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At rural Virginia Beach church, signs aim words of faith toward passersby

THE PRINCESS ANNE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Sign skills at Creeds Church of Christ were on display the evening of the dinner for seniors late last month, though Mark Etheridge, assistant youth minister, faced a challenge. He had a fine saying:… Continue Reading

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Fellowship: Annual dinner for senior citizens at Creeds Church of Christ features food, music, connections

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — The dinner for senior citizens at Creeds Church of Christ on Saturday, Aug. 26, was the latest in an annual tradition that gathers familiar faces for dinner, dessert and a program. Younger folks served their elders.… Continue Reading

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From the Vault: Strawberry tacos a draw for Charity United Methodist Church at Pungo Strawberry Festival

Ed. note — This story originally ran in the June 10, 2016, print edition of The Independent News. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — The taco shell is made from a waffle cone, and what fills it is sweet – fresh local strawberries,… Continue Reading

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Column: Young faces among the thousands at the March for Life give hope for future

BY MARY CABRAL VIRGINIA BEACH — Forty-eight people from St. John the Apostle Catholic Church boarded a motor coach bound for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. This was my 11th year… Continue Reading

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2016: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that, with few exceptions, we ran in print or online during this past year. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow, and then navigate using controls or your arrow… Continue Reading

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Blessing the land, looking ahead to the future home of African American Cultural Center in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — During the ceremony this past month, before the blessing of 4.8 acres of Lake Edward Park that someday will be the home of the African American Cultural Center, young people worked at a row of… Continue Reading

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Back Bay Christian Assembly turning 30 in Virginia Beach’s south

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — In the city’s south, where a number of churches stretch back hundreds of years, Back Bay Christian Assembly is something of a new kid on the rural block. This year is the 30th anniversary for… Continue Reading

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New to Virginia Beach, a preacher looks for — and finds — jazz

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORFOLK — Scott Simpson, a new arrival to Virginia Beach, recently settled his family into Regent Village before he begins his doctoral studies in church history at the university that gave its name to the neighborhood. And Simpson,… Continue Reading

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New pastor at Charity UMC in Virginia Beach answered early call to ministry

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The Rev. David Ryu, the new senior pastor at Charity United Methodist Church, was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Toronto after his parents moved there to give their children better opportunities. He received… Continue Reading