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One Great Hour of Sharing

Collecting now - April 17, 2022

Dear Friends of Central Presbyterian Church,

 

Lent is traditionally a season of fasting and prayer. It is a time when we are invited to pay closer attention to spiritual disciplines that deepen our understanding of what God is doing in our lives and in the world. With the turmoil that we are witnessing and experiencing in our lives and the world,  having a tangible way to respond to life’s challenges is important.  One way of living out our faith commitment this Lenten Season is to financially support the missions and ministries funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing.  

The One Great Hour of Sharing offering, received by many Christian denominations during Lent each year, has been around for over seven decades.  In 1946, as victims of war in Europe were struggling through near-starvation and homelessness, a few American Christians responded by raising funds for relief for those in perilous situations. 

One Great Hour of Sharing is an annual opportunity to participate in global ministry, helping to provide relief in disasters, giving food and water, and investing long-term in areas of poverty and injustice.  Presbyterians join with Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, and other denominations in bringing together a true One Great Hour of substantial assistance to people facing challenging situations around the world, following Jesus' admonition to care for neighbors in need.

 

Typically received during the season of Lent, each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing supports efforts to relieve hunger through the Presbyterian Hunger Program, promote development through the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People, and assist in areas of disaster through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. For example, our Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been already supporting sibling churches and ecumenical partners who are already providing assistance with basic items for survival.  Our program’s first priority is to provide funding to these partners on the ground.  It is interesting to consider that the One Great Hour of Sharing was started in response to refugees coming out of Europe.

We invite you to visit the One Great Hour of Sharing website (www.presbyterianmission.org/oghs) to find out more information on how your support of OGHS helps people all over the world, and offer prayers for the projects and people who receive them. 

Consider this quote found on our Presbyterian denomination’s website regarding supporting people in need during trying times:

“God’s people are called to stand in the “GAP” - Give.  Act, Pray.

One Great Hour offering may be given on-line, mailed to the church, dropped off at the church office, or given in person via envelope or fish bank that was shared with our children last week at church.  We will formally dedicate this offering on Easter Sunday, April 17.  Please add “One Great Hour” on the note line of your check or online donation.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration and support of this

vital mission.

 
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Ongoing Collection

The Human Needs Food Pantry (HNFP) re-opened its doors to clients on a limited basis. Although the Pantry recently began accepting non-perishable food donations, due to pandemic safety precautions, we will continue to accept monetary donations - no food donations. If you would like to contribute, Central will be collecting money to donate to HNFP.

If you would like to help, please click "Give Now" and choose the

Red Wagon fund. Or, mail a check payable to Central Presbyterian Church.  Write "Human Needs Food Pantry" in the lower left hand corner, and mail to:

Central Presbyterian Church
46 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042 

Thank you. Stay well and safe.

Peace,
The Mission Committee