Philippians 4:8
2014 GA Detroit

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 for your reading pleasure!  Just click on GA SUMMARY to open. 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.



PEVA members and all those who plan the benefits of pastors and/or other church professionals who belong to the PC(USA) BOARD of PENSIONS are invited to attend one of two opportunities to gather information and ask questions about changes that will take place in 2015.  Our BOP Representative, HELEN LOCKLEAR, will appear at KIRKWOOD PC in Yorktown on TUES., AUG. 26 from 10 AM - NOON, and at KING'S GRANT PC in Virginia Beach on WED., AUG. 27 from 10 AM - NOON.  She will bring information sheets, present an overview, and make herself available for questions.  So that adequate materials and pace can be provided, please email PEVA Administrator Linda Smith by FRI., AUG. 22 to indicate attendance.  Open to EVERYONE - especially those planning church budgets that must include this information.


Frances Taylor Gench
UNION ON THE MOVE - OCT. 18-19: Register now!

PEVA will have a rare opportunity on OCT. 18-19 when 7 excellent professors from UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY will conduct FREE WORKSHOPS at FIRST PC, NORFOLK for all interested clergy and lay leaders!  Seminary President Brian K. Blount will present Cooking Up Community - A Prophetic Perspective on the Eucharist; Kenneth J. McFayden will lead A Vision for Transformational Leadership: How Must We Change our Lenses?; Stan Hargraves will lead Grace-Full Living: Engaging with the Great commission in the 21st Century; Stanley H. Skreslet will help us explore What is Missiology?; Karen-Marie Yust will present Spirituality and Digital Culture; Frances Taylor Gench will lead Desperate Housewives?: Engaging Tyrannical Texts; and Joshua B. Ralston will provide insight into Humble Particularity: Christian Faith in a Pluralist World.  All will be held between 11 AM - 4:15 PM with lunch included.  There will be a DINNER held at ROYSTER MEMORIAL PC that evening from 5:30 - 7:30 PM with President Blount, and seminary students will be available to preach and teach in PEVA congregations on SUN., OCT. 19REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCT. 12!  Register directly with Union Presbyterian Seminary online via THIS LINK.


Smiling Golf Ball

On MON., SEPT. 22, PEVA golfers, both clergy and lay, will meet at SEWELLS POINT GOLF CLUB in Norfolk for a TOURNAMENT beginning with a shotgun start at 1 PM.  (REGISTER at NOON, enjoy range balls between registration and tee time.)  PAYMENT of the $65 cost (includes range balls, green fees, carts, prizes, and dinner) is appreciated BY AUG. 31. Prizes will be awarded for first & second place teams, longest drive, closest to pin, and furthest from pin.  Mulligans will be available at 2/$5 (limit 4 per player).  The play will be Florida Best Ball and REGISTRATION DEADLINE: SEPT. 15!  Gather up a foursome or come solo and be placed on a team.  Questions: David Rollins at 460-1188 or Make checks payable to PEVA and mail to David Rollins at Bayside PC, 1400 Ewell Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23455.  Click REGISTRATION FORM for all the details and the document you'll need. 



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. To whom did Peter say, "Go to destruction with your money"?
  2. "Man that is born of woman..."  Complete the quotation.
  3. Jesus said to Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world. " What piece of evidence did He offer to prove it?
  4. To whom did Jesus say, "Thou art careful and troubled about many things"?
  5. Which one of the disciples asked Jesus how many times he ought to forgive an offender?  What was Jesus' answer?


   * The Book of Order contains no specific recommendation as to how many days in advance a congregational meeting must be announced.  True or False? (Think you know this one?)

Answers can be found on the PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN page!