Grief Support Group on Monday Evenings: Are you grieving the death of someone you love, or grieving another major loss? Grief is hard work and full of surprises, and you shouldn’t have to do it alone. Join Nolan Huizenga and other people who are also grieving, healing, supporting each other, and moving forward. We’ll meet every Monday evening from 7:00-8:00pm in the Choir Room until March 26. If you’d like to join the group or have questions, please email nolan@secondpresbyterian.net.


Put On Your Dancing Shoes! Join Second friends of all ages, including our wonderful youth group, on Sunday, February 25, at 5:00 p.m. in the Activity Center. We will learn some dance steps from Juanita Simonekova, an instructor from Nashville Ballroom and Company. Bring a dish to share for a potluck supper to follow the dancing. To RSVP or to ask questions, contact Phil Orr at orrpandc@gmail.com. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy dancing and dinging!


Dancing on the Edge Women’s Book Group: Our reading for February is “The Comet Seekers” by Helen Sedgwick. All are welcome for fellowship and discussion in the Second Cafe each second and fourth Monday evening at 7 p.m.


February Adult Education: Jim Crenshaw will teach the adult classes in the Activity Center. His topic will be Contemporary Insights into the Book of Proverbs. Professor Crenshaw, who taught Old Testament at Duke Divinity School from 1987-2008, is one of the leading interpreters of wisdom literature in the Bible. His most recent book, Qoheleth: The Ironic Wink, engages modern interpreters in a debate over the lasting relevance of the author of Ecclesiastes and the place of Ecclesiastes as a book of the bible. 


Adult Education on March 4: Nibs (Gibson) Stroupe will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. in the Activity Center about his recent book, Deeper Waters. Nibs has served as pastor of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church (Decatur, GA) since 1983.  He has long been an outspoken voice for racial and social justice within the PC(USA) and nationwide, along with his wife of 40 years, Caroline Leach. He is the author or co-author of four books, leads numerous workshops on race across the denomination, and is a frequent guest speaker on racial issues. In 2013 he was invited to deliver the opening prayer during President Barack Obamas visit to Decatur. Nibs grew up in Arkansas, attended Rhodes and Davidson Colleges, and earned his MDiv from Columbia Seminary in 1975.


Adult Education on March 11 (first day of daylight savings time): Early Recognition and Dealing with Medical Emergencies. Joaquin Toon, a paramedic in the Nashville Fire Department, will help us recognize the signs of a heart attack, and demonstrate CPR and use of our new automatic electronic defibrillator (AED). Additional topics: first aid for choking patients, and recognizing signs of impending stroke. This is not a certification class but is simply an overview of medical emergencies where non-medical personnel can take significant life-saving action. 2PC member Fred Kirchner will assist in the discussion. Join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Activity Center.


One-Anothering: If you’re looking for a group that cultivates community and spiritual growth, come visit the One-Anothering Sunday School class. We are a group of women who share joys and concerns, pray together, grow spiritually and show up for each other. This spring we’re reading Falling Upward by Richard Rohr. Come see if this class is for you.  We meet Sunday mornings at 9:25 in the Adult Education Wing. For more information contact Laura Hileman (lhhileman@yahoo.com) or St. Clair Blue (scblue@outlook.com).


Home Prayer Services: We hope you will welcome this opportunity for small group worship to observe the beauty and simplicity of Lent together, all through the season. All services are from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 20. Bring a friend or neighbor! All are welcome. Hosts and worship leaders are below. Please look in the church bulletin or call the office for an address for each event.

  • Feb. 27 - Kelly Blankenship with Pam Reese
  • March 6 – Midge Folger with Frances Duvall
  • March 13 – Sara and Jeff Skillen
  • March 20 -  Laura Denison with Georgeanne Chapman

Questions? Contact Mary Louise, marylouise@secondpresbyterian.net


Launch Pad training events: An excellent development opportunity for Launch Pad volunteers led by Open Table Nashville is coming up soon. A Trauma-Informed De-Escalation Training on Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m. at Glencliff Methodist Church, will be offered by Open Table Nashville, helpful for anyone who serves in an environment like an overnight shelter, a soup kitchen, or other places where people who have experienced stressful circumstances congregate. It doesn’t take much for tensions to rise and situations to escalate. This training will better equip you to understand what is happening before and during escalations, to be prepared with intervention strategies, and to feel more equipped to step in and assist. Not only is this training interactive, but it is also steeped in evidence-based practices like trauma-informed care.  For this training please RSVP to lindsey@opentablenashville.org. Coffee and light snacks will be provided. There is a requested donation of $10 for training materials, but know that you can give what you can, and come even if you can’t donate right now.