The worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday July 15th was a special celebration of the work of the Spirit in the roots of Edmarc Hospice for Children and the Children’s Center here at Suffolk Presbyterian and the continuing presence of the Spirit in those two agencies. Significantly, Edmarc was founded at SPC 40 years ago and out of Edmarc, the Children Center was founded 35 years ago. Those “mustard seed” beginnings have indeed put forth much fruit.
The church hosted Joan and Allen Hogge, Debbie Stitzer-Brame, Executive Director of Edmarc and Rosalind Cutchins, Executive Director of The Childrens Center. These presentations focused on the history of these organizations and the work they are doing now. Both past and present board members and staff of both organizations were in attendance.
The worship service was followed by a catered reception and opportunity for fellowship.
On Sunday, June 8, 2014, Bruce Sharp and Nancy King unveiled a plaque commemorating the foundation of Edmarc Children’s Hospice, Inc. The plaque memorializes the Holy Spirit working through the congregation of Suffolk Presbyterian Church in establishing Edmarc, now in Portsmouth. Bruce and Nancy, former and present board members, presented the plaque to the congregation following Sunday’s outdoor worship. In attendance were Peggy Page and Ed Page, Jr., widow and son of the Rev. Edward Page; the Rev. Barbara Mease, the original program director of Edmarc and later executive director of The Children’s Center; and Roselyn Cutchins, presently executive director of The Children’s Center. The Children’s Center spun off from the early Edmarc development and serves children with developmental needs in Western Tidewater and Suffolk. For more detailed background see Edmarc Historical Notes
The plaque inscription reads:
“In 1978, the congregation of Suffolk Presbyterian Church supported the vision of members Allen and Joan Hogge to found the nation’s first hospice for children. The name honors their terminally ill son Marcus and the church’s pastor and cancer victim Rev. Edward Page
Through the generosity of the Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering, other organizations and individual donations, Edmarc has become an independent agency and has served thousands of children and families throughout Hampton Roads.”
“For with God, all things are possible. Mark 10:27”