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PC(USA) STATEMENT ON ORLANDO SHOOTING
Our denomination has issued a statement about the Orlando shooting.  You may CLICK HERE to read the entire text.
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LABOR LAW CHANGES TAKE EFFECT: DEC. 1

NEW LABOR LAWS will take effect on DEC. 1 that will apply to ALL EMPLOYEES, including church workers!  These changes involve a significant rise in the minimum salary level for Exempt employees as well as new rules for tracking hours and overtime for those who are Non-Exempt. Click PCUSA INFORMATION to access a helpful document and look forward to more guidance from Presbytery as details unfold. This change is only 6 months away, so now is the time to consider church Personnel Policies and revisions!

 

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2017 BOP CHANGES & RATES: JULY 11

WATCH THIS SPACE for news regarding 2017 BOARD OF PENSIONS CHANGES that will mostly affect lay workers and non-called/installed clergy.  One major change is that churches and other Presbyterian bodies may offer non-clergy staff a menu of benefits from which to select, rather than mandated full benefits packages. These arrangements may be beneficial to those who already qualify for retirement income from another source or have health coverage provided by their spouse. Click OVERVIEW of the 2017 BENEFITS PLAN for all the details (especially pages 6 - 9) to learn more. PRICING of the new structure will be ANNOUNCED JULY 11, at which time we will provide links to BOP tools which will allow you to figure the 2017 cost for each employee. The time to figure this aspect of your budget will be from July 11 - Sept. 30, prior to Open Season!

 

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BOARD OF PENSIONS CELEBRATES 300 YEARS!

The BOARD OF PENSIONS of the PC(USA) traces its roots to the FUND for PIOUS USES, established by the Synod of Philadelphia in 1717 to care for pastors and their widows and children. From the beginning, American Presbyterians have recognized this need for those who serve the Church. The first award fro the fund to an individual was to the widow of the Rev. John Wilson of New Castle, DE. Although the first General Assemblywould not meet for another 70 years, throughout the 18th century presbyteries formed and established funds of their own for the families of pastors.  Read more...

 

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UPSEM NEWS!

The UPSEM LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE has developed a brand new program scheduled for 2016-2017 including an exciting TWO-YEAR PROGRAM (9 courses) for those studying to become CREs. Click PDF to open a flyer with all the details! Other exciting, upcoming programs can be found by toing to the UPSem Continuing Education Events Calendar! If you would like to hear, first hand, more about these and other Seminary opportunities, Chruch Relations Officer Nicole Ball still has 2016 dates available for visits to interested churches/leadership. Contact her at nball@upsem.edu to book a Sunday or weekday!

 

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PDA - RESPONDING TO FLOODING IN WEST VIRGINIA

PDA has deployed the National Response Team to support the Presbytery of West Virginia and the Synod of the Trinity as they begin outreach to those affected by catastrophic flooding. The Team met with families impacted by record flooding.  The floodwaters are receding in West Virginia and families have begun the massive task of cleaning up following last week’s record flooding in parts of the state.  As many as 23 people are known to have died in the flooding, while hundreds of homes and businesses have been damaged or completely destroyed.  Presbyterians who would like to CONTRIBUTE to the relief of RECENT FLOODING IN WEST VIRGINIA may make their contribution online at the PDA PAGE , or send your check or church remittance form to the PEVA office  (801 Loudoun Ave., Portsmouth, VA 23707) with the words "WV Flooding" or the code DR000191 in the memo. Funds into this account will help communities overall relief and recovery efforts associated with flooding to include assessments, clean-up efforts, and rebuilding. Your prayers, thoughts and faithful giving are deeply appreciated. 

 

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HUMAN KIND ZUNI CAMPUS
There are newly mandated Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Federal regulations. These new regulations made clear that the Zuni Campus would face challenges with compliance from several perspectives. Human Kind has worked hard with families to create a transition plan and time line for those individuals they serve to be transitioned into the community by the end of March 2017. This provides urgency for Medicaid Waivers, funds to provide services for the individuals to receive long term care in the community.  WRITE OR CALL YOUR VIRGINIA LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES TO DEMAND MEDICAID WAIVER FUNDING FOR THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE STILL ON THE WAITING LIST.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
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KNOW YOUR BOOK OF ORDER QUIZ!

Here are questions designed to challenge good Presbyterians throughout PEVA.  Let's call it Book of Order 101. See how well you know the current BOOK OF ORDER.  We'll offer a new question every week!  

 What two adjectives should define our gifts in support of the church? 

                            Click PEVA MEETINGS DOCUMENTS and scroll down the page to find the answer!