Val Murphy Offering and Local Mission Project

E. Valeria Murphy, pictured here, was a pioneer for minorities in Christian education. Val brought a dedication to her ministry that was recognized by APCE when she received the first ever LIFE Achievement award. Her love of Christian education inspired APCE to establish the APCE scholarship program in her honor in 1988.

Val Murphy loved the annual event, and she attended every year from its early days in a former version of APCE to the 1987 APCE annual event. Those who knew and loved Val Murphy were inspired just to be in her presence.

To honor Val’s dedication and contributions to Christian education, we invite event participants to contribute to the Val Murphy Offering at the 2021 APCE Annual Event, Circle of Faith: 50 years and beyond. Val’s love for nurturing disciples lives on through your annual event donations: in the scholarship recipients who experience the annual event; in the local mission project (see information about the 2021 local mission project); and in the continued mission of the APCE Diversity Task Force, to build a more just and equitable organization and influence the faith communities we serve.

The Annual Event offering – the Val Murphy Offering – is shared between a local mission project (25%), ministries and mission of the APCE Diversity Task Force (25%), and scholarships (50%).


The local mission project selected for 2021 supports the office of Chicago Public School’s Faith-Based Initiatives (OFBI), committed and dedicated to building a bridge between the Chicago Public Schools and the faith-based communities of Chicago. OFBI focuses on three major ministries: Safe Haven, keeping students safe and healthy, whether they are in class or away from school; Crisis Support, assisting families with funeral expenses for the untimely death of a child; and Adopt-a-School, churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith communities creating a connection between community and school to address the challenges Chicago students and families face in realizing their full potential.

For more information about the 2021 Annual Event mission project, visit the Chicago Public School’s Faith-Based Initiatives or download the mission project flier.

The Annual Event offering will be received during worship on Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning and can be given through the APCE App. Please make checks payable to APCE with “Event Offering” in the memo.


APCE wishes to thank the following organizations and entities for their generous support:


APCE wishes to acknowledge the following organizations and entities as our current vendor partners: