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Come see us at our church home at 214 Mountain Avenue, SW; Roanoke, VA 24016. For questions or directions, call (540) 343-3659.


Christmas Season Activities:

* KNITTERS for Highland Park Project!! All knit hats, etc., are due back to the church by Tuesday, December 13, or make arrangements by calling Emily Mallory, project coordinator for PW Circle 1 (344-1780).

December 11 Christmas Dinner (4:30/5:15); Christmas Pageant (6:15 p.m.)

Reservations for Christmas Dinner are requested by Dec. 5.

December 24 Christmas Eve Services (8th Annual Manger Offering)

* 12:00 noon Communion Service

* 5:00 p.m. Family Service with baptisms, Christmas story

* 10:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols with Communion

* POINSETTIAS in memory or celebration - for display on Advent 3 (Dec. 18), Advent 4 (Dec. 24), and Christmas Day (Dec. 25). Orders due by December 5.

* CHRISTMAS DINNER RESERVATIONS FOR DECEMBER 11 due by Dec. 5. See bulletin (form in insert) for event information.

* ANGEL TREE GIFTS benefiting the West End Center are due back by December 11, so that they may be distributed at their Christmas party.



* January 8 Pancake Breakfast - Say "Thanks" to a Sunday School Teacher and "Welcome!" to 2016's New Members - Members and visitors invited to join at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for a very special breakfast!

* January 15 - Reception to honor Phil Boggs for his 18 years of dedicated service as Church Business Administrator. Join us in Fellowship Hall that Sunday right after the 11:00 a.m. worship service concludes at noon. Don't miss this opportunity to thank him.


Church office will be closed on December 26 for Christmas Holiday. One service only on Christmas Day, December 25 (11:00 a.m.).

Church office will be closed on January 2, 2017, for New Year Holiday. One service only on New Year's Day, January 1 (11:00 a.m.).


Welcome Preschool Families! (October 23, 2016 - Preschool Sunday)

We were delighted to have you with us for our sixth annual Preschool Sunday in this, our 125th Anniversary year of Second Presbyterian! We love the joy your children bring to our church each weekday, and are grateful for what their presence and music offered in our time of worship last Sunday (11:00 a.m.). We hope that each Sunday provides a welcoming and engaging worship service for all ages.

Resource booklet: "Bedtime with Children: Writing on the Tablets of Their Hearts" was first presented by Dr. Anderson on Preschool Sunday.


A REVOLUTION UPDATE - Second Presbyterian Church's missionary to the Dominican Republic through Solid Rock International, Ken Potter, continues to share his DR experiences with us through this blog: visit

"Over one month ago Stacy and I began a journey visiting 11 different churches that have been very involved with Solid Rock and the Revolution project. The purpose was to bring over 530 individuals and organizations up-to-date regarding what has happened over the last two years since groundbreaking in November of 2014 and what the the future holds.

It was a wonderful time visiting an amazing array of different types of churches and meeting many people who have been very involved with Solid Rock for decades." ~ Ken Potter, excerpt from his blog


Take a look at our educational opportunities for 2016-2017: Christian Education at Second. We hope you will join us!

Link following is the Christian Ed print booklet (click here).



This year's theme was "what happens when the world stops spinning? a look into a differently-timed kind of life."

Trent Youth Rally at Second Pres (October 2, 2016) - click for poster.


RALLY DAY AND 125th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION took place September 11, 2016. From here on out until next summer, both the early service and late service are held in the Sanctuary, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. (Please note, on November 6, Daylight Saving Time ends). Church bulletin from 9/11/16.

Radio focus (September 6, 2016) on church's 125th celebration -


INSTALLATION SERVICE for RACHEL CLAIRE THOMPSON was Sunday, August 21 (6:00 p.m.), Sanctuary - Audio Version.

Meet the Rev. Rachel Claire Thompson, our new Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults at Second Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, VA. Click on her name above to read a two-page introduction. Click here for video presentation. Ordained as a PCUSA Minister of Word and Sacrament in Durham, NC, on May 8, 2016, Rachel's first day in the office was June 6, 2016! Send her a personal word of welcome:


Congratulations to PATRICK McELWAINE who grew up in Second Presbyterian Church/Roanoke. Click here for a video depicting his June 4 graduation from Union Presbyterian Seminary. He is now serving as the Associate Pastor of Clemmons Presbyterian Church in Clemmons, NC.


SENIOR HIGH WORK CAMP - June 12-18, 2016 Broad Street Ministry (Philadelphia, PA) - A slideshow of the activities of the week!


CHURCHWIDE PICNIC 2016 - With special thanks to church member Lawrence I'Anson who took these photos this year! __________________________________________________________________________


This year's theme was "Grace and Gratitude," and a group of 15 from SPC attended Week Two: June 26-July 1, 2016. They were led by Beth Vaught-Jenkins, Visit the Montreat site; see the brochure.


Every year, 6th and 7th graders take a PHOTO TREK through the church. Click on the link above to view their handiwork.


WILLS EMPHASIS BROCHURE - Read for more information on how to Plan a Legacy, In Your Will.


Various Radio Spots Promoting the Church and Church Programs:

Click here to listen to CHURCH MISSION WORK in DR on radio

Click here to listen to CHURCH DIVERSITY PROMO on radio

Click here to listen to CHURCH CONNECTEDNESS PROMO on radio

Click here to listen to EDMUNDS LECTURES PROMO on radio


WE WELCOMED PARTICIPANTS AND TEACHERS TO THE KITTYE SUSAN TRENT SYMPOSIUM on March 11-16, 2016. This was the 9th consecutive year of this program. Click here to meet participants!


EDMUNDS LECTURES took place February 28-29, 2016 (lectures at 7:00 p.m., followed by receptions). DR. BRIAN K. BLOUNT spoke at the evening lectures and preached at both Sunday morning services. He is president and professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA, and Charlotte, NC. Recordings can be found on the listing of Worship, Music & Sermons tab above.


2016 Annual Report for Year 2015 (read here)


George Anderson speaks at 2016 National Gathering of NEXT CHURCH (February 22-24, 2016) held at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA.


YOUR PLEDGED SUPPORT of Second Presbyterian Church matters. Pledge cards are still available in the pews and in the literature racks. You may continue to drop off your pledge cards at the office, in the offering plate, or pledge online.


ASSORTED VIDEOS from Second Presbyterian:

  • 6th and 7th graders Photo Trek
  • The Nativity Story rehearsal as enacted by the Second Presbyterian Preschoolers.
  • The 2015 Advent Workshop - Making Advent Calendars
  • The GALS Gathering 2015! Thirteenth annual event: "Connected in Christ."
  • What's Been Happening "This Summer at Second 2015!"
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    The Tenth Anniversary Recital of the Goulding & Wood Organ installation was held November 15, 2015. Here is the Program Booklet from the event.


    VOLUNTEER FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILDS! Second Pres supports this effort and encourages you to sign up for a time convenient for you. Since we cannot guarantee a large number of workers for a designated build date, we urge you to volunteer as individuals or as a small group on your own. Go to their website (click on this link) and follow the instructions to sign up! It is a wonderful hands-on mission for our members! All individuals, 16 years and older, are welcome! You may contact Habitat's Volunteer Coordinator, Amy Alls, ( with any questions. __________________________________________________________________________

    FAMILY PROMISE of Greater Roanoke - Schedule for 2016 - Many of you are familiar with Family Promise, a local nonprofit providing shelter for homeless families. Family Promise’s mission is to mobilize faith communities to return homeless families to independence by providing temporary housing and skills development. Family Promise includes 31 congregations (including Second Pres) and over 1,000 volunteers in our area who provide temporary housing and meals for families with children.

    Family Promise guests will next be hosted at Second Pres on November 13-20: If you'd like to help, please contact one of the SPC Coordinators: Lauren Ellerman, Shelby Bingham, Lucinda Hancock


    Interested in becoming a MEMBER of Second Presbyterian Church? We invite you to meet with a minister to discuss your interest. Feel free to contact any of the pastors by calling 343-3659.


    Click here to visit the Second Presbyterian YOUTH MINISTRY blog, now with postings from the 2015 BIBLES & BRICKS Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic!


    Last summer, the Broad Street Mission in Philadelphia, PA, was the destination for our 2015 Senior High Mission Trip. This year, a new team served from June 12-18, 2016. Take a look at activities posted and found on Second Presbyterian Church's Youth Facebook page!


    SLIDE SHOWS! - Click links to view!

  • Children's Choirs sing with Chancel Choir (3rd-5th grades)
  • Preschoolers learn the Game of Soccer!
  • Flowers in Worship
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    CONCERNS - Members of Second Presbyterian and their loved ones are asked to inform the church staff if you are aware of any illnesses, hospitalizations, scheduled surgeries, deaths, or other pastoral concerns. We ask your help so we can be attentive to needs of the congregation and their extended families.


    KEN POTTER - For the next two-to-three years (starting in 2014), Ken will be living in San Juan de la Maguana overseeing construction of the new Solid Rock Clinic to be located in a flood-safe area. He was commissioned as our missionary to the Dominican Republic on December 21, 2014. If you would like to support him in this exciting ministry, you may donate online at the SPC website or by check made payable to "Second Presbyterian" and please note: "Ken Potter, missionary support" in the item line. Here is a clip from the groundbreaking on 11/18/14! Follow ongoing activities on Ken's blog where he posts updates/videos:

    In 2015:

    Second Presbyterian Church's MEDICAL AND CONSTRUCTION TEAM for Dominican Republic Mission - February 28 - March 7, 2015

    Full report submitted by Martha and Bill Sando who joined the team for 2015. They are from Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN. Also included is note by Bob Williams, Second Pres Trip Manager, and Charlie Coulter with Doug Call, Prosthetic Specialists. Follow the developments: (clinic construction, blog by Ken Potter)

    In 2016:

    Ken Potter with update (1/19/16) on Clinic Project in the Dominican Republic! Outlining all the clinic walls with blocks positioned two high.

    Here is the first day of work - January 20, 2016

    Nature's Bath Shop - January 24, 2016

    Visit Ken Potter and see the latest at

    BOB WILLIAMS led the MEDICAL MISSION TRIP to the Dominican Republic, and reports they arrived without a hitch (2/29/16). They experienced a busy week, February 27-March 5. Their focus was to provide medical help to the people, and support to the building component.


    KIDS' FELLOWSHIP - For ages four through fifth grade, meeting the third Saturday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at The Intersection. Questions, contact: Linda and Phillip Markley. Parents are always welcome to join us.


    The Mary Bickford Steinway Recital was held in Kirk Hall on November 7, 2014. Photos and video clips: click here.


    PACK-A-SNACK - During the school year, Old Southwest Congregations in Action serves over 60 children each week through the Highland Park Pack-A-Snack program. Usual Pack-A-Snack items are nutritious foods in individual size-servings that children can take home for after-school snacks they might not otherwise be able to afford. Thanks for making a big difference in the children's lives!


    A glimpse into the LEMON LIBRARY! introduced Second Presbyterian Church to the mission ministry in San Juan de la Maguana of the Dominican Republic. Dr. Anderson was asked to be the preacher for their "Mission Sunday." He took the opportunity to tell the story of how the partnership between the congregations developed as a thank you, but even more as a parable of how we can remain Presbyterian in mission connections even in an era

    Adjacent to the library is the LEMON Reading Room.


    PRESCHOOL Program Opportunities!

    Second Presbyterian Church, in conjunction with the Kittye Susan Trent Fund, has generously supported, both actively and financially, continued growth of the Preschool and Children's Garden program. For the third year in the fall of 2016, after five years of continued expansion, the Preschool is again offering the "AFTER-CARE" PROGRAM so families needing an all-day option may participate. Contact Molly Simpson (Preschool and Mother's Morning Out Director) for information (342-6405) or visit their website (click here).


    THE ISRAEL EXPERIENCE, co-sponsored by Temple Emanuel and Second Presbyterian, March 18-27, 2014. Enjoy the experience by viewing the blog kept by former Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults, Elizabeth Smith.


    First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg SC, introduced Second Presbyterian Church to the mission ministry in San Juan de la Maguana of the Dominican Republic. Dr. George Anderson was asked to preach for their "Mission Sunday." He took the opportunity to tell the story of how the partnership between the congregations developed as a thank-you, but even more as a parable of how we can remain Presbyterian in mission connections even in an era when denominations are weakening. (His message on February 23, 2014, begins at the 33-minute mark.)


    Safe Place Child & Youth Protection Policy


    • 9th TRENT SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS - March 11-16, 2016


    8th TRENT SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS - March 13-18, 2015





    The 6th annual symposium was held March 15-20, 2013.


    5th TRENT SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS from Year 2012! Slide show!


    Click on MEMORIAL SERVICES and WEDDINGS to receive guidance about these services at Second Presbyterian Church.


    You can make or manage your pledge on-line, just "Launch the Form" at the bottom of the "pledge on-line" page.


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