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