First United Methodist Church of Laurel to dedicate chapel, window

Melanie Dzwonchyk

First United Methodist Church of Laurel will dedicate a new chapel and a newly installed stained glass window Sunday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m., recognizing the support of longtime church member Gertrude Poe and her late sisters and parents.

Poe was editor of the Laurel Leader for 41 years, retiring in 1980.

The new Poe Chapel, adjacent to the chancel area of the church, measures 16 by 22 feet and will be used for small spiritual events and by parishioners for personal reflection.

The 6-foot-square stained glass window was created for the chapel, and depicts the words of the 23rd Psalm, "The Lord is my shepherd," with Jesus standing among a flock of sheep.

Members of Poe's family, who were church members and donors, include her parents, Bertha Frances Gore and Worthy Gibson Poe; and Poe's sisters Myrtle Poe Donaldson, Margaret Poe Vogts, Ruby Poe King and Verna Poe. Gertrude Poe is the longest active member of First United, and the dedication will be held on her 99th birthday.


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