Lenten Sermon Series: “America’s Original Sin”
Join us on Sundays as we continue our Lenten sermon series, “America’s Original Sin.” The Lenten season is set aside each year for us to meditate on the things that it’s a lot easier to ignore or put off. We do so just before Easter, knowing that no matter the faults we face — hope, reconciliation and redemption always have the final word in our story. This Lenten season we are taking a hard look at the effects of racism our society has been forced to deal with once again. Many call it America’s original sin. More specifically, we are looking at our own lives and history and how one of the basics of our faith — that we are inherently good and inherently flawed — can help us to talk about and confess sins like racism while clinging to the restorative hope and justice we all long for and share in Christ.
Easter and Holy Week
Join us for these events during Holy Week:
Thursday, April 18, 6-7:15 p.m.
Join us as we travel to join our friends in worship at Linwood United Church (3151 Olive KCMO 64109). Together, we will gather to remember Christ’s last dinner with his disciples and his commandment to love one another.
Friday, April 19, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Experience the Stations of the Cross, a self-guided reflection in preparation for Easter.
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Second
All are invited to our annual Easter Egg Hunt for the neighborhood. The fun will include a petting zoo, games, face painting and more!
Sunday, April 21
Join us for a sunrise service at 7 a.m. or the larger services at 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
“Second Guess” Trivia Night
Friday, April 26 — save the date and start recruiting your team for the fifth annual “Second Guess Trivia Night,” from 6:30-8 p.m. in Westminster Hall. Trivia Night is a great opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled evening with friends and support Second’s mission. Tickets are now available to purchase at http://secondpres.org/trivia-night/. In addition, we will also be hosting a silent auction as part of the event. If you have an item, experience, tickets to sporting events, special tour, wine tasting, artwork or anything else to donate, please contact Johnnie Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Book Discussion
Open Book Discussion will gather on Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at Second, to discuss Jodi Picoult’s best-selling novel, Small Great Things. This novel is based on a true story of “a labor and delivery nurse who was prohibited from caring for a newborn because the father requested that no African-American nurses tend to his baby,” raising challenging questions of power and prejudice. This discussion will extend our exploration of race in American society. Join us for this meaningful conversation.
AIDSWalk Kansas City
Join our Second Pres team as we walk in this year’s AIDS Walk, on Saturday, April 27. We’ll meet at 9 a.m. at Central Methodist Church and be at Theis Park before 10 a.m. to show our support for this cause here in our city. Questions? Contact Maggie McClure at email@example.com.
Be the Church Challenge
Join a team or build your own as we go out to Be the Church! Between Easter (April 21) and Mother’s Day (May 12), all groups at Second are challenged to plan a volunteer service opportunity somewhere in the city as a collective expression of worship. For ideas, check out the mission panels located on first floor outside the office, or contact Jimmy Itczak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
20s/30s/40s Group Discussion
Due to popular demand, our 20s/30s/40s Group discussion is continuing to meet on Sundays, from 9-10 a.m. on the third floor. Come and join us as we reflect and share on Robin Diangelo’s book, White Fragility.
Covenant Class Series: “Entering the Passion of Jesus & 24 Hours that Changed the World”
Join us for our current Covenant Class series on Sundays from 9-10 a.m. in the Library. Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger and the potential for great loss or great reward. We take risks as we read and re-read these stories, finding new meanings and new challenges. Join the Covenant Class as we explore Jesus’ last week and his last 24 hours, which changed the world forever. Participant Guide (two books): $25 or pay what you can.
Second Tweens, our group for 4th-5th graders, meets the second Sunday of every month for lunch, games, adventures and more. Join us from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. We will meet in Westminster Hall by the donuts.
Second Family Camp
Second Family Camp will be held this coming weekend, April 12-14, at Heartland Camp. We’ll enjoy a weekend talking about building our families LEGO-style with our theme, “Everything is Awesome!” For more information, contact Jimmy Itczak at email@example.com.
Second Kids Camp
Second Kids Camp will be held June 3-7, 2019 at Second. Because of construction, this year’s camp will be smaller in size but twice the fun! The camp is open to children ages 5-10 years old and will run from Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This year’s theme will be “Who is My Neighbor?” It’ll be a great week for making friends and learning about being a loving neighbor! Sign up today.
Church Work Day and Spring Cleaning
Join the fun of sprucing up our church building on Saturday, April 20, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. before our Sanctuary is filled with Easter worshipers. All energy levels and skill sets are welcomed! Lunch munchies will be provided. We will meet in the Sanctuary. Sign up by contacting Dave Zimmermann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 816-363-1300.
The Open Table KC
The Open Table KC is a community of peace and reconciliation in a city divided. The Open Table KC gathers from 6:30-8 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays each month around shared meals, songs, and short topical discussions about how spirituality and life intersect. All are encouraged to participate, from contributing to the meal, assisting with setup of our common spaces, or leading a short discussion/experience. For more information, please visit theopentablekc.com.