For Sunday March 22, 2020
Hi, my name is Maggie Tratnyek and I am part of the 2020 confirmation class. During this unsettling time in our world it is more important than ever for our congregation to come together to support One Great Hour of Sharing and to help make the world a better place.
The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, The Presbyterian Hunger Program, and the Self-Development of People – all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance and hope. Each gift we provide to One Great Hour of Sharing helps to improve the lives of people in these difficult and challenging situations. Our goal this year as a Congregation is to raise $6,000.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church. Due to rapidly changing US immigration policies that deny access to asylum and limit refugee resettlement, PDA has had to regularly reassess and shift its attention in order to respond to the changes in circumstances, growing needs and opportunities. Hundreds of thousands of people have come to the US border in urgent need of a safe and politically secure place to live. Millions of refugees and displaced persons around the globe suffer from the loss of international aid and refugee resettlement opportunities. People of faith are providing life saving services in ways that uplift the soul and reaffirm an individuals dignity. Presbyterians are also connecting their passion to advocacy with our government to return to its earlier commitments to humanitarian and just policies for refugees and immigrants.
Last year PDA disbursed grants to presbyteries and US partners assisting refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons to continue this compassionate work domestically. Program support includes outreach and volunteer coordination for churches to accompany asylum seekers, shelter care, humanitarian aid to families separated by ICE raids and case management for families now reunited.
Thank you for your generous support to One Great Hour of Sharing to help the refugee program and let’s reach our goal of $6,000!We will dedicate our OGHS offering on Palm Sunday, April 5th and ask that you prayerfully consider your contribution to this wonderful ministry.