The Recorder

Second Presbyterian Monthly Newsletter - October 2017

Second Presbyterian Church is building a Christ-Centered Community Through Inspirational Worship, Education Ministry and the Power of Service.


During the month of October, we dedicate our commitments of time, talent and

treasures to the Lord. Here are some of my favorite quotations:

We offer God our best to declare that he is infinitely better.

Thomas Merton

Those things, good Lord, that we pray for, give us thy grace to labor for.

Sir Thomas More

You have given so much to me, give one thing more: a grateful heart.

George Herbert

Just to be is a blessing . . . to live is holy . . .

Abraham Heschel

The day of my spiritual awakening was the day I saw and I knew I saw all things in God and God in all things.

Hildegard of Bingen

The question of stewardship is not really how much will we give. The question of

stewardship is how will we spend what we have been given.

Ann Weems

This is how we should regard ourselves-- as servants of Christ and stewards of the

mysteries of grace.

St. Paul (1 Corinthians 4:1)

The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything.

Julian of Norwich

What I had, I spent; what I kept, I lost; what I gave, I have.

Henry Ward Beecher

Blessings in Christ,

David M. Neff



The Friday Night Family Hangout is an inter-generational event for families in the

South Loop. The Hangout begins at 5:00 p.m. with a meal, followed by gym activities, arts and crafts, board games, bible stories and closing circle. All are dismissed by 8:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Deacon Tyson Thompson at (312-998-2256)


Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Join architect Nate Lielasus in this inaugural tour. Guests will be given a behind the scenes look at areas of the church not typically visited on regular tours, from the basement dirt floor to the charred roof timbers. The tour will focus on original architectural features from the 1874 construction to evidence of Shaw's reconstruction. Limited space available. Reservations required. Cost is $20 payable to Friends of Historic Second Church, or 1-800-657-0687. This event is part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.


Second Presbyterian Church will host a “Blessing of the Pets” service on Saturday,

October 7 at 12:00 p.m. A simple service will be offered, including music by Jay

Yau. The service will conclude with a spiritual blessing of each pet and owner in

attendance. Refreshments and treats for the animals will be served. All are

welcome to this service, celebrated near the traditional feast day of St. Francis,

who preached the gospel to animals and birds, and welcomed all God's creatures

with blessing and prayer.


On Sunday, October 8, we will celebrate the sacrament of Baptism. Cameron

George Logan and Julian Vaughn Logan, sons of Spencer and Tina Logan will be

baptized along with their father Spencer. We rejoice and welcome Spencer and

Tina and their sons into the body of Christ and members of Second Presbyterian

Church, as well as the Universal Church.


Sunday, October 8th is the date for the Chicago marathon. Road closures may present

extra challenges in getting to church. Please see for road closures and alternative routes.


The Contemporary Spirituality Book Discussion Group will be Waking Up White:

Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. We will meet on October 10

at 9:15 a.m. at Old St. Mary’s Church, 1500 S. Michigan Avenue. All are welcome!


Saturday, October 14, from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m and Sunday, October 15 from 12:30 p.m to 5:00 p.m. The Chicago Architecture Foundation's annual event is free. You can tour Second Presbyterian Church and learn about the current restoration of the Tiffany "Peace" window. See Chicago's only National Historic Landmark church with its stunning Arts and Crafts Interior. Brought to you by Friends of Historic Second Church.


Sunday October 15th will be a busy day at Second Presbyterian. Sanctuary tours will be hosted at the church for Open House Chicago; and, simultaneously, the church is also hosting the Church World Service CROP WALK.

The CROP WALK program and kick-off will take place in the church parking lot beginning at 1:00 p.m. on October 15. The Walk is a 10K, leaving from the church and winding down to the Museum Campus, back north up the lake to Harrison, through Printer’s Row and return south to the church. You may support the CROP Walk in 3 ways: volunteer to help the day of the Walk, register to participate in the 10K walk and solicit financial contributions from friends and family in support of your efforts, or contribute by simply writing a check payable to the Chicago CROP WALK.

CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith events that build community while raising funds to end hunger in our own community as well as globally by supporting hunger-fighting organizations. The CROP WALK also supports global Church World Service development projects and disaster assistance, provides access to safe drinking water, and tools and training to help families grow the food they need.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Howard Tiffen, Vicki Reynolds or the church office. Join us as we help to end hunger one step at a time!


Our music director Jay Yau will present an organ recital at Loyola University's Madonna Della Strada Chapel on Sunday, October 15th at 3:00 p.m. Mr. Yau will perform an innovative concert program featuring the music of France. This recital is free and open to the public.


Have you ever wanted to learn about the basics of the Bible? Join us each week in the North Parlor for a “Basic Bible Study” class, beginning on Tuesday, October 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Taught by Reverend Dr. Joel Tolliver and Pastor David Neff, this class will begin

with the book of Genesis and focus on learning about the basic elements of the

Bible. All are invited to attend, and bring a friend.


The Wednesday Night Tutoring program has begun. Thirty-five students have

signed up, with approximately twenty-five adult tutors. The first hour involves

help with homework, math, science and reading. Afterwards, a healthy snack is

offered, followed by an arts and crafts project. The goal is to promote learning

skills in a structured, fun environment. Special thanks to the women of the Junior

League and all community volunteers who help with this ministry. If you know any family with children that might need help with reading, math or other subjects,

please have their parents call the church office (312) 225-4951.


On Sunday, October 22nd, the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church will celebrate the fifth

anniversary of the ordination of Pastor James Acquaah. This special service will

be from 1:30—3:00 p.m. A Revival Service will be on Saturday night, October 21st from 7:30—9:00 p.m. The Very Right Reverend Doctor Y. Frimpong-Manso, former moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, will preach. International gospel singer Grace Asiedu Mensah will provide special music. All are welcome to join in this celebration!


Second Presbyterian Church will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the

Reformation with two educational events. On October 22 and 29th, Reverend Dr.

Ralph Klein will lead the adult education hour 12:45—1:45 p.m. Dr. Klein is a

noted author and scholar; a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

and professor emeritus of Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Dr. Klein will

also be our guest preacher on Sunday, October 29th.

Congratulations to Austin and Antoinette Ashmore on the birth of their son James

Atticus Ashmore on September 9th.

Congratulations to Elder William Tyre as he presents a lecture at the Smithsonian

Institute “Francis Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death” on

Saturday, October 21st.


To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything he has given us – and he has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His Love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.

This quote, from the 20th century American writer and theologian Thomas Merton, reminds us of the many gifts for which we are grateful every day at Second Presbyterian Church. The smiles of our Sunday School children, the inspiring sermon and music, and the nurturing fellowship we experience every time we set foot in the church are just a few of the ways in which we are richly blessed and for which we offer gratitude to our Heavenly Father.

You recently received your pledge card for 2018 and were asked to prayerfully consider your support to the church for the coming year. I look forward to the opportunity to fill out my pledge card, as I feel it is an opportunity to thank God for the many riches he has bestowed upon me. My pledge is a way of returning to God a portion of those riches, so that they can touch the lives of others in our church and our community.

Our members and friends have shown their gratitude to God through generous support for 175 years. What we have accomplished with those gifts is truly incredible. Your pledge for 2018 will enable us to continue to do amazing things!

Beyond your financial support, please also consider how you can donate your time and talents to support the many missions of the church. Whether you can help out at the lunch bag program, donate time in the mission shop, assist with tasks in the church office, or serve as a greeter or usher, your commitment of time is a further expression of the gratitude you feel for the many gifts that God has given to you.

Please return your 2018 pledge card to the church or bring it with you on Sunday October 22nd, when all pledges will be dedicated to the service and glory of God.


William Tyre, Chair

Stewardship Committee

The Christian Education Committee at Second Presbyterian Church would like to welcome all children and youth at to a new school year and a new Sunday school year! We have 3 classes available for children and youth ages 5 to 18.

The classes offered are:

  • Biblical Foundations-kindergarten-5th grade (meeting in the children’s Sunday school room)

  • Confirmation Class-6th-8thgrade that have not previously been confirmed (meeting in the North Parlor)

  • Post-Confirmation Class-all youth that have been confirmed in the church (meeting in the church office on the 2nd floor)

The Sunday school time has moved to 9:30 a.m -10:30 a.m.

All children and youth over the age of 5 will be in worship each Sunday morning for the duration of the worship service. Age appropriate children’s bulletins and crayons are available at the rear of the sanctuary. All children’s bulletins have activities that follow the scripture lessons in worship helping to build upon their Biblical foundations.

We look forward to growing in Christ with you!

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The Adult Education Committee is a new committee that was founded in January 2017. The

committee has been tasked with developing and implementing adult education series and

opportunities that seek to help us understand the intersectionality of our Christian walk and living in a secular world. Our first series will begin on Wednesday, November 1st

at 6:00p.m. where the topic of Healthcare and Religion will be discussed. This will be a 4-week series with speakers from our faith community and our community at large. More information about this series will be available in the coming weeks!

Farmer's Market...Sucessful second season!

Another successful Farmer’s Market season at Second Presbyterian has come to a close. This was the second year that the church has hosted the Farmer’s Market each Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There were an increased number of vendors this year and Second Presbyterian hosted a booth each Thursday greeting Market visitors and letting them know about opportunities at Second Church. Dog treats baked by Jane Tiffen and Barbara Crawford were available for sale each week; and Ann Belletire, Leslie DeSlauriers, Jay Yau, Barbara Crawford and Tyson Thompson baked Amazing Grace cookies to be sold each week. Market goers enjoyed the free cup of Filbert’s Root Beer which Second Church provided for tasting and for sale each week. A big THANK YOU goes to all the people who volunteered to help at the Second Church booth. They were a very dedicated group and greatly appreciated and made for a very fun season.

Advocacy Letter Writing Campaign

The Outreach Committee has begun sponsoring an Advocacy Letter Writing campaign which will take place once a month in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. A sample letter will be made available along with background information on a social justice issue and those attending the worship service are invited to write a letter using wording provided or compose your own letter. This is one small way we can make our voices heard and make a difference regarding issues that we care about.

Barbara's Basement Resale Shop

Be sure to shop Barbara’s Basement each week that you are at the church. New and interesting items are added each week and are for sale at bargain basement prices. Holidays are just around the corner!

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