Gary Moore Photography
Through May 17

Gary Moore Photography

Art Exhibit featuring Indiana scenes in four seasons


Fine Arts Advisory Team presents Gary Moore Photography in the McFarland Hall Gallery through May 17. Gary Moore's work captures the beauty of God's creation in Brown County, Indiana.

Interfaith Hospitality Network
Because Every Child Deserves a Home
April 14-21

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Because Every Child Deserves a Home


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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

Future Hosting Weeks in 2019 will be:

  • July 21-28
  • October 13-20


Tai Chi for Health
Classes Begin April 3, 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.

Five Week Classes: $50
Fee due in full by March 29, 2019. No refunds for missed classes.

  • Tai Chi for Beginners
    This is the starting point for those that have never attended a Tai Chi class.

    Wednesdays: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Thursdays: 9:15-10:15 a.m.
  • Practice Groups

    For those wanting to develop skills from previous classes while adding some new skills appropriate for the levels of those participating. (Must have taken any previous Tai Chi Class)

    Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30 pm
    Thursdays: 10:30-11:30 am

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

Theology on Tap
Tuesday, February 26

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. 

February 26: Justice
Lake Fellows

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Rev. Meagan Findeiss or Rev. Owen Gray

March 26: Mercy and Forgiveness
Karen Lang

April 23: Love
David Berry

May 28: Wisdom
Chris Henry

CIC Interfaith Banquet
Sunday, March 24
Martin University

CIC Interfaith Banquet


Followers of diverse faith backgrounds will come together on Sunday March 24, 2019, to share fellowship and entertainment at the 5th Annual Interfaith Banquet. The event will honor Imam Michael “Mikal” Saahir for his decades of leadership in improving understanding and strengthening relationships between people of different faith and ethnic backgrounds in Central Indiana. Presented by the Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC), Imam Saahir’s recognition will include the 2019 “Interfaith Ambassador of the Year” award.

The Interfaith Banquet will be held at Martin University (2186 N Sherman Dr, Indianapolis) on Sunday March 24th, beginning at 5 p.m. It will feature a delicious meal that is specifically appropriate for all religious requirements. 

Tickets for the Banquet are available online. We look forward to seeing you at the Banquet!

Annual Steak Dinner
Tuesday, April 30
with Chris Ballard

Annual Steak Dinner

with Chris Ballard, General Manager Indianapolis Colts


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Join us for our 36th Annual Steak Dinner. Everyone is invited for this inspirational speaker over an excellent meal.

All the donations and proceeds from the Steak Dinner go to support the inner-city Youth Ministry at Shepherd Community Center. This ministry trains inner-city youth for bettering their lives spiritually and preparing themselves for the responsibilities of working at a job.

Adult Steak - Earlybird Discount: $30 before 4/23 (4/24 - 4/29: $35)
Youth & Children’s Steak - $15
Youth & Children’s Hamburger - $10

If you would like to make a donation to Shepherd Community Center now, please click here to log in to your e-Giving account. Additional donation opportunities will be available at the event.


For more than 35 years, the Men@Second ministry has hosted an annual fellowship event and fundraiser event over an excellent steak dinner. Each year there are presentations of programs at the beneficiary of the fundraiser. There is always a main speaker. 

The 2018 Steak Dinner featured presentations from Shepherd Community Ministries and the featured speaker was Butler Head Coach, LaVall Jordan. If you missed it, you're lucky. We captured it on video, just for you!

Hold Me Tight
Saturday & Sunday, March 30 & 31

Hold Me Tight
Relationship Enrichment for Couples

SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 8:30 AM - 3 PM
ROOM 356

Register now for a 2-day workshop for couples to strengthen, renew, and repair relationship. Workshop based on the book, Hold Me Tight, and evidence-based couples therapy model by Dr. Sue Johnson, PhD.
Workshop facilitated by CenterPoint therapist, Kate Pedersen, LCSW.
Call (317) 252-5518 to register now. More details at

Paint with Watercolors
Workshop with Bob Bratton
March 13-April 24

Paint With Watercolors
Workshop with Bob Bratton, March 13-April 24

Have you wanted to learn how to paint with watercolors?

Join Bob Bratton at Second for a 6-week workshop beginning on Wednesday, March 13, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church to either learn the basics or further your own knowledge in using watercolors. All levels are welcome. There is a suggested fee of $25 paid by the first class. Basic supplies will be provided.

Class is limited to 10 participants on a "first come" sign-up basis.

Class meets weekly starting March 13 through April 24.

Note: There is no class on April 17 (Holy Week).

To register, contact the Music and Fine Arts office at (317) 253-6461 or

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


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!

5 Good Books for March
Recommended by John Franke

5 Good Books for March


Recommended by John Franke

  1. Joshua Jipp, Saved by Faith and Hospitality (Eerdmans, 2017)

  2. Matthew Kaemingk, Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear (Eerdmans, 2018)

  3. Amy Oden, ed. And You Welcomed Me: A Sourcebook on Hospitality in Early Christianity (Abingdon, 2001)

  4. Christine Pohl, Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition (Eerdmans, 1999)

  5. Amos Yong, Hospitality and the Other: Pentecost, Christian Practices, and the Neighbor (Orbis, 2008)


Sundays, 5 p.m.


Sundays, 5 p.m.

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

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.

Free Concert
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, March 8, 7:30 p.m. – Organ Music of Florence Price, Dr. John Allegar, organ
  • Saturday, March 9
      10:30 a.m. – Studio In Bloom with String Quartet, Children’s Choir, and Music/Art Activities
      11:45 a.m. – Lunch and Learn, Dr. John Allegar, lecturer ($10 Lunch Tickets)
  • Sunday, March 10
      9:30 and 11 a.m. Worship Services, String Quartet and Sanctuary Choir
      3 p.m. – Orchestra Concert with Mezzo Soprano Marietta Simpson, Dr. Michelle L. Louer, conductor

All events are free, except Saturday’s luncheon =>REGISTER for the Lunch & Learn.

For more information, contact (317) 253-6461 x309,

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 or contact Dr. Michelle L. Louer at (317) 253-6461 x 309 or

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.