|PW Mission Pledge a/k/a Celebration Giving
||The PW mission pledge is an annual pledge to Presbyterian that is in addition to the tithes and other support to the church. Contributions to the Mission Pledge fund the work of PW at all levels and the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Without the mission pledge, the church’s ministry in the world would noticeably shrink. Our Basement and Bake Sales help suppoort our mission offering.
Our pledge is: $3,210.00 per year –Our pledge has varied over the years, but the total we have pledged for the last 20 years has exceeded $72,000.00
|Thank Offering October
during Dedication Sunday
|The PW Thank Offering originated in the late 1800s with Eliza Clokey of Springfield, Ohio. Her plan was to ask each woman to give a gift in addition to her usual contribution to the Women’s General Missionary Society of the United Presbyterian Church of North America as a “thank offering to our Lord.” In 1888, the women designated a day for prayer and thanksgiving when this special offering should be received. These sacrificial gifts, it is said, saved the worldwide missionary movement of their denomination. Though the thrust of how and where the money was used changed over the years, the “thank offering to her Lord” continued to be an important part of United Presbyterian Women’s giving
The Thank Offering gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the special blessings in their lives. The offering funds projects 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. At least 40 percent of this offering supports health ministries throughout the world. The remaining 60 % funds new creative ideas for mission.
Our offering will be collected on in October during our MIssion Dedication Sunday. Our total for over 20 years has been $6,710.00
||In 1922, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Woman’s Auxiliary (PCUS), it was decided that an offering should be made for a definite cause. That same year, Hallie Paxson Winsborough, superintendent of women’s work, visited Miss Dowd’s School for Girls in Kochi, Japan. Realizing the school’s needs, she challenged members of the Women’s Auxiliary to give one penny for each year of their life as a birthday gift to the school. Over the years, that tradition has become known as the Birthday Offering. Presbyterian Women have given more than $29 million in support of mission projects throughout the world. Our collection will be during the Gifts of Women Sunday
The Birthday Offering is a PW offering 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. We have collected over $6,500
The Birthday Offering and the Thank Offering make it possible for new and existing ministry projects around the world to expand their work in new and creative ways.
||Each Spring we award one or two Honorary Memberships to members who live their faith and contribute faithfully to the work of First Presbyterian Church, Mishawaka. Each membership costs $95.00, and these funds raised provide grants for leadership development, attendance at seminars and conferences, and scholarships to the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women
|Fellowship of the Least Coin
||Fellowship of the Least Coin links prayer and "least coins" in a very significant way, as the least coin becomes the symbol of prayer for peace and reconciliation. Fellowship of the Least Coin, an ecumenical prayer movement, was begun in 1956 by Shanti Solomon of India who believed that women anywhere could have a sense of being part of a worldwide family of faith as they prayed for peace and reconciliation and set aside the least coin of their country as a symbol of that prayer. As coins are gathered from around the world, they become a sign of our oneness in the common quest for peace, justice and reconciliation. Grants are made by an international committee for special projects of evangelism, service, ecumenical solidarity, awareness-building among women and relief throughout the world. Presbyterian women are encouraged to participate in the Fellowship of the Least Coin. It matters — prayer and least coins are making a difference all over the world. Prayers and least coins allow us to envision a brighter future for many. Where PW history is concerned, we can tell where we are going by where we have been. The same applies to The Fellowships of the Least Coin: we have had a solid 50 years of prayer and positive action that have made a difference for all involved. May the next 50 years be the same.
||Everytime we gather we donate to the Hunger fund. Our donation goes to Geneva Center to the Water To date we have collected $6903.00