March 2017 e-Chronicles

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Sensing God: Lent 2017 – Don’t just observe Lent this year; experience it… with all your senses. Click here to download the full Sensing God Opportunity List in PDF form. Click here to sign-up through

Worship in March – The Sensing God Opportunity List includes a complete list of worship themes and scriptures for March.

Nominating Committee at Work –They are discerning whom God is preparing for service as an Elder or Deacon. Please pray that they would find the right people to lead our congregation in the coming years.

Congregational Meeting Slated for March 26 — We will elect officers immediately after 10:30 worship.

Baked Potato Bar for Youth Missions

Support the youth mission trip to Detroit by stopping by our Baked Potato Bar on March 19th from 11:30am-1:00pm! Take some to go, or sit down and enjoy among friends. The suggested donation for a potato with all you can eat toppings is $5. With over a dozen toppings, you will not want to miss out. Sign-up at the WelcomeCenter in the Narthex or HERE so we can know how much food to prepare! We will be serving with the organization Motown Mission, who collaborates with local organizations to serve those who are underprivileged and living in poverty; we will be focusing on economic disaster recovery work. This includes anything from home repair agencies, to feeding and greening ministries.

Gracie Hellweg Continues Preparation for Ministry

Gracie joined our congregation when she began serving as our Director of Youth Ministries in 2013. Last fall she followed God’s call to begin theological studies at Louisville Seminary in Kentucky, where the PC (USA) is headquartered. Soon after starting there her gifts were recognized by Rev. J. Nelson, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, our denomination’s highest ranking officer. Gracie is now working in his office on a variety of exciting. projects. She made this video for us as part of our Per Capita offering; it explains her work. Link to per capita video. Gracie’s other exciting news is that she is engaged to be married to her long-time boyfriend, Christian Payne, in Louisville on July 16. Pastor Jeff will co-officiate. Please pray for Gracie and Christian as they prepare themselves for a new chapter in their faith journey.

Memorial Gifts Honor Legacies

When a member of our congregation dies their family often chooses to designate the Second Family Memorial Fund as the beneficiary of memorial donations in lieu of flowers. These gifts add up in wonderful ways and they are often used in areas that were dear to the deceased person. For example, Alan Williams’ memorial donations are being used to enhance the landscaping around the campus; Alan was chairperson of the Grounds Committee. When Pastor Emeritus Mike Ferguson died his family requested that the bulk of the memorial donations in his honor would be used to support our mission partners and trips; Mike was a champion of world missions. Linda Reifsteck was a fixture in our Kitchen, providing food for all kinds of events; donations in her honor are being used to upgrade our congregation’s cooking facilities. We received 239 separate memorial gifts in 2016, totaling $16,120. Every dollar will be used to build on the legacy of faith that our dearly departed friends and family members left behind. As you make plans for your own funeral arrangements, please keep in mind the Memorial Fund.

Ann Trexler to be Honored in 10:30 Worship on March 19

Ann has served as our Sanctuary choir’s piano accompanist since 1973. Now in her 44th year of continuous volunteer service, she will accompany the choir two more times (on March 5 and March 12) before serving God and our Second Family in other ways musically. Ann and Jane Armbrust will be providing all the music for our special Wednesday night Lenten worship services, starting March 8.

Some simple math reveals that Ann has attended about 1400 choir rehearsals and mastered the piano parts for approximately the same number of anthems. Three choir directors, almost 100 choir members, and thousands of parishioners have been blessed by her partnership in the Gospel over the decades. In addition to serving as the Sanctuary choir accompanist Ann also taught a generation of children the joy of playing the piano through private lessons. These children are now fully grown and some of their children have enjoyed hearing Ann play in our Sanctuary. Ann has continued to find joy in sacred music even after multiple surgeries and painful health conditions. March 19 is 50 years to the day from when Ann and her faithful husband, Don, first joined our Second Family; we are so grateful that God brought them to us long ago. Please take a moment to express your personal gratitude to Ann in the weeks ahead. And also take a moment to thank God for Ann and all of the dedicated volunteers that make our music ministry such a blessing to so many people.

PW Corner

It is spring!! Time for robins and cleaning out closets for Whale of a Sale!

When? Saturday, April 29 – 7 AM to 3 PM

Presbyterian Women need your donations of clean clothing, household items, seasonal, books, toys etc (to be dropped off at church week of the sale)

We also need YOU both week of sale and day of sale, especially the day of the sale, all day or partial day – There is also a need for food for lunches,baked goods, many volunteer opportunities!

More information to be noted in bulletin,but MARK YOUR CALENDARS and HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Sign up sheets in Narthex several weeks before sale.

Questions: contact Kathy Beck 243-9825 or Joanne Beard 439-3195.

On Sunday, March 12, we will have a late lunch/early dinner at 4 pm. Our guests for the meal will be members of the Bethel AME congregation, and the meal will consist of chicken and whatever sides you’re willing to contribute. Sign up here today!


The Library catalog can now be searched on the Second Presbyterian Church website. Go to and click on Resources then on Library Catalog to access the Search Screen. The link to directly go to the search Screen is Books can be reserved on the website and a library volunteer will contact you when the books are available.


SENSING GOD: LEARNING HOW TO MEDITATE DURING LENT by Lawrence Freeman: Is Lent a time to give something up or an occasion for beginning something new? Freeman provides a practical guide to this ancient Christian practice. Included in the book is guidance and support for your journey as well as daily reflections on the Gospels which highlight their meaning and relevance for living today. Located in the Christian Living Section (B.1).

SENSING GOD: READING SCRIPTURE WITH ALL OUR SENSES by Roger Ferlo: Most of us have been taught to think of God in visual terms, yet our own relationship with the fullness of God makes irresistible demands upon all our senses if we are to begin to understand God. Ferlo shows us how to read the Bible in a “full-bodied” way with all our senses attuned. The Bible must be brought to life through the senses. Its stories must be seen, heard, touched, smelled and tasted so that we truly begin to encounter in our lives the word of God in scripture. Located in the Christian Living Section (B.1).

BABETTE’S FEAST a film directed by Gabriel Axel: This film is an adaptation of a story by Isak Dinesen which depicts a layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings a quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth century Denmark. It is the ultimate film about food and a delicate evocation of divine grace. Located in the Fiction DVD Section (F DVD).

INVITATION TO A JOURNEY: A ROAD MAP FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION by M. Robert Mulholland Jr: The author carefully unpacks his definition of spiritual formation. He helps Christians new and old to understand that we become like Christ gradually. Mulholland also reviews the classical spiritual disciplines and demonstrates why it is so important for us to undertake our spiritual journey with and for the sake of others. Located in the Christian Education Small Groups Section (D.6).

PRAYING GOD’S WAY: TALKING WITH THE FATHER AND WALKING TOGETHER by Rick Shepherd: This is a twelve week study that expounds on biblical teaching as to how we should pray. God wants to hear from us. It is when we talk with God through prayer that we experience the closeness and personal touches of an ever-loving and compassionate God. Located in the Christian Education Adult Education Section (D.3).

Extra Years of Zest

Our March gathering for the XYZ’ers will be an exciting one as we welcome Al Speers to our table!

Al will share some thoughts on the founding of Penn State and the nice things of Penn State today. Al will also share what our Carlisle High School students are like. Come join us on Monday, March 6 at 12:00 noon for lunch provided by Cheryl Wiles as we get prepared to hear Al Speers share his knowledge with us. All are welcome to come! See you there!