While We Are Waiting
Advent Sermon Series | Nov. 27 – Dec. 25, 2022
Sometimes we struggle to believe we’ll experience anything new each Advent season. What could we possibly learn that we haven’t heard or seen before? But the season of Advent is a journey, and no journey is ever the same. This Advent, we invite you to consider new ways of connecting to this ancient and beautiful story—a story that somehow simultaneously deals with the past, present, and future. Come with your questions and real-life struggles as we encounter the Holy in our waiting.
Christmas Dinner & Pageant | Sunday, Dec. 11
5:00 p.m. Dinner, Fellowship Hall
6:15 p.m. Pageant, Sanctuary
RSVP by Monday, Dec. 5
We hope you’ll join us on Sunday, December 11 for an annual festive favorite: the Christmas Dinner & Pageant! Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. After dinner, we recess to the Sanctuary for the traditional Christmas Pageant with music by the children and youth. Lib & Amy Catering is cooking up something special for this event. The menu includes:
- Vegetable Lasagna
- Hot Buttered Rolls
- Spring Garden Salad
- Dessert Variety
You may reserve your place at the table by paying for your dinner now. Cost is:
- $15 for adults (ages 13+)
- $5 for children ages 4-12
- Free for children ages 0-3
Christmas Support for Kids and Seniors
The Service & Outreach Committee is providing two ways to spread some cheer to those in need this Christmas season:
Return gifts/coats by Thursday, Dec. 8
1. “Be a Santa to a Senior” Angel Tree:
- While one often thinks of children going without gifts at Christmas, the hard reality is that many seniors spend this time of year alone and unremembered. Second Presbyterian is sponsoring a “Be a Santa to a Senior” Angel Tree this year. Stop by the church to select a tag from the Angel Tree, shop for your senior, then return your gift under the tree by Thursday, December 8.
2. West End Center Coat Collection:
- We will be collecting new coats for children and teens from the West End Center again this year. Use the SignUpGenius to sign up to purchase a coat for a child, then return your coat to the church coat closet by Thursday, December 8. Be sure to label your coat with the gender/size purchased.
POP-UP Sunday School
“The Invitation of Advent”
Guest Speaker: Hannah Anderson
December 11 | 9:45 a.m. | Chapel
In a season marked by busyness and obligation, Advent invites us to slow down, pace ourselves, and embrace our natural limits as human beings. Join author Hannah Anderson for this POP-UP Sunday School on December 11 in the Chapel for a time of reflection and discovery focused on the unique gifts of these weeks before Christmas. Learn how the spiritual rhythms of Advent align with the rhythms of the natural world around us and find rest in the grace of God who understands what it means to be human.
Hannah Anderson is an author and Bible teacher who lives in Roanoke with her husband, Nathan (our Church Business Administrator!), and three children. Her books include All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment, Turning of Days: Lessons from Nature, Season, and Spirit, and Heaven and Nature Sing: 25 Advent Reflections to Bring Joy to the World. She is a student at Duke Divinity School, and also cohosts the Persuasion podcast, which addresses cultural, theological, and more mundane issues from a Christian perspective. Hannah’s goal is to encourage believers to think deeply and broadly about how the gospel transforms every area of life.
The Longest Night Service
December 21 | 6:00 p.m. | Sanctuary
For those who have experienced loss, the holidays can be a particularly painful time, stirring up grief in acute ways. As a result, churches around the world have adopted the practice of having a “Blue Christmas” or a “Longest Night” service during the Advent season. In the Northern hemisphere, this service is often observed on December 21st, the Winter Solstice, which is the longest night of the year.
A Longest Night service is designed to provide space for prayer, reflection, and remembrance amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. In this pandemic season of life, we sense that grief and loss will be magnified and nearly universal, and a service like this may be needed now more than ever. Therefore, we hope this offering may provide a space of calm, quiet, and healing for many.
Join the Rev. Elizabeth Link at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21 in the Sanctuary for this meaningful time of worship.
Christian Education 2022-2023
On Rally Day, September 11, we celebrated the beginning of a new church school year! Christian education is a gift, and it is our prayer that this year may be the opportunity you’ve been searching for to grow deeper in faith and build connection within the Body of Christ. Below, learn about the ways you may grow in faith through education, fellowship, and discipleship throughout the 2022-2023 church school year.
View the Rally Day video below, and see details on this year’s educational offerings for all ages in the 2022-2023 Christian Education Booklet
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.
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 welcomed their first son, Camden, in March 2022.