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Federated Missionary Society

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International Evangelism

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2016 PC USA Mission Experience

2016 PC USA Mission Experience

Out Of The Darkness…Into The Light

A group of Presbyterian women will travel to the San Francisco Bay Area in California, September 22–30, 2016, for PW’s fourth USA Mission Experience. They will connect concerns raised by past USA Mission Experiences and Global Exchanges with similar issues in the Bay Area. Participants will encounter challenges to God’s promise of a beloved community and witness to the faithful work being done by our sisters in the San Francisco and San Jose presbyteries.

 The USA Mission Experience equips women with an understanding of the region’s history and culture, the existing ministry of the church and the challenges faced by local women and children. On this trip, participants will

  • learn about human trafficking, domestic violence and immigration issues;
  • develop skills to advocate for immigrants and survivors of human trafficking;
  • identify resources women can use to help eliminate slavery and domestic violence;
  • examine the myths and realities of immigration; and
  • explore personal immigration stories.

Applications are due to your PW in the Synod moderator by July 15, 2015. Download an application now!

2016 Youth Triennium

Presbyterian Youth Triennium July 19-23 2016 – Plan now to attend! watch your emails for more information. If your youth groups are interested in attending contact the Presbytery Office.  Consider becoming the an adult delegate for the next Youth Triennium.

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PCUSA Special Offerings

Pentecost offering

Bobbi Updegraff from the Lycoming Presbyterian Church in Williamsport is an an ambassador for our PCUSA Special Offerings program or Presbyterian Disaster Assistance since 2000—She would love to come to your churches to interpret mission for these Special Offerings. Please contact Bobbi ( robertaupdegraff@me.com )if you are interested in scheduling.

The Pentecost Offering, is awesome in its scope for the future.

The Pentecost Offering includes a local component For those of us passionate about equipping the next generation for service this is win-win. The Pentecost Offering provides opportunities for our local youth groups, and supports national youth ministries as well. Let’s promote the Pentecost Offering and utilize the funds that flow back to our local churches.
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 remaining 60% is used to support ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency:
• Young Adult Volunteers
• Ministries for Youth
• Children-at-Risk

For more information on the Pentecost Offering click here –  http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/pentecost

One Great Hour Of Sharing

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The second Special Offering on the Liturgical calendar.

Gracie was the Lenten centerpiece of our supper table when our children were growing up. She was the reminder of what Jesus could do with small fish. My husband remembers the ½ pint milk cartons that preceded Gracie. Together they demonstrated for children the power of pennies, nickels and dimes, combined with the willingness of tiny hearts to serve God.

One Great Hour of Sharing began as a response to the devastation of World World II in Europe. It was started in 1946 as a radio plea that raised $3.8 million for relief and reconstruction. This nationwide ecumenical offering has evolved into in to an international witness to the glory of God when Christians work together for a common cause. The purpose of OGHS has remained the same for almost 70 years—to collect offerings to assist those in need. Today projects are underway in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada.

Follow Gracie: http://www.pcusa.org/resource/gracie-and-food-desert-2015/

Follow Special Offerings at: https://www.facebook.com/specialofferings

Contact Special Offerings Ambassador Bobbi Updegraff @ Robertaupdegraff@me.com to schedule a mission interpretation opportunity for your congregation

Human Trafficking Awareness

An important message from
Grace Marable
Social Action Coordinator (Philadelphia Presbyterian Women)

 2f77c80a7cbbc2bcd61dfc5a40526c3fJanuary 11, 2015 was Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  You can find many resources to share with your congregations at http://www.traffickfree.org

The hotline number is 888-3737888

There is a film available at http://www.polarisproject.org

There is literature available on the Presbyterian Mission website (bulletin inserts)

There are organizations around that are working hard to put a stop to this crime

SOAP (start a) Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution campaign www.trafficfree.com

Work with ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking)

www.thecode.org      www.ecpatusa.org

You can support organizations working with-at-risk women and girls to prevent trafficking

Eagles Wings –   Lifeboat Project – Ecumenical Women’s Coalition against Human Trafficking- Restore Hope www.facebook.com/ewcahumantrafficking

www.presbyterianwomen.org/justice

 

Pray For Our Missionaries – December

burkhard_petzold_001-2_medium250Burkhard Paetzold ~ Mission co-worker in Germany  since 1998
Serving as regional liaison for Central and Eastern Europe
and facilitator of work with the Roma people.

As regional liaison Burkhard Paetzold helps connect Presbyterians in the United States with partner churches and programs in Eastern and Central Europe. He also implements regional strategies and provides support for mission personnel. Much of his ministry is with the Roma people of Central and Eastern Europe. Formerly referred to as “Gypsies,” a term now considered pejorative, they have encountered discrimination and oppression for centuries. Burkhard works with partners to promote the participation of Roma in congregational and church life, develop Roma leadership, and improve the economic development and education for Roma.

Burkhard Paetzold is helping PC(USA) partner churches to get a fresh vision of the Christian faith that transcends old divisions and builds on new opportunities. “Christians and non-Christians need to be enabled to see Christianity in a new light,” Burkhard says. “The challenge for Christians is to work for peace, justice and the integrity of creation and to communicate expressions of faith, hope and solidarity within a seemingly overwhelming “new world‟ of greed, selfishness and material temptations.”  {you can read more on Burkhard by clicking here ~ presbyterianmission.org mission connections – paetzold-burkhard/

You can also download a prayer card here ~ Prayer Card

 

Observe ORANGE DAY on the 25th of each month

Orange Ribbon Campaign-FBWitness and act for an end to violence against women and girls

On the 25th of each month – join people around the world in observing an Orange Day to work for an end to violence against women and girls. This call comes from Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women, a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls that is related to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women.

orangedayPray and Worship

  • Pray for guidance for all those who work to end violence against women. Pray that all people turn from violence.
  • Opposing violence against womena prayer by the Rev. Sarah Henkel
  • Teaching elders can preach on the issue of ending violence against women and girls. Check out this sermon by the Rev. Jeffrey Geary of the White Plains Presbyterian Church.

Advocate

Act

  • Take part in the Stop Rape Now campaign to stop the use of rape in war.
  • Plan to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network provides ideas and liturgical resources.
  • Wear orange. Tell those you meet why you are wearing orange. Take pictures and share them on social media with an explanation of why you are wearing orange.
  • Join Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence.
  • Create a group in your worshiping community, mid-council, school or other location to work to end violence against women and girls.
  • Sign the global call for action to tell governments around the world that you want them to make ending violence against women and girls a top priority.
  • Ask 3 people you know to sign the call to action.
  • Join SayNO – UNiTE to End Violence Against Women on Facebook and share why you think ending violence against women and girls should be a priority for decision makers around the world.

Connect with other Presbyterians

Learn what others are doing and use your imaginationUNiTE Orange Day Banner

Presbyterian World Mission

becca_young_medium250Support our Missionaries from Presbyterian World Mission through prayer and financial support.

Our August Missionary is Rev. Dr. Rebecca Young who serves in Indonesia.  Rebecca teaches at Jakarta Theological Seminary. In the classroom, she strives to help students be faithful and respectful witnesses as they go out to serve in a country of many religious traditions, among which Christianity is a small but strong minority. 

Home Presbytery:  Western North Carolina; E200300, D507529

For more information on the Presbyterian World Mission in Indonesia click on this link: World Mission Indonesia