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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. 

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July 28, 2014

My New Gig with Special Offerings

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During one of the interviews for this position, I sat at dinner next to Rev. Sarah Lisherness  as she was telling me about the type of work done by the programs under the Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA). And suddenly, I had this existential, out of body experience. I felt this overwhelming sense of deep awe and gratitude. “I get to be a part of the hands on work God is doing in the world,” I thought, “Wow!” (My deep psyche is not very articulate.)  

If you are like me, you might read the first paragraph and think, “Of course an ordained Presbyterian pastor working for the PMA would think that.”  But this is new for me.

As a cradle Presbyterian, I somehow missed many of the amazing work done by the Presbyterian Church.  I didn’t know about the YAV program until I got to seminary in 2008, I never went to Triennium, and I didn’t know about the work that the Presbyterian Hunger Program was doing with fair trade coffee until… well a lot later than I want to admit.  But, I finally made it here.

As a former hospital chaplain, I have a deep passion for the ways God actively moves in people’s lives. I love hearing about those moments when God reaches into this world and into lives of us humans and reveals God’s essence.  Working with the Special Offerings team is where I get to hear every day about a new way God is moving in personal lives and in this world.

Truly, what a profound honor it is. 

With each meeting, with each new email, with each conversation, I see new ways God is actively moving, right now, in this world. This is the kairos time meeting the chromos time.

My response to God’s movement in this world is to want to tell everyone I know (and everyone I don’t know) about the amazing, life giving work being done by the programs of the PMA, especially those supported by the Special Offerings. I want to raise more funds for more work to be done. I want to raise more awareness of the ways that God is active in this world. I want to hear your stories.

In short, what is it like to have this new gig with Special Offerings? It is a humbling, exciting adventure.

And for this, thanks be to God. 

Tags: cpj, presbyterian mission agency, special offerings

July 15, 2014

GA: The Oscars of the Presbyterian Church

“This is like the Oscars of the Presbyterian Church,” I found myself saying one day at General Assembly.

Being at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church is none other than electrifying, energizing and all around Presby-nerdy. I met people who were “church-famous” and others who were “book-famous.” There were some that were so famous that I just watched them from afar (um, Jack Rogers).  I saw friends from a long ago and friends from yesterday. I met so many amazing people, I could hardly keep track.  Although, you can checkout #selfieswithsally on Facebook or Twitter to see some of the amazing folks I met (i included a couple of great examples after the break.)

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June 18, 2014

Committee Approves Peace & Global Witness Offering

UPDATE: The proposal to create a new Peace & Global Witness Offering has been approved by the 221st General Assembly.

Hi, friends!

We have some important General Assembly-related news to share with you today! Yesterday afternoon the Mission Coordination Committee approved the Special Offerings Advisory Task Force proposal for a NEW Special Offering. If approved in the Assembly, here's what you can expect:

Starting this fall, the annual Peacemaking Offering will begin transitioning into the Peace & Global Witness Offering. So, what does this mean exactly? Here are some highlights straight from the recommendations made by the Special Offerings Advisory Task ...

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June 5, 2014

Fresh New Look, Same Great Impact.

It's an exciting day in the Special Offerings office, as we are finally ready to bring you something we've been working on for a little while (okay, a long while) now. So, we're going to take a quick break from promoting the Pentecost Offering to announce the brand-new Special Offerings website! Well, technically it's just five new landing pages (one general page and one for each of the individual offerings), that are still located under the PC(USA) web umbrella, but we really don't like speaking in technicalities :)

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May 28, 2014

Honoring our Fathers with Gifts of Impact

Remember, by choosing one (or more) of the three following gifts from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog you'll be:

  1. Helping to make a difference in lives around the globe, while ...
  2. Remembering a special dad who made a difference in yours ... by...
  3. Sending these special people a sweet treat from Cheryl's

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