Presbyterian Heritage Sunday has been set aside by the General Assembly of the PC(USA) as an annual day to celebrate, reflect upon, and learn more about the long and rich history of the Presbyterian movement in America. It falls on the Sunday closest to May 21, the date of the opening of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in 1789.
The Presbyterian Historical Society supports Heritage Sunday by preparing bulletin inserts for use by congregations throughout the United States. 2013’s insert features communion tokens, a familiar feature of Presbyterian worship in past centuries. A day or more before a communion service, the pastor and elders questioned members of their congregation about their beliefs and behavior.
Spurred by the Biblical call to shelter the homeless and feed those who are hungry, many Presbyterian congregations are making a difference in the lives of those with no place to call home. Through advocating for affordable housing, supporting shelters and transitional housing, and participating in social service programs, God’s people are helping many to see that homelessness and hopelessness need not go hand in hand. The bulletin insert answers how congregations can help end homelessness in their communities.
This bulletin insert is meant to encourage support of children's literacy and spark volunteer action on behalf of children who are falling behind. Action can include establishing a story hour at the local community center, partnering with a school in an impoverished area or hosting a reading program at your church. For additional ideas, click here. For a list of books that might be used in a volunteer “reading with children” program, click here. For a list that can be printed front and back to make a booklet, click here. To download the bulletin insert, click the link below ...
Help bring the peace of Christ to communities of conflict.
Today, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is actively engaged in peacemaking and reconciliation in more than 50 countries. Through our partner churches and organizations, our reach is extended to 100 countries. Your gift helps us do even more. In too many places around the world, peace is merely a hope. Conflicts between nations, peoples, and ideas put peace at risk everywhere. During the Season of Peace, we recognize that too many people live in situations that are both unsettled and unjust.
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Use this resource in your bulletins during a worship service planned around the issue of human trafficking. The information and scripture may be used for a Minute for Mission, too. AND for more material, download the four-page version of this insert.