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August 2022

As the summer winds down and as Presbyterians everywhere start to gear up for the busy fall season, we hope that the information and resources below will help you get ready for an exciting new church or programmatic year! 

Special Offerings

Support the Peace & Global Witness Offering: As congregations prepare to receive the Peace & Global Witness Offering on World Communion Sunday, we recognize they will do so with many concerns on their hearts for our siblings around the world. The violence haunting our streets and the refugee crisis in so many countries are humanitarian disasters of particular concern. Congregations understandably feel called to support relief efforts for these impacted communities.

The Peace & Global Witness Offering offers flexibility for congregations to support relief efforts for these issues while supporting the peacemaking work of their mid councils and the PC(USA). Twenty-five percent of the Offering stays with the congregation and 25% stays with your mid council to support peacemaking and reconciliation in your own community and region. Find resources here.

The theme for the 29 days of the 2022 A Season of Peace is Led Forth in Peace: Critical Areas of Engagement for Peacemakers. With these daily reflections, we are invited to reflect upon ways to practice peace by engaging the following critical areas: climate change, nonviolence, the intersection of poverty and racism, and immigration/migration. Sign up here.

The Presbyterian Giving Catalog

The NEW 2022–23 Presbyterian Giving Catalog lands in mailboxes soon! Help us spread the word about how, with the Giving Catalog in hand, you have the resources to make a BIG impact right at your fingertips. And, the Giving Catalog gives you, as a leader, a simple tool to use in organizing fundraisers and generating enthusiasm in your congregation around making a collective difference through the work of Presbyterian Mission. Find helpful, downloadable resources along with a free Giving Catalog starter kit on our website. Your support makes a huge difference.

Threads of Connection is all you need (for an Alternative Giving Market!): Alternative Giving Markets provide an awesome opportunity for churches and communities to make a real difference in the lives of people around the world — but it can feel overwhelming to plan one! For an easy and effective way to host an Alternative Giving Market, look no further than the Presbyterian Giving Catalog’s Threads of Connection activity! Take a look here or watch our video to see just how easy it is to use Threads of Connection for a fun and creative activity at your church and download the free instruction kit today!

Being Matthew 25, a monthly livestream series from the Presbyterian Mission Agency (Aug. 18): In the next episode of the Being Matthew 25 livestream, we will look at how our youth and young adults are not only engaging with Matthew 25 but serving as a point of energy and leading their congregations in this journey. Join us live on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m. (ET) on Facebook and YouTube. (Upcoming episodes of the Being Matthew 25 Livestream are scheduled for Sept. 15 and Oct. 20.)

New: Matthew 25 Eradicating Systemic Poverty Resource Packet

The Matthew 25 Eradicating Systemic Poverty Resource Packet includes:

Click on the above highlighted resource title to download the individual item. Click here to “download all” as a resource packet.

Each of these pieces is available for download individually or as part of the Matthew 25 Eradicating Systemic Poverty resource packet. These pieces are not organized in any particular order of importance and will be used or not by the individual or congregation who determines what will be useful for their own discernment and engagement.

2022–23 Mission Personnel Guide now available online: Copies of the “Called to Service: Witnessing God’s Love Around the World” Mission Personnel Guide will soon be mailed to all congregations. A virtual version of the guide is available online.

Writers wanted for the Mission Yearbook! Since 1892, the Mission Yearbook has been the PC(USA)’s mission devotional, featuring inspiring stories of mission and ministry. Each online posting also features daily readings from the two-year Daily Lectionary from the Book of Common Worship, prayer concerns and a short prayer. We invite you to submit your story of personal, congregational or mid council mission and ministry! For an example of content, length and style, click here to read today’s entry. Please direct your story submission, brief prayer and any questions by email to Jacqueline Carter.

New resources from the Office of Presbyterian Youth and Triennium: Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT) presents three new resources based on the theme of “When Did We See You? Matthew 25:31–46” that you can use to create and host your own local or regional PYT theme experience. Professionally written and beautifully designed, these guides are here to help you create a program that fits your community’s needs. These resources are FREE for you to enjoy and use to launch this timely biblical theme into the hearts and minds of your youth, young adults, families, and intergenerational groups. Each can be adjusted for a wide variety of events and settings including a small church, presbytery gathering, weekend retreat, regional PYT experience or mid-week series. You name it! Resources include a Group Study Guide, a Recreation Guide and a Worship and Prayer Guide, with info on how to use each guide, supply lists, planning suggestions and more! If you have questions, email Analise Brown, national registrar.

New 2022 resources from the Presbyterian Hunger Program

PHP Post: The Presbyterian Mission Agency embraces the vision of being a Matthew 25 church — becoming actively engaged in the world by living out the invitation to build vital congregations, dismantle structural racism and eradicate systemic poverty. This issue of the PHP Post is dedicated to eradicating systemic poverty. Download and read about Reform to Transformation: Ending Hunger and Eradicating Poverty, Building Relationships First, Five Spiritual Practices to End Poverty and more.

2021 PHP Impact Report: Your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing and the Presbyterian Hunger Program make a difference in lives around the world. Together we work to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes, rooting our work in communities through partner grants, striving to change laws and practices so communities can flourish, and engaging Presbyterians in this work — locally and globally. Download the 2021 PHP Impact Report to see what your gifts, advocacy, and working in partnership helped to achieve in 2021.

News from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

2023 Travel Study Seminars: Submit your applications now to journey with the Peacemaking Program’s Travel Study Seminars in 2023: 1) Philippines and Hong Kong (Feb. 317, 2023) — Explore the root causes and current challenges of forced migration and labor trafficking; 2) Puerto Rico (March 13March 20, 2023) — Engage the political, social, and racial dynamics revealed by catastrophes, including the church’s response to them; and 3) Native Lands of the Southwest (April 28May 7,2023) Deepen your awareness of the Doctrine of Discovery and its lasting legacy today.

Korea Peace Appeal: The PC(USA) has been working in solidarity with our partners in Korea as part of an international campaign to end the Korean War. The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) and the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) have joined about 400 other church partners and civil society organizations in the Korea Peace Appeal campaign calling on governments involved in the ongoing conflict on the Korean Peninsula to immediately cease all hostile actions and return to solving the conflict through dialogue and mutual trust-building. We call on the PC(USA) membership to sign your names to the Korea Peace Appeal and add your voice to this international coalition calling for an end to the Korean War. As you engage in the Day of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula on Aug. 14, consider joining this effort.

New Interactive Digital Resource Guide with Presbyterian Resources on the PC(USA) Store

With our digital resource guides, you can easily compare products, click through directly to product pages and read excerpts. In our newest guide, focusing on key books and resources for Presbyterians, you’ll find the resources you need to train your leaders; understand Presbyterian polity; lead group study for new members and those who want to learn more about the denomination; learn about the people, places and history of the Presbyterian church; and more. If you are viewing this on your computer or other device, you can click on any title or cover to be taken to the product page on the PC(USA) Store. Also, look for the dark blue blocks to download resource samples throughout. You can also email or print this to use for personal research or with committees.

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Register today for Stewardship Kaleidoscope! Join us Sept. 26–28 — either in person in Savannah, Georgia, or online — for this exciting conference featuring bestselling author A.J. Jacobs; the Rev. Dawn Hyde; Dr. Michael Bos; the Rev. Kathryn Johnston; the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II; and others. Scholarships are available. Get more information and register today!

SAVE THE DATE – Giving Tuesday is Nov. 29! The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Giving Tuesday campaign is a virtual celebration of the collective power of Presbyterian generosity, as we profess by our actions — and with our gifts — that we can accomplish far more together than any one of us can do alone. This year, we will host an eight-hour livestream, broadcast from multiple locations across the U.S., where we will share how your gifts support the mission of the Church as we live out Jesus’ call for us in Matthew 25. We invite you to join with Presbyterians from near and far for worship, fun with some familiar faces, and an unparalleled opportunity for your generosity to make a lasting impact around the country and around the world.

Special Emphasis Sundays
Listed below are the Sundays for which resources are currently available. Please visit the Special Days and Emphasis Sundays site for ongoing updates.

August

Hiroshima Day (Aug. 6, 2022)

College and Young Adult Sunday (Aug. 7, 2022)

Day of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula (Aug. 14, 2022)

Youth in the Church and World (Aug. 14, 2022)

Public Education Sunday (Aug. 21, 2022)

Young Adult Volunteer Commissioning Sunday (Aug. 21, 2022)

September

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (Sept. 1, 2022)

National Suicide Prevention Month begins (Sept. 1, 2022)

Season of Peace begins (Sept. 4, 2022)

Labor Day and A Social Creed for the 21st Century (Sept. 5, 2022)

Presbyterian Higher Education (Sept. 8, 2022)

Christian Formation Week begins; Christian Formation Celebration (Sept. 11, 2022)

September 11 Anniversary (Sept. 11, 2022)

Disability Inclusion Sunday (Sept. 11, 2022)

Theological Education/Seminaries (Sept. 18, 2022)

Evangelism Sunday (Sept. 18, 2022)

Christian and Citizen Sunday (Sept. 18, 2022)

International Day of Peace (Sept. 21, 2022)

Native American Day (Sept. 22, 2022)

Gifts of New Immigrants (Sept. 25, 2022)

October

World CommunionPeace & Global Witness Offering (Oct. 2, 2022)

Mental Illness Awareness Week begins (Oct. 3, 2022)

Domestic Violence Awareness (Oct. 9, 2022)

World Food DayChildren’s Sabbath; Educate a Child, Transform the World (Oct. 16, 2022)

Young Adult Volunteer Program (Oct. 23, 2022)

United Nations Day (Oct. 24, 2022)

Reformation Sunday (Oct. 31, 2022)