Category Archives: NOTES

MLK full text I have a dream

As we come up on January 16th, Martin Luther King, Jr Day, I would encourage everyone to read the words of what was probably Dr. King’s most powerful and sometimes most misquoted 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 […]

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More casual church information

We use our website for the big important things and to pass on information about both churches. If you are looking for our fun pictures, casual notes about events etc please check out each churches Facebook page. For Community UMC it is: https://www.facebook.com/communityumcportsmouth/ St. Mark UMC is: https://www.facebook.com/St-Mark-UMC-Portsmouth-VA-142102952538852/ We hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and as the Christmas season is moving […]

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I am not a member of The United Methodist Church. Can I still receive communion?

The table of Holy Communion is Christ’s table, not the table of The United Methodist Church or of the local congregation. The table is open to anyone who seeks to respond to Christ’s love and to lead a new life of peace and love, as the invitation to the table says. Our Book of Worship says, “All who intend to […]

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St Mark VBS pictures

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Here are some pictures from last week at St. Mark. You can also go to our Facebook page St Mark UMC Portsmouth and take a look at others.

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Visitors from China to St Mark

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We were blessed to have a couple visit us today from China. They are looking to move here and start a photography business. It was a real pleasure to have them worship with us today.

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A Modern Translation of the Covenant Prayer

This is a modern translation of the Wesley Covenant Prayer. I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted for you, or brought low for you; let me be […]

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Jesus Prayer

I love the NLT translation of the prayer of Jesus found in John 17, here it is: 17 After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. 2 For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one […]

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What is Pentecost

Yes, we borrowed it from Pentecost for Dummies but it is a really good description. What Is Pentecost? By Richard Wagner from Christianity For Dummies Pentecost is a Christian holy day that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit 40 days after Easter. Some Christian denominations consider it the birthday of the Christian church and celebrate it as such. Originally, […]

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Does a Christian need the Church

A few years ago a part went out on my motorcycle; I did not want to pay a mechanic so I decided to do it myself. I referenced my Chilton manual and after finding it to “techy” I went to YouTube. The video was great and I followed it step by step and all went well. I felt like a […]

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Prevent Freezing Pipes

Have you ever had a pipe in your house to freeze? I certainly have and it is scary, you open the faucet and pray that it will be a slow thaw and eventually you will see water trickle through and there won’t be a busted pipe. Insulation often doesn’t do the trick alone, I have one wall that is heavily […]

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How to become a church member

If you have been attending for awhile and would like to become a church member here is some information on how to do it. If you have never been baptized, you will prepare for baptism. If you were baptized as an infant or young child and have not made a profession of faith and been confirmed, then you will prepare […]

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Pics from S. Korea

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What do United Methodist Believe about Communion

Below is a little bit of what United Methodist believe about Communion, the Lord’s Supper, or Eucharist as some call it. Both Community and St. Mark celebrate Communion on the first Sunday, Holy Thursday before Easter, Thanksgiving Eve, and Christmas Eve. Both churches use bread and a safe alternative for those with food allergies. Community uses grape juice and St. […]

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United Methodist Men’s Breakfast

On October 11th, at 8:15 am we will have a United Methodist Men’s breakfast at IHOP located at 2501 Taylor Rd Chesapeake, VA 23321-2203 Come join us.

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Mr. Wesley says we are free to be ourselves

“GOD HAS SO STRANGELY MADE THEM FREE”: WESLEY’S LETTER TO AMERICA JULY 4, 2013 DREW MCINTYRE   Seems like an appropriate read for the 4th of July: John Wesley’s letter to the Methodist ‘Brethren’ in America, following the conclusion of the American Revolution and the need for the American Methodists to become an independent body.  Note the primary reason for Wesley’s […]

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