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.
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 OGHS supports, meeting even these vast challenges is possible.
When you give to OGHS, it’s about more than what you put in the collection envelope. Your gift is added to the gift of the person in the pew beside you, and the congregation across town. It is multiplied by the volunteers helping God’s children around the world, as they turn a handful of dollars into a tableful of meals, a single check into gallons of clean water. And your gift is amplified by those who are ultimately helped. When their stomachs are full, their schools are open, and they have a safe place to sleep, they are free to turn their attention to more than survival: to raise a healthy family, to finish school, to serve others, to grow with God. In each good act—weeks, months, and years from now—your gift is making a difference.
So, if you have given before, but always wondered if it mattered: know that it does. If you have never given because you didn’t think you could make an impact: know that you can.
Please give generously:
• Through your congregation
• By texting OGHS to 20222 to give $10
• Online at presbyterianmission.org/give-oghs
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 ...
Once upon a time (when I first started working in the office of Special Offerings), someone asked me for a logo to use for a conference.
Sure, we had logos for One Great Hour of Sharing, for Pentecost... but not one that embodied all four as a cohesive unit. A coworker added the words "Special Offerings" to the PC(USA) Seal, and that served its purpose for awhile.
Since the Special Offerings have come together under one umbrella, we have been slowly working on making the style of each offering relate to the others. We want our correspondence ...
It’s time for another round of meet the Ambassadors - since it’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me, I’m going to introduce you to two for the price of one!
Anna Owens and T.J. Piccolo served with me as Young Adult Volunteers in Belfast, so suffice it to say I’m excited to have them on the team.
Anna began classes at Columbia Theological seminary just days after arriving back in the States from her year of service. I asked why she was interested in becoming an Ambassador:
Since much of the YAV Program's ...