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The next stated meeting of the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia is on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Bayside Presbyterian Church (1400 Ewell Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23455).

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The PEVA PW (Presbyterian Women) will hold their annual SPRING GATHERING on SATMARCH 24 at BAYSIDE PC, VIRGINIA BEACH (1400 Ewell Rd, Virginia Beach VA 23455-4908). The theme is "Living as Women of God in Today's Diverse World." The gathering will start at 8:30 a.m. with Registration & Fellowship. The schedule for the rest of the gathering is as follows: 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Worship & Communion, 10 a.m.  Keynote Speaker, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Workshop, 12 p.m.-12:45 p.m. LUNCH (COST $10 PER PERSON)12:45 p.m.-1 p.m. Meeting & Speak Out,  1 p.m.-2 p.m. Workshop.  Workshop topics are Prayer Banner, Enneagram Workshop and others.  More information coming soon!




Green Acres PC, 3135 Hanley Ave., Portsmouth, VA 23703 (at the corner of Rt. 17 and Cedar Ln.), will present a chancel drama based on Da Vinci's Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. The "Living Last Supper" is a worship service that includes communion, hymns, and the chancel drama. It will be enjoyed by all ages. All are invited to attend.

The Gathering

A time of Praise, Familiar Secular and Irish Music. Friday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m., at Yorkminster PC 6218 George Washington Mem. Hwy., Yorktown, VA Featuring: "Proclaim Praise Band" and "Those Guys" Refreshments provided


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Committee of Women of Color Consultation

March 16 and 17, 2018

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival – Workshop

Open to all. Please read the FLYER 
for more information.



Alice Walker, author of “The Color Purple,” will keynote the Center for Womanist Leadership inaugural gathering, "Bearing Witness to Womanism: What Was, What Is, What Will Be," in Richmond, Virginia, April 5-7, 2018. The event is sponsored by the Center for Womanist Leadership at Union Presbyterian Seminary and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.

Walker’s keynote is free and will be held on April 5, at 7:00 p.m., at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, Creighton Campus (4247 Creighton Rd., Henrico, VA 23323). Registration is required. For details, visit the Center for Womanist Leadership website.


Come see the new Presbyterian Confirmation Curriculum!

PC (USA) has developed a new confirmation curriculum entitled "Big God, Big Questions" which will be available this summer. The Christian Education Purpose Group, of the Presbytery of the James, is hosting two events to help you learn more about this new resource. The  FREE events will be held on Sat., May 5, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Fairfield PC (6930 Cold Harbor Rd, Mechanicsville, VA 23111) and on Sun., May 6, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Meadows PC (2200 Angus Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901). Please register by Sun., April 15, with Leigh Ring (, 804-740-7083 ext. 306).

Please read the FLYER for more information.
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The cirriculum is now available to order! Please see the newsletter for more information.
Please consider attending, and inviting members of your congregation to attend, the following events - all free and open to the public - at Virginia Wesleyan University.
  • Sat., March 3, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Creating a More Civil Society: Is M.L.K.'s Legacy Just a Dream?
    A "Race: Let's Talk about It" town hall moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee
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  • Mon., March 19, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Slavery, the Holocaust, and Stories that Shape Us
    NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue Panel and Discussion

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  • Mon., April 23, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    How to Be Less Stupid About Race:
    Racism and Anti-racism in Our Classrooms and Communities

    read more ...
  • Mon., April 30, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Are Religious People More Racist?
    NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue Panel and Discussion

    read more ...

For more information, please call Kelly Jackson, 757-455-3129, at the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom.


2018 - 2019 Theological Scholarships Available!

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for the following scholarships. The 2018-2019 theological scholarship application is due April 1, 2018. Students may visit our website at to view the list of available scholarships and complete our online application. Applicants should be native or long-time residents of the specified geographic.

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 Scholarship – 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. 



Massanetta Springs strives to be, "A place for all people to experience God through renewal, discovery, and hospitality." We invite pastors and other church professionals to come to one (or all!) of the following opportunities this year.
Pastor's Respite - April 2-6 You deserve a time for restoration and wholeness. Let Massanetta provide that place of grace and hospitality. Please come and be our guests. Pastors, Associate Pastors, Educators, Commissioned Ruling Elders, Musicians, Church Administrators, and their families are all welcome to join us anytime between Easter Monday morning and Friday morning. There is no charge for lodging, and we offer a free breakfast to all attendees and their families on Tuesday morning, April 3.

Re-Focusing Today's Ministry Through a First Century Lens - July 22-28 Massanetta Springs invites you to this WONDERFUL event that combines the fines of continuing education with programming for the whole family. With thoughtful Bible study, inspiring preaching, informative forums, and hands-on workshops in the Bible Conference, and top-notch sacred music clinicians in the Church Music Conference, there is truly something for everyone. Our Camp Connections program during BC/CMC allows for the whole family to have a meaningful and renewing experience this summer.

Called Together: A Retreat for Married Couples in Professional Ministry - August 6-9 Called Together is a four day retreat focusing on relationships, renewal, and resources for couples who are both in professional ministry.

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Who: First PC Virginia Beach and PEVA High School Youth and College Students 
When: June 15-23, 2018 
Where: St. Louis, Missouri 

What: The group will fly to St. Louis to participate in the “Hands and Feet Initiative” that was sent out by the PCUSA General Assembly. It encourages Presbyterians to do mission work within the city that General Assembly meets in order that Presbyterians will leave that city better than the way they found it. Our group will work through the St. Louis AMEN Project and serve in various ways throughout the week. In addition, we will take the opportunity to attend, as visitors, various worship services and meeting at the Presbyterian General Assembly. The goal is to have a transformative faith experiences through fellowship, worship, service and learning more about our own denomination. 
Cost: $550.00 per person includes flight, lodging, most meals, and Six Flags theme park ticket. For more information, plaease read the flyer or contact the Rev. Lyndsey McCall at



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Convergence: Where Faith and Science Meet is a 9-day program (June 23-July 1, 2018) that allows rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to come to Randolph-Macon’s campus in Ashland, Virginia and learn about the intersection of science and Christian faith.  They will dive deeper into their religious beliefs, deeper into the study of science, and will meet other high school students and Randolph-Macon College student leaders with those same interests.  There will be time in the classroom and outdoor experiences throughout the region.  The cost to participate is only $100 for this 9-day program.  Upon high school graduation, if a Convergence participant chooses to attend Randolph-Macon, they will receive a $1,000 annual scholarship for each year they participated in Convergence.  
Please visit the website to learn more. 


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The 2018-19 recruitment season for the Young Adult Volunteer program is ongoing! Applications can be accessed online at

 Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year. For more info, visit the FAQ tab at the top of the YAV homepage.  Also, following @yavprogram on social media is a great resource. Help plants seeds of service and spread the word!

June 1 - Round 3 (National sites only, limited spots available). 

Plese visit YAVs website for more information.
The YAV application can be accessed here.


Clothes Closet at 3rd PC: April 14

This monthly event is part of Third PC's 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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Celtic Evensong: Sunday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m.

FIRST HAMPTON PC will repeat this very meaningful worship service on Sunday, April 8 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


Great Bridge PC Candelight Concert Series presents the Ambrosia Quartet Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
This dynamic ensemble will thrill you with their artistry in a concert including works by Mozart, Bartók, Gershwin, and more. Free and open to the public, a free will offering will be accepted. Please read the FLYER for more information.
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The four church wide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are a collective witness to Jesus Christ's love for the whole church. The Christmas Joy OfferingOne Great Hour of SharingPentecost Offering and Peace & Global Witness Offering 
play an important role in defining what it means to be a connectional church. For more information and resources please visit, 
2018 Special Offerings Calendar.


Ghost Ranch logo  A Spiritual Spring

Spring has traditionally been a time for renewal in every sense.  Join us at Ghost Ranch for two special workshops focused on spiritual growth. Beginning with a weekend with the acclaimed spiritual teacher, John Philip Newell, Faiths Finding Faith in Each Other, Friday, April 6 - Sunday, Arpil 8, is a weekend retreat celebrating the wisdom of prophetic teachers from Judaism, Christianity and Islam; followed by The Jazz of Pastoral Life, Sunday, April 23 - Saturday, Arpil 28, a week of learning to create a ministry that is dynamic and vibrant in stressful times. 


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The Lent 2018 daily reflection- action calendar, “Tread Lightly for Lent,” is now available. The calendar was created by the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s Environmental Ministries and Enough for Everyone offices.

In Lent, we reflect on Christ’s ministry, death, and resurrection. We slow down, take time, and examine our internal spiritual lives and the way we live out our Christian faith in the world around. This Lenten calendar begins with ways to prepare ourselves for the Lent and Easter season and then moves to weekly foci of women, creation, water, consumption, and social justice. Ideas for action can be used by congregations as well as individuals.

(If you want only the text in a Word document, click here .)


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The Network of Biblical Storytellers, Int'l. will hold their 2018 FESTIVAL GATHERING during AUG. 1 - 4, 2018 at the University of Dayton Marriott Hotel in Dayton, Ohio. The theme for the event will be STORY in the Memory of the Heart with featured speaker, the Rev. Cynthia Park, PhD, LPC. She is a Hebrew scholar, a licensed therapist and Episcopal priest working in parish ministry in Georgia. Click BROCHURE for all the details you need, and you can click REGISTER to sign up online! Early registration fees (by May 5) are available!



Wicks Pipe Organ for sale!

Denbigh United PC is selling their Wicks Pipe Organ. The organ has been professionally disassembled, packed  and stored in a climate-controlled setting. It is transport-ready at the buyer's expense. For specifications and more details, please visit or contact Bill Martin (757-249-3181
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PEERS and PARTNERS is the new name (now a national program) for a support group the ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION runs for those who are very early in their diagnosis (with any sort of dementia).  Both the diagnosed and the caregivers attend the meeting.  We meet once a month for 6 months for 2 hours each time.  Groups are available on the Southside and the Peninsula. The first hour is together and may cover topics such as communication, legal, medical, staying active and more.  The second hour the groups split for a support group time.  The diagnosed needs to be willing to talk to other diagnosed and be able to take care of themselves and feel comfortable for that hour.  There is an application and interview process. For more information please call the Alzheimer’s Office at 459-2405 or



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November 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.  

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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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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.