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Christmas Joy Offering Season Begins This Sunday

Christmas Joy Offering Season begins this coming Sunday, December 2 and will continue through December 23. PCUSA offers resources to use before, during and after to promote Christmas Joy in your congregation.  Visit http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/christmasjoy.html for links to materials and resources.

47% (or 28 out of 59) churches in Foothills Presbytery gave last year.

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. Checks can be mailed care of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to P.O. Box 643700; Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) reflects God’s gift to us, through the Christmas Joy Offering, with generous gifts supporting church leaders among us, retired, present and future, who have pointed us to God. For church workers in need of financial help, whether due to declining health or a catastrophic event, such as the Hurricane Maria
in Puerto Rico, Christmas Joy provides for those needs through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions. Even as we support our current and former church leaders, God is calling new leaders for our Church and world, through the ministry of Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.

For students receiving scholarships and support at Menaul and Presbyterian Pan American secondary schools, and Stillman College, a Historically Black College, the generosity of Presbyterians means a brighter future and enhanced opportunities to use their talents and skills to serve God, the Church and the world for years to come.
We can never match God’s perfect gift in Jesus, but through the Christmas Joy Offering, we can testify to who we have known God to be. Our perfect gift comes from above. Our gifts reflect our generous God. Our gifts support leaders in our Church and world — past, present and future.

Our Christmas Joy Giving Record

47% (or 28 out of 59) churches in Foothills Presbytery gave last year.

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. Checks can be mailed care of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to P.O. Box 643700; Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

Our gifts support leaders in our Church and in the world — past, present and future. Half of the Christmas Joy Offering goes to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions to help current and past church workers and their
families who are in financial need. The other half also aids future church and society leaders who study in Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.

How Can My Church Get Involved with Christmas Joy?

Visit http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/christmasjoy.html for resources to use before, during and after to promote Christmas Joy.

Christmas Joy Materials & Webinars:

Congregations with standing orders for promotional materials should expect those packages to arrive in mid-November. Digital copies of this year’s resources will be uploaded to the website in the next few weeks and orders for additional supplies can be made at the PC(USA) Store starting in November.

Join in a webinar to discuss the offering and ways of promoting the Offering:

  • Tuesday, November 13th at 12pm EST for Congregation Leaders (Register here)

What is Christmas Joy?

What is Christmas Joy?

In the lead up to Christmas, many of us spend time in search of the perfect gift — the gift that communicates to friends and family how much we know and love them. We search our memories for indications of what gift might cause the faces of our loved ones to light up. We scour the stores and shops, hoping to come across the thing that will communicate a depth of love that our words cannot.

As important as gifts to loved ones are, we have an opportunity to give gifts that help many people we do not know through the Christmas Joy Offering. These gifts in particular draw us back to the manger and God’s perfect gift to us — Jesus Christ.

Jesus came to live among us, bringing light into darkness, and reconciliation to God and to one another. A perfect gift from a gracious God.

During this Christmas and Advent Season, we celebrate leadership; past, present and future through support of the Christmas Joy Offering. We do so because church leaders greatly impact our lives of faith, walking with us down the path to be more like Jesus. We want those church leaders and their families who find themselves grappling with a critical financial need to have the resources they need which are provided through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions. We also support the offering to help our future leaders in the church and world, like those educated at our Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. Supporting these students helps the whole church develop leaders who reflect the wideness of God’s intended diversity.
For those supported through the Christmas Joy Offering, this help is truly a gift from above. May our gifts, and the leaders who receive them, point us always to the truth of the one whose birth we celebrate, Jesus Christ — the truly perfect gift.

To learn more about the Christmas Joy Offering, please visit:

2018 Webinars: 
  • Tuesday, November 6th at 12pm EST for Mid-Council Leaders (Register here)
  • Tuesday, November 13th at 12pm EST for Congregation Leaders (Register here)

Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019



Get READY for the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium – a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

EVENT ESSENTIALS

DATE: Tuesday, July 16th- Saturday, July 20th, 2019
LOCATION: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
AUDIENCE: High School Age youth and accompanying adult advisors (Entering freshmen through graduated seniors; adult advisors must be 21 yrs+)
THEME: “HERE’S MY HEART”

Click here: 2019 Foothills Triennium Delegation Application

Find more about registration, event plans and travel information on their website, Presbyterian Youth Triennium . All participants must be registered through a local presbytery or church delegation.

FOOTHILLS PRESBYTERY CONTACT:
Stephen Price, Director of Youth & Young Adults at Central Presbyterian Church in Anderson, SC
sprice@centralpresby.com
cell: (864) 978-9607
church/work: (864) 226-3468

Foothills Presbytery Necrology Report

At Foothills, we have traditionally had an annual recognition and celebration of the deaths of ruling elders, teaching elders, and teaching elder spouses.  A few years ago we moved this to our November presbytery meeting in honor of All Saints.

We ask presbyters to give prayerful recognition of the life and service of those ruling elders, teaching elders, and teaching elder spouses whose lives on earth have ended. If you know of any Ruling Elders, Teaching Elders, or Teaching Elder spouses that have passed from November 2017 until now who should be honored at our November 13, 2018 Presbytery Meeting, please notify us by email to wtempleton@foothillspresbytery.org by October 31.

Thank you!

PDA Updates: Response to Hurricane Florence

Here’s what we know right now *

In South Carolina:

The situation is being monitored very closely by everyone involved. National and state VOADS (Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster) are ready to mobilize once they determine and assess need.

The state coordinator is Sam Carr and his email is scarr@emd.sc.gov

Local CHURCHES with chainsaw or cleanup teams should register on the Crisis Cleanup website and list the name of your individual church NOT ‘PDA’. This will allow you to pick jobs or assignments as they are listed and complete them in the queue.

Gasbuddy.com is being monitored to determine areas running low on fuel and monitor high priority refueling areas.

Volunteersc.org is up and running so unaffiliated volunteers can connect with affiliated groups and find work.

Horry county (Myrtle Beach area) Disaster Relief / Waccamaw VOAD set-up disasterhelp.me – this is their central site for VOADs, those impacted by disaster, volunteers and all the paperwork that needs to be completed.


* Foothills Presbytery Committee on Shared Ministry (Mission Team) is meeting today to discuss other ways we can support and send aid to those affected by the wrath of Florence.