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.
"Mission is our expression of faith in being sent to the world to share the Good News of the Gospel and in sharing work and witness. Mission is our calling; Mission is working together for the benefit of others. Mission is active, intentional, focused, work alongside partnership. We are all called to serve. Sent in service."
This weekend was a great opportunity for me to see our Activation Kit in action - it really works! Has your congregation considered hosting an Alternative Giving Fair, or setting up a Tree of Hope in your narthex or fellowship hall? Send us an email with any questions, refill requests, or better yet - pictures from your event!
This year, the Presbyterian Mission Agency is partnering with the Presbyterian Foundation to join the #GivingTuesday movement.
"That moment for me was a glimpse into God’s provision and abundance in this world, in this church and in my life."
Between staff, volunteers, and mission partners, we have a lot of friends involved with Special Offerings on a daily basis. In an effort to include you in our little world, we are beginning a series introducing you to the people behind the scenes who make these offerings possible.
Meet Kate Rascoe.
Kate is a member of our new Special Offerings Leader Support Network (SOLSN). One of the first brave members blazing the trail for our Ambassador program, which trains people like YOU (hint!) to network with churches in your area, to get feedback and offer resources. For our first profile ...
We have heard from several congregations who host alternative giving fairs, providing opportunities to purchase the kinds of gifts that don't clutter people's homes. The kinds of gifts that make a difference to someone else who really needs it. In response, we created the Presbyterian Giving Catalog Activation Kit.
I have been feeling a lot like the 1940s Uncle Sam poster that says, “I want you” with a big finger pointing at the reader. Except I was not alive in the 1940s, I’m not male and I’m not representing the government.
Though, I am looking for YOU to join the Ambassador program.
I want you to join me to increase support for, increase energy around and increase awareness of all the mission work funded by the 4 PCUSA Special Offerings.
Volunteers will meet with pastors in their area, present to congregations, tell stories of the way the ...
During one of the interviews for this position, I sat at dinner next to Rev. Sarah Lisherness as she was telling me about the type of work done by the programs under the Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA). And suddenly, I had this existential, out of body experience. I felt this overwhelming sense of deep awe and gratitude. “I get to be a part of the hands on work God is doing in the world,” I thought, “Wow!” (My deep psyche is not very articulate.)
“This is like the Oscars of the Presbyterian Church,” I found myself saying one day at General Assembly.
Being at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church is none other than electrifying, energizing and all around Presby-nerdy. I met people who were “church-famous” and others who were “book-famous.” There were some that were so famous that I just watched them from afar (um, Jack Rogers). I saw friends from a long ago and friends from yesterday. I met so many amazing people, I could hardly keep track. Although, you can checkout #selfieswithsally on Facebook or Twitter to see some of the amazing folks I met (i included a couple of great examples after the break.)
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 :)
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.
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.
Since, like me and my Louisville colleagues, many of you are still thawing-out from the historic low temperatures earlier this week, I wanted to end the week with something fun. I'll probably do this a lot.
So, without further a-do, here's a great video from PBS Studios starring one of our more famous PC(USA) pastors: the late and great Fred Rogers. Enjoy!
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 ...
In light of the recent changes to the way we distribute certain resources for the Special Offerings, I thought it would be great to kick-off the first Tech Tip Tuesday with a tutorial on how to find and download resources directly from the Special Offerings website. For this demonstration we're going use the 2014 One Great Hour of Sharing Leaders Guide as our example.
If you're already comfortable navigating through the web, feel free to skip ahead -- otherwise you might find the first few instructions a bit basic. We just really want to make sure that even those ...
Greetings from a cold and (very) snowy Indianapolis!
I'd like to take a second to welcome you all to Daily Offerings, the brand-new Special Offerings blog! Although we've wandered into this environment in the past, we want to be more intentional in regards to regular posting in 2014 -- in fact, my personal goal is to post at least five times per-week.
If you're wondering how I could possibly have enough words, images, etc. to create a relevant post every weekday, don't worry because I'm right there with you ... just kidding!
A lot of what you ...