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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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October 14, 2014

Ready, Set, Activation Kit!

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.

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October 1, 2014

I Want YOU!

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.

Sally wants YOU!

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 ...

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July 28, 2014

My New Gig with Special Offerings

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.)  

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July 15, 2014

GA: The Oscars of the Presbyterian Church

“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.)

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June 5, 2014

Fresh New Look, Same Great Impact.

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 :)

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March 27, 2014

Helping Refugees in Syria

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.

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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 10, 2014

Garden of Your Mind (Video)

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!

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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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January 7, 2014

Finding Online Resources

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 ...

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January 6, 2014

Looking Forward to an Amazing 2014

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 ...

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