Be Second

How do we respond to God’s grace through Christ?

We put God first in our lives. Everything else is second.

Second members have pledged nearly $2 million toward our 2018 ministries. That’s a great start. But to fully support our mission, we need you to Be Second! Every contribution counts. Every gift matters. Pledge cards are in the pew racks or you can pledge online

You can also spread the Be Second Spirit with a t-shirt or other fun item. Go to

Reformation Organ Concert
Sunday, November 19, 3 p.m.

Reformation Organ Concert

Music inspired by the German Reformation


Dr. John Allegar, organ

Works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Reger, and more

Your help is needed!
Donation & Volunteer Opportunities

Your Help is Needed

Donation & Volunteer Opportunities


Starting November 12, please take a recipient’s gift tag from McFarland Hall and attach it securely to the gift when you return it by Sunday, December 3.


Christmas Benevolence requires the support of many volunteers. With approximately 650 volunteer slots, there is literally a volunteer opportunity for everyone. Volunteer sign up begins November 12 and lasts through December 3.
Individuals and families can sign up on-line through SignUpGenius, or in McFarland Hall November 12 - December 3.


That coat hanging unworn in your closet could keep someone warm this winter. We accept gently worn coats and jackets for our Christmas Benevolence and food pantry families. Please put your donations for children and adults in the red bin in the atrium starting November 5 and ending December 3. Thank you!


We provide warm hats, mittens, and scarves to our Christmas Benevolence children and adults. We welcome your contributions to keep our neighbors warm. Please label your goods “CB” and place your donations in the red bin in the atrium.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner
Sunday, November 19

Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner


Join us for a Kenyan inspired Thanksgiving dinner, entertainment and art fair as we celebrate the ways our diverse faith traditions are working together with our Kenyan partners to provide sustenance to orphaned and vulnerable children.
Tickets are $25, the cost to provide daily lunch for one child for an entire school year.


Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 21, 7 PM

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
6501 N. Meridian

Guest Preacher: Imam Michael Saahir of Nur-Allah Islamic Center

The offering to be received will support the Global Interfaith Partnership (GIP). Remember: a $25 offering will provide school meals for an orphan in Kenya for a full year. Everyone is welcome.

Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 3, 6 p.m.

Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols

Candlelight pierces darkness
disperses shadows
reveals truth

If you are searching, yearning, despairing, hoping, doubting, or simply in need of quiet, join Lake Fellows Anna Owens, Josh Stanley and members of the Beecher Singers for a contemplative service of scripture, poetry and music. As the prophet Isaiah proclaimed “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Come…celebrate the light of Christ.


Brunch at Meridian Hills
Sunday, December 3

Holiday Brunch at Meridian Hills

Kick off your holiday celebrations by joining the Sages at Meridian Hills for delicious food, fun, and fellowship! Please make reservations online, or at the front desk during the week, or in McFarland Hall during coffee hour on Sundays.

Deadline for reservation and non-refundable payment of $20.00 is Monday, November 27 at noon.


Memorial Flower Fund

Poinsettias and the Memorial Flower Fund

Support the Memorial Flower Fund with donations in your loved one’s name. The Fund provides chancel flowers for the Sanctuary every Sunday, poinsettias at Christmas and lilies at Easter. After worship, the Deacons distribute the chancel flowers to hospitalized members. The fund also provides poinsettias and lilies to homebound members during the holidays.
Forms are also available in pew and literature racks, and at the reception desk. Names of those being remembered or honored will be published in the Christmas Music Sunday bulletins, on Sunday, December 17. For more information, please contact Melissa Elisha.
FIRM DEADLINE: December 10, Midnight


Rehm Guild Luncheon
Tuesday, November 28
Friends of Greenbriar

Rehm Guild - Friends of Greenbriar


Learn more about Second's partnership with Greenbriar Elementary School

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

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


Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

Meet us in McFarland Hall.


Parents visit; children gather. Join hands in service to God and BE SECOND Church to the world.

Comfy corner seating at low tables offer child forward mission activities and parent gathering spots during the 10:30-11:00 morning fellowship time.

Women's Retreat
February 9-10, 2018

PW Women's Winter Retreat

Great Choices Smart Women Make

Featuring InSpiring Speaker, Author & Life Coach: Robin Chaddock


Register Now

FEBRUARY 9-10, 2018
(5:30 PM FRIDAY to 1:30 PM SATURDAY)

Featuring Robin Chaddock, an insightful speaker, internationally known author, life coach and seminar leader.

This retreat will be a delightful mix of practical thoughts on everyday living, thoughtful reflection of the words of Jesus in the gospels, and some much needed "me time" for deciding how we want to apply what we're learning. Fun, friendship, and personal connection with Christ will be in abundance as we learn how to take excellent care of ourselves and our relationships throughout the weekend.

Location: Our Lady of Fatima, 5353 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis

Reservations will begin on November 1; limited space available.

Cost is $75 for Double occupancy and $95 for Single occupancy.
Includes overnight accommodations, 3 meals and snacks.

Co-chairs: Katie Baker (317) 513-7080 and Pam Benz (317) 847-3416



Community Multifaith Prayer Service

Community Multifaith Prayer Service

At this critical time of division and violence in our nation, the Interfaith Clergy of Indianapolis led a Service of Prayer for Healing, Hope, Peace and Unity for our nation and world on Sunday, August 20th at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St. Everyone was invited to attend this special opportunity for our community to come together in prayer.

If you were unable to attend, you are welcome to watch a recording of the service below or on our livestream channel.

Bulletin Info:

Prelude        John Allegar, organist 

Welcome        Lewis Galloway
        Second Presbyterian Church

Prayer for Confession of Guilt        Rob Fuquay
(Psalm 51:1, 2, 10)              St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Have mercy on me, O God,
   according to your steadfast love; 
according to your abundant mercy
   blot out my transgressions. 
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
   and cleanse me from my sin…. 
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
   and put a new and right spirit within me. 


Prayer for Resisting Hate and Evil        Carol Johnston
(Romans 12:9, 14, 21)               Christian Theological Seminary

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good… Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them… Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. 


Goodness is Stronger    Sam Spade, song leader

Prayer for Those Who Hate        Steve Conger
 (Proverbs 8:1-9)                                    Meridian St. United Methodist Church

Here is wisdom calling us, deeper understanding raising its voice.  At the crossroads… it shouts, “My cry is to all humankind: learn to be perceptive, you who are simple; learn my instruction, for I speak noble things.  Wickedness is hateful to me, my words are justice, and righteousness for those who have knowledge of me.”


Prayer for Racial Reconciliation (Psalm 133)    Brett Krichiver
                  Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
How very good and pleasant it is
   when brothers and sisters live together in unity! 
 It is like the precious oil on the head,
   running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
   running down over the collar of his robes. 
 It is like the dew of Hermon,
   which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the LORD ordained his blessing,
   life for evermore.


Prayer for Religious Understanding and Harmony        Charles Harrison
(Romans 12:2, 16, 18)        Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect… Live in harmony with one another… Do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all... So far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 

Prayer for Civility and Compassion        Mikal Saahir
(Qur’an)        Nur-Allah Islamic Center

O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). (Chapter 49:13)

And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favor on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided. (Chapter 3:103)


Prayer for Peace        Shelley Goldman
(Psalm 85:8-10)        Congregation Beth-El Zedeck

Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
   God will speak peace to the people,
   to the faithful, to those who turn to God in their hearts. 
Surely God’s salvation is at hand for those who fear the Lord,
   that God’s glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
   righteousness and peace will kiss each other. 
 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
   and righteousness will look down from the sky.

Prayer for Healing
        John Denson
(2 Chronicles 7:14)        St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.


Charge and Benediction               Dave Hampton
(Deuteronomy 30:15-19)        Light of the World Christian Church

“Behold I set before you this day life and blessing, death and curses… Choose life that you and your descendants shall live.”

Greenbriar Elementary
Seasonal Volunteer Opportunity

Put Your Faith into Action

Help students and teachers at Greenbriar Elementary.


The bright students and motivated teachers at nearby Greenbriar Elementary School need some helping hands to read with children, help in the classroom, go on field trips and host PTO events, like book fairs and Grandparents Day. Sign up to help every week or once in a while.

Contact Jan Millholland for more information.