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SACRED MUSIC SUMMER CONF: JULY 24-29

One of our most substantial, inspiring yearly local opportunities, the SACRED MUSIC SUMMER CONFERENCE, will be held during JULY 24-29 on the campus of VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE.  Dozens of classes are offered on music genres, technology, composers, children's music, glass design, drumming, choral artistry, organ, art in the church, and much, much more! Costs range from 1 day Youth/$35 - to options for half-day, full day and full conference rates $345. Campus housing is available and undergraduate credits possible. SPECIAL PERFORMANCES will also be held: Over My Head, I Hear Music (worship/spirituals/readings) JULY 24 in Monumental Chapel, Light of the World, Shine on Us (100-voice Wesleyan Worship Choir) JULY 26 at Great Bridge PC, Let Heavenly Music Fill this Place (hymn festival) JULY 27 at First PC, Virginia Beach, and Sing to the Lord with Cheerful Voice (FINALE 90-voice Wesleyan Festival Chorus) JULY 29 at Christ & St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Learn more at www.vwc.edu/opportunities or contact Sandi Billy at sbilly@vwu.edu or 757-455-3376.

 

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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 these wonderful ensembles that fill the downtown Portsmouth atmosphere with music, excitement and fun! JUNE 14: Top Hats Big Band; JULY 12: Langley Brass Quartet; AUG. 2: 2 for Fun (beach music); and AUG. 16: Who We Are Not (folk rock). A dinner ($7) precedes each 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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MATT MATTHEWS' NEW BOOK!

The Rev. Matt Matthews, a former PEVA member, has written a new book based on the experiences of his father during WWII entitled, One Thousand Miles: Following My Father's WWII Footsteps. It is now available on Amazon.com and Matt will appear for book signings at a later date, but go ahead and get your copy to have on hand for an autograph later! Two additional locations are being finalized and will be announced soon. CLICK HERE for reviews.

 

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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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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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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!  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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CELTIC EVENSONG: JULY 9

 

FIRST HAMPTON PC will repeat its very meaningful CELTIC EVENSONG worship service on SUN., JULY 9 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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CLOTHES CLOSET at THIRD PC: JUNE 10

 

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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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 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!

 

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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 a local PEVA church. on Sat., SEPT. 30.  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 a local PEVA church on Mon., OCT. 30Stay tuned, as details will be forthcoming!

 

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.