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PCUSA SPECIAL OFFERINGS

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

http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/
http://www.pcusa.org/blogs/Daily_Offerings/, 
and 
2018 Special Offerings Calendar.

 

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ADVENT DEVOTIONAL 2017

 

The Pittsburg Theological Seminary is offering a free Advent Devotional to you and your congregation. You can read and listen to daily messages written by students in their Doctor of Ministry program. There are several different options for accessing the Advent Devotional. For more information, please read their Advent Devotional PDF.

 

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LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE AT GREEN ACRES PC

A Longest Night Service will be held at Green Acres Presbyterian Church on Wed., Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The Rev. Dr. Keith Curran will lead the worship, designed by the church.  The Longest Night Service marks the longest night of the year and acknowledges that the holidays often are times of sadness, depressive moods, and loneliness even for people of faith. A candle lighting liturgy is included to remember loved ones no longer with us. Sometimes called ‘A Blue Christmas’, the service is focused on Christ’s love and grace with us now, as our Emmanuel, even when it’s difficult to sense it.  All are welcome to attend. The Church is located at 3135 Hanley Ave,  (Cedar Lane at Rt. 17) in Portsmouth, VA 23707.  For more details, check the website at www.greenacrespc.org.  

 

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WATCH NIGHT SERVICE - DEC. 31

The annual WATCH NIGHT SERVICE will be held at COMMUNITY PC PORTSMOUTH (801 Tazewell Street, Portsmouth, VA 23701)  on New Year's Eve, beginning at 10:00 PM. All are welcome to participate in this special, meaningful service. 

 

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E-FORMATION WEBINAR: JAN. 13, 2018

The Resource Center Committee of PEVA will offer an E-FORMATION WEBINAR on SAT. JAN. 13th, at the PEVA CENTER E-Formation is a conference on MINISTRY IN A DIGITAL WORLD. Anyone interested in ministry and how ministry is changing in the digital world, as well as church staff and volunteers engaged in a variety of communications media are welcome. PEVA has purchased a group rate for this webinar, so come and learn!  The cost for participation is only $5 per person.  Light refreshments will be available. REGISTRATION DEADLINE is JAN 5th CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or send an email to jessica@pcusa-peva.org  Payment can be made at the door. (REGISTER WITH PEVA, NOT ON THE E-FORMATION WEBSITE!) For all details on the program CLICK HERE!

 

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MLK, JR. CELEBRATION OF LIFE


PEVA will celebrate the life and ministry of
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
on SUN., JAN. 14 at WILLIAMSBURG PC
beginning at 3 PM.
The speaker will be Antipas Harris

 

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Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services will hold a special event, SOUL SHOP SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING, on FRI., JAN 19 from 9 AM - 4 PM at WORK-RELEASE, NORFOLK (759 Granby St., Norfolk 23510). Intended to equip those in the faith community to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation, participants can learn more about this increasing problem that spans all socio-economic levels and possibly save a life. Registration check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Featured speaker will be Michelle Snyder from Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute. This opportunity is open to all: clergy and lay. Cost = $40 which includes breakfast pastries & coffee, lunch and afternoon snack. Click REGISTER to sign up. CEUs available.

 

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YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEERS

The 2018-19 Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) applicaion season is underway! This is a faith-based year of service for young people, ages 19-30, in 22 sites around 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 include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year. Important dates: Jan.1 - Round 1 (All sites available, early placement), March 1 - Round 2 (Most sites available, final date to apply to international sites), June 1 - Round 3 (National sites only, limited spots available). Plese visit YAVs website for more information.
The YAV application can be accessed here.

 

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KRISLUND - MISSION WORK CAMP OPPORTUNITY

This is an exciting opportunity for groups to come to central Pennsylvania in mission to help repair and improve the homes of needy neighbors while lodging comfortably in the lodges of Krislund and using our camp for recreation, fellowship and worship. Working as the hands and feet of Christ, groups of all types (ages, skills and talents) can grow in faith, fun, and service.
It is our mission to minister to these folk by providing teams to assist in the tasks of painting, landscaping, installing ramps, removing trip hazards, etc. We will be partnering with other local churches and social services to identify those we can help most and to match the need with the skills and abilities of volunteer groups. And we will be providing those teams with pleasant comfortable surroundings and good meals! Everybody wins! For more informaion, please read our borchure or visit our website (www.krislund.org), or contact Randy Mcmunn, Mission Outreach Director - email: mcmunn@krelund.org, cell: 804-273-0970.

 

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PEERS and PARTNERS

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 www.alz.org/seva

 

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Do you have a few hours a month to volunteer?  The ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION is looking for volunteers for a number of positions including working on a team with a support group.  We are particularly in need of a few males comfortable working with the early diagnosed group (along with another volunteer).  If you are interested in finding out more please call Tracy Erlandson at the Alzheimer’s Office – 459-2405.  There is training available.  Our Peers and Partners (formerly called EASE) likes to have 4 group leaders at the monthly meeting.  Barbara Shefelton is serving as one for the Peninsula Group.  Barbara can tell you more about what it entails. Barb can be reached at bbayleys@aol.com or 897-2830 (leave a message, can’t get calls during work hours). I promise you would make a huge difference in the life of others – and you might be changed as well!

 

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ADVENT CHAIN 2017 IS HERE!

The Rev. Dr. KEITH CURRAN, pastor of  ST. ANDREWS PC, Kilmarnock has created an ADVENT CHAIN activity that he would like to share with all PEVA congregants and churches!  This document can be easily downloaded, printed, and cut up to create a thoughtful series of reflections throughout the Advent season.  Perfect for any age classroom and for the home!  Download the ADVENT CHAIN 2017!  Many thanks for sharing this thoughtful activity!

 

NEW PW BRIDGE!

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Please read the 
PW Bridge.

 

 

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2017 YEAR-END CHURCH REMITTANCE

For PEVA churches to receive 2017 credit for remittances to PC (USA) Missionaries, PC (USA) Special Projects, and PC (USA) Approved Offerings, CHURCH REMITTANCES MUST BE SUBMITTED TO PEVA (received in the Portsmouth office)  BY FRI. JAN. 5th 2017. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your attention to this matter, and best wishes for the New Year!

 

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APCE: JAN. 30 - FEB. 3 2018

The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) will hold their annual event at the Galt House Hotel in LOUISVILLE, KY from JAN. 30 - FEB. 3, 2018. On the theme of Deep & Wide: Boundless Hospitality, leaders will include Rodger Nishioka, Stated Clerk Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, Event Artist Scott Neely and many, many more!  Early Bird Registration (by Dec. 8) will save you $100! Click APCE for more details and to register!

 

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WOMEN'S PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND


April 10-21, 2018. This trip with Educational Opportunities focuses on the women of scripture (OT & NT) and both men and women are welcome to participate. The leader, Charlene Kammerer, is a retired United methodist bishop.  For brochures or information, contact PEVA pastor Fred McCall
at mccalls1976@cox.net 
or 757-631-1636. 
It's important to consider carefully, make a decision, and register before Christmas.

 

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REFORMATION TOUR: 2018

FIRST PC, VIRGINIA BEACH looks forward to commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation throughout the Fall of 2017. UPSem has heard about these plans and has partnered with the congregation to offer a REFORMATION TOUR that will travel to Germany, France and Switzerland from MAY 21 - JUNE 2, 2018. If you are interested in learning more about this trip, please click HERE

 

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BIBLICAL STORYTELLERS 2018 GATHERING!

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!

 

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST AROUND PEVA AND BEYOND:

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NEW CHIEF ENROLLMENT OFFICER FOR COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

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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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.