January Sermon Series
Sunday, January 20: "Prayer"

January Sermon Series

Speaking Christian

SUNDAYS, 8:15, 9:30, 11 AM

"After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was." (Matthew 2:9)  

“but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more”  (Romans 5:20)

JANUARY 20 (9:30 & 11:00 only): “PRAYER” | PDF
“with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints” (Ephesians 1:18)

JANUARY 27 (8:15, 9:30, & 11:10 a.m. services): “SALVATION” | PDF
“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.”  (1 Corinthians 1:21)

How to use playlist below: In the top left corner of the video, you can taggle between sermons. They are listed in chronological order.  

Sundays, 5 p.m.
McFarland Hall


Let's get Together@5!

Together@5 provides an engaging worship experience in McFarland Hall that includes space for interaction during and after the service, a diverse variety of sacred music, a meaningful message, and time for reflection. The relaxed style of the service offers a worship opportunity for families and individuals of all ages who are not able to attend our morning services or are looking for something different. We also continue and renew the traditions of weekly communion, consistent worship leadership, and a time of food and fellowship following the service. Join us on January 6, 2019!

Dear Friends,

Worship is at the heart of everything we do at Second Presbyterian Church—the place where we gather in community, offer our praise and thanks to God, hear and share the gospel message, and receive nourishment and strength for the journey of faith. I am grateful for the gift of worship that equips, inspires, and sends us as disciples of Jesus Christ.

It is a joy for me to share plans for a new Sunday evening worship experience at Second Presbyterian Church. Beginning on Epiphany, January 6, 2019, you are invited to "Together@5", a new worship service held in McFarland Hall on Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

Together@5 will be relaxed in style, lively in spirit, and relational from start to finish. I look forward to sharing more details about Together@5 as January draws nearer.

As we build enthusiasm and make plans for this new worship experience, we want to be good and faithful stewards of our resources. The discernment process which resulted in a vision for Together@5 also led us to decide to bring our other Sunday evening worships services to a close. Families@Five will hold its final service in the chapel on November 25th. Second@Six will hold its final service in the Sanctuary on November 11th. Both have provided wonderfully meaningful worship for many years, and in the weeks ahead we will give thanks and celebrate the good gifts received and shared through the communities built in those services.

Together@5 will, in many ways, highlight the best parts of Second's past Sunday evening services. The space of McFarland Hall will also give us freedom to worship in completely new ways. I hope you will join me at 5:00 on January 6 when we, as a community of faith, begin this new thing together.

With peace and grace,

Chris Henry

All-Church Gathering
Sunday, January 27


The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held BETWEEN the morning worship services.

At the gathering and lunch following 11:10 a.m. worship, Rev. Christopher Henry will share snapshots and stories of 2018 at Second Presbyterian Church, a “State of the Church Address”, as we reflect on the year past and look forward to 2019. We will also celebrate the ministry of Rev. Dr. Jim Riley as he prepares for retirement on January 31.

Lunch Reservations:  $12 Adults,  $6 Grade 6-12, $4 age 4 to grade 5, free under 3.
Deadline to register: Monday, January 21 at noon

Theology on Tap
Tuesday, January 22

Theology on Tap

A Deeper Conversation About Faith, hosted by Young Adults

Theology on Tap is hosted by Young Adults, but is for any person who wants to attend. We meet (generally) the fourth Tuesday of the month for conversation and catch up, as well as for deep conversations about theological topics. Some of our previous topics have centered around the Bible, resurrection, grief, and faith. The speakers vary on a month by month basis. There are alcoholic and non-alcoholic options, as well as snack foods. 

All are welcome to come and share in the rich conversation. 

January 22: Compassion
Brian Shivers

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Rev. Meagan Findeiss mfindeiss@secondchurch.org or Rev. Owen Gray ogray@secondchurch.org.

February 26: Justice
Lake Fellows

March 26: Mercy and Forgiveness

April 23: Love
David Berry

May 28: Wisdom
Chris Henry

Guest Artist in Worship
Sunday, January 27

Guest Artist in Worship

Dave Meder


Special guest artist Dave Meder shares music with our congregation during the 11:10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, January 27. A finalist in the 2018-2019 American Jazz Finals Competition (American Pianists Association), Meder has performed in some of New York’s most hallowed rooms, including several headlining stands at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and internationally at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, Torino Jazz Festival, and others. 

In addition to providing music for prelude and offertory, Meder plays an arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” with the Sanctuary Choir and Dr. Michelle L. Louer for the Call to Worship.

Dave Meder grew up playing in church his whole life. As a youth he played in a Florida Baptist church and currently serves as a music worship leader in New York at Fordham Lutheran Church. As a jazz performer, hymns have always been a part of his musical self, and he always includes a hymn in his sets. A finalist in the 2018-2019 American Jazz Finals Competition of the American Pianists Association located in Indianapolis, Meder has performed in some of New York’s most hallowed rooms, including several headlining stands at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and internationally at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, and others.
While in Indianapolis, Meder performs Saturday, January 26 at the Jazz Kitchen in his first live-adjudicated performance of the competition, and takes the stage at Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis for the Gala Finals on April 6. For more information about the competition visit americanpianists.org. For more on Dave Meder, visit davemeder.com.

Kenya Ministry in McFarland Hall
Sunday, January 20

Kenya Ministry

in McFarland Hall


Visit McFarland Hall on Sunday, January 20 to learn about Global Interfaith Partnership's Umoja Project in western Kenya. Second is a founding member of this partnership committed to transforming communities one child at a time.

Interfaith Hospitality Network
Because Every Child Deserves a Home
February 3-10

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Because Every Child Deserves a Home

PLEASE NOTE: Due to remodeling on the 3rd floor at Second, all IHN activities in February will take place at THE INDIANAPOLIS HEBREW CONGREGATION (6501 N. Meridian Street.)

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Along with Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis, we are committed to helping homeless families in our community. During hosting week, we provide a safe and comfortable space for families of two (2) to eight (8), including breakfast, dinner, activities and recreation, and transportation to and from the Day Center where adults receive case management services to be able to secure meaningful employment and safe permanent housing.

Volunteers are needed to spend the night, drive the van, and play with kids. You can make a difference in transforming families lives. Stop by McFarland Hall or email SecondIHN@gmail.com.

Hosting Weeks in 2019 will be:

April 14-21

July 21-28

October 13-20


Tai Chi for Health
Classes Begin January 22, 2019

Tai Chi for Health


Tai Chi is a mind-body exercise based on a series of movements shown to improve health and well-being. Tai Chi for Health is a form of Tai Chi modified to be a safe exercise practiced by a wide range of ages and fitness levels. Classes offered through CenterPoint Counseling and led by Ingrid Ritchie, Certified Instructor, Tai Chi for Health Institute.

Six Week Class: $60

  • Beginner
    Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 AM
    Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 PM
    Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 AM
  • Practice Group
    Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM
    Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 AM

Registration required. Find more information here. Call (317) 252-5518 to register. 

Rewired Men's Event
Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2


An Event for Men presented by Men@Second


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Most of us have wondered at one time, will I ever be “good” enough?

Men often get caught in this performance trap. We might think that God wants us to live trying always to be good enough. But true Christianity is not about acting good.

Rewired is an event for men to move away from a life of performance and live free to be the men God has created them to be.

Cost of event including pizza, snacks, and continental breakfast $35.

Brunch at Woodstock Club
Sunday, February 10, 12:30 p.m.

Sages Winter Brunch

at Woodstock Club

FEBRUARY 10, 12:30 PM

Come and enjoy brunch at the Woodstock Club. Cost is $20.00 per person and reservations are necessary. Please make your reservations and non-refundable payment online anytime, at the front desk during office hours, or in McFarland Hall during coffee hour on Sundays. 

Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, February 5 at Noon.


Souper Bowl of Caring
Sunday, February 3

Souper Bowl of Caring

Part of a grass-roots national hunger awareness program, each January and February the Hunger Team hosts a church-wide Souper Bowl of Caring fundraiser and food collection drive to support the Northside Food Pantry and the Westminster Food Pantry.
On February 3, Second’s youth will be collecting monetary donations after worship, and we will have our “Souper Bowl” tailgate featuring grilled pancakes in the North parking lot. Visit us in the atrium to learn more about hunger in our community!
Go to SecondChurch.org/give to contribute online.

5 Good Books for January

5 Good Books for January

The Rise of Christianity

  1. Bart Ehrman, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World (Simon & Schuster 2018)
  2. Eusebius, The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine (Penguin Classics, 1990)
  3. W. H. C. Frend, The Rise of Christianity (Fortress, 1984)
  4. Andrew Louth, ed. Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers (Penguin Classics, 1987)
  5. Rodney Stark, The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion (HarperOne, 2012)


Glimpses of God
A Congregational Art Project
Through February 1

Glimpses of God

A Congregational Art Project


God’s presence and love emanate from every living creature and every corner of the world. We asked our congregation, “Where do you see God?,” and this exhibit curates those responses. Visit and add to this interactive exhibit.

Kevin Trager 2019 Men@Second Fly Fishing Trip
June 6 - 9

Kevin Trager 2019 Men@Second Fly Fishing Trip


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This year we will be headed back to the White River in beautiful Arkansas, home of world record Brown Trout and miles and miles of trophy tailwater! We have a large, rustic cabin with beds for 16 just a few feet from the famous North Fork of the White River, knowledgeable guides who can help us float the world-class White River, and faith-filled discussions to enrich your souls and deepen your faith. 


Here is the plan:

Thursday, June 6
•    Depart Second Presbyterian Church, 5:30 a.m. (8 hour drive)
•    Settle into cabin in the afternoon / wade fishing in the evening

Friday, June 7
•    Half or full-day guided trip from river boats (Guides are optional but highly recommended.)
•    Fish at leisure in the afternoon / wade fishing in the evening

Saturday, June 8
•    Optional half or full-day guided trip
•    Fish at leisure

Sunday, June 9
•    Church service in the morning at the cabin
•    Fish at leisure in AM if you want to
•    Leave for Indy any time from 10-noon.
•    Arrive at Second by 6-8 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.  The team will be leading inspiring faith discussions throughout the weekend.  

Meals:  We will cook our own food in the cabin and bring food to eat streamside. Full-day guided trips provide lunch.

What to bring:  Waders, fly rod & reel, fly vest. We will purchase a selection of flies online ahead of time (very cheaply). If you are interested and don’t have gear, please let us know.

Cabin: The River Ridge Inn is a premier resort for fisherman nestled along 1.5 miles of shoreline of the North Fork of the White River near Norfolk, Arkansas. The North Fork is a very wadable stream.  It is a “tailwater” so it’s rises and falls with the power generation schedule. Other options include the White River which is just 5-10 minutes away.

Guides are totally optional but highly recommended so you get the most from your experience. Full or half day float trip options are available on Friday and Saturday.   

Costs: Estimate $250 - $300 for the trip. If you’d like a guide, add $175 / person + tip for ½ day and $225 / person + tip for a full day. To reserve your spot for the trip, $200 deposit is required by Wed, April 15. Final group expenses will be tallied and split evenly based on actual expenses. Payment in advance for your guide service is due by April 15. Space is limited to 16 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. You can also register online

Questions? Contact Steve Haigh (317) 459-8562 shaigh@harvardbusiness.org or Jim Riley (317) 432-6644 jriley@secondchurch.org


River Ridge Inn

Guide Service
North Arkansas Troutfitters  

Videos from previous trips:

About Kevin Trager: Many of you knew Kevin, who attended our trips to Arkansas and North Carolina. Kevin was an avid fly fisherman, wonderful dad and father, friend and all around great guy. We lost Kevin in 2016 and want to keep him close in our hearts as we fish together this spring. 

Hope to see you there!

Congregation Family Choir
January 2019

Congregation Family Choir

January 2019


Your voice adds to a festive, 80-voice Family Choir to open the 9:30 and 11:10 a.m. worship services on Sunday, January 27.

Special Music: Duke Ellington's Come Sunday

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7 p.m. (January 10, 17, 24)

For more information or to register, contact MFA@SecondChurch.org.

The Sacred Arts at Second
Music and Fine Arts Series

The Sacred Arts at Second

Music and Fine Arts Series


2018-2019 Brochure




North Central High School Wind Ensemble
Sunday, February 10, 3 p.m.

Rick Granlund, conductor

Florence Price Symposium
Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10

Explore the music, life and legacy of this prolific African-American composer.

  • Friday evening – Organ Concert and MultiMedia Presentation
  • Saturday – Community Dialogue. Luncheon and Vocal Concert
  • Sunday afternoon – Orchestra Concert

Holy Spirit Mass
by Kim André Arnesen
Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m.

Sanctuary Choir and Soloists with Festival Orchestra, Dr. Michelle L. Louer, conductor


The Sacred Arts at Second Series (formerly Anima Sacra) is a unique endeavor of Second Presbyterian Church that utilizes the gifts and talents of members of our congregation and community to provide opportunities to experience the embodiment of God’s Word through live music and art. The intersection of faith, theology, and culture with beauty in sound, color, and texture provides the foundation for a vivid conversation as we discern as a community of disciples how to live as children of the Divine Creator.

Three of the events in the series this year focus on the lives and legacies of American artists.  We explore works by Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein and Florence Price, who embody common themes of conviction, passion and faith in a troubled world.

Duke Ellington, best known for his big band jazz music, presented a series of Sacred Concerts in the latter part of his life. Second’s Jazz Quintet with Erin Benedict and Gary Walters presented a concert, “Duke and the Divine” in September. While Ellington rose to fame as a popular secular band leader, it was his Sacred Concert series that he self-described as his “most important work.”

If Leonard Bernstein were alive today, he would be celebrating his 100th birthday. Throughout his life Bernstein wrestled with integrating his faith and his particular orientation to music into a life of meaning through music.  In reflecting on his first symphony, Jeremiah, which was presented as part of the Sanctuary Choir’s Lenten concert in 2017, he says:

“The work I have been writing all my life is about the struggle that is born of the crisis of our century, a crisis of faith.”

His Judeo-Christian heritage appears in various ways in his music in both works for theatre and for the concert stage.

The Sanctuary Choir under the leadership of Dr. Michelle L. Louer presents a community concert on Thursday, October 18 which explores how Bernstein responded to the challenges of discrimination, racism, immigration and other humanitarian issues through his compositions.  Excerpts from West Side Story, Candide, Trouble in Tahiti and other compositions provide a distinctive lens for viewing how we live in the world today.

In our Festival Sunday services on October 21, excerpts from Bernstein’s Mass, which combines surprising elements of jazz harmonies and rhythms, will be integrated into our liturgy and accompanied by Festival Orchestra.

In March we take a close look at the music and life of Florence Price, the first African-American woman composer to have her work performed by a professional orchestra. Price lived during a time in which women – especially black women – had no voice. Her oeuvre was presumed lost until recently discovered in an abandoned home in Illinois just a few years ago.

A woman of faith, she served as a church organist in Chicago. Her compositions organically incorporate the spirituals of the African tradition into the musical language and forms of the European tradition. In a weekend Symposium, her works for organ, chamber ensemble, orchestra and solo voice will be explored.

Two additional concerts on the series present works old and new.

The history of salvation and redemption is presented in monumental form in George Frideric Handel’s musical and theological masterpiece Messiah. It will be presented in two performances by the Beecher Singers of Second Church and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Michelle Louer. The ensemble will then join forces with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and members of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church’s Chancel Choir for a third performance.

The conclusion of the series will be the presentation of a newly-composed work by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen, the Holy Spirit Mass during Lent.

Through these musical offerings, we share the good and challenging news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and pray that we may hear God’s voice anew.

For more information, visit SecondChurch.org/MFA or contact Dr. Michelle L. Louer at (317) 253-6461 x 309 or mfa@SecondChurch.org.

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.

Children's Circle Preschool
Registration for 2019-20 School Year

Children's Circle Preschool

Space may be available for our current school year. Contact our Director, Cara Paul (cpaul@secondchurch.org), for information about availability and the registration process.

Registration has begun for the 2019-20 school year. Current CCP families and church members may register first. Once they are placed in classes, registration will be open to new families.

Tours for new families will be offered on the following dates:

Wednesday, January 16 10:00 a.m.
Friday, January 18 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 24 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, January 29 10:00 a.m.


During tours, a lot of valuable information is shared and families will have a chance to see our classrooms in action. Tours will take about 30 minutes. If you are interested in touring, please contact the CCP Office and let us know which date to expect you. (cpaul@secondchurch.org, 317-252-5517)  

We recommend that new families interested in enrolling complete the online Family Information Form.

New families will be able to register in February provided there are spots available. CCP will contact families from our waitlist first and then those with a Family Information Form on file.

CCP collects prepaid fees at registration time: $25 registration fee per child, supply fee (varies by class; covers all supplies for entire school year), May 2020 tuition. All prepaid fees are non-refundable.