About Us

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.  The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).


The Church of Firsts. Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities.  The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.  When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.


A Church of Extravagant Welcome - ​Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways.  We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive.  We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.

We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.

Our Team

Reverend Laura Robeson

Laura Robeson grew up near Baltimore, Maryland, and attended First and St. Stephens Evangelical and Reformed Church, which became First and St. Stephens United Church of Christ (UCC).  She was a member of Amistad St. Paul United Church of Christ in Lanham, Maryland.  Laura has been a member of and active in the UCC for all of its 53 years, continuing that association as a member of Apples UCC, Thurmont, MD.
Her undergraduate degree was from the University of Maryland, College Park in Secondary Education, Social Studies.  Her first Master’s degree was in Secondary Education from Bowie State University in 1982.  She then attended Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C., where she was awarded the Master of Divinity degree in May, 2007.  
Prior to her entering seminary in 2004, Minister Robeson taught for 30 years in the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.  She had retired in 2002 and had hoped to travel, relax, read and do needlepoint.  Through her service in various offices of the church in a number of settings, Laura has gained knowledge of what it takes to lead others and to train others to be leaders by being active in her local church.  In addition, she has served on the Potomac Association Local Church Development Committee and the Women’s Coordinating Committee of both the Potomac Association and the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ.  All of these activities, led Laura to answer the call to ministry.  
    God has called Laura into ministry, first through her interest in and work for the equality of women in the world and in the church.  Secondly, God called Laura to be a leader in Christian Education, particularly with the idea of balance in all aspects of the Christian life: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.  She testifies to a Christ-centered life in these areas that has resulted in spiritual growth and her seminary training.  Finally, God calls Laura to be devoted to bringing into being a multi-cultural, multi-racial, open and affirming church that is socially motivated to serve the “least of these.”  She was ordained by and called to be Co-Pastor at Apples United Church of Christ in Thurmont, Md. In 2013, and now is Pastor at Apples, where she has been a member for 9 years, and preaching for over three years.
    Laura serves as the part-time pastor at Apples UCC.  As part of her church work, currently, she is serving a three year term on the Catoctin Association Church and Ministry Commission.  She volunteers at the Thurmont Food Bank.
    Laura is married to Dwight Robeson, celebrating over 42 years of marriage.  They have a daughter, Sarah, who is working in medical research in California.  Their son, Andrew, is working as Youth Director at Camp Hill United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania.  He is married to Jenny, Children’s Ministry Director at the same church, and they have given her three precious grandchildren.

Service Times


​9:30 - 10:30a.m.


7908 Apples Church Road

Thurmont, Maryland 21788

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