Everyday Life @ FPC
The Two Cents-a-Meal Offering invites every member of the church to prayerfully contribute a few cents at each meal to help alleviate hunger. Everyone can give a few pennies. For many years, First Presbyterian has been a leader in hunger projects in our area. We invite you to make a special effort to give on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 22, to express your gratitude for having food on your table.
The Two Cents-a-Meal concept originated with Presbyterian women to provide an opportunity for individuals and families to participate in a corporate response to world hunger. The Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering funded a hunger program that started the Hunger Action Enabler network in 1973. In November 1975, Florida resident Rosellyn Calvert, whose own family was struggling financially, asked God what she could do to help those suffering from hunger and poverty around the world. She was led to give just two cents a meal. The Calvert family committed to each give two cents, and in April of 1976, Rosellyn shared the concept with her presbytery. Today, most presbyteries encourage the contribution of two cents (or more) per person at each meal, reminding individuals, families, and groups each time they eat of the needs of others and our call to respond as Christians to their hunger. Daily participation is a reminder of the reality of hunger for millions of our sisters and brothers in the world.
As the money accumulates, regular acts can result in significant responses to hunger. There is great strength in working together with other Christians. Over the last 30 years, Salem Presbytery has collected 3 million dollars through the project. These dollars have been given as grants to projects here in North Carolina and around the world. Rowan Helping Ministries and Meals on Wheels of Rowan have been regular recipients of those funds.
As you count your blessings this Thanksgiving, I encourage you to share what you have with the hungry. You may bring your offering to worship on November 22. We will have envelopes and a container at the back to collect your gifts. You may also give through the link on the website, or simply send a check to First Presbyterian Church marked for “Two-cents a meal offering.”