Laurel Grove Baptist Church
                                                             6834 Beulah Street
                                                       Franconia, Virginia 22310
                                                         Church: 703-971-1160

Rev. Dr. James E. Scott                   George McMillan                           Cassie R. Watson                   Tracey Dobson
            Pastor                            Chair, Deacon Ministry                     Chair, Trustee Ministry               Church Clerk

October 21, 2023

SUBJECT:  Rebuilding of Laurel Grove Baptist Church
Dear Sir or Madam:

The Laurel Grove Baptist Church (LGBC) was destroyed by a fire in December 2004. More than 18 years have passed since the fire that destroyed our historical church building.  Since that time the congregation has remained steadfast and persevered through the many years with one goal -- to rebuild the church. The LGBC is preparing to rebuild on its historic 139-year-old grounds. Our sustained strength comes through personal donations that were received through individuals. Now, we are reaching out to you to pick up the baton to help us achieve our final goal.  You can help the members of LGBC raise the $3,000,000.00 (sanctuary/basement, baptismal pool, furniture, amenities), needed to rebuild this community church that is vested in dedication to God and the Christian principles of loving, caring, giving, and sharing. There are several ways you can contribute to the Building Fund:

Mail donation to: Laurel Grove Baptist Church, PO Box 10596, Alexandria, VA  22310
Deposit money in Laurel Grove Baptist Church Fund Raising Campaign Bank Account: 

           ** Burke & Herbert Bank Routing Number:  056001066
           ** Account Number:  157111282

The LGBC's history is rich in commitment to God and the Franconia Community. The stately house of worship, quaintly known as “The Little Church by the Side of the Road,” is not the result of an accident. In 1884 a group of neighbors: George Carroll, Middleton Braxton, Thornton Gray, Laurenda Huntger, William and Georginna Jasper, and Elizabeth Lomax, realized that African-American families in Franconia had no convenient place to worship except in their homes or to walk 13 miles to Alexandria City. On May 10, 1884, William Jasper and his wife, Georginna, did will and bequeath ½ acre of land for the building of Laurel Grove Baptist Church, next to the historic Laurel Grove Colored School. This act is duly recorded in Deed Book E; No. 5, page 383 in Fairfax County.
Every amount helps bring LGBC closer to its goal of $3,000,000.00. Your support will be greatly appreciated by the Franconia Springfield/Kingstowne Community, and the Laurel Grove Baptist Church.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 703-971-1160. Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Dr. James E. Scott


Laurel Grove Baptist Church


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