WPC’s annual Easter offering will be collected on Sundays, March 25 and April 1. Half of the offering will support One Great Hour of Sharing, an ecumenical effort that began in 1949, and continues to provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed.

Children are invited to collect their offering for One Great Hour of Sharing in a colorful fish bank. Fish banks are brought in during the children’s Palm & Fish Bank Parade at both worship services on Palm Sunday, March 25. If you need a fish bank, you can pick up one in the lobby of the Mission Center.

The other half of WPC’s Easter offering will go to Rebound. Rebound gives Durham Public Schools high school students on short-term suspension the opportunity to continue their studies while suspended from school. It helps students to stay on top of schoolwork during suspension; develop self-knowledge and improve self-esteem; gain effective communication and conflict management skills; and reconnect with family, school staff, and the larger community.

Not only does Rebound allow students to keep up in school, but it also works on restorative practices. This approach helps students understand why they were suspended and gives them a chance to come up with alternative ways of directing their actions. Rebound’s efforts have shown a reduction in second-time suspensions by students who have attended the program.

Rebound is expanding its program to meet the needs of Durham high schools, students, and families. It will open a second site at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham, which will allow it to work with an additional 15 students per day. Rebound is also expanding to an in-school program with the goal of reducing suspensions.

You can give to the Easter offering by check, by texting WPCDURHAM $[amount] to 73256, or online.