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HUNGER
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.

 

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ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

OGHS  PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate encourages you and your congregation to participate in the One Great Hour of Sharing this Lent and Easter season.  One Great Hour of Sharing in the single largest way that Presbyterians come together on Palm Sunday and or Easter Sunday every year to work for a better world. Gifts to the OGHS support the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (Restore Streets to live in), Presbyterian Hunger Program (Share your Bread with the Hungry) and Self-Development of People (Loose the bonds of injustice)If we all do a little it adds up to a lot!  *When a disaster strikes, people give, volunteer, and pray so that those impacted receive help and hope, this is church.  *When poverty and violence cause hunger and people join together to respond to the need and address its root causes, this is church.  *When injustice falls on those who are vulnerable and people join hands with one another and lift their voices against the interests of power, this is church.

HUNGER GRANTS AVAILABLE

If your church is seeking funds for food and hunger related ministries the Presbytery Hunger Ministry Team has grants available.

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FARM BILL - Renewal
Congress is about to consider the most important bill for food assistance – 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?  Join other voices from across this country fighting to end hunger in America.  The Farm Bill's impact on food assistance cannot be understated. This bill will determine the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  SNAP helps some 43 million Americans every year by stretching grocery budgets to help working families eat!  TAKE ACTION
 
7 PEVA churches (Hilton, Groves Memorial, King's Grant, Simonsdale, Third, Royster Memorial & Wycliffe) have taken the time to fill out the application, join them LEARN MORE...
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EMPOWER AND SUPPORT PCUSA WORLD MISSION
Make a gift now to support mission co-workersGiving opportunities catalogor Mission worker prayer cards.   If you would like to send a check through the PEVA office, please make the check out to PEVA and mail to: PEVA, 801 Loudoun Ave., Portsmouth, VA 23707 and write "World Mission " or the Direct Mission Co-Workers Name in the Memo.
 
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Download the latest edition of the Presbyterian Hunger Program PostYou can also learn more about PHP’s impact around the world!
 
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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.
 
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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. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Together we have touched the lives of many families. READ MORE...
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.
PEACEMAKING

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

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IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES AND SANCTUARY

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. 

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STANDING TOGETHER AGAINST INJUSTICE - FREEDOM RISING

The 222nd General Assembly (2016) voted to take specific action, not just in word, but also in deed, to address and improve the worsening plight of the African American male in any of the five specified cities as a pilot initiative pointing toward future and further nationwide intervention.

Micah 6:8, with its powerful words to ‘Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly [with your God],’ calls us to action and not only proclamation. CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW YOUR CONGREGATION CAN PARTICIPATE 

 

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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

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RACIAL JUSTICE & ANTI RACISM RESOURCES

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/ 

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NO GUNS IN GOD'S HOUSE
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.
The goal is simple as many PEVA churches interested in the signs place them outside their church buildings. LEARN MORE...
Advocate for your congregation to prioritize Courageous Conversations, a PC(USA) call to stop sexual violence by preaching, teaching or holding a service of healing. READ MORE...
Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. LEARN MORE...
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. LEARN MORE...
The Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) is pleased to announce the publication. READ MORE...
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has made education and poverty alleviation a priority. LEARN MORE...
Why wear ORANGE? On or around the 25TH of EVERY MONTH WEAR ORANGE to raise awareness and advocate for change. LEARN MORE...
PEVA's Peacemaking Committee hosted the Rev. Jerome Baris from the Philippines. Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2017. Rev. Baris is the National Coordinator for the Justice, Peace, and Human Rights Program of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). READ MORE...
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PCUSA SPECIAL OFFERINGS

The 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.

 

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PDA- RESPONSE TO MUD SLIDES

In the midst of mudslide and flash flooding in California, PDA has reached out to the Presbytery of Santa Barbara to offer assistance.  Three PDA National Volunteers live in Santa Barbara and are very engaged locally with their congregations and the community.  If you would like to send a check through the PEVA office, please make the check out to PEVA and mail to: PEVA, 801 Loudoun Ave., Portsmouth, VA 23707 and write "MUD SLIDES " DR000015.  You can give online by clicking DONATE PDA.  To learn more about the recovery efforts CLICK HERE

 

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PDA- RESPONSE to HARVEY and IRMA

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is working with presbyteries in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and are prepared to offer assistance to those affected by Harvery, Irma and Maria.  PDA is standing by with resources and National Response Team members ready to deploy upon invitation and when it is safe to do so. If you would like to send a check through the PEVA office, please make the check out to PEVA and mail to: PEVA, 801 Loudoun Ave., Portsmouth, VA 23707and write "HARVEY" DR000169, "IRMA" DR000194 or "MARIA" DR000194. You can give online by clicking DONATE PDA.  To learn more about the recovery efforts CLICK HEREPDA will be setting up hosting sites once the long-term recovery organizations are up and running. 

 

VOLUNTEER EFFORTS - In response to Hurricane Harvey

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) will be setting up hosting sites once the long-term recovery organizations are up and running. In the meantime, they wanted to make us aware of other opportunities. 

All Hands The first step in volunteering with All Hands  is filling out the application on their website https://hodr.wufoo.com/forms/q1jf5lxe07ct2j4/  After registering, volunteers will receive a confirmation email and waiver form that needs to be filled out with travel dates.  Once All Hands reviews your application, you will receive a confirmation. All Hands is currently housing volunteers in a large church that can hold approx. 100 volunteers. 

Fuller Center  They are operating in an area southeast of Houston including nearby areas to Friendswood, League City, Dickinson and Clear Lake. As the construction partner, they are partnering with a number of churches in the area and Clear Lake Presbyterian  (1511 El Dorado Boulevard, Houston,TX 77062)  has agreed to provide hospitality for 25 volunteers each week. They are accepting volunteers now at http://fullercenter.org/disaster-rebuilders/. Mucking out has been completed in an amazing fashion in this area.