So this weekend we will be diving back into the spirit of Pentecost (the birth of the church) with a double celebration.
First, we will be ordaining and installing our new officers in worship. It is a key moment every year when we honor the special talents and abilities God has gifted to all of us, even as some are set apart for special service. And the color for ordinations and installations is red – just like Pentecost Sunday.
Second, since we were still meeting digitally over actual Pentecost this year, we will be taking up our annual Pentecost Offering. This is one of the four annual offerings of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It goes to support the extremely important work that our denomination does with youth, young adults, and at-risk children.
As we support our young adult volunteers (missionaries of a sort) and the faith formation of our young people, we also have a chance to choose a charity to which 40% of our offering proceeds will be given. Our Session has decided that this year, that portion will go to Hollidaysburg’s own Tiger Backpack Program – to help children facing food insecurity in our own community.
So, come wearing red and bring your generous spirit as we celebrate all that God is doing among us this Sunday in worship.
Blessings, Pastor Janie