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Christmas Dinner and Pageant
Sunday, December 8
Meal at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
Pageant at 6:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Mark your calendar for our traditional family Christmas Dinner and Pageant to be held the evening of December 8, with dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m. After dinner, we recess to the Sanctuary for the traditional Christmas Pageant with music by the children. Our children and youth music kids will tell the story of Jesus’ birth in “Oh Come, Let Us Adore Him.” Come join the festivities! Your reservations for this year’s Christmas Dinner are requested by Tuesday, December 3. Chanticleer Catering is cooking up something special for this event. The menu includes:

  • Crisp Green Salad w/Carrots, Cucumbers, Parmesan & Croutons with Tuscan Italian & Ranch Dressings
  • Chicken Breast atop Sage Stuffing with Chicken Gravy
  • Roast Pork w/Caramelized Onion & Gala Apple Chutney
  • Smashed Parmesan Yukon Gold & Red Bliss Potatoes
  • Creamy Five Cheese Macaroni & Cheese
  • Southern Skillet Green Beans w/Mushrooms & Sweet Red Peppers
  • Mini Pimento Cheddar Corn Muffins
  • Dessert: Christmas Cookies

You may reserve your place at the table by paying for your dinner now. Cost is $12 per adult (12 and up); $10 per child (5-11); free for children 4 and under; $40 maximum per family for parents and children under 12. Place a check in the offering plate and be sure to mark it for “Christmas Dinner” in the item line. You may also fill out the order form here, and turn it in at the office. Call the office or email Stacy Moore to RSVP by Tuesday, December 3.

Noon Christmas Eve Worship Service
Tuesday, December 24
Sanctuary

Our noon worship service on Christmas Eve has traditionally been held in the chapel. This year, the noon worship service will be held in the sanctuary to accommodate its growing popularity! Worship will be lead by The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson, communion will be served by intinction, and we will celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism.

5:00 P.M. Christmas Eve Family Worship Service
Tuesday, December 24
Sanctuary

This special Christmas worship service is largely lead by the children and youth of the church. The Children’s Choir will sing, youth will read scripture, the Nativity story will be shared, and we will celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism. Our gratitude is expressed to all the children and youth readers, musicians, and their families for their participation and support of this program. Your family is welcome to join us!

10:00 P.M. Candlelight Worship Service
Tuesday, December 24
Sanctuary

Our 10:00 p.m. evening service is known and loved for the special music offered by the Chanel Choir and the reading of Luke 2:1-20 telling of Jesus’ birth. This year, however, the order of worship will be a bit different, communion will be shared, and the service will end with candlelight. Join us for what is sure to be a deeply meaningful service as we ring in Christmas morning.

We dedicate our 11th annual Manger Offering (collected at all three services) to benefit Family Promise of Greater Roanoke, which serves those who temporarily find no room at the inn. Family Promise helps families struggling to overcome homelessness by providing them temporary housing and skills development.

Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, January 5
10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

Say “Thanks!” to a Sunday School Teacher and “Welcome!” to 2019’s New Members.

On Sunday, January 5, members and visitors of all ages are invited to attend this very special pancake breakfast during the 10:00 a.m. Sunday school hour in Fellowship Hall. This breakfast is sponsored in partnership by the Christian Education Committee and the Congregational Life Committee. Let us take time to share a meal together, get to know recent members and confirmands from the 2019 year, and give thanks to those Sunday school teachers who work tirelessly all year long. Regularly scheduled Sunday school classes will not meet on January 5. There will be plenty of hot pancakes, bacon, and other breakfast goodies.

Make this Sunday an opportunity to join in fellowship and to recommit to the 2020 Sunday school year!

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.

The Reverend Rachel C. Thompson

The Reverend Rachel C. Thompson

Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults

The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson is a 2015 graduate of Duke Divinity School, where she enjoyed the benefits of studying under world class biblical scholars, fell in love with the Reformed tradition, and discerned a call to ministry. Prior to her time at Duke, Rachel did her undergraduate work at Furman University, where she majored in Classics and Sociology. After graduating from seminary, Rachel spent a year working as a chaplain in the Heart Center at Duke University Hospital. She joined the staff at Second Presbyterian in June of 2016. Her parents and younger brother still live and work in her hometown of Arlington, VA.