Commitment Sunday
Sunday, October 22

Commitment Sunday


How do we respond to God’s grace through Christ? We put God first in our lives. Everything else is second.

In a recent survey of members, 95% agreed, “Second has made a difference in my spiritual life.” Our $4.5 million budget requires everyone’s support. We need you to Be Second, no matter the size of your contribution. 2018 Pledge cards will be dedicated on Sunday, October 22, but may be returned anytime. You can also pledge online

Packing the Trailer for Hurricane Recovery
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Packing the Trailer for Recovery
Hurricane Disaster Relief

​Hurricane Bucket Drop Off: October 22-28

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Second has been designated a Hurricane Bucket Drop Off Site for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance/Church World Service. Churches and individuals will be dropping off buckets that will be packed in a semi-trailer and transported to the CWS warehouse in Elkhart, IN.

Volunteers are needed to help pack the trailer:

  • Sunday, October 22, 1-4pm
  • Tuesday, October 24, 4-7pm
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2-5pm
  • Friday, October 27, 4-7pm
  • Saturday, October 28, 9am-12pm  (Clean-Up 1pm-3pm)

Bucket assembly instructions can be found below or in information racks.

Also, Second is continuing its strong partnership with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Recovery teams are on the ground. Second has sent $5,000 to PDA and is asking the congregation to prayerfully consider making a donation to match this donation. Make checks payable to Second Presbyterian and indicate on the memo line "Hurricane Relief" or donate online.


Cleanup Buckets

Watch this video to see how to assemble a cleanup bucket:


Please purchase all liquids in plastic bottles. Send only new, unopened materials. Put all items in the plastic bucket, packed securely to avoid damage during shipment, and seal lid with packing tape.

1 — 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid*

5 — scouring pads

7 — sponges, assorted sizes

1 — scrub brush

1 — pkg. cleaning towels (18 reusable, like Easy Wipes®)

1 — box dry laundry detergent, 50-78 oz.

1 — liquid concentrated household cleaner (like Lysol®), 12 oz.

1 — bottle liquid disinfectant dish soap (like Dawn®), 24-28 oz.

1 — 1 pkg. clothespins, 48-50 Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.

5 — dust masks

2 pair — latex gloves (like Playtex®)

1 pair — work gloves

1 — 24 to 28 count roll heavy-duty trash bags (30-45 gallon, remove from carton)

1 — bottle insect repellant (pump, drops or lotion; not aerosol), 6-9 oz.

*Some local fast-food restaurants are willing to give pickle buckets (or other 5-gallon buckets with re-sealable lids) or offer them for a small fee. These can be washed out and used for the cleanup buckets.

Festival Sunday: Reformation Celebration
Sunday, October 29

Festival Sunday

Reformation Celebration


9:30 & 11 a.m. Worship
Join with choir, bagpipes, drums, and organ in a celebration of our Scottish heritage and our continual reformation as a community of faith. You are encouraged to wear Scottish tartans and plaids this Sunday!

Second@Six, 6 p.m. Worship
The Sanctuary Choir leads in an informative and interactive concert of music from the Highlands, Hebrides, and the Iona Community. Together, we will lift our voices in praise, through psalms, hymns, and anthems.

Nathan Foster
Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.

Nathan Foster

Our Work & Spiritual Lives


Nathan Foster, author of The Making of an Ordinary Saint, and speaker at our 2016 Spiritual Growth Conference, Ordinary Saints returns to our church for a one-evening presentation as part of our Wednesday Night Christian Education Series, Theology(101) and the Life of Faith. The best-selling author will speak on the topic of work and our spiritual lives.

His Spritual Growth Conference presentations are available to view on the church’s media player under the Grow and Spiritual Growth Tabs,

Theology on Tap
Tuesday, October 24, 7-9 p.m.

Theology on Tap

A Deeper Conversation About Faith, hosted by Young Adults

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? Join us this month as Dr. Lewis Galloway leads us in our discussion. First pint is on us!

Progressive Dinner
Friday, November 3, 5-8 p.m.

Church Community Night
PW Fall Sale and Progressive Dinner


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Come shop and eat at Church Community Night of the PW Fall Sale. Gently-used treasures fill the church, including McFarland Hall, Multi-Purpose Room, Youth Suite and many other rooms. All sales go to support local, national and international outreach and mission programs.

New this year: Progressive Dinner!
While you are checking out the dozens of booths, stop by food stations for salad, potato bar and dessert. Please purchase dinner wristbands by Sunday, October 29 ($15 per person or $45 per family).

Childcare reservations can be made at at least one week prior to the event.


To volunteer for the sale, use the SignUpGenius link below:

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Attention Knitters and Crocheters
Your help is needed!

Attention Knitters and Crocheters

Your help is needed!

We provide warm hats, mittens, and scarves to our Christmas Benevolence children and adults. We welcome your contributions to keep our neighbors warm. Please label your goods “CB” and place your donations in the red bin in the atrium starting November 5 and ending December 3.

Follow us: or #2pcCB

Boy Scout Holiday Greenery
through November 5

Order Your Christmas Greenery


Boy Scout Troop 18 is taking orders for wreaths, swags, garlands and more during coffee hour. Decorate your home for the holidays with these GREEN items! Stop in McFarland Hall to place your order; then pick up your items in early December.

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.

Brunch at Woodstock
Sunday, October 22

Sunday Brunch

Woodstock Club


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All are welcome to join the Sages for a delicious brunch at Woodstock Club, 1301 W. 38th Street. The buffet includes both breakfast and lunch items. Come and enjoy the wonderful and relaxing fellowship and good conversation.

Make reservations online, on Sundays during coffee hour, or at the front desk during regular church office hours. Cost is $20. Registration deadline: October 17.


Future is Now Luncheon
Wednesday, October 25

Future is Now Luncheon with Major Beth Petrie

A Mighty Fortress is Our God: How are hope, peace of mind, and comfort possible in today's world?


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Join Sages for a light lunch and very inspirational, uplifting talk given by Major Beth Petrie from the Salvation Army. Her story is one of deep faith and a strong positive message of hope in today’s world.

Cost: $8. Deadline for reservations: Tuesday, Oct 17, Noon.

Reservations can be made online, during coffee hour on Sundays in McFarland Hall, or at the front desk during the week.

Theology and the Life of Faith
Wednesdays, through November 8

Theology and the Life of Faith

WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-7:30 PM, ROOM 356

Theology was central to the reformation of the church in the sixteenth century and continues to be a major influence on the church in the present day, shaping our understandings of Christian faith and the mission of the church. This class, led by Theologian in Residence Dr. John Franke, will provide an overview and introduction to the basics of Christian theology and consider the significance of these ideas for everyday life and the future of the church.

Rehm Guild Luncheon
Tuesday, October 24
Random Acts of Flowers

Random Acts of Flowers
Rehm Guild Luncheon with Lindsay Potter

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 11:45 am

Lindsay Potter is the Program Director at Random Acts of Flowers Indianapolis, whose mission is to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness. Since its launch, their team of over 400 has delivered more than 14,000 arrangements to patients in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice facilities. Lindsay holds her master’s degree in non-profit management with a concentration in Youth and Community Development.

The cost is $5 per meeting. Salad, desserts and beverages are provided (bring a sandwich if you like.)

For reservations, please contact Shirley Calhoun at (317) 258-3316 by Thursday, October 19.

Community Multifaith Prayer Service

Community Multifaith Prayer Service

At this critical time of division and violence in our nation, the Interfaith Clergy of Indianapolis led a Service of Prayer for Healing, Hope, Peace and Unity for our nation and world on Sunday, August 20th at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St. Everyone was invited to attend this special opportunity for our community to come together in prayer.

If you were unable to attend, you are welcome to watch a recording of the service below or on our livestream channel.

Bulletin Info:

Prelude        John Allegar, organist 

Welcome        Lewis Galloway
        Second Presbyterian Church

Prayer for Confession of Guilt        Rob Fuquay
(Psalm 51:1, 2, 10)              St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Have mercy on me, O God,
   according to your steadfast love; 
according to your abundant mercy
   blot out my transgressions. 
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
   and cleanse me from my sin…. 
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
   and put a new and right spirit within me. 


Prayer for Resisting Hate and Evil        Carol Johnston
(Romans 12:9, 14, 21)               Christian Theological Seminary

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good… Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them… Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. 


Goodness is Stronger    Sam Spade, song leader

Prayer for Those Who Hate        Steve Conger
 (Proverbs 8:1-9)                                    Meridian St. United Methodist Church

Here is wisdom calling us, deeper understanding raising its voice.  At the crossroads… it shouts, “My cry is to all humankind: learn to be perceptive, you who are simple; learn my instruction, for I speak noble things.  Wickedness is hateful to me, my words are justice, and righteousness for those who have knowledge of me.”


Prayer for Racial Reconciliation (Psalm 133)    Brett Krichiver
                  Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
How very good and pleasant it is
   when brothers and sisters live together in unity! 
 It is like the precious oil on the head,
   running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
   running down over the collar of his robes. 
 It is like the dew of Hermon,
   which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the LORD ordained his blessing,
   life for evermore.


Prayer for Religious Understanding and Harmony        Charles Harrison
(Romans 12:2, 16, 18)        Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect… Live in harmony with one another… Do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all... So far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 

Prayer for Civility and Compassion        Mikal Saahir
(Qur’an)        Nur-Allah Islamic Center

O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). (Chapter 49:13)

And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favor on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided. (Chapter 3:103)


Prayer for Peace        Shelley Goldman
(Psalm 85:8-10)        Congregation Beth-El Zedeck

Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
   God will speak peace to the people,
   to the faithful, to those who turn to God in their hearts. 
Surely God’s salvation is at hand for those who fear the Lord,
   that God’s glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
   righteousness and peace will kiss each other. 
 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
   and righteousness will look down from the sky.

Prayer for Healing
        John Denson
(2 Chronicles 7:14)        St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.


Charge and Benediction               Dave Hampton
(Deuteronomy 30:15-19)        Light of the World Christian Church

“Behold I set before you this day life and blessing, death and curses… Choose life that you and your descendants shall live.”

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.


Fall & Summer Sale
Next sale: November 3 & 4

Fall & Summer Sale

NEXT SALE: Friday, November 3, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, November 4, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

More than 17,000 square feet of clothing, home and garden, housewares, china, toys, books and more!

Please bring your donated items to the northeast entrance of the church (under the awning).

New this year: Progressive Dinner!
While you are checking out the dozens of booths, stop by food stations for salad, potato bar and dessert. Please purchase dinner wristbands by Sunday, October 29 ($15 per person or $45 per family).

Register for Progressive Dinner

PW's most significant activity is the annual Fall Bazaar and its sister event, the Summer Sale. These events raise tens of thousands of dollars, which support mission projects locally and abroad. We invite you to get involved with these fun and worthwhile events, whether you donate goods, organize a booth, volunteer on sale day, or just shop! It’s a great way to glorify God while getting to know other women in the church.

Purpose: To raise dollars that PW then gives for projects in our church and thoughout our city and the world. To build a caring community that works together to carry out the two events.

Committee meets monthly in the fall. Booth chairs meet with their committees as needed. Help on both sales can be given throughout the year or only during the Fall Sale or Summer Sale. Donations are gratefully accepted throughout the year except the week before the Fall Sale and Summer Sale and between the Fall Sale and January 1.

There are many opportunities through the week and during the sales to volunteer. So see how you can help, please view the opportunities and help us serve our community on Sign-up Genius.

Upcoming sales are:

2018 Summer Sale - Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
2018 Fall Sale - Friday, November 2, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, November 3, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.


Mens Social Event
Friday, October 27

Mens Social Event

Start your weekend at Blind Owl Brewery (5014 E 62nd Street Indianapolis). Join us for some conversation and a beverage!