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Fall Guide to Christian Discipleship

Fall 2016

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18 )
Dear Friends:
On Sunday afternoons, Bunny and I Skype with our 2 year old granddaughter who lives in Jacksonville, Florida. It is not the same thing as a visit, but it is wonderful to see her antics as well as hear her voice. Each week she seems to grow a bit more, say a few more words, and learn a couple of new skills. These online visits remind me of just how dynamic life is.
The Christian life is not static. Being baptized is not the end, but the beginning of a life-long journey of growth. When we make a public profession of our faith and promise to follow Jesus, we are not completing our spiritual journey, but entering a new stage of responsibility for our continuing growth in the faith. No matter how young or old we are, we can always come to a greater understanding of the Bible, a deeper knowledge of theology, and a more profound relationship with Christ. As we grow in our faith, we come to understand more about Christian ethics and the moral life and what Christ demands of us. In his Second Letter, Peter is urging the followers of Jesus to grow in their faith so that they will not be deceived or led away by false teaching or distortions of the gospel. A strong foundation can stand against the harsh winds that blow on us all. A mature faith leads us to a more abundant life.
This brochure describes the many ways in which we can grow in our faith through service, retreats, studies, classes and educational opportunities. Sometimes the greatest learning comes when we roll up our sleeves and get involved in a ministry, and then take the time to reflect on our experiences from a spiritual perspective. This fall, we will have a special opportunity to grow through participating in the “Recalibrate Weekend” (Thurs. – Sat., September 22-24). You may wish to participate in one or both tracks: renewing your marriage and/or renewing your relationship with God.
Together let us grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Yours in Christ, 
Lewis F. Galloway

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Mindfulness Meditation
Fridays, 12:15 p.m.

Mindfulness Meditation

FRIDAYS, 12:15-12:45 PM,  ROOM 113
Brief discussion, followed by silent practice and concludes with observations, comments and/or general wonderings.

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.


Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., McFarland Hall

A Bible study connecting “People of all Abilities” in song, prayer and Bible lessons

Contact: Caroline Dennis

Join us mid-week for a variety of classes and groups. 

Wednesday Night Opportunities

On Wednesday evenings, Second Presbyterian Church offers a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, education and fun for all generations. You will find Men's and Women's studies, Financial Classes, Youth and Children's groups, and seasonal Biblical studies. These offerings vary throughout the year.

Labyrinth: During the cold winter days, we have an indoor labyrinth available for personal and group use each Wednesday, while in the warmer days, the outdoor labyrinth is always available on the northeast end of the property. More details.

Children: Child Care is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Please make reservations at least one week in advance. Click here.

Artist Get-Together
1st & 3rd Tuesdays

Artist Get-Together

1ST & 3RD TUESDAYS; 6:30-8 PM; ROOM 355
Twice each month, amateurs and professionals from the Second Church community come together for fellowship and artistic expression in any media. The group shares conversation, exchanges ideas, offers constructive critiquing if desired, and explores various art media with those who have knowledge of such. It is open to anyone who wants to learn or just paint, draw or talk about art. 

Five Good Books on Church and Society
May Recommendations

Five Good Books on Church and Society


  1. Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World, Charles J. Chaput (Holt, 2017)
  2. The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christian in a Post-Christian Nation, Rod Dreher (Sentinel, 2017)
  3. Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America, Darrell L. Guder, ed. (Eerdmans, 1998)
  4. Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony, 25th anniversary edition, Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon (Abingdon, 2014)
  5. The End of White Christian America, Robert P. Jones (Simon & Schuster, 2016)


Books for Families
Books that Make Us Laugh

Books for Families

Books that Make Us Laugh

May Recommendations from Cara Paul
Barry the Fish with Fingers, Sue Hendra
Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Mo Willems
No David!, David Shannon
Duck! Rabbit!, Amy Crouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld


Theology, Thoughts & Coffee
Sundays, 8:00 a.m.

Theology, Thoughts & Coffee
The Benedict Option

SUNDAYS, 8:00 AM, Common Room
We are reading and discussing Rod Dreher's controversial bestseller, The Benedict Option. Dreher, an American author and editor, calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life. The class is led by Theologian in Residence Dr. John Franke.