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 October, Nancy Hughes, if you’d like to assist. Our Coffee Hour coordinator for September is Karen Amrhein.

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. Special Halloween Coffee Hour hosted by Susan Gordon-Clark and Ken Threet to follow 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: October 19, 6:00 p.m., location TBA.

Trustees: October 24, time and location TBA.

Choir practice: Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., with incoming Minister of Music Eunjung Ahn. Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. will be regular time for choir practice. Please speak to Eunjung or to Susan Gordon-Clark of the Worship and Music Committee if you’re interested in learning more.


Party Honoring Rev. Leslie Merlin: Tuesday, October 3, 5:00—7:30 p.m., at Acqua Restaurant (718 Amsterdam Avenue @ 95th Street). We gather with members of the larger community of church, school, and clergy friends who have been touched by Leslie.

Memorial Service for Mimi Lewis (Bram Lewis’s mother): Saturday, October 7, 2:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary.

Music at Second Church: Something to Sing About

Our new Minister of Music, Eunjung Ahn, begins her service with us October 2. Eunjung was a top choice of the Minister of Music Search Committee’s search this year. She has 25 years of experience in church ministry, most recently serving as organist at First Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ.

A lifelong Presbyterian, Eunjung has pursued music ministry from the beginning of her career. She holds a degree in organ performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. She has conducted several choirs during her career, including handbell choirs. She also plays the harpsichord and has discussed introducing chimes to our music program!

Eunjung has the musical proficiency and leadership qualities to direct the choir and bring music to life at Second Church. She looks forward to serving a diverse congregation in this dynamic city. She said she is also drawn to the great quality of our organ. Eunjung lives in Northvale, NJ., with her husband, Kunsoo, and two children, Joel and Rachel.

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.