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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.

 

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 

Grants Available

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If your church is seeking funds for food and hunger related ministries PEVA's Hunger Ministry Team has 
(for direct food relief) 
and 
(limited to the community & however not limited to food)
 grants available.  
 
 
 
 

Hunger Facts

  Virginia is the 39th hungriest state in the U.S.  1 in 10 households struggles to put food on the table!  1,169,665 people live in counties with poverty rates of 20% or more.  More than 47% percent of Virginia households in the SNAP Program are working households. CLICK HERE FOR THE VIRGINIA FACT SHEET (Provided by Bread for the World)Hidden hunger is a term used to describe what happens when vitamins and minerals are not part of the diet.  The Virginia poverty rate is 11%, people of color are more likely to experience poverty.  Poverty rates across the nation Whites: 8%, Latinos: 15%, African Americans: 19%, Indigenous: 13% (spotlightonpoverty.org)

 

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

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  PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate encourages you and your congregation to participate in the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) this Lent and Easter season.  

in a world of disaster, hunger, and oppression

Millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity.

The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People - all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.

https://specialofferings.pcusa.org/offering/oghs/#resources

Green New Deal

Presbyterians had a chance to learn about the Green New Deal in a virtual workshop that was offered by the Presbyterian Hunger Program recently.  The goal of the Green New Deal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change while also trying to fix societal problems like economic inequality and racial injustice.Your Hunger Action Advocate participated in the four week workshop  learning and participating in meaningful conversation.  If you would like to use the curriculum in your congregation, family and community. CLICK HERE  It’s very easy to host with no special preparation or expertise needed.  We are all learning together invite people to join you! 

The workshop touched upon the federal THRIVE Act as well as “Investing in a Green Future: A Vision for a Renewed Creation—From the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy.” The latter was to be considered by the 224th General Assembly this summer until the pandemic led to a shortened session and agenda. It includes recommendations such as working toward a goal of 100% renewable energy in congregations, mid-councils and agencies in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by 2030. 

Become a Matthew 25 Church

We are called to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities.  We are invited to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.  Join your brothers and sisters and you can help our denomination (PCUSA) be a more relevant, unified presence in the world.   LEARN MORE

 

PEVA's Congregational Vitality, Hunger & Peacemking Teams encourages PEVA churches to become a  Matthew 25 Church.   If our presbytery has 20% or more of our congregations become Matthew 25 churches and embrace these areas of focus we are a creififed Matthew 25 Presbytery.  Let's be the church  together as we are called to do.

***NEW Matthew 25 Worship Service***

The leadership of the PC(USA) has prepared a recorded worship service based on the Matthew 25 vision for congregations to use however and whenever they like. It is our goal that congregations find it helpful during a busy season of virtual and in-person worship services.

The prerecorded complete worship service is available for viewing and download. Korean and Spanish versions of the recorded service, as well as English subtitles, are available.

The worship service draws from the Worship in a Matthew 25 Church resource and will also include the new Matthew 25 hymn, “Jesus, Be With Us,” sharing the vision of Matthew 25 through images and song.

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 WitnessDOWNLOAD THE HOW TO BECOME A HUNGER ACTION CONGREGATION POSTER & PLACEMAT

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORECLICK HERE FOR FLYER .  10 PEVA churches (Community Hampton, First United, Hilton, Groves Memorial, King's Grant, Simonsdale, Third, Royster Memorial, Williamsburg & Wycliffe)  have taken the time to fill out the application. 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.

 

 

Migrant Farm Workers & Seasonal Agriculture Workers

Please remember the Migrant Farm Workers and Seasonal Agriculture 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  Contact jessica@pcusa-peva.org 
 
 

 

PHP Post

Download the spring edition of the Presbyterian Hunger Program Fall 2020 Post You can also learn more about PHP’s impact around the world!

 

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 Mission

Co-Worker

A Letter from
Cindy Corell, serving in Haiti
 

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
 

Praise & Potatoes

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Is it possible to bag and give away 20,000 pounds of potatoes? Yes it is, and it happened on Saturday, September 28! The planning for the Praise and Potatoes event was a collaboration of 8 Norfolk Presbyterian churches (Calvin, First United, Knox, Lafayette, New Horizons, Oakdale, Royster Memorial, and Third), the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia's Hunger and Ministry Team, and the Society for St. Andrew. The event was held at Oakdale Presbyterian Church in Norfolk.  20,000 pounds of North Carolina potatoes (some were even heart-shaped - "Love Potatoes") were delivered, divided in 10 pound bags by church volunteers, boy's & girl's scout troops and others, and distributed to anyone who wanted them. Churches and other agencies were included in the giveaway.

Along with the potatoes, there was music, free bagged lunches, and clothing were available for the taking. You could even sample fresh cut french fries! 
PEVAs Special Edition Newsletter Praise Potatoes PresbyteriansRead the article that appeared in the Virginia Pilot On-lineClick here to read the Society of Saint Andrew's Newsletter