Jesus reminds us "blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." (Matthew 5:9). Peacemaking is our calling as Christians, today as in every age. And the way we make peace, especially in a violent and conflict-ridden world and a country engaged in highly-charged political campaigns, is not by eliminating all conflicts, but by learning to address them through peaceful means – through dialogue, education and knowledge. You can become personally involved in peacemaking by giving generously to the annual Presbyterian Peacemaking Offering, which is collected on and around World Communion Sunday, October 7, 2012.
This year, half of the Peacemaking Offering from Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church will go to the Presbyterian Mission Agency's national and international peacemaking activities, and half will go to the Reentry Housing Initiative of Jubilee Housing in Washington, DC. Among the PC(USA) activities emphasized this year are programs against bullying, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Jubilee Housing is currently running a pilot program to provide housing and comprehensive support services to four residents returning to the DC community from jail or prison. That pilot program will become a permanent program upon completion of renovations to two buildings in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. The first will house and serve 10 returning women starting in January 2013; the second will house and serve 10 returning men beginning in spring 2013. Thus, half of CCPC's Peacemaking Offering will directly support the 20 homeless returning residents with comprehensive case management, health care, job training and placement services. Please give generously to the 2012 Peacemaking Offering, either by using the Peacemaking Offering envelope in your pew, or by sending to the church a check made out to "CCPC" marked "Peacemaking Offering" on the memorandum line.