Second Presbyterian Church
September 4, 2020
While we are not able to worship together in person, we are worshiping together virtually! Join us on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. for worship by clicking the tab above, or clicking on the "Sunday Live stream" button on the home page of our website,

Also - if you click the blue button above you will be able to download the worship order so you can follow along at home!
Following the Assurance of God's Love, we will pass the peace by texting one another. Choose a fellow church member, family member, friend, relative, or loved one, have their number ready to go, and send them a text that says, “May the peace of Christ be with you!"
This Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, meaning it is communion Sunday. Have some bread or crackers and some juice or wine on hand for Sunday morning. If you don’t have those things, whatever you have available as a substitute is fine. We look forward to gathering with you (virtually) around the Lord’s Table on Sunday morning!
The Faith, Science & the Future Sunday School class, led by Dick Dodson, uses The Wired Word curriculum which looks at current events through the lens of faith. Anyone who wishes to participate is welcome to join. Instructions for joining the class are below:

Start time: 9:30 a.m.
Phone number to call: (712) 775-8972
Conference code: 179021

*Please be advised this is a long distance call for any who
might be using a home phone with long distance charges.

QAnon Illustrates Frailty of Human Reasoning:
A movement called QAnon has been in the news lately, and if you know nothing about it, this Wired Word lesson can be an introduction. Unfortunately, QAnon is built on conspiracy theories, some of which are quite grotesque and possibly dangerous, and it sometimes masquerades under some aspects of Christianity. The purpose of this Sunday’s lesson is to remind ourselves of the Bible's unflinching loyalty to truth. 
With gratitude, for the love, prayers, and care of the members of Second Presbyterian Church, I deeply appreciate your thoughtful expressions of sympathy following the death of John.

  • Leslie Testerman
The September-October Upper Room is now available! If you would like one, Sandra Butler has copies that she would like to hand deliver to you!

Please contact Sandra directly by phone (659-4416 or 584-4397)
or email [email protected]!

An electronic version of the devotional should be available soon!
Audrey is currently scheduled to be out of the office from
October 12th - 15th (Monday through Thursday).

During that time, the church office will need someone to answer the phones, distribute the mail, and a few other simple things while she is out during the normal office hours of
Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are interested in possibly helping out, please
email ([email protected]) or call (865-523-2189)!

Thank you so much! - Audrey
From the Service & Outreach Committee:

The Volunteer Ministry Center focuses on finding permanent housing for the homeless. They serve over 5,000 people annually through their services. They also provide 40 beds for emergency shelter and offer 57 apartments through Minville Manor. The center also provides dental care and served 1,400 patients last year. 

Every year the VMC holds a program called "Carry the Torch". This is usually a luncheon with guest speakers and serves as a fundraiser for their services. Second Presbyterian Church supports the VMC annually as well as through this special program. 

This year, because of Covid-19, the event will be offered online, via YouTube, on October 1st at 12:15 and again at 7:15. Krista Tippett, an NPR podcaster, will be the guest speaker. If you are interested in watching this ceremony via YouTube, please send your email to [email protected] and I will send you the link to the "Carry the Torch" presentation. This will be a very informative, interesting, and touching program on a very important mission.
Notes From the Book Lady of Second Pres:

Well, here we are still sheltering somewhat in place. So I have some books that may interest you. If you like British/ American history then you might like The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into British Aristocracy by Anne De Courcy.

The following are books dealing with African American stories: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult; The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas ; Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorran; You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson; The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins; Dear Martin by Nic Stone; Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson. 

Other fiction books are: Midnight Champagne by A. Manette Ansay; Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah (soon to be a Netflix movie); The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs. 

The Second Pres Book Lady
Please contact Liz Peebles directly at 247-4503; 660-9597; [email protected]
Update! Lifetouch contacted us last week, and due to Covid-19, they are pausing operations through the end of the year. Therefore, we will no longer be having church directory photos taken in November.

They will be in touch with us after their operations resume in order to reschedule our photography dates.
Our blog is being updated as regularly as possible during our hiatus from in-person activities. It may be a devotion, an interesting story, something uplifting, something silly, or anything else that we think might be helpful. You will continue to get an email alerting you whenever a new blog post is uploaded.

The address is - or you can just click the link below. 
Welcome Finley Nelson Homer Kennedy!
Finley was born on August 7th, 2020 at 1:35 a.m.

If you would like to assist the Kennedy's with meals, please click here to sign up online!
The Session met for its regularly stated meeting on Tuesday, August 18th and decided to continue virtual worship only at least through September. The church building will also continue to be closed to group meetings and in-person activities indoors. With the University of Tennessee and Knox County Schools resuming classes, the Session felt it was wise to wait and see how this resumption of in-person activities in our community will impact the spread of Covid-19 before making a decision about returning to in-person church activities. Once again, this decision is not being made out of fear but out of love and concern for our members. Three people in our congregation have contracted Covid and one of those died. The Session wants to be as careful as possible before resuming indoor in-person church activities.

The church office will remain open during normal hours, as it has been, but we continue to ask that you only come to the church building for essential business and that you call and make an appointment before coming. The Session will reconsider the matter of returning to in-person worship and activities at its stated meeting on Tuesday, September 15th.
Prayer List:

Please keep Will Pruitt, Dotty Barbour, Helen Ferguson, Mariann Thuesen, the Testerman family, Donna Downen, Frances and Mary Johnson, the Beals family, Ken Frazer, Daniel Robertson, Bonnie Beals, Mark Pierson, Debbie Eads, Brice Gilmer, and Jennifer Levy-Tatum in your prayers. 
Please contact the Church Office (865.523.2189 or [email protected]) with prayer concerns to be listed in the weekly email or bulletin.
Church Office Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
We will be closed this Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.