Ways to Give
WHAT DOES PER CAPITA DO?
HERE’S ONE EXAMPLE
Some of our per capital dollars support Presbyterian World Mission. They work in partnership with churches around the world, including the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, and the Nairobi Presbytery.
There is an extensive PC(USA) Kenya Mission Network that helps promote knowledge of and commitment to caring for orphans and vulnerable children, to support the training of pastors, to support Women’s Guild work with marginalized persons, and to promote work of Presbyterian Church of East Africa in outreach and mission areas.
Nancy Collins is the Mission co-worker in Kenya and other countries in East Central Africa. As Regional Liaison Nancy serves as facilitator of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) support or partner programs, relationships and activities, and as implementer of regional strategies. She gives leadership support to
PC(USA) mission personnel through communications, information sharing, mentoring/guiding
encouraging and reflection. In addition, she serves as a resource for connection and information between our partners in the region and PC(USA) entities in conjunction with Presbyterian World Mission.
Nancy was appointed to mission service in January 1998 to serve as a mission coworker in Cairo, Egypt, where she divided her time between two social justice ministries. She worked in the International Relations Department of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), and she facilitated Egypt’s Joining Hands Against Hunger group, the Together for Family Development Network.
She has now taken on the challenge to make use of her organizational skills and knowledge of
the PC(USA) to help PC(USA) congregations to connect to the work of churches in Malawi,
Kenya, Zambia and Rwanda. According to Nancy, “The work I am doing fills my heart with
joy and thanksgiving. God has put me in a place and position where all my creativity and
organizational skills and understanding of development can be used to link human and
financial resources and developmental programs with Church partners and citizens of
some of the world’s most challenged countries. Through these linkages our partners are
empowered and lives of theological students, church leaders, subsistence farmers,
poverty stricken women, just to name a few, are being transformed. I praise God that in
this way God’s kingdom here on earth is being built. I am grateful also for all I learn from
African Christians here who joyfully worship a loving God in the face of poverty, disease
and death. It’s a real conversion experience for me.”
Congregations support mission co-workers with per capita dollars, as well as with direct aid. This year, we have included funds in our budget to support the medical clinic in Kibwese, Kenya
One Great Hour of Sharing
God calls us to the task of feeding those who are hungry, creating fair conditions for others, providing homes for those who are homeless. It can seem like a big task, but it’s easier and we can accomplish more when we work together. Our church and our denomination, along with many other denominations, join together to make an impact in this world through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering received each spring. Churches all over the country take part in this offering and when we combine our generous gifts together, we can do amazing things in this world. Monies from One Great Hour of Sharing go to help victims of natural disasters through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, provide food to the hungry through Presbyterian Hunger Program, and empower the poor and oppressed through the Self Development of People program. Sunday School children and youth will receive the OGHS coin bank in March, along with a giving calendar to help them understand the offering. If you would like a coin bank, look for them in the parlor or narthex. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received during worship on Palm Sunday, April 14th.
The four churchwide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are a collective
witness to Jesus Christ's love for the whole church. One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost
Offering, Peace & Global Witness Offering, and Christmas Joy Offering provide
opportunities for individuals and congregations to join together with each other and in
partnership with other Christians in responding to a variety of concerns.
One Great Hour of Sharing (March 6-April 21) provides relief from natural disasters, food for
the hungry and empowers the poor and oppressed around the world.
Pentecost Offering (April 22-June 9) encourages, develops and supports young people and
children at risk. 40% can be retained by an individual church to be used in the community and
60% goes to Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Peace & Global Witness Offering (Sept.1-Oct.6) promotes peace by addressing systems of
injustice around the world. Monies are used for ministries of peace, reconciliation and justice in
cultures of violence here and abroad through collaborative educational projects witnessing to
Christ’s love and peace.
Christmas Joy Offering (Dec.1-Dec.22) provides financial assistance to current and retired
church workers in times of need as well as developing future leaders that attend Presbyterian
related schools equipping communities of color.
For more information and to give online go to specialofferings.pcusa.org
The Giving Catalog
Explore the online gift catalog and choose a cause that is close to your heart. Your gift joins
others’ to make a positive and lasting impact around the world, including aid for refugees,
access to clean water, and helping to end hunger.
For more information and to give online go to presbyteriangifts.org