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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 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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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 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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