Sharing brings joy. To others, to God, and to us. That is the theme of this year’s One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering.
Catastrophic storms and wildfires throughout the United States. War and political uprisings in the Middle East. Stories of disaster, hunger, poverty, and other tragedies filled our newspapers and television screens throughout 2012.
Hearing such stories it is easy to become disheartened. But it is in the midst of times like these that the prophet Isaiah’s words remind us that we are called to be “the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.”
We are called to make God’s community livable for all.
Through our generous gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, we can help Presbyterian Disaster Assistance restore communities around the world affected by disaster, including those still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Program was immediately on the ground in Sandy Hook, working with families and community leaders after the Newtown school shootings.
The OGHS offering also supports the Presbyterian Hunger Program and the Self Development of People program. Our gifts have gone to support New Haven’s Teach Our Children program provides resources for non English speaking parents in the New Haven Public Schools, and to Mothers For Justice, a transitional housing program for women and children sponsored by Christian Community Action.
We will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering on Palm Sunday, March 24th. Our simple acts of sharing lead to great transformation. Envelopes for this special offering can be found in the pews.
Please give generously.