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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 ...
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.
The racially motivated murder of nine people last year at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, sent shock waves of distress and heartache across our nation and around the world. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Young Adult Volunteer Hannah Weinberg-Kinsey was one of the millions who grieved the tragedy from afar. She was serving in Zambia, an impoverished country in southern Africa, when the shooting occurred. While watching the televised funeral service of Emanuel’s pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, tears welled in her eyes.
Hannah began to ponder the situation in the context of some past ...
The Pentecost Offering is all about helping people begin life with a strong start. A solid foundation formed from childhood through young adulthood enables individuals to weather life’s storms and build on life’s opportunities. This age range is sometimes called the “first third of life.”
Because people like you give to the Pentecost Offering, Presbyterian congregations and our church’s national ministries are helping to shape the future of children, youth, and young adults by meeting their current needs. The Pentecost Offering helps people in the first third of life reach their fullest potential both now and in ...
...I recognized that prayer for Rosie’s new home was also a prayer for all (Y)oung (A)dult (V)olunteers. I realized that the Young Adult Volunteer program, similar to this empty home, was a time to invite God into our lives before we ourselves had fully moved into them.