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“Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19)
Your offering is a gift, a prayer of thanks; a reminder that we work to further the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Since 1981, Pennies & Prayers has been the funding vehicle for mission activity in the Metropolis of San Francisco. In 1992 the Commission for Orthodox Missions and Evangelism (COME) and the Metropolis Philoptochos Society began working together to bring awareness of the need for mission work in the Metropolis. Under the spiritual guidance of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos, COME works toward this effort by mentoring and assisting growing parishes with their needs.
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The proceeds from the Pennies and Prayers program is used to foster parish growth, educate the faithful, potential converts, inactive Orthodox Christians in Evangelism and Mission consonant with the Great Commission of Christ. Funds are also used to start a bookstore for education and spiritual formation or for help in attending the Clergy Laity Assembly. In addition, funds have been used to assist parishes with medical insurance for their priest or for travel expenses for those traveling on behalf of COME to assist with continued development.
At the beginning of Great Lent the Philoptochos Society in each Parish distributes Pennies and Prayers canisters and asks the faithful to pray for the mission churches and those churches still being mentored. They also ask the faithful to collect their spare change in the canisters. At Pentecost the canisters are returned and this collection is given to COME for the nurturing of our missions and growing churches.
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