desired qualities for a church leader: spiritual maturity, humility, an attitude of service, and and strong desire to seek and follow the will of God through prayer, study of God's Word, and fellowship



assisting with management of physical church property, reporting any maintenance concerns and checking to make sure all systems, equipment, and services are in good working order. Areas of facilities management include: kitchen, technology, systems, parsonage, and grounds

communicating effectively in writing in a variety of formats. Desire to promote the mission of the church both within the congregation and in the broader community, including social media, email, the church website, and US mail

encouraging congregants to be intentional about inviting others for worship and to grow in faith

contacting those who are absent or ill; sending cards or visiting shut-ins, comforting and ministering to those who are in health crisis or have experienced the death of a family member

having a kind and compassionate heart toward those who are in need, physically or spiritually. Giving time and energy to help others

warmly welcoming and providing hospitality for people as they gather together for worship and fellowship between services

creating a sanctuary environment conducive to worship and consistent with the liturgical season: adorning the sanctuary and the altar, providing bread for communion, managing the offering collection, coordinating volunteers, and making sure congregation members have the materials they need for worship

serves the church by striving to provide a high quality worship service experience for both those attending in person and online.  Our team of wonderful volunteers and staff work hard to provide audio and visual support for all functions of the church body.  

having an interest and skill in music, whether singing or playing an instrument; eager to lead people closer to God through music

meeting the spiritual, social and emotional needs of the family unit. It's our desire to assist families as, together and individually, they grow in discipleship of Jesus Christ.


CHILDREN       YOUTH      FAMILIES

CHILI COOK OFF...AND YOU'RE INVITED!

THE VBS 2022 TEAM INVITES YOU

TO A

CHILI COOK OFF FUNDRAISER!!

Sunday April 24th

11am - 1:30pm

In the Social Hall

Stop In, Sample Chili entries and vote for your favorite!!

Winners will be announced during Sunday’s service

May 1st!!!

To Enter YOUR Chili in the Chili Cook Off, Reach Out To Chili Captains: David Collins, Cheryl Freeman or Susan O’Connor

You can email djcoll@icloud.com to enter the cook-off!

All Donations To Benefit VBS 2022

United Methodist Women is now United Women in Faith

Click HERE to read about United Women in Faith!


The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
 
Membership: "Membership shall be open to any woman who indicates her desire to belong and to participate in the global mission of the Church through United Methodist Women. The pastor(s) shall be an ex officio member of the local unit and of its executive committee."
 
United Methodist Women in Mission: United Methodist Women is a nearly 1 million member-strong organization of women who seek to know God and to make life better for women, children, youth and marginalized neighbors in the ever-expanding global village of today's world. United Methodist Women members meet in their local churches, during their lunch break at work, after classes on their college campuses and even online. However they choose to gather, members create a supportive community that nurtures their spiritual growth journeys and provides opportunities for:

  • Leadership development
  • Study of issues impacting their neighborhoods, nation and world
  • Participation in informed advocacy and actions
  • Financial support of institutions and projects empowering women, children and youth in the United States and around the world

THE HUNT FOR JESUS...CALLING ALL CHILDREN!

WHERE DID JESUS GO??

We saw Him praying in the garden, We saw Him when they waved palms as He came into town, We saw Him on the cross, We even saw Him when they put Him in the tomb!!

BUT something happened?? He disappeared!!!

WHERE DID JESUS GO??

Child Detectives age 3 through 3rd grade are invited to share with us Easter Sunday as we investigate and figure out

WHERE IS JESUS??

We’ll follow the steps and clues to unravel this great mystery!!

Is Jesus still dead??

Hmmmmm??? I wonder??

Sunday April 17th

10:00am until 11:15am and 11:20am until 12:30pm

Children will also enjoy hunting for Easter Eggs!

So come out and enjoy the fun!!

For more information contact

Andrea Jenkins

Director of Family Ministry

ajenkins@cumcvb.org

THE HUNT FOR JESUS...CALLING ALL CHILDREN!

WHERE DID JESUS GO??

We saw Him praying in the garden, We saw Him when they waved palms as He came into town, We saw Him on the cross, We even saw Him when they put Him in the tomb!!

BUT something happened?? He disappeared!!!

WHERE DID JESUS GO??

Child Detectives age 3 through 3rd grade are invited to share with us Easter Sunday as we investigate and figure out

WHERE IS JESUS??

We’ll follow the steps and clues to unravel this great mystery!!

Is Jesus still dead??

Hmmmmm??? I wonder??

Sunday April 17th

10:00am until 11:15am and 11:20am until 12:30pm

Children will also enjoy hunting for Easter Eggs!

So come out and enjoy the fun!!

For more information contact

Andrea Jenkins

Director of Family Ministry

ajenkins@cumcvb.org

Holy Week Schedule Join us...

April 10 - Palm Sunday Worship W/Palms 9:00 and 11:15 AM


April 14th - Holy Thursday Worship 7:00 PM


April 15th Good Friday Cantata "Harvest of Sorrows" 7:00 PM


April 17th Easter Sunday!

Growing and Serving Others

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matt. 28:18-20


But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?  

I John  3:27

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BREAKTHROUGH!

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT [see trailer below]

Saturday, March 26, 2022

7:30 p.m. in the Social Hall

Vacation Bible School Fundraiser

Movie, Popcorn, Snacks, Beverages and Fellowship for your generous donation!!

Bring your pillow, sleeping bag, blanket, lawn chair or whatever else will make you comfortable, invite your friends, family and neighbors and spend an evening enjoying a movie that shares the awesome power of prayer, faith, love and God's ability to heal ... God still is a God of miracles!!!


There will also be a children's movie available for kids with snacks and goodies provided! Little ones are invited to wear their PJs and bring their favorite stuffed animal!


All donations from this event will go towards VBS 2022


GROWING IN FAITH


BIBLE STUDY and family devotional resources

for spiritual growth at home.


JOIN US FOR ADVENT AT COMMUNITY



Wednesday December, 22

"The Gospel of It's a Wonderful Life"

Advent Study with Pastor Scott 6:00 until 7:00 PM


December 19

Blue Christmas Service 3:00 PM Sanctuary

For Anyone Experiencing Loss


CHRISTMAS EVE

Family Candlelight, Carols & Communion 5:00 PM

Traditional Candlelight, Carols & Communion 7:00 PM

TOWN HALL MEETING

The Leadership Team announces a Town Hall meeting in the sanctuary

on Sunday, November 21 at 10:00 AM.

Invitational Cards

Community provides a number of tools to assist you in inviting someone to church. There are wallet size and medium-sized invitational cards available. The wallet size cards are, of course, handy to keep in your wallet for easy access. While the medium-sized cards are not quite as accessible, they do provide more information and are great for anyone interested in attending a worship service. Prior to COVID-19, these cards could be found at various locations throughout the church. They had to be removed during this pandemic but if you need a supply, contact David Collins, djcoll@icloud.com.

Care Ministry Offerings for December

Offerings from the Upper Room Ministries

Devotional - Blue Christmas – Devotions of Light in a season of Dark – by Todd Outcalt. It is specifically for those who are struggling with the season. $11.99, upperroom.org bookstore


ECourse – This Blue Christmas – An Experience of light and Hope in an unprecedented Advent, by Todd Outcalt. An online class, 11/29 – 12/25, in addition to the daily devotion, there is weekly worship and conversation with Todd Outcult - $50.00 Registration at urelearning.upperroom.org/p/blue-christmas


Small Group – Grief Share – Help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child family member or friend. Beginning Thursday, Dec. 10 we will begin a 13 week small group (12 people) for those who have experienced the loss of a beloved. We will meet on Zoom on Thursday evenings, this seminar will include sections of video, discussion and workbook study in each session. There is a workbook that accompanies the seminar. For questions or to register contact Jannette Clavez at care4cumc@gmail.com


Blue Christmas Service – Dec. 13, 7:00 p.m., due to concerns with social distancing this years’ service will be prerecorded, with a live Zoom session to follow. If you are interested in participating in the live stream or want someone remembered for candle lighting, please contact Jannette Clavez at care4cumc@gmail.com



Special Called Charge Conference

There will be a Special Called Charge Conference June 13, at 2 p.m. on Zoom. 

Register by clicking here to attend the meeting.

The following items are to be voted on:

  • Clergy Compensation, Accountable reimbursement, and housing exclusion for Senior Pastor Scott Rimer
  • Clergy Compensation, Accountable reimbursement, and housing exclusion for Associate Pastor Saunnie Butts

Family Movie Night in the Field

Grab the kids, a blanket or lawn chair or enjoy in the back of your truck as Community's Youth and Missions bring to you 

"Trolls World Tour"  

Saturday June 12th

The field will open at 7:30pm and the movie will begin at 8:15pm!! 

This joint event is to sponsor our Food Pantry and therefore we are asking you to donate either a $5.00 gift card or food pantry items. With the world continuing to open, we want to restock our shelves and bless those in the greater community. There will be concession items for sale plus a lot of movie watching fun!!


INVITE A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOR

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!!

Scroll down to see additional churchwide announcements!

Check out the weekly newsletter and church calendar below for all upcoming events and happenings.

Advanced Care Planning Seminar

The Congregational Care Team will offer an Advance Care Planning seminar, led by Advanced Care Planning Facilitator, Shelley Murphy. The seminar will be held via Zoom on May 18, 2021, from 7:00 until 8:30 PM.


MEET SHELLEY MURPHY


Participants will:

• Explore how to provide a gift to their families and loved ones and outline wishes for healthcare should they be unable to express those wishes

• Explore how to have conversations with families and loved ones now to discuss options

• Understand what some of the areas outlined in an advance care plan entail

• Create a list of questions to use to follow up with your healthcare provider.


Here is the Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86009246734?pwd=a2pHZkJ3UHloK0FteVlraHRpeTg2QT09

Meeting ID: 860 0924 6734

Passcode: 751096


Questions: Contact Shelley Murphy at (757) 803-3228 or sbetter2@msn.com

ASH WEDNESDAY AND LENT

The beginning of Lent is marked by many with ashes hence the name Ash Wednesday. The ashes symbolize both death and repentance. There is a verse in the book of Daniel that links fasting to ashes and some scholars believe this is the origin of the Lenten practice.


Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, and Ash Wednesday is always 46 days before Easter Sunday which is April 4th this year. The observance of Lent spans 40 days (not including the 6 Sundays) and ends on the Saturday before Easter. This 40 day period represents the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. It is a time of personal reflection in preparation for the resurrection of Christ Easter Sunday!


If you want to know more, check out the UMC page on Ash Wednesday:  https://www.umc.org/en/content/ask-the-umc-when-did-ash-wed-begin-and-why-do-we-celebrate-it


Photo is from the UMC website above.


Children's Easter Party
(pre-registration required)


CUMC will be hosting an Easter Party for children, ages 4 - fifth grade, on Easter Morning at 10:00 a.m. HOWEVER, this year you will need to register your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or neighbor in advance, NO EXCEPTIONS by March 29, 2021. Please email Jannette Clavez at care4cumc@gmail.com with the following information: number and ages of children. This is important as we need to be prepared and provide a safe environment for all participating. 
 
Most of our activities will be crafts, because we feel we can maintain safe distancing more consistently. With the exception of the egg hunt, everything will be in the field. 

Canvas Paint Station – given 6 eggs filled with paint, in an egg carton. Each child will throw eggs at the canvas, one at a time.
Baptism Station – pouring water, disposable cup from a bucket into a kitty pool
New Life Station – plant seeds – disposable cup
Resurrection - make doily butterflies – paint, clothespins (they will paint with disposable brushes or cotton balls)
Lamb of God – made from pre-cut paper plates, cotton balls
Crosses – pre-cut, paint, (they will paint with disposable brushes or cotton balls)
Egg Hunt – in the courtyard, one child at a time, they will fill the cartons they got earlier  (Each child will be allowed a maximum of SIX EGGS) 

Good Friday Service, April 2


Online District-wide Service 7:00 PM


Sermon Title: It's Friday....but Sunday's a coming


Livestream or Watch Online!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFUL STEWARDSHIP

PLEDGE NOW FOR 2021!

THANK YOU to all the faithful stewards who have made it possible for the church to survive 2020 with strength. Your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness have allowed CUMC to weather one of the most difficult storms in modern church history well. We could not do it without you and without God’s ongoing providence. If you wish to make a pledge for the year ahead, click the button below. If this is not possible for you this year due to the economic or personal impact of the pandemic, we understand and please reach out if the church can help in any way.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Currently, the church building is closed, and worship services are virtual only. Small groups are currently not permitted to meet on church propery. We hope you will continue to join us on Facebook or YouTube for online Sunday services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. 


Beginning at Easter, we will begin to re-open gradually - please be on the lookout for further announcements! 


Easter Sunday – April 4th we will have an in-person Sunrise Service at 6:30am in the outside garden area. Come and worship in a socially distant fashion.
 
Then at 9:00am, we will live-stream a blended service followed by an 11:00am in-person blended outdoor service. Details forthcoming, but you can choose to bring a chair and sit outside your vehicle or remain in your vehicle. We are making arrangements for all to be able to celebrate a safe Easter.

We will be following the guidance of the reopening plan from the Healthy Church Team and the Technical Assistance Manual provided by the Conference.
 
Please be looking for additional information on the churches Facebook page, website and in the weekly emails.





FEBRUARY 17 IS ASH WEDNESDAY


VIRTUAL ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP

FEBRUARY 17, 2021 - 7:00 PM


We regret that our Ash Wednesay service cannot be in-person this year. Due to the rise in COVID-19 numbers, this is the best safe option for our congregation.


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Pastor Matt Meisenhelter was appointed as Senior Pastor at Community UMC in July of 2017. An ordained elder in full connection in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, he came to us after nearly a decade in new church planting and growth work in Northern Virginia. Prior to that he served a variety of congregations in Virginia and Pennsylvania where he is originally from. Pastor Matt was appointed here at our congregational leadership’s request for vibrant, energetic leadership to help our church grow larger, grow younger, and grow deeper!

A passionate Christian and dynamic speaker, Pastor Matt’s preaching style seeks to make the timeless message of the Bible clear and relevant to a modern 21st Century audience. His church leadership style is rooted in the Biblical model of doing church in the book of Acts, particularly in Acts chapter 6 where the lay Christians are empowered and equipped for mission and ministry in the church and in the world!

Matt is a summa cum laude graduate of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and a magna cum laude graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. Matt is married to Sarah who works as a special education teacher in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. They are the parents of two boys, Max and Sammy, as well as the adoptive parents of Leroy, their rescue dog!  

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CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATION - DECEMBER 24, 2020

2:00 pm Traditional Worship Service


[Due to inclement weather forecast, the

Living Nativity Drive-By event has been cancelled]


7:00 pm Modern Worship Service


Health Form/Pre-registration required by Sunday, Dec. 20th. Seating is Limited! 


See the Growing in Faith section below for special Christmas activities and study for families to do at home!

WORSHIP SUPPORT TEAM NEEDS YOUR HELP!

The Worship Support Team consists of parking lot attendants, greeters, check-in attendants, ushers, and cleaners. It takes team effort to ensure that our sanctuary is safely prepared for weekly Sunday worship during this pandemic. Additional help will also be needed for our upcoming Christmas Eve services. Volunteers typically serve for one month on an every-other-month rotating basis. If you can help with this need, click HERE and a team coordinator will be in contact with you. Thank you! 

Angel Tree

Our Angel Tree this year is a combined effort of Small Groups and Missions & Service. We are  supporting  Snowball 2021, the Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center, JCOC, Samaritan House and St. Columbo. This information can also be found on the church website.  


Donations by check are to be sent to our Church Treasurer; simply write  Missions and the “Angel” you choose on the memo line. The church address is 1072 Old Kempsville Rd, VB 23464-5561.


Gift cards for Kroger, Walmart or Target are also welcome and may be left at the church office. Please designate which “Angel” you wish to support. The church office hours are 1:00-4:00 on Thursday and 9:00-12:00 every other day. 


Thank you for your participation and for helping to bring joy to others during this special Advent season!

There will be a Food Drive on Christmas Eve at each of the services. Click HERE to view or print a list of nonperishable food items with a suggested item to donate each day. A brown bag or gift bag is suggested for your Advent bag. These bags will be collected on Christmas Eve during the 2:00 or 7:00 PM service. Your Nativity bag can be left in the Narthex.  For those who are not able to print your own copy of the Advent Calendar from the website there will be some available in the church office. All food collected will be taken to The Gathering as we continue to support their efforts.


Living Nativity Drive-By

The Living Nativity Drive-By from 4:30-6:00 pm on Christmas Eve offers a safe worship opportunity for the community, especially young families, as an alternative to in-person worship services. There will be a DJ with Christmas music, inflatables, 

a living nativity, and a Christmas tree station for receiving gifts of food for The Gathering. 


Guests will remain in their vehicles as they turn off of Old Kempsville Road at the gravel entrance to the parking lot near the field. They will drive slowly through the parking lot while viewing Christmas decorations and listening to Christmas music. Then, as directed by attendants, they will cross Alton Road into the church circular drive and listen to a recorded message from Pastor Matt on a smartphone while passing the living nativity. Next they will offer their gifts of food by safely handing them to attendants through their car window at the Christmas tree. Finally, they will exit at Old Kempsville Rd. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Gift-wrapping food donations is optional; children may choose to decorate paper sacks for these “gifts” for Jesus. 

  • Print out ahead of time (or view on your smartphone) a children’s enrichment activity for the drive-by (available soon on the church website). 

  • Listen to a message and the Story of Jesus’ birth from Pastor Matt on your smartphone while passing the Living Nativity. This link will be posted on the church website on Dec. 24.

  • Guests must remain in their vehicles throughout the drive-by.

Blue Christmas Service December 13th at 7pm Online

The Blue Christmas service is for those who are experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one. 

This year's service will be prerecorded, with a live Zoom session to follow. 

If you are interested in participating in the live stream or want someone remembered for candle lighting, 

please contact Jannette Clavez at care4cumc@gmail.com.


For other resources regarding grief sharing, please see the Congregational Care page HERE.

CUMC Charge Conference Nov. 22, 2020

 

CUMC Charge Conference will be November 22 at 2 p.m. virtually.

 

Everyone is welcome to view charge conference virtually. 


Register here


When registering, please select the correct “role”. For "church", type in “Community UMC Virginia Beach”. This will ensure you receive the correct link to view the correct church conference. 

CUMC Charge Conference will be November 22 at 2 p.m.

   




PORCH PICK-UP/DROP-OFF

Food Donations and Children's Clothing - Sizes Infant through Teen 12 to 14


On Saturday November 14th, from noon to 2 PM, Community's SWEAT ministry will drive around and pick-up any food and children's clothing donations from your porch and deliver it to The Gathering at Scott Memorial Food Bank. Donations can also be dropped off at our church during this time. 


The Gathering is able to distribute clothing as well as food and has asked for our assistance. Please ask family members and neighbors if they would like to help out. Warm clothing is needed as well as shoes. The clothes are to be laundered, sorted, and labeled by size in accordance with the Healthy Church Team guidelines. 


Thank you for your support and for helping so many in our area! For further details, see Community UMC newsletter.


To schedule a pick-up, click HERE.

To Parents of 3rd and 4th Graders:

We have a tradition of giving out bibles to our third and fourth graders. For several years we have done this on All Saints Sunday.  We are hoping that if you have a child in this age category, you will be interested in having your child participate. 


All Saints Sunday is November 1. The students will be participating in a time of remembrance during the service. There will be a mandatory rehearsal on Friday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.


If your child would like to receive a bible, please let Miranda Dowlin know, at nursery@cumcvb.org.

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Children and Youth

Here you will find information for Sunday School, Children's programs, Youth Group activities, and Bible Camp 2021. LINK