Mission Interpretation

OFFERINGS:  Opportunities for partnership, learning, and witness

The four church wide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) play an important role in defining what it means to be a connectional church in the twenty-first century, bringing together the diversity of the PC(USA) to focus and take faith-based action on shared concerns.  The Offerings offer opportunities for partnership, learning, and witness, and profoundly affect the life of the church as a collective witness to Jesus Christ’s love for the whole church.

PENTECOST OFFERING:  “From my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.”  – Psalm 71:17

A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children.  40% of the Pentecost Offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community.

PEACEMAKING OFFERING:  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”  – John 14:27

A gift to the Peacemaking Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world.  Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this Offering to sustain their local peacemaking ministries.

CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING:  “O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me.”  – Psalm 43:3

A gift to the Christmas Joy Offering helps provide financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families and also enables deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING:  “Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.”  -Romans 5:5

A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.