This Week in Our Church:

Saturday, October 12:
Barbara's Basement--downstairs 10am-1pm
Tours--Free tours of the Sanctuary are given from 11am-3pm

Sunday, October 13:
Present Word Bible Study--Church Library 9:30am
Worship--Sanctuary 11am
Coffee Hour--Fellowship Hall 12:15pm
South Loop Community Table--Fellowship Hall 7:15pm (volunteers to arrive by 7pm)

Tuesday, October 15:
Barbara's Basement--Downstairs 10am-1pm
Lunch Bag Program--Fellowship Hall 11am-1pm (enter through Cullerton Ave. doors)
Acts Bible Study--Fellowship Hall 1:30pm

Wednesday, October 16:
Lunch Bag Program--Fellowship Hall 11am-1pm (enter through Cullerton Ave. doors)
Tours--Free tours of the Sanctuary are given 1pm-3pm
Spirituality in the World's Religions--Church Library 6pm
Tutoring--Fellowship Hall 6pm-7:30pm (open for all students grades 2-8)

Thursday, October 17:
Lunch Bag Program--Fellowship Hall 11am-1pm (enter through Cullerton Ave. doors)
Tai Chi--Fellowship Hall 6pm $10/person (click link for more information www.herbsmed.org)

Friday, October 18:
Lunch Bag Program--Fellowship Hall 11am-1pm (enter through Cullerton Ave. doors)
Tours--Free tours of the Sanctuary are given 11am-1pm

Upcoming

BAPS Hindu Temple & Morton Arboretum: The Recreation and Interest Ministries Committee has planned another great trip to visit the BAPS Hindu Temple and Morton Arboretum on Monday, October 14th. We will meet at the church at 8:30am and return by 4:30pm. Cost is $30/person and space is limited! To register and pay, please contact either Cliff Crawford (crawfordclifford@sbcglobal.net), Ann Belletire (annabelle20E@aol.com), or Pastoral Assistant Leslie Deslauriers (pastoralassistant.2ndpreschgo@gmail.com). Space is limited!!

Fair Trade Bazaar: Second Presbyterian Church is hosting a Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Bazaar in Fellowship Hall on Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20.  The hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Unique jewelry, hand woven baskets, fashion scarves, toys and games, purses, soaps, coffee, winter hats, mittens, gloves and scarves are just a few of the items that will be available for sale. In addition to shoppers, the Committee is seeking volunteers to help unload the truck and set up on Friday, October 18th and to pack unsold merchandise and reload the truck following the sale on Sunday, October 20th.  If you are available to volunteer, please contact Vicki Reynolds (312-203-4933).

Money Smart Course: Are you confused about money, finances, and budgeting? Then join us on October 21, October 28, and November 4 for a FREE Money Smart Course taught by Wintrust Bank. All sessions will begin at 6pm in our Fellowship Hall and will last approximately 30-45 minutes each. To register, please click the link https://forms.gle/MSThyHznEsNqtN487 and complete the registration form. For more information, please contact Pastoral Assistant Leslie Deslauriers at pastoralassistant.2ndpreschgo@gmail.com or call the church office!

Open Mic Night: Our next Open Mic Night will be Friday, November 1st at 7pm. All are welcome to come and perform. We are asking for a $5 suggested donation at the door and we will have popcorn, water, soda, and beer available! For more information, please contact Pastoral Assistant Leslie Deslauriers at studentpastorleslie@gmail.com

Christmas Market: On Saturday, December 7th from 10am-2pm, we will be hosting a Christmas Market in the church. Come tour our historic Sanctuary, shop for unique gifts and stocking stuffers, and try some homemade hot chocolate! Vendors from the Chicagoland area will be here selling their handmade items. For more information, please contact Pastoral Assistant Leslie Deslauriers at pastoralassistant.2ndpreschgo@gmail.com

Sing Along Messiah: Join us for our annual Sing Along Messiah on Sunday, December 8th at 3:30pm featuring solos from professional singers in Chicago and accompanied by an orchestra and our organ. The audience is invited to bring their own Messiah score to purchase one at the door. There will be a light reception in the Fellowship Hall following the performance. More information to come.

Worship

When you worship with us at Second Presbyterian Church, you will immediately be drawn by the outstanding architecture and artistry of this City, State, and National Historic Landmark location. Our sanctuary features nine Tiffany Stained Glass Windows and 175 angels depicted in statues, carvings, glass, and murals. We are a PC(USA) church rooted in the Presbyterian tradition, however our congregation is anything but traditional. We are proud to be a beautiful representation of God's Kingdom in the make-up of our congregants every Sunday. We have folks from every corner of the earth worshiping together each Sunday morning and we have formed a community of support, love, and care for anyone who walks in our doors. Whether you are new to Christianity or have been a life-long Christian, all are welcome and will feel comfortable worshiping with us. We look forward to meeting you and sharing in God's glory with you!

Serve

We have multiple volunteer opportunities weekly at Second Presbyterian Church.
Lunch Bag Program: We are always looking for volunteers Tuesday-Friday from 10am-1:15pm to help serve our neighbors that are either homeless or living with food insecurity. We serve a free lunch bag to anyone in need. This volunteer opportunity is a great way to serve those in need and connect with others living in the South Loop Community. For more information, please contact Vicki Reynolds at vickireynolds24@gmail.com

Tutoring: At Second Presbyterian Church, we tutor around 35 children and youth (2nd grade-8th grade) on Wednesday evenings (6pm-7:30pm) from September 18-mid June. If you are interested in helping with our tutoring program, please contact Pastor Neff at pastor.secondchurch1936@comcast.net

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Teach: Our Christian Education Hour is one of our most amazing programs and we are always seeking adults who have a passion for Christ and a passion for teaching to engage our children and youth. If you are interested in helping serve as a teacher, a substitute, or an aide, please contact Pastor Neff at pastor.secondchurch1936@comcast.net

Weddings: Second Presbyterian Church offers beautiful weddings in our National, State, and City Historic Landmark location. For any wedding to be successful, we need individuals who have a passion for making this day memorable and joyful for the wedding party. If you would like more information, please contact our Wedding Coordinator Barbara Crawford at spcweddingschicago@gmail.com

South Loop Community Table: The South Loop Community Table, brought to you by South Loop Campus Ministries and The Inclusive Collective, will resume on Sunday, September 8th at 7pm. Please enter through the parking lot doors. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pastoral Assistant Leslie Deslauriers at pastoralassistant.2ndpreschgo@gmail.com

Who is Second Presbyterian Church?

We are diverse, inclusive, community, engaging, passionate. 

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

Vision Statement
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.

Sunday Parking

The parking lot adjacent to the north side of the church is available for parking for Sunday worship. We encourage those whose mobility permits to park on the city streets so as to leave parking lot space for those with more limited mobility. Street parking is FREE every Sunday. Please contact Office Administrator, Ashley McLean, for more information.

Statement on Same Sex Marriage

For many years, Second Presbyterian Church has offered same-sex marriage as part of our ministry to the church and the greater Chicagoland community. You and your partner will find an inclusive, warm fellowship of diverse spiritual people at Second Presbyterian Church. If you are looking for a place to be married, or a people who believe in the full dignity, beauty and equality of all God’s children, welcome home.

Study

Second Presbyterian Church is committed to making disciples of all ages. We offer multiple Christian Education classes weekly for all age groups.

Present Word: This adult Christian Education class meets weekly on Sunday mornings at 9:30am in the Church Library. Study materials are provided each quarter and all are welcome.

Book of Acts: Join Rev. Tolliver for an in-depth study on the Book of Acts each Tuesday afternoon at 1:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Only your Bible is needed!

Alpha to Omega Bible Discussion Group: This group is committed to going through the Bible, one book at a time and discussing key themes. They meet twice/month on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 6pm in the 2nd Floor office. All are welcome to participate. For more information, please contact Flea Parker at flea@golden2.net

Second Book Group:  The   October 20 book will be: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens; November 17: Ghengis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by J. McIver Weatherford. Book Group discussions are at 9:30am in the 2nd Floor Office and are open to all!

Biblical Foundations: This class is meant for children kindergarten-5th grade and meets every Sunday morning (September-June) in the middle classroom (behind the kitchen) at 9:45am. The lessons are meant to build a Biblical foundation for children and youth beginning at an early age.

Confirmation Class: A new confirmation class for grades 6 and above will meet the on the first and third Sunday of each month at 12:15 p.m. Join us on this journey to discover, nurture and develop your faith. For more information and a registration form, please contact Eugene Leonard or call the church office.

Post-Confirmation Class: This class meets Sunday mornings also in the North Parlor (September-June) at 10am and is designed to continue laying the Spiritual foundation for our youth once they have joined the church.

Spirituality in the World's Religions: Beginning Wednesday, October 16 at 6pm, Pastoral Assistant Leslie Deslauriers will lead a 1 hour class exploring the different--and similar--ways in which the World's Religions experience Prayer, Meditation, Worship, and Community. We will look at the faith traditions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, the Baha'i faith, and Sikhism. All classes are free and open to all. For more information, please contact Pastoral Assistant Leslie Deslauriers at pastoralassistant.2ndpreschgo@gmail.com

Other: Periodically we study series that meet during the week or even on Sunday afternoons. As these series are planned, they will be added to this section. Past studies include: Women of the Bible, The Book of Confessions Study, Loving Ourselves and Loving Our Neighbors: A Lenten Journey, Christianity and Poverty, and Christianity and Healthcare.