17th Annual GALS Gathering – “The Greatest of These is Love”
Friday-Saturday, November 1 & 2
Alta Mons, Shawsville, VA
Each fall, women are invited for a weekend of refreshment and nurturing of faith and fellowship. Join the 17th annual GALS Retreat at Camp Alta Mons! This year’s theme is “The Greatest of These is Love,” and our guest speaker will be Ginny Taylor-Troutman from Chapel Hill, NC. Ginny is a PC(USA) minister, former director of campus ministries at Virginia Tech, and currently a stay-at-home mother and wife. She’s a wonderful preacher and teacher and we look forward to having her with us. Save the date and plan to be with us!
Click the button below to download a copy of this year’s brochure, or pick up a hard copy from the church. Registration and payment is due by October 18, 2019.
Documentary: At the River: Profiles in Quiet Courage
Wednesday, November 6
A documentary is in post-production about young Presbyterian Ministers of the deep south in the 1960s who were brave and bold enough to speak out for Civil Rights, bringing condemnation within the church, threats to their lives and at the cost of some of their jobs. Among the twenty ministers who were interviewed were Dick Harbison, who now lives in Lynchburg, and Eade Anderson, who once served as the Interim Minister at Second Presbyterian Church (also, George Anderson’s father). On Wednesday, November 6, their interviews will be aired in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Then they, as well as the director and producer of the documentary (Carolyn Crowder and Rod Murphy) will be open to question and answer.
Men’s Retreat – “Men Finding Their Way: The Samuel Narratives”
Friday-Saturday, November 8 & 9
Eagle Eyrie, Lynchburg, VA
Join Senior Pastor George Anderson for a Men’s Retreat at Eagle Eyrie on November 8 and 9, 2019. This will be an opportunity to reflect with others about how to keep one’s Christian balance at home, work, church and among friends.
The theme for the Men’s Retreat is “Men Finding Their Way: The Samuel Narratives.” We will mine the Books of Samuel, I Samuel and II Samuel for stories that deal with being a son, being a brother, being a parent, and being a man with responsibilities. One such man we will look to is David. David was a deeply flawed man who, nevertheless, is remembered for being a man of great faith. Both his vices and his virtues shine bright. He was a terrific younger brother who fought for his family. He sought a surrogate father’s favor which was denied him. He was himself at times a lousy father (spoiled his kids) and unfaithful husband. He abused his power, but also used his power for the sake of others. In the end, however, he discovered a true sense of humility and acceptance. We can learn a great deal from his mistakes and his virtues.
Space is available for 35 men. Details about cost, schedule and activities are available in the Men’s Retreat brochure. Click the button below to download a copy of this year’s brochure, or pick up a hard copy from the church. Registration and payment is due by November 1, 2019.
Sunday, November 24
On Sunday, Nov 24, join us in Fellowship Hall for our annual Advent Workshop. We will be creating live Advent wreaths, complete with handmade beeswax candles. Each family will go home with a completed wreath, 5 hand-rolled beeswax candles, and a booklet with weekly devotions for the season. Please RSVP by contacting the church office or emailing Stacy Moore by Monday, Nov 18.
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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.
The Reverend Rachel C. Thompson
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.