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HANDBELL CONCERT: MAY 28

The Effie T. Gardner HANDBELL CHOIR of First Baptist Church, Hampton, will present a CONCERT entitled "Seasons in Bells" at COVENANT PC on Sunday, MAY 28 at 4 PM. All are welcome and there is no admission charge. Presbyterian handbell enthusiasts may spot a familiar face among the ringers: the Rev. Addie Peterson, pastor of Messiah PC!  Covenant Church is located at 913 Covenant St., Norfolk.

 

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"BELL MOSAIC" CONCERT: JUNE 11

All are invited to YORKMINSTER PC to enjoy a HANDBELL CONCERT entitled "Bell Mosaic" at 7 PM on SUN., JUNE 11 in the Sanctuary. Yorkminster's 3 handbell choirs will present a program of exciting songs, timeless hymns and selections from Beauty and the Beast! A nursery will be provided and a reception will follow this free program. 6218 George Washington Hwy. (Rt. 17), Yorktown, VA 23692. Call 757-898-4972 or visit www.yorkminsterpc.org

 

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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 opportunities@vwc.edu or 757-455-3376.

 

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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, hygiene kits, travel size shampoo & conditioner,  disposable diapers, childrens' books, childrens' clothing (spring - fall only), adult jeans and womens' 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 & 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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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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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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OVERHEAD PROJECTOR - FREE TO A GOOD CHURCH HOME!

The PEVA OFFICE is offering an OVERHEAD PROJECTOR (pictured) FREE to any of our churches who may want to use it. If interested, email Linda Smith or Jessica Fitzgerald or call at 757-397-7063 with questions or to make arrangements for pickup. The office is located at 801 Loudoun Ave., Portsmouth, VA 23707. This offer will remain in effect until May 26.

 

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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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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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FINAL LESSON: WHO IS JESUS? JUNE 4

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN are invited to ST. ANDREW PC on SUN., JUNE 4 from 4 - 6 PM as the Rev. Addie Peterson presents the final lesson of this year's BIBLE STUDY, Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes. Light refreshments will follow. Please RSVP to Kay Smith at 757-745-7065.  The church is located at 1885 Bridge Rd.(Rt. 17), Suffolk, VA 23433.

 

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CELTIC EVENSONG SERVICE - JUNE 11

FIRST HAMPTON PC will repeat its very meaningful CELTIC EVENSONG service on SUN., JUNE 11 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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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.

 

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.