Since the founding of the PCA, the Women in the Church have played a vital role in supporting the ministries of the various committees and agencies. Each year, a Love Gift presentation has been prepared and made available from the Christian Education and Publications office highlighting the particular project for the year’s designated offering. Contributions are sent to CEP’s Love Gift Fund during the year and presented to the receiving agency or committee at the annual WIC Leadership Conference dinner.
At this year’s conference, a check for $92,000 from the 2007 Love Gift was presented to Gary Campbell, President of the PCA Retirement and Benefits, Inc. The Love Gift will be used for RBI’s Survivor Assistance ministry. Upon notification of the death of a PCA Teaching Elder or his wife, Survivor Assistance will fund and immediately send a check for $1000 to the surviving spouse and any dependents regardless of their income to help alleviate immediate financial pressure that may accompany the death of a spouse.
The 2008 designee is Christian Education and Publications. As a ministry of CEP, WIC has been instrumental in enabling CEP to move forward with its women’s, youth, and children’s ministries. The 2008 Love Gift, You Can See It in Their Eyes, carries forth CEP’s mission of making kingdom disciples who pass on the faith to the next generations. The six and one half minute presentation is available both in DVD and VHS format, along with supporting materials for distribution by the local church’s women’s ministries. Ideas and suggestions for using the Love Gift are also available from the CEP bookstore or the WIC office by calling 1-800-283-1357. Suggested ideas for presenting the Love Gift include during a monthly women’s meeting, a family night church dinner, a Sunday evening service, at the conclusion of the Sunday AM worship service, or a presbytery PresWIC event or retreat.
You Can See It in Their Eyes is a challenge to the church to keep front and center on its agenda the need to carry out God’s instruction to pass on the faith to the next generations. “From Generation to Generation” was the overarching theme of the 2006 WIC Denominational Conference, attended by over 4,000 women from across the church; and CEP, including its WIC ministry, continues to be committed to that task.
Visit the Love Gift website at www.pcacep.org/lovegift to preview the video, order a copy for your church, or to individually donate.