serving jesus christ and our neighbors in portsmouth, oh since 1875
Worship with us on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
The time we spend in worship feels utterly unlike any other time in our week - peaceful, calming, nonanxious. Our beautiful old sanctuary brings us deep peace; the traditional hymns, choir, and organ keep us connected to our roots; and thoughtful sermons provoke us to think about things like faith and life and service from a new perspective. We leave feeling like we've drawn closer to God.
Following worship, we enjoy a light coffee hour together in the parlor (10:30 a.m.-ish) and then a multigenerational discussion group Sunday School class where we talk about everything from the sermon to current events in the world to current events in our lives (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.-ish).
In addition, bulletins can be mailed or emailed to any who would like to have a copy in their hands. (We normally drop them off at the post office by noon on Thursday.) Please call (740-353-4159) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be added to our list!
If you're looking for a place to worship, there's a place for you with us.
(Thanks to friend of Second Pres Jon Burton for the photo of the sanctuary.)
Worship - Sun, Feb 25 (9:30 a.m.)
The Seed of Joy -2nd Sunday of Lent
Pastor Thayer Wallace and our friends from Central Church Portsmouth have set up and begun distributing new socks and gently used shoes to our neighbors in need when God's Pantry is open.
NOTE: They currently need gently used tennis shoes of all sizes and new low-cut/no-show socks! Boxes are available by the sanctuary entrances, or donation can be dropped off in the office during the week Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
If you have questions, please call the Central Church office at 740-353-5846.
THEME: THE SEED OF JOY
This year's theme is "The Seed of Joy," and I'm using a Lenten resource from a group called "Barn Geese Worship" - a collective of mainline church pastors who create resources for liturgical seasons following the Revised Common Lectionary (which is the schedule of Scripture readings we ususually follow in worship.
It may seem a little odd or counterintuitive to talk about JOY during Lent since it is traditionally a season heavy with an emphasis on sin and repentance. But what if the seed of joy has to be buried in the soil of repentance in order to grow?
Barn Geese Worship has created a daily devotional for Lent, and the Sunday services during Lent will follow these devotions.
Large-print copies are available in the sanctuary by the bulletins, a link will be included in the weekly emails, and the devotions will be posted on our social media accounts each day (Facebook and Instagram).
How often do you decide to clean out a room or a closet only to find yourself running out of steam halfway through and shoving it all back where it came from? What if, this Lent, you picked out ONE closet or ONE room to clean out and picked out just ONE thing a day to donate? Much easier task to accomplish!
Pick up one of our “Forty Days, Forty Donations” trash bags available by the bulletins and check out the tag for places to take your donations and a countdown so you can keep track of how many days you've added an item.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – how about we show God’s Pantry some LOVE with donations of shampoo and body wash?
Starting Sun, Feb 4, we’ll have our donation bins at the sanctuary entrances – just drop your donations off!
(And for those long-distance worshipers on the radio and watching online, you can always ship donations straight to the church from the online retailer of your choice.)
Coffee hour is one of our favorite parts of Sunday morning, and we’re always looking for folks to host!
There’s a sign-up sheet on the table in the parlor if you’d like to claim a Sunday. (We try to offer some good for you things and some treats as well.)
See Lindsey Kegley if you have questions or want to take a Sunday.
Every MONDAY at 10:00a.m., a group of folks from Second Pres and friends from other churches and the community gather at Coffee at the Lofts to "spiritually loiter" at one of the crossroads of our community.
Everyone is welcome to drop in and say hi or to to linger for a while. (When the weather's nice, we like to meet under the "cabana" next to the coffeeshop!)
Location: Lofts Coffee Company & Roastery (842 Gallia St, Portsmouth, OH 45662)
Second Presbyterian Church’s policy on the cancellation of all church activities due to weather includes the following:
Snow Emergency Level 1: the building is open and activities will proceed; everyone is encouraged to be cautious if traveling to the building.
Snow Emergency Level 2: if, at 9:00 a.m. the day of the church event, the County has declared a level 2, the building is closed, and all activities are canceled.
Snow Emergency Level 3: The building is closed.
In case of snow on Sunday mornings, please look for the entrances that are cleared and the sidewalks that are salted. It’s a big job to do it all, so we’re going to try to clear the ramp and office entrances only.
Can you help our choice-based food pantry that’s been in operation for 40+ years?
Choose us as your Kroger Community Rewards organization, and when you shop with your rewards card, the people we serve benefit!
Our most recent check from Kroger (Jan 2024) was for $154.79 from 30 households - that's an increase in both the amount AND number of households from last quarter! (Thank you!)
Our NPO (Non-Profit Organization) number is BB589 – “GOD’S PANTRY SECOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.”
And make sure you say, “Please round that up!” when you check out!
From Pastor Allison:
I still remember the first time I saw Second Pres.
It was February 22, 2016. I had already had 2 Skype interviews with the pastoral nominating committee and was feeling hopeful about our first in-person conversation.
It was my first time in Portsmouth, and when I pulled up to the stoplight at the corner of Waller and 9th Street, I looked up at this big, beautiful, sprawling building, and my mouth dropped open. Then I took a picture since the light was still red – a picture I still have on my phone.
Later, when I walked into the sanctuary, I felt like I was coming home. It was similar to churches I had known before and yet it was different. The space was larger, the stained glass more stunning, and the soft organ music from the chancel more beautiful than any I had heard before.
I knew that this was a special place. That I was standing on holy ground.
(Read more HERE.)
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