Welcome Picnic
Sunday, August 26
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Welcome Picnic


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"They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people."  Acts 2:46-47

Bring your family and friends to the south lawn after worship and get to know our new pastor and his family.

  • Be part of a huge photo of our whole congregation (taken by a drone on the front lawn at 11:15)
  • Enjoy delicious fried chicken and fixings from Jug’s Catering Relax in the shade of two huge tents
  • Have old-fashioned fun with games for all ages
  • Dance and sing along to a variety of tunes
  • Cool off with some ice cream

Be sure to reserve your spot by AUGUST 19 ($10 each, with a family discount). Tickets are available at SecondChurch.org/Picnic.

Two casual worship services that Sunday: 8:15 and 10 a.m.

See you at the picnic!


Exodus Refugee Gala
"Celebrate the Life Ahead"
Thursday, August 30, 6 p.m.

Exodus Refugee Gala

"Celebrate the Life Ahead"


You are invited to the Exodus Refugee "Celebrate the Life Ahead" Gala on Thursday, August 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Conrad Indianapolis.

Several members of Second's Refugee Ministry Team will be attending, and the congregation will be listed as a sponsor in the program. The Team invites other members of the congregation to join us for this event.

Tickets are $125. Visit exodusrefugee.org/events/gala/ for tickets and more information about their ministry.

Second Winds
Wednesdays, 8-9 p.m.
Begins August 15

Second Winds



Play a band instrument? Looking for fun and fellowship?

Join Second Winds for a concert series to try it out!

All ages welcome-just need 2+ years of playing experience. We rehearse Wednesdays, 8-9 p.m. For more information: (317) 253-6461 x309; mfa@SecondChurch.org

New Day Volunteer Facilitator Training
August & September

New Day

Volunteer Facilitator Training

A family of divorce needs you!
Next Training:
August 11, September 11 & 12  OR
September 22, 25 & 26
  • Volunteers needed the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month (September-May).
  • No experience needed. All necessary training provided!
  • Serve on facilitator teams for children or adults.
Apply for our next training! Visit NewDayIndy.org or call 317-252-5518.

SAWs Hospitality Team

SAWs Hospitality Team

Interested in supporting SAWs in a way other than physical labor? Have we got the job for you! We are looking for volunteers to join our hospitality team who help transform the worksite into a warm and celebratory environment as we mark the moment of freedom for our clients. Could God be calling you to share your gift of hospitality?

Call Heather Henigan at (317) 844-7664 x6046 to learn more.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
August 2018

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Decrease Stress and Improve Your Health and Well-being

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an 8 week class to decrease stress and improve your health and well-being! Classes begin in September, but attending one of the three orientation meetings to learn more is highly encouraged.

Highly Encouraged Orientation: (Choose One)

  • Wednesday, August 22, 6:30 PM, ROOM 407
  • Thursday, August 23, 8:30 AM, ROOM 356
  • Wednesday, August 29, 6:30 PM, ROOM 407 

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.

Kenya Travel Meeting
Sunday, September 9

Kenya Travel Meeting


Let's go to Kenya!

Would you like to visit the Umoja Project in Kenya? Global Interfaith Partnership is planning a trip for next summer. Join us on Sunday, September 9 at 3 p.m. to learn more. Youth and families welcome!

InSpiring Speaker
Rev. Christopher Henry
Thursday, October 11

InSpiring Speaker

Reverend Christopher Henry


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Rev. Christopher Henry Tickets are $15.00 available for purchase online, on September 23, 30, and October 7 in McFarland Hall, and at the reception desk during the week. Free child care is available by reserving at SecondChurch.org/childcare at least a week in advance.

Welcome to the Table
3rd Grade Season of Learning

Welcome to the Table

September and October 2018
Third Graders and their families are invited to a special season of learning, celebration and service. 

Register Now for Worship and Communion Lunch and Learn

Register for the Welcome to the Table Celebration

Third grade is a special year. At school, students have learned to read. Now as third graders they are reading to learn. At church they have learned the stories of the Bible. Now as third graders they are ready to live them out with their community of faith.

At Second we mark this year in four important ways:

  1. They learn more about Worship, as they share in this intergenerational centerpiece of our life together.
  2. They learn about the Lord's Supper, in preparation for being "Welcomed to the Table."
  3. They receive a new Bible, a full New Revised Standard Version, just like the one we have in the pews at church. With their new Bible they can read the stories and wisdom of our faith in church and at home.
  4. They lead worship by:
  • serving with their families as element bearers. During the 11:00 worship service, third graders and their families participate in the processional by carrying in the cup and the bread for the Communion Table.
  • singing in the Carol Choir at 11:15. Third graders learn songs to share with the congregation in worship. (Learn more about children's choirs.)
  • presenting Bibles to babies at Baptisms. Third graders pass on the Word of God that has been shared with them.

At school, third graders are stepping into a season of owning their own learning. At church, we invite them to own their own faith as we walk with wonder beside them.

We hope you and your third grader will step whole-heartedly into this year of welcome to worship and sharing in Communion as they grow more fully into the shared life of our community of faith.

Please plan to join us for all the steps on this journey. Every piece is important. We hope you will make every effort to attend each one!

  • Sunday School: During September third graders will participate in a special worship rotation.
  • Worship: During September third graders will have special activities to do in worship and at home to share their learning with their families.
  • Choir School: Children leave from worship to share in music making with peers.
  • Worship and Communion Education Lunch and Learn (Register online.)
  • Welcome to the Table Celebration, Bible Presentation and Communion (Register online.)

Please register separately for each event.

Worship and Communion Lunch & Learn: September 30
12:15 - 1:45 p.m.

A time for learning together about worship and communion.

Register Now for Worship and Communion Lunch and Learn

Welcome to the Table Celebration: October 7
9:30 Bible Presentation and Brunch Reception
11:00 Worship and Communion

Third graders and their special guests (parents, siblings, grandparents, special friends) enjoy brunch and a time to share stories of communion. Third graders receive Bibles.

Register for the Welcome to the Table Celebration


Dominican Republic 
Solid Rock International

Dominican Republic 
Solid Rock International

Join a mini-mission trip to Santo Domingo this October!

You are invited to celebrate with us as ambassadors of our church to help in presenting the second annual free-to-the-Dominican-people Music Ed Fest in Santo Domingo October 18 through 21, in a mini-mission entourage as we embrace our oneness of faith, our passion for the creative arts, our desire to be "at table" together enjoying Dominican meals, our interest in the c. 1500 historic architecture, and our witness to His presence in these beautiful island country. The cost for the trip will be in the range of $850 to $1,000.

Interested? Contact Bill Sando, (317) 442-7408. 

Second, along with Whitewater Valley Presbytery, has taken "baby-to-giant" steps in the four short years of a flourishing music partnership with our Dominican brethren. Music workshops and lessons in the DR, exchange visits and performances of music students, college attendance/scholarships are among its fruit. One of its programs is Music Ed Fest. As Latino music was birthed on the African slave ships landing in the Caribbean islands, it helped to unshackle a people. It is imbued with life, dancing and love.

Second partners with Solid Rock International outreach to wrap God’s arms around our Caribbean neighbors. This relationship allows for families to visit the Dominican Republic in the gorgeous western mountains of San Juan de la Maguana, where you will participate in clinics, schools, construction, and fellowship, sightseeing, as well as share baseball, soccer, and other passions, and learn mission beyond Indiana. No Spanish-speaking knowledge is needed. Accommodations are “muy comodo” (comfortable). Cuisine is delicious! God is good!

Questions? Call Bill Sando 317-442-7408/ bsando@comcast.net  Much information available! 

Check out www.solidrockinternational.org for more information. Read how our relationship with Solid Rock International started.

More information for travelers:

Blood Drive
Sunday, September 16

Blood Drive

Say “I Will” to the Blood Drive
Sunday, September 16, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., MultiPurpose Room

Give hope...
Ministering to our community includes providing the resources needed during a time of crisis for hope and healing. Donating blood is a powerful way to show compassion and meet needs. 

Please schedule a time to donate. Not sure about your eligibility? 
Call (317) 916-5150 for questions.

Schedule Your Time Now

Wednesday Nights for Kids
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
September 19 - October 24

Wednesday Nights for Children
The Apostle Paul: The Good News Journey

WEDNESDAYS, 6:30 - 8 PM, ROOM 307 & 309
Children in Grades 1 – 5
Child Care is available for children in kindergarten and younger in room 211. Please make reservations at SecondChurch.org/childcare.
Paul’s job as an apostle was to tell the story of Jesus to everyone he met.  He traveled all over his part of the world and started many churches with people who believed in Jesus.  When Paul could not travel to visit his friends, he wrote them a letter to share God’s love. (From The Spark Story Bible)
Christian Educator Kat Barden and Associate Pastor Caroline Dennis will accompany children as they follow the travels of the Apostle Paul, hear from Paul’s letters, and join Paul in God’s Mission to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Each evening features a journey, a game, a song, a craft and a mission activity.  Like Paul, “we long to be with one another so that we might be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”  (Romans 1:12)
If you can’t join us in person, you can find a letter from Paul, and an “at home craft and mission activity” each week at SecondChurch.org/Children.

Exhibits in McFarland Hall
Spring/Summer 2018

Exhibits in McFarland Hall

“Art is truly a reflection of God’s creative spirit. Through the creation and perception of beauty, we praise and celebrate the creative power of God. Art is, in this respect, an aspect of worship. The struggle to build harmony in music, beauty on a blank canvas, or implement a creative idea is more than an act of faith—it becomes a quiet act of love” — Martha Sando, member of Second Church and the Fine Arts Advisory Team

The Fine Arts Advisory Team encourages everyone at Second to experience a sense of wonder and joy by these acts of love in the following upcoming exhibits:

Works of Randall Harden

Randall Scott Harden dedicates his being to creating art - it is his lifestyle. He sees the world through an artist’s eyes - as patterns of color, shapes, and light. At an early age, Randall felt the need to use art as a tool to interpret the world as he knew it.  He was tutored by local talent and continued to study throughout his life in workshops, museums, studios, and en plein air (outdoor painting) alongside his awardwinning peers. Today, he has a successful career bringing his vision to others through his paintings and workshops.

Watercolor Society of Indiana

The Watercolor Society of Indiana (WSI) hosts its annual Membership Show in McFarland Hall. The goals of WSI are four-fold: promote a strong awareness of, and interest in Indiana watercolor painting; to further the interest of painters in watercolor by sponsoring programs and competitive exhibits; to encourage the study of watercolor by art students and others engaged in the visual arts; and to establish the highest aesthetic standards in the field of watercolor painting.

Works of April Willy, Susan Mauck, and Jerry Points

Three prominent area artists share traditional, impressionist, and modern expressions of the timeless oil-on-canvas medium.

Theology on Tap
Fall 2018

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 is alcohol, non-alcoholic options, and snack foods. 

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

Mark your calendar for upcoming Theology on Tap dates!

September 25, 2018 7:00-9:00pm 
Speakers: Rev. Owen Gray and Dr. John Franke

October 23, 2018 7:00-9:00pm
Speaker: Rev. Christopher Henry

November 27, 2018 7:00-9:00pm
Speaker: Rev. Caroline Dennis

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

Rev. Christopher Henry
Senior Pastor

Rev. Christopher Henry

Rev. Christopher Henry
Senior Pastor


Below is a playlist of short videos to help you get to know Chris and his family a little better:

Rev. Chris Henry came to Second from Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, where he served as Senior Pastor for seven years. He is a graduate of Duke University (B.A. in Religion) and Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He has served the wider church in a variety of capacities, currently serving as a member of Columbia Seminary’s board of trustees, the advisory board of NEXT Church, and on the board of the Alliance for Christian Media.

Chris has a passion for preaching that both inspires and challenges all to faithful living in complex times. He believes that churches have the capacity and the mandate to be places of transformation in the lives of individuals, the surrounding community and the world.

His wife, Rev. Sara Hayden, has served since 2014 as Ministry Associate for the 1001 New Worshipping Communities movement of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The couple has two sons, Samuel and Benjamin.

Q&A with Chris Henry

1. Why are you considering the call to come to Second?

Because I truly believe that God is calling us to join in ministry together. While I have never experienced God’s call as a flash of lightning or thundering voice from the heavens, I believe God does speak to us in palpable ways. For me, this has most often come in conversations with those who know and love me best and in the subtle but steady form of experiences that point the way forward. Since last summer, I have seen and heard God’s call to consider this unique ministry opportunity.

2. What intrigues you about our congregation? What opportunities most excite you?

Second Presbyterian Church is, without a doubt, a leading congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and of mainline Protestantism. I am intrigued and inspired by the incredible history of this congregation and its vital role in shaping the future of faith in our nation. The vision and leadership capacity of Second Presbyterian can be a catalyst for renewal both within this congregation and far beyond. I am also excited for opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue and action on the issues that face Indianapolis and the wider culture. I believe that God has gifted this church in such a wide variety of ways, and I believe that God’s gifts always come with a call to use them in the service of others.

3. What leadership positions have you held?

In addition to serving as senior pastor of a growing congregation for the last seven years, I have had the opportunity to provide leadership to the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta through its Coordinating Council and Examinations Commission. I have also enjoyed serving our denomination and am now a member of the Board of Trustees at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia and on the Advisory Board of the NEXT Church movement.

4. What would you say have been your greatest accomplishments at your current church?

The Shallowford congregation has really experienced remarkable growth over the last seven years. We have increased from a membership of 717 to a membership of 1,048 in that time, and our annual budget has increased by 61%. Among those who have joined the Shallowford congregation in that time, many are young families or have young children. This has contributed to a sense of renewed energy and vitality in the church. Still, I think perhaps the greatest accomplishment of our time together has been the genuine sense of intergenerational community that has emerged. I love serving a church with active members at every stage of life, and particularly enjoy watching relationships form among those representing different life stages. Shallowford has grown deeper and wider in our time together.

5. What is your favorite thing about being a pastor?

Baptisms! Also, the amazing privilege of walking with people and communities through every joy and sorrow that life can bring, and representing the presence of God with them in each moment. I continue to be astounded that God has called me to serve in this way. Astounded, and grateful.

6. Why did you feel called to ministry?

Church has always been home for me. When I was a freshman at Duke University, I began to sense that God was calling me into ministry. I considered whether that might be mission work, academic pursuits, or a ministry of advocacy. And then, I felt called back home to the place where my call was formed. In the intervening years, I had fallen in love with the power of the spoken word. And so, I discovered the gift of preaching and the joy of serving congregations…it was a perfect fit!

7. What appeals to you about being part of PC(USA)?

The PC(USA) is my theological home because it has shaped my faith and my life. I was born nine months before reunification, and so I am roughly as old as the denomination, which seems fitting. I love being part of a denomination that takes the Bible seriously, that honors different and even divergent perspectives, that believes God calls us to live faithfully, and that trusts in God’s sovereign love.

8. What is your favorite Bible passage?

Honestly, it depends on the situation! For me, the letters of Paul have been formative and instructive. I am especially drawn to his letter to the Romans. I am challenged by his instruction at the end of the letter, Romans 15:7, “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” What would it mean to welcome others just as Christ has welcomed us?! How might that bring glory to God?

9. Tell us about your family.

I grew up as the second of four children and am the son of a Presbyterian minister and a clinical psychologist. Since August of 2008, I have been married to Rev. Sara Hayden, who is on our denomination’s staff as part of the 1001 New Worshipping Communities movement. We have two sons—Samuel is four and Benjamin is one. We are loving the energy of two young sons and missing some of the sleep that once came so easily!

10. What do you enjoy in your free time?

A few years ago, I decided to become a runner. I hated it for three months, then I fell in love with it. Now, I try to carve out time for running, which is good for body, mind and spirit. I love watching college basketball (mostly Duke basketball), eating out with friends and reading a good biography or novel.

11. What is your favorite food?

Is coffee a food? If so, I’ll go with that. If not, I would say that Indian cuisine is a current favorite—I love the spices and preparation methods of good south Asian food.

12. Who are your favorite sports teams?

I was fortunate enough to experience a men’s national basketball championship my freshmen year at Duke. As one who had been a fan since I was seven years old, that was a highlight of my college years. I still try to get back for a game or two each year. While I follow professional sports, my allegiance is somewhat thin. I do like the Carolina Panthers (growing up in NC) and the St. Louis Cardinals (where my brother lives)…but I guess I should say Colts and Pacers, right?

Letter from Rev. Chris Henry:

Dear Friends,
Though we have not yet had the opportunity to meet, you have been in my heart and mind for several months now. I am filled with hope and anticipation for the journey that is ahead of us, and I am deeply honored to be nominated to serve as your next Senior Pastor. In conversation with friends, mentors, and colleagues around the nation and particularly in exploring this potential call with the faithful and gifted members of your Pastoral Nominating Committee, my vision of Second Presbyterian Church has grown in clarity and depth. I know that to serve as your pastor means building on an extraordinary foundation of Christian witness, worship, mission, and discipleship. I know that to join in your ministry means becoming part of one of our nation’s most vibrant and gifted congregations. Your contributions to the city of Indianapolis, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Christian Church around the world, are truly remarkable. I am humbled and I am grateful.

I have been deeply blessed by the privilege of serving for seven years as Senior Pastor of Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. We have experienced wonderful growth and have seen the power of God at work in broad and deep ways among us. I continue to find my ministry at Shallowford both rewarding and challenging, and the congregation has been a community of grace for our family. Still, from my first conversation with your PNC co-chairs, I could sense that God’s Spirit was on the move. With the eyes of my heart, I could see the possibilities ahead. Since that time, you have not been far from my mind or my prayers. As others came and went, this potential call remained like a steady drumbeat that began to sound like God’s own voice. I am convinced that God was, and is, calling me to Second Presbyterian Church.

My partner in this journey of life and ministry, and the most spiritually-centered person I know, is Sara Hayden. We will celebrate our tenth anniversary in August. The greatest joy of our life together is the gift of being parents to Samuel and Benjamin. Sam is a wise and kind four-year-old who loves to be exploring outside or listening to a good story. Ben, who turned one on March 10, is on the verge of walking and loves to follow his big brother around. We join you as a family and look forward to making Second our church home.

From my earliest memories to my most recent worship experience, church has been the place where I have met God. In congregations of faithful believers who gather regularly to be sustained and sent out, I have witnessed the risen Christ. In strangers who become sisters and brothers, I have seen the Spirit weave the fabric of community together in profound ways. In the power of sacred words read and shared, I have come to believe in a living God who is still speaking. My prayer is that our ministry together will be a testimony to God’s grace at work in the world. I can’t wait to get started!

With gratitude and joy,

Pastoral Nominating Committee: Karen Buttrey, Co-Chair, Jerry Hallett, Co-Chair
Beth Bedwell, Carolyn Dederer, Bob Getts, Shadreck Kamwendo, Bud Melton, Eric Mercer, Anne Nobles,
Bill Sando, Kristine Seufert and Cindy Swider

Who is Chris Henry?

I cannot think of a greater blessing for Second Presbyterian church than to have Chris Henry step into the role of your soon-to-be Senior Pastor. Your storied congregation will soon discover that you have called one of the most gifted Christian leaders of this generation. Chris is a rare combination of high intellect and warm-heartedness. He preaches a message that challenges the mind, nourishes the spirit, and encourages discipleship. He also has a swell sense of humor and genuinely enjoys every aspect of ministry. He is beloved by centenarians, babies in the nursery and everyone else in between. He loves them all right back.

Chris and I have known one another since he came to work as seminary intern at a church I served as pastor in Atlanta. The congregation immediately fell in love with him. When he graduated from seminary (at the top of his class), he was ordained as our Associate Pastor, a job he fulfilled as if he already had twenty years of experience under his belt. He was a great colleague from the start. After he became pastor of his own congregation in Atlanta, his tenure there was soon marked by strong numerical and spiritual growth on the part of the membership, a flourishing children and youth program, and broad, effective outreach into the community.

You will love Chris and his wife Sara Hayden, an especially gifted minister herself who knows more about new church development than anyone else around. Their family is filled with love and delight, and their splendid little boys, Samuel and Ben, will soon steal your hearts.

All of this is to say that the Second Presbyterian Pastoral Search Committee has found for you a genuine treasure. I have no doubt that Chris will lead you well into a new tomorrow and a deeper life in Christ.

To God be the glory!

Rev. Dr. Joanna M. Adams 
Pastor Emerita, Morningside Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA

I am thrilled that Chris will be the next pastoral leader for Second Presbyterian Church. I have always found Chris to be a person of high integrity and humility. He is an excellent leader who is authentically himself both in and out of the pulpit. I look forward to what happens in the next season of Second Presbyterian Church’s life.

Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner
Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL

From the day I met Chris Henry as a freshman at Duke, I knew that God had given us someone very special. As a student, Chris always took the most demanding courses and pushed himself to prepare as best he could, because of his great respect for the mission of Jesus Christ and the part he was to play in that mission.

After watching him thrive in seminary, I got to see Chris dive into pastoral leadership. Testing himself in a variety of church situations, Chris showed what good judgment God had used in calling and equipping someone like Chris to lead the church.

And now Chris has been called to one of the grand congregations in his denomination. Chris Henry is just the right person to lead Second Presbyterian into the future. Hey, Second Pres, hold on to your hats. With Chris Henry as your pastor, you will end up miles from here!

Will Willimon
Former Dean, Duke University Chapel, United Methodist Bishop, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke University


Five Good Books: Christian Theologies

Five Good Books for May

Christian Theologies


  1. James Cone, God of the Oppressed, revised edition (Orbis, 1997)
  2. B. A. Gerrish, Christian Faith: Dogmatics in Outline (Westminster John Knox, 2015)
  3. Daniel Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding, third edition (Eerdmans, 2014)
  4. Kwok Pui-lan, Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology (Westminster John Knox, 2005)
  5. Delores Williams, Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk, 20th anniversary edition (Orbis, 2013)