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Women of Steel Nov. 16

The Women of Steel will have their next Bible Study and fellowship time November 16th at 10:00 AM at Community UMC 37 Cherry Road Portsmouth. The study for that time will be the philosophies of Martha and Mary on life. Come join them, there will be coffee and donuts as well.

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Bishop Lewis is back with us

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Bishop Lewis shares video upon her return from medical leave In this video, she shares her thanks for Bishop Pete Weaver’s interim leadership for the Virginia Conference and more about her return. She encourages all churches to show this video this coming Sunday morning ( Sept. 8) or to share widely with their congregations. Video is also available in Korean […]

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St Mark’s own Vernon Halstead

CHESAPEAKE- Vernon Elwood Halstead, 94, passed away at his residence in The Crossings at Oakbrooke Assisted Living in Chesapeake VA on Friday, August 17, 2018, after a short battle with brain cancer. Vernon was born on December 19, 1923 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Benjamin Franklin (Sr.) and Mary Elida Halstead. He began his work life at the young […]

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Invite someone to church

It really is easy to invite someone to church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkA_v13q7i0

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Community’s own Bernetta Mitchell

Obituary for Bernetta “Netta” Mitchell PORTSMOUTH – Bernetta Lee “Netta” Mitchell, 55, of the 200 block of Bedford Ct. passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in her home. She was born on August 28, 1962 in Smithtown, NY to the late Woodrow M Judge and Lois Smith Judge; and was a member of Community United Methodist Church in Portsmouth. […]

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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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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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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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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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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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