Introduction Part III

Dear Friends in Christ,

Here are a few last things about myself using the story pages as inspiration:

My Favorite Christian Season: I love the Easter season! I also love Pentecost Sunday, because I don’t think we celebrate the Holy Spirit enough.

Most Memorable/Meaningful Thing: Baptizing my two daughters

One Surprising Blessing: How God has continually guided me to opportunities to grow in my faith and in my love of God, others, and myself.

Hobbies: Reading – I love to read! I also enjoy playing games with my family, and I am a fan of the Washington Nationals and Washington Capitals.

I look forward to getting to know each of you better. This month in ministry with you at Scottsville and Mount Zion has been wonderful. I am so excited about our future together and what God is calling us to do!

In Christ,


Introduction Part II

Dear Friends in Christ,

Here is hopefully some more interesting information about myself to help you get to know me better. 😊

My Favorite Potluck Dish: This is really hard to decide, and I am excited to taste your food. But one dish I enjoyed as a kid was scalloped potatoes, perhaps because potlucks would be the only time that I’d get to eat it!

My Fondest Church Memory: One of my fondest childhood memories in church is being the acolyte for Communion Sunday. At my home church, the acolyte helped the pastor serve Communion, and I always wanted to be assigned that Sunday. I have always loved Communion, and it was really special to me to be able to serve the church in that way.

Most Awkward Moment: I have had several. One that sticks out in my memory is when I wished everyone a “Merry Christmas” from the pulpit on Easter Sunday!

In Christ,

Pastor Laura

Our Journey Begins/Introduction Part I…

Dear Friends in Christ,

My family and I are so excited to be in Scottsville! Both Scottsville and Mount Zion UMCs have been extremely welcoming, and we are enjoying meeting everybody.

The town of Scottsville itself is really neat. The Fourth of July parade was so much fun, and then we ate our way through the Farmer’s Market. The kids have had fun playing on the playgrounds in Scottsville and Esmont and going to library. We know that we will love living here!

I thought that to kick things off on this blog, I’d share a little about myself.

My Church: My home church is Luray United Methodist Church in Luray, VA. I’ve also either attended or worked at several other churches – Williamsburg UMC, Pyatigorsk UMC, Bethesda UMC, Wesley UMC in Vienna, and Del Ray UMC. I then served Page UMC for 8 years as their pastor. I feel blessed I now get to add 2 more churches to this list!

My Favorite Hymn: I have too many favorites to choose from! A few that I love are It Is Well, O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, Hymn of Promise, Pass It On, Stand By Me, As the Deer, and Trading My Sorrows.

My Favorite Scripture Verse: John 13:34-35 – I had this verse shown when I was ordained.

I will share more in future posts. For now, may the peace of Christ fill you and sustain you.

In Christ,

Pastor Laura