September 1, 2019
Dear NYAPC Members and Friends,
“Now may the Lord of peace…give you peace at all times in all ways.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16
The themes for the 2019 PC(USA) Peace & Global Witness Offering encourage the church of our time to cast off anxiety and fear, discord and division, and embrace God’s reconciling love to those around the corner and around the world. The 2019 Season of Peace begins Sunday, September 1 and culminates on World Communion Sunday, October 6, 2019. These five weeks give us an opportunity to reflect on peace, its meaning to us and our neighbors locally, nationally, and internationally. As the Presbyterian Mission Agency says, “For generations, and to the ends of the earth, Presbyterians have borne witness to Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.”
The themes of this five-week journey are “Come to the Table” and “Opening the Door to Peace.” You will find inserts in your Sunday bulletins reflecting these themes. We all are called to be faithful witnesses to Christ and to answer His call to be peacemakers. Each in our own way is called to give our time, our spirit, and our resources to create a world in which we are united in peace as God’s people.
In addition to the peace work we do as individuals and as a church, we can contribute to the annual Peace & Global Witness Offering. The Offering was created to support the work of peace at all levels of the church. Our NYAPC congregation will retain 25% of the Offering for its peace and justice work. National Capital Presbytery will receive 25% of the Offering for its Peacemaking grants to churches in the Presbytery. PC(USA) receives 50% of the Offering for its Peacemaking Program that develops resources, events, and programs responding to Christ’s call for peacemakers.
In past years, The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church has hosted PC(USA) International Peacemakers, including Elders from the Presbyterian Churches in Baghdad and in 2018 its pastor, Rev. Farouk Hammo, and in Basrah, Iraq. In 2016 we were privileged to host Rev. Rami al-Maqdasi from Iraq, born in Basrah, ordained in Syria, and now a pastor—and U.S. citizen!– at First United Presbyterian Church in Dunkirk, NY. We are called to Christ’s Table to help those suffering at home and globally—those fleeing flood waters and fires, immigrants, the homeless, the hungry. Your support of the 2019 Peace & Global Witness Offering will contribute to helping those in need and creating peace.
On October 6, 2019, World Communion Sunday, we formally collect the Peace & Global Witness Offering. Between now and October 6, in addition to bulletin inserts, you will find brochures and offering envelopes in racks and pews of the sanctuary. You also may donate online at the NYAPC web site. The Peace & Justice Committee asks that you prayerfully consider what you might give to promote Christ’s peace in the world and the neighborhood around us. May the Spirit be with us all as we move to help others.
Come to the Table!
Open the Doors to Peace!
Rev. Alice Rose Tewell Marilyn J. Seiber
Acting Head of Staff Chair, Peace & Justice Committee