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Church Directory Norfolk

First Baptist Church, Logan Park 7493 Diven Street Norfolk, Virginia 23505 757-423-0407

Mount Gilead Missionary

Baptist Church 1057 Kennedy St. Norfolk, VA 23513 (757) 853-3721

Second Calvary Baptist

Church 2940 Corprew Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23504 757.627.SCBC (7222)

Queen Street Baptist

Church Glenn E. Porter, Sr., Pastor 413 E Brambleton Ave Norfolk, VA 23510 (757) 622-4458

Faith Christian Center

Church 1066 Norview Ave, Norfolk, VA 23513

(757) 857-1336

Portsmouth Grove Church 5910 W. Norfolk Rd. Portsmouth, VA 23703 757-484-4149


Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple 3100 Butternut Dr, Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 896-6050

Newport News

Ivy Baptist Church 50 Maple Ave Newport News, VA 23607 (757) 245-1781

Virginia Beach

New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church 5549 Indian River Road Virginia Beach, VA 23464 757.420.2397

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

2153 Kempsville Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (757) 479-1239


Bethany Baptist Church 2587 Campostella Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23324 (757) 543-5887


Oak Grove Baptist Church 2635 E Washington St Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 539-8012

Our Faith

By Rev. Dr. Gregory Headen “THE GIFT OF COOPERATION”

There is great

power in cooperation. Cooperation takes place when people, after finding some common ground and some common goals to reach, decide to work together and make it happen. This

is one place that makes me so proud of the Baptists. While each congregation is autonomous these congregations agree voluntarily to cooperate. We see it in the forming of associations where churches in a defined geographical area voluntarily link themselves together. We see it in state and national conventions. Baptists love freedom, but we never see this as freedom to do nothing, to be idle. It is freedom to decide to get involved and make a dif- ference. I experienced the power of this cooperation as a Dean at Shaw Divinity School. Each month through the Uni- fied Program of the General Baptist State Convention, a check would be cut for the Shaw Divinity School. It was seldom as much as we needed or desired it to be, but it was something we could count on to help run the school. I was reminded of what one of my teachers said in my first Ethics class at Southeastern Baptist

Theological Seminary in the early 1970’s. He reminded a classroom of somewhat discontent students that if across this convention thousands of people did not come to church and make their offerings to God, “we would not be setting here this morning.” When I look out over the Gen- esis congregation on Sunday mornings and see people bringing their offerings to the Lord, I see the power of coopera- tion. I never take this for granted. This congregation has been God’s gift to me, and I desire greatly to be a gift from God to the congregation. I want you to know that I am careful not to view the pulpit as belonging to me. As the late Dr. Diggs, former Pastor of the Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC said to me years ago, “This is where the Lord lets me stand.” It is God’s pulpit. I want to encourage us to get involved in the things to which we belong (Association, Convention, Unions, etc.). Learn more about how they work and seek to make them more effective. The book of Rev- elation records Jesus’ words to one of the seven churches of Asia (Sardis). He said to this church that was alive in name only, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.” (Revelation 3:2 NKJV)

Volume 8 Number 1

September 2013 Your Opinion Matters

Poll: African Americans, Latinos Worry Over Long-Term Care Crisis

BY BRUCE CHERNOF, MD It is no secret

that Americans are aging, but what is too often lost is that most people will need help as they grow older.


America does not have a strategy to deal with this growing demand. For some, this help comes in the form of needing just a little bit of assistance in the home with such tasks as cooking meals or getting groceries. For others, it is more comprehensive daily help in assisted living or nursing home care.

As chair of the newly created

federal Commission on Long-Term Care, I believe it is imperative for Americans to understand that 70 percent of us who live beyond the age of 65 will need some form of long-term care, on average for three years.

This is a particularly significant

statistic given the reality that our nation’s system of care is outdated and lacks the tools to meet the needs of our growing senior population.

To better understand Americans’

attitudes and perceptions around aging and long-term care, as well as levels of preparedness for future care, the Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research conducted a national poll of adults age 40 and older with funding from The SCAN Foundation, which I head.

Implications of these findings are

profound considering the population of adults over 65 will double to nearly 72 million people — 19 percent of the U.S. population -- by 2030.

Counting on Family Members For starters, most Americans today

are operating under the assumption that they can count on family members to help care for them in a time of need.

About two-thirds believe they can

look to their families for significant support and even more people think they will get at least some support from their families in a time of need.

However, in spite of these

assumptions, nearly six in 10 are not even having conversations with family about their future desires and preferences for care.

This is not about having the death

conversation — what you want to happen to you when you die. This is about having the life conversation — defining how you want to live in light of changing health needs and daily physical struggles that may emerge as you age.

Perhaps, even more remarkably,

30 percent of Americans would rather not even think about getting older at all. This denial about aging and future care needs can be of serious detriment to individuals who are suddenly thrust into a situation in which they need care and do not know where to turn for help.

Misunderstanding Medicare Americans also have major

misconceptions about the costs of long-term care and about who — or what — will pay for these needs when the time comes.

While more than half (57 percent)

of Americans 40 or older report having some experience with long-term care, most are not aware of how expensive it is. Almost half (44 percent) mistakenly believe that Medicare pays for ongoing care at home by a licensed home health care aide. And more than one in three Americans (37 percent) incorrectly believe it pays for ongoing care in a nursing home.

A mere 27 percent of older adults

surveyed are confident that they will have the resources to pay for the care they need as they age. This confusion about how services are paid for leads to a lack of knowledge on how to plan and, again, individuals find themselves in situations of need with no idea of where to turn for help.

African Americans and Latinos

were especially worried. Well over half of blacks (57 percent) said expressed concern about being able to pay for needed care, compared to 45 percent of Hispanics and 41 percent of whites.

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