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.
NICKEL-A- MEAL PROGRAM
Hunger Mission Collection In Your Church
Collect your spare change, encourage a Nickel-A-Meal Hunger Offeringor hold a food drive, raise hunger awareness in your congregation, Sunday school class or with your Presbyterian Women or Presbyterian Men.
Remember others with each meal by participating in NAM. Place a NAM cup on your table, before each meal contribute a your spare change, a few coins to feed hungry people locally in our communities. Over time your spare change adds up and makes a substantial donation that can be used to alleviate hunger and provide direct hunger relief in Hampton Roads.
The Food Bank serves 1 in 4 people in our local community and that number isn't getting smaller. NAM grants help PEVA churches and local organizations fill the gap. NAM helps to feed those who are hungry in our communities. In the last few years NAM contributions have dropped 60%)
NAM grant applications are received no later than August 31, they are reviewed in September and if approved paid by the end of October.*(A hunger grant may be awarded throughout the year at the discretion of the Hunger committee if funds are available)
In the NY/NJ area, long term recovery is still needed. THERE WILL ALSO BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TEAMS TO WORK IN JULY & AUGUST. Be prepared to respond!. Contact Dan Grimes firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-303-6129 for more information.
A Gun ViolencePrevention Toolkit and report was prepared by the PCUSA - Advisory Committee in Social Witness Policy and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship to help lead individuals, small groups and churches to explore the issues of gun violence as they affect their communities and congregations.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is committed to listening to these voices and is using “Trigger” as a platform for engaging this critically important conversation. We call upon the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to approve a federal legislation that will:
Ban all assault weapons and high capacity magazines. These are weapons of war. There is no reason for common citizens to purchase or possess them.
Require universal background checks when purchasing any firearm. (Currently, there is no federal provision requiring a background check in order to purchase a gun and some states do not require them at all).
Make gun trafficking a federal crime. (Enforcement of gun trafficking). Many of these weapons end up in the hands of individuals who are focused on criminal intent. At present, the penalties for trafficking guns in the U.S. are on par with the trafficking of chickens or other livestock. The trafficking of guns and straw purchases should be federal crimes with commensurate penalties.
Your PEVA Peacemaking Committee encourages you to become involved write or email Congress today!