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Us: The Rev. David Ryu, lead pastor at Charity United Methodist Church

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY DAVID RYU A  pastor received a brand new appointment to a church that had a long history in their city. For… Continue Reading

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In rural Virginia Beach, members of a youth team are the second generation to wear the Creeds Tractors name

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Kellye Gentry, who had been an assistant coach on another youth softball team, meant to coach this spring. She played youth softball and, as an adult, on a team for Charity United Methodist United Church. And… 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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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

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Remembering Pungo’s Bud Coppedge: decoy carver, author, family man

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Marshall “Bud” Coppedge raised a family, worked 36 years for the city, and was a longtime member of Charity United Methodist Church. His legacy will also include his work as a carver, collector and seller of decoys… Continue Reading

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Faith: Mission journey finds partnerships, friendships in Chilean communities

Ed. note – The Independent News welcomes reflections on spiritual matters from all faiths. The following is a portion of a mission report submitted by the Rev. Walter Whitehurst following a mission trip to Carahue, Chile, in October. It has… Continue Reading