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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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January 28, 2014

The Adventures of Gracie

We've received many recent requests for past Gracie stories, so I'm happy to report that all of her adventures from 2006-2014 are now available online for download! You can visit our dedicated Gracie page, or download any of the individual stories using the links below.

January 27, 2014

Special Offerings task force recommends changes to Peacemaking Offering


The Special Offerings Advisory Task Force is recommending that the currentPeacemaking Offering be converted to a Peace and Global Witness Offering to be collected on World Communion Sunday, Oct. 5 of this year.

The task force has submitted its report to the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, meeting here Feb. 5-7. If approved by the board, the report will move to the 221st General Assembly, held June 14-21 in Detroit.

Restructuring the offering will allow for greater collaboration between justice and evangelism ministries while empowering congregations and mid councils to work locally, according to the recommendation.

“This recommendation ...

January 20, 2014

Dr. King and the Lukewarm Church

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, everyone. Whether you are lucky enough to have the day off or it's just another Monday for you at the office, I hope you will take a few minutes to reflect on Dr. King's legacy. 

In addition, I also think some of you will really love this inspiring sermon written by our good friend Rev. Deb Avery of 1st Presbyterian Church of Oakland, CA. I'm posting an excerpt below, but you can read the whole thing by clicking the link I'm adding at the bottom. 

What would our world be ...

January 14, 2014

Special Offerings on the Social Web

Round-trip commute to Louisville + full day of meetings + wife and 9-month-old son with the stomach flu = no post yesterday... sorry about that! The good news, however, is that I seem to be immune to this current bug (famous last words, right?). 

Okay, so, in last week's Tech-tip Tuesday post I walked you through how to find downloadable resources on the Special Offerings website. I noticed a few of you shared it via Facebook and Twitter, and I didn't receive any I-totally-do-NOT-understand-this type feedback, so I assume that means you found it helpful. Awesome.

Throughout this Tech-tips series ...

January 10, 2014

Garden of Your Mind (Video)

Since, like me and my Louisville colleagues, many of you are still thawing-out from the historic low temperatures earlier this week, I wanted to end the week with something fun. I'll probably do this a lot.

So, without further a-do, here's a great video from PBS Studios starring one of our more famous PC(USA) pastors: the late and great Fred Rogers. Enjoy!

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