The Pentecost Offering unites us in a churchwide effort to support young people in Christ and inspire them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world.
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.
Studies show that a foundation of faith established during childhood through young adulthood, helps ensure lifelong faith and service. Psalm 71 testifies to this same truth. Verse 17 says “O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.” The patterns and lessons established during these formative years continue to bear fruit throughout a person’s life.
These lessons might be taught through a congregation’s commitment to Educate a Child, Transform the World in ministries that shape a child’s academic achievement, setting them on a path toward a stable future. They might be taught through one of the youth events sponsored by Ministries with Youth at the national church that brings together young people from all over the country to share their experiences of faith with one another, and learn how their faith can help them address challenges all over the world. Or our young adults may be guided through a year of intentional service where they discern God’s call upon their lives by our Young Adult Volunteer Program.
What led you to becoming a believer?
Chances are, your relationship with God started when you were young. You were probably introduced to the church by your parents. But what kept you coming back?
Can you think of a time you had a chance to volunteer through church, and learn to serve God by serving others? Did a youth pastor help you understand Scripture, and deepen your faith? Did you attend a youth group, and make lifelong friends? Did you face a challenge, and find help in a church-supported program?
Growing up is hard. Growing up without these positive experiences is hard to imagine. Studies show young people who participate in their religion reap benefits not only in their youth, but well into adulthood.
That’s why the Pentecost Offering (received April 6-May 24) is so important. This Offering supports a diverse range of youth programs: helping children at risk, providing opportunities for Young Adult Volunteers to serve around the world, sharing the gospel and making connections through youth ministry, and creating bright futures through advocacy for and education of children.
The Pentecost Offering is your chance to give the positive influence of our faith to a young person who needs it today.
If you like the idea of lending support close to home, know that 40% of your Pentecost Offering gift will stay with your congregation to help youth right in your own community. But whether the Offering is used near or far, every gift helps young people grow with God—making an incredible difference in the world.
Please give generously:
We have a lot going on around CPC this month! Here are just a few of the things on the calendar that are happening soon!
Saturday, May 9th the CPC Men invite everyone to join them in the NAMI Walk at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock at 9 am. Click Here for more info and Click Here to Donate to NAMI!
Sunday, May 24th is Pentecost Sunday and we’ll be welcoming Lance Jones as our Guest Minster! We’ll also be taking up the Pentecost offering. Click Here to Give to the Pentecost Offering!
Sunday, May 31st is Youth Sunday. Our Youth and Youth Leaders are planning a wonderful service. You will not want to miss this time to see our youth in action as they lead our worship that day.
“Faith in Jesus is why I’m involved in this new initiative. It’s not a social program, it’s a gospel program, the way I look it.”
Joseph Johnson, a member of Self-Development of People (SDOP), challenges you to dream big—for all God’s people.
“Jesus told the church, ‘you feed them, you take care of people, you respond to people, you interact with people, you find ways to change lives and ultimately the world,’” he says.
Johnson is part of a new initiative focused on the New Orleans/Delta region. It brings together members of SDOP, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program—all of which are already working within the region on other projects—to more effectively help families still suffering nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. The three ministry areas, all part of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, are supported through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering that is taken up during our Easter Sunday service.
The Presbyterian Women’s Birthday offering will be received on June 29, during morning worship. The offering funds up to five projects that are not included in ongoing General Assembly mission support, such as agricultural development, child care, community organization, criminal justice, drug counseling, economic justice, elderly care, employment training, homelessness, literacy, violence and women’s concerns.
The Creative Ministries Offering Committee has chosen one project—Blue Corn Mothers Alliance—as the recipient of the 2014 Birthday Offering of Presbyterian Women. This project provides a range of services, from crisis intervention to education, for Albuquerque’s Native American women who experience domestic violence. The grant amount will depend on gifts contributed during 2014. The goal for the 2014 Birthday Offering is $500,000. Please give as you have been blessed and support this life-changing project. If you won’t be in Church this Sunday please visit http://www.presbyterianwomen.org/birthday to give.
The Pentecost Offering
Investing in the Church’s Greatest Resource. Our Youth.
The Special Offerings are a way for all Presbyterians to make a difference in the lives of people around the world. The Pentecost Offering, one of four Special Offerings, gives us the unique opportunity to share God’s love by helping nurture faith in our youth and young adults.
Gifts to this Offering support young people in a variety of ways in the community and on a global level.
- 40% of your contributions remain within our congregation for use on behalf of youth in our community. We’ll invest the funds received in local programs focused on children at risk and development of youth.
- The Presbyterian Mission Agency uses the remaining 60% to improve the lives of youth and young adults around the world by supporting programs like the Youth Triennium and Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs). From advocacy that nurtures and protects our children, to ministries that inspire youth and those called to accompany them in their walk with Christ, your gifts serve young adults worldwide by bringing them together in fellowship, worship, and service.
Your Gift Will Make a Difference.
The opportunities and care provided to youth through the Pentecost Offering are invaluable in sharing the love of Christ. With your support, we can help transform young lives and make a positive impact in generations to come for a hopeful future. Here are some examples of how your gift makes a difference:
- More than 5,200 young people attended the Presbyterian Youth Triennium in 2013
- One-third of all Young Adult Volunteers go on to ordained leadership
How to give:
- Through the Pentecost Offering at CPC Sunday, June 8th
- Through the web at presbyterianmission.org/give/pentecost
- Text “YOUNG” to 20222
Help us share God’s love. Please give generously to the Pentecost Offering. For answers to questions, contact the Presbyterian Mission Agency by visiting presbyterianmission.org/pentecost or by calling 800.728.7228, x5047.
“Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.” (Romans 5:5)
The One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering will be taken during our Easter Morning Service.
OUR HANDS OF HOPE
When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing you are assisting in the empowerment of others as they move past emotional, physical, and spiritual misfortune. Your help gives hope.
At home and abroad, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance helps strengthen the faith community and enables those affected by natural or human-caused disasters to be part of the rebuilding and recovery efforts in their communities.
Life-changing grassroots programs like Huerto de la Familia (The Family Garden) are supported by the Presbyterian Hunger Program. Huerto de la Familia strives to cultivate community integration and economic self-sufficiency through training in organic farming and the development of food-based small businesses.
Self-Development of People, through your generous gifts, provides grants to organizations like A Community Voice in New Orleans, a neighborhood group which assists low-to-moderate-income families in applying for jobs, housing, and food assistance.
Give to One Great Hour of Sharing to support these Presbyterian Mission Agency ministries as they strive to help all of God’s people find resilience, hope, and faith in the face of challenging circumstances.
There are three ways to contrinbute to the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. Donate at CPC using the envelopes located in the Easter Bulletin, text OGHS to 20222 to give $10, or donate online at presbyterianmission.org/give-oghs .
The 2013 Presbyterian Women Birthday Offering will be collected during worship on June 16th. The Birthday Offering is collected to celebrate the blessings in the lives of Presbyterian Women. The offering funds up to five projects that are not included in ongoing General Assembly mission support, such as agricultural development, child care, community organization, criminal justice, drug counseling, economic justice, elderly care, employment training, homelessness, literacy, violence and women’s concerns. If you’d like to contribute now you can by visiting THIS LINK!
Holy Week begins this Sunday with Palm Sunday, March 24th. Following Palm Sunday Worship we’ll be dedicating our new playground! Thursday, March 28th, we’ll be holding our annual Maundy Thurday Meal. This will be a Last Supper Meal and will include commnuion elements. Our Sanctuary will be open for quiet meditation from 1-3pm on Good Friday, March 29th. Services for the Resurrection of the Lord/Easter Sunday will include a Breakfast at 8am, Egg Hunt at 9am, and worship at 10am, on the morning of March 31st. During worship we’ll be collecting our One Great Hour of Sharing offering. For more information on this please watch the video, available below or at the “click to read more” link below!
CPC’s Youth will again be participating this year in the Souper Bowl of Caring! More than 20 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.” Since that day, more than $90 million has been raised for local charities across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring. It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving.
CPC’s Youth has raised over $500 for Neighbor to Neighbor of Pine Bluff over the last three years of the Souper Bowl of Caring! Neighbor to Neighbor will again be our charity recipient this year. We’ll be collecting can food items and monetary donations on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd after our worship service. For more information on The Souper Bowl of caring visit http://www.tacklehunger.org