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

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)

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.

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

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

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

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



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.


Bible Studies
Presbyterian Women

Bible Studies
Presbyterian Women

Get details, topics and more about Presbyterian Women Bible Studies and Small Groups at:

Women in the Word
2:30 p.m., Room 114
Contact: Wilma Sukapjo (317) 730-4737


  • Wednesday AM Bible Study
    9-9:30 a.m., Milner Chapel & 9:30-11 a.m., Room 356
    Contact: Melanie Lambert (317) 965-6209 or RuthAnn Gapen (219) 730-6271
  • Wisdom Seekers
    9:30 a.m., Room 230
    Contact: Cindy Baird (317) 362-1898
  • Wednesday PM Bible Study
    6:45 p.m., PW Room
    Contact: Ann Van Meter (317) 690-6614

Thursday AM Bible Study
9:15-10:45 a.m., Rooms 403 & 407
Contact: Connie Lammers (317) 849-4324 or Jill Kagey (317) 408-5756.

Make a Difference
While You Shop

Make a Difference While You Shop

Did you know that many grocery stores, such as Kroger, offer some type of community rewards program? These programs donate a percentage of each of your purchases to your favorite local organization. It’s usually just a matter of logging in to your online account and choosing the organization you would like to support. Several organizations that are affiliated with our church participate in Kroger’s Community Rewards Program, including Greenbriar Elementary School and Westminster Neighborhood Services.
Sign up today and help ensure that your shopping dollars help support not only your family, but our wider community.

Five Good Books on Reformation Legacies

Five Good Books for December

Reformation Legacies


  1. Brad Gregory, Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts that Continue to Shape Our World (HarperOne, 2017)

  2. Thomas Howard and Mark Noll, eds. Protestantism after 500 Years (Oxford, 2016)

  3. Peter Leithart, The End of Protestantism: Pursuing Unity in a Fragmented Church (Brazos, 2016)

  4. Diarmaid MacCulloch, All Things Made New: The Reformation and Its Legacy, reprint edition (Oxford, 2017)

  5. Alec Ryrie, Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World (Viking, 2017)

Families in Christ
Sundays, 9:30 AM

Families in Christ

SUNDAYS, 9:30 AM, ROOM 112

Adults of all ages are welcome to this Sunday morning class where we circle up to discuss and grow in faith together! Social and service opportunities are offered throughout the year.

This group is studying, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown. Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. Contact: Jamey Everett

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.


SUNDAYS, 9:30 AM, ROOM 402
All are welcome to join us for fellowship and conversation as we read and study together the book The Shadow of the Galilean by Gerd Theissen.
Contact Wendy Drook with questions.