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SEMINARY SUNDAY: APRIL 23

Calling all Clergy, Educators and Commissioned Ruling Elders...Plan to join the PROCESSION as we celebrate
SEMINARY SUNDAY on APRIL 23 at 4 PM at ROYSTER MEMORIAL PC (6901Newport Ave., Norfolk) Clergy, educators and commissioned ruling elders will gather in Royster’s fellowship hall at 3:45 PM to process with bagpipes to the service of worship.
Dr. Ken McFayden, Dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, will preach and the combined choirs of Royster Memorial and Carver Memorial of Newport News will offer special music. Invite your congregation members and especially youth and folks considering church vocations to share in the service and the reception that follows. Phone Royster Memorial PC (757-423-8536) by WED., APRIL 19 to be included in the count.

 

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CELTIC EVENSONG SERVICE - MAY 7

FIRST HAMPTON PC will repeat its very meaningful CELTIC EVENSONG service on SUN., MAY 7 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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ADAGIO TRIO: MAY 7

As part of its Candlelight Concert Series, GREAT BRIDGE PC will present the ADAGIO TRIO on SUN., MAY 7 at 4 PM. The group was founded in 1985 by Kathryn Daniels, Michael Daniels, and Linda Grieser. In 1990, Michael took the position of principal cellist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the Daniels moved to Norfolk. Since 1997 the group has recorded five CDs. Stillpoint, Sanctuary, and Evensong are collections of classical, folk, Irish, Jewish & Christian music. Winter Gift is a collection of non-secular Christmas music. Celtic Heart, released in 2008, offers their own arrangements of Irish, Welsh, and Scottish music. Their crossover style is best known for its meditative and relaxing atmosphere, having been used by therapists, hospitals, and yoga classes across the United States. The Adagio Trio's music is often heard on public radio stations throughout the country. 333 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake, VA (across from the Chesapeake municipal complex). FREE and open to the public! Click FLYER for all the details!

 

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ZUNI DAY IN THE COUNTRY

Zuni Homes A DAY IN THE COUNTRY will be held on SAT. APRIL 22, 2017 from 10 AM - 3 PM at the ZUNI CAMPUS (5279 Homegrown Lane, Zuni VA). Because Zuni is closing, this will be their last celebration which is also a CELEBRATION 50 YEARS OF SERVICE. Enjoy a beautiful day in the country, in appreciation of this ministry, which is located just beyond Bethany Presbyterian Church in Zuni. The day will include The Silver Street Band, Live Auction by Mr. Robert Bishop, Windsor High School Band, Peanut City Cloggers, and much more! Find out more about HUMAN KIND (the agency which runs the Zuni campus, by CLICKING HERE

 

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GOSPEL OF MATTHEW: MAY 15-17

UPSem will present THE GOSPEL of MATTHEW: CHALLENGES and RESOURCES for PREACHERS TODAY, a series of presentations and conversations, led by professors John Carroll, Frances Taylor Gench, and Richard Voelz, opening up the world of Matthew's narrative and its presentation of the ministry and teachings of Jesus. They will provide orientation to distinctive theological contributions Matthew makes to the life of the church, and suggest resources and strategies for preaching, all in preparation for the lectionary Matthew cycle. COST = $250, and includes lunch on Tuesday. CLICK HERE for more info and registration.

 

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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 DEALINE MAY 1st 2017.  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.

 

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MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES!

The Rev. Lyndsey McCall of FIRST PC, VIRGINIA BEACH, would like to know if others in PEVA would be interested in joining their group for two events: the MIDDLE SCHOOL RETREAT at CAMP HANOVER and/or the MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFERENCE at MASSANETTA this summer. If you would like details and share ideas, contact Rev. McCall at revmccalllyndsey@gmail.com or call 757-428-6332 (O) or 919-656-2718 (C). Click the name of each conference for a FLYER!

 

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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 REUSABLE BAGS, HYGIENE KITS, TRAVEL SIZE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER,  DISPOSABLE DIAPERS, CHILDREN'S BOOKS, CHILDREN'S CLOTHING (spring - fall only), ADULT JEANS & T-SHIRTS.  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 & MEN'S T-SHIRTS ARE NOT NEEDED THIS YEAR - PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate was able to purchase over 200 new baseball hats  and 120 men's new T-shirts at a great price.  Thanks so much Thrift Store City (Norfolk,VA) 

 

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YAV APPLICATION FINAL DEADLINE: JUNE 1

Do you, or anyone you know, desire to be a PCUSA YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEER?  If so, the FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE is JUNE 1. You can discover all the details, including where you might serve by clicking this LINK. Once there, you'll also find an Application Checklist.

 

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PEVA PILGRIMAGE WEEKEND: AUG. 3 - 6

Pilgrimage Weekend is a time to look at your own life in the light of God's will for you, and a time to learn and reflect on your place in His scheme of things.  The next PEVA PRESBYTERIAN PILGRIMAGE WEEKEND will take place AUG. 3 - 6 at VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE.  Open the BROCHURE to find out all about this opportunity for spiritual development. You may also open and download the TEAM APPLICATION and PILGRIM APPLICATION. If you would like to participate, contact Gale Pere at 804-815-1595 or gale57@cox.net  You may also contact Mary Jo Baylor: baylorm@outlook.com or 757-404-5083.  They can provide you with more detailed information. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

 

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PCUSA ABUSE PREVENTION HELPLINE

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has teamed with the Insurance Board and Praesidium to help PC(USA) church councils and members of churches prevent child sexual abuse. The partnership has launched a TOLL-FREE ABUSE PREVENTION HELPLINE 1-866-607-SAFE to provide assistance to church councils and church families in their efforts to keep predators away from children. This information can also be posted/shared in ladies' rest rooms, etc. in light of safety concerns.

 

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BIG TENT 2017: JULY 6 - JULY 8, 2017

SAVE THESE DATES!  The BIG TENT EVENT will be held on JULY 6-8, 2017. Join Presbyterians from around the country at BIG TENT, held on the beautiful campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO. The theme will emphasize the hope of the Gospel and its power to transform society in our current cultural context, marked by anxiety, racial division, political animosity, and economic inequality.  To learn more and to register CLICK HERE.

 

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HOLY LAND TOUR: SEPT. 5-14

Pastor Fred McCall is seeking to form a small group to travel to the HOLY LAND with an optional extension to Jordan (including Petra) from SEPT. 5 - 14, 2017. The trip will be organized by Educational Opportunities Tours. If interested and desiring more info, please call Fred at 757-631-1636. Brochures with full itinerary are available.

 

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AFFORDABLE CHURCH PEWS!

HILTON PC has about 25 surplus PEWS.  They are freestanding (but could be bolted to the floor).  Some are 5' long, some are 4'.  They are oak veneer with upholstered seat bottoms and wooden backs.  The upholstery fabric is a neutral, tan color.  They have pockets for hymnals, but do not have armrests or ends.  All are in good condition. Priced to sell at $50 each.  Contact the Hilton church office at 595-1313 if interested.

 

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PW SPRING GATHERING: APRIL 29

The PEVA PW (Presbyterian Women) will hold their annual SPRING GATHERING on SAT., APRIL 29 at FIRST PC, PORTSMOUTH (515 Court St., Olde Towne), starting at 9:15 AM. The Rev. Steve Frazier will lead worship. You may download, share and print information about this event by clicking FLYER

 

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"DECLARE" YOUTH FORUM: APRIL 25-28

Join the Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry during APRIL 25-28 as they explore the prophetic voice vital to the church's work with young people. Renew your energy for ministry as you create vocational friendships, stretch your imagination, and give Sabbath to your soul. This uncommon blend of theological and practical exploration of ministry with young people will feature Andrew Root, author of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, Amanda Drury, author of Saying is Believing, and Gregory C. Ellison, II, author of Fearless Dialogues. Click FLYER for details! Can't get away? A DIGITAL VERSION is available at only $45 per session! Visit www.iymforum.com for more details and to register for the live or digital events!

 

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VIRGINIA HANDBELL CONSORT: MAY 7

The VIRGINIA HANDBELL CONSORT will present Ring It & Swing It Too!  in CONCERT at HIDENWOOD PC on SUN., MAY 7 at 4 PM. The Consort is celebrating 21 years of sharing the joy of ringing! 414 Hiden Blvd., Newport News 23601. The event is free and open to the public, but a Free Will Offering will be taken. Questions? Call 757-596-1151.

 

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CLOTHES CLOSET at THIRD PC: MAY 6

THIRD PC  has a CLOTHES CLOSET  as part of their 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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HOLY LAND TOUR: SEPT. 5-14

Pastor Fred McCall is seeking to form a small group to travel to the HOLY LAND with an optional extension to Jordan (including Petra) from SEPT. 5 - 14, 2017. The trip will be organized by Educational Opportunities Tours. If interested and desiring more info, please call Fred at 757-631-1636. Brochures with full itinerary are available.

 

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SEMINARY FOR A DAY: SEPT. 23

SEMINARY FOR A DAY, an 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! This year's keynote addresses will be made by Prof. Richard W. Voelz, UPSem's newest preaching professor, and Prof. Luke Powery, dean of the Duke University Chapel and professor of homiletics there. Registration will be available soon at: www.upsem.edu/leadership-institute.

 

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FREE PROJECTOR & SCREEN!

HILTON PC, in Newport News, recently renovated their sanctuary and are ready to GIVE AWAY their used VIDEO PROJECTOR and MOTORIZED DROP DOWN SCREEN. These date to about 2004 or so. The projector is a Sharp Conference Series XG-P20XU with 4:3 aspect ratio and VGA input. More modern versions are 16:9 with HDMI input. The screen is approximately 10 X 12 feet, requires permanent mounting, and will require a truck to transport. If any of our churches are interested, please contact Office Manager Megan-Drew Tiller at 757-595-1313 or office@hiltonpres.org 

 

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UPSEM - UPCOMING EVENTS!

UPSEM/Richmond will be offering many opportunities over the next several weeks and months!  Two FREE PUBLIC EVENTS are coming soon.  During APRIL 19-20, Shawna Bowman and Nanette Sawyer will lead worship, large group activities and workshops related to Embodying God's Story and Our Stories: Storytelling / Art / Worship. Just CLICK HERE for details on these and other exciting workshops coming soon!  

 

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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 MAY 6 (Va. Beach UMC), JULY 8 (Va. Beach UMC), 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!

 

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.