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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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May 2, 2016

Unique Gifts for Mom or Dad

With Mother's Day less than a week away*, and father's day not far behind, I thought I would share some unique gift ideas from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog:

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April 13, 2016

Pigs for PYGs

Many of our stories come from letters with gifts to the Special Offerings or Presbyterian Giving Catalog. Today's kind note came from Fisk Presbyterian Church in Fisk, MO.

PigletThe youth in our church take up a "noisy" offering the third Sunday of every month and ask people to give their pocket change for mission. They then decide which charities they want to send the money to. They wanted you to have this money for a pig since we are PYGs and wanted to help a struggling family feed their children. They know there are people all over the world ...

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March 29, 2016

The Giving Tree

We know you love to hear the stories of how other congregations are promoting Special Offerings in their churches! Today, Amanda Davis from Central Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute, IN, shares their recent success:

Henry Conner and his friends with their animalsThis new Christmas-giving opportunity for our church arose at our October Mission Committee meeting, when Renee Newton said, “Henry Conner wants to give animals.” In the past, we had supported the Heifer Project, but this time we sought a way to do something similar through the PC(USA).  We received a giving catalog for the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and Renee and I planned the project in ...

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March 3, 2016

A Joyful Noise

Has your congregation ever participated in a "Noisy Offering"? Linda Raybern from Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley, AZ describes the tradition in her congregation, and how they have managed to donate $1800 to the Presbyterian Giving Catalog

Valley Presbyterian ChurchI am a member of Valley Presbyterian Church's Mission Committee. Mission is a very big part of our church, as are many other ministries. VPC tries to embrace the needs of Christ's children, young and old.

Every month that has a fifth Sunday we have a noisy offering for Mission. We ask the congregation to bring all their change. We ...

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February 16, 2016

How a little Church made a BIG Impact!

Clinton Presbyterian Church is a small multi-cultural church in Central Massachusetts.

We have about 12 kids who attend Sunday School - some of whom are immigrants from Cameroon and one family from France. Some of the kids are 1st generation Americans, their parents immigrated from Cameroon. We have a rotation of 8 Sunday School teachers who work in pairs to cover the typical 4 Sunday's in a month. We are a "one room Sunday School House". We have kids from 1 years old to 12 years old.

We use the Presbyterian's Sunday School Curriculum - Growing in Grace and Gratitude ...

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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.

Posters and children from Give a Goat project

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

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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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November 10, 2015

Eaton FPC Youth loves to support PCUSA Missions!

In this job, I get to hear from several leaders in our congregations about the ways they have used Special Offerings materials to reach out to their church families. I recently spoke with Beth Poole, Christian Education Director at Eaton First Presbyterian Church in Eaton, OH. She offered to write a bit about the programming at her church:

Our youth at Eaton FPC have had a lot of fun collecting items and money for PC(USA) Missions. The Youth from our Wednesday evenings LOGOS program, along with the supportive church members of Eaton First Presbyterian Church collected items for the ...

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November 6, 2015

Looking for new ways to inspire giving? Time to branch out.

What's your favorite ornament? Chances are it's not the fanciest one, but one with great personal meaning: a macaroni star your child made, a tarnished wreath that belonged to your grandmother.

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October 13, 2015

Small Gifts. Big Impact.

We received the following letter and picture with a Giving Catalog order form, so you know I had to follow up - it was too cute!

Letter from TJ and HeidiThe letter:

Dear Friends,

We have been saving our Sunday School offering this year so we could buy some fish to help you start a fish farm. We hope that the fish will provide food for you.

Your friends in Christ,

TJ and Heidi

TJ Heidi

Included with this precious letter was a $50 gift for tilapia fingerlings, chickens, and farming tools. Each gift had a similar letter with a photo of TJ and Heidi.

I spoke ...

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September 21, 2015

Water Bottles for Change

I love hearing ideas from our constituents. Bonnie from Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clinton, NC called recently to say that their congregation had found a great idea - on Pinterest, of all places!

Knowing that the summer Vacation Bible School was using a "water" theme, Bonnie was looking for a fundraiser to tie in the Giving Catalog. Their goal was to buy a whole well! She found the idea to fill water bottles with dimes as a fundraiser, and decided to make it work for her congregation. When I talked to her after the project had completed, she said the ...

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August 12, 2015

Hosting an Alternative Giving Market

PGC icons with PMA logo

Some of you may have been lucky enough to meet me and Bryce at the recent Big Tent event, where we hosted a workshop with this title. For those of you who didn't make it to Big Tent, or had other workshops to attend that were not our workshop, never fear! We are posting the materials online just for you. 

This resource will help answer questions such as:

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June 23, 2015

Summer Catalog Commitment

For most of us, it's summer vacation.

Yet, millions around the world are facing daily struggles to access food, clean drinking water, and shelter. This year, as you enjoy your summer vacation, you can take a step to help alleviate their burdens with practical gifts of livestock, clean water, and agricultural tools

Girls with chickens Garden well Farming tools

For each month this summer, please pick one or more of the items available on the Presbyterian Giving Catalog website and send in your gifts to share your blessings. These are among the many ways your Summer Commitment gifts are filling a need, making an impact, and ...

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January 27, 2015

Special Offerings Stories: Advent Missions

Oak Level Presbyterian Church is located in a small rural community in Halifax, VA. This year, the Children's choir chose to receive an Advent Mission Offering, to be used to purchase life-changing items from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog. 

Marty Melvin writes, "Each year we encourage the children to think of others and the needs of others around the world.  We have had special offerings for several years, whether it be for a needy family locally, Samaritan's Purse, collecting canned goods and clothes.  We talked about what it would be like to have to walk a long distance to ...

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September 30, 2014

A Blessing of the Goats

I often have moments that make me think, "I love my job!" One of these was meeting Will Christians, pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Michigan. He shared this story with me, and I'd like to pass it along here:

"After a whole year of collecting small offerings, the Sunday school class was able to raise the $178 needed to purchase a pair of goats through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog. The church wanted there to be some sort of special recognition for their patience and accomplishment, so we planned a “Blessing of the Goats” to be a part ...

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March 18, 2014

Change for Chickens

Southminster Presbyterian in Taylor, Michigan, started a program called ‘Change for Chickens’, collecting loose change with a set goal of raising $50 so they’d be able to purchase two families of chickens from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog.

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January 9, 2014

Removing the Clouds of Ambiguity

One of my favorite things about working for Special Offerings is helping Presbyterians connect their decision to give, regardless of the amount, with the impact their gift can have in the life of another, but it's also one of the most challenging. While we can share as many stories as we want (there are many) about how someone, somewhere, in the past benefited from one of the ministries supported by Special Offerings (don't get me wrong, because these are great), we think we've found an even better way. 

This past autumn we launched the Presbyterian Giving Catalog ...

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