volunteer team wearing blue tshirts

Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church has been active in volunteering with PDA participating in 11 trips in ten years. — Lorraine Paffenroth

The first Sunday in Lent (March 1, 2020) is designated “Wear your blue t-shirt to church Sunday” as a testament of one of the ways One Great Hour of Sharing makes a difference.

King David sang, “You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy…” (Psalm 30:11) 

volunteer wearing blue tshirt and mask

Photo by Dwight K. Morita

Thousands of volunteers each year put on a blue t-shirt that says “Out of chaos, Hope.”  They bear not only ladders and drywall for rebuilding, but also the love of God.  Many disaster survivors who see the love of God evident in the lives of these servants are able to take off their cloak of mourning and begin to find joy.

Many congregations have not had an opportunity to ‘earn’ blue t-shirts through volunteer work team efforts; but you are supporting the ministry of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance through your financial gifts, action and prayers.  You are standing in the GAP for disaster survivors.  Therefore, PDA is urging all congregations to participate in a “Blue-Out.”

Be creative on March 1 — wear blue clothing, blue hats or blue flowers; pass out blue tissues or blue ink pens for use during the service; or place blue balloons by the entrance. 

Will you be a part of this joyful manifestation of hope?  Share this message on your personal Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media outlets. Help us remind others that gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing support disaster recovery efforts in the United States and around the world.

Please take a photo of your Blue Out creativity! Send it to pda@pcusa.org so we can share with others.

Together let’s tell the story of hope out of chaos. 

The Blue Shirt Ministry from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance on Vimeo.




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