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.
While the Pentecost Offering sounds pretty straightforward - receive this offering on Pentecost Sunday - in reality, the spirit of the offering is to support our youth, and Pentecost is an entire season. Congregations are encouraged to receive this offering on Pentecost... or any other youth-focused Sunday. So if you think you missed an opportunity on May 24 this year, consider adding it to your Youth Sunday or Sunday School kickoff celebrations.
Any other great ideas? Share them in the comments!
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It breaks my heart when I read that more than 17 million children make up the most poverty stricken age group in the United States. To make matters worse, 6.5 million survive on income that is woefully below the poverty line.
National statistics would have us believe that these young people who drop out of school have only a 12 percent chance of ever holding a job with benefits and a pension.
Friends, Presbyterians have always stood firm on the importance of ...
“Thank you, Jesus, for this gift of everlasting life in Community. And thank you for new wineskins—the youngest adults in our midst. Equip them to be the leaders you need. And empower us through prayer and finances to make that happen.”
...I recognized that prayer for Rosie’s new home was also a prayer for all (Y)oung (A)dult (V)olunteers. I realized that the Young Adult Volunteer program, similar to this empty home, was a time to invite God into our lives before we ourselves had fully moved into them.
With its focus on children and youth, Pentecost is the perfect time to include the young people of your congregation in planning and execution of next week's service.
There are several ideas available here, but here are a few examples:
By now, you're probably familiar with the structure of the Pentecost Offering, with its funds designated to ministries with youth, young adults, and children at risk.
This year, we will be partnering with the churchwide Educate a Child, Transform the World initiative as part of our outreach to children at risk. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has recognized lack of education as one of the root causes of poverty, setting an ambitious goal of “quality education for one million children by the year 2020.” This initiative builds on our strong Reformed heritage and Presbyterian history of both educational ...
What led you to becoming a believer?
Chances are, your relationship with God started when you were young. You were probably introduced to the church by your parents. But what kept you coming back?
Can you think of a time you had a chance to volunteer through church, and learn to serve God by serving others? Did a youth pastor help you understand Scripture, and deepen your faith? Did you attend a youth group, and make lifelong friends? Did you face a challenge, and find help in a church-supported program?
Growing up is hard. Growing up without these positive experiences ...
Now that One Great Hour of Sharing is in the books, it is time to turn our attention to the Pentecost Offering. Received 50 days after Easter, this offering signals the beginning of the Pentecost Season. The ministries supported by the Pentecost Offering teach young people to make faith, fellowship, and service part of their lives. Your gift to the Pentecost Offering unites young people in Christ and inspires them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world.
How to get involved:
God gives freely and abundantly to us and our response is to give.
It’s time for another round of meet the Ambassadors - since it’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me, I’m going to introduce you to two for the price of one!
Anna Owens and T.J. Piccolo served with me as Young Adult Volunteers in Belfast, so suffice it to say I’m excited to have them on the team.
Anna began classes at Columbia Theological seminary just days after arriving back in the States from her year of service. I asked why she was interested in becoming an Ambassador:
Since much of the YAV Program's ...
It's an exciting day in the Special Offerings office, as we are finally ready to bring you something we've been working on for a little while (okay, a long while) now. So, we're going to take a quick break from promoting the Pentecost Offering to announce the brand-new Special Offerings website! Well, technically it's just five new landing pages (one general page and one for each of the individual offerings), that are still located under the PC(USA) web umbrella, but we really don't like speaking in technicalities :)
Earlier this year, I had a unique opportunity to spend a couple of days in Atlanta, Georgia visiting with some incredible individuals that have dedicated themselves to sharing Christ's love with others.
The first stop on my trip was at Columbia Theological Seminary, the hosting site of the 2014 Big Ideas Conference, an annual event for youth workers from all over the PC(USA). As part of that experience, I was able to sit down with some Presbyterian Youth Workers' Association (PYWA) members to get a better understanding of how their organization helps to encourage and support those who, like themselves, are called into youth ministry, and how it will benefit from gifts made to this year's Pentecost Offering.
Louisville — Over the next couple of weeks the Presbyterian Mission Agency will begin reverse-remitting gifts made from individuals directly to the Agency from last year’s Pentecost and Peacemaking Offerings. Fifty percent of Peacemaking gifts will be split evenly between presbyteries and receiving congregations, while forty percent of Pentecost Offering gifts will be remitted back to congregations.
For the second year, Presbyterian youth groups from across the country are invited to submit original videos communicating the impact and importance of the Pentecost Offering.
The top three videos will be featured on the Special Offerings blog and social media sites. The winning youth groups will also receive up to three paid registrations to a future church-wide youth event such as Presbyterian Youth Triennium or Faith in 3D.
The 2013 contest winner, the youth group from Anchorage Presbyterian Church in Anchorage, KY., was able to send a few of its members who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to ...