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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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TRENT GET-AWAY at Massanetta Springs, August 14-16, 2015

Registration Brochure (please print two-sided using black ink).

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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 this year. 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.

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WOMEN'S BUILD is May 6 through May 9, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Go to www.habitat-roanoke.org/volunteer to sign up and get additional information. If you have questions, please contact Susan Blose Blaylock.

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Wednesday 2015 NOONTIME LENTEN SERIES began on Ash Wednesday (February 18) and culminated on Maundy Thursday (April 2), with Dr. William R. Klein preaching, in the Chapel.

Where available, written texts are linked here for each week's service:

Ash Wednesday, February 18 - "God of My Yearning" - Dr. William R. Klein

February 25 - "Did He Really Just Say That?" - Dr. Carl Utley

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FAMILY PROMISE of Greater Roanoke - 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 at Second Pres:

May 24-31August 9-16November 15-22

2015 Coordinators: Lauren Ellerman, Shelby Bingham, Lucinda Hancock

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This year's Dominican Republic Mission and Construction Trip, February 28-March 7, 2015, was very successful! Follow the developments on:

http://sriclinic.blogspot.com (clinic construction, blog by Ken Potter);

http://solidrockinternational.org;

http://revolution.solidrockinternational.org/posts/uncategorized/involvement-opportunities-and-updates/.

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The Rev. Elizabeth Smith has moved to Tucson, AZ, in March with her husband, the Rev. Bart Smith, as he answers a call to be solo pastor of St. Mark's Presbyterian Church there. Thursday, March 12, was her last day at SPC. A Letter to the Congregation from the Rev. Elizabeth T. Smith.

___________________________________________________________________________The Bibles & Bricks DR Trip fundraiser dinner (orig. scheduled for March 21) has been cancelled. However, the church is most grateful to receive any donations you might like to make to support the mission trip on July 11-18. Note: Please write Bibles & Bricks in the item line of your check so that it will be earmarked specifically for that purpose. And, thank you!

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Coming soon! Flowers in Worship (a slide show)

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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. On April 18, Big Hero 6 will be shown. Great refreshments! We'd love to have the youngsters come (friends welcome), and parents are always invited to stay. RSVP to Linda and Phillip Markley.

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DR. STANLEY HAUERWAS was scheduled to be the 2015 Edmunds Lecturer, but accepted an assignment to lead the Ethics Department at Aberdeen University in Scotland, and so had to withdraw.

We will resume the Edmunds Lectures with DR. BRIAN K. BLOUNT on February 28-29, 2016. He is president and professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA, and Charlotte, NC. Dr. Blount has written for numerous publications. the list below consists of books he has authored and co-authored.

  • Invasion of the Dead: Preaching Resurrection (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014)
  • Revelation: A Commentary in the New Testament Library Series (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009)
  • The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, Associate editor ( Abingdon Press, 2009)
  • The Discipleship Study Bible, Associate editor (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008)
  • True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary, General Editor (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007)
  • Can I Get A Witness? Reading Revelation Through an African American Lens (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005)
  • Preaching Mark in Two Voices, with Gary W. Charles (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002)
  • Then the Whisper Put on Flesh: New Testament Ethics in an African American Context (Nashville: Abingdon Pres 2001)
  • Struggling With Scripture, with Walter Brueggemann and Willliam Placher (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001)
  • Making Room at the Table: An Invitation to Multicultural Worship, edited with Leonora Tubbs Tisdale (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000)
  • Go Preach! Mark's Kingdom Message and the Black Church Today (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Press, 1998)
  • Cultural Interpretation: Reorienting New Testament Criticism (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995)
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    Praying in the City (Wednesdays at Noon) - Click link at left to access the January-April schedule. Greene Memorial UMC again hosts their popular noontime service and luncheon. Come to pray and sing and hear the Word from area clergy. The 25-minute services begin at 12:05 and offer messages of faith and hope. With the home-cooked lunch that immediately follows (suggested donation, $6), you can be back to your office in less than an hour. GMUMC; 402 Second Street at Church Avenue; Roanoke.

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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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    KEN POTTER - For the next two-to-three years, 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: http://sriclinic.blogspot.com

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    ProCLAIMing the Story

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

    Browse our 2014-2015 Christian Education brochure. During the school year, we return to services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Everyone is welcome.

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    PACK-A-SNACK - Old Southwest Congregations in Action serves 92 children each week in the Highland Park Pack-A-Snack program. Usual Pack-A-Snack items are nutritious foods children can take home for after-school snacks they might not otherwise be able to afford - individual servings of: granola bars; peanut butter or cheese crackers; raisins or other dried fruit; trail mix; applesauce; Jell-O® ; puddings; boxed drinks; Capri-Sun® drinks; protein/ meals like mac and cheese, Chef Boyardee® , soup, breakfast bars. If you can contribute such items, please bring them to the church closet. Thank you for making a big difference in the lives of these children!

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    Mary Chandler Pruette's Blog (11-month mission experience) -

    Embarking on The World Race (11n11) participating in missions in 11 countries over an 11-month period. (11/16/14 note: Due to a medical situation requiring surgery, Mary Chandler will have her mission experience interrupted for a bit. Watch her blog for updates.)

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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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    MONTREAT WORSHIP AND MUSIC CONFERENCE - "Rise, O Church, Like Christ Arisen." SPC participants attended Week 2 (June 22-28, 2014).

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    PRESCHOOL announces new program opportunity!

    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. Fall 2014, after three years of continued expansion, is offering for the first time an "AFTER-CARE" PROGRAM so families needing an all-day option may participate. Contact Molly Simpson (Preschool and Mother's Morning Out Director) or Stacy Potter (Assistant Director) for more information (342-6405) or visit their website (click here).

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    Worship – Food – Fun – Fellowship!

    2014 Annual Church Picnic at Boxtree Lodge . . . Photos from June 1 event!

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    THE ISRAEL EXPERIENCE, co-sponsored by Temple Emanuel and Second Presbyterian, March 18-27, 2014, is over! But you can review and enjoy the experience by reading the blog kept by former Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults, Elizabeth Smith. Enjoy her trip blog!

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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 either of the pastors by calling 343-3659.

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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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    The BIBLES & BRICKS Team blogged about the last Mission Trip in July 2014 to the Dominican Republic (great photos on Facebook; scroll down to July 12-19) and the blog: http://www.secondpresyouthministry.blogspot.com.

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    Have a look at this summer's slide show - MONTREAT WORSHIP AND MUSIC CONFERENCE - June 23-29, 2014. Find special videos at this link!

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    The YOUTH MINISTRY MISSION TEAM returned from their Summer Work Camp in FL filled with great enthusiasm! Twenty-two youth and adults spent a week (June 14-21, 2014) on a mission trip to the Beth-El Farmworker Ministry in Wimauma, FL. Click here for information/reflections on the youth blog. 9: "What Matters?"

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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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    SECOND SERVING

    The first cookbook written by Second Presbyterian Church members was a hit! All profits go to support programs of the Presbyterian Community Center in Southeast Roanoke! Many thanks to the organizers, contributors, and everyone involved. More than a cookbook, Second Serving features church history and information about the beautiful stained glass windows and art produced by church members over the years. On Rally Day (2012), Stacy Potter and Kathy Gilchrist of the cookbook committee presented a check for $10,000 to Karen McNally, PCC Executive Director, and Dr. Randy Rhea, PCC Board member, to benefit the Presbyterian Community Center.

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    Have you made your 2015 pledge to Second Presbyterian Church? You can do it easily on-line, just "Launch the Form" at the bottom of the "pledge on-line" page.

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