Rev. Laurie Williams

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August 2019

Joint Worship Service & Picnic at New Providence

By |August 21st, 2019|Announcements|

We will have our joint worship service and picnic at New Providence Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 8, beginning at 10 A.M.      For the picnic part, meat, drinks, and place settings will be provided; please bring a covered dish to share. We also ask you to bring lawn chairs if you have them, for [...]

“Ezekiel: The Case of the Disappearing Grapes”/Ezekiel 1:1-3; 2:1-4, 7; 18: 1-9, 20, 25-29/Rev. Rodger Allen/8-11-19

By |August 13th, 2019|Sermons|

Seminaries, the graduate schools which train people for ministry, have a different look to them these days than they used to. The majority of the students today are not 22- or 23-year-olds who have come straight from college, but instead fall into the category called “second-career” – they have left some other occupation in their mid-20’s, mid-30’s, or mid-40’s, and enrolled  in a 3 or 4 year program to train for a new career in ministry. They are people like me, and Laurie. Phil was one of those second-career seminarians. Phil had been a banker; he had gone to business school and then worked his way up through the ranks to a middle-management position in a respected bank. But Phil had gradually recognized that he was being called by God out of the banking industry and into the ministry, and he quit his job, sold his house, and moved to a small efficiency apartment on the seminary campus to begin three years of classes – three years of hard work with little or no income; three years which, at best, would result in his starting his career over again at the ground floor; three years, though, which would leave him doing what God had called him to do. […]

Ice Cream Social

By |August 12th, 2019|Announcements|

Coming up next Sunday, August 18 from 2:00 to 4:00: One of our favorite church activities: the Deacons’ Ice Cream Social! Homemade ice cream and other treats; bring some friends! Donations will be accepted to fund the Deacons’ important ministry.

New Providence Fish Fry

By |August 5th, 2019|Announcements|

The popular annual Fish Fry at New Providence Church will take place Saturday, August 17 this year, from 4 to 7 P.M., CT. They plan  to add a drive-through option this year!

July 2019

“Hosea: God Finds a Way”/Hosea 1:2-3; 4: 1-3; 6: 4-6/I Tim. 1:12-14; Luke 15: 1-10/Rev. Rodger Allen7-28-19

By |July 31st, 2019|Sermons|

Laurie has two sisters.  One of them, Beth, lives in Pittsburgh, and we see her when we do our twice-a-year “Pennsylvania loops” to visit both of our families. The other, Debbi, lives in Massachusetts with her family. We have often visited them at Thanksgiving – a New England Thanksgiving. When we visit Debbi, we often spend one day in Boston, joining many tourists who visit many tourist attractions there. And one of the still-popular tourist attractions, even though the TV show has only been available in reruns for many years now, is the bar that’s shown on the opening of “Cheers.” Yes, there is a bar called “Cheers” in Boston, just off Beacon Hill – but tourists need to be warned of something before they go there: while the outside of the bar is exactly the same as you see on the opening credits of the TV show, the interior, I’m afraid, was something just created for the show. The real Cheers looks nothing like that inside. The real Cheers, in fact, is more of a restaurant than a bar, with lots of booths and little rooms. I think it even has ferns in it, and regular fans of the show know that Norm and Cliff just hate ferns in a bar. […]