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  • 10/15 | Interim Pastors | 12:00 p.m. | PEVA Office
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  • 10/21 | On-line Registration Closes for PEVA meeting
  • 10/23 | 116th PEVA Meeting | 1:00 p.m. | Green Acres
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Next PEVA Stated Meeting

October, 23

Green Acres PC

3135 Hanley Rd.

Portsmouth, Va

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.

 

PCUSA PHP Blessed Tomorrow Survey

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The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) invites your participation in the American Climate Metrics Survey. They want to better understand your attitudes and awareness. Help PHP count your voice in this research, which is conducted by thier partner ecoAmerica.

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PCUSA_2018_American_Climate_Metrics_Survey

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  You can start collecting CANVAS REUSABLE BAGS, TRAVEL SIZE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER, CHILDREN'S BOOKS, CHILDREN'S CLOTHING (spring - fall only), ADULT JEANS & T-SHIRTS for next season NOW!

 *THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HAVE DONATED NEEDED ITEMS, FUNDS AND YOUR TIME THIS SEASON EVERYTHING WAS DELIVERED WED. AUG. 15th.*

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 2018  SEASON (Coming Soon) PEVA's Face Book Page for pictures 

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.  

 

Giving Tuesday

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NOV. 27, 2018.  Mission leaders encourage Presbyterians to give out of a sense of gratitude to God.  It offers an opportunity to bear witness to the spirit of gratitude expressed on Thanksgiving Day.

If you would like to support the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia (PEVA), or one of our ministries please send checks to 801 Loudoun Ave, Portsmouth VA 23707.  In the memo line please note which ministry.

If you would like to support PC(USA), it's Mission Co-Workers and their ministries please visit www.presbyterian-givingtuesday.org 

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

Food Week of Action & World Food Day

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October 14–21, 2018

Envision a world where everyone has enough affordable, healthy and culturally appropriate food – where on one is hungry, and all workers in the food chain are fairly compensated, respected and celebrated!  Join the Presbyterian Hunger Program and global partners in building more just and sustainable food & farm systems!

The Global Food Week of Action includes World Food Day (Oct. 16), International Day for Rural Women (Oct. 15), and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Oct. 17).   
                 

Put your faith into action today!

  1. Claiming Rights:  Claim the right to food, freedom from want, and end racialized systems of oppression.
  2. Fair Compensation:  Demand fair prices for farmers, fishers and other producers, and fair wages for everyone in the food system.
  3. Food Sovereignty:  Resist harmful practices and policies, and build just and sustainable local & regional food economies.?

Take action at pcusa.org/foodweekCongregations can publicize events during October on the Listing and Food Week Map of Actions & Events

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.
 

What's Food Waste Weekend

Sept. 21 - 23 2018

Download faith-based resources 

 

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 .  9 PEVA churches (Community Hampton, First United, Hilton, Groves Memorial, King's Grant, Simonsdale, Third, Rosyter Memorial & 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.

 

 

PHP Post

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

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

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

Peacemaking Ministry Team

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

2018 INTERNATIONAL PEACEMAKER PEVA VISIT

PEVA's Peacemaking Ministry Team will be hosting International Peacemaker Fabienne Jean from Haiti and PCUSA Mission Co-Worker Cindy Correll, Member of Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church OCT. 2, 2018 - OCT 8, 2018.  Look for more information coming soon.  The Ministry Team is busy planning at this time.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM

Peace & Global Witness Offering

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Presbyterians everywhere are called to support God's efforts of peace and justice.  A gift to the PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world.  The Peace & Global Witness Offering is received during the SEASON OF PEACE,  which ends on World Communion Sunday. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this offering to sustain their local peacemaking ministries.   Presbytery retains 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness. Your support of the Peace & Global Witness Offering also allows us as a Presbytery to contribute to important peacemaking efforts in and beyond PEVA boundaries. Some resources are available CLICK HERE FOR RESOURCES

 

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.

Center for the Study of Religious Freedom

Through high-impact learning experiences, the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom informs, transforms, and equips individuals to be engaged leaders and citizens, as they increasingly understand why religious freedom is a basic human right of daily significance.  Since the late 1700s, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom has shaped Hampton Roads. PEVA's Peacemaking Ministry Team supports the efforts of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and building bridges and fostering a dialogue of inclusiveness.

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.