Be Second

Thanks to the 750+ households who have already pledged more than $3.1 million for next year. However, we need another 50 households to pledge $100,000 to fully underwrite our 2018 mission.

The budget will be finalized in the next two weeks. Can we count on your financial support?

Your pledge will make a difference. 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

Pilgrimage with Paul
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. (beginning January 24)

Pilgrimage with Paul

A Biblical Journey


Paul is the most significant figure in the historical development of Christianity. A missionary, theologian, and religious genius, his epistles are the earliest documents of the New Testament and the foundation on which subsequent Christian theology was established.

This class, taught by Lewis Galloway and John Franke, will introduce the life and thought of Paul through an examination of his letters. This is an ideal opportunity to grow in your knowledge of the New Testament as well as your understanding of the Christian faith. Join us on this pilgrimage with Paul in preparation for Easter.

NOTE: The sessions will be streamed live and available “on-demand” on this page for those who are unable to attend regularly on Wednesday evenings. Please bookmark for easy navigation.

The “5 Good Books” recommended by Dr. Franke are available in the library or can be ordered at the first class on January 24.

January 24: Week 1 - Introduction

January 31: Week 2 - 1 Thessalonians

February 7: Week 3 - Galatians

February 14: Ash Wednesday (No Class)

February 21: Week 4 -  1 & 2 Corinthians

February 28: Week 5 - Philemon

March 7: Week 6 - Romans 1-8

March 14: Week 7 - Romans 9-16

March 21: Week 8 - Philippians

Annual Meeting & Luncheon
Sunday, January 28

Annual Meeting & Luncheon


Register for Lunch

Lunch and Program
Presentation of updates

Lunch Reservations:  $12 Adults,  $6 Grade 6-12, $4 age 4 to grade 5, free under 3.
Deadline to register: Monday, January 22 at noon

The Church is One Joyful Choir
Sunday, January 28

The Church is One Joyful Choir!


Your voice is needed to form a festive, 80-voice Family Choir to open the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services on January 28. ONE required rehearsal: Thursday, January 25, 7-8:15 p.m. Singers may register for one service, or both!  Join the largest “small group” in the church as we lead our congregation in song and prayer. 

Rock Solid Men's Event
Friday & Saturday, February 2 & 3

Rock Solid Men

Men's Event


Register Now

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” Corinthians 16:13-14 

In today’s stress filled society, we struggle to find the core values that can strengthen our faith and give us the courage to face life’s challenges. Work and family issues in our lives can zap our strength and deplete our souls. Because of this, Men@Second Leadership Team are offering "Rock Solid Men," a great event for men. 

As we did with “Success That Matters,” this is held as an interactive event with presentations led by men in our church and Dr. Jim Riley. At this event we will explore five areas of growth in our faith:

1. “Vigilance: When I act”

2. “Faith: What I believe”

3. “Courage: Who I trust”

4. “Strength: How I prepare”

5. “Love: Whose I am”

I invite you to come gain encouragement and spiritual strength to meet the challenges of our complex world and discuss the important issues we face in our everyday life. Sign up now. The cost is only $15 per person.

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



Middle School Winter Retreat
February 17-18

Middle School Winter Retreat

Great Wolf Lodge

Register Now

All Middle School students are invited to join us at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio (near Cincinnati) for the weekend of February 17-18, 2018 (Presidents' Weekend). 

Slide down water slides, hang out in the pool, spend time with friends, grow in your faith. This is a great time to get to know one other better and enjoy a weekend away.

Invite your friends and neighbors! Sign up NOW! Space is limited. 

  • Registration: $150

High School Winter Retreat
Jameson Camp
February 17-18

High School Winter Retreat

​February 17-18, 2018

Register Now

Who: Any high school students and/or their friends.

What: High School Winter Retreat

Where: Jameson Camp. 2001 Bridgeport Road, Indianapolis, IN 46231 (West side of Indy, 20 mins from Second) Either drive yourself, carpool with friends/family, or get dropped off/picked up by a parent/guardian.

When: February 17 to February 18. One night.

Why: To get away from school and schedules for a time of relaxing and refreshing fellowship and fantastic faith conversation with other students in a beautiful environment.

Cost: $50 for the whole weekend!

Souper Bowl of Caring
Through Sunday, February 4

Souper Bowl of Caring

Hunger resides in our own back yard. In Washington Township, Greenbriar Elementary School has the highest percent of students receiving free/reduced lunch (81%). You can help us feed our neighbors through the Souper Bowl of Caring food collection and donation drive. A collection of canned goods will be received in the Atrium through February 4. 
Another way to help: On Sunday, February 4, Second’s Youth will collect your monetary donations after worship. Because our Food Pantry can purchase canned goods at a discount, your donated dollars will buy three times more food!

Hold Me Tight
Saturdays, January 20 & 27

Hold Me Tight
A 2-day Workshop for Couples

SATURDAYS, JANUARY 20 & 27, 8:30 AM, ROOM 356

Register now for a 2-day workshop for couples to strengthen, renew, and repair your relationship. Based on the book, Hold Me Tight, an evidence-based couples therapy model by Dr. Sue Johnson, PhD.
Facilitated by CenterPoint therapist, Kate Pedersen, LCSW and Amy Mitchell, MA, Doctoral Candidate.
Limited Space! Call (317) 252-5518 to register now. More details at

Theology on Tap
Tuesday, January 23, 7-9 p.m.

Theology on Tap

A Deeper Conversation About Faith, hosted by Young Adults
TUESDAY,January 23, 7-9 PM, BIER BREWERY (5133 E 65TH STREET)

Want to talk a little more about your faith, God, the Bible? Have questions you’ve always wanted to ask a pastor but have never had the opportunity? We invite you to join us for our new monthly series, Theology on Tap. This month join Dr. Lewis Galloway in a discussion on Prayer. First pint is on us!

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
January 2018

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Decrease Stress and Improve Your Health and Wellbeing

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an 8 week class to decrease stress and improve your health and wellbeing! Classes begin at the end of January, but attending an orientation meeting to learn more is highly encouraged. Four opportunities to attend.

Highly Encouraged Orientation in Room 356: (Choose One)

  • Wednesday, January 10, 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 17, 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 18, 8:30 a.m.
  • Friday, January 19, 1:30 p.m. 

Benefits of the Program

  • Cultivate inner calm
  • Keep things in perspective
  • Bring awareness to our habits
  • Create a sense of spaciousness in our lives
  • Notice negative thoughts and their effects on stress
  • Build up emotional and mental reserves for stressful times
  • Live in the present moment (not lost in anxiety about the past or future)
What's Included
  • Gentle stretching and mindful movement
  • Daily home assignments (45 minutes)
  • Readings, hand-outs and other materials to support your practice
  • Guided instruction on mindfulness meditation practices
  • Group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness

More information available from CenterPoint Counseling.

Wisdom School
April 2018

Wisdom School

The Way of Wisdom: a Wisdom School
Do you long for deep knowing?
Do you thirst for deep rest?


Wisdom is a way of knowing what goes beyond one’s mind, one’s rational understanding, to embrace the whole of the person: heart, mind, and body. Wisdom is the mystery embedded deep within every religion. Our particular Wisdom School will approach Wisdom through a Christian lens.

A Wisdom School is a retreat focused on living in Presence. It is about deepening what Cynthia Bourgeault calls "intelligent spiritual insight." In Wisdom Way of Knowing, she says, "Wisdom is not about knowing more but knowing deeper." This retreat will be based on the model developed by Cynthia Bourgeault.

A Wisdom School does not actually teach Wisdom; it creates a sacred space for Wisdom to emerge.

Wisdom brings about a change of consciousness. Practice is the path we follow to bring about this change.
Wisdom Jesus, Cynthia Bourgeault

Recommended reading:
Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault
Gospel of Thomas (Jan and Diane will be using Lynn Baumann’s translation. There are many others)
(Kindle free version: The Gospel of Thomas, by A. Nyland)

If you have questions, please contact Diane at (317) 437-4689 or Jan at (937) 321-5016. 

This intensive retreat occurs over two weekends, offering an ancient roadmap of human wholeness, holding sacred space for our being to increase and to have greater receptivity to Presence. Through the Benedictine tradition of prayer and work, we will prepare our hearts to perceive the signs of Wisdom. We will use a three-centered approach in order to bring heart, mind, and body into harmony and deepen our spiritual formation.

Through the use of sacred practices, including silence, prayer, work, chanting, and Lectio Divina, we will hold sacred space. The leaders will be Diane Elliott and Jan Byars. Cynthia has been Diane’s and Jan’s spiritual teacher for many years and has endorsed this beginning Wisdom School personally.

Please join us for two weekends of deep Knowing & deep Rest! Space is limited to 30, first come first served. A waitlist will be created if necessary.

Dates: (Your registration includes two weekends.)

  • Friday, April 6, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 7, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 20, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Place: Second Presbyterian Church (7700 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN  46260) 

Cost: $150 per person includes 2 weekends.
This includes Friday dinner, and Saturday & Sunday lunches and snacks. Vegetarian and gluten free options available.

Second Presbyterian has graciously provided the facilities, keeping the cost very low. $50 is due at registration and $100 by March 1, 2018. Registration deadline is March 1.

Since breakfast is not included, please eat breakfast before coming. You can register online or mail a check (made payable to Second Presbyterian Church, Wisdom School in memo blank) to Wisdom School, Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260.


Interfaith Hospitality Network
February 4-11

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Hosting Week


Register Now

Home is Right Here! Your next opportunity to welcome the four homeless families who will call Second home for a week starts Sunday evening, February 4 – Sunday morning, February 11.

Help is needed to drive the 14-passenger van, early morning and evening; spend the night; play and do activities with the children; set-up/tear down the sleeping rooms; and sometimes help with meals. Your commitment will ensure that we can continue to provide a warm and safe place for  homeless families who need our support and prayers to get through a very difficult time in their lives. Your encouraging presence will make a difference in a family’s life.

Please contact Dianne Berry at or call (317) 848-5715.

Reinventing Charity
Thursday, March 8, 6 p.m., St. Luke's UMC

Reinventing Charity
by Scott Harrison


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How effective is your giving? Is it efficient? Does it even make a difference anymore? It’s important to ask: what is the future of faith, charity and philanthropy?

Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of charity:water, will help us explore the 21st century face of charity. Scott will share his unique story of rediscovering his lost faith that brought him face-to-face with the global water crisis.

This event is sponsored by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, and is part of the IU Bicentennial Lecture Series.

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.


Five Good Books: Introductions to Paul

Five Good Books for January

Introductions to Paul


  1. Michael F. Bird, Four Views on the Apostle Paul (Zondervan, 2012)
  2. James D. G. Dunn, Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels (Eerdmans, 2011)
  3. Michael J. Gorman, Reading Paul (Cascade, 2008)
  4. E.P. Sanders, Paul: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2001)
  5. N.T. Wright, Paul: In Fresh Perspective, paperback (Fortress, 2009)

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.