He taught us how to serve and we try to follow his example through hands-on service to people in need, especially in our Carlisle community. All members of our congregation — from children to senior Christians – will have a chance during May to be part of a significant service opportunity for a few hours or more.

For a full list of opportunities click here.

Worship in May

  • May 7 – Older Adult Sunday – We’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper and see how God works through us and in us at every age and stage of life.
  • May 14 – Worship for Mother’s Day. Pastor Jeff will be preaching at 8 (Sanctuary) and 10:30 (Rotunda); Pastor Jennifer will preach at 10:30 (Sanctuary). This is an experiment to see what it’s like to have a “live” sermon Ignite (rather than a recorded one).
  • May 21 – Ordination Sunday – We’ll spiritually anoint and install new Elders and Deacons to be our congregation’s leaders.
  • May 28 – On Memorial Day weekend we’ll worship and also thank God for men and woman who lived out their faith through sacrificial service to their country. Pastor Jennifer is preaching.

Congregational Meeting

May 7, after 10:30 Worship – We’ll elect new officers and approve corrected terms of call for the pastors (there was a math error in the listed amounts owed to the Presbyterian Church Board of Pensions approved by the congregation in January). The correct amounts were included in the budget as presented to the congregation.

Session News

Personnel has recommended creating a Staff Visioning Task Force to recommend to Session priorities, staffing configurations, and possible job description revisions for the next five years

Building and Grounds

  • has repaired the ringing mechanism on the bell tower.
  • renovations to patio/garden area between Rotunda and Narthex entrances are being planned.
  • Scott Holtry has installed a professional hanging system in the Narthex. Check out the Narthex Gallery Wall. You’ll see artwork is from Connor Goodwin.
  • An additional couch is on order for the Narthex.
  • The Narthex sculpture, “Triple Triangle” is on loan from Ron Stinson, sculptor.
  • “The Cove” is the proposed name for the area that encompasses the coat closet, handicapped and family bathroom, nursing room, coffee station, first aid station, and comfort room. The new name hints at the many uses of that area.


  • Megan Briggs and Jeff Gibelius are working with both the Director of Worship and the Campus Pastor at Messiah College to identify a student for a Fall practicum in worship leadership. This person would serve as the “front man” (or woman) for the Ignite band. After the May 14 service, Ignite will resume in the Fall.
  • Junior Choristers has debuted under Chris Prestia’s leadership. 4-5 children are participating.

Christian Education

A group of leaders is meeting to look at the effectiveness of our Sunday School ministry for children and youth. They will consider ways to improve or modify our educational offerings.

Mission and Community

  • The Open House at the B & H Islamic Center was attended by more than 20 adults and youth from our congregation.
  • The next event at the Islamic Center is Saturday, May 13. Sign-up at the Welcome Center.
  • Mosque members have been invited to assist with CARES hosting. The goal is to have Christians and Muslims working together in caring for our neighbors who are homeless.
  • An Easter Offering for Hope Station was received. The total was over $5400.
  • We are hosting 30 temporarily homeless men each night with Carlisle CARES during the month of May.

Adult Ministry

Sensing God was a big success in terms of engaging people (see related article in this issue). Big Serve May is coming soon!

Youth Ministry

has adopted a summary statement, called the “Two Approved Adults” rule for chaperoning all youth ministry events. This rule supplements and supports previous policies designed to protect children and youth in our care. All staff are required to follow it.

Giving Committee

May 7 is Older Adult Ministry Sunday. It will include a Generations Fund emphasis.

Nominating Committee

Many dozens of people have been contacted. 3 of 8 deacons have been identified; and a few of the 8 elders needed have agreed to serve. Both boards are considering organizational arrangements that would accommodate fewer officers.

Administration and Technology

  • Website re-design is in the works.
  • We have over 500 likes on Facebook.
  • 125 people are on our email list.


We received 14 new members in April: 7 adults through Inquirers and 7 youth through our Confirmation Ministry.

New Members (Inquirers)
  • Ruth Billet
  • Brian Connelly
  • Elizabeth Connelly
  • Lauren Isch
  • Ingrid King
  • Michelle Sarokon
  • Gary Seifert
  • Eric Geesaman
  • Katie Innes
  • Aidan Johnston-Walsh
  • Brianna Lantz
  • Morgan Leshniowsky
  • Paisley Weaver
  • Jacob Wineman

‘Xtra Years of Zest

Our final gathering until August will be May 1st. We have a trip planned to the Hershey Conservatory. We will have lunch in Hershey. The tour will be $11 per person. You can contact Barbara Berry @ 717-422-7879 or email barbara.berry1959@gmail.com or Deb Brandberg @ 717-243-4571 x42 or email deb@GrowWithSecond.org to reserve your spot.

New York City Trip: July 11-12

The Adult Ministry Committee is sponsoring a New York City trip this summer! You will be traveling to the City in a first class bus company and staying at a great hotel for $375 per couple. We are planning some activities but mostly you will have the time on your own to enjoy the City. We will have some suggestions for anyone who is visiting the first time. Get your reservations in ASAP as we only have a 38-passenger bus.

For more information, contact Deb Brandberg at Deb@GrowWithSecond.org or 717-243-4571 ext 42.

Camp Scholarships

Second Pres Week at Krislund Camp is July 9-14.

We want every kid to go to camp. Camp Scholarship Applications are due on May 14 at Midnight. The Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry Committees provide funds for our K-12th graders to attend a Presbyterian affiliated church camp. To download a copy of the Camp Scholarship information, please click here. There are simple, specific requirements for youth (6th – 12th grade) to receive a scholarship.

  • 23 opportunities or events yielding…
  • 370+ participants
  • 21 worship services yielding…
  • 605 participants
  • a grand total of 973 participants of which…
  • 50 were children & youth and 20 were guests
  • 23 different leaders helped us worship, learn, and grow of which…
  • 10 were guests from outside our church and 13 were members or staffers

True Story: Prayer is Powerful

Zowie Groves is the 3-year-old daughter of Courtney and Brendon Groves, granddaughter of Pam and Reed Price. Courtney, Pam and Reed are members of our Second Family who attend our 10:30 Worship Service.In August, 2012 Zowie suffered a traumatic brain injury. She is an outgoing, spunky, bubbly little girl who always has a smile on her face. Zowie was completely tube fed, would not open her mouth, and had no interest in food. Zowie was not able to pass a Swallow Test, which evaluates the movement of food through the esophagus. She would just drool or spit out the food when they did try to feed her.

On Sunday, March 12 Courtney, Zowie and Pam attended the Healing Touch service following the 10:30 worship Service. Pastor Jennifer prayed over Zowie and asked for healing. On Monday, March 13 Courtney offered Zowie baby food. Zowie can now eat baby food for the first time and is eating regular food without the feeding tube! A few days later, they tried fluids and she drank without choking! She recently passed a Swallow Test; she passed everything but the liquids. She can take nectar thick liquids and is now a half step closer to being able to eat and drink, just like any other 3-year-old child. Courtney and Pam believe God answered prayer on that Sunday. Amen!

Contact Pastor Jennifer to learn when the next “Healing Touch” time of prayer will be.

Vacation Bible School, June 12-16

Children aged 4(potty trained) through grade five have fun being kids as they explore the Bible, make new friends, sing songs, and learn how Jesus works through them in their everyday lives. Over 75 youth and adult volunteers come together for this week long event, June 12-16 from 9 am until 12:15 pm. Each year a different theme is selected for which the church is completely decorated. No fee is charged. The week concludes with an evening program for parents, friends, and church members. To register a child or volunteer, click here.

We are collecting any superhero themed items you may have. Please label them if you want them returned and bring to the church before May 31st.

Our May Family Event!

Friday, May 5 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Join us at Create A Palooza where children, youth, and families can paint faith based ceramics.Click here to register by Tuesday, May 2nd.

One Carlisle Initiative Continues: Mosque Grand Opening

If you missed the visit to the B & H Islamic Center you have another chance to build bridges. We are invited to come again! Those who went in April enjoyed wonderful hospitality and an informative discussion of the Islamic faith and the history of the Bosnian people. There is a Grand Opening of the Mosque on Saturday May 13th. Imam Dzemal Crnkic suggested we come at 10 as the program begins at 11 with lunch at 1 pm. The address is 4922 Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg, PA, 17050.

Sign up at the Welcome Center.

Thank You Notes

I want to thank everyone for the cards, well wishes and offers of help, that I received during my convalescence, of my knee replacement. I really appreciate my second family.
Melinda Sebring

To the Second Presbyterian Church Family:

Our heartfelt thanks for the cards, e-mails, phone calls and expressions of sympathy we received, following the passing of our dad, Bob Rumpf. Your friendship has helped us to get through a very difficult time. Additionally, thank you for the visits made to him over the past year, particularly, Barb Ogline, Mary Jane Russellberg & Jim Wolford, who visited Dad on a very regular basis. Dad appreciated the time you spent with him and up until the last 6-8 weeks, always would let us know who was in to visit and how much he enjoyed the conversation.

We also want to extend our appreciation and gratitude to the following people who assisted with the service and/or luncheon: Rev. Gebilius, Rev. McKenna, Deb Brandberg, Christopher Prestia and the ladies who worked in the kitchen during the luncheon. Thank you for making everything so memorable & special.

Dad’s passing leaves a big hole in our hearts and we will miss him greatly. But we all have many wonderful and happy memories of him which we shall always cherish.

Thank you again!

God Bless,
Becky, Fred & Tom Rumpf

Thank you to all of our Second Family friends who have offered prayers and best wishes during my cancer treatments. The good news is that currently I am clear of the cancer. It is indeed wonderful to live in a second family community with so much love.
Dale Bowne

Thank you very much for the care package. It came in handy on a long car ride!
Pete Hoy

Book Reviews

The Library catalog is searchable on our Website. Click here to check it out. Books can be reserved on the website or send an email to dstyler23@gmail.com.

Do you like to organize and catalog books? Consider being a Library volunteer. Email Darlene at the above address to learn more about volunteering in the Library.


BECOMING WISE: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett: The author has created a master class in living for a fractured world. She insists on the possibility of personal depth and common life nurtured by science and “spiritual technologies” with civility and love as muscular public practice. The book challenges all forms of dogma, in science, politics, philosophy, and religion, and affirms the holiness of the body and the glory of the inquiring mind. Located in the Ethics Section (A.2)

SHELTER FOR THE SPIRITUALLY HOMELESS by Donna Schaper: The author uses homelessness as a metaphor for the modern malaise in which making, doing, and rushing around crowd feeling and faith right out of our lives. Drawing on sources from Christianity and psychology, she shows how to find shelter and recapture our connectedness with ourselves, humanity, and God. Located in the Christian Living Section (B.1).

ADVENTURE INWARD: Christian Growth through Personal Journal Writing by Morton T. Kelsey: The author combines wide professional experience with his own 30 years of journal writing to guide you in keeping your own personal Christian journal. Instead of forgetting, you will learn how to record your daily thoughts, dreams, questions, and experiences which will enrich your faith. Located in the Christian Living Section (B.1).

CANDLE IN THE DARKNESS by Lynn Austin: This book is the first volume of The Refiners Trilogy which brings the Civil War Years to life. Caroline Fletcher is caught in a nation split apart and torn between the ones she loves and a truth she can’t deny. Caroline was raised to believe slavery is God-ordained and acceptable. Her father and finance’ are fighting for the Confederacy and their way of life but Caroline becomes aware of the injustice and cruelty of slavery. Emboldened by her passion to make a difference and her growing faith, will she risk everything she holds dear? Located in the Fiction Section (F).

EVE by Wm. Paul Young: When a shipping container washes ashore on an island between our world and the next, John the Collector finds a young woman inside – barely alive. With the aid of Healers and Scholars, John oversees her recovery and soon discovers that her genetic code connects her to every known race. Eve is a bold exploration of the Creation narrative, true to the original texts and centuries of scholarship-yet with breath taking discoveries that challenge traditional beliefs about who we are and how we are made. The book helps us see each other as the Creator does-complete, unique, and not constrained by cultural rules or limitations. Located in the Fiction Section (F).