Christmas Music Sunday
December 17, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

Christmas Music Sunday

My Soul Magnifies The Lord
Christmas Music Sunday

Choir, Organ and Orchestra
Magnificat, Latin for “my soul magnifies the Lord,” is recorded only in the Gospel of Luke (1:46-55).  In the narrative, Mary greets Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist.  Elizabeth praises Mary for her faith, and Mary responds with a hymn of praise, prophecy and fulfillment.  One can easily imagine two friends sharing a similar intimate moment of celebration today!  
In keeping with the church’s celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in Germany, the Sanctuary Choir, accompanied by Festival Orchestra will share J.S. Bach’s joyous setting of Mary’s song, interspersed with Christmas hymns, reflecting Bach’s original concept of the piece.  
Each line of scripture has its own short movement and is partnered with evocative music.  For instance, the first movement opens with an orchestral introduction which is followed by an ebullient flurry from the chorus, that lasts only three minutes. Mary’s joy and humility is descriptively set in two contrasting soprano solos, lasting two and three minutes respectively.  Flutes, oboes, trumpets, timpani and strings are employed in turns both virtuosic and poignant as Bach leads us in experiencing the varied emotions of Mary’s response to the news that she will bear Jesus Christ, God’s Son.  
Let us join together in praising God in this profound service of scripture and song!  
My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
For He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaiden;
Behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
For the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His name;
His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. 
He has shown strength with His arm. He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their heart.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, in remembrance of His mercy.
According to the promise He made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.

Luke 1:46-55

Christmas Benevolence
Saturday, December 16 is Delivery Day

Christmas Benevolence

It's not too late to help!


Christmas Benevolence needs volunteers to bag food, transport bags of food, and break down boxes. On Saturday, help unload freezers, load cars, and yes... deliver these gifts to families. Sign up on-line.

Away in a Manger
Sunday, December 17, 9:30 a.m.

Away in a Manger
Stories of Jesus' Birth


Advent is a time of waiting for the coming of Jesus. This class, led by Don Kneble, will explore the historical expectations regarding the coming of the Messiah along with the stories, traditions, and historical context concerning the birth narratives of Jesus.

Bethlehem Labyrinth
Saturday, December 6 - Tuesday December 19

Bethlehem Labyrinth


Here is place to pause in quiet prayer and contemplate the unfolding mystery of God’s incarnational love. The path before you, the candlelight around you, the soft music floating through the air will give you space away from the rush of the season to listen to God’s still small voice and be renewed. Interactive prayer stations around the labyrinth make this a perfect place for children to engage the story.

The Bethlehem Labyrinth is open from Saturday afternoon through Tuesday evening. From 5 – 5:30 p.m. on Sunday Evening, December 17, live music will accompany your prayer walk at the Families@Five Worship Service held in the Labyrinth.

This service is my favorite service of the year. December can be a whirlwind of activity and commitments that can be overwhelming and stressful. This service creates a space for our family to recenter our hearts, calm our minds, and reconnect with our faith. The activities are set-up so each family can take their time and move at a pace that works for them. The music is comforting and integral to the peace that is created in the space. 
­—Jessica Trimble (mom to Olive age 5 and Helena age 1)

As the holiday season becomes increasingly frantic, the Bethelehem Labyrinth slows us down and focuses us on Christ, who is at the very center of Christmas. Walking the path with our daughter changes everything from an endless to-do list to one-item “to-be” list.  We are children of God, in peace and in love.    
 — Julie McDonald (mom to “Peep” age 6)

Christmas Eve Services
Sunday, December 24

Christmas Eve Worship Services

Sunday Morning, December 24
10 a.m.,
Traditional Worship Service led by Dr. Lewis F. Galloway 
Music from Handel’s Messiah by Sanctuary Choir section leaders
Sunday Evening, December 24
Join us for one of our four services. 
Each service is uniquely designed by ministries of the church. The evening culminates with the Service of Holy Communion at the 11 p.m. service.
  • 4 p.m., Children and Family Service, led by the Children of Second
    Dawn Waddell, organ
  • 7 p.m., Service of Lessons, Candles and Carols, led by the Youth of Second 
    Dawn Waddell, organ; Second Winds Ensemble, Rick and Candi Granlund, directors
  • 9 p.m., Service of Lessons, Candles and Carols, led by Dr. Lewis F. Galloway. 
    Prelude begins at 8:40 p.m.
    Sanctuary Choir, Organ and Festival Brass
    Dr. Michelle Louer, director of Music and Fine Arts; Dr. John Allegar, organ
  • 11 p.m., Service of Holy Communion, led by Dr. Lewis F. Galloway 
    Prelude begins at 10:40 p.m.
    Sanctuary Choir, Organ and Festival Brass
    Dr. Michelle Louer, director of Music and Fine Arts
    Dr. John Allegar, organ

Faith Expressions
Art class featured on WFYI

Faith Expressions

Second's Faith Expressions class has been featured on "The Art of the Matter" radio show on WFYI. Artwork from the class, inspired by the story of the Prodigal Son, will be on display in McFarland Hall through mid-January.  

Art & Worship
Because of its creative nature, art is truly a reflection of God’s creative spirit. Through the creation and the perception of beauty, we praise and celebrate the creative power of God. Art is, in this respect, an aspect of worship.

The parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-31) has been read, studied and interpreted over hundreds of years. It continues to influence the arts, morality, faith and language. In this seminar series we will explore the parable of The Prodigal through the avenues of religion, literature, poetry, music, dance and the visual arts. Our purpose is to gain a deeper understanding of the various interpretations by artists over the years and for attending artists to explore their own faith expression through their chosen media. Together we will discover and discuss the variety of theological, social, historical and cultural responses the narrative has elicited.

We should always be mindful that we bring our own presuppositions to the scripture text whether from personal experience, insights or religious experience. Be cognizant of how your background has influenced the way in which you have come to understand this incident. Your readings, encounters with differing interpretations, with music, poetry and literature and visual art may confirm your assumptions or challenge them.

Ultimately, we ask not only what do you make of the parable, but what does it make of you? We ask you to develop your own relationship to the narrative and explore how your art can give expression to that newly formed connection.

Artists who take part in the series will have an opportunity to explore their spirituality and their spiritual journey through their artistic media.


Making a Year End Gift

Making a Year End Gift

Your year-end contribution to the church can take the form of cash, check, or stock. For your convenience, you can contribute online through You may also be eligible to make a Qualified Charitable
Contribution directly from your IRA.

To be tax deductible for 2017, there are several deadlines to keep in mind. Mailed contributions must be post marked on or before December 31. If hand-delivered, we must receive the gift in the church office by Friday, December 29. Stocks need to be contributed by December 22 to insure the transaction is finalized by the 29th.

This may also be a good time to establish or review your estate plans. Please contact Rev. John Koppitch for information about making a bequest to the church.

Please check with your financial and/or tax adviser before making any final decisions.

Unfolding the Mystery of… Church Finances

Actually, there is no mystery to church finances. Eighty-five percent of our $4.5 million General Fund budget comes from member contributions. And what is that money used for?

At Second Presbyterian Church, nearly everything we will see, hear, and experience during the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany seasons is supported in whole, or in part, by General Fund contributions. Worship services, music programs, children and youth activities, mission outreach, and fellowship opportunities; heating expenses, snow removal, building maintenance, and building security; the salaries of all who plan, set-up, clean-up, tear down and implement our holiday events (including our pastors, musicians, administrative and support staff, and the Facilities team).

Even the Website you are visiting right now!

Giving to the General Fund is the single-most effective way to support our church financially because these contributions fund all of our ministries of worship, mission, discipleship and fellowship. Every gift matters. Every contribution counts – no matter the size. You can also help us plan for next year’s ministries by making a pledge of financial support for 2018. Go to

Youth Dave & Buster's Event
Sunday, December 17, 6-8 p.m.

Youth Fellowship Night at Dave & Buster's

Sunday, December 17, 6-8 p.m.

All youth, grades 6-12, are welcome to join for fun, food, and games at Dave and Buster's! $15 in advance, $20 at the door, gets you unlimited game play, $20 in ticketed game play, unlimited non-ticketed games, and LOTS of food!
Contact Brian, Tyler or Stephanie for more information!


Middle School Winter Retreat
February 17-18

Middle School Winter Retreat

Great Wolf Lodge

All Middle School students are invited to join us at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio (near Cincinnati) for the weekend of February 17-18, 2018 (Presidents' Weekend). 

Slide down water slides, hang out in the pool, spend time with friends, grow in your faith. This is a great time to get to know one other better and enjoy a weekend away.

Invite your friends and neighbors! Sign up NOW! Space is limited. 

  • Early Bird Special (through December): $150 (Save $25)
  • After December: $175


High School Winter Retreat
Jameson Camp
February 17-18

High School Winter Retreat

​February 17-18, 2018

Who: Any high school students and/or their friends.

What: High School Winter Retreat

Where: Jameson Camp. 2001 Bridgeport Road, Indianapolis, IN 46231 (West side of Indy, 20 mins from Second) Either drive yourself, carpool with friends/family, or get dropped off/picked up by a parent/guardian.

When: February 17 to February 18. One night.

Why: To get away from school and schedules for a time of relaxing and refreshing fellowship and fantastic faith conversation with other students in a beautiful environment.

Rock Solid Men Retreat
Friday & Saturday, February 2 & 3

Rock Solid Men

Men's Retreat


Register Now

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” Corinthians 16:13-14 

In today’s stress filled society, we struggle to find the core values that can strengthen our faith and give us the courage to face life’s challenges. Work and family issues in our lives can zap our strength and deplete our souls. Because of this, Men@Second Leadership Team are offering "Rock Solid Men," a great event for men. 

As we did with “Success That Matters,” this is held as an interactive event with presentations led by men in our church and Dr. Jim Riley. At this event we will explore five areas of growth in our faith:

1. “Vigilance: When I act”

2. “Faith: What I believe”

3. “Courage: Who I trust”

4. “Strength: How I prepare”

5. “Love: Whose I am”

I invite you to come gain encouragement and spiritual strength to meet the challenges of our complex world and discuss the important issues we face in our everyday life. Sign up now. The cost is only $15 per person.

Women's Retreat
February 9-10, 2018

PW Women's Winter Retreat

Great Choices Smart Women Make

Featuring InSpiring Speaker, Author & Life Coach: Robin Chaddock


Register Now

FEBRUARY 9-10, 2018
(5:30 PM FRIDAY to 1:30 PM SATURDAY)

Featuring Robin Chaddock, an insightful speaker, internationally known author, life coach and seminar leader.

This retreat will be a delightful mix of practical thoughts on everyday living, thoughtful reflection of the words of Jesus in the gospels, and some much needed "me time" for deciding how we want to apply what we're learning. Fun, friendship, and personal connection with Christ will be in abundance as we learn how to take excellent care of ourselves and our relationships throughout the weekend.

Location: Our Lady of Fatima, 5353 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis

Reservations will begin on November 1; limited space available.

Cost is $75 for Double occupancy and $95 for Single occupancy.
Includes overnight accommodations, 3 meals and snacks.

Co-chairs: Katie Baker (317) 513-7080 and Pam Benz (317) 847-3416



Interfaith Hospitality Network
February 4 - 11

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Hosting Week


Register Now

Home is Right Here! Your next opportunity to welcome the four homeless families who will call Second home for a week starts Sunday evening, February 4 – Sunday morning, February 11.

Help is needed to drive the 14-passenger van, early morning and evening; spend the night; play and do activities with the children; set-up/tear down the sleeping rooms; and sometimes help with meals. Your commitment will ensure that we can continue to provide a warm and safe place for  homeless families who need our support and prayers to get through a very difficult time in their lives. Your encouraging presence will make a difference in a family’s life.

Please contact Dianne Berry at or call (317) 848-5715.

Be Second

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

It's not too late to turn in your pledge card.

To date, 700 households have pledged more than 2.7 million toward our 2018 ministries. That's a great start, but to fully support our mission we need at least $3.1 million. Every contribution counts. Every gift matters. Pledge cards are in the pew racks or you can pledge online

You can also spread the Be Second Spirit with a t-shirt or other fun item. Go to

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.

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.


Wisdom School
April 2018

Wisdom School

The Way of Wisdom: a Wisdom School
Do you long for deep knowing?
Do you thirst for deep rest?


Register Now

Please join us for two weekends of deep Knowing & deep Rest! Space is limited to 30, first come first served. A waitlist will be created if necessary.

Dates: (Your registration includes two weekends.)

  • Friday, April 6, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 7, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 20, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Place: Second Presbyterian Church (7700 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN  46260) 

Cost: $150 per person includes 2 weekends.
This includes Friday dinner, and Saturday & Sunday lunches and snacks. Vegetarian and gluten free options available.

Second Presbyterian has graciously provided the facilities, keeping the cost very low. $50 is due at registration and $100 by March 1, 2018. Registration deadline is March 1.

Since breakfast is not included, please eat breakfast before coming. You can register online or mail a check (made payable to Second Presbyterian Church, Wisdom School in memo blank) to Wisdom School, Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Wisdom is a way of knowing what goes beyond one’s mind, one’s rational understanding, to embrace the whole of the person: heart, mind, and body. Wisdom is the mystery embedded deep within every religion. Our particular Wisdom School will approach Wisdom through a Christian lens.

A Wisdom School is a retreat focused on living in Presence. It is about deepening what Cynthia Bourgeault calls "intelligent spiritual insight." In Wisdom Way of Knowing, she says, "Wisdom is not about knowing more but knowing deeper." This retreat will be based on the model developed by Cynthia Bourgeault.

A Wisdom School does not actually teach Wisdom; it creates a sacred space for Wisdom to emerge.

This intensive retreat occurs over two weekends, offering an ancient roadmap of human wholeness, holding sacred space for our being to increase and to have greater receptivity to Presence. Through the Benedictine tradition of prayer and work, we will prepare our hearts to perceive the signs of Wisdom. We will use a three-centered approach in order to bring heart, mind, and body into harmony and deepen our spiritual formation. Through the use of sacred practices, including silence, prayer, work, chanting, and Lectio Divina, we will hold sacred space. The leaders will be Diane Elliott and Jan Byars. Cynthia has been Diane’s and Jan’s spiritual teacher for many years and has endorsed this beginning Wisdom School personally.

Wisdom brings about a change of consciousness. Practice is the path we follow to bring about this change.
Wisdom Jesus, Cynthia Bourgeault

Recommended reading:
Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault
Gospel of Thomas (Jan and Diane will be using Lynn Baumann’s translation. There are many others)
(Kindle free version: The Gospel of Thomas, by A. Nyland)

If you have questions, please contact Diane at (317) 437-4689 or Jan at (937) 321-5016.