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Serve with Second

As people of faith, we share our time and resources with others in our church, community, and world. Christ calls us to reach out to those in need and spread the Good News of the Gospel. We are also called to engage in faithful work as disciples and leaders – work that advocates for right where we see wrong, work that energizes our faith and deepens our understanding of scripture, and work that acts on our beliefs. All of this and more are ways we serve as the Body of Christ.

We invite you to serve with Second today!

Habitat for Humanity Build
June 21
Join us for this day of volunteering, community, and fellowship.

Habitat for Humanity Build
June 21

Join us for this day of volunteering, community, and fellowship.

Back to School Supply Drive Volunteers
July 7-11
Volunteer to help the Deacons sort and distribute school supplies to Washington Township schools.

Back to School Supply Drive Volunteers
July 7-11

Volunteer to help the Deacons sort and distribute school supplies to Washington Township schools.

Second Treasures
Come see our new thrift store!

Second Treasures
Come see our new thrift store!

Willow Lake Elementary Shoe Closet
Put your kid's outgrown sneakers back to good use. 

Willow Lake Elementary Shoe Closet
Put your kid's outgrown sneakers back to good use. 

The Don & Karen Lake Buttrey Northside Food Pantry
Caring for those experiencing hardship and food insecurity in Washington Township.

The Don & Karen Lake Buttrey Northside Food Pantry
Caring for those experiencing hardship and food insecurity in Washington Township.

Habitat For Humanity
Providing safe and affordable housing for families in our community.

Habitat For Humanity
Providing safe and affordable housing for families in our community.

Umoja Partnership
Help us fund a new partner school in Chulaimbo, Kenya

Umoja Partnership
Help us fund a new partner school in Chulaimbo, Kenya

Family Promise
Eliminating homelessness in Greater Indianapolis with an Apartment Shelter Program, Diversion Program, and AfterCare.

Family Promise
Eliminating homelessness in Greater Indianapolis with an Apartment Shelter Program, Diversion Program, and AfterCare.

NeighborLink Indianapolis
Providing free home repair services to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities in Marion County.

NeighborLink Indianapolis
Providing free home repair services to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities in Marion County.

SAWs Ramp Building
Impacting the lives for low-income and disabled individuals, one ramp at a time.

SAWs Ramp Building
Impacting the lives for low-income and disabled individuals, one ramp at a time.

Adopt-a-Classroom
Washington Township Schools

Click here to learn how you can enrich learning for a whole classroom of students.

Adopt-a-Classroom
Washington Township Schools

Click here to learn how you can enrich learning for a whole classroom of students.

Advocacy: Speak Out for Others 

Add your voice to Second's work addressing both hunger and housing issues right here in our community and across the country.

Advocacy: Speak Out for Others 

Add your voice to Second's work addressing both hunger and housing issues right here in our community and across the country.

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    Join our Sunday Volunteer Team

    Would you like to greet on Sundays? Help out in the Nursery? Join our Acolyte families during worship? What about recording attendance and facilitating some mission work?! We’d love to have your help! Here are all the ways you can serve right here at Second!

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    Congregational Care Network Team

    Second has partnered with IU Health to be part of the Congregational Care Network (CCN). We have a trained CCN team that, alongside other local Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations, seeks to address loneliness and social isolation in our community.

    Prospective CCN volunteers receive training in listening skills, understanding HIPAA laws and community resources, and more. After receiving training, CCN volunteers, called “connectors,” are matched with IU Health patients, called “companions,” who have self-identified as lonely and desiring of additional support after being discharged from the hospital. Through regular conversations with their Companions, Connectors provide a compassionate, listening ear and help patients ease back into their normal, at-home routines, identify sources of support in their existing circles, and connect to new sources of support and community.

    Read more about CCN here, or watch the video testimonial below featuring Second member Deborah Tobias.

    To learn more about serving as a Connector, please contact Lead Connector Brittany Babbitt.

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    Matthew 25 Church

    Second continues to be a church committed to walking alongside those in need in our local community and beyond. We join others in denomination in extending the love of God to others by responding to their needs and nurturing them in body and soul. The national church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has put forth the Matthew 25 Initiative, encouraging congregations to engage in life-giving work grounded in this Gospel passage.

    In the fall of 2020 the Session of Second voted to endorse this initiative. Being a “Matthew 25 Church” does not change what we do or how we do it; it provides a framework for why we do mission work – that is, as a response to how Jesus tells us to live in community with one another. We are called to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned, or poor.

    What is a Matthew 25 church?

    Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, both the 222nd and 223rd General Assemblies (2016 and 2018) exhorted the PC(USA) to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.

     

    “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31-46)

    How the vision unites all Presbyterians

    By accepting the Matthew 25 invitation, we help our denomination become a more relevant presence in the world. We recognize Christ’s urgent call to be a church of action, where God’s love, justice and mercy shine forth and are contagious. And we rejoice how our re-energized faith can unite all Presbyterians for a common and holy purpose: our common identity to do mission.

    The Matthew 25 initiative has three goals:

    • Engage with the community -- Building congregational vitality by challenging congregations and their members to deepen and energize their faith and grow as joyful leaders and disciples, actively engaged with their community as they share the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
    • Support racial justice -- Dismantling structural racism by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.
    • Fight poverty -- Eradicating systemic poverty by acting on our beliefs and working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.