Women@Second (PW)

Affiliated with the national Presbyterian Women organization, Women@Second hosts events, studies, service opportunities, and more! We welcome anyone in the Second community to participate. Join us!

The Presbyterian Women (PW) Purpose: Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study, to support the mission of the church worldwide, to work for justice and peace, and to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.

Anyone who supports the Purpose in any way is participating in PW. So even if you’re just learning about PW, there’s a good chance you’re already supporting PW—in spirit or in action!

Won’t you consider joining us in person?

Presbyterian Women are aligned nationally under a shared Purpose, but the gifts of the Spirit allow us to live into the Purpose in our own, unique ways. Some individuals or groups find themselves particularly drawn to one or two points of the Purpose.

Other groups or individuals consciously work toward fulfilling all points. There are many faithful ways to live out the PW Purpose!  For details, please visit our national website.

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    8 a.m. to Noon

    Oct. 16 - Women's Clothing and Accessories
    Oct. 30 - Potpourri (Books, Furniture, Linens, China & Glassware)

    On Saturdays this fall, the Women@Second are selling gently-used items outside the sanctuary from 8 a.m. to noon.

    September 18 Holiday Decorations
    September 25 Kids' Clothing and Men's Clothing
    October 2 Kitchen and Home Accessories
    October 16 Women's Clothing and Accessories
    October 30 Potpourri (Books, Furniture, Linens, China & Glassware)

    All proceeds from the sales go to fund mission grants to organizations such as Northside Food Pantry, SAWs Ramps, Umoja Partnership, and more! The Women@Second give more than $80,000 each year to support our mission partners. We are not holding a November sale this year, so your support of the Saturday Sales is vital to ensure that we have funds to support organizations in our community and beyond. Check back soon for volunteer sign-up!

    We are not accepting donations of clothing and household goods at this time. The goods being sold at the Saturday Sales have been in storage at Second. We invite you to take your treasures to a worthy collection site (such as Mustard Seed, Thrifty Threads, Wheeler Mission, or Goodwill).

    Would you like to donate directly to fund Women@Second mission grants? Click here to go to Second's e-giving page and select "Women@Second Sales" in the drop-down menu.

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    Bible Studies

    Women's groups plan to gather in person this fall for study, fellowship, and inspiration! You are welcome to join any of these groups -- just email Phyllis McDonald for details!

    • Monday Morning: Wisdom Seekers, 10-11:30 a.m. weekly on Zoom, resuming September 13 (Contact Carol Paik for more information.) Fall study is What My Grandmothers Taught Me: Learning from the Women in Matthew's Geneaology (PW Horizons Bible Study).
    • Monday Afternoon: Wayfinders, 1-2 p.m. in Room 312 (Contact Janet Pfadt for more information.) Second Presbyterian Church is a participant in the Matthew 25 Initiative of the PC(USA). One of the goals of this initiative is to support racial justice by dismantling structural racism. We can do this is by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices, and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice, and oppression of people of color. The Wayfinders group is addressing this goal through reading and discussing current books related to social and racial injustice. Our mission is to reflect on our own biases, grow in our knowledge, and determine ways to take action as individuals and as a congregation in a manner supported by the teachings of Jesus Christ. All are welcome to join us in this important work!
    • Tuesday Afternoon: Women in the Word, 2:30 p.m. in Room 114 (Contact Wilma Sukapdjo at (317)730-4737) Do you know the difference between the Perizzites, Jebusites, and Amalekites? Have you ever heard of Ehud, Eglon, Jael, or Barak? Learn about their stories and deeds as we delve into the fascinating book of JUDGES! Join us for fellowship and Bible study.
    • Tuesday Evening: Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, 6:30 -8 p.m. in Common Room, beginning September 14 (Contact Beth Dawson to register for this class.)
      Do you recognize God at work in and around you? Learning to be more aware of God’s presence and guidance in our lives is an active process involving head, heart, and hand. Growing in our awareness of God’s constant presence requires spiritual discipline and practice. In this class, led by Beth Dawson, you will learn to recognize the guidance of God, discern where God is at work, and discover ways of joining in God’s work. This ten-week class will use materials created by Henry and Richard Blackaby and Claude King. Plan to join us as we grow in our experience of God! Registration required.
    • Wednesday Morning: Women's Bible Study, 9 a.m. Prayers in Chapel, 9:15 Fellowship in Room 356, 9:30-11 Bible Study (Co-moderators: Judy Weishaar and Ann Hathaway)

      In our Bible study for Fall, we will take a look at Proverbs, the Bible’s book about our need for wisdom.Some of the many chapters read like advice from a friend or family member, others a lecture or a pep talk. Proverbs is an unusual book, seemingly disconnected  but brought together by one uniting theme:
      "Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding."(Proverbs 4:7)

      Join us as we explore together the meaning of “Spiritual wisdom” in our daily lives.

      **On Wednesday, September 8, Dr. John Franke joins us for our kick-off. On Wednesday, September 15, Rev.Chris Henry will give an overview of Proverbs at 9:30 in Room 356. Meet for Fellowship at 9:15 in Room 356. No Chapel Prayers. Regular schedule will begin on Wednesday, September 22. 

    • Thursday Evening Sermon Discussion Group, 6:30-8 p.m., on Zoom, ongoing (Contact Ann VanMeter for more information.) This group discusses the scripture and sermon from the previous Sunday.
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    Presbyterian Women supports the mission of the church worldwide through gifts to benefit local, national, and global recipients. These recipients include programs and projects within Second Presbyterian Church, scholarships to seminary and healthcare students, worldwide relief efforts, and wide-ranging faith and community-based non-profit organizations seeking to embody God’s love in service to the world. 


    Grant requests must be submitted by the requesting entity, and submission is preferred on the PW Grant Proposal Form which includes the following information:

    - Name of organization
    - Contact information
    - 501(c)3 tax ID number
    - Mission statement
    - Funding proposal
    - Who is served by your organization
    - How will this grant help them
    - Funding amount

    You can fill out the online form or download it here and mail it to:

    Presbyterian Women Grants
    Second Presbyterian Church
    7700 N. Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46260

    The form need not be longer than three pages.

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    Honorary Life Nomination

    Each year the women of Second recognize Honorary Life Members, who have shown exemplary service and leadership in our church and community. The nomination form is available online.

    An Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women is conferred upon a woman in recognition of faithful service in the work, activities, and leadership of PW and of the church. An Honorary Life pin and personalized certificate are given to the honorees at the PW Annual Praise Gathering.


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    Honorary Life Members

    Emily Blasingham*
    Priscilla Downey*
    Shirley Harmon*

    None Given

    Mayme Boggs*
    Marj Griffith*

    Mary Alice Garrison
    Pat Slichenmyer
    Margaret Watson +
    Bina Wells*

    None Given

    Maxine Lee*
    Edna Pritchard*

    Betty Burton*
    Ernestine Rose*
    Harriet Smith*

    Jane Myers
    Dorothy Siegman*
    Marian Small*

    Mary Jean Alig
    Martha Bickell*
    Betty Eldridge*
    Libby Martin*

    Betty Edwards*
    Lynn Hammond Bowles
    Carolyn Lang*
    Beattie St. Angelo*

    Becky Hagarty
    Rosemary Stoffer
    Betty Walsman*
    Ruth Weller*

    Sally McFarland*
    Monday Crafter
    Sarah Vaughn*

    Bobbie Horan*
    Marguerite Kingston*
    Audrey Pelham

    Sue Fosler
    Ellis Gery
    Doris Stewart

    Marg Herder
    Dorothy Mengering*
    Ruth Ridgway
    Dorothea White*

    Connie Bash*
    Lucy Bowden*
    Nadine Hill +
    Joyce Hunn

    Carolyn Cook
    Link Krimendahl
    Patty Ragan

    Kerry Miller*
    Sue Miller
    Betty Olsen
    Helen Schroeder

    Joan Malick
    Marjorie Meyer
    Cynthia Wilkens

    Deb Leithauser
    Pat Meurer
    Carol Rice

    Lucy Brock*
    Libby Claycombe +
    Mary Newill*
    Mary Woolling

    Sally Anderson
    Pat Foster
    R. Alberta (Bernie) Wells*

    Thelma Leander*
    Anita Rook*
    Kris Sturtz

    Diane Elliott
    Edith Enright
    Pat Fansler
    Linda Rinker

    Nancy Duck
    Marilyn East*
    Amy Johnston
    Carole Steffel

    Fran Kindred
    Rhonda Kittle
    Emily Matthews
    Ruth Twenty

    Robin Chaddock
    Ginnie Crumley
    Lisa Keenan
    Ruth Rogers

    Sally Bratton
    Gretchen Brown
    Gretchen Hall
    Julie Osborne

    Mary Sue Higgins
    Carolyn Kelsey
    Marion Kortepeter
    Ann Van Meter

    Katie Baker
    Marti Browne
    Yolanda Schmidt
    Phyllis Tolin

    Marilyn Bain
    Jody Gilkey
    Leslie Morgan
    Cindi Odle

    Kathy Clark
    Mary Lou Hurst
    Wilma Sukapdjo
    Lynne Swinford

    Lesley Conrad
    Karen Lang
    Mary Saville
    Nancy Treadwell

    Shirley Calhoun
    Julie Richardson
    Carole Schramm

    Sue Guyton
    Iris Olinger
    Karyn Smitson

    Connie Price
    Sharon Rutan
    Sue Thatcher

    Catherine Donaldson
    Barb Stewart

    Ellen Gullett
    Jan Millholland

    Carol Paik
    Ina Van Duyn

    Beth Bedwell
    Lisa Enright

    Laura Lucas
    Barb Mohr

    + Received the award while attending elsewhere


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    Malick Scholarship

    Joan B. Malick Scholarship Fund

    In 2008, Presbyterian Women established an endowment fund to honor retiring Associate Pastor and PW liaison, the Rev. Dr. Joan B. Malick. This fund provides a scholarship to female seminary students wither under the care and concern of Second or a female seminary student enrolled at McCormick Theological Seminary, Dr. Malick’s alma mater.

    If you would like to make a donation, please submit your donation with a note indicating “Malick Scholarship Fund.”

    To learn more about the Malick Scholarship,

    Phyllis McDonald
    Ministry Assistant
    (317) 253-6461, ext. 372