|Seeking, Sharing, Serving|
DECEMBER - 2016
December 14th - Second Church's Community Service Team
pack up the Salvation Army Toy Store.
|Linda Lickliter prepares a box for re-packing at the Salvation Army Christmas Toy Store.||(C) Chuck Blackley, gives some pointers to the Second Church volunteers!|
|The team begins to move in to position for the job of repacking the leftover toys for use next Christmas!||Boxes packed with toys await the truck for shipment to storage. Nothing goes to waste, as these toys will be distributed by the Salvation Army to children during next year's Christmas season.|
|Linda and Angie wrap things up! Special thanks to Angie Wimer for providing the photos of this year's "pack-up".|
Scenes from the December 11th Church Night Supper in Fellowship Hall
|Fellowship Hall begins to fill for Second Church's December church night family supper.||After giving the blessing, Rev. Evan, Maria, Judah and Micah join the food line. Chuck Blackley carefully monitors Judah's effort to remove his younger brother's sock.|
|Always plenty of good food! Above Dick Hippeard and Jim Sargent lead the way.||Of course, the dessert selection is outstanding as well.|
|Dick Hippeard and Pam Snyder perform the Christmas classic, "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear".||The Men's Quartet was a hit. Allen Archer, D. W. Sensabaugh, Mark Robertson & Andy Easley. Pam Snyder on piano, of course.|
|The manger scene is re-enacted.||The Second Church Bell Choir performs a Christmas medley with its new hand chimes.|
|(L-R) Pam Snyder, Brooke Sedr, Andy Easley, Betty Clemmer, Darlene Mason, Emily Johnson, Jim Sargent, Sherrill Robinson, Jo Fields...and others, made this year's December family night supper special.|
Ringing the Bells for the Salvation ArmyDecember 10th found Second Church volunteers again helping the Salvation Army raise funds at Christmas time.
|Linda Lickliter and Jo Fields man their posts at Staunton's Walmart.||Jim Mader and Buck Robinson take their turn on the night shift. (Yes, it was cold!)|
|Linda Lickliter & Jo Fields thank two of the many folks who stopped and made a contribution to the Salvation Army's Kettle.|
NOVEMBER - 2016
Nov. 27th - Hanging of the Greens followed Worship
|Jerry & Linda Fry light the first candle in the Advent Wreath.|
|James Mader and Allen Archer place the decorations on the new Chrismon Tree in the sanctuary.||
and Chuck Blackley examine the sanctuary's star,
before mounting it behind the communion table.
|Jo Fields adds some seasonal trim to one of the sanctuary's beautiful stained glass windows.||Even the Fellowship Hall bulletin board receives a Christmas makeover.|
|Beth Ramsey, James Mader, Brittany Ramsey & Kay Mader work to assemble Fellowship Hall's manger scene.||Pat Blackley and Brittany Ramsey put the finishing touches on the Fellowship Hall Christmas tree.|
|Outside the church, Bob Ridle works to hang the Christmas wreaths.||Finally, the whole team takes a break to enjoy hot pizza and cold drinks!|
|On November 21st, members of the Second Church Community Service Team helped to set up the Salvation Army's Toy Store. This was the seventh year that Chuck & Pat Blackley have mobilized Second Church volunteers to lend a hand with this Christmas time project.|
|Following the November 20th Worship Service, four Elders were chosen by the congregation to be members of the Session's Class of 2019. Above (L-R) - Bob Ridle, Nancy Swisher, Woodie Wimer, and (not pictured) Dick Robinson.|
OCTOBER - 2016
October 16 - Soup & Sandwich Luncheon
|The Soup Brigade - Sue Gochenour, Jean Flower, Darlene Mason, Linda Fry, and Betty Landes.||Plenty of Desserts!|
|And plenty of drinks!||Maxine Robertson and son Mark enjoy the soup and sandwiches.|
|Good food and good conversation.||Allen Archer snags another sandwich.|
SEPTEMBER - 2016
September 14 - Church Night Family Dinner/Baja Mission Update
|Andy Easley's setup for the Baja Mission Report is high tech all the way...two computers and a sombrero! The slides and video were projected on the hall's big screen.||Darlene Mason's display is more traditional, featuring lots of photos of her build, as well as memorabilia, and individual photos of the team members who participated.|
|Fellowship Hall begins to fill with folks enjoying the Family Night Dinner at Second Church.||Without Maria, Pastor Evan needed a little help during the meal. Here, Sherrill Robinson takes over the feeding of Micah, while Dad and Judah head to the chow line!|
|It's Showtime in Fellowship Hall! Andy Easley and Darlene Mason "show & tell" all about the 2016 trip to Vicente Guerrero. The annual mission trip is organized by the Highland-Augusta Mission Community.||Andy and Darlene always work as a team during the annual Baja Report presentation.|
PW Lifetime Award presented on September 11th.
|Maxine Robertson (R) presents Kay Mader with the PW 2016 Honarary Lifetime Membership Award at the beginning of Sunday's Worship. Kay was honored for her decades of dedication to Second Church. The presentation noted that, "Kay is a dedicated worker who goes above and beyond her assigned duties. Whenever a job needs to be done, Kay is there to do it."|
AUGUST - 2016
The Ovation Singers perform at Second Church's Annual Picnic on August 17th.
Micah Benjamin Smith was Baptized on Sunday, August 7th.
|Rev. Evan Smith and wife, Maria, baptize the newest member of the family, Micah Benjamin Smith.||Dad, Mom and Micah!|
JULY - 2016
The Congregation was entertained by the Archer family during the July 3rd service.
|A Family Affair with a Patriotic Touch! Melissa Archer, her daughter, son-in-law, three grandchildren, and Allen and Melissa's daughter, Katherine (Patriotic Medley)||Melissa with daughter, Katherine and granddaughter, Riley (Jesus Loves Me)|
JUNE - 2016
June 12th - Below are some scenes Second Church's First Patio Party of the Season.
Congratulations to the Easleys!
|June 12th was also the 70th Wedding Anniversary for Brannock and Patsy Easley!|
Second Church honored the graduates on June 5th!
|2016 Graduates were recognized during the Sunday Worship Service. (L-R) Chandler Snyder - Lee High, Kelly Johnson - Va. Tech, Dylan Wimer - Lee High, Scott Dice - Lee High, and Mary Rainey, Chair of the Christian Education/Worship Committee. After the service, a reception was held in their honor in Fellowship Hall.|
Below are some scenes from the reception.
APRIL - 2016Baja Baked Potato Bar Fundraiser - April 6th This year's event brought in over $1500 for the Baja Mission Trip...Gracias!
|Two tubs of humongous spuds are ready for the ovens.||There's salad too. Here, Darlene Mason prepares the tomatoes.|
|And the race is on! Above, Sue Gochenour has just finished topping off a large baked potato with extra chili.||So many choices, so little time! Allen Archer is overwhelmed with the selection of desserts.|
|The line forms here!||Fellowship Hall begins to fill up. As supporters of the Baja Mission Trip enjoy their meal. The screen on the stage displays a video, produced by Andy Easley, of last year's mission trip to Vicente Guerrero.|
MARCH - 2016
Maundy Thursday - March 24th
|Reflecting on the atmosphere in the "Upper Room". As we first did last year, the congregation came forward in groups of 12 to be seated around a "Last Supper" table to actively participate in the sacrament. Those at the table served one another the body and blood of Christ by serving the bread and juice to each other. This year participants dipped the bread into the juice before consuming.|
Palm Sunday - March 20th
Photos courtesy of Chuck & Pat Blackley.
|Palm Sunday came early this year! Below are a few photos from the Palm Sunday luncheon in Fellowship Hall.|
|As part of Second Presbyterian Church's Palm Sunday Luncheon, members of the congregation bake cakes to be served as dessert following the meal. The cakes traditionally reflect images associated with the Easter season. Below are this year's cakes.|
|Lamb Cake - Nancy Swisher||Lamb Cake - William Jack|
|Cross Cake - Sherrill Robinson||Cup Cakes - Linda Lickliter|
|Susan & Emily Johnson with their Cross Cake See the close-up picture next door!||Cross Cake - The Johnsons|
PW Sunday - March 16th
|Women's Choir||Darlene Mason delivers the sermon on "Love" on PW Sunday.|
FEBRUARY - 2016
Pastor Evan and wife Maria's new baby arrived at 7:05 PM, Friday, Feb. 19th!
Welcome, Micah Benjamin Smith - 8 pounds - 18 1/2 inches long.
|Maria and Micah.||The first of many.|
|Micah, Evan & Judah.||Judah's excited about his new little brother!|
|That tickles Daddy!||After a pretty exciting first day, it's time for some shut-eye.|
JANUARY - 2016
Snowstorm Cancels January 24th Services.
|THE AFTERMATH - Thanks to Andy Easley for the photo above!|
Meet the Session Class of 2018!
|The four elders chosen by the congregation to be members of the Session's Class of 2018 were installed during the January 17th Worship Service. Above (L-R) - Matt Ramsey, Jo Fields, Darlene Mason, and Mary Rainey.|
|This was Matt Ramsey's (kneeling) first time serving as an Elder at Second Church, so an ordination ceremony was part of the Sunday Worship as well. During the ordination all ordained Elders of the church came forward for the "laying on of hands".|
|Above - Rev. Evan Smith & Kathy Holsinger. January 17th was a busy Sunday at Second Church! The congregation recognized and honored Kathy Holsinger for her 8 1/2 years as Church Secretary, and wished her all the best for an enjoyable retirement. Kathy is a long-time member of the congregation and continues to be active in the life of the church.|