To: the pastors and sessions of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Greetings in the name of our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
The Thank Offering provides the opportunity for us as God's people to sow, believing that there will be a great harvest to the glory of God in the work of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Christian Education, Home Missions and Church Extension, and Foreign Missions. The triune God - Father, Son, and Spirit - does not need our money. The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof (Psalm 24:1). However, as Paul expressed to the Corinthians concerning the offering for the poor in Jerusalem, God is glorified and the needs of his people are met through the giving of his church. It is a joy, then, to announce that $625,973 has been received from reporting congregations for the 2005 Thank Offering.
I would like to thank you for your generous outpouring of gifts not only in regard to the Thank Offering, but also in regard to the 2005 giving to Worldwide Outreach (WWO) and to the Disaster Relief Fund. In having received receipts for $2,565,214, the program committees of Christian Education, Home Missions and Church Extension, and Foreign Missions reached 100% of their budgeted receipts for the first time since 1997. Also, gifts in excess of $450,000 were received for OPC Disaster Relief (Hurricane Katrina). How we praise our Lord for his wonderful provision through your generous giving! We thank God for the great work that he has done in you and the great work that he is doing through you.
Thank Offering - $625,973
Worldwide Outreach 2005 Giving - $2,565,214
Foreign Missions - $946,165 (103.8%)
Home Missions - $884,044 (101.7%)
Christian Education - $274,452 (101.7%)
OPC Disaster Relief - $450,000
Please share this good news with your entire congregation and any who may be interested.
Cordially in Christ,
Danny E. Olinger, general secretary of the Committee on Christian Education, writing on behalf of the general secretaries of the Committee on Foreign Missions and the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church