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PCUSA BOLIVIA TRIP: JULY 22-29

The Rev. Leigh Gillis (Interim Pastor of St. Andrew PC) will be part of a team going on the BOLIVIA REFLECTION/ACTION DELEGATION TRIP during JULY 22-29 and has heard that there are spaces open!  If you would like to join some good folks traveling to our mission co-worker in that country, just click on the link (name of trip, above) for details. Although the flyer says May 1, registration has been extended through mid-June, but folks should contact chenoa.stock@gmail.com ASAP.

 

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UPSem LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE OFFERINGS

UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY is offering several opportunites over the next several months through their Leadership Institute.  CHURCH BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION courses will take place JULY 18-27 on campus, and count toward certification. These substantial classes are open to pastors, administrators, office managers, communications specialists, etc. Click here for more info and registration. CHURCH BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Mini Courses will be held on JULY 22 covering Technology Basics, Tech Trends, Theology & Ethics of Church Admin. and Self-Care for Church Admins. Click here for details. MISSION POSSIBLE: Embracing the Task of Strategic Visioning - OCT. 9-12, featuring Olanda Carr, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation. Click here for details. Finally, PATHWAYS TO LEARNING & LEADERSHIP, a series of eleven 5-week online courses will be offered throughout the academic year. For course descriptions & registration click Pathways.

 

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MIGRANT FARM WORKERS MINISTRY 2017

Please remember the Migrant Farm Workers in your prayers as they work in the fields with their families this season, especially those on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Remember the work of all who have helped to make our meals possible. Please consider adding the Migrant Ministry to your outreach projects.  ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE 2017 SEASON ARE:  food kits in canvas reuseable bags, hygiene kits, travel size shampoo & conditioner,  disposable diapers, childrens' books, childrens' clothing (spring - fall only), adult jeans and womens' tshirts.  Please write a little note card or prayer to place in each Migrant Kit. ALL DONATED ITEMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 14.  If you need items picked up please contact PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate jessica@pcusa-peva.org.  The goal is to reach 100 families in need this season. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.  PLEASE NOTE: HATS, CHILDREN'S BOOKS  & MEN'S T-SHIRTS ARE NOT NEEDED AT THIS TIME - PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate was able to purchase over 200 new baseball hats and 120 men's new T-shirts at a great price.  Thanks so much Thrift Store City (Norfolk,VA) 

 

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500th ANNIVERSARY of the REFORMATION

In honor of this momentous occasion in the life of Reformed believers, each week from now through Oct. 31 we will share a few of the 95 Theses posted by Martin Luther in 1517. It should be noted that not all of these are particularly Presbyterian, but they sent shock waves throughout Christendom...

 

11. Those tares of changing the canonical penalty to the penalty of purgatory were evidently sown while the bishops slept. (Mt.13:25)
12. In former times canonical penalties were imposed, not after, but before absolution, as tests of true contrition.
13. The dying are freed by death from all penalties, are already dead as for as the canon laws are concerned, and have a right to be released from them.
14. Perfect piety or love on the part of the dying person necessarily brings with it great fear; and the smaller the love, the greater the fear.
15. This fear of horror is sufficient in itself, to say nothing of other things, to constitute the penalty of purgatory, since it is very near to the horror of despair.