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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 27, 2014

One Great Hour of Sharing Resources Available

Looking to promote One Great Hour of Sharing in your church this year? We've got some great resources for you! The links below will take you to the download pages :)

February 20, 2014

A Wishing Well

Inspired by the opportunity to sponsor a garden well in the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, youth representatives from First Presbyterian Church in Mission, Texas have come up with a creative way to fund their gift - they have posted a "Wishing Well" in the narthex of their church, asking all who pass by to throw in their spare change with a prayer for those without access to clean water. 

February 19, 2014

The Bread and the Cup

I have a friend named Ryan.

Ryan challenges me daily. His approach to life and theology is fresh and exciting… and more than a little scary to my traditional sentiment. This week we celebrated communion at the new worshiping community he leads here in Louisville.

Hearing him speak about communion is always fun for me. Everything from offering Powerbars and Gatorade at marathons to wishing for jelly doughnuts (his idea of a perfect blend of bread and “wine”) challenges the conventional vision of breaking bread together. He reminds me that what has become so mundane for many is really an ...

February 17, 2014

March 9 is "Wear Your Blue" Sunday

From Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:

The first Sunday in Lent (March 9, 2014) has been designated “Wear your blue t-shirt to church Sunday” as a testament of one of the ways One Great Hour of Sharing makes a difference.

Disaster after disaster, Presbyterians have responded in record numbers with prayers, financial gifts, and hands-on-experience.  Over the last 9 years, more than 70,000 volunteer missions have been served in the U.S. Gulf Coast, Iowa, Missouri, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, New Jersey, New York, and other places where natural disasters have occurred. Many volunteers have put on blue PDA t-shirts and worked ...

February 7, 2014

Get Happy

So, I know there's been a bit of "radio silence" coming from this blog as of late, and for that I apologize. Between traveling to capture video of some of the important projects you all are funding with your Special Offerings gifts, and putting the finishing touches on a new Special Offerings website, it's been a crazy couple of weeks.

Speaking of crazy, this winter has been OUT OF CONTROL ... particularly for those of us in the Midwest. If, like us, you've been "over" this blustery/snowy weather for a while now, I hope this video helps ...