2019 Cost of Living Adjustment

At the 116th Stated Meeting of PEVA on October 23, 2018, at Green Acres Presbyterian Church, the Presbytery approved the following action of the Commission on Ministry (COM):

On August 7, 2018, [COM] approved the recommendation of the Stated Clerk, based on a recommendation of the Board of Pensions, that the cost of living adjustment for 2019 be 1.9%. This establishes $45,482.00 as the minimum for cash salary and housing for ministers in full-time calls.

Upcoming ...
  • 11/12 | Interim Pastors - 12:00 p. m. at PEVA
  • 11/13 | EFT 9:30 a.m. at First Hampton
  • 11/13 | PEVA Educatiors - 11:30 a. m. at PEVA
  • 11/14 | Council - 10:00 a. m. at PEVA
  • 11/17 | PEVA Leadership Training Event  - 8:30 a.m. - Noon at First PC Hampton
  • 11/20 | RDT - 9:00 a. m. at PEVA
  • 11/20 | CPM - 9:30 a. m. at PEVA
  • 11/20 | Peacemaking - 10:30 a. m. at PEVA
  • 11/22 | PEVA Office closed
  • 11/23 | PEVA Office Closed
  • 11/28 | SMT - 10:30 a. m. at PEVA
  • 12/04 | COM - 4:00 at PEVA
Next PEVA Stated Meeting

January, 26

Hilton PC

34 Main Street

Newport News, Va


PEVA Leadership Training Event


Tools for Church Leaders
PEVA Leadership Training Event
Saturday, November 17, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
514 Armistead Ave.,
Hampton, VA 23669

This event it open for all officers. The plenary about vital church applies to all.  The elective by Don McLean leans toward elders as does the one on nominating committee.  But the others are all-inclusive... a "continuing ed" for present officers and good for new officers as well.


08:30-08:45  Registration, Coffee and Refreshments
08:45-09:00  Welcome, general information, opening worship 
09:00-10:00  Plenary:  Toolkit for Vital Congregations 7 Marks of Congregational Vitality - Leaders: Rev. Cindy Higgins & Rev. Clark DeSarro-Raynal                    
10:00-10:10  Break 
10:10-11:00  Electives:
                     Elder Elementals: The Basics of Being God’s Leaders - Leader: Rev. Don McLean
                     Five Reasons NOT to Nominate Someone! Help for Nominating Committees  - Leader: Rev. Keith Curran
11:00-11:10  Break  
11:10-12:00  Electives:
                     Trying to Live as a Faithful Christian Today - Leader: Rev.Louis Weeks
                      Worship for the Whole Church - Leader: Rev. Alex Creager

Fall Hymn Festival at Wycliffe PC

Brian-Headshot-high-resThe Center for Sacred Music at Virginia Wesleyan University presents its annual Fall Hymn Festival on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 4:00pm, at Wycliffe Presbyterian Church, 1445 N. Great Neck Rd, Va Beach, led by Brian Hehn, Director of the Center for Congregational Song (a division of the Hymn Society of the US & Canada).  

" On Earth, Peace" honors veterans and commemorates the end of World War-I, with prayers for peace, scripture readings, reflections and lots of singing. Join us for brass, jazz, world music & traditional hymnody with Sharon Foxwell, organist (Royster Presbyterian); Lawrence Clemens and Stephanie Harron, trumpet;  Marla Nistico and Marla Robinson, flute; Jason Squinobal, saxophone; and VWU's "Camerata" led by Bryson Mortensen.   (donations accepted to support scholarships for students in CSM’s Church Music Certificate program)   For further details, call the Center at 757-455-3376.

Blood Drive at Second PC

onePintThreeLivesVeteran's Day November 11
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Second Presbyterian Church
7305 Hampton Blvd Norfolk, VA.

Please consider giving blood or volunteering. This is a meanigful way to remember our veterans! FLYER

Seeking Singers for MLK Choir

choir300x225The PEVA Chapter of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus is seeking choir members for the annual MLK service. The MLK service will be held at King's Grant Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at 4:30 p.m.

Rehearsals will be held at New Horizons Presbyterian Church from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, 11/30/18; Friday, 12/14/18; Friday, 1/4/19, Tuesday, 1/8/19; Friday, 1/11/19; and Tuesday, 1/15/19. A "Rehearsal Retreat" will be held at King's Grant PC on Saturday, 1/19/19, time to be announced.

We hope to have singers from all PEVA churches participate in this year's MLK choir.

If you would like to participate or need more information, please contact Raymond Rodrigues (rrodrigues@pcusa- peva.org 757-397-7063). F L Y E R

Advent Devotional

2018 devontional

“God Lifts the Lowly”

from Presbyterians Today.

Paintings and poems by Andrew Weatherly, a young Presbyterian man with Down syndrome, showcase the capabilities of those with special needs.

Reflections and daily prayers for each day of Advent joyfully bring God’s might and Mary’s “yes” to life in powerful new ways.


2018 Advent Chain

DYI Advent Chain

Count Down the Days to Christmas and help decorate your home with God's love!

The Rev. Dr. Keith Curran, Interim Pastor Green Acres, has put together and Advent Chain for 2018. Your are welcome to DOWNLOAD the Advent Chain.

Instructions for making an Advent Chain. Cut off a strip for each day of Advent. Read the verse aloud. (This can be done in the morning or at bed time or at a meal time.) Glue, staple or tape the strips into a ring, wordside out. Interlock rings each day to form a chain. Decorate your home, entrance way or child's room with the chain. Hang on tree or in a doorway to honor the Lord of the Manger.

Camp Hanover Christmas and 2019 Events


Friday, December 7
Saturday, December 8
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A candlelit trail winds through the woods, transporting you back in time...

Along your journey, meet other travelers, shepherds, kings, and angels...

Immerse yourself in the greatest story ever told...

Open to the public, this free event is suitable for all ages and physical abilities. To get more information, call (804) 779-2811 or visit

Mark your calendars! 

Camp Hanover (Presbytery of the James) Retreats: 

Confirmation Retreat: February 8-10, 2019

High School Retreat: March 9-10, 2019

Middle School Retreat: May 4-5, 2019
For more information, please check out the website: https://www.

 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT)


Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church that occurs every three years. The 2019 event is July 16-20, 2019 at Purdue University. The theme for the 2019 event is “Here’s My Heart”.

INFO SHEET                                  WATCH PROMO VIDEO

PEVA will sponsor a delegation to Triennium for churches in the presbytery. CONTACT PEVA's REGISTRAR AMANDA PINE a.pine@kgpc.org for more information.  

YAV Enrollment Open!

YAV2019The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program is an ecumenical, faith-based year of service for young people, ages 19-30, in 22 sitesaround the world and in the United States. YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in intentional community with peers and mentors. YAVs serve during the academic year, August to July.

Program benefits during the YAV year include a regular stipend, housing, transportation assistance and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year. Follow @yavprogram for program updates  & apply today!

Hands-On Mission Work Group Invitation

hom250x230xcfHands-On Mission Work Group of the Presbytery of Detroit looks forward to welcoming Mission Work groups during the summer or for an Alternative-Break week during the school year. With over ten years of experience, we offer a wide variety of Service Opportunities and will enjoy working with your group before your arrival to customize your work sites to your skills and interest.

We work with a wide variety of Mission Partners. Our opportunities include working with: urban gardening, blight removal, building and remodeling, handicap ramp installation, Habitat for Humanity, Life Remodel, Presbyterian Villages, Inclusion Ministries, homeless outreach, clothing sites, feeding programs, domestic violence, Veterans, Peace Camp, Health Fairs, Second Mile Center and others. If you would like to work with children, we have Vacation Bible School sites, an Art Camp, a foster care ministry, children's summer camps, and children's centers. If you have other interests, we can explore those options for you as well.

Over a dozen churches within our Presbytery open their doors and their hearts to house and extend hospitality to our groups. All have kitchens, some have showers or nearby shower sites, and most have a variety of other amenities as well. Check out our website.

Hear our Story; feel our Spirit on YouTube video: VIDEO

Contact: Michael Barconey, Hands-On Mission Coordinator for Presbytery of Detroit, michaelbarconey@gmail.com cell: 313-903-6609.

Other News of Interest Around PEVA & Beyond

New Chief Enrollment Officer for Columbia Seminary

Ruth99November 7, 2017—Columbia Theological Seminary announced today the hiring of a new Chief Enrollment Management Officer. Starting January 2018, the Rev. Ruth-Aimée Belonni-Rosario will lead the institution’s admissions and financial aid efforts.  Belonni-Rosario has a proven record of effectiveness in leading seminary recruitment and enrollment strategies. She served as Associate Director of Admissions at Princeton Theological Seminary and then as Dean of Admissions at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Educated both at the Universidad de Puerto Rico and Princeton Theological Seminary, Belonni-Rosario is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She has demonstrated strong commitments to Latinx voices in theological education and ministry, as well as supporting seminary students to discern their particular call.