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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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Saying goodbye to Marshall Belanga, fisherman and businessperson known for seafood market near Sandbridge

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE SANDBRIDGE — When he was a boy, Marshall Belanga sometimes walked several miles down the beach to join his father, Luther Belanga, who fished at a camp in what is now False Cape State Park. Marshall Belanga,… Continue Reading

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Young members of Tabernacle United Methodist Church play key role in Lotus Luncheon tradition

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS SIGMA — Young members of Tabernacle United Methodist Church helped out last month during the 61st Annual Lotus Luncheon, which helps support the church on Sandbridge Road. “Young people are working, and they’re also supporting older members of… Continue Reading

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Celebrating 100 years for Melva Riggs at Tabernacle UMC in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS SIGMA — Melva Riggs, born on Muddy Creek Road and a longtime resident of Sandbridge Road, turned 100 this past month, and extended family and friends gathered to celebrate her life a few days beforehand at Tabernacle United… Continue Reading

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Colonial Dinner looks back to support Tabernacle’s future

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  SIGMA — When there is a tricorn on the hat rack, its a safe bet the gathering will be a lively one. Hundreds of people gathered at Tabernacle United Methodist Church last month for the annual Colonial Dinner.… Continue Reading

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Sixty years of Lotus Festivals at Tabernacle Methodist

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SIGMA — There was a time when the annual festival celebrating the American lotus was a much more involved to-do, but members of Tabernacle United Methodist Church still celebrate with a luncheon and sale not far from where… Continue Reading