A Sermon Series on the Gospel of Mark
Sundays at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m.
September 12 – November 21, 2021
Join us, from September 12 through November 21, as we dive deep into the Gospel of Mark. We will engage passages each Sunday through our sermon series on Mark titled “Reimagined,” as we reflect on what was, rethink what is, and reimagine what will be.
On Sunday, October 31, we will welcome guest preacher: Dr. Brian Blount, Seminary president, renowned New Testament scholar, and author of a commentary on the Gospel of Mark. We look forward to hearing his sermon that Sunday.
We also invite you to follow along throughout the week in a weekly Gospel reading guide. Rev. Ben Brannan has created an accompanying reading guide that will help members of all ages dive into the Gospel, its historical context, and its meaning for today. A digital copy is available using the button below; hard copies are available in the front office racks and the sanctuary tower.
Mark Noon Zoom Check-ins
Have questions about the sermon series? Want to talk further about a specific story from the weekly selections in the reading guide? Then come to the “Mark Noon Zoom Check-ins” every other Wednesday on Zoom at 12-noon. Beginning September 22, join one of your pastors in conversation and Q/A on Zoom throughout the series. Check the Pastor’s Letter email for the Zoom meeting info or contact email@example.com.
Dates: Sept. 22; Oct. 6; Oct. 20; Nov. 3; Nov. 17!
Afraid! The Gospel of Mark
Sunday, November 7, 2021
7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
On the evening of Sunday, Nov. 7, we invite members of all ages to join us for a special theatrical event: Afraid! The Gospel of Mark. Written and performed by Emmy nominated actor Frank Runyeon in our church Sanctuary, this one-man play gleans its text from the Gospel of Mark, translated into contemporary American speech. Settings and shadows will shift as the Gospel engages our imaginations, surprises us with flashes of humor, and drives relentlessly forward with all the dramatic suspense you would expect from great theater. Learn more about the play HERE.
Admission is free, but seats are limited. As part of the church’s COVID safety protocol, sanctuary capacity is 200. Please RSVP using the button above if you plan to attend the performance. Masks are requested for all indoor gatherings.
This special one-night event is sponsored by the Trent Fund of Second Presbyterian Church.
2021 Advent Workshop Kit
RSVP by Noon on Monday, November 15
We hope your household will join us in preparing your home for the special season of Advent. During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again. Traditionally, we hold an Advent Workshop on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Families of all shapes, sizes, and generations create a wreath, a calendar, or a special Advent or Christmas-themed project. For the second year in a row, the Christian Education Committee has decided to offer a way for your household to experience Advent preparations safely at home. Register online using the button below to reserve your Advent Workshop Kit.
Inside, you will find all the supplies you will need to create your own Advent wreath. Kits will also include an Advent calendar and devotional on the theme “Close to Home”. A suggested $10 toward supply fees is appreciated (donations can be submitted at the time of kit pickup).
May opportunities like this help make your home a worshipful space all season long. As we light our wreaths and prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ this Advent season, may we think of and pray for one another. And may the hope, peace, joy, and love of this holy season be yours.
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.