June 19, 2021: Juneteenth, Happy Freedom Day!
“Emancipation wasn’t a gift bestowed on the slaves; it was something they took for themselves, the culmination of their long struggle for freedom, which began as soon as chattel slavery was established in the 17th century, and gained even greater steam with the Revolution and the birth of a country committed, at least rhetorically, to freedom and equality. In fighting that struggle, black Americans would open up new vistas of democratic possibility for the entire country.”- Jamelle Bouie
June 20, 2021: Father's Day
“She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father.” -Harper Lee
June 20, 2021: Refugee Day
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.”
June 27, 2021: World AIDS Sunday
"People with HIV and AIDS are nothing to be afraid of. They are people just like every single one of us, and each has a story to tell. These people should be helped, embraced, and not dismissed. We need to open our hearts and our minds to them, and we just may learn we're pretty much all the same." -Lisa Lampanelli
AIDS Worship (from the PCUSA)
May 6: National Day of Prayer
For more information, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org
May 7: May Friendship Day
May Friendship Day is the traditional day for collecting the fellowship of the least coin offering. This is an international prayer movement that invites people to pray for peace, justice and reconciliation and, as a tangible token of their prayer, to set aside a “least coin” (in the US, a penny) with each prayer.
May 8: Fair Trade Day
Visit pcusa.org/fairtrade and pcusa.org/globalmarketplace for information and ideas.
May 16: Intercultural Church Sunday
Information is available at pcusa.org/ministries/intercultural- ministries.
May 22: 1001 New Worshiping Communities
Since 2012, the PC USA has launched more than 600 new worshiping communities. Find out more at pcusa.org/1001
May 23: Pentecost Offering
Send your gift through your normal receiving agency or mail them to PO Box 643 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264. Encourage alternative giving- urge church members to consider using the Presbyterian Giving Catalog when purchasing teacher appreciation gifts or Mother’s Day gifts. Visit pcusa.org/pgcresources.
May 23: Presbyterian Heritage
Download church bulletin inserts at history.pcusa.org/hs.
May 30: Mission Worker Sunday
To connect with an international mission coworker visit pcusa.org/mission connections to read their profiles and letters. Do you have a mission coworker speak to your congregation contact firstname.lastname@example.org
April 1: Maundy Thursday
April 2: Good Friday
April 4: One Great Hour of Sharing
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. Visit here for more information or resources: https://specialofferings.pcusa.org/offering/oghs/
April 4: Resurrection of the Lord/Easter
April 5: Season of Pentecost Begins
The season of pentecost begins and continues until Sunday, May 23. Visit pcusa.org/pentecost to learn more about pentecost or to participate in Pentecost Offering.
April 7: Holocaust Remembrance Day
Plan a Christian or Interfaith Study or observance using materials found at Presbyterian.org/interfaith
April 8: International Roma Day
Learn about international missions workers addressing the discrimination, poverty and social separation experienced by the Roma people in Ukraine. Visit pcusa.org/missionconnections and search for "Roma" to find stories.
April 17: International Day of Farmers' Struggles
Farmers feed the planet, but are among the the poorest and hungriest people in the world. Hightlight struggles in different parts of the world. Engage your congregation with resources from pcusa.org/togetherjustice. Give a reliable source of nourishment and income to a farmer in a developing country by providing the livestock, tools and training needed to start their own farm.
April 22: Earth Day
For worship resources and information, see pcusa.org/earthday.
April 24: Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day
Pray for Christ's followers in the Middle East, for Armenia and for all who suffer persecution. Resources for worship are pcusa.org/armenian-genocide.
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