Next PEVA Stated Meeting

July 24

Wythe PC

151 Robinson Rd

Hampton, Va

Upcoming ...
  • Stewardhip Ministry Team
    6/27 | 10:30 a.m. | PEVA office
  • Congo Community Dinner (bring a covered side dish to share)
    6/30 | 4-7 | New Horizons PC | DETAILS
  • 7/4 | PEVA OFFICE CLOSED
  • 7/6 | COUNCIL/COMMITTEE REPORTS DUE
  • Interim Pastors Meeting
    7/12 | 12:00 p.m. | PEVA office

Hunger Ministry Team

We are called by God in Christ to bring good news and to proclaim release to those held captive by human structures and injustices. Discipleship means evaluating our lifestyle choices and adopting changes that reflect our faith and give witness to our commitments to mission and justice.
 
The HUNGER MINISTRY TEAM of PEVA, believing that hunger is unacceptable, leads and challenges the churches of PEVA and its entities in Christ’s name to alleviate chronic hunger and its immediate causes at home and abroad through information dissemination, education, advocacy, and the provisions of resources. 
 
There is always a need for new members to join the PEVA Hunger Ministry Team please contact the PEVA office.

 

Migrant Farm Workers

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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. CLICK HERE FOR BROCHURE

Items needed for the 2018 season are FOOD KITS IN CANVAS REUSABLE BAGS, HYGIENE KITS, TRAVEL SIZE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER, CHILDREN'S BOOKS, CHILDREN'S CLOTHING (spring - fall only), ADULT JEANS & T-SHIRTS. Please write a little note card or prayer to place in each Migrant Kit.  ALL DONATED ITEMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 13th 2018. If you need items picked up please contact PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate (HAA) jessica@pcusa-peva.org.  Disposable Diapers are not needed this year PEVA’s Hunger Action Advocate used donated funds to purchase 1,078 diapers (13 cents a diaper!) from Good360.  Good360 helps nonprofits save money on items such as diapers, toys, mattresses, clothes, hygiene products, computers and more so they can increase the mission impact. https://good360.org/

Resources: PEVA's HAA Migrant Farm Workers Power Point, Farm Worker Dangers & Hard WorkMigrant Farm Workers ActivityScripturesMigrant Workers and the Beth-El Farmworker Ministry - Justice Peace Links  Issue 2

OVERVIEW OF 2017 SEASON

OVERVIEW OF 2016 SEASON

Hunger Grants Available

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If your church is seeking funds for food and hunger related ministries PEVA's Hunger Ministry Team has Nickel-A-Meal and Church Community Hunger grants available.  

 

Cereal for the Summer

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Children who rely on free or reduced price breakfast and lunch at school often go without enough to eat during the summer.  Have a Cereal for Summer Campaign at your church.  Simply collect boxes of cereal from your congregation now through June 17th., Keep half of the cereal you collect for your church food pantry and give the other half to your local food bank or meal program in your neighborhood.  PEVA'S Hunger Ministry Team will be doing a PEVA wide Cereal for Summer Campaign in the spring of 2019!

Nickel-A-Meal

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If every member in our presbytery gave just 5 cents a meal, $54.75 a year thats alot of spare change!  Collect your spare change, encourage a Nickel-A-Meal Hunger Offering or hold a food drive, raise hunger awareness in your congregation. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Call to Action

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Are we aware of what we are eating?  Call your senators and ask them to support and cosponsor the Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act (S.1528), which requires the labeling of GE salmon and independent reviews of the potential impact of GE salmon on human health and on wild salmon stocks.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE 

Farm Bill Renewal

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The House is scheduled to re-vote on their version of the farm bill by June 22, 2018 and we need your help to make sure they don't leave our neighbors and friends facing hunger out in the cold.  This year, the Farm Bill legislation that touches nearly every way we provide food to communities in this country is up for renewal by Congress. This bill will determine whether people facing hunger will receive the critical food assistance they need or whether they will have to make tradeoffs between feeding their families and heating their homes.  Will you join our petition and tell Congress to fight for strong federal nutrition programs that ensure millions across this country won't go without a meal? For your guide to the Farm Bill complete with questions you can ask your local, state or federal candidates  download the PC(USA)’s Eater’s Guide to the Farm Bill   Join other voices from across this country fighting to end hunger in America.  The Farm Bill's impact on food assistance cannot be understated. TAKE ACTION

 

Hunger Action Congregation

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A initiative by the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) recognizes congregations that care for the hungry and are engaged in hunger ministry. Find out how your congregation can get certified as a HUNGER ACTION CONGREGATION. PHP and Hunger Action Advocates want to hear from congregations that are doing at least one of the following six activities: Hunger Alleviation, Development Assistance, Hunger Education, Worship, Lifestyle Integrity, Corporate and Public Policy Witness CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORECLICK HERE FOR FLYER .  7 PEVA churches (Hilton, Groves Memorial, King's Grant, Simonsdale, Third, Rosyter Memorial & Wycliffe)  have taken the time to fill out the application.  The goal is to have 20 churches by this time next year.  CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION So many PEVA’s churches are working in the areas of hunger, why not share all the great things you are doing and inspire others. If you would like help in completing the application or you would just like to share your hunger ministry you may contact PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate jessica@pcusa-peva.org or 757-397-7063.

 

 

PHP Post

Download the spring edition of the Presbyterian Hunger Program PostYou can also learn more about PHP’s impact around the world!
 

What's Your Favorite Mission?

What LOCAL MISSION is your church sponsoring or active in? Let’s start recognizing all those missions, no matter how small or large. Send the name and a short blurb with picture on the
mission(s) to jessica@pcusa-peva.org.
 

Presbyterians Join CIW

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Presbyterians and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers supported the Fair Food Program during a recent shareholder meeting at Wendy’s headquarters. Efforts centered on convincing the company to improve human rights and eliminate farmworker exploitation. 

PC(USA)Giving Catalog

A Church that Gives Together, participate as a congregation to support Presbyterian mission with collective gifts to the PRESBYTERIAN GIVING CATALOG! This year’s catalog features: Farm-related activities for your church’s children & youth; the Garden Well; and much more!  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

PHP 2017 Impact Report

Food is the place where each of us intersects daily with God’s gifts of sun, water, soil and microbial magic.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE PHP 2017 IMPACT REPORT

Peacemaking Ministry Team

The PEVA PEACEMAKING MINISTRY TEAM inspires, equips and mobilizes PEVA congregations and members to work for peace, social and environmental justice.

Antiracism Training at Montreat

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The Montreat Conference Center (Montreat, NC) will be hosting a CROSSROADS ANTIRACISM TRAINING FRI. AUG. 17, 2018 beginning at 3:30 P.M. - SUN. AUG. 19, 2018 (ending with Worship).   CLICK HERE FOR FLYER  This training event will provide participants with a shared analysis of systemic racism in the United States. Using an action-reflection model, the training will seek to answer three questions: What is the current reality of racism in the US? Why is this still our current reality? How can we intervene strategically to disrupt and dismantle racism? Space is limited, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER .

Human Trafficking

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How serious is HUMAN TRAFFICKING? How much does your congregation know about Human Trafficking?An estimated 800,000 people, of which 80% are women and up to 50% are minors that are trafficked across national borders. CLICK HERE FOR A TOOLKIT FOR ACTION MODERN SLAVERY

Support Anti-Trafficking Legislation

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Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking is one of the most profitable forms of transnational crime in our modern world.  In late September od 2017, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Trafficking Victims Protection (TVPA) Reauthorization Act (S.1862), which focuses on strengthening the most recent TVPA and improve U.S. global leadership in international efforts to combat human trafficking. It authorizes critical U.S. programs to combat trafficking internationally for the next six years. It is awaiting passage in the Senate.  CLICK HERE to contact your members of congress today!

 

No Guns in God's House

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For 50 years the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has supported reasonable gun laws to reduce murders, accidents, suicides and injuries. The Presbyterian General Assembly, the denomination’s highest body, has urged churches to post “No Guns in God’s House” signs as a public witness to the need to reduce gun violence. The goal is that 100 churches post this sign, study about this issue, promote constructive theological dialogue, education and awareness about gun violence and to confront the fears and anxieties that can prevent us from entering into healthy debate about what many Christians feel is too political an issue to address in church.  Download the free PDF sign to print for your congregation, Download & print the PDF brochure.  The Peace Fellowship has published a new Gun Violence Prevention Congregational Toolkit CLICK HERE FOR TOOLKIT.

Peacemaking Grants

If you or your church are seeking funds for peacemaking related ministries or activities PEVA's Peacemaking Ministry Team has grants avaiable. CLICK HERE FOR GRANT APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES.  

Immigrants, Refugees & Sanctuary

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Resources from Presbyterian Mission and OGA  A couple of new resources have been released by Presbyterian Mission and the OGA in the last few days. Please pass them along to church leaders and members.  "We Choose Welcome!" campaign, allowing Presbyterians to express commitment to welcoming refugees and immigrants in our communities. Read about downloadable/printable yard signs and an action guide here: www.presbyterianmission.org/we-choose-welcome  The Genesis of Exodus, a new interactive online resource, offers a wealth of background and tools to help Presbyterians and others understand and respond to immigration issues. At the end of this “storymap” is a section describing what congregations and individuals can do to become involved in the movement. 

 

Racial Justice & Antiracism Resources

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The resources listed below can be useful for Sunday school classes and other small groups that are interested in studying and discussing racism, racial justice, and anti racism work. The resources are also helpful for individuals who are open to new thinking about race in America. Please share with PEVA's Racial Dialogue Team anything you’ve found about racial issues that provokes thought, discussion, and action.  Resources on Racial IssuesResources for Racism Education, Resources for Racism Education for Children, Waking up White Study GuideFacing Racism Antiracism Study GuidePossible Next Steps on the Antiracism Journey PCUSAFacing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community  You may also subscripe to Facing Racism updates at https://facing-racism.pcusa.org/ 

Wear Orange

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Why wear ORANGE? On or around the 25TH of EVERY MONTH WEAR ORANGE to raise awareness and advocate for change.  Wear orange to promote awareness of the violence that confronts women and girls worldwide. The act of wearing orange is so simple, but promotes and creates awareness on such an important message.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE 

 

 

PCUSA SPECIAL OFFERINGS

Special Offering  logoThe four church wide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are a collective witness to Jesus Christ's love for the whole church. The Christmas Joy OfferingOne Great Hour of SharingPentecost Offering and Peace & Global Witness Offering 
play an important role in defining what it means to be a connectional church. For more information and resources please visit

http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/
http://www.pcusa.org/blogs/Daily_Offerings/, 
and 
2018 Special Offerings Calendar.

 

PDA- Stand in the Gap

pdalogosidebluewithtaglargeGIVE BY TEXT: Text PDA to 20222. This provides $10 to support disaster response where needed most.  Designate your gift Give to a disaster or relief project of your choice.

ACT - STAY INFORMED- Sign up to receive PDA RIN (Rapid Information Network) emails to be aware of current responses and urgent needs you can share with your congregation.  Email PDA to request the complimentary Mission Mosaic by mail to read stories of disaster recovery around the world in magazine format.  VolunteerWork teams  or PEVA's Disaster Recovery Planning Team (DRPT) are groups of volunteers (three or more) who help to clean up and rebuild disaster-affected areas throughout the United States.  PDA volunteers are individuals with specific skills who serve as members of various teams to help PDA in its mission of disaster response both nationally and internationally.

Assemble Gift of the Heart Kits, an excellent hands-on project for youth groups, Presbyterian Women and others who want a tangible way to be involved. The most frequently needed kits in a disaster are the School kit, Health kit and Layette kit.
 
Get involved in a U.S. Growing Project- Start or participate in a community growing project in the United States. Raise money to fund overseas food security programs that are helping people help themselves. Explore the Foods Resource Bank.
 
PRAY - OUR BEST RESPONSE IS PRAYER.  Pray for the people whose lives were directly affected by a disaster in their community, pray for the relief workers and those who are offering assistance, and pray that hope will be found out of the chaos of disasters.