You love your dog. We love your dog. Even better, God loves your dog. God has given us our pets as helpers, companions, and to make our lives richer. And amazingly, God even uses our pets to teach us things about God. On Sunday, September 16th at 4 p.m., Second Church is hosting a blessing of the dogs. We want to provide this service to our community, and we want to create a place where dog lovers can meet one another and maybe even form our own community. Our hope is to meet outside on the church's lot, but if the weather is poor, we'll be downstairs in the church's Fellowship Hall. So come [...]
Sunday May 6 was a joyous day in the life of Second Church as we recognized our four high school and two college graduates. A "card basket" was available at the luncheon we held for the graduates so that members of the congregation could express their own personal best wishes. We recognized Emily Gangloff, daughter of Mike and Martha Gangloff; Emily Johnson, daughter of Rick and Susan Johnson and granddaughter of Dick and Talitha Hippeard; Matthew Johnson, son of Rick and Susan Johnson and grandson of Dick and Talitha Hippeard; Nicole Keen of Mary Baldwin University, Shelby Smiley, granddaughter of Woodie and Nita Wimer; and Henry Tyree, son of Heather Snyder Kimble and Joe Tyree, and [...]
On Sunday February 11th Second Church will hold a meeting of the congregation after worship for the purpose of reviewing the 2017 Annual Report, as well as having a time of questions and answers about the state of the church. All who are able are encouraged to stay after worship for the meeting.
Again this year, Second Church has helped set up the Salvation Army Toy Store. This is the seventh year we have been involved in this form of service to our local community. Our volunteers unpacked the boxes of toys held over from last year and set them in categorized areas in the Toy Store by age and gender, where they can be seen by the folks selecting the presents for the children in the Salvation Army Christmas gifts program. The toys were selected for each child to fill a bag for them with the items on that child's Christmas wish list. That list was used to prepare the Angel Trees found around Staunton. There are roughy 350 children who will receive bags from the Toy Store. [...]
On Sunday November 5th the Gangloff Family became members of Second Church. This was a particularly special day as Emily and Alex completed Confirmation class and affirmed their faith, accepting their baptism as their own. Given the importance of their confirmation, some in the church came forward to lay hands on Emily & Alex, to pray for them and uphold them as they take this important step in their journey of faith.
from left to right, Mary Rainey (President of Presbyterian Women), Sue Gochenour (Award Recipient), and Pat Blackley 2017 PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD Sue Gochenour came to us as a transfer member, and as one of our women so aptly stated, “She hit the ground running and she hasn’t stopped since.” Our honoree immediately became involved in church work. She serves on the session, is chair of the mission committee, has been vice president and is now treasurer of Presbyterian Women. She also serves on the board of Martha’s Meals on Wheels and helps deliver meals. Sue was born in Richmond, Virginia June 15, 1950, the middle daughter in a family of three [...]
The annual Martha's Meals on Wheels Spaghetti Supper is scheduled for Sunday, October 29 at the Verona Moose Lodge at 1510 Commerce Road (Rt. 11 near EyeOne) from 4-6 PM. Spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, and a gluten-free option are on the menu. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and children under 5 are free. Door prize drawings will also take place. Tickets are available from Martha Wilkerson, Sue Gochenour, or any board member. Martha's Meals on Wheels is funded solely by churches, local businesses and organizations, and personal donations. It provides meals to those in need regardless of age, sex, race, or religion. We have a great meal and lots of fun! [...]
Again this year, we’ll be participating in “Operation Christmas Child.” Operation Christmas Child was started by Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son. Shoeboxes filled with items for boys and girls are shipped overseas to various places for underprivileged children. Shoeboxes will be available in the vestibule in a few weeks with instructions on what to fill them with, depending on the age and gender you select. Just pick a box up, fill it, and return it to the parlor when you’re done. Boxes are now available in the vestibule for Operation Christmas Child. You can buy for a boy or girl. Just check the age range and place the label inside the box. These boxes will [...]
During the month of October, the Presbyterian Women will be collecting items to send to Scott Dice (Melissa and Harry's son), who is stationed in Afghanistan. Suggestions for items to donate include: Beef jerky *, chips, Doritos*, cheese and peanut butter crackers, cheese puffs and cheetos*, or any snack food, peanut butter, salsa (plastic bottle), NON-chocolate candy (chocolate melts), cookies, magazines, paperbacks, shoe inner soles, foot powder, cards to send back home, packs of tissues, playing cards, puzzle books, small games, ink pens. (The starred items are what Scott really likes). The soldiers get all their medical and personal supplies like soap, toothpaste, and shampoo, so they do NOT need that. DO NOT donate aerosols, [...]
All are invited to the Mission Committee’s Baked Potato Bar fundraiser on Wednesday, September 20 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall. A Free Will Offering will be taken with all proceeds going to Hurricane Harvey Relief. Addendum - Many thanks to all the people who contributed as you gave $2,502 for Hurricane Relief! What a great and faithful witness. Thank you!