San Gabriel Receives Four Special PC(USA) Offerings during the Year
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering: Since 1949 Presbyerians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering help provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. Most congregations receive the offering on Easter Sunday or Passion/Palm Sunday.
Pentecost Offering: Through the Pentecost Offering, the church expresses a common commitment to provide hope for children-at-risk, opportunities for youth and young adults to grown in their faith, and short-term mission service options for young adults. The Pentecost offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost. If provides a direct way to meet the needs of children-at-risk, youth and young adults. Congregations are encouraged to keep 40% of the offering to support ministries benefitting these age groups in their communities. For 2013, SGPC selected the homeless youth through the Georgetown Project working with students in GISD as recipients of 40% of this offering. The General Assembly's portion (60%) provides leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian youth and young adults and supports children-at-risk programs at the national level. Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than eight million for these ministries that benefit younger members of God's family.
Peacemaking Offering: The Peacemaking Offering supports the peacemaking efforts of the church at every governing body level and provides an opportunity to witness to God's gift of peace in the world. Gifts given to the Peacemaking Offering through a congregation are divided in the following manner: 25% retained by congregations for support of their own peacemaking ministry; 25% used to support presbytery and synod peacemaking efforts; and 50% forwarded to the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian Mission Agency so that it can continue to provide assistance and resources for congregations and other bodies of the PC(USA). Online gifts to the Peacemaking Offering are used on the General Assembly level. The Peacemaking Offering is traditionally received on World Communion Sunday, which is the first Sunday in October.
Christmas Joy Offering: Whether providing financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families or providing opportunities for deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools, your generous gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering will bring Good News of Great Joy to the poor in circumstance or spirit. The Christmas Joy Offering is traditionally received during the Advent Season on the Sunday before Christmas.
To learn more, go on-line to: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/specialofferings/