The Listening Project
March 2017

Listening Project 2017

H​elp us write the next chapter for Second!

Listening Project 2017 is an opportunity to voice your thoughts about Second’s life and mission. It is a key step in discerning God’s call to us as we transition to new pastoral leadership after Dr. Galloway’s retirement.  It will provide important information to our Pastor Nominating Committee.
By now, all members should have received an e-mail or post card with directions for taking the on-line survey. It is vital that everyone participate. If you did not receive these mailings, or don’t have a computer but want to take the survey contact John Koppitch (317-202-2252) or Gail Barber (317-726-5412).
Deadline for completing the survey is Sunday, March 26.


Journey Through the Bible
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Journey Through the Bible

Bible 101

While we regularly think of the Bible as a key resource for our understanding of Christian faith, we also find it difficult to read and even harder understand. For many of us, it is often little more than a loosely structured anthology of inspiring, religious, and spiritual thoughts to which we turn occasionally for comfort, guidance and direction. Perhaps fewer of us are aware that the Bible actually narrates a story that purports to be a history with significance for all people. It is this larger story that has shaped the church throughout its history and held together different expressions of religious and spiritual life in the Christian tradition.
This class, led by theologian in residence Dr. John Franke, will provide an overview of the major developments and plot twists in the biblical story.

Wednesdays in Lent

Wednesdays in Lent

through April 12
6 - 6:20 p.m., Milner Chapel
led by the Spiritual Growth Team
music offered by cellist Adriana Contino
through March 29
6:30 p.m., Rm. 356
led by Dr. John Franke, Theologian-in-Residence
through April 5
6:30 - 7:40 p.m., Sanctuary
Youth Suite
6:30 - 8 p.m.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday Night Kids Club
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday Night Kids Club
Holy Promise People

Children, ages 5 - grade 5, will learn about covenants and about being a covenantal people who find their life, identity, hope, and joy in the Lord.
Leaders, Pastor Caroline Dennis and Certified Christian Educator Kat Barden, will guide children on a fun filled spiritual dance through creation, rainbows, calling and naming of us as people of God.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, March 23

Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto


Bruckner's Seventh Symphony

(Doors open at 6:30)
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Simone Porter, Violin
Matthew Halls, Conductor
Tickets available at:
Adults $25 / Students $10
You may also contact the Music and Fine Arts Office:


Sanctuary Choir Concert
Sunday, March 26

Sanctuary Choir Concert

Sunday, March 26, 3 PM, SANCTUARY
Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”
Leonard Bernstein
Requiem, op. 9
Maurice Duruflé
Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano
Samuel Spade, baritone
Sanctuary Choir and Festival Orchestra
Michelle Louer, Conductor

Leonard Bernstein was one of the most well known and influential musical figures of the twentieth century. As a composer, conductor, pianist, educator, author and television personality, he brought classical music to more people in more ways than anyone before.
Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918 in Lowell, MA, to Samuel and Jennie Bernstein. Reared in a devoutly Jewish home, he began piano lessons at age ten. His education continued at Harvard University, the Curtis Institute and the Berkshire Music Center.
Throughout his life, Bernstein struggled to balance his desire to compose with his career as a conductor. While leading orchestras all over the world, Bernstein wrote three symphonies, ballets, choral and vocal works, film scores, Candide, Mass, and of course, the Broadway hit West Side Story.
Bernstein’s first Symphony, subtitled “Jeremiah”, was his first large-scale work. Written when he was 24 years old, the Symphony is dedicated to his father and has three movements: I—Prophesy, II—Profanation, and III—Lamentation. The composer insisted that there was no literal representation of the prophet in the music, only the emotional quality. However, it is not hard to envision Jeremiah pleading with the people to repent or face dire consequences while hearing a dissonant, pulsating rhythm in the strings and timpani in the first movement.
In the second movement, we hear the sounds and style we associate as distinctly Bernstein as exotic dance rhythms depicting the foreign influences corrupting the priesthood and the people are introduced. The third movement opens with solo mezzo-soprano, starkly depicting the desolated streets of Jerusalem.
While the work opens with a crisis of faith – faith that has been shattered by those who professed to have it and did not live it – the final movement ends on a note of consolation. Musical ideas from Jewish liturgical chant are interwoven organically throughout the work, interlocking music and faith in transcendent ways.
The influence of liturgical music of the church dominates Maurice Duruflé’s exquisite Requiem. It is entirely composed on the Gregorian chant themes of the Mass for the Dead, which provide the vocal and instrumental lines with fluidity, nuance and movement. Aside from a few dramatic moments in the text, tranquility and peace and embedded in the harmony and melodic lines. But as Duruflé himself writes, it is a work of great vulnerability.
“This Requiem is not an ethereal work which sings of detachment from earthly worries. It reflects, in the immutable form of the Christian prayer, the agony of man faced with the mystery of his ultimate end. It is often dramatic, or filled with resignation, or hope, or terror, just as the words of the Scripture themselves which are used in the liturgy. It tends to translate human feelings before their terrifying, unexplainable or consoling destiny. It represents the idea of peace, of Faith, and of Hope.”
For both Bernstein and Duruflé, music and faith were inextricably linked. Neither were sentimental endeavors, but rather, for each composer, were matters undertaken with intentionality for a lifetime spiritual journey.


by Karl Snider & Michelle Louer


Celebrating Local Food, Cooking & Family
Rehm Guild Luncheon
Tuesday, March 28

Celebrating Local Food, Cooking & Family Rehm Guild Luncheon


Bring a sandwich to the Common Room at noon on Tuesday, March 28. Salad, desserts and beverages are provided. All ages are welcome.

For reservations, contact Helen Frazier (317) 726-0025 by Thursday, March 23.

Life and Death: We Belong to God
9:30 a.m., Room 356 (March 5-April 9)

Life and Death: We Belong to God

9:30 a.m., Room 356 (March 5-April 9)

Death is an inevitable part of life, the final milestone in life’s journey. We all meet death in the end, yet we do not talk about it often. For many, it is an avoided topic until it can no longer be avoided. However, death has been a part of the community faith throughout the centuries, and indeed it could be said that dying well is a Christian spiritual practice. We have much to learn from each other and from our tradition when it comes to death.

What does it mean to die in the faith?

How do we help others to die knowing that they are held by God?

How do we negotiate rapidly advancing medical technologies, seeking to discern their best use?

How can we plan for our eventual death?

Led and facilitated by Rev. Chelsea Guenther Benham, this class will cover a range of topics related to death such as theological understandings of death and resurrection, visions of heaven, preparation for end-of-life wishes, the art of funerals, and the practice of grief.

  • March 5Introduction: What does it mean to die well? with Rev. Chelsea Benham
  • March 12Death in the Christian Tradition with Dr. John Franke
  • March 19Funerals with David Ring and Pat Shirey (This week we will meet in the Common Room.)
  • March 26End of Life with Carol Applegate and Dr. Emily Giesel
  • April 2The Practice of Grief with Rev. Karen Lang and Dr. David Chaddock
  • April 9Your Legacy for the Future with Dr. John Koppitch, and Living Well Through the End with Rev. Chelsea Benham 

Kevin Trager Memorial Fly Fishing Trip
May 18-21, 2017

Kevin Trager Memorial Fly Fishing Trip

Quick! When you think of State College Pennsylvania, what comes to mind? Nittany Lions, the Amish, and coal mines? Close! How about world-classfly fishing and more trout streams than you can shake a stick at. That's right, central Pennsylvania holds a well-deserved reputation for outstanding wild trout populations, prolific hatches, and over 100 trout streams within an hour's drive.

This year, for our 4th annual trip, we have a 5,000 sf cabin with beds for 12 on the banks of Big Fishing Creek near Mill Hall, PA. Mid-May is Sulpher and Green Drake time (mayfly hatches) so expect some excellent dry fly action!

Novice and experts are welcome. Fish as little or as much as you like.

Here is the plan: 

  • Thursday, May 18 – Depart Second Presbyterian Church, 5:30 a.m. (8 hour drive) Settle into cabin, afternoon/evening fish
  • Friday, May 19 – Half-day guided trip (guides are optional but highly recommended if you are new to the area or fly fishing). Fish at leisure in the afternoon/evening
  • Saturday, May 20 – Optional half or full day guided trip Fish at leisure
  • Sunday, May 21 – Fish at leisure in AM. Leave for Indy by noon. Arrive at Second Pres by 9 p.m. 

Spiritual Development: Besides excellent trout fishing, the purpose of the weekend is to provide opportunities to deepen our faith and get to know each other better. Each day the team will be leading inspiring faith discussions.

Meals: we will cook our own food in the cabin and bring food to eat streamside.

What to bring: waders, fly rod & reel, fly vest. Flies can be purchased ahead of time online (very cheaply) or locally. If you are interested and don’t have gear, please let us know.

Guides: totally optional but highly recommended so you get the most from your experience. Full or half day options are available on Friday and Saturday. ½ day trips are $175 ea+ tip. Full day trips are $212 ea + tip.

Costs: estimate $300 - $350. If you want a guide for ½ day, add $175+ tip.  Final costs will be based on actual expenses. To reserve your spot, $100 is required by Wed, April 15th. Space is limited to 12 people. Father/ son combos are fine for mature high school or older kids. Make checks out to Second Presbyterian with “fishing trip” in memo line.

Register Now

Questions? Contact Steve Haigh (317) 459-8562 or Jim Riley (317) 432-6644


Cabin: We have reserved the Limestone Lodge on the banks of Big Fishing Creek with beds for 12 people, full kitchen, game room with pool table, big yard that leads to the river, hot tub, and deck. Fish as much or as little as you want right out the door. Click Here

Videos from previous trips:



Kevin Trager - many of you know Kevin who attended our trips to Arkansas and to North Carolina. Kevin was an avid fly fisherman, wonderful dad and father, friend and all around great guy. We lost Kevin this past year and want to keep him close in our hearts and memories as we fish together this spring.

Spire Article on Kevin: [It's on page 28]

Hope to see you there!

Holy Week and Easter
Worship Schedule

Invite your friends and family to join us for Holy Week and Easter.

Palm Sunday Morning Worship

Join the children of the church in a festive parade of palms at the end of the 9:30 and the beginning of the 11 a.m. services. A live donkey leads the children through the sanctuary as they wave their palms and proclaim, “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna,” along with the singing congregation.

The 8:15 a.m. traditional service, the 10:35 a.m. Wholeness and Holy Communion service, and the 5 and 6 p.m. casual evening services meet at their normal times.



It is a Second Family Celebration! Pastor Dennis and Kat Barden will partner with George and Diane Kelley from Congregation Beth-El Zedeck to provide a meaningful experience of Passover and what that means for our families and children. This will be a nice culminating event for the Wednesday Night Kid’s Club “Holy Promise People,” or make this one of your Lenten family spiritual practices. Seating will be limited, so please register at



8 PM Tenebrae Communion Service
At this service of shadows, we share the Last Supper and hear the story of the last hours of the life of Jesus. The service ends in darkness.

Maundy Thursday begins the Three Days (or Triduum), remembering the new commandment that Christ gave us in word and deed as he taught us how to love one another, washing our feet as a servant. We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper, remembering the meal Christ shared with his disciples before his death.

Historically, this was the traditional day in which those who had undergone a period of public penance under church discipline would be restored to full communion.



12-3 PM Meditations, Chapel
Meditations will be held in the chapel on the Seven Last Words of Christ. Please feel free to come and go as you are able. This service features hymns, vocal and instrumental music interpreting each word.

Good Friday is the day we remember Jesus’ crucifixion. The hours of noon to 3 p.m. are particularly significant as these commemorate the time Jesus hung on the cross. It is an especially important time to pray for the church and the world for whom Christ gave his life.




Morning Worship Services, Sanctuary
8:00, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

The festival of the Resurrection of the Lord (or Easter Sunday) is the center of the Christian year. On this occasion the church joyfully proclaims the good news that is at the very heart of the gospel: that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.

Music at these services will feature special music with Sanctuary Choir, Festival Brass, organ and percussion. Prelude begins 20 minutes prior to each service.
Families@Five, 5 p.m., Milner Chapel

Second@Six, 6 p.m., Sanctuary

One on One Project with the Dominican Republic

One on One Project

with the Dominican Republic

The Whitewater Valley Presbytery Hispanic Ministry Leadership Team would like you to please consider hosting a Dominican student in an exchange music program. Five or more Dominicans and the same number of U.S.A. student musicians, ages 17-25, will spend four weeks with a host family, church or community to learn, share and serve.
For details, please contact Bill Sando at (317) 442-7408.


Handbell Call-Out

Handbell Call-Out


Come and try out a bell after church!
  • February 19
  • April 2
  • April 30
The Handbell Ensemble always welcomes more hands to ring God’s praises! The ensemble rehearses Saturday mornings, and plays in worship 7-8 times throughout the calendar year. Moderate music-reading ability is necessary, and a sense of rhythm and coordination important. The Ensemble is open to eighth grade students and older.
For more information, contact the Music and Fine Arts Office:

Five Good Books on Liberal Theology
March Recommendations

Five Good Books on Liberal Theology


  1. The Making of American Liberal Theology, 3 vols., Gary Dorrien, (Westminster John Knox, 2001, 2003, 2006)
  2. Liberalism without Illusions: Renewing an American Christian Tradition, Christopher H. Evans, (Baylor, 2010)
  3. The Tradition of Liberal Theology, Michael J. Langford, (Eerdmans, 2014)
  4. Jesus was a Liberal: Reclaiming Christianity for All, Scotty McLennan, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  5. Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st Century: The Classic that Woke up the Church, Walter Rauschenbusch; edited by Paul Rauschenbusch (HarperOne, 2007)


Vacation Bible School 2017
June 26-30

Vacation Bible School - 2017

JUNE 26-30, 9:15 AM - NOON

Age 4 – (rising into) Grade 6 

"With God, all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

Vacation Bible School is about making friends, playing games, singing songs, painting pictures, sharing snacks, helping others and sealing God's story in our hearts. Children ages 4 (by 9/1/2017) – “Rising Into” Grade 6 and volunteers from middle school age to mid-nineties delight in this week of fun. Questions: contact Caroline Dennis, at 253-6461 or

For families needing a longer day of enriching experiences …
VBSXtended Day 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM and Noon – 5:00 PM
Extend your VBS day with VBSXtended. Children and Family Ministries offers an early morning and afternoon of loving care for VBS Particpants. Children have lunch time with a meal brought from home, take a rest, enjoy arts and crafts, quiet and active games, and outdoor play. Questions: contact Caroline Dennis, at 253-6461 or