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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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...
PHP POST
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
 
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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

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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INTERNATIONAL PEACEMAKER VISIT TO PEVA

INTERNATIONAL PEACEMAKER PEVA's Peacemaking Committee hosted the Rev. Jerome Baris from the Philippines.  SEPT. 30 - OCT. 3, 2017. Rev. Baris is the National Coordinator for the Justice, Peace, and Human Rights Program of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). He also serves as the Pastor of the Tondo Evangelical Church of the UCCP. He is a advocate for justice and human rights in the Philippines.   If you were not able to attend any of the events you may view his lecture at CLICK HERE.

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STANDING TOGETHER AGAINST INJUSTICE - FREEDOM RISING

The 222nd General Assembly (2016) voted to take specific action, not just in word, but also in deed, to address and improve the worsening plight of the African American male in any of the five specified cities as a pilot initiative pointing toward future and further nationwide intervention. Micah 6:8, with its powerful words to ‘Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly [with your God],’ calls us to action and not only proclamation. CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW YOUR CONGREGATION CAN PARTICIPATE 

 

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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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VA ORGANIZING PORTSMOUTH CHAPTER

For the last 15 months, the Portsmouth Chapter has been busy with the SCHOOL BOARD CAMPAIGN. They have been asking the Portsmouth School Board to change their code of conduct to reduce student suspensions. Student suspensions can cause children to fail in school and even lead to juvenile detention and prison. On Aug. 5th, the campaign achieved its goal! The School Board voted for a new code of conduct, which.creates different guidelines for elementary school children and high school students,  treats toy weapons differently from real ones, protects children who were fighting in self defense from being punished, and reduces zero tolerance infractions. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE 

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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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SUPPORT ANTI-TRAFFICKING LEGISLATION
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, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Trafficking Victims Protection (TVPA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 (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!
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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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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 to HARVEY and IRMA

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is working with presbyteries in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and are prepared to offer assistance to those affected by Harvery, Irma and Maria.  PDA is standing by with resources and National Response Team members ready to deploy upon invitation and when it is safe to do so. If you would like to send a check through the PEVA office, please make the check out to PEVA and mail to: PEVA, 801 Loudoun Ave., Portsmouth, VA 23707and write "HARVEY" DR000169, "IRMA" DR000194 or "MARIA" DR000194. You can give online by clicking DONATE PDA.  To learn more about the recovery efforts CLICK HEREPDA will be setting up hosting sites once the long-term recovery organizations are up and running. 

 

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PDA- WILDFIRES

PDA has reached out to see if our congregations need anything.  Northern California’s wine country has received the brunt of the massive wildfires that continue to burn out of control. More than 20 people are known to have died in the fires, while at least 285 remain missing. Authorities report 3,500 structures have been destroyed and over 170,000 acres burned.  To support PDA recovery efforts in the wake of the wildfires, CLICK HERE. You’ll be taken to the PC(USA) website to donate securely and quickly.  If you would like to send a check through the PEVA office, please make the check out to PEVA and mail to: PEVA, 801 Loudoun Ave., Portsmouth, VA 23707 and write "WILDFIRES CALIFORNIA  DR000165"

VOLUNTEER EFFORTS - In response to Hurricane Harvey

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) will be setting up hosting sites once the long-term recovery organizations are up and running. In the meantime, they wanted to make us aware of other opportunities. 

All Hands The first step in volunteering with All Hands  is filling out the application on their website https://hodr.wufoo.com/forms/q1jf5lxe07ct2j4/  After registering, volunteers will receive a confirmation email and waiver form that needs to be filled out with travel dates.  Once All Hands reviews your application, you will receive a confirmation. All Hands is currently housing volunteers in a large church that can hold approx. 100 volunteers. 

Fuller Center  They are operating in an area southeast of Houston including nearby areas to Friendswood, League City, Dickinson and Clear Lake. As the construction partner, they are partnering with a number of churches in the area and Clear Lake Presbyterian  (1511 El Dorado Boulevard, Houston,TX 77062)  has agreed to provide hospitality for 25 volunteers each week. They are accepting volunteers now at http://fullercenter.org/disaster-rebuilders/. Mucking out has been completed in an amazing fashion in this area.  

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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.