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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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PEVA WIDE - MEAL PACKING EVENT

PEVA RISE AGAINST HUNGER MEAL PACKING EVENT TUES.  APRIL 25th  the day of the Presbytery meeting (time frame Will be posted in the meeting docket ) at First Presbyterian Church Hampton.   ALL ARE INVITED!  LET’S PACK 10,152 MEALS!  Join others in the presbytery for this world hunger awareness event. Let’s help to make a difference!  Get together with your colleagues in ministry for a hands-on opportunity to change lives!   Volunteers are needed to fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets, and load the pallets.    Rev. Cindy Higgins, pastor of First PC Hampton and PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate has challenged PEVA churches to contribute at least $50 towards this mission.  $2,700 has been raised.  A special thanks to all those Churches and individuals that have contributed!    We are $200 dollars short of meeting the goal of over 10,000 meals.   Funds can be sent to the PEVA office. Together we can do this, we need to continue to fight hunger in our own communities as well!

 

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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, HYGINE KITS, TRAVEL SIZE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER,  DISPOSABLE DIAPERS, CHILDREN'S BOOKS, CHILDREN'S CLOTHING (spring - fall only), ADULT JEANS & 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 ARE NOT NEEDED THIS YEAR - PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate was able to purchase over 200 new baseball hats at a great price.  Thanks so much Thrift Store City (Norfolk,VA) 

 

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

 

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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
 

 

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ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
Isaiah 58 describes a new kind of fast, not to give up bread but to share it.  Isaiah calls us to “loose the bonds of injustice,”  to “let the oppressed go free,”  to “share bread with the hungry” and to “invite the homeless poor into our homes.” We are called to offer help to those in need and restoration to those who have been broken down. One way we answer this call is through our gifts to ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING.  When we give to OGHS, we are assisting in the empowerment of others as they move past emotional, physical, and spiritual misfortune.  OGHS is received in most congregations on Easter Sunday, Palm Sunday or both.  OGHS supports the Presbyterian Hunger ProgramPresbyterian Disaster Assistance and the Self Development of People Program. CLICK HERE FOR OGHS OFFERING RESOURCES.
 
 
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ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING DEVOTIONAL

PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate wanted to share with you this ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING DEVOTIONAL sent by Ryan Althaus at Sweaty Sheep Ministries. PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate hopes this devotional inspires you to make a more transformative approach to the season's call.

 

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"LILLY ENDOWMENT YOUTH GRANT" THINKING THEOLOGICALLY ABOUT FOOD

Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois is having an event called Feast or Famine Thinking Theologically About Food and Food Security:  SUN. JULY 16 - SUN. July 30 2017. This event is funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, this two-week summer experience is designed to provide high school youth with opportunities to engage pertinent topics in theological inquiry, learn new modes of worship and spiritual practice, participate in service, experience interfaith activities, and explore their vocation.  There are 30 places available and applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.  All expenses are generously covered by the Lilly Endowment grant, with the exception of travel to and from Chicago. More information is available at www.monmouthcollege.edu/lux-summer.  If you know of a youth in your congregation that has an interest in Hunger and Food Security encourage them to apply.

 

Zoom into your community on the map to see the scale of hunger where you live.
Together we have touched the lives of 79 families in 2016. That's 50 families at the Parskley Center and 29 families at the Chertion Center.
Virginia is the 48th hungriest state in the U.S. and the 40th poorest state.
Presbyterian Mission Co-Worker Ruth Brown has witnesses just how important these programs are to the malnourished children of a small village in Africa and in the Kasai region of the Congo.
Look for the label at your local stores and restaurants.
Its tough for the homeless to be out on the streets. Learn how you can help!
Not only is this a great mission project its recycling too!
For generations, tomato pickers have labored for sub-poverty wages under exploitative working conditions including, in extreme instances, modern slavery.
This lesson could be tailored in many ways to use in your church Sunday School, VBS or Children Time especially around a time when your church is having a food drive, collecting need items for those in need, OGHS etc..
One out of every three homeless persons in Hampton Roads is a military veteran.
Looking for a enriching, mission trip a few hours away?
PEVA's HAA knows of 15 PEVA CHURCHES with Community or Church Gardens!
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ECUMENICAL ADVOCACY DAYS 2017

CONFRONTING CHAOS, FORGING COMMUNITY APRIL 21-24, 2017 The 15th National Gathering in our nation’s capital will focus on the challenges of, and solutions to, racism, materialism and militarism.  The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of PCUSA will serve as the keynote for EAD 2017's Interdenominational Worship service on SUN. APRIL 23.  After a weekend filled with education and training, Ecumenical Advocacy Days will end with a Lobby Day on Monday, April 24, 2017, where participants will converge on Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress. Registration is open so plan now to be in Washington in April!  To learn more visit http://advocacydays.org/2017-confronting-chaos/

 

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24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE

Those who are seeking shelter from domestic ABUSE may now call a regional 24-HOUR HOTLINE. Regardless of what city, the hotline workers will help find shelter in the nearest facility and arrange for safe transportation if necessary. This step eliminates the need of those in crisis to make several phone calls in order to find space. Call 757-251-0144.

 

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COMPASSION PEACE & JUSTICE TRAINING DAY
At NEW YORK AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH in Washington DC. FRI. APRIL, 2017. Gather with your fellow Presbyterians as they look at how our church and our partners are confronting racism, materialism, and militarism in our country and abroad.  In plenaries and workshops we will analyze our current context and offer concrete tools for members and their congregations to address these urgent issues.  We will learn how we can “forge community” amidst the current chaos in our country
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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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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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

 

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PEACE CARDS

Peacemaking begins with individuals and families, then quickly moves to our communities and the world. Peace Cards provide an opportunity for families to engage in practical and real conversations about peacemaking.

 
 
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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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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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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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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.