The Presbyterian Church (USA) is involved in helping people all over the world in the name of Christ. First Presbyterian Church, Sumter, participates in the four Special Offerings designated by the General Assembly, plus three offerings designated by the five Presbyteries in South Carolina.
PADD (Presbyterian Agency for the Developmentally Disabled)
PADD is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation established by the Presbytery of New Harmony, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, and continues a close relationship with Presbytery. Its mission is to provide the highest quality of life and the greatest level of independence for each resident within the context of a community based residential facility. The purpose of PADD is to: build and operate homes; coordinate community services; create training and support programs; maintain standards; and raise funding. The Florence Wren Home for six women has been in operation since 2007.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Gifts allow Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to restore communities around the world affected by natural and human-caused disasters. Generosity helps the Presbyterian Hunger Program work with Presbyterians and other partners to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in this country and internationally. Sharing makes it possible for Self-Development of People to affirm the dignity of all by assisting in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people.
Mother’s Day Offering
For over sixty years, First Presbyterian Church has partnered with Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina in receiving an offering on Mother’s Day used solely to provide financial assistance for needy residents of our five, full-service, retirement communities. This special offering supports seniors who outlive their resources and depend on the generosity of others for their care.
Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit as a source of new life. Through the presence of the spirit, we experience the transforming, redeeming love of God, who makes all things possible.
The Pentecost Offering is one of four Special Offerings of PC(USA). Gifts contributed help bring God’s comforting love to children at risk, nurture the growing faith of youth and provide opportunities for young adults to become spiritual leaders in the name of Jesus Christ.
Peacemaking and Global Witness Offering
Amid challenge and violence, we’re called to help by giving hope, locally and abroad, through the Peacemaking Offering. Traditionally received on World Communion Sunday, a gift to the Peacemaking and Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world.
Thornwell Thanksgiving Offering
Each November the Thornwell Thanksgiving Offering is received for the Thornwell Home for Children (nicknamed the “Turkey Offering” because of the turkey-themed offering cards Sunday school children use to save quarters for Thornwell). 100% of the money received from the turkey cards, along with designated gifts and loose offering on Thornwell Sunday are used to support these families.
Christmas Joy Offering
The Christmas Joy Offering is received for the equal benefit of the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, and racial ethnic schools and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (USA), for scholarship funding.
The Christmas Joy Offering provides a way to give thanks, and much-needed support, to active and retired church workers and their families who are struggling with urgent financial needs
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)—with its historic commitment to higher education—has long promoted the education of racial ethnic men and women through the establishment and support of racial ethnic schools and colleges. Thanks to the enduring legacy of the Christmas Joy Offering, today’s racial ethnic Presbyterian students may receive much needed scholarship assistance while their schools get help with basic operating costs. All Presbyterian Church (USA)-related schools and colleges are open to any qualified student regardless of race.