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The Art of Aging Well and Having a Meaningful Life
Select Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

The Art of Aging Well and Having a Meaningful Life


This class is for adults who want to stay younger, smarter and fit. Using the book by the same title – Aging Well – by Dr. Rod Rhoades, we will explore the practices that promote personal vitality and lasting purpose in life. Scientific findings and interdisciplinary wisdom will be presented in order to increase each person’s ability to guide their own path to a meaningful and purposeful life. Participants will be given keys to physical, mental, social and spiritual practices that enhance the quality of life at any age.


Rod Rhoades, Ph.D., author of Aging Well: Staying Younger, Smarter and Fit, is Professor Emeritus at Indiana University School of Medicine. He has spent more than 30 years in medical and integrative research, and is author of numerous books and papers. His keen interest is on the importance of a person taking responsibility of his or her own physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual well-being.

Robert L. Hunter, M.Div., Th.M. , has 40+ years of experience as a pastor, counselor, consultant and coach. He is the former Director of CenterPoint Counseling, currently an adjunct counselor. His areas of expertise relate to the healthy functioning of individuals-in-relationships – from family systems to work systems and social groups. He is the author of one book, Helping When it Hurts: A Practical Guide to Helping Relationships.

Class Schedule: (Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m.)

  • September 12: Introduction and Background
  • September 26: Who’s Responsible for Your Health and Wellbeing?
  • October 24: Healthy Aging: A Matter of the Mind.
  • October 31: Learning to Thrive: Expanding Your Heart and Mind
  • November 7: The Power of Belief-Reaching Beyond Ourselves. 
  • November 28: Spiritual Practices and Connections. 
  • December 5: The Transformative Power of Gratitude and Generosity.

Sponsored by CenterPoint Counseling, a ministry of Second Presbyterian Church

Videos of the classes will appear in the playlist above as they are available.

Good Books for December
Advent Recommendations from John Franke

Good Books for December


  1. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas (Westminster John Knox, 2010)

  2. Walter Brueggemann, Names for the Messiah: An Advent Study (Westminster John Knox 2016)

  3. Richard Rohr, Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent (Franciscan Media, 2012)

  4. Fleming Rutledge, Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ (Eerdmans, 2018)

  5. N. T. Wright, Advent for Everyone: A Journey through Luke (Westminster John Knox, 2018)

Mindfulness Meditation
Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, 12:15 p.m.

Mindfulness Meditation

ROOM 312
Brief discussion, followed by silent practice and concludes with observations, comments and/or general wonderings. Monday & Thursday meditations are led by Scott Sweet. Friday meditation is self-led.

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.


Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., McFarland Hall

A Bible study connecting “People of all Abilities” in song, prayer and Bible lessons

If you are interested in working with adults with special needs, please contact Suzanne Baker (sdbaker@mac.com). All age groups and skill levels are welcome.

Contact: Caroline Dennis

Join us mid-week for a variety of classes and groups. 

Wednesday Night Opportunities

On Wednesday evenings, Second Presbyterian Church offers a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, education and fun for all generations. You will find Men's and Women's studies, Financial Classes, Youth and Children's groups, and seasonal Biblical studies. These offerings vary throughout the year.

Labyrinth: During the cold winter days, we have an indoor labyrinth available for personal and group use each Wednesday, while in the warmer days, the outdoor labyrinth is always available on the northeast end of the property. More details.

Children: Child Care is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Please make reservations at least one week in advance. Click here.

Books for Families
December Suggestions

Books for Families

December Suggestions

December is a great time to establish an 'Attitude of Gratitude' with your little ones. These book recommendations from Kat Barden may help.

  1. The Christmas Story for Children by Max Lucado
  2. Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  3. The Advent Craft and Activity Book: Stories, Crafts, Recipes and Poems for the Christmas Season by Christel Dhom
  4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
  5. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Families in Christ
Sundays, 9:30 AM

Families in Christ

SUNDAYS, 9:30 AM, ROOM 112

Families in Christ is on a winter break and will resume in January 2019.

Adults of all ages are welcome to this Sunday morning class where we circle up to discuss and grow in faith together.

Contact: Jamey Everett

The Upper Room
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.

The Upper Room

Bible Study Class

SUNDAYS, 9:30 AM, ROOM 230

Come and join us as we seek to grow in our faith through Bible study and fellowship. We will be studying 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon this fall.

Contact: Audrey Pelham 

Women in the Word
Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. in Room 114

Women in the Word

Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m., Room 114

Women in the Word All are welcome to join us in the study of God's word.

Purpose: A detailed, compehensive study of the Bible to promote a deeper understanding of scripture and how it applies to our everyday lives.

Fall 2018: PW Women in the Word are delving deeply into the Gospel of John.

Meets: Tuesdays March through late May and Mid-September through mid-December, 2:30 p.m., Room 114
Contact: Dr. Wilma Sukapjo (317) 730-4737

Wednesday Morning Bible Study
9:00-9:30 a.m. Chapel & 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 356

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

WEDNESDAYS, 9:30 AM, 4th Floor
9, 2019

All women are welcome! Study will be Hosea.

Contact: Ruth Ann Gapen  (219) 730-6271

Wisdom Seekers
Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Room 230

Wisdom Seekers

Wednesday Morning Book Study

WEDNESDAYS, 10-11:30 AM, ROOM 230

Purpose: Study scripture, inspirational books, pray, encourage and laugh with each other on our Faith Journeys.

We will be studying the fourth book of Sharon Garlough Brown, An Extra Mile.

Contact: Cindy Baird (317) 362-1898

Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. in PW Room

Wednesday Evening Bible Study



Purpose: Provide women of all ages with a welcoming place to explore God's Word and its meaning in our lives.

Please join us any and all Wednesdays that you are able! As always, feel free to come early to chat and catch up. We will begin the video/study right at 6:30 and go until 8 PM. We gather in room 240. (PW room)

We will continue our study of the book of Romans. We are literally going to go verse by verse. We will not be using one particular study guide.


Remember all women are welcome - no matter if they attend Second or not. Our prayer is to be an inter-generational group encouraging each other onward in our life with Christ!

Contact: Ann Van Meter (317) 690-6614

Thursday Morning Bible Study
Presbyterian Women
Thursdays, Rooms 403 from 9:15-10:45 a.m

Presbyterian Women Thursday Morning Bible Study

This intergenerational Bible study welcomes women any time throughout the year.

Childcare is provided. Please make your reservation a week in advance at SecondChurch.org/ChildCare.

Contact Jill Kagey with questions and to find out our current study.   

Men's Fellowship Breakfast
Tuesdays, 7 a.m.

Breakfast & Bible Study

Hosted by Men@Second


Every Tuesday morning, men of Second meet in the Youth Suite for a pancake breakfast and Bible study discussion led by Dr. Jim Riley which includes a weekly handout with questions and analysis of a passage of Scripture.

Presently, the Scripture passages are from the Gospel and Luke covering the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. The study and discussion time is now being streamed live n the Men@Second facebook page: Facebook.com/MenAtSecond. Come join men on Tuesday mornings for a time of fellowship and prayer, or view the study and discussion on Facebook. 

Contact: Jim Riley