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At its May meeting, the session of Second Presbyterian church approved a plan to allow both on-site and online worship beginning on June 14. We ask for both understanding and cooperation as we work our way through what will certainly be a long season of transition. RSVPs are requested for those planning to attend on-site worship. Visit our WORSHIP TIMES page to learn more.

The church, like businesses and social activities, will have to be innovative and adaptive to changing circumstances. However, no matter what we become, the church’s calling is to be what is has always been: the church of Jesus Christ. The great ends of the church as illustrated in Acts 2 and 4 must be pursued even if by different means.

Worship:
  • We will continue to worship together even while physically apart through live streaming and by preserving the services on various platforms (church website, Second on the Mount podcasts, YouTube channel, Facebook).
  • For information on and safety protocols regarding the reopening of on-site worship, please visit our WORSHIP TIMES page. For the time being, the sanctuary capacity has been set at 70 attendees and RSVPs for on-site worship are requested.
Show compassion and care for children of God:
  • We will continue to stay connected to each other. Great efforts are being made to stay in contact with all members, and particularly with those who are most vulnerable and isolated. For questions, prayer requests, and more, contact the church.
Seek truth through education:
  • Weekly Sunday School lessons were offered on YouTube through the end of our program year. New episodes continue to be produced for the Child of God with The Rev. Elizabeth Link podcast. Small group Bible studies will begin meeting through Zoom on May 31.
Provide a witness of God’s kingdom to the world:
  • We will be proactive in responding to the needs of Roanoke and beyond. We recognize that right now a priority will be to respond to crisis needs that arise because of fallout from the pandemic. The Service and Outreach Committee is regularly communicating with key ministries and strategically will channel funds where most needed.
  • Local Relief Fund: Although we are not able to “pass the plate,” we hope to continue our plate offering benevolences through congregational donations to our Local Relief Fund. To donate, designate a check or online gift to “Local Relief.”
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“CHURCH BEYOND WALLS”
Christian education theme for 2020-21

This year, most of us are worshiping and living our Christian discipleship beyond the walls of our church. It is a strange new reality to worship, fellowship, and learn through screens, telephone conversations, and the written page. It is a strange feeling for us, but not new for the church to exist “untethered” to its meeting place or separated physically from one another. God is faithful and we can be faithful in the living of these days. So, with this year’s Christian education program, we are embracing our current reality and the life-giving promise of the Holy Spirit as the church moves beyond walls. As important and meaningful as our church building is for us, the church was never our building. The church is the Body of Christ worshiping, growing, and serving wherever we are planted.

With the help of many faithful volunteers, we are excited to announce the creative ways you will be invited to pursue Christian education this fall. Some of our adult Sunday school classes are continuing through a Zoom format, short-term pre-recorded classes will be available each season, and children and youth will be exploring Sunday school; Children, Worship, and Wonder; music, and youth group in new and innovative ways. We are living into our call to be creative, imaginative, and nimble in our service to the Lord. Be sure to browse our 2020-21 Christian Education Booklet below for all the details!

Catching Up With the Spirit
Sermon Series on Acts of the Apostles
Sundays, September 13-November 22, 2020

During a time of upheaval and change, it can be difficult to trust God is at work. During this season of change, we invite you to join us for our 10-week sermon series we are calling Catching Up with the Spirit, a study on The Book of Acts of the Apostles beginning on Rally Day Sunday, September 13.

This New Testament book chronicles the story of God’s grace flooding out into the world through the lives and ministries of the apostles in the years following Christ’s ascension. Acts has much to say about the work of God’s people and the challenge of living faithfully in a complex and ever-changing world. As the early Christian church sought to catch up wit the boundary breaking work of God’s Spirit, it envisioned a better way to live together where everyone’s needs were met.

We trust that God continues to work in, through, and alongside God’s people to bring justice, healing, and wholeness to everyone. Join us in person (Sundays at 9:00 a.m., RSVP required) or online (Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via YouTube) as we seek to catch up with the Spirit.

November 1, 2020
3:00-6:00 p.m.
Braeloch Pavilion
2353 Hammond Dr, Vinton, VA 24179
Register by October 19

Join the gals of Second Presbyterian Church for socially distanced fellowship, a time of devotion, a boxed dinner, and a make and take craft! Plan to wear a mask, bring a Bible, and dress warmly. Separate households to drive separately. Cost is $20 per person.

Click the button below to register by noon on MONDAY, OCTOBER 19. Please submit your payment to the church by Monday, October 19 by designating a check or online gift to “Gals Gathering.” Visit the GIVE NOW page to submit your payment online.

We look forward to spending this time of socially distanced fellowship and renewal with you!

November 2, 2020
5:00-5:30 p.m. Live Stream Prayer Service, YouTube
5:30-6:00 p.m. In-Person Prayer Group, Parking Lot

On Monday, November 2 at 5:00 p.m., Senior Pastor Dr. George Anderson will lead a live, non-partisan prayer service via YouTube. Together we will lift our prayers for unity, hope and peace on the eve of this particularly divisive presidential election. Those who would like to join an in-person prayer group are invited to meet in the parking lot from 5:30-6:00 p.m. following the live stream. Masks are required and social distance protocols will be observed.

Advent Workshop Kits
RSVP by November 16 @ Noon
Pickup on November 22

We hope your household will join us in preparing your home for the special season of Advent. “Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again.

Traditionally, we hold an Advent Workshop on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Families of all shapes, sizes and generations create a wreath, a calendar or a special Advent or Christmas-themed project. This year, the Christian Education Committee has decided to offer a way for your household to experience Advent preparations safely at home. Register online or contact the church office to reserve your Advent Workshop Kit. Inside, you will find all the supplies you will need to create your own Advent wreath. Kits will also include an Advent calendar and devotional that ties in with our Advent sermon series theme “What Can’t Wait?”.

Until we can all safely be together again, may opportunities like this be a way to help make our homes a worshipful space all season long. As we light our wreath and prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ this Advent season, may we think of and pray for one another. And may the hope, peace, joy and love of this holy season be yours.

To register, click the button below or contact the church office by 12 noon on Monday, November 16. A suggested $5 toward supply fees is appreciated (donations can be submitted at the time of kit pickup).

Advent Kit Pickup will take place on Sunday, November 22 from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. under the portico entrance. If you are unable to pick up your kit on November 22, feel free to come by the church office during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) November 23-25. The kits will be stored in the Hospitality Room.

A Second Presbyterian planning team has curated a list of resources for our church family in the form of a 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge. Each day you can watch a short video or read an article or excerpt designed to address how racism continues to play out in our society and in our own thoughts and practices. In addition to these resources, we have compiled some spiritual practices so you can invite God into the conversation. You will also have an opportunity to join a Zoom small group to further reflect, discuss, and consider action steps with church members. Groups will run from the weeks of August 9 to September 6, 2020 (register HERE by August 2). Find the details at:

www.spres.org/21-day-racial-justice-challenge

Second Presbyterian is a vital congregation for people of all ages and circumstances seeking to know, love, and follow Christ.

Second Presbyterian Welcomes You

Are you looking for ways to foster and nurture your family in an ever-changing world? Are you thinking about finding a church home? At Second Presbyterian Church, our friendly staff and congregation strives to care for your family both spiritually and emotionally. This website is designed to ease the transition into the life of our church. Whether you decide to visit or join, we welcome you!

Meet our Pastors

Dr. George C. Anderson

Dr. George C. Anderson

Senior Pastor

Dr. George C. Anderson is the seventh Senior Pastor in the history of Second Presbyterian Church (Roanoke, VA). He began preaching at Second on February 22, 1998. Previously, he had been the Senior Minister at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS, and an Associate Minister at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, TN. He is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC, and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Dr. Anderson is involved in every aspect of church life with an emphasis on preaching, teaching, visiting, and staff oversight.

George and his wife, Millie, have three daughters: Paige, Rachel, and Virginia. Virginia became a new mother to daughter Emory on November 1, 2017.

The Reverend Elizabeth N.H. Link

The Reverend Elizabeth N.H. Link

Associate Pastor for Christian Education

The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link joined the staff of Second Presbyterian in August 2011. She attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, where she majored in history and religion: Christian education. Following graduation, she served First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, FL, as Director of Christian education, and subsequently recognized the call to ordained ministry. In 2009, Elizabeth earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Afterwards, she served as a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry, at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN.

Elizabeth is married to Chris Link, and the two welcomed their first child, Eleanor, in the spring of 2018.

Jen Brothers, M.Div

Jen Brothers, M.Div

Interim Ministry Coordinator for Youth and Young Adults

Jen Brothers graduated from Union Presbyterian seminary in 2020 with a Master’s of Divinity, fulfilling a 25-year dream. Among other roles, Jen has previously worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor (M.A. Ed., VA Tech), Assistant Director and Professor of the Batten Leadership Institute (Hollins University), a primary school Spanish teacher, and a youth minister and Christian education director. Jen grew up in South America and first moved to Roanoke upon graduating from James Madison University with undergraduate degrees in Communications and Spanish. In Roanoke she met and married Carter Brothers (formerly of Nashville, TN). Together they have raised three daughters. Jen is also a co-founder of House of Bread, an ecumenical non-profit providing job skills training, mentoring, and friendship to women who have been incarcerated through baking and selling bread. Jen joined the staff of Second Presbyterian in June of 2020.