UPCOMING EVENTS

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING  The suspended portions of the April 28th Annual Meeting of the Congregation and the Corporation of the Second Presbyterian Church will continue Sunday, May 19th at 12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary to elect the Elder Class of 2022 and the Nominating Team members 2019-2020.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
The suspended portions of the April 28th Annual Meeting of the Congregation and the Corporation of the Second Presbyterian Church will continue Sunday, May 19th at 12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary to elect the Elder Class of 2022 and the Nominating Team members 2019-2020.


Financial Peace University  begins May 1st  Join our  Financial Peace University  group and we’ll learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future . . . together! Interested?   Chris Mai is leading this group navigating Dave Ramsey's  Financial Peace University  on Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m. starting May 1st.  This program is based on biblical principles of handling money, avoiding debt, and being good stewards of what God has given us to manage.  Do you want to get out of debt? Buy a house? Go to college or send kids to college? Plan for retirement? Together we'll learn how to : -Build an Emergency Fund -Learn How to Budget -Pay Off All Debt -Invest for the Future and Build Wealth  Please  email Chris  to join and ask questions or sign up at  www.financialpeace.com !

Financial Peace University
begins May 1st

Join our Financial Peace University group and we’ll learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future . . . together! Interested?

Chris Mai is leading this group navigating Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University on Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m. starting May 1st.

This program is based on biblical principles of handling money, avoiding debt, and being good stewards of what God has given us to manage.

Do you want to get out of debt? Buy a house? Go to college or send kids to college? Plan for retirement? Together we'll learn how to :
-Build an Emergency Fund
-Learn How to Budget
-Pay Off All Debt
-Invest for the Future and Build Wealth

Please email Chris to join and ask questions or sign up at www.financialpeace.com!


Join us May 24, 25 & 26 for lunch, dessert & tea.    Friday & Saturday from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.    Sunday from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.   We would love to see you there! Spread the word to family and friends to come join us for FUN, FOOD & FELLOWSHIP!  The  ”Seconds, Please” Tea Room  has been put on by volunteers at Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Charleston in conjunction with the Spoleto Festival since 2006. The event has grown each year and proceeds go to benefit our missions program.  The "Seconds, Please" Tea Room is an annual lunch and dessert open to the public in conjunction with the Spoleto Festival Craft Fair in Wragg Square. The menu includes tomato pie, quiche, she-crab soup, and the pastor's sour cream apple pie and many other delicious homemade sandwich, soup, and dessert offerings. The Tea Room benefits the Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston missions program.  Everyone is welcome.

Join us May 24, 25 & 26 for lunch, dessert & tea.

Friday & Saturday from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

We would love to see you there! Spread the word to family and friends to come join us for FUN, FOOD & FELLOWSHIP!

The ”Seconds, Please” Tea Room has been put on by volunteers at Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Charleston in conjunction with the Spoleto Festival since 2006. The event has grown each year and proceeds go to benefit our missions program.

The "Seconds, Please" Tea Room is an annual lunch and dessert open to the public in conjunction with the Spoleto Festival Craft Fair in Wragg Square. The menu includes tomato pie, quiche, she-crab soup, and the pastor's sour cream apple pie and many other delicious homemade sandwich, soup, and dessert offerings. The Tea Room benefits the Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston missions program.

Everyone is welcome.


Second Edition Book Club  Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.   This month's selection,  Where the Crawdads Sing  by Delia Owens, is a first novel by an experienced writer and observer of nature and the wildlife around her. The lyrical prose is a pleasure that can be savored and the story allows such vision that sometimes seems just a framework for the author's intrigue with the lowcountry swamps and marshes.  Our May 21st meeting will be 6:30 p.m. as usual, at Peter Rupert's new place, 1605 Cristalino Circle, Carolina Bay, 29414.

Second Edition Book Club

Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.

This month's selection, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, is a first novel by an experienced writer and observer of nature and the wildlife around her. The lyrical prose is a pleasure that can be savored and the story allows such vision that sometimes seems just a framework for the author's intrigue with the lowcountry swamps and marshes.

Our May 21st meeting will be 6:30 p.m. as usual, at Peter Rupert's new place, 1605 Cristalino Circle, Carolina Bay, 29414.


FIRST WEDNESDAY MEN’S LUNCH   –  Men from neighborhood churches come together at noon in the St. Philip's Parish Hall (on the corner of Church and Cumberland) on the first Wednesday of the month for food and fellowship. The June speaker is Richard Grimball and this will be the last lunch before a summer break.

FIRST WEDNESDAY MEN’S LUNCH Men from neighborhood churches come together at noon in the St. Philip's Parish Hall (on the corner of Church and Cumberland) on the first Wednesday of the month for food and fellowship. The June speaker is Richard Grimball and this will be the last lunch before a summer break.


The Tywanza Sanders Legacy Foundation was created to honor Tywanza, son of Felicia Sanders, who was one of the victims of the massacre at Emanuel AME Church next door. The foundation is on a mission to give youth opportunities to pursue their education and entrepreneurial dreams.  Find more information and ways to donate through their  website .

The Tywanza Sanders Legacy Foundation was created to honor Tywanza, son of Felicia Sanders, who was one of the victims of the massacre at Emanuel AME Church next door. The foundation is on a mission to give youth opportunities to pursue their education and entrepreneurial dreams.

Find more information and ways to donate through their website.


The faith community's mission is to plan and implement an ongoing community-wide effort wherein people of various races, cultures and faith traditions regularly pray together for the success of the Illumination Project, and deepen their own understanding across groups so they are more able to collaborate in community-wide good works.

The faith community's mission is to plan and implement an ongoing community-wide effort wherein people of various races, cultures and faith traditions regularly pray together for the success of the Illumination Project, and deepen their own understanding across groups so they are more able to collaborate in community-wide good works.


Young adults and families are invited to come for brunch and fellowship the 1st Sunday of each month. The group will meet at the front door of the Education Building after the 11:15 service and walk/drive to our restaurant of choice.  For more information contact  Lee Lingle .

Young adults and families are invited to come for brunch and fellowship the 1st Sunday of each month. The group will meet at the front door of the Education Building after the 11:15 service and walk/drive to our restaurant of choice.

For more information contact Lee Lingle.

On Sunday, May 19th, we welcome members of the Charleston Gospel Choir, directed by Jennifer Ancrum. All of the arrangements sung were done by Aretha Franklin (1942-2018). They were performed at their recent concert: "Queen of Soul and Gospel: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin".  From her time growing up as the daughter of a prominent African-American preacher to her death this past August, Franklin was immersed and involved in the struggle for civil rights and women's rights. Her songs "Respect" and "Natural Woman" in particular became anthems of these movements for social change.  Charleston Gospel Choir makes its home here at Second and sings twice yearly in our services.

On Sunday, May 19th, we welcome members of the Charleston Gospel Choir, directed by Jennifer Ancrum. All of the arrangements sung were done by Aretha Franklin (1942-2018). They were performed at their recent concert: "Queen of Soul and Gospel: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin".

From her time growing up as the daughter of a prominent African-American preacher to her death this past August, Franklin was immersed and involved in the struggle for civil rights and women's rights. Her songs "Respect" and "Natural Woman" in particular became anthems of these movements for social change.

Charleston Gospel Choir makes its home here at Second and sings twice yearly in our services.


We are hosting several concerts for Piccolo Spoleto:    SUNDAY, MAY 26 - YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL (Free, donations accepted)    Charleston Children's Chorus - 1:00PM  - The Charleston Children's Chorus under the direction of Shelly Goughnour and accompanied by Anna Reid, is a select treble choir comprised of gifted and talented Charleston County students. In a program entitled, Songs of Hope and Peace From Around the World, the chorus will perform from a variety of times, places, and styles.   Girls' Choir of Wilmington - 2:00PM -  The Girls’ Choir of Wilmington presents a family-friendly concert of secular and sacred music for treble choir, including music of Eric Whitacre, Paul Halley, and Paul McCartney. An organization serving girls aged 8–18 in the Lower Cape Fear area of North Carolina, the choir sings for community events, church services, and often collaborates with the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra.   Harmonia Children's Choir (Mt. Pleasant) - 3:00PM -  Harmonia Children’s Choir, directed by Scott and Suzanne Atwood, is an ensemble comprised of students from Christ Our King-Stella Maris School. They will present a program of time-less sacred classics as well as African American Spirituals and Folk-tune inspired hymns.   Goose Creek High School Chamber Choir - 4:00PM -  The award-winning Goose Creek High School Chamber Choir presents an array of choral music representing a variety of styles. The program features pieces composed by living composers, from stunning contemporary pieces, to rousing spirituals.   SPOTLIGHT SERIES - CONCERTS AT 6:00 PM UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED    Tickets at the door or ahead online: https://web.ovationtix.com  Unless otherwise noted: Adults $21, Senior $18, Student $11   Tuesday, May 28 - Fantasma: Piano Trio  - Exploring how composers expose the dark shadows that underlie joy, beauty, and humor, Trio Appassionata makes its Piccolo Spoleto debut in a concert featuring Beethoven’s mysterious “Ghost” Trio, Op. 70, No. 1, and Shostakovich’s wildly intense Trio No. 2 in E minor. Comprised of American violinist Lydia Chernicoff, Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios, and Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim, this trio takes listeners on a vivid musical tour.   Wednesday, May 29 - The In Between: Jazz and poetry -  Combining jazz and spoken word, Charleston’s Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker, takes the stage with soprano Jill Terhaar Lewis, saxophonist Robert Lewis, and pianist Gerald Gregary for a one of a kind performance. Joining the ensemble is Tyler Ross, a prominent jazz guitarist, composer, and teacher with additional original music by Brooklyn based musician Nathan Koci, and jazz pianist and recent College of Charleston graduate Maxx Bradley. Amaker will debut new compositions throughout the show.   Thursday, May 30 - CSO Strings - Rejoice! -  Charleston Symphony musicians, Yuriy Bekker, Micah Gangwer, Jan-Marie Joyce, Sadie DeWall, Norbert Lewandowski, and Damian Kremer, are joined by new Charlestonian and retired National Symphony Orchestra violinist, Pam Hentges, in a performance of an epic work by the sixteen-year-old prodigy composer, Felix Mendelssohn. In addition, several talented music students will join the professionals in a side-by-side performance of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s lush work, “Souvenir de Florence.”   Friday, May 31 - Chamber Music Charleston -  Get to know the music of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn with Chamber Music Charleston’s “A Mendelssohn Family Music Salon.” The program will explore the music of the wildly talented 19th-century siblings. The program includes a selection of chamber songs by both Fanny and Felix followed by movements from Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor and Felix Mendelssohn’s complete Piano Trio in D minor. Chamber Music Charleston: violinist Frances Hsieh, cellist Timothy O’Mally, pianist Irina Pevzner, and soprano Suzanne Fleming Atwood perform the works.   Saturday, June 1 at 12:00PM - (Young Artists Series, College of Charleston) - C of C Concert Choir -  Under the direction of Robert Taylor, conductor, this outstanding, award-winning choir has been featured in juried performance at several national conferences and has toured the Southeast. This concert only, $11 general admission.   Saturday, June 1 at 5:00PM - CSO Brass and Organ -  Orchestra’s brass section and organist Daniel Sansone for a concert of music for brass and organ. The concert explores the varied sonorities offered by the brass quintet and the ‘king of instruments,’ drawing on music from four centuries, and includes both original works and transcriptions. Sonic blockbusters from composers including Richard Strauss, George Gershwin and Eugene Gigout will fill the wonderful acoustics of the historic Second Presbyterian Church.   Mon June 3 - Hello Saxophone! -  Versatile saxophonist extraordinaire, Jonathan Kammer, returns to Piccolo with a new program in his signature concert series to present exciting music from widely acclaimed composer Gregory Wanamaker. These virtuosic, lyrical, graceful, and funky compositions for saxophone, clarinet, piano and other woodwinds will be a delight for lovers of saxophone and lovers of contemporary classical music alike.   Tuesday, June 4 - Carol Gimbel, viola -  Violist Carol Gimbel returns to Piccolo Spoleto for another commanding chamber music performance. Along with her New York City collaborators, renowned pianist Cullan Bryant, and celebrated countertenor Daniel Moody, the trio will perform Brahms Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano, Op. 91, Brahms Sonatensatz for violin and piano, along with “Es Sang vor langen Jahren.”   Wednesday, June 5 - Leah Edwards and Dimitri Pittas, vocals -  Hailed as “glamorous on stage, but regular at home,” international opera and musical theatre stars Leah Edwards and Dimitri Pittas present an intimate cabaret program of show tunes and standards. This concert only - $18 general admission.   Thursday, June 6 - Charleston Piano Trio -  Join Charleston’s own, Yuriy Bekker, violin; Natalia Khoma, cello; and Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano for a performance of masterworks by Ernest Chausson and Franz Joseph Haydn. Chausson’s Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 3 is romantic, gorgeous, moving and rarely performed in concert. In contrast, Haydn’s “Gypsy Trio” is a fun and whimsical work featuring Hungarian Gypsy themes in the last movement. This evening of fine chamber music masterpieces, performed by your favorite Ukrainian and Belarussian musicians, is not to be missed.

We are hosting several concerts for Piccolo Spoleto:

SUNDAY, MAY 26 - YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL (Free, donations accepted)

Charleston Children's Chorus - 1:00PM - The Charleston Children's Chorus under the direction of Shelly Goughnour and accompanied by Anna Reid, is a select treble choir comprised of gifted and talented Charleston County students. In a program entitled, Songs of Hope and Peace From Around the World, the chorus will perform from a variety of times, places, and styles.

Girls' Choir of Wilmington - 2:00PM - The Girls’ Choir of Wilmington presents a family-friendly concert of secular and sacred music for treble choir, including music of Eric Whitacre, Paul Halley, and Paul McCartney. An organization serving girls aged 8–18 in the Lower Cape Fear area of North Carolina, the choir sings for community events, church services, and often collaborates with the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Harmonia Children's Choir (Mt. Pleasant) - 3:00PM - Harmonia Children’s Choir, directed by Scott and Suzanne Atwood, is an ensemble comprised of students from Christ Our King-Stella Maris School. They will present a program of time-less sacred classics as well as African American Spirituals and Folk-tune inspired hymns.

Goose Creek High School Chamber Choir - 4:00PM - The award-winning Goose Creek High School Chamber Choir presents an array of choral music representing a variety of styles. The program features pieces composed by living composers, from stunning contemporary pieces, to rousing spirituals.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES - CONCERTS AT 6:00 PM UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

Tickets at the door or ahead online: https://web.ovationtix.com Unless otherwise noted: Adults $21, Senior $18, Student $11

Tuesday, May 28 - Fantasma: Piano Trio - Exploring how composers expose the dark shadows that underlie joy, beauty, and humor, Trio Appassionata makes its Piccolo Spoleto debut in a concert featuring Beethoven’s mysterious “Ghost” Trio, Op. 70, No. 1, and Shostakovich’s wildly intense Trio No. 2 in E minor. Comprised of American violinist Lydia Chernicoff, Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios, and Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim, this trio takes listeners on a vivid musical tour.

Wednesday, May 29 - The In Between: Jazz and poetry - Combining jazz and spoken word, Charleston’s Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker, takes the stage with soprano Jill Terhaar Lewis, saxophonist Robert Lewis, and pianist Gerald Gregary for a one of a kind performance. Joining the ensemble is Tyler Ross, a prominent jazz guitarist, composer, and teacher with additional original music by Brooklyn based musician Nathan Koci, and jazz pianist and recent College of Charleston graduate Maxx Bradley. Amaker will debut new compositions throughout the show.

Thursday, May 30 - CSO Strings - Rejoice! - Charleston Symphony musicians, Yuriy Bekker, Micah Gangwer, Jan-Marie Joyce, Sadie DeWall, Norbert Lewandowski, and Damian Kremer, are joined by new Charlestonian and retired National Symphony Orchestra violinist, Pam Hentges, in a performance of an epic work by the sixteen-year-old prodigy composer, Felix Mendelssohn. In addition, several talented music students will join the professionals in a side-by-side performance of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s lush work, “Souvenir de Florence.”

Friday, May 31 - Chamber Music Charleston - Get to know the music of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn with Chamber Music Charleston’s “A Mendelssohn Family Music Salon.” The program will explore the music of the wildly talented 19th-century siblings. The program includes a selection of chamber songs by both Fanny and Felix followed by movements from Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor and Felix Mendelssohn’s complete Piano Trio in D minor. Chamber Music Charleston: violinist Frances Hsieh, cellist Timothy O’Mally, pianist Irina Pevzner, and soprano Suzanne Fleming Atwood perform the works.

Saturday, June 1 at 12:00PM - (Young Artists Series, College of Charleston) - C of C Concert Choir - Under the direction of Robert Taylor, conductor, this outstanding, award-winning choir has been featured in juried performance at several national conferences and has toured the Southeast. This concert only, $11 general admission.

Saturday, June 1 at 5:00PM - CSO Brass and Organ - Orchestra’s brass section and organist Daniel Sansone for a concert of music for brass and organ. The concert explores the varied sonorities offered by the brass quintet and the ‘king of instruments,’ drawing on music from four centuries, and includes both original works and transcriptions. Sonic blockbusters from composers including Richard Strauss, George Gershwin and Eugene Gigout will fill the wonderful acoustics of the historic Second Presbyterian Church.

Mon June 3 - Hello Saxophone! - Versatile saxophonist extraordinaire, Jonathan Kammer, returns to Piccolo with a new program in his signature concert series to present exciting music from widely acclaimed composer Gregory Wanamaker. These virtuosic, lyrical, graceful, and funky compositions for saxophone, clarinet, piano and other woodwinds will be a delight for lovers of saxophone and lovers of contemporary classical music alike.

Tuesday, June 4 - Carol Gimbel, viola - Violist Carol Gimbel returns to Piccolo Spoleto for another commanding chamber music performance. Along with her New York City collaborators, renowned pianist Cullan Bryant, and celebrated countertenor Daniel Moody, the trio will perform Brahms Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano, Op. 91, Brahms Sonatensatz for violin and piano, along with “Es Sang vor langen Jahren.”

Wednesday, June 5 - Leah Edwards and Dimitri Pittas, vocals - Hailed as “glamorous on stage, but regular at home,” international opera and musical theatre stars Leah Edwards and Dimitri Pittas present an intimate cabaret program of show tunes and standards. This concert only - $18 general admission.

Thursday, June 6 - Charleston Piano Trio - Join Charleston’s own, Yuriy Bekker, violin; Natalia Khoma, cello; and Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano for a performance of masterworks by Ernest Chausson and Franz Joseph Haydn. Chausson’s Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 3 is romantic, gorgeous, moving and rarely performed in concert. In contrast, Haydn’s “Gypsy Trio” is a fun and whimsical work featuring Hungarian Gypsy themes in the last movement. This evening of fine chamber music masterpieces, performed by your favorite Ukrainian and Belarussian musicians, is not to be missed.


We partner with the PDA to help serve in times of great need. You can respond to the devastation of both local disasters, like the California fires and recent hurricanes, and those abroad, like the tsunami in Indonesia and earthquake in Haiti, with your prayers and by donating directly through   Presbyterian Disaster Assistance   .   Give, Act, Pray.

We partner with the PDA to help serve in times of great need. You can respond to the devastation of both local disasters, like the California fires and recent hurricanes, and those abroad, like the tsunami in Indonesia and earthquake in Haiti, with your prayers and by donating directly through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Give, Act, Pray.


Sunday Lunches will resume in August.  Join us on the second Sunday of every month for a time of food, fun and intergenerational fellowship following the worship service.

Sunday Lunches will resume in August.

Join us on the second Sunday of every month for a time of food, fun and intergenerational fellowship following the worship service.


The Second Presbyterian Children’s Choir performed wonderfully in the service May 12th. Children will resume practice with the new school year after a summer break.  Contact Clarissa at clarissa.rider@gmail.com for more details or to make sure you’re on the list for children’s choir updates.

The Second Presbyterian Children’s Choir performed wonderfully in the service May 12th. Children will resume practice with the new school year after a summer break.

Contact Clarissa at clarissa.rider@gmail.com for more details or to make sure you’re on the list for children’s choir updates.


Help us stock the church freezer with meals that we can take, as needed, to church members who have lost a loved one, had a baby, been sick, had surgery, etc.  Contact the deacons for more information.

Help us stock the church freezer with meals that we can take, as needed, to church members who have lost a loved one, had a baby, been sick, had surgery, etc.

Contact the deacons for more information.


LIFE OF THE CHURCH

CHURCH ACTIVITIES

Early Morning Kickboxing & Power Lifting, Young Professionals Fellowship Groups, Young Families Group, Women’s Bible Study Group, 2nd Presbyterian Men’s Society, Youth Fellowship Gatherings, Annual Oyster Roast, Second Edition Book Club, Second Presbyterian Travel Club, Seersucker & Fancy Hat Sunday, “Seconds Please” Tea Room, “Supper at Second” Wednesday Night Fellowship, Game Night, Talent Show, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Vacation Bible School, Summer at Second (summer camp), Community Thanksgiving, Food Drives for Lowcountry Food Bank and Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation, Parents’ Night Out Youth Fundraiser, Souper Bowl Sunday, Operation Christmas Child, Journey (Campus Ministry), Advent Workshop, Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat, Christmas Pageant, Brunch Bunch

ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITY

PARTNERSHIPS

Easter Egg Hunt with First Scots, 1st Wednesday Men’s Luncheon at St. Philips, Gospel Choir & Spiritual Ensemble, Community Worship Service at Thanksgiving, Community Worship Service on Maundy Thursday, MUSC Camp Communication, Hands of Christ, Sisters in Serenity, The Shaw Center, Charleston Illumination Project, Sophia Institute's Social Justice Racial Equity Collaborative, Beth Heyward Missions, Bible Foundation Shipping, Loving America Street, Laundry Matters, Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, Colin McKay Grant Home, Coward-Bolivia Service, One80 Place, Feeding of the Multitude, Florence Crittenton Home, G.O.A.L., Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, Help for Haiti, Kai Dutton Fund, LEAP, Medical Benevolence – Congo, Medical Missions, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Communities of SC, Presbyterian Student Association, Rural Mission, Star Gospel Mission, Thornwell Home, Tywanza Sanders Legacy Foundation, Water Mission