Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Peacemaking Offering

The Peacemaking Offering was created in 1980 to support the efforts of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to live out a deeper commitment to peacemaking as part of our faithfulness to God. It is one of four special offerings received each year by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Mount Hermon Church will receive the Offering on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday in October, which this year is October 2.

Each PCUSA congregation is encouraged to retain 25 percent of the Offering it receives to use for local ministries of peacemaking within the church and its community. Twenty-five percent is used by presbyteries and synods, and 50 percent is used by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. The 219th General Assembly (2010) adopted the resolution, “Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call.” This approach focuses on preventing illegal guns from getting into the wrong hands. Read the bulletin insert Heeding God’s Call to Act to discover how one church used their portion of Peacemaking Offering funds to help organize against the illegal sale of guns to criminals.

As we look forward to the cooler months of autumn, let us plan to offer ourselves as peacemakers both in our individual lives and in the wider world through this annual offering.