Second Presbyterian Church
July 31, 2020
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.
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!"
A private burial service for Catherine Beals will be held on Saturday, August 1 st . A Celebration of Life for her church family and friends will be held later this fall.

The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support during this time. They would also like to let folks know that Catherine requested any memorials be directed either to the Mission Fund of 2 nd Presbyterian Church or to the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation.
We are in need of a few volunteers who are willing to be present on Sunday morning and run the laptop computer for our Worship Live Stream. Seth Reynolds has been doing this every Sunday since worship moved to online only, but he is heading back to school and would like a break.

If we get 2-3 volunteers we can rotate Sunday responsibilities. You do not need any special expertise, as we will train you for the job. A comfort level with technology and familiarity with computers is a big help, however!

If interested in helping out, email Pastor Tim ( [email protected] ).
From the Service & Outreach Committee:

The West View Elementary School work day is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, from 8:00-12:00 . The rain date is on August 15 at the same time. 

Due to Covid-19, we will not be able to work inside the building this year but will need lots of help to spruce up the outside. We will trim bushes, pull weeds and plant something pretty to welcome the families back to school. 

Please sign up online via the button below or show up with your trimmers to help us on that date. Also please remember to drop off a few requested school supplies to the church office.

Thank you for your support!
Our summer study on racism continues on Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Our topic this week will be Do Segregated Churches Imply Racism? The session will be led by Pastor Anthony Burton, pastor of Bridge Church Knoxville, an intentionally multi-racial church.

Anthony Burton earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Lemoyne-Owen college in Memphis, TN, his hometown. He also holds a Masters of Computer Science from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Anthony's background is in software development but he began the transition into the world of vocational ministry in 2005. He started Bridge Church in South Knoxville in 2018. Bridge Church seeks to be a ministry of reconciliation bringing together people from all ethnic, financial, and educational backgrounds to be connected to God and one another through Christ and to attempt to change the face of the church in America to be a relevant, true, and coherent voice for Christ in our community. Anthony is married to Tandalyn and they have five children: Justyce, Tony, Micah, Naiyah, and Camryn.

A link to this week’s reading is below.

All of the readings for all of the sessions, along with videos of the previous sessions, are available on our website under the “Wednesday Night Bible Study” tab. 
The July - August Upper Rooms are 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] !
Children’s Books Showing Diversity

Your church library has added some children’s books showing more diversity. These books come to you from a donation from Betty McCollum. The titles are: 

Think Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison

Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora

Kindness Makes us Strong by Sophie Beer

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

Woke Baby by Mahogany Browne

There are other titles in our library. All books are cleaned with alcohol for your safety. 

The Second Pres Book Lady
Please contact Liz Peebles directly at 865-247-4503 or 865-660-9597 .
Our blog is updated regularly 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. 
Last Thursday, around 100 people came out to our first ever Physically (but not Socially) Distant Food Truck Fellowship!

In addition to folks from 2 nd Presbyterian, there were members of First Presbyterian, Fountain City Presbyterian, Erin Presbyterian, Graystone Presbyterian, Shiloh Presbyterian, Rocky Springs Presbyterian, and UKirk in attendance.

A huge thanks to Big O’s Famous BBQ and LB&S Snow Balls for the excellent food!  

Care bags were taken to our middle school and high school youth. The bags contained treats including CHOCOLATE! There were journals and pens for the youth to journal during this unusual time. A letter composed by Tracy Horton explained the journals. Included in the letter was the reassurance that our church is praying for them. A note from two of the youth thanked the church for the bags and for prayers.

So fellow church members, as our children and youth begin school under unusual circumstances, PRAY!

  • Liz Peebles
Reminder! Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to do our part in not contributing to the further spread of the novel coronavirus, the Session has taken the following actions:


We will no longer resume in-person worship on August 2 nd and will continue to worship solely via streaming until further notice. We hope to resume in-person worship after Labor Day, but will reevaluate at the August 18 th Stated Session meeting.


Effective immediately all group meetings in the church building will be cancelled for the remainder of July and the month of August. Groups and committees of the church may continue to meet via technology or in small groups away from the church building, but the church building itself will be closed to all groups except the Preschool through the end of August. We will reevaluate at the August 18 th Stated Session meeting.

Church Office

The church staff will continue to work their normal hours at the church building in order to coordinate and facilitate the ministry of the congregation. The church office, however, will be closed except for deliveries, contractors, and other necessary business.

We appreciate that this may cause frustration for some while alleviating anxiety for others. We do not take this action lightly but we do feel this is the best way to safeguard the health of our members, our staff, and the community of Knoxville. Please stay home if you do not have to go out and please remember the Five Core Principles for health: practice [physical] distancing; wear face coverings when in public and when physical distancing cannot be achieved; wash hand properly and often; clean surfaces regularly; stay home when sick.

  • The Session of Second Presbyterian Church
Prayer List:

Please keep 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 (523.2189 or  [email protected] ) with prayer concerns to be listed in the weekly email or bulletin.