Special Offerings at Manassas Presbyterian Church:
Per Capita Offering: As a member congregation of National Capital Presbytery, MPC supports the mission, leadership, teaching, and operations of the presbytery through our annual per capita payment. This offering is received in January.
Free-Will Offerng: Each year on Ash Wednesday, MPC receives a free-will offering that is dedicated to disaster or refugee relief. The recipient of this offering is determined each year in response to current needs. Since 2016, this offering has been dedicated to support the Church World Service Harrisonburg Immigration and Refugee Office in Harrisonburg, VA.
Rise Against Hunger: Since 2014, MPC has hosted a meal-packing event for Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). The Mission Ministry team sponsors the first 10,000 meals and members are encouraged to make donations to increase the number of meals we can pack each year.
One Great Hour of Sharing: This offering is received each year on Palm Sunday, and supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, The Presbyterian Hunger Program, and The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People
Pastor's Discretionary Fund: Each year on Maundy Thursday, MPC receives a free-will offering that is dedicated to the MPC Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. This fund allows the pastor to respond to the needs of MPC members and friends as concerns arise.
Pentecost Offering: This offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the offering is retained by individual congregations. MPC dedicates our portion of this offering to support CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, which supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. The remaining 60% supports the youth ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency: Young Adult Volunteers, Ministries for Youth, and Children-at-Risk.
Habitat for Humanity: On the first Sunday of July each year, this offering is received in support of the local Prince William County Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity provides programs for home ownership, critical home repair, home preservation, and weatherization and serves Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
Peace & Global Witness Offering: Received on World Communion Sunday, this offering enables the church to promote the peace of Christ across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to retain 25% of this offering to support local peacemaking ministries and connect with the global witness of Christ’s peace. MPC determines the recipient of this portion of the offering based upon current needs. Mid-councils retain 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation and are encouraged to support the Freedom Rising Fund. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.
Blanket Sunday: The Blankets+ Offering, supporting the relief efforts of PC(USA) mission partner Church World Service, is received the first Sunday of November. Contributions to this offering allow CWS to help families and individuals around the world recover from disasters and displacement and to gain the resources and develop the skills necessary to build, or rebuild, sustainable lives and communities.
Christmas Joy Offering: This has been a cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930s and is received on Christmas Eve.
- The Offering distributes gifts equally to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and to Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.
- The Assistance Program provides critical financial support to church workers and their families.
- Presbyterian-related schools and colleges provide education and leadership development while nurturing racial and ethnic heritage. This has been a Presbyterian commitment for nearly 140 years.