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Kairos Reflections – Along the Way
Wednesdays in Lent via YouTube
Beginning February 24

Beginning February 24, the pastors will offer weekly video reflections throughout the season of Lent focusing on the theme “Along the Way.” These 5-8 minute offerings will be grounded in scripture and centered around ways to help us prepare our hearts and minds for Holy Week and the Good News of Easter.

Kairos is an ancient Greek word for finding or making space in our lives. We hope these video reflections will allow you the space to pause in the midst of your work, studies, or chores. May these moments together, even while we are physically apart, help unite us in time spent with God. Check your emails and the church website and Facebook page for video links. Videos will be posted each Wednesday on our church YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe!

Schedule:

  • Feb. 24: Rev. Jen Brothers, The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-42 and Psalm 15)
  • March 3: Dr. George Anderson, Jesus’ Lament over Jerusalem (Luke 13:1-9, 31-35, Psalm 122)
  • March 10: Rev. Elizabeth Link, Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son (Luke 15:1-32, Psalm 119:167-176)
  • March 17: Rev. Ben Brannan, Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31, Psalm 41:1-3)
  • March 24: Rev. Ben Brannan, Zacchaeus (Luke 18:31-19:10, Psalm 84:1-4, 10-12) or The Triumphal Entry (Luke 19:29-44, Psalm 118:19-23)

Lent in Middle-earth: Christian Reflections from the Lord of the Rings
Lenten Series with Carter Brothers
Sundays beginning February 21
Zoom Tea Time Discussion Groups March 14, 28, & April 11 @ 4:00 p.m.

Come spend your Lent in Middle-earth with Carter Brothers as your tour guide. Starting Sunday, February 21, Carter Brothers will post weekly on the church’s YouTube channel seven separate videos explaining how Tolkien’s great story, The Lord of the Rings, illustrates in new and meaningful ways Lent’s twin goals of repentance and renewal.

Carter will also host on the church’s Zoom calendar three live Tolkien Tea Times for those who wish to share their thoughts on the classes. These sessions will be held on March 14, March 28, and April 11 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Email Carter at TeawithTolkien@outlook.com for the Zoom meeting information.

In the words of Gandalf the Grey, “you cannot pass”…up this class!

“Movies with Meaning”
Film Series for Home Viewing and Zoom Discussion Groups
Sundays, March 21-May 9 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

This spring, we invite you to consider taking part in an at-home film series we are calling “Movies with Meaning.” A group of films featuring Black stories have been selected for home viewing and group Zoom discussion. You may view the films from your TV or computer’s online streaming service on your own schedule. Join your Second Presbyterian friends for all seven films, or choose one or two of particular interest to you. Please see notes about film ratings/content before viewing. Scheduled dates for Zoom discussions on each film are listed below. Zoom meeting information will be provided in our weekly churchwide emails the Thursday prior to each Sunday’s discussion. Contact the church with questions.

Harriet: (Rated PG-13) 2019 biographical film about Harriet Tubman filmed entirely in Virginia—in Richmond, Powhatan, Cumberland, Petersburg, and Mathews.
•  Available on HBO Now, or Amazon and Hulu with HBO subscription. Can be purchased on GooglePlay and Amazon Prime.
•  Zoom Discussion: March 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Just Mercy: (Rated PG-13) 2019 American biographical legal drama film. Tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who, with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction. The film is based on the memoir of the same name, written by Stevenson.
•  Available on HBO Now, for rent or purchase on Fandango, Google Play, or for purchase on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Vudu, and Microsoft.
•  Zoom Discussion: March 28, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Black Panther: (Rated PG-13) 2018 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
•  Available for streaming on Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, Sling, and for rent or purchase on iTunes.
•  Zoom Discussion: April 11, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Loving: (Rated PG-13) Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia, endured a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
•  Available on Amazon Prime, HBO GO and HBO Now, and may be rented or purchased on iTunes.
•  Zoom Discussion: April 18, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fruitvale Station: (Rated R) Shares the story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
•  Available on Amazon Prime, or for rent or purchase through iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu.
•  Zoom Discussion: April 25, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: (Rated R) Based on a true story as told in August Wilson’s 1982 play of the same name. In 1927, Ma Rainey is a highly regarded blues singer who has recently been contracted by white producers.
• Available on Netflix.
•  Zoom Discussion: May 2, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

If Beale Street Could Talk: (Rated R) Tells the story of a young woman who sets out to prove her childhood friend and love interest innocent of a crime he didn’t commit.
•  Available on Amazon Prime, or for rent or purchase through iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu.
•  Zoom Discussion: May 9, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

“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!

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

Executive Pastor

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 Jen Brothers

The Reverend Jen Brothers

Stated Supply Pastor 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.