The Joy of Giving

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Advent asks us to open our hearts to God’s love and grace.

Three ways to share the Joy of Giving:

  • Christmas Joy Offering
  • Christmas Greeting Advent
  • Christmas Flowers

Funds from the Christmas Joy Offering help the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions provide critical financial assistance to eligible workers in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and their families, and to qualifying retired church workers and their families.

The Christmas Joy Offering also supports the education and development of our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges. These schools are dedicated to creating opportunities and environments for racial ethnic students built on a foundation of Christian values. The Offering benefits Menaul School and Presbyterian Pan American School, two secondary schools that ready students for a path of higher learning, as well as Stillman College, where graduates are prepared for lives of leadership and service.

Too busy to send Christmas cards this year? How about sending some greetings to your Central family–with all of the payoff but none of the work, while contributing to the transformative work of Central OAC?

This year, send a Christmas Greeting at Central! Your donation – which can be as small or as large as you wish – will help purchase birth certificates and state identification for guests of Central Outreach & Advocacy Center. A seemingly insignificant piece of plastic, a state ID makes it possible for guests to receive other services around our city – from housing and healthcare, to getting a job and accessing benefits.

You can submit your greeting and payment online (click here). Your greeting will be published in a special mailing and in the bulletin on Dec. 18. The deadline is Monday, Dec. 12. So, this season, skip the cards and send a Christmas greeting that will help open doors out of homelessness!

The flowers in the sanctuary during Advent and Christmas reflect the beauty and spirit of the season. Each year, Central offers you the opportunity to remember or honor a loved one through a gift to the Advent and Christmas flower fund.  Your gift will continue to bring joy and beauty throughout the New Year. A portion of the gift will also go toward the general flower fund.

Click here for any of the above donation opportunities.