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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.

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MONTREAT WORSHIP AND MUSIC CONFERENCE (views from 2014).

This year's theme is "Grace and Gratitude," and a group of 15 from SPC will attend Week Two: June 26-July 1, 2016. They will return to Roanoke on July 2. Visit the Montreat site; see the brochure.

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Morning VBS Registration Continues!

Registration for Morning Vacation Bible School (July 25-28) is still open! Copy and paste: https://kideventpro.lifeway.com/myChurch/?id=33023

or click link here! NOTE: Preschool enrollment for four-year-olds is full! This year's theme is "God’s Heroes!" Children ages 4k-5th grade are invited to join us as we discover how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God. We will explore scripture and meet people from the Bible who used what they had to produce something amazing, and how we, too, are a part of this ongoing story of faith. Come with your heart, mind, and imagination to participate in the creative life of God!

*Class size for 4-Year-Old Preschool Class is now closed.

**If you or your youth (rising 6th grade and up) has an interest in volunteering, please register online here under Volunteer Registration, or contact Elizabeth Link directly.

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SECOND SHEET UPDATE! - The deadline for our monthly newsletter has been extended to second Wednesday of the month, July 13. If you have any photos or information to include, please send them to sally@spres.org by 12:00 noon on July 13. The upcoming Second Sheet will be mailed at the end of July, and will be in mailboxes by the first of August.

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Meet the Rev. Rachel Claire Thompson, the selected nominee for the position of 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! Her installation is scheduled for August 21, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. Send her a personal word of welcome: rachel@spres.org.

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CONGREGATIONAL LIFE SPECIAL INTEREST SEMINARS

More seminars are being organized, so watch this space!

Handouts are available in the literature rack.

Special class material and lectures can also be found there.

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Every year, 6th and 7th graders take a Photo Trek through the church.

Click on the link above to view their handiwork.

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

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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

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Remember reading about the mission work that our youth groups undertook along with other Presbyterian youth from around the Valley? They gathered at Covenant Pres for the March Mystery Mission Madness on Sunday, March 6. The SWOCO section of our daily newspaper printed a follow-up story and photo on April 6, 2016, based upon a submission posted March 11 by Mary MacMichael, Director of Youth Ministries/Church Activities at Covenant. Click on this link to read The Roanoke Times article.

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Trent Get-Away @ Massanetta Event Brochure

Join us August 12-14 at Massanetta Springs for annual churchwide retreat! * * * Registration is complete, but if interested in an opening, please contact co-chairs Mary Brown (314-9564) - mairheart@gmail.com or

Kevin Connelly (537-9449) - kconnelly@landscapesupplyva.com.

Guest Speaker –Rev. Peter Bynum; Theme –Meditating on God’s Law

Rev. Peter Bynum is Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Concord, NC. He is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Virginia School of Law. After 10 years of practicing law, Peter discerned a call to ministry. A former classmate of Rev. Elizabeth Link’s at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Peter was a 2010 participant in the Trent Symposium for Newly Ordained Ministers. Peter and his wife Stephanie have two daughters, Molly (13) and Kate (9). Join them and your church family at Massanetta Springs! AUGUST 12-14 - See linked brochure above for registration or check in at the church.

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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!

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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.

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2016 Annual Report for Year 2015 (read here)

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

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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.

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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!"
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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.

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    "This Is Our Story" - Rally Day Theme for 2015-2016

    (Click above to view video about Adult Christian Education opportunities at Second Presbyterian Church/Roanoke.) All are welcome.

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    TRENT YOUTH RALLY - OCTOBER 4

    Last year's theme was "Everywhere: God in Unexpected Places."

    Trent Youth Rally at Second Pres (October 4, 2015) - click for poster.

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    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, (amy@habitat-Roanoke.org) 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: August 21-27, 2016. If you'd like to help, please contact one of the SPC Coordinators: Lauren Ellerman, Shelby Bingham, Lucinda Hancock

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    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.

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

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    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!

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    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.

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    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: http://sriclinic.blogspot.com

    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:

    http://sriclinic.blogspot.com (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 sriclinic.blogspot.com.

    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.

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    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.

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

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    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!

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    A glimpse into the new 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 new LEMON Reading Room.

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    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 second year in the fall of 2015, after four years of continued expansion, the Preschool is again offering its "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).

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    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.

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    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. http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1414987/events/2737409/videos/43268655 (His message on February 23, 2014, begins at the 33-minute mark.)

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    Safe Place Child & Youth Protection Policy

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

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

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    7th TRENT SYMPOSIUM FOR NEWLY ORDAINED MINISTERS (March 21-26, 2014).

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    6th TRENT SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS Listed Here

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

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

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

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    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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