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"You’re invited!" These are powerful words. A good invitation has the ability to honor a person based on their particular gifts, their particular role, or because they are truly wanted. Christ’s invitation to us does all of those things. As a leader in the church, part of your role is to extend Christ’s invitation to others – a powerful duty and a beautiful gift. Christ’s invitation draws us together, nourishes us, and equips us for ministry and the proclamation of Christ’s peace to the world. The Office of Special Offerings hopes to support you in extending that invitation. As we approach World Communion Sunday, take advantage of the daily reflections during A Season of Peace, as well as the encouraging stories of congregations and church partners who are accepting the invitation to make peace in their neighborhoods and around the world, and extending it to others. May the peace of Christ be with you, "at all times, in all ways." (2 Thess. 3:16)

 

Blessings,
Bryce Wiebe
Director, Special Offerings

Connecting the Special Offerings to Matthew 25

The Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offer the whole Church a way to embody Matthew 25 through the Spirit-inspired stories and gifts which place us in partnership with others. Over the past two years, our work has been informed by the idea that "the Church" is not an institution, but an action. For the church to be the Church it must be enacted in relationship to those in need — an understanding that can readily be drawn from Matthew 25. Through gifts to the Special Offerings, we directly support people experiencing hunger, homelessness, thirst, imprisonment, sickness, and deprivation, as well as welcoming the stranger. Learn more about the connection between each of the Special Offerings and Matthew 25 with our new resource.

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Peace & Global Witness Offering Resources

It’s time to prepare for the Peace & Global Witness Offering, received by most congregations on World Communion Sunday, October 6. Resources should be in churches now. If you have not yet received your standing order, or if you would like to request additional materials, please call Customer Service at 800-533-4371. Additional Peace & Global Witness resources, including videos and regional Minutes for Mission, can also be found on our redesigned website.

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How are you using your Peace & Global Witness 25%?

Many congregations and mid councils are preparing to take part in the Peace & Global Witness Offering on World Communion Sunday. If you are part of one of these congregations or mid councils, we’d love to hear how you plan to use your retained 25%. For instance, last year First Presbyterian Church of Idaho Falls, Idaho, dedicated their funds to a local emergency shelter for women and children that not only provides temporary housing, but also individualizes support for each family to help them defuse the trauma of homelessness and rebuild a sense of control and empowerment over their own lives. Let us know how you plan to promote the Peace of Christ with your 25% of the Offering by emailing special.offerings@pcusa.org.

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A Season of Peace Daily Reflections

In partnership with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, this a five-week pilgrimage to deepen the pursuit of peace for congregations, small groups, families, and individuals. The reflections for the 36 days of "A Season of Peace" come from a diverse and varied set of voices within our church and illustrate the many times and ways that we are offered, engage in and even challenged by peace. Subscribe to daily reflections that will be delivered directly to your inbox September 1 – October 6 or download the entire collection as a devotional resource.

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Resourcing You for International Peacemaker Visits

2019 International Peacemaker visits will take place September 13 - October 7. Our Mission Specialists are hard at work resourcing congregations and mid councils in the lead up to these visits. Our materials are available to help make the connection between the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Peace & Global Witness Offering. If you have questions about the connection or would like resources for your congregation, please reach out to our office by calling 502-569-5047 or emailing special.offerings@pcusa.org.

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Can You Find Your Congregation on the Map?

A Four for Four congregation declares its connection with the ministries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and joins in the efforts of Presbyterians around the corner and around the world to share God's grace and endless love through participation in all four Special Offerings. Find your congregation on our recently updated map and let us know what Four for Four resources you’d like to see!

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Support Haitian School Gardens through the Giving Catalog

God is at work in the world, and the Presbyterian Giving Catalog is one way for us to join in. Gifts to the Giving Catalog, such as Haitian School Gardens, are signs of our gratitude: feeding the hungry, comforting the broken-hearted and sharing our faith with young and old. By joining our gifts together, however large or small, we expand our witness to God’s gracious and abundant work in the world. Check out our latest video to learn more about the impact of your gifts!

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