Dear Friend,

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.

Palm Sunday at Providence


March 29 is Palm/Passion Sunday, and it is the official beginning of Holy Week.  We began our worship service by gathering outside and processing into the sanctuary together, singing Hosanna, Loud Hosanna and waving palm branches.  Over the course of our worship, we transitioned to Pastor Karen’s sermon on Philippians 2:5-11 and then into a dramatic reading of the passion narrative.  It was an engaging, moving time of worship as we remembered Jesus’ last week on earth in human form.  The scripture reading, sermon and reading of the passion are available at the link below.

PPC Sermon 3-29-15

Portraits of Jesus

What image of Jesus comes to mind when you think of him?  For many Americans, it is this portrait by the artist Warner Sallman, painted in 1940, with which we are most familiar, comfortable, used to imagining what Jesus looked like.

sallman head of jesus

Sallman’s Jesus is peaceful, contemplative, focused and (literally) shining.  In contrast, the image of Jesus clearing the temple that John presents in his gospel could hardly be more different.  “When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.  To those who sold doves he said, ‘Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!'”  John 2:13-16.  Whip-armed Jesus is anything but calm!  As Pastor Karen Witt shared in her sermon on March 8, this Jesus was confronting a religious system that substituted ritual for true devotion of God, had forgotten its reason for being and therefore was not open to the revelation from God that Jesus embodied.  Jesus in the temple, Jesus with his disciples, Jesus on the hillside teaching, Jesus on the cross … all these portraits of him model for us, his followers, a Way focused not on religious practice, but on relationship with God, and love for our neighbor.  Karen invited us to explore as many images of Jesus as possible … to overturn any fixes image we may have of him … so that we may know him and love him more and more.  O, how we love Jesus, because he first loved us!

PPC Sermon 3-8-15 

In the Wilderness

A small band of members braved the ice and cold on March 1 to worship God and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.  Pastor Karen Witt preached on Mark 1:9-15, in which the gospel writer described in just a few words Jesus’ baptism, temptation in the wilderness, and start of his ministry.  Karen focused much of her sermon on the short but loaded verse 12:  “At once the Spirit drove [Jesus] into the wilderness ….”   Like Jesus we also may spend time in a wilderness — depression, loneliness, separation, illness, pain, unemployment … the list is long — and sometimes the Spirit drives us there.  Knowing Jesus has been there before can sustain us and give us hope.  Karen’s message is a thought-provoking way to open our hearts for lent.

PPC Sermon 3-1-15

Love Shining Through

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

Baptism, Ordination, Installation & Discipleship

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!

Meet the 2015 officers of Providence

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).

Session 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).

Deacons 2015

In Word and Deed

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