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Special Offerings

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has four Special Offerings:  One Great Hour of Sharing during the season of Lent, Pentecost from the day of Pentecost through the season of ordinary time; Peacemaking in the weeks before and after World Communion Sunday, and Christmas Joy during Advent season.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Each year during the season of Lent we prepare for One Great Hour of Sharing, a church-wide special offering. Those most in need are finding hope and help through the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the Self-Development of People program and their partners in ministry. 

This one time a year when we give our gifts, we know that staff in the three One Great Hour of Sharing programs will be listening to the cries of our sisters and brothers throughout the next year, and responding for us in Christ’s name to those cries. 

To new emergencies they will respond as they have in Haiti—immediately, directly and through our partners wherever the emergency occurs. But equally important, they will stay there long after the news cameras have moved elsewhere—stay there and help rebuild lives and communities on a firmer foundation. Feeding the hungry, helping people build up their own livelihoods, responding to disasters— these are all ways that One Great Hour of Sharing is changing lives, changing communities and changing the world.

Pentecost

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.  The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program is a one year service opportunity for young adults from 19 to 30 years. YAVs live in Christian community, deepening and developing their faith while serving in communities of need

Peacemaking

The church takes a special offering on World Communion Sunday to celebrate the global bonds of Christ’s peace-giving.  Proceeds of the offering support peacemaking efforts in congregations, mid-councils and the General Assembly to provide resources and support corporate peacemaking efforts throughout the whole church.  To that end the work of the peacemaking program provides individuals and congregations training, resources, worship and Bible study material.  International peacemakers and travel study seminars provide an on-the-ground experience in understanding critical world issues in light of biblical-confessional faith. 

Christmas Joy

The Christmas Joy Offering is traditionally received during the Advent Season. However, you can help sustain the important PC (USA) ministries and programs that are supported by the Christmas Joy Offering by making an online gift at any time throughout the year.  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.