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This Month's Mission Focus
Deacons' Benevolence Offering for May
The Deacons have chosen Sojourners' Alliance for their 1st Sunday Benevolence Offering for May. Its brochure states: "Sojourners' offers transitional and affordable housing for homeless men, women, and families. Transitional housing differs from emergency shelter in that participants can stay up to 6 months. After the 6 months, continuation of the program is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, allowing those who need it the extra time to get back on their feet. Participants are required to attend weekly case management meetings. Through these meetings participants take a hard look at the root causes that led to their being homeless. Often these meetings involve conversations about career goals, money management, and debt reduction. Sojourners also offers counseling services, and referrals to other professionals and agencies as needed."
Our congregation can donate money for various needs such as hygiene products and new twin sheets and new pillows which Sojourners' provides for each new resident. Please remember Sojourners' Alliance for the month of May. Checks can be made out to First Presbyterian Church with Sojourners' Alliance written on the memo line.
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Pentecost Special Offering
Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. The Holy Spirit remains with us still, connecting us with the church of the past, continuing to inspire the church of today, and pointing us to the church of the future. Each year, this celebration is marked by receiving the Pentecost Offering, which nurtures the faith of those who are the church to come—children, youth, and young adults.
“I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord,… to give you a future with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). These comforting words reminded the Israelites that, despite their experience of the present, God’s plans for them—and for us—are peaceful, abundant and hopeful. Our gifts to the Pentecost Offering connect young people with God’s hope and future.
The Pentecost Offering is one of four special offerings of the Presbyterian Church (USA) which are taken at various times during the year. Since this offering started in 1998, Presbyterians have raised more than $15 million for ministries that benefit younger members of God’s family. It supports several programs and initiatives:
40% of the Pentecost Offering remains with our congregation to support ministries with children and youth in our church and local community. Our church has used our portion of this offering for Camp Spalding camperships, the summer weekend food for kids program coordinated by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and Family Promise to help homeless families with children.
25% goes to Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) to train and equip volunteers to engage in mission at more than 13 sites in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to providing training and counseling, YAV assists with student loan debt, medical insurance, and a simple living stipend to ensure all young adults have the opportunity to participate.
25 % supports ministries with youth, ages 12-18, and those called to accompany them. It offers youth a chance to explore faith, assists youth ministry workers, enables Presbyterian Youth Triennium gatherings, and provides digital resources for youth ministry.
10% supports child advocacy through the “Educate a Child, Transform the World” national initiative, which was affirmed at the 221st General Assembly in 2014. The goal of this initiative is to motivate and inspire Presbyterians to improve the quality of public education.
Your gift to the Pentecost Offering will help provide opportunities for young people to grow in and share their faith in Christ. If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot. Please mail your offering to the church office, 405 South Van Buren St., Moscow ID 83843 (memo: Pentecost Offering), give online at https://tithe.ly/give?c=982246, or look for the special offering envelope in the pew rack on Sunday morning. The offering will be dedicated on Pentecost Sunday, June 5.