Interfaith Hospitality Network
Because Every Child Deserves a Home
April 14-21 (Holy Week)

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Because Every Child Deserves a Home

HOSTING WEEK: APRIL 14-21 (HOLY WEEK)
SUNDAY EVENING TO EASTER SUNDAY MORNING
 

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Along with Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis, we are committed to helping homeless families in our community. During hosting week, we provide a safe and comfortable space for families of two (2) to eight (8), including breakfast, dinner, activities and recreation, and transportation to and from the Day Center where adults receive case management services to be able to secure meaningful employment and safe permanent housing.

Volunteers are needed to spend the night, drive the van, and play with kids. You can make a difference in transforming families lives. Stop by McFarland Hall or email SecondIHN@gmail.com.


Future Hosting Weeks in 2019 will be:

  • July 21-28
  • October 13-20

 


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

Theology on Tap

A Deeper Conversation About Faith, hosted by Young Adults
TUESDAYS, 7-9 PM, BIER BREWERY (5133 E 65TH STREET)
 

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 mfindeiss@secondchurch.org or Rev. Owen Gray ogray@secondchurch.org.

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. 


Kevin Trager 2019 Men@Second Fly Fishing Trip
June 6 - 9

Kevin Trager 2019 Men@Second Fly Fishing Trip

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 - SUNDAY, JUNE 9

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This year we will be headed back to the White River in beautiful Arkansas, home of world record Brown Trout and miles and miles of trophy tailwater! We have a large, rustic cabin with beds for 16 just a few feet from the famous North Fork of the White River, knowledgeable guides who can help us float the world-class White River, and faith-filled discussions to enrich your souls and deepen your faith. 

NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

Here is the plan:

Thursday, June 6
•    Depart Second Presbyterian Church, 5:30 a.m. (8 hour drive)
•    Settle into cabin in the afternoon / wade fishing in the evening

Friday, June 7
•    Half or full-day guided trip from river boats (Guides are optional but highly recommended.)
•    Fish at leisure in the afternoon / wade fishing in the evening

Saturday, June 8
•    Optional half or full-day guided trip
•    Fish at leisure

Sunday, June 9
•    Church service in the morning at the cabin
•    Fish at leisure in AM if you want to
•    Leave for Indy any time from 10-noon.
•    Arrive at Second by 6-8 p.m.

Spiritual Development: Besides excellent trout fishing, the purpose of the weekend is to provide opportunities to deepen our faith and get to know each other better.  The team will be leading inspiring faith discussions throughout the weekend.  

Meals:  We will cook our own food in the cabin and bring food to eat streamside. Full-day guided trips provide lunch.

What to bring:  Waders, fly rod & reel, fly vest. We will purchase a selection of flies online ahead of time (very cheaply). If you are interested and don’t have gear, please let us know.

Cabin: The River Ridge Inn is a premier resort for fisherman nestled along 1.5 miles of shoreline of the North Fork of the White River near Norfolk, Arkansas. The North Fork is a very wadable stream.  It is a “tailwater” so it’s rises and falls with the power generation schedule. Other options include the White River which is just 5-10 minutes away.

Guides are totally optional but highly recommended so you get the most from your experience. Full or half day float trip options are available on Friday and Saturday.   

Costs: Estimate $250 - $300 for the trip. If you’d like a guide, add $175 / person + tip for ½ day and $225 / person + tip for a full day. To reserve your spot for the trip, $200 deposit is required by May 1. Final group expenses will be tallied and split evenly based on actual expenses. Payment in advance for your guide service is due by May 1. Space is limited to 16 people. Father/ son combos are fine for mature high school or older kids. Make checks out to Second Presbyterian with “fishing trip” in memo line. You can also register online

Questions? Contact Steve Haigh (317) 459-8562 shaigh50@gmail.com.


LINKS

Cabin:  
River Ridge Inn

Guide Service
North Arkansas Troutfitters  

Videos from previous trips:

About Kevin Trager: Many of you knew Kevin, who attended our trips to Arkansas and North Carolina. Kevin was an avid fly fisherman, wonderful dad and father, friend and all around great guy. We lost Kevin in 2016 and want to keep him close in our hearts as we fish together this spring. 

Hope to see you there!


5 Good Books for May
Recommended by John Franke
 

5 Good Books for May

Jürgen Moltmann

Recommended by John Franke

In the late 1960’s German reformed theologian Jürgen Moltmann burst into global theological consciousness with his landmark volume, Theology of Hope. Since then he has produced a steady stream of creative and groundbreaking work that has earned him the rightful place as one of the most important theologians in the world.

These are five of his most significant works (all published in English translation by Fortress Press and listed in chronological order):

  • Theology of Hope (1967)
  • The Crucified God (1974)
  • The Spirit of Life (1992)
  • Experiences in Theology (2000)
  • A Broad Place: An Autobiography (2008) YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES 

 


Tai Chi for Health
2019 Classes

Tai Chi for Health

CLASSES IN 2019

Tai Chi is a mind-body exercise based on a series of movements shown to improve health and well-being. Tai Chi for Health is a form of Tai Chi modified to be a safe exercise practiced by a wide range of ages and fitness levels. Classes offered through CenterPoint Counseling and led by Ingrid Ritchie, Certified Instructor, Tai Chi for Health Institute.

Six Week Classes: $60; Seven Week Classes: $70

  • Tai Chi for Beginners
    This is the starting point for those that have never attended a Tai Chi class.

    Wednesdays: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Thursdays: 9:15-10:15 a.m.
     
  • Practice Groups
    For those wanting to develop skills from previous classes while adding some new skills appropriate for the levels of those participating. (Must have taken any previous Tai Chi Class)

    Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30 pm
    Thursdays: 10:30-11:30 am

Registration required. Find more information here. Call (317) 252-5518 to register.


Together@5
Sundays, 5 p.m.

Together@5

Sundays, 5 p.m.

Together@5 provides an engaging worship experience in McFarland Hall that includes space for interaction during and after the service, a diverse variety of sacred music, a meaningful message, and time for reflection. The relaxed style of the service offers a worship opportunity for families and individuals of all ages. This service offers weekly communion, rotational worship leadership, and a time of food and fellowship following the service. Join us Together@5!



FIG (Families in the Garden)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays

FIG (Families in the Garden)

Families and Friends Service and Devotional Time

TUESDAY MORNINGS, WEDNESDAY EVENINGS
COMMUNITY GARDEN

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.


Make a Difference
While You Shop

Make a Difference While You Shop

WHEN YOU GET GROCERIES
 
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.

Rev. Christopher Henry
Senior Pastor
 

Rev. Christopher Henry

Rev. Christopher Henry
Senior Pastor
317-253-6461
chenry@secondchurch.org

 



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,
Chris


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