Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) brings their Kaiso Steel Orchestra to Second Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 12 at 1:30pm. All are invited to join us as these high school students perform music ranging from Caribbean folk songs to modern pop tunes on the steelpan (also known as the steel drum). Kaiso Steel Orchestra is the most advanced of CYSO’s Steel Orchestras, which introduce young percussionists from 6-18 to the unique sound of the steelpan, which traces its roots to the islands and culture of Trinidad and Tobago.
This Week at Second Church
A free “Classic Movie Night” featuring Chicago’s own Etta Moten Barnett is scheduled for Friday, February 17 with a showing of Flying Down to Rio (1933). Etta Moten Barnett, an active church member for many years, was famous for her title role in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and was featured in several films in the 1930s and 1940s. This is a Black History Month Event presented in celebration of the 175th anniversary of Second Presbyterian Church. Free popcorn and soft drinks will be served.
Second Presbyterian Church was organized on June 1, 1842 and has been a functioning house of worship continuously for one hundred seventy-five years. Since the sanctuary of the church contains 175 angels depicted in murals, stained glass windows, carved wood and molded plaster, the church has chosen “In the Company of Angels” as the theme for the year-long celebration. Several community events are being planned along with a hand-made quilt featuring 175 angels and a memorial booklet. The church re-dedication service will occur on Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Second Presbyterian Church is offering its annual Winter Coat Drive for neighborhood friends in need. Donations of winter coats, warm clothing, sweatshirts, hoodies, sweaters, scarves, caps, gloves and mittens are needed! Also canned goods and non-perishable items are being received for holiday grocery bags. We invite you to bring your items to the church between the hours of 9:00 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All donations are gratefully accepted!
The Board of Deacons’ Lunchbag Program serves around 300 people each week. Along with a meal, the Deacons offer a warm welcome, a place to sit and visit, personal friendship and care, along with articles of clothing and other useful items. Donations are sought for those in need. We need bottles of water or juice, prepackaged fruit cups, cookies, snackpacks, toiletries and personal hygiene items. If you would like to donate items, please call the church office (312) 225-4951 or come by the church, open from 9:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Thank you for caring!