Welcome!

Welcome to Providence Presbyterian Church
in Gum Spring, Virginia!
We are a small, historic, country church serving a big, living, world-loving God.
Our mission is to share God’s abundant love in the counties of Goochland and Louisa
(and beyond!) … and we have been doing it since 1747!
Whether you are looking for a church home or just plan to visit,
we invite you to come and see what God is doing in our midst.

Bread for a Hungry World

After feeding 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish (and THEN walking on water!) Jesus told the people following him, “I am the bread of life.  Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died.  But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die.  I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”  John 6:48-51.  Many of the people following Jesus were turned off by the idea of eating flesh … not understanding the deeper meaning of what he was saying and how it references his crucifixion, his incarnation as the Word made flesh, and our spiritual need for nourishment only Jesus can provide.  Pastor Karen Witt’s August 16 sermon meditates on these ideas as well as the promise that Jesus is “guaranteed wholesome nutrition” for our hungry souls.  You can listen to Pastor Karen’s sermon here.

PPC Sermon 8-16-15

Putting on Jesus

On August 9, Pastor Karen Witt preached on Ephesians 4:25-5:2, in which Paul advised the Ephesians to “put off falsehood … bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” and instead to “follow God’s example.”  Karen urged her listeners to “put on Jesus” as the most important and beneficial cover we can wear each day.  The 13th century German mystic and theologian Meister Eckhart captured this idea when he wrote: “One ought to keep hold of God in everything and accustom his mind to retain God always among his feelings, thoughts, and loves.  Take care how you think of God.  As you think of him in church or closet, think of him everywhere.  Take him with you among the crowd and turmoil of the alien world.”  Listen to Karen’s sermon and meditate on how you can take Jesus with you wherever you go.

PPC Sermon 8-9-15

Both Ears Tingling

The Reverend Dr. Lynn McClintock blessed the people of Providence on July 26 by leading worship and preaching on 1 Samuel 3:1-18, in which God speaks to Samuel for the first time.  The interaction between the chief priest Eli and the young boy Samuel is both sweet and heartbreaking, and Lynn addressed both elements of their relationship.  Readers often focus with this story on God speaking with one of His people (Samuel) for the first time in hundreds of years.  But Lynn focused also on Eli’s apparent need to hear from God through an intermediary, in this case Samuel — a lesson that we modern Christians also can and should take to heart.  You can listen to Lynn’s insightful sermon at this link.

PPC Sermon 7-26-15

Youth Sunday

Providence’s youth led the worship service on July 19.  With guidance from David Youel and Marti Wunsh, our youth welcomed everyone, prayed, read scripture and “led” the congregation in song.  The director of Goochland Young Life, Will Funk, gave the message and, with Henry’s help, introduced us to the work — and play — of Young Life, which brings junior high and high school youth into relationship with Jesus Christ.  Thanks to Will and to Maggie, Samantha, Adam, Ethan, Steven, David, Forrest, Henry and Jack for leading our joyful worship service!

7-19 Worship1

Meet a member … Nancy and Jim Walker

jim walker and berries

“All the believers were one in heart and mind.  No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but thy shared everything they had.”  Acts 4: 32.

Anyone who steps foot in Providence will quickly meet Jim and Nancy Walker, two very loving and friendly members of the Providence family.  Jim and Nancy moved to Louisa County from Richmond in 1974.  They raised their daughter Amy and son Patrick on their farmstead on Paynes Mill Road.

The entire community looks forward to summer … and the bounties of Jim’s amazing garden.  Jim’s rows of thornless blackberries are the subject of many a cold winter’s daydream … memories of walking among the rows in the early morning, cool dew soaking the hem of our blue jeans … or the feeling of the hot evening sun beating on our back as we reach deep beneath the shade of the vines to snag the perfect plump berry.  Jim and Nancy invite their friends and neighbors to “c’mon over and pick a few.”  We leave with bowls bursting with ripe fruit, a few ears of corn and squash thrown in for good measure.  We will make jam and pies and freeze the rest.  Nancy will pull out a blackberry cobbler or even barbeque sauce in the fall.

None of this just happens.  The Walkers’ gardens require a great deal of time and energy to produce a harvest, but they just give it away.  Jim and Nancy take joy in sharing.  They plant abundantly and share all they have.  They freeze what’s left and share that too.

What would Jesus do?  He’d invite us into the garden to work beside him.  He’d invite in those who never even lifted a finger, those who were complete strangers to him.  Pull up a chair, let me get you a bowl of warm cobbler with ice cream on top.  Generous, welcoming, joyful, not judging … and kind, arms open wide with a big grin on his face.

“Do you need any blackberries?”  Sounds like someone we know!

Preschool Yard Sale on Saturday July 18

yard sale flyer

A yard sale to benefit the Providence Preschool will take place on Saturday, July 18, from 8 am until 2 pm!!!  An impressive array of valuable items at VERY GOOD prices will be available.  The location is 837 Cross Country Road (Route 522), next to the Dairy Queen.  At the same time as the yard sale, Providence’s youth will be hosting a lemonade stand, with cookies, brownies and other treats also for sale, benefitting Pediatric Cancer Care at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond.

To all readers of this blog who live within a 50-mile radius of Gum Spring … we look forward to seeing you on July 18!