Bread for the World
Sundays, April 23 & 30

Bread for the World

2017 Offering of Letters

APRIL 23 & 30, COFFEE HOUR, MCFARLAND HALL & ATRIUM
 
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
 

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 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!

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 6 - 7:30 p.m., MCFARLAND HALL
 
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.

One on One Project with the Dominican Republic

One on One Project

with the Dominican Republic

MAY 5 THROUGH JUNE 2, 2017
 
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.

 


Collecting Winter Items Now

Collecting Winter Items for Christmas Benevolence

DONATIONS BEING ACCEPTED NOW
 
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!

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 shaigh@harvardbusiness.org or Jim Riley (317) 432-6644 jriley@secondchurch.org.

LINKS:

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:

Rivers:

Guides:

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!


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

Theology, Thoughts & Coffee

The End of White Christian America

SUNDAYS, 8:00 AM, ROOM 312
 
Commentators regularly discuss the changing demographics in the US and the implications of these changes for coming generations. This winter and spring, we will be reading and discussing a recent and important book that considers the significance of these changes for predominantly white Protestant churches: Robert P. Jones, The End of White Christian America. The class will be led by Theologian in Residence Dr. John Franke.

 


Five Good Books on Christianity and Other Religions
April Recommendations

Five Good Books on Christianity and Other Religions

APRIL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DR. JOHN FRANKE

  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)

 


Women in the Word
Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m.

Women in the Word

Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m., Room 114

Bible study through March 14

Come learn about "colossinus" and Ephesians. All women welcome! Hope to see you there.
 
Questions: Call Dr. Wilma Sukapdjo at (317) 730-4737.

Families in Christ
Sundays, 9:30 AM

Families in Christ

SUNDAYS, 9:30 AM, ROOM112

Adults of all ages are welcome to this Sunday morning class where we circle up to discuss and grow in faith together! Social and service opportunities are offered throughout the year.

This fall we will be looking at topics on sharing this life together! Much discussion will come from the book The Good and Beautiful Community by James Bryan Smith. Jump in any Sunday you can as a summary of the chapter/topic will always be given. We will also focus on living in the “sandwich” years of caring for our children while also helping our aging parents.
 
Please let Ann VanMeter know if you would be willing to facilitate a chapter. Books are available in class for $17.

 


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.
 
SATURDAY MORNING REHEARSALS, 9-10 AM, ROOM 312
 
For more information, contact the Music and Fine Arts Office: MFA@secondchurch.org.