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Second Presbyterian Monthly Newsletter - May 2021

Diverse. Inclusive. Community. Engaging. Passionate.


N.T. Wright observes of the first Christians:

The church was the original multicultural project, with Jesus as its only

point of identity. It was known, and was for this reason seen as both

attractive and dangerous, as a worship-based, spiritually renewed,

multi-ethnic, mutually supportive, outward-facing, culturally creative,

chastity-celebrating, socially responsible fictive kinship group, gender-blind

in leadership, generous to the poor and speaking up for the voiceless.

What is true of them is true of Second Presbyterian Church. We are a multicultural church that represents an ideal of what every congregation can be. We are a growing congregation. We appeal to many diverse people of faith, with many different lifestyles. We find our unity in the worship and praise of God. We find our unity in the wise teachings and example of Jesus. Our unity leads us inward to pray for each other and support each other on the journey of life. We belong to each other and are committed to each other as part of a great family of faith.

Our unity also leads us to reach out beyond our building to the South Loop community. How can we as a church witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ? How can we promote peace and justice on the South Side? How can we help create a vibrant sense of community and caring in our neighborhood? What can we do as a congregation to empower people to live more abundantly and share our blessings with all?

There is a spirit of secularism in our society. Many churches are declining in membership and closing their doors. But not Second Presbyterian! When you enter into our church building, you will receive a warm welcome and experience a sense of hospitality. When you join us for in-person worship, you will feel the Spirit present in smiles and friendliness. Our people are beautiful in their witness to the grace and love of God. In our commitment to be the body of Christ, we are grateful that you join us and become part of our our unity and diversity.

On May 23rd, we will celebrate the day of Pentecost in worship. The giving of the Holy Spirit is the birthday of the church-- a true multicultural experience. On June 6th we will celebrate the 179th birthday of the founding of Second Presbyterian Church. We have a compelling story to tell. We invite you to join the church and become part of our unity and diversity; part of our community of faith.

In the Spirit,

David M. Neff



Seminarian Brian Louis will preach on “Love One Another” on Mother's Day. Based on John 15:9-17, the sermon interprets the idea of love that comes to us based on the same love that Jesus shared with his disciples. Special music will be provided by the Second Church Quartet..


We celebrate the birthday of the church on Sunday, May 22nd. All are invited to wear an item of red clothing, symbolic of the Spirit. The day of Pentecost celebrates the great diversity and multiculturalism of all God's rainbow diversity of faithful people-- and their ability to find a common language. Dr. Neff's sermon is entitled “The Church God Intends” based on Acts 2: 1-21. Let the Church say Amen with spirit on the day of Pentecost!

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An Inquirer's Class will be offered on Sunday, May 22nd at 9:30 a.m. The class is for those who are interested in joining the church. The class will go over Presbyterian worship, theology and polity, as well as ways to get involved in the life and ministry of Second Presbyterian Church. For more information, please contact Pastor David Neff at the church office.


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City of Chicago In-Home COVID-19 Vaccination Contact Form

The City of Chicago is working to integrate mobile home health care vaccination services to reach home-bound individuals who are unable to go to the City’s COVID-19 vaccination sites to get the vaccine. Please note that City vaccination sites are ADA accessible, and this program is specifically for those who are unable to leave home for medical reasons.Individuals living outside the City of Chicago are not eligible for this program.
To be eligible for this program, you must live in the City of Chicago and:
• Be a senior OR a person with a disability who requires in-home assistance.OR
• Have to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, crutches, a walker, a wheelchair, etc.) and/or accessible transportation to leave home AND• Leaving home is not an option for you because doing so requires considerable and taxing effort.
If you fit these criteria, please complete the web-based form at so the City can coordinate in-home vaccination with you when the vaccine is available to you


The Adult Bible Study meets at 9:30 a.m. To discuss the Present Word Curriculum. The group is currently working through a study of the biblical prophets. All are welcome. The call-in number is (312)248-0036.

May 2 Micaiah: Speak Truth to Power ~ 1 Kings 28

May 9 Isaiah Offers Hope for the Future ~ Isaiah 29

May 16 Jeremiah: Suffering Preacher of Doom ~ Jeremiah 38

May 23 Ezekiel: Street Preacher to Exiles ~ Ezekiel 18

May 30 Jonah: Prophet of Repentance ~ Jonah 3


The Second Saturday Bible Study will be on May 8th at 10:30 a.m. Participants will be looking at passages from Numbers 13-14. Moses sends spies into the promised land to secure Israel's future. What is their report? How do the Hebrew people respond? How do church leaders plan for the future God intends? How should the congregation respond? Please join us for in-depth bible study on church leadership.


Reverend Dr. Joel Tolliver teaches a class every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Please join for an hour of stimulating bible study and discussion.

The conference call in number is (312) 248-0036



The Alpha to Omega Discussion group is in the New Testament. Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m. We will cover the book of John. No computer is necessary; participants will be on a conference call. Please use this phone number: (312) 248-0036 (No pin is required). For more information contact Flea Parker at or (210) 861-6988.


All are invited (virtually) to attend. Congratulations Kjirstin!
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Every Wednesday, the Gardening Club meets at 10:30 a.m to engage in work that beautifies our church grounds. Please join us for weeding, planting and gardening, followed by coffee and fellowship. For more information, please contact Amy Haack at 708-217-3603


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Plan to Attend the Next Virtual Memory Café Meeting

Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 2 to 3 PM.

The Theme for this meeting of the South Loop Memory Café is "Celebrating Spring" .


  1. We will open the meeting giving all participants a chance to discuss items important to them.
  2. There will be a sing-a-long of a few of our favorite songs.
  3. There will be a craft activity, a trivia quiz/game and chair/movement exercises.

Research suggests that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer's disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.

Movement is even more important for individuals affected by a cognitive disorder, like Alzheimer's disease, because it can be used to foster identity, enhance communication, facilitate connection, and decrease isolation.

Instructions on How to Join the Zoom Meeting

Here is the meeting link. Just click on it to join the meeting: 30030114?pwd=Ui93dmRvUGdBbnExV Cs5bnlZVXpZZz09

Meeting ID: 833 3003 0114

Passcode: 877151

For First Time user of Zoom:

Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app by clicking on this link: .

Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click the meeting link above in Step 1.

If you want to familiarize yourself with Zoom, you can join a test meeting prior to our Memory Cafe Zoom meeting. Just click on this link:

The Memory Cafe' is a social monthly gathering for people living with dementia and their family, friends and care partners. The Cafe' meets the second Thursday of every month.


Click above to view details


Online - Agnes Northrop and Tiffany's Gardens in Glass

Thursday, May 13, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Online - Via Zoom

Verdant landscape scenes framed by sunlit foliage and punctuated with bright blossoms and serene streams are hallmarks of Agnes F. Northrop’s celebrated windows. She shared Louis C. Tiffany’s love of nature and used her keen powers of observation to cultivate gardens made of colorful glass. The highest-ranking woman at the Tiffany Studios, Northrop designed countless windows for churches and private homes during her extraordinary 50-year career at the firm. This illustrated presentation will explore Northrop’s artistic inspirations and professional accomplishments, with a special look at her landscape window for the historic Second Presbyterian Church and other Chicago-area designs.

The Presenter

Lindsy R. Parrott is the executive director and curator of The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York City. During her seventeen-year career at The Neustadt, Parrott has conducted groundbreaking research on Tiffany’s opalescent flat glass, windows, mosaics and lamps. She has curated popular traveling exhibitions and developed The Neustadt’s partnership with the Queens Museum, which now houses a permanent gallery dedicated to changing exhibitions drawn from The Neustadt’s collection. She has also co-curated exhibitions including Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion for the Museum of Biblical Art and, most recently, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics, organized jointly by The Neustadt and the Corning Museum of Glass. Parrott previously held positions at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park and the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, both in Florida. She received her MA in the History of Decorative Arts through the Smithsonian/Parsons School of Design.

This event is a collaborative partnership between The Neustadt Collection and Friends of Historic Second Church.

Price per device.

$10 General Admission/ $8 Members


* All members must sign-in to our Neon database to receive member discounts. Member discount codes are no longer viable with check out. Try to create a login first and if you continue to have questions regarding setting up an account please email


Before too long, the sap will flow up from the roots, and through its vitality--

near and far—fields, plants, and trees will put on their new leaves.

And this is how the world foreshadows this miracle: The happy birds are chirping,

and the person who becomes a warrior for love will be conquering soon if they are not halfhearted.

Love is always new! Those who live in Love are renewed each day and through their frequent acts of goodness are born all over again.

How can anyone stay old in Love’s presence? How can anyone be timid there?

Mature souls always have new wisdom. They never hesitate to give themselves away to Love in every moment. I call these old people the Rejuvenated. They become attached to Love. They look on Love with passion always, and live.

Hadewijch of Brabant



On Sunday, June 27, the Christian Education Committee would like to host Baccalaureate Sunday, in which we honor all graduates. If you have a son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter or member of your family that has graduated from 8th grade, 12th grade, college, graduate school or vocational/technical school, please contact the church office with their name and place of graduation. On that morning, they will be recognized by our church family.

Anna Grace Sawyer Scholarship

The Anna Grace Sawyer Scholarship for Students of Color that attend Presbytery of Chicago Churches is being administered by a sub-committee of the Community Outreach Committee. The members of the sub-committee are Eugene Leonard, Chair, Darlene Pollard, Co-chair, Tracy Cargo, Denise Conway, Calvin Heath, Ramon Smith, and Ernestine Norwood. Ms. Norwood is the former administrator of the scholarship.

Emails were sent to all churches of color advertising the scholarship and it was included in the Presbytery Connect. The deadline for receiving applications was April 1st. The committee will meet in May to decide which students will receive the monetary award which is paid directly to the college or university.

We pray for all recipients to have a successful academic year.


Book Group: Our next book of discussion is The Sultan of Byzantium by Selcuk Altun. Please email Ann Belletire if you would like to join this very lively discussion group at

Time: May 16th 2021 at 9:30 a.m. Central Time

Join Zoom Meeting: Click Here

Or Call: (312) 626-6799

Meeting ID: 868 6496 0108

Passcode: 726317


Congratulations to Scott Vandermyde who was elected Mayor of Morrison, Illinois! Scott is a long-time elder and former member of Second Presbyterian Church and a ruling elder at First Presbyterian Church, Morrison.

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1 Barbara Crawford

1 Amy Haack

7 Lloyd Carter

8 Barbara Jacobs

11 Doug Walters

11 Georgene Acquaah

15 Deneen Marie Bryce

17 Nate Battle

21 Ramone Smith

23 Bill Tyre

26 Percy Moss III

26 Raquel E. Ashley

27 Iyobosa Osamwanzee

28 Jefferson Osazuwa

Happy Birthday to all!


Despite our congregation not having fully returned to in-person worship, there is a continued need for members to help with our recycling program.

We are asking for volunteers to come and pick up the items to be recycled on Sundays after the church service. These items are then taken to the collection area located at 16th and Clark. Congregation members interested in volunteering for the recycling program should email Karen Ashley-Bowman at

Thank you!


Treasurer’s Report for YTD ended March 31, 2021

In March on an Operating Basis, we have generated an Operating Surplus of $12,430.94 including PILP Loan Repayments of $3326.23.

Total Operating revenue YTD to 31st March 2021

$ 91,374.24

Total Expenses, including Loan installments

$ 78,943.30

Overall Surplus YTD


Member Giving is $20,000 over plan, $16,600 0f which is because some Members chose to make their contributions annually in advance. Non-member giving trails plan by $4,500, 25% below plan.

We have paid our 2021 Per Capita obligation to the Chicago Presbytery. However, around 25% of members ($900) have still to pay their Per Capita fees.

Since we began to receive gifts, as of 7th April 2021, we have collected $154,416.89 towards the

match for the NFFSP Grant. We have verbal commitments to provide a further $121,000 over the next three years for a total of $275,416.89.

All pledges will eventually need to be in writing to enable us to qualify for the full NFFSP $250,000

grant. We now expect the full scope of our proposed improvements to cost between $1 and 1.3 million

When we moved our investments to Segal Bryant, our investment portfolio was valued at $220,272.59. Since then, we have added to it $50,000 a gift from Sue Ish which had been held in a CD and $15,000 which represented a fund created by the estate of Jolene Carter. As at the close of business on 6th April 2021, the value of our investment portfolio stood at $525,336.19. The total value created in the portfolio since 2011 after adjusting for the transfers in of $65,000, has been just over $240,000, or 77%. This is after making transfers to operations totaling $46,000 in 2018 and 2020.

We have applied through Wintrust for forgiveness of the $37,910 PPP Loan taken in 2020 under the CARES Act.

9th April 2021



Supporting our church’s mission, especially through these trying times is as easy as 1-2-3 With GivePlus Mobile. Our congregation can express it’s generosity in the moment — right from the palm of your hand. Even though we are unable to gather on Sunday's, your giving helps support our efforts in the community and mission of our church. Please try our new app and let us know how your experience was!

1. Download the app GivePlus Church through the App Store and Google Play. Search for “GivePlus Church” to download the app, then be sure to allow access to location services if you’d like to use the app’s Find Churches Near Me feature.

2. Find our church. Search under zipcode 60616 and select Second Presbyterian Church

3. Give!

GivePlus Mobile supports donations via all major debit and credit, as well as ACH donations.

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Ashley is hard at work on the new 2021 Church Directories and we want to make sure your information is correct! If you have a new phone number, address or email, please let Ashley know by either emailing her ( or by calling the church office (312)225-4951.


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.