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COURTYARD CONCERT SERIES!

FIRST PC, PORTSMOUTH invites everyone to enjoy a free 7 PM Wednesday evening COURTYARD CONCERT SERIES in Olde Towne. Come to the courtyard of the church, 515 Court St., Portsmouth 23704 with a lawn chair to enjoy this wonderful ensemble that fills the downtown Portsmouth atmosphere with music, excitement and fun! AUG. 16: Who We Are Not (folk rock). A dinner ($7) precedes the concert, but please call 397-3622 to make reservations by Tuesday morning prior to each event. No response needed for the concerts. Click FLYER for downloadable info!

 

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Do you have a few hours a month to volunteer?  The ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION is looking for volunteers for a number of positions including working on a team with a support group.  We are particularly in need of a few males comfortable working with the early diagnosed group (along with another volunteer).  If you are interested in finding out more please call Tracy Erlandson at the Alzheimer’s Office – 459-2405.  There is training available.  Our Peers and Partners (formerly called EASE) likes to have 4 group leaders at the monthly meeting.  Barbara Shefelton is serving as one for the Peninsula Group.  Barbara can tell you more about what it entails. Barb can be reached at bbayleys@aol.com or 897-2830 (leave a message, can’t get calls during work hours). I promise you would make a huge difference in the life of others – and you might be changed as well!

 

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RUMMAGE SALE: AUG. 18-19

GREEN ACRES PC will hold its annual RUMMAGE SALE on Fri. and Sat., AUG. 18 & 19 from 8 AM - NOON. This is a big fundraiser for the Witness Committee, helping to support such worthy recipients as Stop Hunger Now, Heifer Project, Youth Mission Trips, Adult Mission Trips and more. 3135 Hanley Ave., Portsmouth, VA 23703. Call the church office at 757-484-5125 with questions.

 

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CELTIC EVENSONG: SEPT. 10

FIRST HAMPTON PC will repeat this very meaningful worship service on SUN., SEPTEMBER 10 at 5:30 PM. Come settle into candlelight, with music and readings provided to reflect on God's love. This experience is planned to be casual and open, allowing space to breathe deeply and sense the sacred. FPC Hampton plans to offer this service the second Sunday of every month. All are welcome. 514 Armistead Ave., Hampton 23669. Phone 757-722-0006 or go to firstpreshampton.org

 

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MARRIAGE SEMINARS

Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services is offering PRE-MARRIAGE SEMINARS for newlyweds as well as those who are planning their nuptuals. These are an excellent way to help couples build a strong foundation. Seminars will be held on SEPT. 9 (Va. Beach UMC) and NOV. 4 (Great Bridge PC). Cost = $150, which includes a Meyers-Briggs personality assessment and all course materials. Find details and register at www.tidewaterpastoral.org   Classes fill up quickly, so don't delay!

 

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SEMINARY FOR A DAY: SEPT. 23

This day is an excellent opportunity to spend the day learning from UPSem professors in an informal workshop setting, and hearing interesting and inspiring keynote addresses will be held on SAT., SEPT. 23.  All the day's events, including lunch, is only $25!  UPSem professor Richard W. Voelz will offer the morning keynote: Moving the "Conversation" Forward: Preacher, Congregation, and Public in Divided Times. The afternoon keynote, The Gift of Tears, will be delivered by Professor Luke A. Powery (Duke Divinity School). Registration will be available soon at: www.upsem.edu/leadership-institute.

 

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THEOLOGUE STUDY GROUP MEETS: SEPT. 12

The THEOLOGUE STUDY GROUP will next meet on TUES., SEPT. 12 from NOON - 1:30 PM at HIDENWOOD PC (414 Hiden Blvd., Newport News 23606) in a classroom just off the Madison Lane entrance. Feel free to bring a bag lunch for yourself and join the discussion of chapters 1 and 2 of The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers.  Chapters 3 - 5 will be discussed on September 12 and Chapters 6 - 8 on October 10.  For further information, call or email Kathi Griffin at kathi0624@cox.net or call 757-223-9591. 

 

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REFORMATION TOUR: 2018

FIRST PC, VIRGINIA BEACH looks forward to commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation throughout the Fall of 2017. UPSem has heard about these plans and has partnered with the congregation to offer a REFORMATION TOUR that will travel to Germany, France and Switzerland from MAY 21 - JUNE 2, 2018. If you are interested in learning more about this trip, please click HERE. Further, Dr. Tricia Vesley, of UPSem, will give a lecture on the Reformation at First PC, VB and share more about the trip later this fall. Stay tuned for details!

 

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UPSem LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE OFFERINGS

UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY is offering several opportunites over the next several months through their Leadership Institute.  MISSION POSSIBLE: Embracing the Task of Strategic Visioning - OCT. 9-12, featuring Olanda Carr, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation. Click here for details. Finally, PATHWAYS TO LEARNING & LEADERSHIP, a series of eleven 5-week online courses will be offered throughout the academic year. For course descriptions & registration click Pathways.

 

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WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S - Many dates!

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S – This year our walks will be held in Farmville (10/5), Newport News (10/7), Onancock (10/14), Suffolk (09/16), Virginia Beach (9/23) and Williamsburg (10/28). If you would like to start a team please CLICK HERERaise $100 and you get a t-shirt

 

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PEERS and PARTNERS

PEERS and PARTNERS is the new name (now a national program) for a support group the ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION runs for those who are very early in their diagnosis (with any sort of dementia).  Both the diagnosed and the caregivers attend the meeting.  We meet once a month for 6 months for 2 hours each time.  Groups are available on the Southside and the Peninsula. The first hour is together and may cover topics such as communication, legal, medical, staying active and more.  The second hour the groups split for a support group time.  The diagnosed needs to be willing to talk to other diagnosed and be able to take care of themselves and feel comfortable for that hour.  There is an application and interview process. For more information please call the Alzheimer’s Office at 459-2405 or www.alz.org/seva

 

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CLOTHES CLOSET at THIRD PC: SEPT. 9

 

This monthly event is part of Third PC's outreach ministry.  Hours of operation are the 2nd SAT. of the month 10 AM to 12 NOON.  It is FREE TO THOSE IN NEED, donations are also accepted (25 cents per item) to support their local mission programs. 8065 Carlton St., Norfolk, VA 23518.

 

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EVANGELISM: SEPT. 30

SAVE THE DATE!  The Rev. John Vest, UPSem Visiting Professor of Evangelism, will lead a program on EVANGELISM for PEVA members and congregations at FIRST PC, NORFOLK. on Sat., SEPT. 30 from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM.  Stay tuned, as details will be forthcoming!

 

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PETER STEINKE: OCT. 30

SAVE THE DATE! Peter Steinke author of Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach  and the new, Teaching Fish to Walk will lead a program at FIRST PC, NORFOLK on Mon., OCT. 30 from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PMStay tuned, as details will be forthcoming!

 

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YOUTH MISSION CO!

Several PEVA churches (St. Andrew PC, Green Acres PC and Grace Covenant PC) have undertaken YOUTH MISSION TRIPS through youthmissionco.org! Click FLYER to download a printable doc with pictures and the website address: youthmissionco.org.  The time to start planning summer mission activities is always NOW! Contact the Rev. Bill Buchanan, Executive Director, by email at billbaym@gmail.org

 

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST AROUND PEVA AND BEYOND:

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The 222nd GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTED CO-MODERATORS

In an historic first, the 222nd General Assembly overwhelmingly elected Co-Moderators Denise Anderson, a pastor from National Capital Presbytery, and Jan Edmiston, a presbytery executive from Chicago to serve as leaders of the assembly, rather than one moderator and one vice-moderator.   Jan and Denise promised to lead the church both humbly and unafraid to speak what needs to be spoken. To catch up with everything that happened at General Assembly, click GA NEWS for daily issues.

 

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The 222nd GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTED A NEW STATED CLERK

J. Herbert Nelson was overwhelmingly elected STATED CLERK of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the 222nd General Assembly, becoming the first AfricanAmerican elected as the top ecclesial officer of the nation’s largest Reformed body. To catch up with everything that happened at General Assembly, click GA NEWS for daily issues and stay tuned for Amendments coming up for consideration by presbyteries over the next few months.

 

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PCUSA: WE CHOOSE WELCOME

Presbyterians, along with people of other faiths and people of good will, have responded to the PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER on halting immigration from certain nations that we will not give in to fear and we will follow the call of Jesus to welcome. In a January 28, 2017 STATEMENT, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, STATED CLERK of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) said “We stand ready to welcome our new neighbors, friends, and family of all faiths and nations.” Read the statement. Resources follow to support Presbyterians who seek to practice welcome in Jesus’ name.