Connecting for Ministry
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is a connectional church. And one of the powerful ways that impacts it’s ministry is through the coming together of many to go out into the world as one.
The four churchwide 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.
MCPC participates in the four PC(USA) Special Offerings that connect us with the mission of the larger church. (These giving opportunities are also available year-round through the Giving Catalog for birthdays and anniversaries and other gifting occasions.)
- One Great Hour of Sharing: Received in Lent, OGHS is an Ecumenical and international effort working toward hunger relief, disaster assistance, and self-development of people.
- Pentecost Offering: Received on Pentecost, for national youth and young adult ministries and children at risk, 40% of the offering is designated for use in the local congregation’s ministry with at risk children, and youth.
- Peace & Global Witness Offering: Received on World Communion Sunday (in October) for national and international peace and mission efforts; 25% of the offering is designated for use in the local congregation’s ministry toward peace & global witness.
- Christmas Joy Offering: Received at Christmas to support the PC(USA) Board of Pensions assistance ministry and Presbyterian racial ethnic schools and colleges.
ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS MARKET
Every year during Advent, our Alternative Christmas Market provides an opportunity to buy holiday gifts with a deeper and more lasting impact. In addition to the PC(USA) Giving Catalog, there are:
- CEOLI cards – CEOLI is a non-profit center for disabled youth & young adults in Bolivia. One of their occupational therapy programs has grown into the hand-painting of cards of typical Bolivian scenes, providing income to the artists to support themselves, their families and the community.
- Habitat for Humanity – An international program that works with families to build or improve existing homes.
- Heifer International – An international organization best known for selling gifts of animals (plus so much more) to be given to families in need, to support their nutrition, provide income, care for the earth.
- (and any of the jams, jellies, relishes, and mustards left from the Christmas Fair!)