Joshua 3:2 - 4a

Joshua 3

 

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ALTERNATIVE GIVING: PEVA CHARITABLE FUNDS

 

Many of your family and friends may truly appreciate an ALTERNATIVE GIFT that really makes a difference!  PEVA makes that possible through the distribution of donations given to NICKEL-A-MEAL, PW CONGO FEEDING PROGRAM, MW SCHOLARSHIP FUND and the MIGRANT WORKERS MINISTRY. If you give now, we will be able to send acknowledgement to a third party honoree.  READ MORE about the good work these funds accomplish (donation form included).  Very suitable for GIVING TUESDAY (Dec. 2)!

 

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PEVA HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

In observance of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays, the PEVA OFFICE will be CLOSED on the following days: NOV. 27 & 28, DEC. 24 - 26, DEC. 31, and JAN. 1 & 2.  Some staff will also be taking vacation time during the end of the year, so the office will be open with limited staff on Dec. 22, 23, 29, and 30

 

Click here to find out more about this Presbyterian tradition of responding with gratitude to God by GIVING BACK the day after "Cyber Monday"!
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CLERGY HOUSING EXEMPTION UPHELD by APPEALS COURT

A federal appeals court has thrown out a lower court ruling that the federal income tax exemption for clergy housing allowances is unconstitutional. The appeals court directed the U.S. District Court in Wisconsin that ruled on the suit Nov. 21, 2013, to dismiss the complaint.  The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled on November 13, 2014, that the plaintiffs lacked standing to challenge the constitutionality of Section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code, which provides the exempton. The Freedom from Religion Foundation and two individuals filed the suit. The appeals court did not address the constitutionality of Section 107.

 

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY - HELPFUL RESOURCES

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: just click on GA SUMMARY to open. Click PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION to get the entire booklet.  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. Two studies regarding Christian marriage are also available: a 6 WEEK STUDY and a 2 HOUR STUDY.  For those worried about churches being sued for not offering their facilities or performing such marriages, we have the following legal opinions/documents to help provide clarity: Same Gender Marriage Legal Summary PCUSA, Sect. 16 VA Constitution Bill of Rights, Constitution of the United States, Jones vs. City of Opekila.

 

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WIRING CONGO FUNDS SOON - DEADLINE DEC. 1

The CONGO PARTNERSHIP MINISTRIES and PEVA will be wiring funds to the DRC (Kinshasa) in MID DECEMBER.  PEVA Sister Churches & PW Groups that have funds designated for Congo Use Only, and would like your funds included in the December wire please submit funds to the PEVA office NO LATER THAN DEC. 1 2014  to insure time for processing. Please keep in mind THIS WILL BE THE ONLY WIRE TRANSFER TO THE CONGO IN 2014. The goal is to have the Sister Church Project Funds, PW Feeding Funds and the Sister Church Feeding Funds sent to the DRC prior to the Christmas Holidays. The CPK PW Women’s Feeding Program uses a portion of the general PW Feeding funds to provide a special Christmas meal for the  many Congolese children that are served at the twelve feeding centers throughout Kinshasa. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jane Lockhart  jane19lockhart@gmail.com  or Jessica Fitzgerald jessica@pcusa-peva.org

 

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KNOW YOUR BIBLE QUIZ!

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. What priest is described by the author of the book of Hebrews as, "without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of life nor end of days"?
  2. "The stone which the builder's refused..." Complete the quotation.
  3. Next to the book of Psalms, which book of the Bible has the most chapters?
  4. When first introduced into Rome, did the Christian gospel make any progress at all among "the higher classes"?
  5. "As cold waters to t a thirsty soul, so is..."  What?

BONUS BOOK OF ORDER QUESTION:

*Only baptized members who have also been confirmed and/or made a profession of faith may receive the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.  True or False ?

Answers can be found on the JOYS AND CONCERNS page!