Community’s Martha Jane Bennett

Martha Jane Bennett   Martha Jane Bennett, 82, died March 20, 2018. A native of Buckhannon, West Virginia, she was predeceased by her husband, Donald Ellis Bennett; sister, Mildred Henry; and two brothers, Frankie Boggs and Dale Boggs. Martha was a retired assistant manager with Tidewater Feed and Seed, a member of Community United Methodist Church, and an avid bowler […]

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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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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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This is what UMCOR and UMVIM do

This is a video done by the local television station on the work of the United Methodist Committee On Relief and the United Methodist Volunteers In Mission in the city of Virginia Beach following hurricane Matthew. Work is still going on there even now over a year later. The United Methodist disaster relief system is usually the longest working group […]

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Our friend and brother Herb Myers

Herbert L. Myers, Sr. Portsmouth – Herbert L. Myers, Sr., 96, (known by his friends as “Peanut”) passed away on Oct. 17, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents Beulah Plumlee and William Harrison Myers, Sr. and brother William Harrison Myers, Jr. He is survived by sons Herbert L. Myers, Jr. and wife Donna; Stephen L. Myers and […]

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Top 10 health reasons for going to church from healthfitnessrevolution.com

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This is a very interesting and true article on the top 10 reasons for attending church: Top 10 Health Benefits of Going to Church By Health Fitness Revolution Recent studies have revealed that attending church on a weekly basis can be beneficial to your health. Though the most obvious benefits refer to spiritual and psychological health, physical and mental benefits […]

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St. Mark’s own Marianne Jennings

http://www.sturtevantfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Mary-Anne-Jennings?obId=1985535#/obituaryInfo Obituary for Mary Anne Jennings Mary Anne Jennings, 87, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017. She was born in Roanoke, VA to the late Chester and Agnes Neighbors. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church where she taught the Ruth Sunday school class and was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church. She is predeceased by her […]

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How does God’s Grace work in our lives

Have you ever wondered how God’s Grace works in our lives? How does God call to us, save us, and make a new person of us? This article below redacted from the Book of Discipline may help you understand this concept. Grace Grace is central to our understanding of Christian faith and life. Grace can be defined as the love […]

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What Does Membership Mean?

A person becomes a professing member when they have been baptized and publicly profess the vows of the baptismal covenant, affirming their faith in God and their desire to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. They commit to a life of service in and through the local congregation. Our understanding of what it means to be a member is […]

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Can God Really Love Me?

I struggle to feel accepted and loved by my Savior. I also feel as if I must always present myself in a perfect manner in order to be accepted. I have struggles, which I could never ask for help or prayer from the congregation because of this.  You’ve shared a really important question and one lots of people struggle with. […]

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Being a Dad

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Everyday ways dads can say “I love you”  A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* June 15, 2017 Dads sometimes find it challenging to express the pride and joy their children bring them. Some, like John Wesley’s father, wait for big moments to share what we feel. Taking some small steps will help dads (and moms) share their love for their […]

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General Rules of the UMC

The General Rules of the Methodist Church The Nature, Design, and General Rules of Our United Societies In the latter end of the year 1739 eight or ten persons came to Mr. Wesley, in London, who appeared to be deeply convinced of sin, and earnestly groaning for redemption. They desired, as did two or three more the next day, that […]

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Gospel Music pictures/video

I posted a few pictures and videos on Community’s Facebook page of last night. Thank you to the Dunn’s and Three in One for a wonderful program. The fellowship afterwards was nice as well, we are considering making this an annual event. To access the pictures and video go to: https://www.facebook.com/communityumcportsmouth/photos/pcb.1389396111179259/1389395931179277/?type=3&theater

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