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.
As we approach Thanksgiving, we are also greeted by words of thanks from others. Two students from the Menaul School, a recipient of Christmas Joy Offering Funds, have sent along a letter for me to share with you:
Thank you my dear Presbyterian friends for the opportunity to attend Menaul School. What is there not to like about Menaul School? The teachers inspire me every day, the students are very polite and caring for one another, and in each school day I learn something new – it could be math, social studies, science, or many other valuable lessons. When I grow up, I would like to be a doctor, and I think that there is no better school than Menaul to help prepare the way! Why you might ask? Menaul School teaches at a much more advanced level than other schools I have attended.
Without the support of the Presbyterian churches around the country, I wouldn't be in the great and wonderful Menaul School and for that I am very grateful. This school made me think differently about my future and what career I want. The teachers also challenge every student to be better than they already are. The thing about the teachers is that they care about me and my future, and it is quite unbelievable. This school has provided me with a great education, respect, and responsibility. I was surprised that all the students were wonderful and welcoming. To conclude, I am very blessed to say that I am a Menaul School student and hopefully later on be able to say I am a Menaul School graduate.
- Katelyn Estrada
Seventh Grade Student
Thank you my treasured friends for the support that allows me to attend Menaul. I want to express my gratefulness to the Presbyterian Church for giving me the opportunity to grow spiritually and educationally. Menaul School gives me the freedom to worship God in an accessible way. Attending Menaul School has been a gratifying experience that I am beyond grateful for. I love how the teachers are remarkably willing to help a student at any time. Menaul School and the people in it inspire me to be better and do better every day. I believe that I have made life long friends at Menaul. Your offerings have impacted my life. Since I have arrived at Menaul, I can see my learning skills have grown exponentially. I am gratified to receive the gift of being a part of the Menaul community. The environment of being around people who nudge me just a little every day to grow, advance, and flourish is flabbergasting. I am eternally thankful for Menaul and what the school does to push their students to exceed not only in school, but in life.
- Christine Gleicher
Tenth Grade Student
Passion and Mission – Two words that describe the volunteer Ambassadors of the Special Offerings Leader Support Network. Many of the volunteers are pastors. Many are ruling elders. Some are young. Some are retired. The two common threads among them are a passion for God’s work in the world; and a heart for local, national and global mission. The Office of Special Offerings partners with these volunteers, who are Presbyterians that support Special Offerings not only through giving to their church but also by giving of time and energy.
In this job, I get to hear from several leaders in our congregations about the ways they have used Special Offerings materials to reach out to their church families. I recently spoke with Beth Poole, Christian Education Director at Eaton First Presbyterian Church in Eaton, OH. She offered to write a bit about the programming at her church:
Our youth at Eaton FPC have had a lot of fun collecting items and money for PC(USA) Missions. The Youth from our Wednesday evenings LOGOS program, along with the supportive church members of Eaton First Presbyterian Church collected items for the ...
What's your favorite ornament? Chances are it's not the fanciest one, but one with great personal meaning: a macaroni star your child made, a tarnished wreath that belonged to your grandmother.
We received the following letter and picture with a Giving Catalog order form, so you know I had to follow up - it was too cute!
We have been saving our Sunday School offering this year so we could buy some fish to help you start a fish farm. We hope that the fish will provide food for you.
Your friends in Christ,
TJ and Heidi
I spoke ...