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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PHP LAUNCHES HUNGER ACTION CONGREGATIONS

A new 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 MORE.  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.

 

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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

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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: https://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. 

Collect your spare change, encourage a Nickel-A-Meal Hunger Offering or hold a food drive, raise hunger awareness in your congregation. READ MORE...
NICKEL-A-MEAL GRANTS DUE!

NAM grant applications are DUE AUG. 31, they are REVIEWED in SEPT. and if approved PAID by the end of OCT.  First priority will be given to Presbyterian Church related groups within the bounds of PEVA and first time organizational requests.  Funding is restricted to programs, supported by a Presbyterian Church within PEVA boundaries. Second priority will be ecumenical groups which include a Presbyterian presence and recommendation.  CLICK HERE FOR GRANT APPLICATION

 

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Download the latest edition of the Presbyterian Hunger Program Post to find out how your congregation can start preparing for Food Week of Action. You 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
 
PEACEMAKING

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

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2017 PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING
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  SEPT. 3 - OCT. 1, 2017, 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 PGW Leaders GuidePGW Bulletin Insert Embracing Peace PGW Bulletin Insert A Persistent Dream of Peace,and  Worship Resources.
 
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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.