
Determining Their Life Goals
Ministries supported by the Pentecost Offering help guide our young people as they prayerfully ask, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” and, “Who is God calling me to be?”
Help Raise Up Kids in Your Church and Around the World
If your heart is with the youth in your own church, you should know that 40% of your gift to the Pentecost Offering stays with your congregation to support the ministries most important to your youth and community. And know that every gift helps children, youth, and young adults here at home and around the world—providing them a better first impression of our world, our future, and God’s love and grace.
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When Newport Presbyterian Church was approached with this question by a volunteer for Special Offerings, they hadn’t received the Pentecost Offering in several years. By building a stronger understanding of the offering among the congregation, the session voted enthusiastically to try again. In reconnecting with the Offering and promoting it in the congregation, they increased their gift by 1,723 percent. On their first attempt in 6 years, they raised $1,823 – over $1,700 more than their last gift – and the church retained $729 toward local ministry. With the offering’s focus on young people, the youth group ...
The Presbyterian Youth Triennium is only a five-day event, but its impact on young people can span a lifetime.
Rev. Perryn Rice, one of the preachers for the upcoming Triennium in July, will shape his message to help youth leave Triennium with its lessons and impressions etched in their hearts and minds. He wants them to grab hold of mental snapshots they will continue to reference.
“I want these youth to know that these snapshots are there and that the snapshots help remind them of the reason they are at Triennium,” he says. “I believe something will happen in worship ...
With Mother's Day less than a week away*, and father's day not far behind, I thought I would share some unique gift ideas from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog:
The next time you see a group of young African American boys happily playing in a park, keep that mental picture in your mind. Then consider the statistics suggesting that one of every three boys on that playground will spend time in prison. That’s a sobering reality to ponder and a cause for enormous concern. The school-to-prison pipeline for African American males is a dreadful phenomenon our church is called to help stop.
Most who find themselves in prison have dropped out of school because they sense little hope for the future. Many do not enter school ready to ...