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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).  

 

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SPECIAL SEASONAL SERVICES

Click SPECIAL SERVICES to open and view a complete list of special SEASONAL WORSHIP SERVICES that will be offered by our churches THROUGH CHRISTMAS EVE.  There is a wide variety of service types and times to suit almost every family situation.  The list is organized by date, then alphabetically by church so you can look for an opportunity near you.  May grace and peace fill all our hearts this season and throughout the year!

 

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PEVA HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

In observance of Christmas and New Year's holidays, the PEVA OFFICE will be CLOSED on the following days: DEC. 24 - 26, DEC. 31, and JAN. 1 & 2.  The office will also be closed on MON., DEC. 8 from NOON - 2 PM for the annual staff Christmas luncheon. 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

 

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2014 YEAR END REMITTANCES

For PEVA churches to receive 2014 credit for remittances to GA Missionaries, GA Special Projects, and GA Approved Offerings, CHURCH REMITTANCES MUST BE SUBMITTED TO PEVA BY NOON, FRI. JAN. 9 2015.

 

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MINISTER HOUSING ALLOWANCE
2015 HOUSING ALLOWANCE should be designated BEFORE THE END OF 2014. The IRS requires that the housing allowance be designated in advance of the tax reporting year for which it applies. 
 
 
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SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS

TIDEWATER PASTORAL COUNSELING SERVICES shared several thoughts and ideas on coping with the difficulties and challenges of these holidays in this week's newsletter that many may find useful.  Click HERE for the full text of the message entitled "Surviving the Holidays," and feel free to call them if talking through holiday difficulties would help.  Phone: 757-623-2700  Email office@tidewaterpastoral.org or go to their website at www.tidewaterpastoral.org  They can meet with clients at several locations around the area.

 

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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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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. The Greeks and most other ancient peoples surrounding the Mediterranean burned their dead.  What two peoples did not?
  2. What book of the Bible contains the fewest verses?
  3. According to Judges II, Jepthah offered his daughter as a human sacrifice.  Why?
  4. One of Jesus' parables begins, "Two men went up into the temple to pray: the one a... and the other a..." Supply the missing words.
  5. "A good name is rather to be chosen than..." What?

BONUS BOOK OF ORDER QUESTION:

*Most Presbyterian business matters are decided by a simple majority vote, and some by two thirds.  What motion requires approval by three-fourths?

Answers can be found on the WEB LINKS page!