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.
For the second year, Presbyterian youth groups from across the country are invited to submit original videos communicating the impact and importance of the Pentecost Offering.
The top three videos will be featured on the Special Offerings blog and social media sites. The winning youth groups will also receive up to three paid registrations to a future church-wide youth event such as Presbyterian Youth Triennium or Faith in 3D.
The 2013 contest winner, the youth group from Anchorage Presbyterian Church in Anchorage, KY., was able to send a few of its members who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to attend to last year’s Presbyterian Youth Triennium.
Because the Pentecost Offering is used to encourage and support young people and provide assistance to at-risk children, the Special Offerings office wanted to hear from youth themselves.
“We love the idea of youth promoting the Pentecost Offering,” said Sam Locke, director of PC(USA) Special Offerings. “Their energy and passion are inspiring, and we are thrilled to help them share their gifts with the greater church.”
Congregations keep 40 percent of gifts made to the Pentecost Offering and can use those funds for a wide variety of ministries, such as Vacation Bible School. Locke said the office hopes to see videos showing how the Pentecost Offering is used on both a national and local level.
The Pentecost Offering is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s newest and smallest special offering, and Locke anticipates the video contest bringing more exposure to causes that Presbyterians of all backgrounds can support — youth programs and child advocacy.
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Over the course of 2014 I'll be visiting with people who are diligently working to transform communities across the country, empowered by the gifts you are making to the Special Offerings, and reporting back to you through a series of videos.
Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit with the executive director and board president of Huerto de la Familia, a community garden organization that's making an incredible impact in the lives of families in western Oregon. The video below will help explain how your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing are making a real ...
Looking to promote One Great Hour of Sharing in your church this year? We've got some great resources for you! The links below will take you to the download pages :)
Inspired by the opportunity to sponsor a garden well in the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, youth representatives from First Presbyterian Church in Mission, Texas have come up with a creative way to fund their gift - they have posted a "Wishing Well" in the narthex of their church, asking all who pass by to throw in their spare change with a prayer for those without access to clean water.
I have a friend named Ryan.
Ryan challenges me daily. His approach to life and theology is fresh and exciting… and more than a little scary to my traditional sentiment. This week we celebrated communion at the new worshiping community he leads here in Louisville.
Hearing him speak about communion is always fun for me. Everything from offering Powerbars and Gatorade at marathons to wishing for jelly doughnuts (his idea of a perfect blend of bread and “wine”) challenges the conventional vision of breaking bread together. He reminds me that what has become so mundane for many is really an ...