serving jesus christ in portsmouth, oh since 1875
Out of an abundance of caution, we have temporarily suspended in-person worship for Sunday, November 22 and 29 due to COVID-related concerns within our community.
While we wait to worship together again, we are extremely grateful for the technology that allows us to make our worship service available to you as we all worship from home for the next two weeks.
Our worship service will continue to broadcast at 9:30 a.m. on WIOI (106.7FM 1010AM) and provide a worship video for those who watch our services online through Facebook and our YouTube channel.
And don’t forget: our Sunday Vespers Hymn Sing will continue to be broadcasted at 6:00 p.m. on WIOI! (A video of that will also be available on Facebook and YouTube.)
God be with you until we meet again,
If you’ve got a few hard-to-shop for people in your circle of friends or family OR you’re looking for a unique gift opportunity, Scioto Christian Ministry is offering an alternative Christmas giving project where you can sponsor a “Welcome Home Kit” full of household cleaning products and kitchen items for an individual or family moving out of the homeless shelter.
Kits can be sponsored in honor of or in memory of a loved one, and SCM will send a letter of acknowledgement to the donor and a notification to the person being honored. There are more details about this project on the bulletin insert, and donations (which are tax-deductible) will be received through the end of the year.
Donations (which are tax-deductible) will be received through the end of the year.
Read more about the project here and download an order form: https://tinyurl.com/welcomehome2020.
If have questions, you can talk to Pastor Allison, Second Pres member Dona Smith or First Pres member Betty Kennedy.
Dear Members & Friends of Second Pres,
I am so grateful that while our building was closed from March until June, the ministry and mission of Second Presbyterian Church never stopped! And I am also glad that we have put strict mitigation protocols in place for our life together, especially in our worship.
We know that COVID-19 will continue to affect our individual lives and our life together as a community of faith, though none of us knows exactly how long that will last. We will continue to worship in-person at 9:30 a.m., broadcast the service LIVE simultaneously on WIOI, and upload a recording of it to YouTube later in the day.
As always, if you are not comfortable worshiping in person, that is fine with me. I want you to make the best decision for your situation. Since what is known about COVID-19 is ever-changing, our goal is to monitor new information and alter our safety practices as needed.
Be of good courage & know that you are loved,
#sayyourprayers #washyourhands #wearamask
Please CLICK HERE to read more what to expect in worship.
Many of the people you see holding signs are also singing in the "Hallelujah Chorus!"
A little video montage for one of the pieces of special music from Pentecost Sunday - "Sweet, Sweet Spirit" sung by Sarah Simmons and accompanied by Dr. Stan Workman AND Justin Wiget!
Even while the building is closed, we can still #bethechurch in our community!
Our latest effort at being the church and a peaple of prayer during this pandemic is the creation of a pandemic-oriented prayer book (with special attention to health care workers) prepared by Pastor Allison with contributions from Lindsay Monihen (Member, All Saint's Episcopal) and Rabbi Susan Stone (Rabbi, K.K. Beneh Abraham Congregation).
Please feel free to use it in your daily prayers and share it with your praying friends!
From a Christianity Today article:
“In recent days, as COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic and countries have taken urgent measures to stem the spread of infection, I wish I could say that my first impulse has been to pray. It’s probably more honest to say that I’ve obsessively refreshed my feeds.
The crisis is urgent, and I feel powerless. But perhaps feeling small is the best reminder to pray. Prayer is how we actively practice believing, so simply, so confidently, that God has the whole world in his hands.
It’s where we “let petitions and praises shape our worries into prayers, letting God know our concerns” (Phil. 4:6–7, The Message).
Prayer is never the last resort of God’s people. It is our first point of action.”
CONNECT IN PERSON
SUNDAY SCHEDULE at church
8:45 a.m. Choir rehearsal
9:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship (sanctuary)
10:45 a.m. Coffee fellowship (parlor)
11:15 a.m. Post-sermon discussion for youth & adults (parlor)
12:00 p.m. Bone & Fiddle Dance Collective rehearsal
7:00 p.m. New Beginnings NA Group
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