Session Highlights from July

In the Presbyterian Church, the Session is the governing body of the congregation in all church and civil matters. It includes 18 Elders and our two installed Pastors.

  • Over 40 kids and over 60 volunteers participated in Vacation Bible School in June. The number of kids is significantly lower than usual. The Children’s Ministry Committee is looking into potential reasons for this.
  • At Hope Station about 250 bowls of ice cream were served to neighborhood residents in June. Follow-up events are also slated for July and August.
  • Children’s Ministry is also looking at ways staff and volunteers can work together more effectively to grow the ministry.
  • We are looking for an additional caregiver in the Nursery.
  • The Detroit Mission trip (7 youth and 2 adults) went smoothly.
  • The Youth Ministry Committee is putting together volunteer and staff coverage to keep our youth discipleship going strong.
  • Youth Ministry offered a Meet and Eat in July for about two dozen parents and youth to discuss the future of youth ministry.
  • Bob Rumpf remembered his Second Family in his will. The Funding Sub-Committee will soon make a recommendation for how to invest the $30,000 when it arrives. Bob’s generosity is inspirational!
  • The Adult Ministry Committee sponsored a spiritually oriented bus trip to New York City in July.
  • Older Adult Ministry is planning a trip to Sight and Sound in Lancaster.
  • Presbyterian Women has announced dates for its annual retreat.
  • About 30 people from Second Pres worshiped with the same number of people at Bethel AME Church in June.
  • The Facilities Committee is in the process of completing several projects: dusk to dawn lighting on the Rotunda patio steps, patio landscaping and powerwashing, bell tower lighting enhancements, tree trimming and removal, and mounting a video monitor in the Preschool Room.
  • 2 youth completed Tech Team training in June. They are now trained to operate our soundboard and video equipment.
  • Over a dozen youth attended Krislund Camp in July for one week.
  • Pastor Jeff and the Session participated in three “Second Family Meetings” to listen, learn, and answer questions. About three dozen people participated in total, sharing many ideas.

Announcing Two Part-Time, Temporary, Job Openings

Youth Fellowship Leader – 3-6 hours/week; 2-4 weeks per month– can work with Middle-Schoolers, High Schoolers, or both. This person will be a regular presence at our mid-week youth fellowship events. You will work as part of a team of staff and volunteers who are investing in our young people during this interim time. Must have all clearances.

Ignite Band Leader – 3-6 hours/week– This person will lead the Ignite Band’s weekly rehearsals and on Ignite Sundays. Must have all clearances.

These paid positions can be combined; they will start Sept 1 and are likely to last 6-9 months, i.e. until we can find permanent replacements for these important positions. If you or someone you know is faithful, fun, interested and qualified, please contact Elder George Vaites, Elder Win Cleland, or Chris Prestia, Director of Music, for more information.

Summer Worship is Cool…

August 6 – Pastor Jennifer will lead a service of the Lord’s Supper.

August 13 – Rev. Anne Myers, Associate Executive Presbytery of the Presbytery of Carlisle will preach. At 9am she will offer a presentation of news from our neighboring congregations in the Presbytery.

August 20 – Rev. Dr. Mark Englund-Kreiger, Executive Presbyter of the Presbyter of Carlisle will preach. At 9am he will offer a presentation on news from the General Assembly, our denomination’s national governing body.

August 27 – Pastor Jennifer will preach. We’ll also make a point of praying for all of our children and youth as they return to school.

Notes from the Office: Dr. Gibelius will be on vacation and study leave with his family through August 27.

News from the Youth Ministry Committee

  • Hershey Park Sign Up Deadline is August 1.
  • Cost is $40. Go here for more information and to sign up. This is open to all youth and 1 friend. Rick Geesaman is our volunteer contact (he is Drew and Eric’s father).
  • The Summer Small Group, led by Lynsey Mayberry and Emily Kirk has started: Ellie Knapp, Sally Hesse, Eric Geesaman, Bri Lantz and Paisley Weaver are attending. All are welcome. Contact Lynsey Mayberry for details: 717-609-5517.
  • Key Dates: 9/6 – Kick-off Meeting of all Parents and Youth (6 to 7:30); 9/10 First Sunday morning Small Groups (9-10am); 9/13 Second Family Dinner and Talent Show (all youth are encouraged to be a star for 3 minutes or less)
  • Plan now for these awesome overnights: Night Without a Home (All grades), Breakaway Retreat (MS; 10/6-8) and Reality Retreat (HS; 11/3-5). Yes, you can invite friends!
  • The Sunday morning High School small group will meet on campus this fall. Thank you to the Clash Family for hosting the group in their home for the past few years.

Becca Roberts and Amy Martin will be part-time, temporary staffers, for our Youth Ministry. They join Pastor Jeff, Pastor Jennifer, and Vicki Lantz on the YM team. Becca will relate primarily to high schoolers and Amy to middle schoolers. They both know our congregation well and have worked extensively with youth in various capacities. Becca was a Young Adult Volunteer for a year with the Presbyterian Church, working with youth groups in Montana. Amy is a teacher in CV school district and is married to Brian Martin. Prior to that she was a teacher working with middle schoolers in South Middleton (YBMS).

A great team of volunteers and staff will be leading our youth ministry this fall. You’ll learn more about each of the people in the month ahead; for now, here’s the line-up:

Middle School Small Group: Pastor Jennifer and Amy Martin
High School Small Group: Becca Roberts and Shelly Raker
Middle School Fellowship: Amy Martin
High School Fellowship: Becca Roberts
Project Share: Julie Rhen
Retreats: Julie Rhen, Matt Shomaker, Becca Roberts and Amy Martin
Connections: Karen Geesaman
Administration: Vicki Lantz
Vision: George Vaites and Pastor Jeff

New Permission slips are now on-line under the Youth tab of You’ll see two different types: Multi-Event and Single Event. Use the Multi-Event one if you anticipate participating in several events this year and don’t want to fill out a separate form each time. Use the Single Event form for friends or if you don’t feel comfortable giving blanket permission for any reason. The Multi-Event form is designed to last one year from the date it is signed.

Looking to go deeper on your own faith journey? Consider Fast Track: The Whole Bible for Busy People. It meets on Wednesday nights, usually at the same time as Youth Group (6 to 7:30). If you need childcare for kids up to age 5, or if you’d like more info, contact Vicki Lantz.

NYC Trip

Our Adult Ministry trip to New York City on July 11-12 was great! Thirty-one Church members and friends were able to explore the City and find time together through the sights and sounds. We shared a meal together, our God moments and realized how much God is alive in each one in the City.

Save the Date! Second Family Reunion Dinner

Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 pm.

We’re looking for talent: singers, dancers, comedians, instrumentalists, story tellers, and jugglers, whatever your talent, we want you! There’s no better way to get to know our Second Family than learning about their hidden talents. Maybe the squirrel from Chili Cook-off will join us again (Scott and Tanner), and you know Pastor Jeff will be doing something. So get the family together, grab your friends, and rally the troops. Put the date on the calendar, star it, circle it in red and start practicing NOW!

How to Join a Music Ensemble at Second Pres

Have you ever thought about becoming a Chorister, singing in the Sanctuary Choir or ringing in one of the bell choirs? Now is a great time to discern your calling for the 2017-2018 season! Follow these simple but important steps to join one of our music ministries:

  1. DO Pray. Ask God if the music ministry is where you are being called to minister.
    DO NOT assess the quality of your musical gifts. God often calls professional musicians to minister in non-musical ways and non-musicians to minister through music. This is not a question of ability; this is a question of calling. If you feel the calling but are unsure of your musical abilities, talk to us! …which leads us to step two:
  2. DO approach Chris Prestia, Director of Music Ministries, or anyone involved in the music ministry to express your desire to serve God as a music-maker. Chances are if God has called you to serve with us we need you! DO NOT wait for Chris or another ensemble member to approach you and invite you to join. Though we keep an eye and ear out for potential members we may not necessarily scout you out at the time God calls you. It’s up to you to answer God’s call!
  3. DO plan on attending most rehearsals and Sunday worship services while you are involved in an ensemble. Plan on committing to a complete season (Fall through Christmas, January through Easter, Easter through Memorial Day) to “give it a go.”
    DO NOT plan on showing up a few weeks here and there as you decide whether or not this is something for you. Remember you are discerning a calling, not deciding on a new hobby. If God has called you to try an ensemble go ahead and give it your full effort for a period. Like most new things, it takes a few tries and a bit of time to settle into a new ministry. In musical ensembles there is also the practical need to attend rehearsals regularly as you build your skills and coordinate your individual contributions with other ensemble members.

Ministering through music can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Talk to one of our ensemble members to hear about their “God moments” in music ministry!

Praise in the Park, August 3 at 7 PM

Join us at Memorial Park (by Hope Station) on August 3 at 7pm for Praise in the Park, an outreach ministry coordinated by Rev. Ivy Berry, music director at Bethel A.M.E. Church, dedicated to bringing the Gospel message to the neighborhood immediately surrounding Hope Station. The worship service is simple, lasts about an hour, and will include hymns sung by our sanctuary choir and a short sermon. Praise in the Park runs every Thursday evening at 7pm through the summer months, ending August 10, and each features a different preacher and choir. Come support this important outreach ministry!

Celebrate the Arts

The new season of Celebrate the Arts is an exciting one for all of us and the first concert is approaching fast. The committee is excited to present the following artists and the dates they will be here:

September 17th, the Sirotin-Chang duo, the extraordinary talents of Peter Sirotin, violin and Ya-Ting Chang, piano

February 18th, Jeffrey Fahnestock, tenor, an amazingly beautiful voice

April 8th, the acclaimed woodwind trio, Silver, Wood and Ivory Back by popular demand

We are so proud to present this series and we hope you will attend. Watch for our brochures mid-August and please support the series with your attendance and your contributions