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 COMMITTEE 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 Committee please contact the PEVA office.

 

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MIGRANT FARM WORKERS MINISTRY 2017

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.  ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE 2017 SEASON ARE:  food kits in canvas reuseable bags, hygiene kits, travel size shampoo & conditioner,  disposable diapers, childrens' books, childrens' clothing (spring - fall only), adult jeans and womens' tshirts.  Please write a little note card or prayer to place in each Migrant Kit. ALL DONATED ITEMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 14.  If you need items picked up please contact PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate jessica@pcusa-peva.org.  The goal is to reach 100 families in need this season. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.  PLEASE NOTE: HATS & MEN'S T-SHIRTS ARE NOT NEEDED THIS YEAR - PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate was able to purchase over 200 new baseball hats  and 120 men's new T-shirts at a great price.  Thanks so much Thrift Store City (Norfolk,VA) 

 

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HARVEST OF HOPE
This is a ecumenical study, worship, and service mission retreat program of the SOCIETY OF ST. ANDREW.  Are you looking for a mission project this summer or fall?  COST - Weekend: $75, 3 Night: $100, and Week-long: $185. DATES - Combined Middle School & High School THRU. - SUN. JUNE 4-10 Columbia MS, JUNE 22-25 Christchurch VA and JULY 27-30 Mount Olive NC; Week long High School SUN.-SAT. JULY 16-22 Eastern Shore VA, Weekend Middle School FRI.-SUN. JULY 14-16 Eastern Shore VA,  Weekend Intergenerational (FRI-SUN) SEPT. 29- OCT. 1 Fayetteville TN, OCT. 6-8 Keezletown VA, OCT. 27-29 Scottsboro AL, NOV. 3-5 Ray City GA, NOV. 17-19 Shawsville VA.  Visit http://endhunger.org/hoh/ for more information.
 
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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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ASK THE PRESIDENT TO VISIT A FOOD BANK

Your PEVA Hunger Committee strongly believes that everyone should visit a food bank, and especially if the president. If you don't know what hunger looks like, how can you devise national policies or solutions to hunger in the US? In one quick visit, our next president could, just for a moment, understand the depth of the hunger problem in America and what's being done to solve it. Join your Hunger Committee, Feeding America and so many others by inviting the next president to see the real faces of hunger and the real solutions to hunger. The next president should understand what it's like to be one of the people in this country who don't know where the next meal is coming from and they must also know that there are solutions that will need strong leadership. CLICK HERE TO JOIN US 

 

PEACEMAKING

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

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FACING RACISM

As part of an ongoing campaign to address racial injustice, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is sharing a wealth of antiracism resources  including studies, books and training to equip the greater church to work against racism. We hope you’ll return to this site frequently as links to new resources are added between now and the 223rd General Assembly in June 2018.
Facing 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 MATTER WHERE YOU ARE FROM, WE'RE GLAD YOU ARE OUR NEIGHBOR

PEVA's Peacemaking Committee is working with Virginia Organizing and their Interspiritual Empowerment Project on a sign campaign modeled by Hands United Building Bridges.  The goal is simple as many PEVA churches interested in the signs place them outside their church buildings. These signs have a very clear message "NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE FROM, WE'RE GLAD YOU ARE OUR NEIGHBOR"  written in six languages Spanish, English, Arabic, Hebrew, French and Somali.  If you are interested in placing a sign at your church contact Gerry Ellis gerry.ellis@verizon.net.

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CONVERSATIONS

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. For more information, click CLICK HERE.  Like the Speak Up! Stop Sexual Violence Facebook PAGE CLICK HERE and get involved in the discussion. The Reconciliation blog is live! Subscribe to the Reconciliation Stop Sexual Violence - Speak Up! BLOG CLICK HERE to learn more about the campaign.

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REAL PEOPLE REAL CHANGE

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. Virginia Organizing especially encourages the participation of those who have traditionally had little or no voice in our society. By building relationships with individuals and groups throughout the state, Virginia Organizing strives to get them to work together, democratically and non-violently, for change.  CLICK HERE FOR BROCHURE TO LEARN MORE . There are several teams to address local issues such as, Environmental Justice, Affordable Health Act, Transportation Concerns, Affordable Housing & Homelessness, Immigration Reform & Dismantling Racism, Voter Participation & Restoration of Voting Rights, and Economic Justice & Workers Rights. Hampton/Newport News OrganizerPortsmouth/Eastern Shore OrganizerChesapeake/Suffolk OrganizerSouth Hampton Roads Organizer

LBGT CRISIS
The Global Crisis for People Who Are LGBT and Their Families

The Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) is pleased to announce the publication of a new resource, The Global Crisis for People Who Are LGBT and Their Families: A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Response. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

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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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EDUCATE A CHILD, TRANSFORM THE WORLD

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has made education and poverty alleviation a priority. Working with partners in the U.S. and worldwide, the goal is to provide access to quality education for one million children by strengthening communities’ capacity to provide quality education, improve teacher training and resources and create a safe environment for children to learn. CLICK HERE FOR RESOURCES to help your congregation start, enhance or become more effective in education-oriented ministry. For more information on the national component of the Educate a Child initiative CLICK HERE. For information on the international component CLICK HERE.

 
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PDA- RESPONSE TO SOUTHERN TORNADOES

From JAN. 21 - JAN. 23 as many as 29 tornadoes swept across six states. PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE has deployed National Response Team members to Flint River Presbytery after receiving an invitation, and grants are being processed where requested.  Long Term Recovery Groups will be set up and PDA has established host sites for volunteers.  If you would like to send a check through the PEVA office, please mail to: PEVA, 801 Loudoun Ave., Portsmouth, VA 23701 and write "SOUTHERN TORNADOES" DR000015  or you can give online by directly DONATE PDA.  To learn more about the recovery efforts CLICK HERE

 

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WEAR ORANGE

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 

 

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PDA RESPONSE - WILD FIRES

PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE is deploying two National Response Team members to the Presbytery of East Tennessee.  For those asking, PDA will be using their U.S. Wildfires account for the response. Please consider an extra gift to PDA -  lend a helping hand to those in need! If you would like to send a check through the PEVA office, please mail to: PEVA, 801 Loudoun Ave., Portsmouth, VA 23701 and write  "EAST TENNESSEE WILDFIRES" DR000165.

 

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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/ or Download the Special Offering Flyer.