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.
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 ...
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 ...
Our group of adults and youth were ready and flexible to help anywhere during our week at Point Pleasant. We helped paint, build showers for future service teams to use, sheetrocked a garage, and helped with whatever tasks that homeowners needed. One of the most meaningful experiences for us that week was helping a couple move into their home. It was the first time they had spent the night in their home in over 9 months. Through our day spent with them cleaning and moving, we were able to hear their story and be the hands and feet of Jesus. They were just one of the families we were able to interact with. In many ways that week we got more than we gave.
Thanks to the generosity of people like you, the Presbyterian Hunger Program has been able to partner with Huerto de la Familia (The Family Garden) and other successful organizations which address hunger and poverty through food production, income generation, advocacy and other holistic programs.
Huerto de la Familia is a community-based gardening and micro-enterprise program in Oregon. It works with Latino families to connect them with each other, their community, and the earth while growing their own organic food. That’s where Roberto’s daughter learned to garden and discovered her love for broccoli.
Interested in learning more about how your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing are making in impact? Here's an inspiring story about the Infinite Legacy Program in Akron, Ohio, which has benefited greatly from an OGHS funded grant, gifted by Self-Development of People.
"Through One Great Hour of Sharing, a program that the Presbyterian Church participates in with other Christian denominations, funding has been provided to support the Infinite Legacy Project, a program that engages at-risk Akron students with performing arts instruction. The program, a humanities-based outreach program of Pointe West Performances, has been based at the church ...
As more families flee the violence, the Záatari refugee camp grows. It’s already the second largest refugee camp in the world where more than 3 in 5 refugees are children.
Their futures are slipping away. You can help change that When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, you help make the world a more loving, peaceful, place.
Over the course of 2014 I'll be visiting with people who are diligently working to transform communities across the country, empowered by the gifts you are making to the Special Offerings, and reporting back to you through a series of videos.
Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit with the executive director and board president of Huerto de la Familia, a community garden organization that's making an incredible impact in the lives of families in western Oregon. The video below will help explain how your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing are making a real ...
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 :)