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

Second Presbyterian Church

Seeking a Better World Together

Summer 2017

Author gbakoulis, Written Jun 25, 2017

We have said a bittersweet farewell to Leslie Merlin, our beloved Pastor for the past 20 years, and we have a new Transitional Pastor, Rev. Stephen Phelps. This summer we continue to cherish times spent together in worship, fellowship, and reflection. We seek God and practice a welcoming faith in our community. We treasure our times together in God’s presence. 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.

Summer Worship 

Our summer worship tradition is one of relaxation and exploration. We are blessed to have a varied group of worship leaders and music leaders and we thank all of them for their service. As we do throughout the year, we seek God  and practice a welcoming faith in our community. We treasure our times together in God’s presence. Please join us as often as you can, and invite others to share in our fellowship.

During July and August we worship on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. in the Carnegie Library (enter from either 96th Street or 95th Street). There is no Sunday School. This summer we will break with tradition and have a modest fellowship hour following Worship. We invite all members and friends to join us in worship and fellowship.

All members of the congregation are encouraged to assist with summer worship as lector, beadle, or offering collector. Our July and August worship coordinator is Bram Lewis. Our September worship coordinator is Elaine Song; please contact Elaine if you’d like to serve.

Our congregation offers a remarkable amount of thoughtful preaching and musical resource. This summer is especially interesting, as we fill your plates with the best of what there is, looking toward potential matches for our Interim Pastor.

July 2

Rev. Ted Voelker, preaching

Kathy Hart, music leader

July 9

Rev. Laura jervis, preaching

Natasha Ulyanovsky, Minister of Music

July 16

Rev. Grace Bowen, preaching

Natasha Ulyanovsky, Minister of Music

July 23

Rev. Krystin Granberg, preaching

Natasha Ulyanovsky, Minister of Music

July 30

Elaine Song, preaching

Natasha Ulyanovsky, Minister of Music

August 6

Rev. Stephen Phelps, preaching

Natasha Ulyanovsky, Minister of Music

August 13

Rev. Grace Bowen, preaching

Natasha Ulyanovsky, Minister of Music

August 20

Rev. Peter Surgenor, preaching

Natasha Ulyanovsky, Minister of Music

August 27

Rev. Lindsay Borden, preaching

Natasha Ulyanovsky, Minister of Music

We will not celebrate public worship at Second Presbyterian Church on September 3, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. We encourage you to experience worship in a new place, in a new way, wherever you may be.

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

Meetings

Choir rehearsal will resume in September.

Worship committee: TBD

Session: TBD.

Pastoral Care: TBD.

Events 

Save the Date: Tuesday, October 3, 5:00—7:30 p.m., at Acqua (718 Amsterdam Avenue @ 95th Street, an evening for members of the larger community of church, school, and clergy friends who have been touched by Leslie Merlin. More details coming soon.

Search for New Pastor/The Transition

The process of calling a Pastor to lead our flock will occur in several stages. Our Transitional Pastor, Rev. Stephen Phelps, begins serving September 1, until we find an Interim Pastor. 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 visits remaining in 2017 have been scheduled:

Saturday, September 16

Saturday, December 2