November e-Chronicles

Worship in November

Reform School: Four Things We Believe

Presbyterians belong to the Reformed family of faith. As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation we’ll explore what it means to be “Reformed” followers of Jesus Christ.

11/5–We’re all Saints – Dr. Gibelius

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper (Moment of Remembrance and Thanksgiving in the Memorial Garden after 10:30 worship).

11/12–We’re all Priests – Rev. Jeanette Mater, H.R.

Rev. Mater, a retired pastor of Dickinson Presbyterian Church, will lead us in worship as we honor our veterans at both services.

11/19–We’re all a Mess – Dr. Gibelius

We’ll thank God for our 50+ year members in both services.

11/26–We’re all God’s Favorite –Ms. Gracie Hellweg, Seminarian

Thoughts from Pastor Jennifer McKenna as She Prepares for Retirement, Dec. 31

Dear friends,

Bittersweet is the vine that I like to decorate with this time of year and it also expresses the sentiment I feel as I write this letter to you. My ministry with you has been a blessed one for me. You have been easy to love. We have been through some tough, funny, exciting, joyful, sad and meaningful times together. It is with a heavy heart that I leave but also with an expectation that God has a future for me I can’t yet imagine.

I have found this prayer meaningful to me during this time of change and hope you will as well:

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

Pastor Jen

News from Adult Ministry

Living into the many changes that are taking place within our Second Family takes time. As we honor the retirements of key ministry leaders who have helped us get to where we are in our local and global ministry partnerships, we are diligently working on what our outreach efforts will look like in the future. If you are curious about the process or want to be involved, please contact Serve co-chairs, Julie Estes or Beth McKinley.

In the meantime, we encourage you to learn about the ways our Presbytery is reaching out to the world.

Dori Hjalmarson, New Honduras Mission Co-worker

When Dori comes to our Presbytery, Nov. 3rd through 5th, there will be several opportunities to meet and fellowship with her. Beth McKinley, Serve committee co-chair, will attend the event in Carlisle. Please contact her if you plan on attending.

  • Friday, November 3 at 6pm Ruby Tuesday in Chambersburg – 1121 Ritner Highway, Chambersburg
  • Saturday, November 4 – Open House from 12pm– 3pm at the home of Lois Harris, 14 Mockingbird Lane, Palmyra, PA 17078
  • Saturday, November 4 at 6pm Carlisle Pizza Grille – 1007 Ritner Highway, Carlisle

For more information about Friday and Saturday dinners or to RSVP, please contact Rev. Kim Wadlington at For more information about Saturday brunch or to RSVP, please contact Lois Harris at 717-838-6763.

The Carlisle Presbytery is planning a trip to Honduras April 9 – 16, 2018. To learn more about this trip and the partnership between Carlisle Presbytery and PCUSA World Mission, contact Rev. Kim Wadlington at 717-532-8198 or The trip is limited to 10 people and spaces are filling quickly, so call or email Rev. Wadlington for details.

Rev. Mark Englund-Krieger is also planning a trip to Honduras for Youth and Young Adults (June 2018). Contact him for more information (

CommUNITY Dinner, Wednesday, November 15 at 6 PM

We’ll meet in the Rotunda to share a meal with local area first responders and express our appreciation for their service. Pastor Jeff will lead a discussion program with the first responder leaders. We are blessed indeed to have first responders to help our community in times of crisis!

Christmas Brunch

You are cordially invited to the Second Family Christmas Brunch at 9 am on Sunday, December 10th in the Rotunda. We will celebrate the Advent Season and spend time enjoying good food, fellowship, and festivities. Pastor Jennifer will be our guest of honor and will offer the blessing on our meal together.

Celebrate Christmas Day with Your Second Family

On December 25th, a reservation has been made for a section of the Walnut Bottom Diner (936 Walnut Bottom Road) for members, friends, and family of our church to gather together at 12:00 pm on Christmas Day. Order from the menu, and enjoy a Christmas prayer and fellowship together.

Xtra Years of Zest

Come join the XYZ’ers on Monday, November 6 as they welcome the Carlisle Chief of Police. Chief Taro D. Landis will come and talk about his beginnings in the Carlisle area. We will meet for lunch at 12 noon for soup and dessert followed by Chief Landis talk. Everyone is welcome to come. No RSVP’s are required.

Craft Bazaar

Our 6th annual Craft Bazaar will be on Saturday, November 11 in our Church Rotunda. Come check out over 20 vendors who will have homemade items for sale. We will have a baked sale and the kitchen vittles will be available to eat in or take home! The doors open at 9 am till 2 pm. Lots of great ideas for the upcoming holidays and you will be supporting three ministries in your church!

Giant Gift Card Sale

Plan ahead for your Thanksgiving grocery shopping. The youth committee will be selling Giant Gift Cards in the narthex on November 19th so be sure to bring your check book! The sale of Giant Gift Cards is the youth’s primary fundraiser for mission trips. Through their Cash for Causes program, Giant donates 5% of every card we sell.

Five reasons to purchase a Giant Gift Card:

  1. You get the full value of the card you purchase
  2. You can use it to purchase groceries or gas
  3. You can give it away as a gift (or donate it to the pastor’s fund)
  4. Giant donates 5% of every card we sell to our youth mission efforts
  5. It’s a win-win situation!

Giant Gift cards are sold the third Sunday of each month after the 8:00 service and before and after the 10:30 service. Gift cards are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100. We accept cash or checks made out to the church with “Giant Gift Cards” on the memo line. For more information see Kim Clash, Karen Geesaman, Jessica Innes or Lucy Johnston-Walsh for more information.

2017 Advent Devotional sign ups are coming.

In a season of anxiety and hatred in our world, the Adult Ministry Committee is going to focus on peace for this year’s Advent Devotional. We will ask writers to consider a week focused on world peace, a week focused on peace in our country/society and communities and a week focused on personal peace that comes with bringing Christ into our lives. Devotionals will be due to Charlie Spears or placed in Vicki Lantz’s mailbox, by November 27.

Children’s Ministry News

Parent Focus Group and Movie night for children of parents attending the event: November 10 from 6-8 pm.

Pizza and drink provided for all. Feel free to bring along a snack or side dish if you would like. This group will focus on Children’s Ministry and its future with an opportunity to offer feedback and look forward. Childcare for our nursery age children will be provided.

Club45 “Almost Lockin” on November 10 from 8:15 pm to Midnight

Stick around following the Focus Group for our Almost Lockin. We’ll play games (glow sticks and flashlights might be involved and it might get messy), share stories and devotions and lots of laughs. Friends are invited beginning at 8:15.

Youth Ministry at Second

On Wednesday, November 8 our youth group will welcome Scott Shewell from Safe Harbour. Scott is the President and CEO of Safe Harbour and will talk to our youth about homelessness in Carlisle as well as One Night Without A Home. The One Night event takes place on Saturday, November 18-Sunday, November 19. Our youth will sleep in makeshift shelters outside on the Dickinson College quadrangle. Those taking part make shelters out of boxes, newspaper, duct tape, and other materials, and seek donations from friends, families, churches and community members to support Safe Harbour. Click here to sign up.

Book Reviews

Volunteer Opportunities are available in the Church Library! Contact Darlene Tyler for more information at or by phone at 243-9971.
The Library catalog is searchable on the Second Presbyterian Church Website. Recent additions to the catalog:

HOPE AGAINST DARKNESS: THE TRANSFORMING VISION OF SAINT FRANCIS IN AN AGE OF ANXIETY by Richard Rohr with John Feister: The misuse of power by leaders and institutions leaves us feeling helpless, wondering if we can make a difference. Jesus and Saint Francis of Assisi lived in similar times of crisis and they did make a difference. This book shares their vision in a way that enlarges ours, and offers practical solutions that empowers us to heal ourselves and our society. Located in the Social Issues Section(B.5).

FRANCIS OF ASSISI: A NEW BIOGRAPHY by Augustine Thompson, O.P.: The author sheds new light on Saint Francis’ life from the viewpoint of a trained medieval historian. This is not the heroic founder of a religious order but an imperfect, yet sensitive, individual who is trying to understand how a Christian should live in a 23rd century Italian town. Located in the Biography Section (B.6)

MEISTER ECKHART: THE ESSENTIAL SERMONS, COMMENTARIES, TREATISES, AND DEFENSE translated and introduction by Edmund Colledge, O.S.A. and Bernard McGinn: This is a volume in the Classics of Western Spirituality Series. Thoroughly grounded in the Scholastic method of his day and steadfastly loyal to the Church, Eckhart’s love of speculation and paradox resulted in the condemnation of certain of his teaching by the papal bull in 1329. His doctrines of detachment, the return of the soul to God, and the birth of the Son in the soul continue to perplex his critics and nourish his disciples. Located in the Theology Section (A.1).

EVERYDAY GRACE: HAVING HOPE, FINDING FORGIVENESS, AND MAKING MIRACLES by Marianne Williamson: The author guides us back to our spiritual source, exploring the ways we can nurture a thriving soul in a harsh world. The large and small difficulties of our days challenge us to open our hearts and minds. And with an attitude of hope, a call to forgiveness, a celebration of miracles, Williamson helps us find our footing on ordinary ground. Located in the Christian Life Section (B.1)

BALANCE: A STORY OF FAITH, FAMILY, AND LIFE ON THE LINE by Nick Wallenda with David Ritz: Nick Wallenda, “King of the High Wire” doesn’t know fear. As a seventh generation of the legendary Wallenda family, he grew up performing, entertaining, and pushing the boundaries of gravity and balance. Balance is the theme of Nick’s life: between his work and family, his faith in God and artistry, and his body and soul. Christ is the balance pole that keeps him from falling. Located in the Biography Section (B6).

FRIENDS FOR THE JOURNEY: TWO EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN CELEBRATE FRIENDSHIPS MADE AND SUSTAINED THROUGH THE SEASONS OF LIFE by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw: “We receive the experience of each other as a gift, here’s to friendship! And here-the gift to you-holy, happy, tough, tender, wild, wacky, a sacrifice and a sacrament.” Located in the Biography Section (B.6)