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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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February 12, 2016

Where do your donations make an impact?

New map resource details partner initiatives, funding and opportunities

Guest Post by Margaret Mwale, Self-Development of People

One Great Hour of Sharing Engagement MapSometimes, when you donate money to a charitable cause, you have to hope and trust your funds have a direct influence on the people or the group you’re striving to help. With our new interactive Engagement Map, you can learn exactly where your donations to the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering are having impact.

The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), and the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) collaborated to develop this map which easily allows donors and others to connect to OGHS efforts in their communities, both in the U.S. and overseas. It is a tool that truly illustrates the breadth of the work performed across the church.

It is also a valuable tool for learning about the various volunteer, internship and advocacy opportunities offered by our program partners in ministry. My fellow colleagues in PHP and PDA invite you to take a close look to learn how our three ministries work together. Thank you for your generous contributions to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering that affirms God’s concern and love for people! Your contributions continue to positively impact thousands of lives in and outside the United States. Donations to OGHS are still made through the OGHS donations page.

Let us know what you think! We’d love your feedback, email with your comments or questions.

“The OGHS ministries are driven, not so much by who the recipients are, but by who we are – faithful and generous followers of Christ Jesus. As such, our intention is to follow the lead of Jesus who looks upon everyone as a valued child of God, worthy of God’s good gift of life abundant. This is our foundation and motive.”

The Reverend Joseph Johnson
Evergreen Presbyterian Church - Dothan, Alabama

Categories: One Great Hour of Sharing, Special Offerings

Tags: maps, oghs, one great hour of sharing, pda, php, sdop

February 5, 2016

Give a Goat

The children at Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit, MI had a mission: to give a goat to a family in need. 

After hearing about the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, children from the Sunday School class decided to host a "Give a Goat" fundraiser. "The funds were gathered through a whole-church fundraiser," writes Christian Educator Judith Shelton, "initiated by our children and youth, at which they sold cards and bookmarks they had designed." Congregation members pitched in with baked goods for sale and a silent auction.

With their hard work, the children of Fort Street were able to raise $890, or ...

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February 3, 2016

The gift of an enthusiastic leader

When it comes to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), a leader’s enthusiasm is a gift in itself. Research shows church members give significantly more when their leaders share their excitement and passion for a Special Offering.

Consider these ideas to involve your members & inspire them to give:

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February 2, 2016



For the past few years, we have gathered groups of people to train and send out on our behalf when an offering is approaching. We want to have a personal connection with each congregation, but there are only so many of us on staff and only so many hours in a day.

You've heard us talk about the Special Offerings Leader Support Network, which is a year-round commitment, but we also have a group of dedicated volunteers that are more closely ...

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December 29, 2015

You've Shared Your Blessings: Now Share Your Stories

As we look ahead to 2016 and beyond, we need your input to make the Presbyterian Giving Catalog even better. How did your congregation promote giving through the catalog? What are you already thinking about for next year? What can other congregations learn from yours? How can we help make it even easier to use the Presbyterian Giving Catalog and its supporting resources?

Share your stories and feedback by clicking on the link below. We want to hear how your congregation was inspired to give back and share in God's mission through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog.

Tell us how ...

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