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An Introduction to Palliative Care
Zoom Discussion with Dr. Martha Anderson
August 4 at 3:30 p.m.

Over the past “covid-bound” months, a small group of faithful and enthusiastic senior adults have gathered for Zoom fellowship. Despite the fact that they are all “homebound,” their spirits long for connection with others. As this experiment continues to grow, plans are being made for these gatherings to become informative as well as supportive. And occasionally those informative topics might be of interest to others outside this circle. One such opportunity is coming up soon.

On Wednesday, August 4 at 3:30 p.m. Dr. Martha Anderson, geriatric clinical nurse specialist and esteemed member of Second Presbyterian, will lead us in a discussion of palliative care. If the term is new to you, here’s a brief description as well as invitation from Martha:

What is palliative care? How does it differ from hospice care?

These are legitimate questions but palliative care is very different. It is specialized medical care that focuses on providing patients relief from pain and other symptoms of a serious illness, no matter the diagnosis or stage of disease. Palliative care teams aim to improve the quality of life for both patients and their families. This form of care is offered alongside curative or other treatments you may be receiving.

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specially trained people. They work with you, your family and your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support that complements your ongoing care. Palliative care can be provided to any age person who has a serious or life-threatening illness.

Please join me in a discussion of palliative care and how it is offered in the Roanoke Valley. For many, it is just the right answer to the stress and exhaustion of serious illness.

All are welcome to join in. Meeting information is located in the Pastor’s Letter weekly communications and in the Sunday bulletins.

Take the 2PC Summer Bingo Challenge!

Join your church family in a fun and engaging community-wide game of BINGO! Fill your summer with all kinds of creative and inspiring activities as we serve God and our neighbors while nourishing the soul.

Up for the full challenge? Completely blackout your bingo card by the end of the summer for special recognition on Rally Day, September 12!

Be sure to share photos/videos on social media as you work to complete the challenge using the hashtag #2pcsummerbingo2021. May this summer be full of soul-enriching activities—and maybe even new experiences—for us all! Ready… set… BIN-GO!

“The Enneagram of Harmony Triads, are the key to development.” – David Daniels, MD, Psychiatrist, Stanford University Professor, and one of the foremost teachers of the Enneagram.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us this September 24th-25th for this exciting workshop!

The two days will be a lively, informative, and a rich experience based on the extensive and yet very practical enneagram primer, Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram: A Handbook for Harmony and Transformation. Participant are encouraged to purchase this resource, which can be added at the time of registration.

Each session during the two days will be facilitated by trained enneagram practitioners:

Art Wimberly – Certified Enneagram Motions of the Soul Practitioner, Certified with The Institute for Conscious Being – Enneagram Training Program, Certified Recovery Coach and Certified Recovery Coach Trainer – Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery, Group Facilitator: The Nine and Twelve (Enneagram and 12 Step Synthesis Path), Executive Director – THRIVE Birmingham 501c3.

Cathy Shoulders – Certified Motions of the Soul Practitioner, Certified with The Institute for Conscious Being – Enneagram Training Program, Certified Spiritual Director.

John Shoulders – Certified Motions of the Soul Practitioner, Certified with The Institute for Conscious Being – Enneagram Training Program.

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

Senior Pastor

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 Reverend Elizabeth N.H. Link

Executive Pastor

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.

Elizabeth is married to Chris Link, and the two welcomed their first child, Eleanor, in the spring of 2018.

The Reverend Benjamin S. Brannan

The Reverend Benjamin S. Brannan

Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults

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.