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This coming Sunday, June 11, we’ll have another “Second Sunday” conversation where members of the congregation get to reflect together on the meaning and application of the morning’s Bible passage.  This Sunday we’re looking at Ephesians 6:10-20 where the Apostle Paul advises believers to put on “the whole armor of God” to defend ourselves from the wiles of heavenly evil forces around us.

How do you understand evil in the world?  Is it a force a la Star Wars or perhaps like a person, e.g. the Devil?  Or is it just a matter of making bad decisions?  Join us for a discussion about whether “The devil made me do it” this Sunday, where everyone in worship has a chance to share how God’s Spirit may be speaking to them.  Click on the link below to view the study pages in preparation for to reflect on the text for Sunday.

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Click below to view a PDF copy of our full-color June “Gazette”

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In searching the Internet, there are many photos and pieces of art that seek to capture the joyous, unpredictable, transforming spirit of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Below is one of my favorite depictions which is my mind suggests both the presence of God’s Spirit in all people and persons of all faith but also God’s openness to share that special Spirit of Christ to all who are open to receive it. Join us tomorrow as we celebrate, in word and song, the new possibilities around us that come through the power of the Spirit!

TO THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT: Lucille Hayes and Nancy Kinch

Friends, two members of Laurel have passed away recently – Nancy Kinch and Lucille Hayes. Nancy’s service was held out of town and Lucille’s service was held at Laurel where Rev. Richard Mahlmann officiated in my stead as I was out of town. Please keep their families in your prayers. I include obituaries for them below:
NANCY BAILY KINCH, age 90, died May 27, 2017 in Culpeper, VA. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis X. Kinch. Nancy was born August 22, 1926, in Charlotte Court House, VA, to the late Curry O. Bailey and Geneva T. Bailey. She lived in Culpeper County for 27 years, while married to Foster Cornwell. She was the Postmistress in Lakota, VA, for a short while. She worked for the National Security Agency for 27 years. After retiring, she moved to Myrtle Beach, SC where she owned and operated a flower shop. She later moved to Richmond, VA, and married Francis Kinch. They enjoyed extensive traveling in the states and abroad.
Nancy was a member of Laurel Presbyterian Church in Richmond. She was an active volunteer at the Virginia Home for Boys and Meals on Wheels.
In addition to her parents and step-mother, Lillian, Nancy was predeaceased by her sister, Louise Wilhoite; and brothers, Clifford and Thornton Bailey. She is survived by her son, George Cornwell and his wife, Cathy of Culpeper; a sister, Mamie Pugh of Charlotte Court House; and a half-brother, Curry Bailey of Aylett. She is also survived by a granddaughter, Cindy Cornwell Thomas and her husband, Chris; and two grandchildren, Matthew and Kelly Thomas all of New Jersey. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
A graveside funeral service was held on Friday, June 2, 2017, in Rough Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is serving the family.
HAYES, Lucille Rigsby Compton, 93, of Henrico, died May 25, 2017. She was preceded in death by husbands, Noah A. Compton Jr. and Hugh M. Hayes; siblings, Helen Gammon, Zelma Lloyd, Ethel Estes, Edna Ford, Cecil Rigsby and Henry Rigsby. She is survived by two daughters, Diane Boucher (Don) and Teresa Wingold (Charlie); three grandchildren, Jessica Blackburn, Bryan Wingold (Tracey), Laura Wingold; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, at Bliley’s-Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Rd. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017, 11 a.m., at Laurel Presbyterian Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Laurel Presbyterian Church.


Check out our full-color May edition of the “Gazette.”  Click on the link below.

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“He Is Risen Indeed”

This truth was shouted aloud at our two services of worship on Easter Day.  Sixty attended our first Easter Sunrise Worship Service, a majority of whom were not members of the church. Laurel cooks offered a hearty breakfast after the service.  We worshipped again at 10:00 am with our choir inspiring us with Easter hymns.  An egg hunt followed for our youngest disciples.  Our congregation was pleased that the Lord made if possible for us to share the Good News with young and old on the Day of Resurrection!  The photo features “The Flowering Cross” where those in worship bring flowers from their gardens, transforming the ancient symbol of punishment into a sign of new life, much like the holy day of Easter itself!Easter 2017 Flowering Cross small


Join us as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper on this special evening. This year we will serve one another around the communion table in a manner not too different from that of Jesus and his disciples.


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