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LUNAR COMMUNION - Did you know?

Did you know that astronaut Buzz Aldrin celebrated the FIRST COMMUNION on the MOON? This took place on JULY 20, 1969 and there is no record of it having occurred since.  Find out more about how Buzz Aldrin and his congregation, WEBSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, made arrangements for this event by clicking HERE.  Download the bulletin insert and distribute for PCUSA HERITAGE SUNDAY: MAY 22!

 

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E-FORMATION CONFERENCE & WEBINAR: JUNE 6 - 8

You are invited to the E-FORMATION CONFERENCE WEBINAR that will be held at PEVA (801 Loudoun Ave., Portsmouth 23707) during JUNE 6 - 8.  E-Formation is a conference on MINISTRY IN A DIGITAL WORLD. This three-day event is held annualy at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. Anyone interested in ministry and how ministry is changing in the digital world , as well as church staff and volunteers engaged in a variety of communications media are welcome. PEVA has purchased a group rate for this webiniar, so you can come for any and/or all classes offered.  There will be two rooms set up for viewing each day, so two classes can be available simultaneously.  The cost for participation is only $10 per person, whether for the entire seminar or just part.  Light refreshments and snacks will be available. REGISTRATION DEADLINE is MAY 27 so we can be sure to adequately set up and prepare.  Register by email to linda@pcusa-peva.org or jessica@pcusa-peva.org  Payment can be made at the door. (REGISTER WITH PEVA, NOT ON THE E-FORMATION WEBSITE!) For all details, including Full Program and Webinar Schedule CLICK HERE!

 

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STAND AGAINST INTOLERANCE DIALOGUE: MAY 25 & JUNE 1

In order to help dispel fears based on ignorance and misinformation, the Session of FIRST PC, VIRGINIA BEACH is offering a two-part series to help members and friends of our church learn about the Muslim faith and also the connections bewtween Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. DISCUSSIONS will be held at FIRST PC, VB (300 36th St.) beginning at 7 PM on WED., MAY 25 and WED., JUNE 1.  The May 25 session will feature Imam Rachid Khould of the Crescent Community Center giving his "Muslim 101" talk. His intent is to dispel fears based on ignorance and misinformation, and to be open to questions about Islam. Following a brief break for refreshments, participants will have an opportunity to take part in an interfaith dialogue in small-group discussions. On June 1, a panel (Imam Khould, Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg of Ohel Sholom Temple and the Rev. Craig Wansink of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Va. Wesleyan College) will share their experience with intolerance and how each faith community has responded to the reslting persecution. The intent of this series is to show, if intolerance is allowed to go unchecked, we are all at risk.  Everyone is invited to join in these two discussions.

 

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MASSANETTA SPRINGS TRUSTEE SOUGHT

MASSANETTA SPRINGS Camp & Conference Center is seeking candidates for the postion of TRUSTEE. The person selected would represent PEVA.  Have you attended a camp or conference at Massanetta Springs? Have you served as an officer in your church? Do you have skills in leadership, judgement, marketing or information technology? If you answered "yes," click HERE for more information!

 

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222nd PC(USA) GENERAL ASSEMBLY: JUNE 18 - 25

The 222nd (2016) GENERAL ASSEMBLY of the PC(USA) will be held in Portland, Oregon - JUNE 18 - 25, 2016. The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meets biennially in even-numbered years. It consists of commissioners elected by each of its 172 presbyteries. The GA is full of activities: business sessions, committee meetings, an exhibit hall, daily worship services, and mission tours sponsored by the Committee on Local Arrangements. The assembly acts on hundreds of items of business (PCBiz) which it receives through the reports and recommendations of various assembly entities, and through overtures from synods and presbyteries. In addition to PEVA General Presbyter Liza Hendricks and Stated Clerk Q. John Tamm attending, the following commissioners will participate: The Rev. Lawrence Willis (Carver Memorial PC), The Rev. Cynthia Higgins (First Hampton PC), Ruling Elder Gerry Ellis (Denbigh United PC), Ruling Elder Terry Simpkins (Yorkminster PC) and Youth Advisory Delegate Jamea Dewitt (Messiah PC and Virginia Union student). Please pray that the Holy Spirit guide and direct deliberations during that week and that our commissioners are strengthened and encouraged for their responsibilities.

 

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KNOW YOUR BOOK OF ORDER QUIZ!

Here's some 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!  

*The session may delete names from the roll of the congregation when a person so requests, or has moved or otherwise ceased to participate actively in the work and worship of the congregation for a period of two years. TRUE or FALSE?

Click OTHER FORMS & DOCUMENTS to find the answer!