Welcome and greetings to you in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord!
Thank you for visiting the website of Providence Presbyterian Church. We hope this site will be helpful in assisting you concerning who we are, what we believe, where we are located, and other such information to assist you in getting to know us. As much as this website can tell you about the faith and life of our church, it simply can’t begin to explain the rich fellowship of so many different people worshiping together in the presence and power of God’s grace through the life of the resurrected and reigning Jesus Christ.
God has blessed us with a loving and growing congregation. We witness God’s transforming grace while growing together through in-depth Bible teaching and preaching. We refer to our worship service as a “worship celebration” as we have so much to celebrate in regard to our gracious God.
We invite you to browse our site and learn about our vision and our ministries. Whether you live in the Goochland or Louisa area or just plan to visit, we encourage you to come and see what God is doing in our midst.
In Christ’s Grace,
The Session of Providence Presbyterian Church.
Hello Good People of Providence,
Please note that church has been cancelled on February 22, due to frozen pipes that have burst at the well (leaving us with no water). The parking lot and sidewalks had been cleared, thanks to the oversight and efforts of our Building and Grounds Elder, Bill Waters, and frozen pipes had been thawed earlier this week, thanks to the efforts of Jim Walker. But, alas, mother nature has been a bit too much this week! If only we still had the out-house …
Please stay safe and warm!
Pastor Karen preached on February 15 on the transfiguration of Jesus: “After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’ Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.” Mark 9:2-9.
PPC Sermon 2-15-15
On February 8, new officers Lisa Houlgrave and David Youell were ordained as ruling elders, and Lisa, David, Marti Wunsh and Leslie Jordanger were installed as officers. Pastor Karen Witt led the service of ordination and installation with a reaffirmation of our baptismal covenant with God, anointing of the new officers, affirmation by the new officers of their fidelity to Christ, prayer and a charge to the new officers. Pastor Karen’s sermon, inspired by Isaiah 40:21-31, picked up on the themes of baptism, cleansing and rebirth as Jesus’ disciples.
PPC Sermon 2-8-15
The members of Providence are grateful to Lisa, David, Marti and Leslie for their eagerness to serve, and we promise to pray for them and their ministry to our church and community!
The elders and deacons that the congregation elected to lead the church during 2015 met for officer training on February 1. Pictured below are this year’s elders with Pastor Karen Witt: Dan Jordanger (2015), Teresa Hughes (2015), David Youell (2016), Marti Wunsh (2016), Pastor Karen, Lisa Houlgrave (2016), Bill Waters (2015).
The deacons serving this year, shown here with Pastor Karen, are: Nancy Walker (2015), Larkin Murphy (2015), Pastor Karen, Samantha Hughes (2015) and Leslie Jordanger (2016).
Like many commentators, the Holman Bible Dictionary notes that the Gospel of “Mark has been called the ‘gospel of action.’ One of [Mark’s] favorite words in telling the story of Jesus is ‘immediately.'” That word or a synonym is employed at least five times in Mark 1 to help describe Jesus’ early ministry of action. In her sermon on February 1, Pastor Karen Witt preached on Mark 1:21-28 and noted that Jesus’ merciful act — healing a demon-possessed man in the Capernaum synagogue — made as great an impression as the words he spoke. “The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.'” Mark 1:27. Pastor Karen’s message encouraged Jesus’ disciples to follow his example of sharing the Good News through loving actions … when possible, “immediately!”
PPC Sermon 2-1-15
Jesus our lord and savior is God the Father’s beloved … and so are we! King David recognized this when he wrote of God, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.” Psalm 139:14-15. God made each of us because of His love for us. The love and care with which God holds every person is the subject and inspiration for Pastor Karen’s sermon on January 18. Listen to it here.
PPC Sermon 1-18-15
“Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.'” Mark 1:9-11. In Pastor Karen Witt’s January 11 sermon, Jesus’ baptism is a notable example from scripture of the heavens being torn apart … of God overcoming the separation between heaven and earth. Karen also introduced us to the idea of “thin places,” which the Irish describe as “places on earth where the Presence is so strong that they serve as portals between this world and another.” Karen’s sermon is linked here.
PPC Sermon 1-11-15