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SEMINARY SUNDAY: APRIL 23

A CELEBRATION OF THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION will take place at ROYSTER MEMORIAL PC, beginning at 4 PM on SUN., APRIL 23.  Featured speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Kenneth J. McFadyen, Dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary and Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development. The combined choirs of Royster Memorial and Carver Memorial Churches will provide music. All are invited and a reception will follow.  6901 Newport Ave., Norfolk VA 23505. Phone 757-423-8536 for details.

 

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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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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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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. Find out more about HUMAN KIND (the agency which runs the Zuni campus, by CLICKING HERE.

 

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PEVA EDUCATORS MEET - APRIL 18

Come join PEVA CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS on Tues., APRIL 18 at FIRST PC, VB (300 36th St., VB) starting at 10:30 AM.  Enjoy sharing experiences and ideas from recent conferences such as APCE and NEXT CHURCH. Ideas on how to observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation will be discussed, too! (Beach is nearby for a contemplative walk...) These meetings are open to ALL PEVA EDUCATORS, whether paid or volunteer. Please RSVP to Jacqui Horton (so she can set up enough chairs): jacqui@firstpresvb.org 

 

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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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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!

 

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

 

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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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SPRING FESTIVAL: MARCH 25

The PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN of SIMONSDALE PC will hold its annual SPRING FESTIVAL on SAT., MARCH 25 from 8 AM - NOON. The festival will include a big (indoor) yard sale, bake sale, raffles and food! Come browse and have lunch!  5016 Vick St., Portsmouth, VA 23701. CLICK HERE for a flyer, or call Donna Jensen at 757-508-8164 with questions.

 

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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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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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FREE 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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24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE

Those who are seeking shelter from domestic ABUSE may now call a regional 24-HOUR HOTLINE. Regardless of what city, the hotline workers will help find shelter in the nearest facility and arrange for safe transportation if necessary. This step eliminates the need of those in crisis to make several phone calls in order to find space. Call 757-251-0144.

 

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CLOTHES CLOSET at THIRD PC: APRIL 8

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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FREE TO GOOD CHURCH HOME...

FIRST PORTSMOUTH PC would like to give away 50 BLUE HYMNALS in excellent condition, as well as two wall-mounted COAT RACKS with shelves.  Contact Agnes McFadden at 757-705-3945 to make arrangements.

 

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST AROUND PEVA AND BEYOND:

Now is the time

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SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINE: APRIL 1

Hampton Roads Community Foundation applications are available for the following scholarships and the 2017-2018 THEOLOGICAL SCHOLARSHIP application is DUE APRIL 1, 2017.  Students may visit our website at hamptonroadscf.org to view the list of available scholarships and follow the steps for applying through our online application process.  Applicants should be native or long-time residents of the specified geographic areas rather than those temporarily living in the area to attend school. Barron F. Black Theological Scholarship – For students at VIRGINIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY (Alexandria, VA) who are candidates for the ministry. Students must be residents of the geographic region served by the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Richard D. and Sheppard R. Cooke Memorial Scholarship – For students from Hampton Roads attending UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY in Richmond who are candidates for the ministry. Preference will be given to students from Norfolk churches within the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia. William F. Miles – For a student from Hampton Roads who is preparing for leadership in a field of religious service. Reverend Doctor Joyce G. Moss Theologian Scholarship – For students attending RICHMOND VIRGINIA SEMINARY or REGENT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITY with the intent of pursuing a full-time career in Christian ministry.  Preference will be given to full-time graduate students who have at least a 3.0 grade point average. Hy Smith Endowment Fund – For students at VIRGINIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY in Alexandria who are candidates for the ministry. Students must be residents of the geographic region served by the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Don't let this opportunity pass by!

 

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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.