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Community’s Own Pat Culpepper

Patrick H. Culpepper Portsmouth – Patrick Henry Culpepper, 88, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018. He was born in Norfolk County to the late, Edward and Bernie Culpepper. He retired from the Plumbers and Fitters Union Local #110. He was very active in the South Norfolk Boys Baseball for many years, was a member of Seaboard Mason Lodge #56 and […]

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Easter Sunrise Service

Easter Sunrise Service will be at 6:45 at St Mark UMC 4320 Twin Pines Road Portsmouth with breakfast to follow. To the members of St Mark, don’t forget to bring flowers for the flower cross.

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It’s Easter

EASTER. Sometime after the start of the first day of the week, which for them would have began on our Saturday evening when the sun had set, God breathed life back into Jesus and He was raised from the dead as he had promised. He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today. John 20:1-18 New Living Translation (NLT) The Resurrection […]

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Holy Thursday

HOLY THURSDAY. Earlier this day Jesus had given instructions to the disciples on how to prepare for this most holy meal, which will be his last supper. Through the day they make these preparations (Mt 26:17). In our service of Word and Table, we remember and make present that Last Supper which Jesus shared with his disciples. We are in […]

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Holy Tuesday and the Passion Story from Matthew

Tuesday of Holy Week According to Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus again returns to Jerusalem where he is confronted by the Temple leadership for what he did yesterday. They question his authority. He also teaches extensively using parables and other forms. There is the parable of the vineyard (Mt 21:33-46), the parable of the wedding banquet, (Mt. 22:1). There is […]

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The Passion reading from Mark

Mark 14-15 New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus Anointed at Bethany 14 It was now two days before Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law were still looking for an opportunity to capture Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.” 3 Meanwhile, Jesus […]

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Holy Monday

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree 12 The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. 14 Then Jesus said to the […]

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Jesus Entry on Palm Sunday

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Mark 11:1-11 New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus’ Triumphant Entry 11 As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 2 “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there […]

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Rev. Waverly “Smitty” Smith

Since I know many of you were impacted over the years by Rev. Smitty’s work, I wanted to forward the information about his retirement party. Posted on behalf of Jolliff UMC:     Pastor Smitty’s Retirement Celebration Sunday, June 3rd 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Jollliff United Methodist Church 1900 Jolliff Road, Chesapeake, VA 23321   Come join us as we […]

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Ordain Women

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When did the church first ordain women? Women served as preachers from the beginnings of the Methodist movement. Portrait of Mary Bosanquet Fletcher, courtesy of the General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church, from “The Wesleys and Their Times,” via the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. Mary Bosanquet Fletcher (1739-1815) was an early lay […]

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UMC Bishops react to the Florida shootings

UMC bishops mourn victims of Florida school shootings   In the wake of the school shooting in Florida, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has issued a statement of grief, mourning the victims of the shootings and called for prayers of repentance from the  culture of death and cycle of violence. The statement issued by Florida Area […]

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Deadly Sins

Two weeks ago we talked about pride, and how it is in fact the root of many of the other deadly sins. There is good pride, such as in our families, our patriotism, our churches and our God. There is also bad pride, that would be when you set yourself up as greater and mightier than others. In particular, we […]

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A Sermon Series

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A Sermon Series on: The 7 Deadly Sins and how to avoid them! Starting 2/4/2018 at Community and St Mark UMC!

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Martin Luther King Jr.

As we come up on January 15th, Martin Luther King, Jr Day, I would encourage everyone to read the words of what was probably Dr. King’s most powerful speech. The words stand for themselves-his thoughts stand for themselves-he simply wanted everyone to have as much of an equal chance to control their own destiny and choose to live their lives […]

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The Real Christmas meaning

This year, Christmas came way too fast and honestly I just am not prepared in more ways than one. This happens every now and then especially during busy or stressful years. It is those years that I sit back, get something to drink and focus on the Christmas story. It is not about me, or rather I have gotten all […]

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