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PEVA EDUCATORS MEET - OCT. 24

Come join PEVA CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS on Tues., OCT. 24 from 10:30 - 12:20 at Second (Norfolk) PC (7305 Hampton Blvd., 23505) to go over planning calendars for conferences, mission trips and workshops. Bring a bag lunch: beverages are provided. All are welcome!

 

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REFORMATION COMMEMORATION

FIRST PC, VIRGINIA BEACH will hold several events this fall to commemorate the 500th ANNIVERSARY of the PROTESTANT REFORMATION. There will be a series of Sunday morning seminars for adults (9:45 a.m.) as well as Wednesay (Kirk) night programs. The series will culminate on SUN., OCT. 29 with a special 9:30 a.m. worship featuring the Rev. Dr. Louis B. Weeks as preacher. CLICK HERE for a full schedule of topics and times. To learn about a REFORMATION TOUR to sites in Europe, go to the NEWS & EVENTS page!

 

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PUMPKIN FESTIVAL: OCT. 21

HIDENWOOD PC will hold their annual PUMPKIN FESTIVAL on SAT., OCT. 21 from 11 AM - 3 PM. Come enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, crafts, hay rides, 'Barrels of Fun' train, music, bake sale, pumpkin patch, straw maze, "Stuft" food truck and Newport News "Pop-Up" library! Fun for the entire family!  414 Hiden Blvd., Newport News 23606. Call 757-596-11551 with questions. Click FLYER for details!

 

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OUTREACH BIBLE STUDY FOR WOMEN: OCT. 22

A BIBLE STUDY FOR WOMEN: Wonder:  Learning to Pay Attention, presented by the Dorcas Circle of COMMUNITY PC, PORTSMOUTH (801 Tazewell St., Portsmouth 23701) will be held from 11 AM - 12:30 PM on SAT., OCT 22 and led by the Rev. Anita K. Herbert from Great Bridge PC. Registration begins at 10:30 AM. Please come with Bible in hand, an open mind, and a thirst to receive a word from God. Wonder is a primary emotion for our spirituality.  How many times do we fail to pay attention to God’s presence all around us?  Come join us as we learn to pay attention! Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the Bible study.Please RSVP: by October 19Click FLYER for downloadable details.

 

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UPSEM: INTERIM / TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY TRAINING

INTERIM / TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY TRAINING – Week 1 takes place NOV. 13-17 on our Richmond campus. For pastors interested in interim ministry and/or congregations in transition. The intense 30-hour course provides the basics for understanding interim ministry and transitional ministry.  Led by Hart Edmonds, Laura Sherwood, and Ken McFayden, the curriculum for this course is unique and has been well-received since it was developed a few years ago.  The cost for the week, which begins at 1 p.m. on Monday and ends before noon on Friday, is $395, including lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Registration is limited to 30, and we usually are filled to capacity, so register soon.  

 

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BETHLEHEM WALK - DEC. 8 - 10

KING'S GRANT PC will again offer, in partnership with St. Nicholas Catholic Church, St. Aiden's Episcopal Church and Lynnhaven United Methodist Church, BETHLEHEM WALK on DEC. 8, 9, and 10.  Bring your family to begin the Advent season as you prepare hearts and minds for the coming of the real Christmas gift.  It isn't a play.  It isn't a pageant.  It is encountering Christ and the mystery of Christmas the way we believe it all began.  Register your family with the census taker at the gate, walk the crowded streets, visit the bustling marketplace and talk with the vendors busy in their shops.  Hear a story at the well, worship with the rabbi in the synagogue, but beware of the Roman soldiers who patrol the streets to keep order in this seemingly insignificant Judean town.  See the shepherds watching their flocks under the winter sky.  Listen to the villagers talking in hushed voices about seeing angels and the birth of a very special baby.  Keep your eyes and ears open to whatever miracles may occur.  But don't plan to stay overnight - the inn is full!  ALL ARE INVITED - It's FREE!  At KING'S GRANT PC, 745 Little Neck Rd., Va. Beach 23452.  Click IMAGE for all the details!

 

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SUICIDE PREVENTION SEMINAR: JAN. 17

Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services will hold a special event, SOUL SHOP SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING, on FRI., JAN 19 from 9 AM - 4 PM at WORK-RELEASE, NORFOLK (759 Granby St., Norfolk 23510). Intended to equip those in the faith community to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation, participants can learn more about this increasing problem that spans all socio-economic levels and possibly save a life. Registration check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Featured speaker will be Michelle Snyder from Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute. This opportunity is open to all: clergy and lay. Cost = $40 which includes breakfast pastries & coffee, lunch and afternoon snack. Click REGISTER to sign up. CEUs available.

 

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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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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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MARRIAGE SEMINAR

Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services has been 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. A seminar will be held on 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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OFFICER TRAINING: NOV. 11

Save the date!  OFFICER TRAINING for all PEVA Church Officers will be offered at DENBIGH PC on Sat., NOV. 11 from 9 AM - 1 PM.  For class offerings and registration form, CLICK HERE. Books of Order and Books of Confession may be pre-ordered on the registration form.

 

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CLOTHES CLOSET at THIRD PC: NOV. 11

 

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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APCE: JAN. 30 - FEB. 3 2018

The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) will hold their annual event at the Galt House Hotel in LOUISVILLE, KY from JAN. 30 - FEB. 3, 2018. On the theme of Deep & Wide: Boundless Hospitality, leaders will include Rodger Nishioka, Stated Clerk Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, Event Artist Scott Neely and many, many more!  Early Bird Registration (by Dec. 8) will save you $100! Click APCE for more details and to register!

 

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WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S - Many dates!

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S – This year our last walk will be held in 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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CELTIC EVENSONG: NOV. 12

FIRST HAMPTON PC will repeat this very meaningful worship service on SUN., SUNDAY, NOV. 12 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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THEOLOGUE STUDY GROUP MEETS: NOV.14

The THEOLOGUE STUDY GROUP will next meet on TUES., NOV. 14 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  The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers. For further information, call or email Kathi Griffin at kathi0624@cox.net or call 757-223-9591. 

 

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BIBLICAL STORYTELLERS 2018 GATHERING!

The Network of Biblical Storytellers, Int'l. will hold their 2018 FESTIVAL GATHERING during AUG. 1 - 4, 2018 at the University of Dayton Marriott Hotel in Dayton, Ohio. The theme for the event will be STORY in the Memory of the Heart with featured speaker, the Rev. Cynthia Park, PhD, LPC. She is a Hebrew scholar, a licensed therapist and Episcopal priest working in parish ministry in Georgia. Click BROCHURE for all the details you need, and you can click REGISTER to sign up online! Early registration fees (by May 5) are available!

 

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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.