Reflection on the 2015 Bishop’s Pilgrimage to Korea

Wow, the Korean people are the most loving and generous people I have ever met in my travels abroad. They are so thankful for what the United States has done, and continues to do to help keep them safe and free and they really love us. Part of living each day, wondering if this will be the day that your […]

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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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New Dress Code

Ok, it is official we have come up with a proper attire policy for worship in both churches. The new policy is wear clothes, how’s that?

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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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What Does It Mean to be a United Methodist?

What does it mean to be United Methodist? To a degree, the answer to that question depends on a person’s role, knowledge and experience within the church. What is very important to a pastor may be of less significance to a church member, especially one who doesn’t attend regularly. But most United Methodists agree that an emphasis on God’s grace […]

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What the UMC believes about Baptism

Who tells you who you are? We receive our identity from others, from the expectations of friends and colleagues, from the labels society puts upon us, and from the influence of family. To become Christian is to receive a new identity. You no longer allow others to tell you who you are. Christ now claims you and instructs you. A […]

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Communion and United Methodist FAQ’s

Holy Communion (or the Lord’ s Supper) is a faithful remembrance of the suffering and death of Christ and a celebration of love within the Church. Those who in faith eat the broken bread and drink the blessed cup partake of the body and blood of Christ in a spiritual manner until He comes in glory.   Why do United Methodists call this […]

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Welcome to Community and St Mark UMC

We are two Congregations who worship in two different areas of Portsmouth, VA with the shared desire to bring the love of God to all citizens of Portsmouth. Community UMC serves the southside of the city and St. Mark UMC serves the northside. If you visit either of our churches to worship, you can expect to be genuinely and warmly […]

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