Sundays at 10:15am South corner of 96th Street & Central Park West

Second Presbyterian Church

Seeking a Better World Together

February 2018

Author gbakoulis, Written Feb 8, 2018

During February we approach and enter the Lenten season together and with God and Christ. We continue to grow as a congregation with our Transitional Pastor, Rev. Stephen Phelps, and our Minister of Music, Eunjung Ahn. Always, we cherish times spent together. Please join us as often as you can, and invite others to share in our fellowship.

Whether you are a longtime or new member or are considering making Second Presbyterian Church your spiritual home, we hope you will find ways to engage with us. Please call the church office at 212.749.1700 or speak to any church member if you have questions.


We seek God and practice a welcoming faith, treasuring our times together in God’s presence. We worship on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Children leave for Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. with their teacher, Pamela Hahn. Following worship (11:30 a.m.), we gather for Coffee Hour in the Carnegie Library.

All members of the congregation are encouraged to assist with worship as lector, beadle, greeter, or offering collector. Please see our Worship Coordinator for February, Neal Boswell, if you’d like to assist. 

Sunday, February 4: Worship, 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary, with Holy Communion; Rev. Stephen Phelps preaching; Eunjung Ahn, Minister of Music.

Sunday, February 11, Transfiguration Sunday: Worship, 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Rev. Stephen Phelps preaching; Eunjung Ahn, Minister of Music. Ordination and installation of deacons and elders, and recognition of the trustees whose terms have changed.  

Wednesday, February 14: Ash Wednesday service, 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We celebrate the beginning of Lent at this evening worship service.  Rev. Phelps will offer the imposition of ashes, and for anyone desiring an alternative symbol, an elder will offer a touch with water from the baptismal font.  The service will conclude with a celebration of Holy Communion.  Rev. Phelps shares the following thoughts about the service:

The simple service will invoke the Spirit of God in a manner distinct from a Sunday morning service.  The songs and scriptures, the prayers and communion call disciples of Christ to renewed discipline for life in Christ.  Ashes on the forehead will be offered to those who desire to be marked by this ancient symbol of humility and hope. The ashes on the head signify an open, un-fearing acceptance of our mortality–that though we all go down to dust, nevertheless we trust in God who is leading us, even through the valley of the shadow of death, even to death. The symbol of the ashes can help a Christian reconfirm a light and joyous being, gracefully in touch with God and God’s creation, neither afraid to enjoy the goodness of the things of the flesh, nor afraid to let all things go at God’s bidding. 

Sunday, February 18, first Sunday of Lent: Worship, 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary; Rev. Stephen Phelps preaching; Eunjung Ahn, Minister of Music.

Sunday, February 25, second Sunday of Lent: Worship, 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary; Rev. Stephen Phelps preaching; Eunjung Ahn, Minister of Music. Following worship, we will have a special coffee hour to celebrate Constance Campbell on the 50th anniversary of her membership at Second Presbyterian Church!

Holy Communion in 2018

Sunday, January 7 – Baptism of the Lord (intinction)

Sunday, February 4 – First Sunday of February (in the pews)

Wednesday, February 14 – Ash Wednesday (intinction)

Sunday, March 25 – Palm Sunday (in the pews)

Thursday, March 29 – Maundy Thursday (intinction)

Sunday, May 20 – Pentecost (in the pews)

Sunday, June 17 – Third Sunday of June (intinction)

Sunday, September 9 – First Sunday after Labor Day (intinction)

Sunday, October 7 – World Communion Sunday, with Chinese Community Church (in the pews)

Sunday, November 25 – Reign of Christ (intinction)

Sunday, December 9 – Second Sunday of Advent (in the pews)


Session: Thursday, February 15, 6:00 p.m., Head of School’s office.

Choir rehearsal: Wednesdays, February 7, 14 (brief rehearsal after Ash Wednesday service), 21, and 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Library, with Minister of Music Eunjung Ahn. Please speak to Eunjung, or email her at ejahn [at] secondpresbyteriannyc [dot] org to learn more.

Chimes practice resumes Wednesday, February 21, 6:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Library. Please come, or contact Minister of Music Eunjung Ahn if you’d like to participate.

New Officers Elected at Annual Meeting

Ken Threet and Bruce Ewing are returning to the Session and Patti Van Dyke was elected to serve for the first time. They are joining Scott Amrhein, Bram Lewis, Elaine Steele, Neal Boswell, Ed Carpenter, and Elaine Song there.

Karen Amrhein, Gordon Bakoulis, and Janet Brown are returning as deacons, where Meg Fox, Roger Simpson, Barbara Quick, Lolita Works, Johnny Wright, and Jane Yoo are also serving.

Sam Riggs and Maxine Soares are returning as trustees to join Tracey Ewing, Kim Steele, and Lisa Infield-Harm. Clayton Young was re-elected for a one-year extension but will need Presbytery approval as he has already served two terms. Ordination and installation are on February 11.


Annual Alexander Robertson School Talent Show: Thursday, March 8, 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the gym. Students will perform for our enjoyment Please come and bring a friend.


Pastoral Care During the Transition

During this period of transition, Nancy Hughes, Karen Amrhein, and Elaine Song will serve as contact people for members and regular attendees to call when there is an immediate need to be shared. Examples of needs are hospitalizations, surgeries, deaths, or crises for church members or their family members. When contacted, Nancy, Elaine, or Karen will then learn how we as a congregation may best help someone and learn what information may be shared with Steve Phelps and with our congregation. The idea of having contact numbers was thought of at a meeting we had on ministering to each other in September. During this meeting, we discussed the importance of supporting each other.

New Church Directory

Clerk of the Session Nancy Hughes is in the process of updating our church membership directory.  Please check in with Nancy during coffee hour or by phone or email (212-288-5765, nhughescsw [at] aol [dot] com) to be sure your listing is correct and up to date.