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.
How many “reward” programs do you belong to? From key tags we scan at the grocery, to coupons delivered in our email, it seems we’re always being congratulated when we buy for ourselves. It’s easy to forget the even greater rewards of giving to others. Second Corinthians 9 reminds us, “You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us” (v. 11). The joy we can find in giving is what the Presbyterian Giving Catalog is all about.
When you make a gift through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, you help support a diverse array of causes and programs through Special Offerings. The Presbyterian Giving Catalog shows the tangible things your support can make possible.
One example is the story of Janet Mujawayezu, who is featured on the cover of our 2015–2016 catalog. Janet, a 35-year-old mother of three, belongs to a savings group supported by a partnership between The Presbyterian Church of Rwanda and The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People. Through this savings group, Janet was able to take out a small loan to cultivate a crop of beans. A portion of her first crop helped feed her family and the rest were sold at market. Using her profits, she was able to purchase two pigs for breeding. With each step, Janet is working to create a sustainable income to lift her family out of poverty. Gifts like yours help Janet turn hopes into reality.
Janet’s story is one of many. When you browse the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, you are sure to find a cause that’s meaningful to you. A few clicks, and you’ll soon find more than your cart is full.
Please give generously.
During this Season of Peace, our thoughts turn to the meaning of peace and how, through Christ, we can nurture it inside ourselves and out in the world. Yet, to understand the value of peace, we must also understand the cost of conflict, and the many forms it can take.
I love hearing ideas from our constituents. Bonnie from Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clinton, NC called recently to say that their congregation had found a great idea - on Pinterest, of all places!
Knowing that the summer Vacation Bible School was using a "water" theme, Bonnie was looking for a fundraiser to tie in the Giving Catalog. Their goal was to buy a whole well! She found the idea to fill water bottles with dimes as a fundraiser, and decided to make it work for her congregation. When I talked to her after the project had completed, she said the ...
During this Season of Peace, the Syrian refugee crisis has provided a striking example of the need for Christ’s peace in the world.
Ryan Moran is a volunteer ambassador with the Special Offerings Leader Support Network