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March 5, 2015

Gracie and One Great Hour of Sharing

Guest Post by Special Offerings Ambassador Bobbi Updegraff

Today's special post is brought to you by Special Offerings Ambassador Bobbi Updegraff. She was kind enough to share some of her thoughts and memories about One Great Hour of Sharing with us here.

 

One Great Hour of Sharing

The second Special Offering on the Liturgical calendar.

One Great Hour of Sharing fish banks

Gracie was the Lenten centerpiece of our supper table when our children were growing up. She was the reminder of what Jesus could do with small fish. My husband remembers the ½ pint milk cartons that preceded Gracie. Together they demonstrated for children the power of pennies, nickels and dimes, combined with the willingness of tiny hearts to serve God.

One Great Hour of Sharing began as a response to the devastation of World World II in Europe. It was started in 1946 as a radio plea that raised $3.8 million for relief and reconstruction.  This nationwide ecumenical offering has evolved into in to an international witness to the glory of God when Christians work together for a common cause. The purpose of OGHS has remained the same for almost 70 years—to collect offerings to assist those in need. Today projects are underway in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada.

Follow Gracie: http://www.pcusa.org/resource/gracie-and-food-desert-2015/

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Contact Special Offerings Associate Sally Wright to become an ambassador or request a mission interpretation opportunity for your congregation.

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February 18, 2015

What difference does one gift make anyway?

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 ...

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February 9, 2015

A Brief History of One Great Hour of Sharing

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 ...

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January 27, 2015

Special Offerings Stories: Advent Missions

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 ...

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January 7, 2015

New Year, New Logos!

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. 

Until now!

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 ...

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