From time to time Trinity's offerings are designated for special purposes beyond the usual general operating budget of the church. Below is an explanation of some of those offerings.
*Christmas Eve offering
What: The offering given on Christmas Eve is divided among several missions and organizations that Trinity supports. In 2012 the offering was divided among the following: Anchorage Rescue Mission, Alaska Sudan Medical Project, Doni and Gail Lilo - Alongside Ministries missionaries in Albania, and the Trinity Deacon's Fund.
When: Christmas Eve services
*Christmas Joy Offering
What: The Christmas Joy Offering recipients are the 6 PC(USA)-related racially ethnic schools and colleges located in the U.S., and the PC(USA) Board of Pensions Assistance Program for retired and working clergy who need extra financial help at special times. For more information about this offering please go to: www.pcusa.org/christmasjoy
When: Usually collected on two Sundays in December. There will be special envelopes in the pews and bulletins.
*One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
What: The One Great Hour of Sharing offering is combined with offerings from Christians around the world to assist those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and help build strong communities. For more information about this offering please go to: www.http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/specialofferings/one-great-hour-sharing-offering/
When: This offering is usually collected on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. There will be information in the bulletins in the weeks leading up to it, and special envelopes in the pews and bulletins on those days.
What: 25% goes to Trinity, 25% goes to the Presbytery and Synod, and 50% goes to the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. For more information about this program please go to www.pcusa.org/peacemakingoffering.
When: This offering is collected on World Communion Sunday, (the first Sunday in October), and possibly one other Sunday in October. There will be special envelopes in the pews and bulletins.
What: The Pentecost Offering is used by PC(USA) for children at risk, youth, and young adults. 40% of this offering will be kept by Trinity and allocated by our Missions Team. For more information about this offering please go to: http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/specialofferings/pentecost-offering/
When: This offering is collected on the 7th Sunday after Easter. There will be special envelopes in the pews and bulletins.
*PFD Tithe - Presbytery 50/50 Club
What: When you tithe 10% of your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, 50% of your tithe will be used for the missions of Trinity, and 50% will be sent to the Presbytery to be invested in the Presbytery's Endowment Fund, (a kind of Permanent Fund for the Presbytery). The Endowment helps to support the missions of the Presbytery.
When: Typically in October after the PFDs have been distributed, but can be done anytime. Write "50/50" in the memo area of your check.
*Staff Love Offering
What: The staff love offering is a way for church members to show appreciation to Trinity's program and administrative staff for the work they do throughout the year. Program staff are those that lead children, youth and music. Administrative staff are those that work behind the scenes running the business of the church and office.
When: This offering is made in late December each year.