Celebratory plans and events continue as we mark the 175th anniversary of the founding of Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago on June 1, 1842.
On Sunday July 9, the Mary Gene Yee (Moy) Memorial Dedication of the baptismal font will take place during the church service. Many Moy family members and descendants will be in attendance and recognized. Numerous members of the Moy family were baptized in the font and gave most of the funds for the new protective barrier to preserve the font. Please welcome this family with historic ties to the church.
The Lunch Bag program began in 1986 when elder Lucille Whitworth noticed many people coming by the church begging for food. Out of her pocket, she started a feeding ministry. Since that time, the Lunch Bag program has grown to feed lunches to approximately 150-200 neighbors a week. Run by the Board of Deacons, fifteen volunteers serve salads and sandwiches donated by Pret a Manger Sandwiches, bakery goods donated by Panera Bread and other foods donated by Savior Chicago at McCormick Place. Supplemented by purchased food from the Greater Chicagoland Food Depository, guests are known by name and greeted with a warm smile and personal caring. Cans of beef stew, chili, ravioli and soup are heated up and served daily, along with chips, cookies, fruit, individual fruit cups, healthy snacks and bottled water. In addition, our Lunchbag Program regularly distributes personal hygiene items and bags of groceries at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our Winter Clothing Drive distributes caps, scarves, mittens and gloves, as well as sweaters, hoodies and warm coats. All donations are welcome! For more information, please call the church office (312) 225-4951.
Tutoring Program Concludes A Successful Year
The 2016-2017 Tutoring Program concluded a successful year with an end-of-semester party on June 14. Approximately 30 students met each week with 15-20 tutors for help with homework, math, reading, science, geography and development of study skills. Special thanks to the Junior League of Chicago for their inspiring leadership and service! Leaders included Hilary Schmidt, Kara Goodbrand and Maggie Brown. Thanks also to a host of community tutors who assisted in the program!
STATEMENT ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE
The Session of Second Presbyterian Church unanimously approves hosting, conducting and blessing same-gender marriages. We offer our pastoral staff to fully celebrate the inclusive love of God for all people, without exceptions. We rejoice in honoring the unique commitment of two people in the covenant of marriage. We invite gay and lesbian couples to be married here, and find a spiritual home in our community of faith.