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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. 

Books for Families
Little Things that Turned Out BIG!

Books for Families

Little Things that Turned Out BIG!

Summer Recommendations from Kat Barden
Get a head start on the VBS theme, Little Things that Turned Out BIG, with these books for children, families, and the young at heart.
“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce." ~ Jeremiah 29:5
Saving the Ants by Ruth Gilmore 
This is a collection of children’s sermons about the Gospel of Matthew. Use it as a summertime devotional for the garden parables and stories of the Bible. 
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Compare the Carle text and illustrations to the plants in the community garden at church.  Watch how they change as we provide nutritional fresh vegetables for our Northside Ministries friends. 
Children of God Bible Storybook by Desmond Tutu 


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.