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

Second Presbyterian Church

Seeking a Better World Together

October 2017

Author gbakoulis, Written Sep 30, 2017

Happy October, time of busyness and celebration of our lives together and in God and Christ. We welcome our new Minister of Music, Eunjung Ahn, and we continue to grow as a congregation with our Transitional Pastor, Rev. Stephen Phelps. 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 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 in our community, 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 November, Scott Amrhein, if you’d like to assist. 

Sunday, October 1: World Communion Sunday with the Chinese Congregation Church, 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Luncheon follows in the gym; we are responsible for desserts.

Sunday, October 8: Worship, 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary; Rev. Stephen Phelps preaching; first Sunday with our new Minister of Music, Eunjung Ahn, with special coffee hour in her honor to follow in the Carnegie Library.

Sunday, October 15: Worship, 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary; Rev. Stephen Phelps preaching; Eunjung Ahn, Minister of Music. Sermon Talk Back to follow during Coffee Hour in the Carnegie Library.

Sunday, October 22: Kirking of the Alexander Robertson School and Worship, 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary; Rev. Stephen Phelps preaching; Eunjung Ahn, Minister of Music.

Sunday, October 29: Worship, 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary; Rev. Stephen Phelps preaching; Eunjung Ahn, Minister of Music. This will be a special celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed to the doors of a cathedral “95 theses” or challenges to the Church in Rome. Among the special touches of the service, the choir is preparing Luther’s famous “A Mighty Fortress,” which the congregation may join in singing.  A special Halloween Coffee Hour hosted by Susan Gordon-Clark and Ken Threet will follow the service, in the Carnegie Library.

Holy Communion in 2017:

Sunday, January 8: Baptism of the Lord

Sunday, February 26: Transfiguration of the Lord

Wednesday, March 1: Ash Wednesday

Sunday, April 9: Palm Sunday

Thursday, April 13: Maundy Thursday

Friday, April 14: Good Friday

Sunday, June 4: Pentecost

Sunday, June 11: Trinity Sunday

Sunday, October 1: World Communion Sunday

Sunday, November 26: Reign of Christ


Session: November 16, 6:00 p.m., Head of School’s office.

Trustees: TBA.

Deacons: November 12, 11:45 a.m. (after coffee hour)

Choir practice: Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 p.m., with Minister of Music Eunjung Ahn. Please speak to Eunjung, or email her at ejahn [at] secondpresbyteriannyc [dot] org to learn more.




Special Coffee Hour to celebrate our children’s birthdays (August-December): Sunday, November 12.

Talk about the Jarvie Program: Sunday, November 19, during coffee hour in the Carnegie Library, Rev. Marjory Roth will talk to us about the Jarvie Program, which offers services to qualified individuals aged 65 and older to help them “Live, not merely exist.” Beneficiaries must be members of a Protestant tradition who are referred by their community.

Search for New Pastor/The Transition

Our Transitional Pastor, Rev. Stephen Phelps, began serving September 1. He will serve for an estimated 4-6 month period. The next stage will be formation of an Interim Pastor Search Committee. Stay tuned for updates.

Community Service/Giving

Visits to Bedford Hills Prison: Our desire to be of comfort in a world of pain leads us into prison, a place of sorrow and despair. We have partnered with Gethsemane Presbyterian Church on its visits to women in Bedford Hills Prison and Taconic Prison. The women we visit are participants in Gethsemane Church’s “Project Connect” as they work to develop a life of spiritual health. The visit remaining in 2017 is December 2.