We offer our gifts during this Advent Season to the Christmas Joy Offering because God shows us the power and importance of being together, of “being with.” We might not be able to meet face to face with those who need the support that the gifts provide, but we are very much still together. $1.1 million of the 2020 Christmas Joy Offering provided education and leadership development skills for students of color attending Presbyterian-related high schools and colleges. Rayondre (Ray) Roberts, graduate of Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama expressed appreciation and acknowledgment in these words. “I think a lot of people may not realize how many lives they can affect by their support,”; “It’s a simple fact when they give students a scholarship, especially those students who are really in need, it’s the best thing that could happen to them. It changes their lives.” Students of color dreams are now more possible thanks to the gifts of generous Presbyterians.
Additionally, $1.1 million of the 2020 Christmas Joy Offering is being used to provide critical financial support and grants for current and retired Presbyterian Church workers in times of need. Appreciation is expressed in the words of Rev. Jack Eisel, honorably retired, Sacramento, CA. “Knowing the impact that the Christmas Joy Offering support, it has always been important for me to promote the offering in the many churches I’ve served; I’ve gotten to highlight the wonderful things the Offering provide, and to encourage people to participate in this extraordinary generosity. And now, years late, I have firsthand knowledge of what a life changing difference it can make.” The income Supplement that the Eisels receive from the Board of Pension is making the difference between uncertainty and stability.
When we give to the Christmas Joy Offering, we share our love with the leaders of the church-past, present, and future. 50% of the Christmas Joy Offering assist retired church workers and their families with critical financial needs, and 50% makes it possible for students of color to learn and grow in faith at Presbyterian-related high schools and colleges.
Thank you for your support of the Christmas Joy Offering. Ways to Give: In-person, during worship, donate using the online link below, drop off at the church office (call before coming, (404) 284-3092).
If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot! $2.2 million is a lot!
Peace, Safety and Blessings
Elder Alice Moore