Bread for the World
Sundays, April 23 & 30

Bread for the World

2017 Offering of Letters

Come write a personalized letter to our Senators and Representatives advocating for hungry people. It’s an effective tool that helps shape our government’s response to hunger. Specifically, urge Congress to make funding decisions that will put us on track to end hunger by 2030, the goal of Bread for the World. Families, churches, community groups, etc. all need to do their part to end hunger. It’s also crucial that our government do its part. The Hunger Ministry Team will be available with supplies, sample letters, and answers to your questions.


Rehm Guild Luncheon
Tuesday, April 25
Mary Woolling

Rehm Guild - Mary Woolling
Tuesday, April 25, 12 Noon


Mary is a member of Second and a writer of inspirational essays and sentimental stories. Mary is the author of the Here’s to Life! series of books. Mary is a member of the Board of Visitors, College of Communication, Butler University. A gourmet cook, avid gardener, beginning quilter, coin collector and cat fancier, Mary finds unlimited inspiration for her writing through the ever-present beauty, goodness, and joy that life continually offers.

Bring a sandwich to the Common Room at noon on Tuesday, April 25. Salad, desserts and beverages are provided. All ages are welcome.

For reservations, contact Helen Frazier (317) 726-0025 by Thursday, April 20.


VBS Family Sign Along!
Friday, April 28, 6 p.m.

VBS Family Sing Along!

Don’t miss this fun family event! Pizza, lemonade, friends and singing. What could be more fun? Come sing your favorite VBS songs as we celebrate 5 years of joyful music making and anticipate many more!
No reservation necessary. Bring your family and friends! Let’s sing and dance and praise God!

Gaither Studio Tour and Lunch
Thursday, May 4, 10:30 a.m.

Gaither Studio Tour and Lunch

THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017, 10:30 AM
Please join the Sages for a tour of the Gaither Studios in Alexandria, Indiana (Northwest of Muncie) and learn about the people and places where gospel music history was made.
We will meet at the studio at 10:30 a.m. When you sign up, please indicate whether you will need a ride, or if you will be driving please indicate how many passengers you can take: 1, 2 or 3.
More detailed instruction and directions will be given via email as we get closer to the date.
Cost: $5 for the tour and you will pay for your own lunch from the menu or buffet. (depending on number going).
Deadline: Monday April 24 at noon.
Reservations are required. Open to all.

InSpiring Speaker Series
Thursday, May 11, 11:15 a.m.
Jill Duffield

InSpiring Speaker Series
Praise Gathering

Please join us on May 11, 11:15 a.m. as Jill Duffield, editor and publisher of The Presbyterian Outlook magazine presents:

Teaching, fellowship, bread breaking and prayers:
Being an Acts 2 church in a 21st Century world

In Acts 2 there is the dramatic coming of the Holy Spirit that is followed by a seemingly simple practice of Bible study, meals and prayer. The earliest converts received the Holy Spirit and then gathered together and did what churches have been doing ever since.

They worshiped and ate together, learned the Apostles' teaching and prayed. (Oh, and they also shared everything in common!) Through these familiar practices the Holy Spirit worked, Christianity spread, and formerly disparate (and even hostile) groups of people became the one household of God. What can we learn in our current, vastly different context, from these earliest Christian communities? Is it possible that our anxiety and fear has crippled our ability to grab hold of the basic gifts of faith that God uses to transform the world? Let's talk about it!

Jill Duffield currently serves as the editor and publisher of The Presbyterian Outlook, an independent publication on the PC(USA). She earned a B.A. in history at age nineteen from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, graduating magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated with her M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary and was ordained as a teaching elder in 1998. In May 2013, Jill earned her D.Min. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has served large and small congregations, led numerous retreats, and has had articles, sermons and curricula published. In addition, Jill is frequently asked to preach and has had the privilege of preaching at the Massanetta Springs Bible Conference and Montreat . Jill is married to Grant and they have three children, Joseph, Jessie and Marissa.

Tickets are $15 each (includes lunch) and are available at between services in McFarland Hall and at the front desk Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:30 beginning April 20. Childcare reservations can be made at at least two weeks prior to the event.

Questions? Please contact Betty Ragle at 317-253-6461 or Registration deadline: Sunday, May 7

Middle School Summer Service Trip
June 26-30

Middle School Summer Service Trip

West Lafayette, IN


JUNE 26-30
Registrations are now open for the Middle School Summer Service Trip to West Lafayette. Come experience serving alongside your friends and grow in your faith on this awesome week-long trip!
All students in grades 6-8 are welcome! Register at

High School Summer Service Trip
July 16-22, Sandusky, OH

High School Summer Service Trip

Sandusky, OH

JULY 16-22
Who: High school students
What: Summer mission and service trip
Where: First Presbyterian Church, Sandusky, OH
When: July 16-22, 2017
Why: Serving in the community and having fun at Cedar Point!

May Memorial Service
Wednesday, May 24

May Memorial Service
Wednesday, May 24

My peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.  John 14:27
Each year we gather to remember those we have lost. You are invited to be a part of this intimate worship service in the chapel, which includes the naming of individuals who have entered the Church Triumphant.
Following the service, a bagpiper leads the congregation to the site of a tree planting on the church grounds. This living tree honors the memory of those who have passed on.

Collecting Winter Items Now

Collecting Winter Items for Christmas Benevolence

As you put away winter clothing, help us plan ahead for our Christmas Benevolence families who will need warm jackets, gloves, hats, and clothing. Bring your gently worn, outgrown items to the collection center near the mission suite. The entry to this room is under the awning from the north (lower) parking lot, and the door is unlocked during the hours the church building is open.
Thank you for your donation!

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.


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

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!

Make a Difference
While You Shop

Make a Difference While You Shop

Did you know that many grocery stores, such as Kroger, offer some type of community rewards program? These programs donate a percentage of each of your purchases to your favorite local organization. It’s usually just a matter of logging in to your online account and choosing the organization you would like to support. Several organizations that are affiliated with our church participate in Kroger’s Community Rewards Program, including Greenbriar Elementary School and Westminster Neighborhood Services.
Sign up today and help ensure that your shopping dollars help support not only your family, but our wider community.

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 Christianity and Other Religions
April Recommendations

Five Good Books on Christianity and Other Religions


  1. Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras, Diana L. Eck,  (Beacon, 2003)
  2. Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian, Paul F. Knitter,  (Oneworld, 2013)
  3. Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World, Brian D. McLaren,  (Jericho, 2012)
  4. Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity and the Jews, Peter Ochs (Baker Academic, 2011)
  5. Allah: A Christian Response, Miroslav Volf,  (HarperOne, 2011)