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.
- 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.”
Church Resource Links:
- Conversation Series:
- “A Conversation with Dr. Kipper Nottingham”
- “A Conversation with The Rev. Eric Long”
- “A Conversation on Children’s & Adolescent Mental Health with Sarah Bishop”
- “A Conversation on Racism in America and the Aftermath of George Floyd’s Death”
“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!
What Can’t Wait?
Advent Sermon Series
Sundays, November 29-December 20, 2020
This year, so much has changed. As we face the holiday season, we are reconsidering how we shop, what events to attend, how to handle family gatherings, and even how we worship. Some things we love to do, and thought we would always do, might have to wait until next year.
What we cannot wait for are those gifts of grace that we celebrate in the season. During the Sundays of Advent, the pastors of Second Presbyterian Church are going to offer a sermons series called, What Can’t Wait?, in which we will focus on four of those gifts: hope, peace, joy and love.
- Sunday, November 29: “Hope”
- Sunday, December 6: “Peace”
- Sunday, December 13: “Joy”
- Sunday, December 20: “Love”
Join us in person (Sundays at 9:00 a.m., RSVP required) or online (Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via YouTube), and look forward to the week of Christmas where we will offer a series of opportunities to anticipate and celebrate the coming of Christ.
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While the holiday season may look different this year, we are glad to continue the Christmas traditions of Second Presbyterian and offer opportunities for worship and celebration in new and creative ways.
Click to learn more about each holiday offering below!
December 6: Christmas Pageant
The annual Christmas pageant is a highlight of our Advent traditions at Second Presbyterian Church. This year, with a little creativity and flexibility, we have found an exciting new way to experience the annual pageant. Without giving too much away, this year’s production included a road trip, a new set, and a film crew. You won’t want to miss it!
Members of ALL ages are invited to join us for our annual Christmas Pageant, which will be released as a YouTube Premiere on Sunday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. Stay tuned for the link, and remember to bake some Christmas cookies, pop some popcorn, and enjoy the show!
Sunday, December 20: Christmas Sing-Along
Christmas carolers rejoice! Join in this spirited “Christmas Sing-Along” video led by Marianne Sandborg and singers in the church. The video event, hosted by Senior Pastor Dr. George Anderson, will be made available on our YouTube Channel on Sunday, December 20. Though the video will be presented as something to be watched right before going to bed on Christmas Eve, we are making it available the Sunday before so that everyone can have a chance to see it and sing along. Most of the songs and hymns will be familiar, but lyrics will be provided to make it easy to join in!
Monday, December 21: Winter Solstice Prayer Service
This video prayer service will be offered by the Youth Council and Jen Brothers. On the evening of the longest night of the year, it will be a service of anticipation of the light that overcomes the darkness. As 2020 nears its end and the winter solstice begins, join us as we anticipate the dawning light.
Thursday, December 24: Christmas Eve Services
- ALL DAY: A “Family Christmas Service” will be available for viewing online.
- This year, Second’s beloved family worship service will be brought to you in the comfort of your own home or wherever you may be! The video service will be made available on our church YouTube channel all day on Christmas Eve.
- NOON: A “Christmas Eve Service” will be available online and in person in the sanctuary.
- RSVPs will be require for on-site worship. Learn about our safety protocols and RSVP HERE.
- This noon Christmas Eve service will also be available for viewing on the church’s YouTube channel.
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 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 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.
Jen Brothers, M.Div
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.