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October 27, 2014

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2014

Halloween costumes have appeared in New York City. However you observe the holiday, consider participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this year.

Started by Presbyterians, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a prime fundraiser for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.

Child in Robin costume from Batman with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. UNICEF works toward the day when ...

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October 22, 2012

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Trick or Treat for UNICEF displayWe are taking part in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. How about you?

This program began in Philadelphia in 1950, the idea of Presbyterians Clyde and Mary Emma Allison as a way to respond to the needs of children in the aftermath of World War II.
In the sixty years since those orange cartons (decorated milk cartons were first used) have been used by children and adults to raise almost $167 million dollars. Those funds are used by UNICEF to provide food, medicine, and education to help children thrive.
By participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, Presbyterians serve in the global neighborhood as ...

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September 30, 2011

A prayer for UNICEF on United Nations Day

Here is a prayer for United Nations Day - October 24. Since that comes just one week before Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, this prayer lifts up UNICEF's important work caring for the world's children.

God of the days and months and years of our lives, we give thanks for the community of nations that is embodied in the United Nations. We are grateful for vision of UNICEF, for their call to believe in zero- that not one single child should die of preventable causes. Stir us to embrace our own vision that one or two or three Christians can make ...

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September 29, 2011

United Nations Day - October 24

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long supported the United Nations and its work.

The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on October 24, 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements and goals of the Organization.

Ideas for observing the day include:

Lift up the work of the United Nations in prayer.

Pray for those who work in the United Nations system.

Pray for the United Nations.

Use a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey-Gillette. The ...

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June 27, 2011

Trick-or-Treat Congress for UNICEF

Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs (Matthew 19:14).’

Presentation with UNICEF boxIn response to Jesus’ concern for children, Presbyterians have Trick-or-Treated to raise funds to support UNICEF and its work for children around the world. I’ve encouraged Presbyterians to do so - even going so far as playing UNICEF Box Man.

Now we have a chance to Trick-or-Treat Congress when we ask the U.S. Congress to continue its funding of UNICEF.

Every fiscal year, the U.S. Congress must pass ...

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April 30, 2011

Thursday night in Queens

"You have the coolest job." That was one of the closing comments to my time at the First Presbyterian Church in Whitestone. Pastor Andy James had invited me to visit during Lent and share about the Presbyterian Ministry at the...

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October 29, 2010

Give thanks for the life and witness of Mary Emma Allison

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF provides an opportunity to give thanks for the life and witness of Mary Emma Allison, who died on October 27, 2010. Mary Emma and her husband, the Rev. Clyde Allison, helped create Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF....

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October 28, 2010

Trick or Treat for UNICEF

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, initiated by the Reverend Clyde and Mary Emma Allison of Philadelphia. Download a kit Download a bulletin insert Download a story on Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

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October 28, 2010

Mary Emma Allison - Presente!

Presbyterian United Nations Ministry Word was received this evening that Mary Emma Allison died today. She and her husband, the Rev. Clyde Allison, helped start Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF sixty years ago. Children around the world are alive this evening due...

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October 25, 2010

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in the Brooklyn area

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations If you happen to be in Brooklyn this weekend and are looking for a way to help support UNICEF's work to care for children around the world. Here's an opportunity: Brooklyn for Peace, which...

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October 15, 2010

Looking forward to the return!

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations There are two broad foci to the mission of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations: Inspiring and equipping Presbyterians to live as disciples of Jesus in the global neighborhood Bearing witness for peace...

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October 14, 2010

Trick or Treat for UNICEF

Presbyterian United Nations Ministry It has been a long time since I have attended a Halloween party. I did so tonight, joining nearly 200 adults and children to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. This program began in...

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May 25, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Be a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF organizer! Hold a community block party to educate and raise funds for UNICEF or a special UNICEF activity for children in church school or a...

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October 22, 2009

Trick or treat for UNICEF - more of the story

From the Presbyterian Child Advocacy Office: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the PC(USA) have long had a special relationship. Why? Because Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF was initiated by the Rev. Clyde Allison, a Presbyterian minister. Allison's children and others...

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