Christmas Joy Offering

Please read the following about the Christmas Joy Offering through the Presbyterian Mission Agency. This offering is collected to provide critical financial assistance to church workers and their families when they find themselves in a crisis situation (say, if a pastor had a house fire, an emergency deposit can be made in her bank account within hours). The offering also helps to give scholarships to future church leaders at racial and ethnic schools affiliated with the PCUSA. Please consider giving generously out of joy and gratitude. Envelopes should be available in the pews. Remember, like all gifts through the PCUSA, 100% of what you give goes directly to mission, and none goes to administrative costs.

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Christmas Dedications

Would you like to remember or honor someone or express your thanks for a special blessing? Instead of live Poinsettias we will again decorate with our artificial ones, but we will still list our thoughts of special people or events. For a $10.00 donation per listing, see or call Jill Russom. The listings will be in the bulletin before Christmas as well as Christmas Eve. The $10.00 donations this year will go to Bruce Boulton’s prison ministry.

The Thank Offering

Since 1888, Presbyterian Women have joyfully expressed gratitude for God’s blessings by sharing their blessings with those in need at home and around the world. The Thank Offering funds programs that provide education, safe housing, clean water, health care, help for prisoners, justice for women, and so much more. Fifteen life-changing ministries are chosen each year to receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. At least 40% of the money collected each year is given to health-related ministries. In the past, women of this church have gathered at Jeanne MacCorkle’s house to share a meal and give a donation for the Thank Offering. This year, we are asking those who want to give to this offering to give anytime during the month of November. You can put a check in the offering plate made payable to Presbyterian Women, cash in a labeled envelope, or you can give online at www.presbyterianwomen.org/thank.

Steadfast restarting

The steadfast class will start its fall meetings Wednesday, September 13th with a pot luck supper at 6:00pm in the fellowship hall. We encourage all women to join us for the fellowship and to help support the work of the church. If you have any questions or need a ride call Pam Hanke or Carol Hawley.

School Supplies

As September approaches, we want to help out the students in our area who cannot afford the school supplies they need. General supplies requested both for the Northville and Edinburg schools are:

For Northville Elementary

  • 2 Pocket Folders
  • Composition Books
  • Glue Sticks
  • Very few book bags (we have 10 at Elementary level)
  • Binders – ring binders any size
  • Highlighters

There is not a need this year for: colored pencils, pens, erasers, small scissors, filler paper, single subject notebooks, and crayons.

For Northville Middle & High School

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Binders
  • String backpacks

For Edinburg Common School

  • Computer ear buds
  • Dry erase markers and erasers
  • Glue sticks
  • Black and white composition notebooks
  • 2 pocket folders
  • #2 pencils, pre-sharpened, if possible
  • Individual highlighters

The supplies will be delivered early in September. If you have any questions, please contact Pam Hanke. Our annual school supplies request is a Presbyterian Women project.