Steak Dinner 2017
Dr. Ken Johnson
Wednesday, April 26

Steak Dinner 2017

The Men@SECOND would like to invite the whole church family to our Annual Steak Dinner Wednesday, April 26, 6 PM

Dr. Ken Johnson Chaplain of the Indianapolis Colts
“Fighting to Finish Strong”

Ken will bring an inspirational message that will encourage us to live courageously in the Christian life. All are invited for this inspirational speaker over an excellent meal which benefits Shepherd Community Center in east central Indianapolis. 

Journey Through the Bible
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Journey Through the Bible

Bible 101

While we regularly think of the Bible as a key resource for our understanding of Christian faith, we also find it difficult to read and even harder understand. For many of us, it is often little more than a loosely structured anthology of inspiring, religious, and spiritual thoughts to which we turn occasionally for comfort, guidance and direction. Perhaps fewer of us are aware that the Bible actually narrates a story that purports to be a history with significance for all people. It is this larger story that has shaped the church throughout its history and held together different expressions of religious and spiritual life in the Christian tradition.
This class, led by theologian in residence Dr. John Franke, will provide an overview of the major developments and plot twists in the biblical story.

Kevin Trager Memorial Fly Fishing Trip
May 18-21, 2017

Kevin Trager Memorial Fly Fishing Trip

Quick! When you think of State College Pennsylvania, what comes to mind? Nittany Lions, the Amish, and coal mines? Close! How about world-classfly fishing and more trout streams than you can shake a stick at. That's right, central Pennsylvania holds a well-deserved reputation for outstanding wild trout populations, prolific hatches, and over 100 trout streams within an hour's drive.

This year, for our 4th annual trip, we have a 5,000 sf cabin with beds for 12 on the banks of Big Fishing Creek near Mill Hall, PA. Mid-May is Sulpher and Green Drake time (mayfly hatches) so expect some excellent dry fly action!

Novice and experts are welcome. Fish as little or as much as you like.

Here is the plan: 

  • Thursday, May 18 – Depart Second Presbyterian Church, 5:30 a.m. (8 hour drive) Settle into cabin, afternoon/evening fish
  • Friday, May 19 – Half-day guided trip (guides are optional but highly recommended if you are new to the area or fly fishing). Fish at leisure in the afternoon/evening
  • Saturday, May 20 – Optional half or full day guided trip Fish at leisure
  • Sunday, May 21 – Fish at leisure in AM. Leave for Indy by noon. Arrive at Second Pres by 9 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. Each day the team will be leading inspiring faith discussions.

Meals: we will cook our own food in the cabin and bring food to eat streamside.

What to bring: waders, fly rod & reel, fly vest. Flies can be purchased ahead of time online (very cheaply) or locally. If you are interested and don’t have gear, please let us know.

Guides: totally optional but highly recommended so you get the most from your experience. Full or half day options are available on Friday and Saturday. ½ day trips are $175 ea+ tip. Full day trips are $212 ea + tip.

Costs: estimate $300 - $350. If you want a guide for ½ day, add $175+ tip.  Final costs will be based on actual expenses. To reserve your spot, $100 is required by Wed, April 15th. Space is limited to 12 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.

Register Now

Questions? Contact Steve Haigh (317) 459-8562 or Jim Riley (317) 432-6644


Cabin: We have reserved the Limestone Lodge on the banks of Big Fishing Creek with beds for 12 people, full kitchen, game room with pool table, big yard that leads to the river, hot tub, and deck. Fish as much or as little as you want right out the door. Click Here

Videos from previous trips:



Kevin Trager - many of you know Kevin who attended our trips to Arkansas and to North Carolina. Kevin was an avid fly fisherman, wonderful dad and father, friend and all around great guy. We lost Kevin this past year and want to keep him close in our hearts and memories as we fish together this spring.

Spire Article on Kevin: [It's on page 28]

Hope to see you there!

Life and Death: We Belong to God
9:30 a.m., Room 356 (March 5-April 9)

Life and Death: We Belong to God

9:30 a.m., Room 356 (March 5-April 9)

Death is an inevitable part of life, the final milestone in life’s journey. We all meet death in the end, yet we do not talk about it often. For many, it is an avoided topic until it can no longer be avoided. However, death has been a part of the community faith throughout the centuries, and indeed it could be said that dying well is a Christian spiritual practice. We have much to learn from each other and from our tradition when it comes to death.

What does it mean to die in the faith?

How do we help others to die knowing that they are held by God?

How do we negotiate rapidly advancing medical technologies, seeking to discern their best use?

How can we plan for our eventual death?

Led and facilitated by Rev. Chelsea Guenther Benham, this class will cover a range of topics related to death such as theological understandings of death and resurrection, visions of heaven, preparation for end-of-life wishes, the art of funerals, and the practice of grief.

  • March 5Introduction: What does it mean to die well? with Rev. Chelsea Benham
  • March 12Death in the Christian Tradition with Dr. John Franke
  • March 19Funerals with David Ring and Pat Shirey (This week we will meet in the Common Room.)
  • March 26End of Life with Carol Applegate and Dr. Emily Giesel
  • April 2The Practice of Grief with Rev. Karen Lang and Dr. David Chaddock
  • April 9Your Legacy for the Future with Dr. John Koppitch, and Living Well Through the End with Rev. Chelsea Benham 

Celebrating Local Food, Cooking & Family
Rehm Guild Luncheon
Tuesday, March 28

Celebrating Local Food, Cooking & Family Rehm Guild Luncheon


Bring a sandwich to the Common Room at noon on Tuesday, March 28. Salad, desserts and beverages are provided. All ages are welcome.

For reservations, contact Helen Frazier (317) 726-0025 by Thursday, March 23.

Holy Week and Easter
Worship Schedule

Invite your friends and family to join us for Holy Week and Easter.

Palm Sunday Morning Worship

Join the children of the church in a festive parade of palms at the end of the 9:30 and the beginning of the 11 a.m. services. A live donkey leads the children through the sanctuary as they wave their palms and proclaim, “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna,” along with the singing congregation.

The 8:15 a.m. traditional service, the 10:35 a.m. Wholeness and Holy Communion service, and the 5 and 6 p.m. casual evening services meet at their normal times.



It is a Second Family Celebration! Pastor Dennis and Kat Barden will partner with George and Diane Kelley from Congregation Beth-El Zedeck to provide a meaningful experience of Passover and what that means for our families and children. This will be a nice culminating event for the Wednesday Night Kid’s Club “Holy Promise People,” or make this one of your Lenten family spiritual practices. Seating will be limited, so please register at



8 PM Tenebrae Communion Service
At this service of shadows, we share the Last Supper and hear the story of the last hours of the life of Jesus. The service ends in darkness.

Maundy Thursday begins the Three Days (or Triduum), remembering the new commandment that Christ gave us in word and deed as he taught us how to love one another, washing our feet as a servant. We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper, remembering the meal Christ shared with his disciples before his death.

Historically, this was the traditional day in which those who had undergone a period of public penance under church discipline would be restored to full communion.



12-3 PM Meditations, Chapel
Meditations will be held in the chapel on the Seven Last Words of Christ. Please feel free to come and go as you are able. This service features hymns, vocal and instrumental music interpreting each word.

Good Friday is the day we remember Jesus’ crucifixion. The hours of noon to 3 p.m. are particularly significant as these commemorate the time Jesus hung on the cross. It is an especially important time to pray for the church and the world for whom Christ gave his life.




Morning Worship Services, Sanctuary
8:00, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

The festival of the Resurrection of the Lord (or Easter Sunday) is the center of the Christian year. On this occasion the church joyfully proclaims the good news that is at the very heart of the gospel: that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.

Music at these services will feature special music with Sanctuary Choir, Festival Brass, organ and percussion. Prelude begins 20 minutes prior to each service.
Families@Five, 5 p.m., Milner Chapel

Second@Six, 6 p.m., Sanctuary

One on One Project with the Dominican Republic

One on One Project

with the Dominican Republic

The Whitewater Valley Presbytery Hispanic Ministry Leadership Team would like you to please consider hosting a Dominican student in an exchange music program. Five or more Dominicans and the same number of U.S.A. student musicians, ages 17-25, will spend four weeks with a host family, church or community to learn, share and serve.
For details, please contact Bill Sando at (317) 442-7408.


Theology, Thoughts & Coffee
Sundays, 8:00 a.m.

Theology, Thoughts & Coffee

The End of White Christian America

SUNDAYS, 8:00 AM, ROOM 312
Commentators regularly discuss the changing demographics in the US and the implications of these changes for coming generations. This winter and spring, we will be reading and discussing a recent and important book that considers the significance of these changes for predominantly white Protestant churches: Robert P. Jones, The End of White Christian America. The class will be led by Theologian in Residence Dr. John Franke.


Five Good Books on Liberal Theology
March Recommendations

Five Good Books on Liberal Theology


  1. The Making of American Liberal Theology, 3 vols., Gary Dorrien, (Westminster John Knox, 2001, 2003, 2006)
  2. Liberalism without Illusions: Renewing an American Christian Tradition, Christopher H. Evans, (Baylor, 2010)
  3. The Tradition of Liberal Theology, Michael J. Langford, (Eerdmans, 2014)
  4. Jesus was a Liberal: Reclaiming Christianity for All, Scotty McLennan, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  5. Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st Century: The Classic that Woke up the Church, Walter Rauschenbusch; edited by Paul Rauschenbusch (HarperOne, 2007)


Women in the Word
Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m.

Women in the Word

Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m., Room 114

Bible study through March 14

Come learn about "colossinus" and Ephesians. All women welcome! Hope to see you there.
Questions: Call Dr. Wilma Sukapdjo at (317) 730-4737.

Families in Christ
Sundays, 9:30 AM

Families in Christ


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 fall we will be looking at topics on sharing this life together! Much discussion will come from the book The Good and Beautiful Community by James Bryan Smith. Jump in any Sunday you can as a summary of the chapter/topic will always be given. We will also focus on living in the “sandwich” years of caring for our children while also helping our aging parents.
Please let Ann VanMeter know if you would be willing to facilitate a chapter. Books are available in class for $17.


Handbell Call-Out

Handbell Call-Out


Come and try out a bell after church!
  • February 19
  • April 2
  • April 30
The Handbell Ensemble always welcomes more hands to ring God’s praises! The ensemble rehearses Saturday mornings, and plays in worship 7-8 times throughout the calendar year. Moderate music-reading ability is necessary, and a sense of rhythm and coordination important. The Ensemble is open to eighth grade students and older.
For more information, contact the Music and Fine Arts Office: