Special Offerings

Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church participates in church-wide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (USA) that are a collective witness to Jesus Christ's love for the whole church. The One Great Hour of Sharing, and Peace & Global Witness Offering play an important role in defining what it means to be a connectional church. Over the years these offerings have provided ways for individuals and congregations to join together with each other and in partnership with other Christians in responding to a variety of concerns.


Every year 100% of the Christmas Eve Offering is donated to local and international mission partners who are serving the poor, hungry, homeless, oppressed, and afflicted.

Current campaigns

Peace and Global Witness. Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through special offerings to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Recognizing that the hope we have in Christ is lived out in our hope for one another, we respond with gifts that help our siblings around the world find hope for a brighter future. The Peace & Global Witness Offering is received during the Season of Peace which begins in September 5 and ends on World Communion Sunday, October 3, 2021.


The 2021 recipient of the P&GW special offering is PACT (People Acting in Community Together). Thank you for your support!


Bread for the World—letter writing campaign

Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church is a member of Bread for the World,  which works to organize communities and individuals to speak up about hunger and poverty.

 

Advocacy is hard work, and sometimes the victories do not come right away. But Bread has been doing advocacy for decades and has the expertise, experience, and track record for bringing hope and opportunity to people in the U.S. and abroad. 

 

The special offering for Bread is not in dollars. Instead members of SVPC participate in Bread’s Offering of Letters to Congress. For 2021, we are encouraged to ask our representatives to co-sponsor the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act, as well as making the expansion of the Child Tax Credit permanent.

 

The Global Malnutrition  Prevention and Treatment Act will invest in programs that promote community. Hundreds of millions of people overseas are on the brink of starvation, and these programs help people escape hunger.

 

Making the Child Tax Credit permanent would move millions of children out of poverty, help reduce hunger, and narrow the racial wealth gap exacerbated by unemployment as a result or COVID-19. 

 

This document provides the information to you need to advocate for these important issues.

Seasonal Special Offerings

One Great Hour of Sharing is a multi-denominational offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time. Today, projects are underway in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada. While specific allocations differ in each denomination, all use their One Great Hour of Sharing funds to make possible disaster relief, refugee assistance, development aid and more.


One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) gives to three specific ministries of the church: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), Pesbyterian Hunger Program and Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People.


Christmas Eve Offering

Each year our church community names local and worldwide organizations to receive the proceeds from the Christmas Eve offering. The needs of communities are overwhelming during this pandemic time, and the virus is impacting everyone. Inequities have become clear. Communities of color have been disproportionately affected, so with that in mind, the Mission & Service ministry team chose two organizations to receive the 2020 Christmas Eve offering:

 

The East Oakland Collective works to increase civic involvement, address issues of food and housing justice, and to effect economic development in deep East Oakland.

 

The California Immigrant Resilience Fund works with local organizations to help undocumented immigrants, who make up 10% of our state’s workforce and pay taxes, yet are excluded from federal and state safety networks. Through our Christmas Eve offering, we can make a difference in the lives of many. Thank you for being a congregation that cares.