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Second Presbyterian Monthly Newsletter - August 2019

Second Presbyterian Church - We are a diverse and inclusive community bringing people to Christ through the power of service, education, hospitality, and compassion.


It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,

it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of

the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.

Nothing we do is complete,

which is a way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything,

and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,

a step along the way,

an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

Archbishop Oscar Romero 1978


We are a diverse and inclusive community, bringing people to Christ through the power of service, education, hospitality and compassion.


Second Presbyterian Church seeks to be a diverse, vibrant and passionate Christ-centered community of hospitality and outreach actively serving the South Loop, the city of Chicago and the world. We accomplish this through inspirational worship in our historic sanctuary, educational ministry to all ages, and the power of compassionate service to our neighbors.

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The All-Church Picnic is August 11th at 12:00 p.m. noon. The Board of

Deacons will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, chips (vegan options will be

available) and beverages. The congregation is invited to bring side

dishes, salads, sweets and desserts. All are encouraged to invite family

members and friends.

Tents and tables will be set up in the north parking lot. Parking is available on

the street. A children’s area will be set up for fun games. D.J. Michael Brown

will be spinning tunes for musical enjoyment and dancing. Please join us and

help us celebrate summer in the city!


Our annual Music Sunday will be on Sunday, August 11th at 11:00 a.m.

Pastor Neff’s sermon that day will be on Luke 12: 32 “Do not be afraid little

flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Members

and friends of the congregation are invited to submit their favorite hymns to

be sung that morning. We will try to include them if possible. Hymns may be

turned in by insert, or called in to the church office (312) 225-4951.


Historic Second Presbyterian Church is cleaning out our records and sorting through photos, files and papers. We need your help! Please join us for a Archives Work Party. We will go through recent years and work our way back to the church’s earlier years. Dates are:


August 10, 10:30 a.m. August 24, 10:30 a.m.

Special thanks to those who have served: Helen Smith, Rowena Balogun, Lisa Henry-Reid, Erik Flom and Dineen Bryce.


Second Book Group: On Sunday, August 18, the Second Book Group will be discussing Why Religion? A Personal Story by Elaine Pagels at 9:30am in the 2nd Floor Office. The September 21st book will be Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

All are welcome to come and participate in these amazing discussions.


Children are needed for the South Loop Young Adventurers Club! This summer program for grades 3-8 continues each Tuesday from 2:30—4:30 p.m. ending on August 13th. Reading and writing assignments supplement field trips to places of neighborhood interest. If you would know a student who would benefit from this program, please contact Elder Eugene Leonard or Pastor Neff.


Coffee Hour is an important time to meet with neighbors and friends after the service concludes. There are no requirements to serve coffee hour. It could be simple refreshments or a light meal. Coffee and paper products are always provided. Please consider hosting a coffee hour on your birthday, for an anniversary or another special Sunday. Or consider joining in with friends to share a coffee hour. A sign-up sheet and a calendar of dates is available in Fellowship Hall. For more information, please contact Elder Barbara Floyd or Elder Argie Johnson.

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During the summer months, as members and friends miss worship for vacation, holidays or family time, our budget usually goes into a deficit. Our expenses and ministries continue during the summer, even when church members and friends are not able to be here. Please keep your pledges and giving constant during the summer months! Thank you for your faithful support!

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The SOUTH LOOP MEMORY CAFÉ begins meeting at Second Church Thursday, August 8 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. and will meet the second Thursday of each month thereafter. The Café is an opportunity for people in the community with memory challenges and their care givers to come together for various activities, snacks and camaraderie. Please encourage anyone you know who may benefit from participating in the group to attend or feel free to drop in and check it out yourself.

Attendance is free. Registration is recommended. For questions or to register, please contact the South Loop Village

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Tai Chi is still going strong and meeting every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All classes are $10 and it is open to anyone and everyone!


Spread love everywhere you go: first of all, in your own house. Give love

to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor. Let no

one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living

expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes,

kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

Mother Teresa


Pastoral Assistant Leslie Deslauriers spent 8 days on the many waterways in Middle Tennessee. Leslie took 38 people kayaking on rivers and lakes and each experience was different, wonderful, and spiritual. While the rivers were at dangerously high levels until Thursday, the lakes were safe enough to navigate. Please be sure to stop by and ask Leslie questions about her study leave and stay tuned for a presentation at a later date.


Second Presbyterian Church is organizing a team to walk in the Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk which is September 7 in Jackson Park. The two-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end by 11:30 a.m. At least 15 people must sign up as registered walkers for the Second Presbyterian Church team in order to receive agency credits for the Lunch Bag Program. You may sign up to join the team by entering the following link in your computer browser: Please follow these steps:

1. Click on “Register” then “Join a Team”

2. Search for Second Presbyterian Church and enter your information.


The deadline for registering is August 27th. There are no sign-ups the day of the Hunger Walk.

If the team raises $500 or more, the Lunch Bag Program will receive a $100 match. So, if you are unavailable or unable to walk, you may donate online or by writing a check payable to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and include “Hunger Walk” in the memo line. Contact Vicki Reynolds (312-203-4933) with questions or to be signed up with the team. Join us for a fun morning!


The LUNCH BAG PROGRAM is grateful and sends thanks to Western Springs Presbyterian Church for donating 200 bag lunches to the program last month. They enjoyed the intergenerational project of shopping, bagging and delivering the lunches; and our Lunch Bag guests greatly appreciate the variety of lunches they are served.


Christian Education Hour is such a special time for children to learn about Biblical themes and stories. It is through Christian Education Hour that children are able to ask questions, learn more thoroughly about scripture, and connect with other children from the church.

Confirmation Class: The Confirmation Class for 2019-2020 has begun! All students 6th grade and up who have not yet been confirmed are invited to join this class that meets the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 12:15pm. For more information, please contact Eugene Leonard.


The Alpha to Omega Club is a group designed to help folks with meeting their goal of reading the bible cover to cover. Rather than discussing specific verses we discuss a general theme of the overall book in the bible. Last year we completed Genesis through Ruth but you can join anytime.

We meet in the fellowship hall on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 6:00pm. For more information, please contact Flea Parker.


Adult Bible study is offered every Sunday morning from 9:30—10:30 a.m. in the Library with a curriculum and informal discussion. All are invited to attend!


The book of Acts will be our Bible study is on a summer hold. It will reconvene in September. Stay tuned for time and place.


BARBARA’S BASEMENT is alive and well and open for business this summer. Stop by for all of the South Loop’s greatest finds Tuesdays & Saturdays 10am-1pm. Donations of gently used items may be dropped off during shop hours.


Do you feel like you’re missing out on information on the church? Have you missed a worship service that you would have liked to attend? Be sure to read your monthly newsletter, check your email, read the announcements in the back of your bulletin, check the church calendar (on the website and the bulletin board outside of the kitchen, and above the water fountain) and check social media. The calendar on the church website is a google calendar and you can even sync your phone or tablet so that you’ll never miss another church event! If you’d like more information or would like to update your contact information, please contact Pastoral Assistant Leslie Deslauriers ( or call the church office (312) 225-4951.