Change for Change
On World Communion Sunday 2014, we kicked off a new and special offering we’re calling “Change for Change.” We encourage our members to find an interesting container – a basket made overseas, perhaps, or a pottery bowl – and put a coin or two in whenever they eat a meal at home. On our quarterly “Change for Change” Sundays, members bring the money they’ve collected, and contribute it during our offering. Each quarter, a different Sunday School class chooses a local organization to receive that quarter’s Change for Change offering. Organizations chosen have included Richmond’s ARC Park, the Central Virginia Sanctuary Congregation Network, Connor’s Heroes, and ACTS (Area Congregations Together in Service).
GPPC Peace and Global Missions Offering
Our Peace and Global Missions Offering collected on World Communion Sunday each year is an important part of a strong and long tradition of supporting the global missions of our denomination. Over the last 15 years, GPPC has contributed over $65,000 to support mission workers involved in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and demonstrating his love by: relieving hunger, giving medical care, building schools and teaching, aiding in times of disaster, organizing agricultural development, advocating for women, and more. Our gifts have gone to mission workers in 15 foreign counties including Croatia, China, Indonesia, Ghana, Cameroon, Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia,
Pakistan, Israel, Palestine, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Southern Sudan.
Mission Co-Worker Support
GPPC has a long tradition of providing direct support to Presbyterian missionaries around the world. It is our joy and responsibility to support missionaries who bear testimony to God’s healing and transforming love for all people everywhere. We currently work with three mission co-workers:
Jeff and Christi Boyd work for education, food security and fair trade in Central Africa.
Ruth Brown is a community health facilitator working in Ghana’s Northern Region with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana. She supports the church in creating sustainable, community-based programs of health promotion and disease prevention. She and her partners in Ghana help community members build and maintain coalitions that offer Christian education and leadership training for the development of public health programs. “I’m thoroughly convinced that coalitions, guided by God and focused on the common good, can accomplish anything,” she says.
Cindy Corell connects agricultural experts in Haiti with Haitian farmers to help farmers do what they do best—grow food for all.
Member in Mission Support
Our tradition of supporting Global Missions here at GPPC is also very personal. Many of our members have served or are serving as mission co-workers or as members in mission or live with family members who have served the Lord this way. Our current members in mission are: Richard Hamm, Hanil University and Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Jeonju, South Korea; and Grace Yeuell, Religious Education Program Director for Installation Management Command-Europe, Kaiserslautern, Germany and Ruth Brown, Zimbabwe (see above)
Forman Christian College
For a number of years, GPPC has provided financial support to Forman Christian College (FCC) in Lahore, Pakistan by providing scholarships to Christian students through The Friends of Forman College. Founded by Presbyterian missionaries in 1864, FCC has educated leaders in government, education, the arts, medicine and law, as well as educating leaders of the Pakistan Christian church. By offering quality higher education, FCC aspires to build a peaceful tomorrow in Pakistan
International Seminary Students
Our commitment to global missions is enhanced by our relationship with international students who attend Union Presbyterian Seminary. These students witness to us as servants of the Lord, sharing with us knowledge and awareness of their cultures and the practice of Christianity in their countries. While we support them in their time away from family and loved ones, they bring the global presence of Jesus Christ right into our church.
PCUSA Special Offerings
GPPC participates in the four annual church wide offerings of the Presbyterian Church (USA):
One Great Hour of Sharing is divided among Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Self-Development of People, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program. This offering is received every Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
The Christmas Joy Offering supports racial ethnic schools and assistance programs of the Board of Pensions. This offering is received every December.
The Peace and Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. . It is received on World Communion Sunday (early October).
The Pentecost Offering supports ministries to youth, young adults and children at risk. This offering is received each year on the Sunday when we observe Pentecost. We retain 40% of this offering to help youth in our own community