Isaiah 40:31
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength
2014 GA Detroit

A summary of actions taken by the 221st GENERAL ASSEMBLY in Detroit has been created by the Office of General Assembly and is now ready for your reading pleasure!  Just click on GA SUMMARY to open. We have also provided a PASTORAL LETTER from the GA Stated Clerk and Moderator, as well as FAQ sheets on SAME GENDER MARRIAGE and DIVESTMENT. We hope you will find these resources helpful.  Click PROPOSED AMENDMENTS to get the full text of changes that we will be considering for approval early next year.



The PEVA Vision Implementation Team (VIT) has scheduled three Sunday FORUMS to explain and discuss GENERAL ASSEMBLY DECISIONS on Divestment and Marriage. The last of these opportunities will be held on SUN.,  SEPT. 7 at 4 PM at COMMUNITY PC, Portsmouth (801 Tazewell St., Portsmouth 23701).  General Assembly commissioners and the young adult advisory delegate will be present at some or all of the forums.  Other church officers, will also attend to facilitate the meetings and explain the process of the PC, USA on the two issues, and changes to the Book of Order. Questions may be submitted in advance to the acting stated clerk via email



Many from across PEVA met with BOP Representative Helen Locklear on Aug. 26 and 27 to get more information on precisely what CHANGES will occur in 2015 that affect BOP DUES.  In order to assist all those who must update Terms of Call and plan church budgets for 2015, we have provided several documents that will help give context and factual information regarding these changes.  We have created a special section of the "Other Forms and Docs" page where we will provide this information, also.  Click PEVA BOP POLICY (July, 2014), TRADITIONAL PROGRAM MED DUES MODEL, FACTS & FIGURES, and MED DUES CHART.  Remember that you can always contact Helen through the BOP website, too!



Save the dates: MAKEMIE WOODS Camp & Conference Center will celebrate its 50th ANNIVERSARY JUBILEE on AUG. 30-31! Great fun for all generations with food, activities, campfire and S'mores!  Click FLYER for full-color hand-out and all the details! Lodging will be assigned to those who register first. You may also use this SLIDE for your weekly announcements!


Smiling Golf Ball

On MON., SEPT. 22, PEVA golfers, both clergy and lay, will meet at SEWELLS POINT GOLF CLUB in Norfolk for a TOURNAMENT beginning with a shotgun start at 1 PM.  (REGISTER at NOON, enjoy range balls between registration and tee time.)  PAYMENT of the $65 cost (includes range balls, green fees, carts, prizes, and dinner) is appreciated BY AUG. 31. Prizes will be awarded for first & second place teams, longest drive, closest to pin, and furthest from pin.  Mulligans will be available at 2/$5 (limit 4 per player).  The play will be Florida Best Ball and REGISTRATION DEADLINE: SEPT. 15!  Gather up a foursome or come solo and be placed on a team.  Questions: David Rollins at 460-1188 or Make checks payable to PEVA and mail to David Rollins at Bayside PC, 1400 Ewell Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23455.  Click REGISTRATION FORM for all the details and the document you'll need. 


Frances Taylor Gench
UNION ON THE MOVE - OCT. 18-19: Register now!

PEVA will have a rare opportunity on OCT. 18-19 when 7 excellent professors from UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY will conduct FREE WORKSHOPS at FIRST PC, NORFOLK for all interested clergy and lay leaders!  Seminary President Brian K. Blount will present Cooking Up Community - A Prophetic Perspective on the Eucharist; Kenneth J. McFayden will lead A Vision for Transformational Leadership: How Must We Change our Lenses?; Stan Hargraves will lead Grace-Full Living: Engaging with the Great commission in the 21st Century; Stanley H. Skreslet will help us explore What is Missiology?; Karen-Marie Yust will present Spirituality and Digital Culture; Frances Taylor Gench will lead Desperate Housewives?: Engaging Tyrannical Texts; and Joshua B. Ralston will provide insight into Humble Particularity: Christian Faith in a Pluralist World.  All will be held between 11 AM - 4:15 PM with lunch included.  There will be a DINNER held at ROYSTER MEMORIAL PC that evening from 5:30 - 7:30 PM with President Blount, and seminary students will be available to preach and teach in PEVA congregations on SUN., OCT. 19REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCT. 12!  Register directly with Union Presbyterian Seminary online via THIS LINK.



Every week we will post 5 BIBLE QUESTIONS on the home page of the PEVA website and provide answers on another page.  You may  appreciate the mini-brush-up, be inspired to seek greater detail from your Bible, and/or congratulate yourself on being a Biblical scholar extraordinaire!


  1. The story of the conquest of Canaan is told in what book of the Bible?
  2. What alien, at the command of a Jewish king, killed 85 Jewish priests?
  3. Which of the four gospels was the first to be written? Which was the last?
  4. Is there anything in the Jewish law permitting the use of insects as food?
  5. Where was David formally crowned as king?


* The names of those chosen by the Nominations Committee of a congregation must be kept confidential until the meeting called for the purpose of election to the offices of Ruling Elder and Deacon.  TRUE?  FALSE?

Answers can be found on the HUNGER, PEACEMAKING, PDA page!