During the time we have been unable to meet in person, we have missed taking the Birthday Offering, which usually occurs in our circles in May. Since the inception of this historic offering in 1922, Presbyte- rian Women have contributed more than $36 million to help improve lives at home and around the world.
Grant recipients are carefully chosen each year. This year’s four recipients are GAP Ministries of Augusta (Georgia), Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center (Payson, Arizona), Center of Social Assistance (Davydovo, Russia) and the Northside Healing Space of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Let me say more about the fourth recipient because of its location, so recently in the news. The Northside Healing Space is part of Liberty Community Church in Minneapolis, the first and only African American-led Presbyterian congregation in Minnesota. This community-driven “heal- ing homeplace” provides supportive housing, workforce development, access to healthy food, K-12 school initiatives, and care for survivors of trauma and commercial sexual exploitation. The Birthday Offering grant of $75,000 is helping renovate their historic building and expand programming based on community needs.
Our PW has already begun gathering the Birthday Offering, and I ask that you consider making a donation, of any amount. Checks payable to Presbyterian Women, and designated for “Birthday Offering,” can be mailed to Kitty Bristow, PW Treasurer, 116 Marbella Way, George- town 78633. As of the newsletter deadline, $570 has been received. Our Birthday Offering was $448 in 2019. COVID-19 has interrupted many things, but generosity does not have to be one of them!
The peace of Christ be yours,
—Beverly Jones, co-Moderator