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

Second Presbyterian Church

Seeking a Better World Together

March 2018

Author gbakoulis, Written Mar 10, 2018

During March we move through the Lenten season together and with God and Christ. We near the end of our time together with our Transitional Pastor, Rev. Stephen Phelps, and look forward to the arrival of our Interim Pastor, Rev. Lindsay Borden, in April. 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 March, Elaine Song, if you’d like to assist. 

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

Sunday, March 11: Worship, 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Rev. Stephen Phelps preaching; Eunjung Ahn, Minister of Music.  

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

Sunday, March 25, Palm Sunday: Worship, 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary; Rev. Stephen Phelps preaching; Eunjung Ahn, Minister of Music; Holy Communion in the pews. Following worship, we will have our traditional Agape Palm Sunday potluck lunch in the Carnegie Library.

Thursday, March 29, Maundy Thursday: Tenebrae service with Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Sunday, April 1, Easter Sunday:  Worship, 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary; Rev. Stephen Phelps preaching; Eunjung Ahn, Minister of Music.

Sunday, April 8 will be our first worship service with our Interim Pastor, Rev. Lindsay Borden. We are delighted to welcome her! Read about Rev. Borden in the March A Second Look newsletter!

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, March 7, 14, 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: Wednesdays, March 7 and 14, 6:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Library. Please come, or contact Minister of Music Eunjung Ahn if you’d like to participate.



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.

Tartan Day Parade: Saturday, April 7, Alexander Robertson School and Second Presbyterian Church will be marching! Stay tuned for details.

Harold Stover Concert: Sunday, April 15, 5:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

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.