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God calls on Christians to spread the love of Jesus Christ. Providence responds to God’s call with a variety of programs, where individuals and groups reach out in Christian fellowship to our own members, and to neighbors in the community, including the less fortunate, by:
- ministering to the needs of our congregation,
- sharing the Gospel story,
- giving time and talents, and
- providing financial support for local programs that help those in need.
We also provide volunteer and financial support to missions nationally and internationally.
PC(USA) Giving Opportunities
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING “Sharing brings joy — to others, to God, and to us.”
The Lenten Season is a time to reflect on the plight of others. During Lent, we join together to learn of ways to help through the ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING (OGHS) offering taken on Easter Sunday. Through abundant and generous gifts to OGHS, Presbyterians have for many years faithfully heeded God’s call to serve people seeking to reclaim and restore their lives.
Our gifts to this offering allows Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to restore communities around the world affected by disaster. It helps the Presbyterian Hunger Program work with Presbyterian and other partners to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in this country and internationally. And it becomes possible for Self-Development of People to affirm the dignity of all by assisting in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantages people.
CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING – Good News of Great Joy!
A Presbyterian tradition since the 1930s, the Christmas Joy Offering is one of the four special offerings throughout the year designated by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to provide congregations direct ways of supporting specific causes that help those in need. The receipts from the Christmas Joy Offering are shared equally with the Board of Pensions for assistance programs and at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges to support student scholarships.
Board of Pensions: This program offers income supplements to retired church workers and their surviving spouses to raise incomes to the level where these retirees can live modestly and continue to maintain their independence, plus Shared Grants and Emergency Assistance to help with medical and/or dental expenses not covered by the Benefits Plan.
Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges: The Presbyterian Church has long promoted education through establishing and supporting racial ethnic schools and colleges. Our Christmas Joy Offering funds provide scholarships to deserving students as well as help with basic operating costs at these six schools, where leaders are being developed and enabling students to discover and pursue professional goals: Barber-Scotia College/Concord, NC; Cook Native American Ministries/Tempe, AZ; Knoxville College/Knoxville, TN; Menaul School/Albuquerque, NM; Presbyterian Pan American School, Kingsville, TX; and Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL.
The generosity of our congregation during the holiday season provides an expression of Presbyterians’ faithful witness to and sharing of the love of Christ for all peoples.
"The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed... Because their shame was double, and dishonour was proclaimed as their lot, therefore they shall possess a double portion; everlasting joy shall be theirs."Isaiah 16: 1, 7
"...for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me."Matthew 25:35-36