Monthly Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter


Find out what is going on at Second in the monthly newsletter available online or throughout the church building.

Farewell to Lake Fellows

Farewell to Lake Fellows

If you would like to drop a Farewell/Thank-You card to our Lake Fellows, Meagan Findeiss and Owen Gray, a box is located at the reception desk in the Atrium through June 2. Please take time to wish them all the best for their future and thanks for all they have done here at Second for the past two years.

You may also share photos that you may have of the Lake Fellows using the link at

Sermon Series: Living the Faith

Living the Faith

SUNDAYS, 8:15, 9:30, 11 AM

Our Eastertide sermon series will focus on some of Jesus’ memorable teachings in the Gospel of Luke—teachings that either come from Jesus himself or are found in his example.

April 28 - Living the Faith: Go Deeper | PDF

Rev. Christopher A. Henry Preaching

“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4)

This Sunday, we remember Jesus’ call to his disciples to cast their nets into the deep water, and consider how we might do the same.

MAY 5 - Living the Faith: “Extravagant Love” | PDF  

 (Luke 6:27-36)


MAY 12 - Living the Faith: “Trust God” | PDF  

"Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well." (Luke 12:22-31)

Trusting God’s providential care is a particular challenge for the self-sufficient. We think we can make it all happen, earn or buy anything we need, and generally provide for ourselves and those we love. But Jesus’ call is to trust God with the worries of life.

May 19 - Living the Faith: “Do Your Duty” | PDF   

we have done only what we ought to have done!” (Luke 17:5-10) 

Words like “duty” and “obligation” get a bad rap these days—but we are suffering from a shortage of folks who do the right thing simply because it is the right thing. 

How to use playlist below: In the top left corner of the video, you can toggle between sermons. They are listed in chronological order.  

Rehm Guild Luncheon
Tuesday, May 28, Noon

Rehm Guild Luncheon


Rehm Guild hosts Rev. Chris Henry reflecting on his first year at Second.

Please make a reservation no later than noon on the Thursday before to Jane Williams, by email at: or (phone 317-726-7227).

Theology on Tap
Tuesday, May 28, 7 p.m.

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. 

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

May 28: The Beginning of Wisdom
Chris Henry

Join us as Rev. Chris Henry leads our final Theology on Tap of the spring! We’ll enjoy pizza and drinks as we reflect on the book of Proverbs and what wisdom means to our faith. The first pint is on us, and so are soda and snacks.

Tuesday, May 28, 7-9 p.m. at Bier Brewery off Binford. Bring a friend! We hope to see you there. 

FIG (Families in the Garden)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays

FIG (Families in the Garden)

Families and Friends Service and Devotional Time


Start your summer early! Beginning in May, you will have an opportunity to reach for balance with your family. These Wednesday nights be a FIG and gather your Family In the Garden. Volunteers will be available to help your family work together to provide fruits and vegetables for the Northside Ministries Food Pantry.

Gather in the Community Garden of Second Presbyterian Church Tuesday mornings or after work or school on Wednesdays, from 4:00 pm until dark. Rest in the comfortable seating and know that “you’ve got mail.” The mail box holds a scripture and family devotion. There is also a list of tasks for smalls to talls. Here’s a fun fact: it is a wasp that makes the fig tree bear fruit; it is a teeny tiny wasp. For that reason, you KNOW everyone is welcome in the Garden!

Your family will have a chance to DIG:

Devotion time
I Wonder Questions
Good works

In case of rain, the Food Pantry will welcome your family to restock shelves and help clients shop for necessities.

Summer Sale
Volunteers Needed

Summer Sale
Volunteers Needed

Sign Up!
It takes many volunteers and many hours of sorting, organizing, and arranging throughout the year to accomplish these large sales. We need those willing to spend a couple of hours working in the different areas, collecting money, bagging purchases, and welcoming & guiding visitors around our church.
We need you! You may offer your services by adding your name to Sign Up Genius. Workers will receive a call from a booth chairman within a week to confirm your participation.
You may offer your services by adding your name to Sign Up Genius using the link here, or by contacting Jen Shirk or Krissy Seufert.
Please note that any sale donations need to be dropped off by Sunday, May 19.


Breakfast Gathering
Third Saturday Each Month, 8 a.m.


Breakfast Gathering of Men@Second


Revival is a unique monthly breakfast gathering for all Men at Second to grow our relationships and hear how God has been at work in the lives of those men next to us in the pew.

Come be revived!

VBS 2019
Monday-Friday, June 24-28
Opening Worship: Sunday, June 23

Vacation Bible School - 2019

Sunday, June 23 - Friday, June 28

Vacation Bible School is about making friends, playing games, singing songs, painting pictures, sharing snacks, helping others and sealing God's story in our hearts. What a joyful way to add our own stories to the faith family tree!

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. You are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you." (Isaiah 43:1-4)

Join us for a week-long summer adventure as we experience the powerful love of God and the joy of being a child of the promise!

45D VBS - Our oldest VBS kids, rising 5th and 6th graders, deepen friendships and faith as they engage in side-by-side mission activities. Projects include building a ramp with SAWs ministry, sewing puppy pillows for Riley hospital with our Monday Sew-ers, creating art alongside our special friends from Nobel, and running a lemonade stand to benefit students in Kenya.

Questions: contact Rev. Caroline Dennis, at (317) 253-6461 or

VBS Opening Worship & Ice Cream Social

Everyone is invited to join us for worship in McFarland Hall at 4 p.m. followed by a visit to your VBS class and a time of fellowship on the playground.

Vacation Bible School
JUNE 24 - JUNE 28

Register VBS Participants

for children Age 4 (by 9/1/2019) – (rising into) Grade 6

Cost: $30 per person
Early bird discount is available. Pay $25 when you register before May 31.

Registration closes June 9, 2019

For families needing a longer day of enriching experiences …
VBSXtended Day
7:30 AM - 9 AM and NOON – 5 PM

Cost: $30 for AM; $150 for PM per person
Early bird discount for VBSXtended Day is available. Pay $25 for AM; $125 for PM per person when you register before May 31.

Registration closes June 9, 2019

Extend your VBS day by adding on VBSXtended Day. Children and Family Ministries offers an early morning and/or afternoon of loving care for VBS Particpants. Children have lunch time with a meal brought from home, take a rest, enjoy arts and crafts, quiet and active games, and outdoor play.

Volunteer for VBS

Register to Volunteer

VBS volunteers range from rising 7th grade to mid-nineties! There is a job for everyone, from classroom teachers to technology assistants, snack preparers to craft creators. We hope you can volunteer with us all five days but we welcome your help on as many days as you may be available. The gift of your time and creative energy will plant seeds of faith that will grow though the life of a child (and your own!).

VBS Volunteers are asked to commit to attend one VBS Volunteer Orientation & Teacher Training Session (6/13 or 6/20), spend 2 hours on Classroom Setup and Decorating (6/22), and stay for Clean-up Friday afternoon (6/28). 

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to registration, all NEW Volunteers need to complete the Second Presbyterian Church Volunteer Application Form and Background Check. Find a link to this form in your registration confirmation email. Previous volunteers will be notified if a new background check is needed.

After registering to volunteer, you will be sent a link to Sign-Up Genius to request your specific assignments.

A VBS experience for young children of VBS volunteers...
VBS Jr - Childcare

Register for Childcare 

While you volunteer, your children who are under 4 years old may participate in age appropriate VBS activities while receiving tender care (& a t-shirt) in our nursery.

Please note: VBS Jr Childcare is available to volunteers, for their children under 4 years old, only on days when they are volunteering.

Questions: contact Rev. Caroline Dennis, at (317) 253-6461 or

Breaking Bread for Humanity
An Interfaith Iftar

Breaking Bread for Humanity

An Interfaith Iftar

Saturday, May 25, 7 p.m.
Jewish Comminity Center (JCC), 6705 Hoover Road

On behalf of a wonderful group of partnering organizations, including the Jewish Community Relations Council, OBAT Helpers, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, and Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, we are honored to invite you and your congregants to an Interfaith Iftar at 7 p.m. on May 25, 2019 at the JCC. 
Our organizations are collaborating for this special program in order to learn about and raise funds for the Rohingya refugees who, after fleeing persecution, violence, and genocide in Myanmar, are now settled in the world's largest refugee camp in Bangladesh. 
OBAT Helpers, an Indianapolis based nonprofit, has been working to address this humanitarian crisis by providing desperately needed relief to the refugees including meals, essential items of daily living, shelters, education, empowerment opportunities, and health care.

Find more information and buy tickets here.

Docent Art Tour
Sunday, June 2, 12:10 p.m.

Docent Art Tour

SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 12:10 PM

June 2, Carolyn Dederer leads a tour of the 3rd floor portraits.

Meet by the Sanctuary piano. Tour lasts approximately 15 minutes. Docent Art Tours are held on the first Sunday of the month immediately following the 11 a.m. service. Topics change each month.


Throughout the history of all religions, art has served the same purposes. Whatever the religion, whatever the artistic medium, no matter how skilled the artist, religious art serves to praise God, inspire the faithful, instruct the masses, warn the errant, soothe the suffering, comfort the fearful, focus the wayward, or increase devotion. Can you see how the art found in Second Presbyterian provides those gifts? Would you like to understand more about how those intents are achieved through the medium of visual arts?

A new program has been designed to share and explore the various art pieces found in Second Presbyterian Church. Congregational docents will guide small groups to share and explore the art you see around you. Brief tours, appropriate for all ages, will be offered after the 11 a.m. service on the first Sunday morning of each month or as scheduled programs for church groups. These short discussions are designed to explore specific mediums and religious perspectives. Tour topics will include the stained glass in the sanctuary and the chapel, statuary, textiles, portraits, religious symbolism, paintings, architecture, carvings, and contemporary art.

What questions do you have about the art we see throughout the building? Where are the rose windows? What is significant about Tiffany glass? What is the meaning of the banners hanging in the sanctuary? Where are Meghan’s etched panels? Where are the two statues of Jesus? What themes are illustrated in the stained glass windows on the side aisles of the sanctuary? What do the carvings in the top of the arches in the sanctuary mean? Who are the people in the oil portraits lining the halls of the church? What art is found elsewhere in the building? Who creates the artwork we see in McFarland Hall? Could my artwork be displayed in Second Church?

Join us the first Sunday of each month. We’ll meet in front of the chapel at 12:10 and spend 15 to 20 minutes learning more about what inspires, warns, teaches, soothes, comforts, focuses, and occupies us through the use of paint, glass, fabric, limestone, marble, wood, and plastic. As you would expect from Second, where excellence is always the intent, the art in our worship spaces and halls is wonderful!