Picnic Sunday, June 5
10:00 a.m. at Braeloch
Mark your calendars and plan to join your church family for our annual Picnic Sunday at Braeloch (2353 Hammond Dr., Vinton, VA 24179) at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 5. After two irregular years, we look forward to this time of worship and fellowship outdoors as we return to our full picnic buffet-style meal. Classic picnic favorites will be served for lunch with an ice cream bar for dessert.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend so that we can adequately prepare for food. Congregants are invited to bring outdoor games and activities for entertainment, including fishing poles for those who wish to fish from the dock. We’ll see you on June 5 for this beloved, annual tradition!
Commonwealth Coach and Trolley is pleased to provide transportation for those needing a ride to and from the church. For those who wish to ride the bus, please meet at the church Sunday morning; last call is at 9:30 a.m.
For those unable to attend the 10:00 a.m. Picnic Sunday service, an online worship service will be made available via the church website and YouTube Channel on the morning of June 5.
Evening VBS June 6-8 For all ages!
Monday, June 6: 5:45-7:30 p.m. with dinner (*Monday’s dinner is $15/person, $5/child, or $40/family of four. May be paid online in advance (Note: “Evening VBS Dinner”) or at the door.*)
Tuesday-Wednesday, June 7-8: 6:30-7:45 p.m. with refreshments
For Adults: We look forward to the return of our annual Evening VBS! Launching our Evening VBS theme at Picnic Sunday worship this year, the Rev. Howard Dudley will be our guest speaker. Many of you may remember Howard as our guest speaker at the Trent Getaway in 2019. Howard has served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dunne, NC since the summer of 2016. He is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a graduate of East Carolina University and Union Presbyterian Seminary.
Howard has served as a music leader and speaker at churches, youth conferences, and retreats throughout the country, including the Montreat Youth Conference and Massanetta Middle School Conference. He is married to Meg Lindsay Dudley, who serves as the Pastor of Bluff Presbyterian Church in Wade, NC. They have two daughters, Lindsay and Julia.
Theme “The Case for Going to Church”: There are so many things one could do on Sunday Morning. You could go jogging. You could take a yoga class. You could mow your grass. You could enjoy eggs Benedict and mimosas over brunch. Instead, we Christians are expected to drag ourselves out of bed, get dressed, and go to church, where we’ll sit in pews, sing songs full of old words no one understands, and hear stories about a peasant carpentry worker who lived thousands of years ago in a land thousands of miles away from us. Why would anyone think this is something worth doing? In a world as busy as ours, any commitment you make requires a clear purpose. You go to school to learn. You go to work to earn a living. You go to the gym to get fit. You go to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned. But why should you go to church? What difference is it supposed to make in your life?
For Children: A children’s theater program will be led by Meg Griffith, actor, teacher, choreographer, director, and coach. The children’s program is free of charge, thanks to a gift from the Trent Fund. (Childcare will also be available in our church nursery upon request.)
Children’s Morning VBS
“With Us in the Wilderness”
July 25-28, 2022
9:00 a.m.-12 noon
Children ages 4-years-old through rising 5th graders are invited to join us as we step out into the wild to follow God’s Spirit. Starting with God’s people in the wilderness, we will journey through Old Testament prophets to the New Covenant we have in Jesus. Exploring the stories of Moses, Elijah, the Magi, and John the Baptist, we are excited for where this VBS will take us!
Early care and after care are available for 4-year-olds enrolled in preschool summer program the week of July 25.
TRENT GETAWAY AT EAGLE EYRIE
August 19-21, 2022
Take a breath and join us for this special, annual tradition:
a weekend of recreation, relaxation, and renewal!
The TRENT GETAWAY Church Retreat at Eagle Eyrie in Lynchburg, VA is set for August 19-21, 2022! Everyone is invited to this intergenerational weekend where there will be programs for all ages. Plan to be part of a fun-filled and meaningful church event!
Participants will gather on Friday afternoon (registration is from 4:00-6:00 p.m.) for a weekend program of study, worship, and recreation! Saturday afternoon will allow you to enjoy elective recreational activities of your choosing.
Special children activities are planned, and there will be childcare available for those too young to participate in the lessons and programs. Middle and Sr. High Youth will take part in fun team building exercises.
The retreat will end following Sunday morning worship, and participants can expect to be back in Roanoke by lunchtime!
*This event is made possible by a grant from the Kittye Susan Trent Fund of Second Presbyterian Church.*
Christian Education 2021-2022
On Rally Day, September 12, we celebrated the beginning of a new church school year. Over the past 18+ months, we have learned a lot about ourselves and our neighbors. As a church, we have found new ways to do ministry, and yet we have also felt the strain of being apart. The church staff and Christian Education Committee are holding these truths in tandem as we seek out and discern new ways to build connection through education, offering both covid-safe in person and online options for learning and growing together. Christian education will take many shapes this fall, in person, online, outside, you name it! We hope and pray that you will find some way to keep ConnectEd.
View the Rally Day video below, and see details on this year’s educational offerings for all ages in the 2021-2022 Christian Education Booklet.
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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 Benjamin S. Brannan
The Rev. Ben Brannan joined the staff of Second Presbyterian as the Associate Pastor for Youth & Young Adults in March 2021 following a two-year pastoral residency at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ben has a long tenure in youth development, spending six years as Assistant Camp Director at YMCA Camp Cherokee, coaching high school and club soccer for nine years, even spending three years as a part-time substitute teacher. Following a career change, he felt God’s call to pursue theological education and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. While in school, Ben served as Youth Minister and Pastoral Intern at Second Presbyterian in Richmond. He brings joy, creativity, and deep faith to all he does.
Ben is married to Valerie Brannan, and they share love for their German Shepherd mix pup Sevy.