“Advent in Plain Sight”
Advent Sermon Series
Sundays at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m.
November 28, 2021 – January 9, 2022
What is that little extra thing that makes the ordinary extraordinary? At Christmas, God came into our ordinary world in the form of a child. In this season of hope and anticipation as we eagerly await Christ’s birth and Christ’s return, God is still at work in and through the ordinary stuff of life.
On November 28th, we will begin a sermon series titled “Advent in Plain Sight.” Roughly based on a devotional written by Jill Duffield, we will connect everyday objects with biblical texts and find holy meaning and holy moments. We hope this Advent season will be an extraordinary one that allows us all to see God in and through ordinary things.
Help us care for our neighbors this Christmas!
The Service and Outreach committee is providing two ways to bring some cheer to those in need this Christmas season:
Coat Collection for West End Center
- The West End Center is in need of 124 new winter coats for children and teens in their program. Use the button below to sign up to purchase a coat in the specific size needed. Coats should be returned to the coat closet at church by Wednesday, December 8.
Candy for Seniors
- The Local Office on Aging is collecting items to make gift bags for their Diner’s Club participants. Diner’s Club provides a hot meal and fellowship to non-homebound seniors in our community. Second Presbyterian Church has committed to providing Holiday Candy and Chocolates. Drop off your candy donations in the coat closet at church by Wednesday, December 1.
Thank you for your support!
Carols, Cookies, & Cocoa
Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall
December 12, 2021
On Sunday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m., join Senior Pastor Dr. George Anderson and organist Marianne Sandborg for a joyful evening of Christmas caroling in the church sanctuary! The evening will conclude with cookies and hot cocoa in Fellowship Hall. Come and enjoy this evening of song and fellowship with our church family as we celebrate the Christmas season!
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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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 share love for their German Shepherd mix pup Sevy.