Each month Old Stone Church designates one mission partner as our focus of the month.
All loose change in the offering plate that month will go toward the selected project.
Mission Focus for March 2015
One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) has a sixty-nine year history as an ecumenical endeavor that presently involves nine denominations. The Presbyterian Church (USA) allocates funds for those in need as follows:
- 32% to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, which focuses on the long-term recovery of disaster-impacted communities.
- 32% to Self-Development of People, a program that assists people in beginning or developing their own businesses to become more self-sufficient.
- 36% to the Presbyterian Hunger Program, which not only directly provides food but also educates farmers in the more efficient use of available resources.
A limited amount of fish-shaped banks will be available for collecting coins during Lent. The banks will be received along with the OGHS offering on Palm Sunday, March 29. All loose change in the offering plate will go to this cause.
Food Pantry Item of the Month
On Friday mornings (except the first Friday of the month) from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Old Stone operates a food pantry. Like other food centers, our demand has been increasing dramatically over the past few months. As unemployment benefits run out, foreclosures and layoffs continue, the demand here will rise. Your donations of food on Sunday help us reach more needy people. Just imagine what we could do if every person who came to worship brought one can of our targeted food once a month. Now think about what could be done if everyone brought one can each Sunday – just one can. That might mean anywhere from 200 to 800 cans of tuna, or peas or spaghetti sauce.