Journey to Bethlehem
Experience the story of the birth of Jesus at Journey to Bethlehem, December 6 and 7 at Second. The Bible comes to life as the entire church building is transformed into a pathway to the manger. Guides accompany visitors in small groups walking from scene to scene. The storytelling mixes history and humor as costumed characters portray the coming of God’s Good News. Sign up today to be a part of the cast, crew or hospitality team.
An Advent Bible Study: Good News of Great Joy — How to Live with Courage and Say Yes to God
Join us as we look at how everyday people like Elizabeth & Zechariah, Mary, and the shepherds said yes to God, even when they were afraid. Together, we’ll explore how we can practice living with courage and saying yes to God in our own lives. Led by Rev. Kristin Riegel. Meets in the Community Room. Open to all.
Tuesday Group – December 3, 10 & 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
Friday Group – December 6, 13, 20, 12:30-2 p.m.
Creating Space: An Advent Retreat
In the midst of the holidays, how can we create space for quiet moments and divine interruptions? Join us for “Creating Space: An Advent Retreat,” on Saturday, December 14, 12-3 p.m. in The Community Room. At this retreat, we’ll take time to pause, be present, and focus on the simple and the sacred. The afternoon will include a shared meal, conversation, art, meditation and time for personal reflection. The cost is $15 pre-registration, $20 at the door, or pay-what-you-can.
Children’s Christmas Pageant
The Children’s Christmas Pageant is coming up on Sunday, December 8, during the 9:45 a.m. service. If your child/children would like to participate, please contact Shelley Wyche at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calvin Arsenia & Friends Christmas Concert
Acclaimed singer/songwriter/harpist Calvin Arsenia (voted KC’s best musician, 2019, by PitchKC) will make his return to Second on Friday, December 13, for a candlelit Christmas concert, from 7-9 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Joining Calvin will be renowned vocalists Havilah Bruders and Deonna Marie. Come celebrate the sounds of the Season as this talented trio performs a set of traditional holiday classics and acoustic carols. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased at secondpres.org/calvin-arsenia.
Santa’s Workshop at Second
All children ages 3 to 12 years old are invited to join us Saturday, December 14 for Santa’s Workshop, a family event to support Second’s youth trip in July 2020. The event will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Second, and will include crafts, cookie decorating, themed games, costumes, custom-made gifts and maybe even a snowball fight! The cost is $30 per child, $45 for two children, and $55 for three children. Sign by contacting Jimmy Itczak at email@example.com.
December Faith & Grief Lunch
Our regular Faith & Grief Lunches offer a safe place for those grieving to remember, listen and pray together. We eat lunch together and then join in an informal facilitated table conversation. Join us for our next lunch, Tuesday, December 3, from noon – 1 p.m. at Village Presbyterian Church (6641 Mission Rd. Prairie Village, KS). Our speaker will be Second’s own Doug Hundley. When Doug’s father-in-law died, Doug’s wife and her family asked Doug to speak at the memorial service. It was in searching for words to express that loss that Doug found a grammar of gratitude. Doug’s brief talk will be a reflection on how a few words of thanks helped him better understand and celebrate a life well-lived. To register, call 469-251-9612 or visit faithandgrief.org.
20s/30s Christmas Party
Join us for a 20s/30s Christmas Party on Sunday, December 15, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the home of Michael and Falohn Swanson (5808 Grand Ave. KCMO). Lunch will be provided, and the event is BYOB. We will have a white elephant gift exchange so bring a funny, witty, repurposed or random item to share. Please RSVP to Jimmy Itczak at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let him know if you are interested in childcare.
The Longest Night of the Year Service
The Longest Night Service will be held Wednesday, December 18, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. The holiday season can bring a range of emotions, including sadness, grief, and loneliness. Despite our individual pain, we are not alone. Join us for the Longest Night of the Year service–a service of music, silence, and inward reflection–
to be surrounded with love and filled with hope.
Thursday School is currently discussingHow to Read the Bible & Still be a Christian by John Dominic Crossan, which is about the struggle with “Divine Violence” from Genesis through Revelation. The group meets from noon – 1 p.m. each week in the Library. All are welcome.
The Open Table KC
The Open Table KC is a dinner church which gathers on the lower level of Second Presbyterian on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. for a meal, music, and conversation. For more information, please visit theopentablekc.com.