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May 12, 2016

The First Third of Life, Your First Impression of the World

We all know the importance of a first impression. As kids, we all learned about strong handshakes and heard, “First impressions are the most lasting,” and “You don’t get a second chance at a first impression.”

Think of all the firsts in your life: your first best friend, your first day of school, your first car, your first job. And on a deeper level, your first understanding of family and your parents’ love, your first experience of God’s grace, your first connections with neighbors and your community.

Now, think of how all of those firsts played a part ...

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May 9, 2016

Would you consider receiving the Pentecost Offering?

Give to the Pentecost Offering and share in ministries that help our young people build deep, lifelong connections to their faith and communities.When Newport Presbyterian Church was approached with this question by a volunteer for Special Offerings, they hadn’t received the Pentecost Offering in several years. By building a stronger understanding of the offering among the congregation, the session voted enthusiastically to try again. In reconnecting with the Offering and promoting it in the congregation, they increased their gift by 1,723 percent. On their first attempt in 6 years, they raised $1,823 – over $1,700 more than their last gift – and the church retained $729 toward local ministry. With the offering’s focus on young people, the youth group ...

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May 4, 2016

Minute for Mission: Presbyterian Youth Triennium

The Presbyterian Youth Triennium is only a five-day event, but its impact on young people can span a lifetime.

Perryn preachingRev. Perryn Rice, one of the preachers for the upcoming Triennium in July, will shape his message to help youth leave Triennium with its lessons and impressions etched in their hearts and minds. He wants them to grab hold of mental snapshots they will continue to reference.

“I want these youth to know that these snapshots are there and that the snapshots help remind them of the reason they are at Triennium,” he says. “I believe something will happen in worship ...

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April 28, 2016

Minute for Mission: Children at Risk

The next time you see a group of young African American boys happily playing in a park, keep that mental picture in your mind. Then consider the statistics suggesting that one of every three boys on that playground will spend time in prison. That’s a sobering reality to ponder and a cause for enormous concern. The school-to-prison pipeline for African American males is a dreadful phenomenon our church is called to help stop.

Most who find themselves in prison have dropped out of school because they sense little hope for the future. Many do not enter school ready to ...

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April 19, 2016

Plan Now to Share in Their Lives

 

We were glad to share not only God's good news with you but also our very lives because we cared for you so much. — 1 Thessalonians 2:8Plan Now to Share in Their Lives6 out of 10 youth will walk away from their faith sometime in their 20sSix out of ten. The Pentecost Offering is devoted to ministries that support our young people during their first third of life, the time from childhood through young adulthood, helping them build lifelong connections to their faith, churches, and communities.The first third of life is a time when spirituality, emotional health, cognitive development, and relationships take shape, influencing ideas and actions well into the future. This is a time when the church, and you, can nurture and guide our youth by sharing with them God’s good news and our very lives to lead them on a path towards a bright and faith-led future.Get involved. Speak with your congregation about the ministries supported by the Offering.Your own church and local youth programs Developing and supporting programs for children at risk, youth, and young adults in your own church and communityYoung Adult Volunteers (YAV) Providing opportunities for young adults to serve in communities around the world and grow as leaders through transformative Christian serviceMinistries with Youth Helping to guide our youth by uniting them in Christ and lifting them up as leaders and messengers of God’s wordAdvocacy and education for at-risk youth Supporting vital ministries to improve education and provide a safe haven for children across the globeInvest in their first third of lifePlease share gladly and give generously to the Pentecost Offering.Resources are available online and through Presbyterian Distribution Services. We’re here to help! Feel free to contact us if you have questions or need any assistance. 

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