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I Will Sing Forever Children's Ministry

August 20th is the beginning of a new year in Bible Study for our preschoolers and children. Our theme this year will be “I Will Sing Forever!”  We learned a song during Vacation Bible School that said it beautifully:  “I will sing forever of your love come down; with my hands to heaven, sing your praises loud.”

Our key Bible verse for the year is Psalm 150:6, “Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord.”  


The pre-kindergartners through fifth grade will move to their next age class on August 20, 2017. Kindergartners through fifth grade will go to their new class for the start of Bible Study then gather in the chapel later in the morning, with their classes, to kick off the new year. You will pick-up your children from their new classroom, not the chapel. Now is a perfect time to begin a habit of being in Bible Study each week at 9:45. One of the goals we strive for at Second is helping our children to become intentional Christ-followers and growing in Christ-likeness. What better place to learn than in this Christ-centered community!

We will be presenting Bibles to first graders during the worship service. This is a significant milestone in early childhood, and we recognize these children in their growth in "wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man" (Luke 2:52).

Elizabeth Dilts Archer George Kerrien LeDean
Lucy Dolton Eleanor Guinn Henry Lewis
Lillian Ferguson Zane Hilton Zooey Rhoades
Lily Garnet Jillian Jameson Finn Smith
Landon Gallimore Lexie Jones  

The regular Wednesday schedule will begin on August 23. Missions education is for Pre-K through Grade Five, and classes start at 6:30. Missions education includes the active care for others and Jesus’ example of humbly serving those around us. The kids engage in hands-on activities, learn about the Biblical foundation for missions, and enjoy fellowship with one another.

The first fall unit is entitled, "Giving Hope to Refugees," an important lesson for our children in today's world. Check the web page for class rooms and times.


Friends, it’s so precious to see all ages interacting here in this fellowship together:  Harvey Seely giving out tootsie rolls to the Bartlow clan, Brenda Lazenby snuggling with baby Clark Lassiter, Bill Riggs hugging on Davis Fulk. Now that’s what community is all about! 

You have the opportunity to be involved in similar ways. Our 11:00 worship time is in DIRE need of childcare volunteers. We are beginning to see the same people volunteering just because they feel bad when there is no one signed up!  If every able adult  volunteered one time each year, we would have more than enough help! 

So!  Look at your calendar, find a Sunday that fits for you. Choose whether you will be with babies, toddlers and twos, Pre-K, or wherever needed. Contact Gwen Phillips.

You won’t be sorry!

Posted by gwen phillips at Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 0 comments
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SEND Initiative "Book and a Buck" Report by Karen Rogers

This summer, over 2,000 pounds of your books and $800 of your bucks made their way over the Appalachian Range and into the lush forests of North Carolina.











On the southern border of North Carolina sits one of two SBC Baptist Mission Camps. The Shelby Mission Camp serves the western part of the state; it is basecamp for the North Carolina Baptist Men and the book depository for the Fellowship of Baptist Educators’ “Books on Mission” project.







On the first morning, the Shelby staff and four college students (assigned by SBC’s Deep Impact program) gathered for breakfast at a Shelby café with Suzie and Karen. Anyone recognize this mysterious black North Carolinian breakfast staple?





It’s livermush. “Livermush is a Southern United States food product composed of pig liver, head parts, and cornmeal. It is commonly spiced with pepper and sage. Though sometimes considered the same as liver pudding, livermush is coarser in texture and often found in the western part of North Carolina.”  Karen and Suzie tasted it but it’s unlikely either will be ordering it anytime soon.

In the mission camp warehouse, the college students helped set up pallets, unload 2BC’s books and begin sorting the books which had been donated from other churches.











Aren’t (left to right) Leah, Anna, Holden and Drew cute? After the first morning, they had to move on to work on other projects, but they were a terrific help.








We sorted thousands of books.







During their brief visit to Shelby, Suzie and Karen sorted, boxed, labeled, and stacked about 200 boxes of books which will eventually make their way to a developing seminary abroad. When almost enough books have been donated to fill a shipping container, The Fellowship of Baptist Educators will finalize plans to get the books to their new home.







It costs about 40 cents per pound to get the books across the ocean on a container ship, so the Fellowship of Baptist Educators was thrilled to receive 2BC’s donation of $800 to cover shipping costs for a ton of books.

(Left to right: Karen Rogers (2BC), Janet Brown (camp administrative staff), Kay Grigg (Fellowship of Baptist Educators volunteer), Suzie Goertz (2BC)).







It was a worthwhile and rewarding service project. Kay Grigg said she had never seen the books so thoroughly packed and she appreciated the help. Throughout their stay, Karen and Suzie were surrounded by grateful faces, helping hands, optimistic spirits and charming North Carolinian accents. Thank you, Second Baptist Church, for making this Christian partnership opportunity become a reality.

To learn more about The Fellowship of Baptist Educators and their projects, visit this link from 2016.

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Stephen Ministry of 2BC 2017

What Is Stephen Ministry?

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations, such as ours, that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

Our congregation's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our church and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. If you are a caring and compassionate person, consider becoming a Stephen Minister. "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few" (Luke 10:2), and we need you for the labor of Stephen Ministry.


  • New Stephen Ministry training starts in October. What will happen during training?
  • 50 hours of focused training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • Training in skills such as listening, understanding and expressing of feelings, nonjudgmental acceptance, effective communication, and others
  • Learning from Stephen Leaders and other Stephen Ministers
  • Curriculum based on the International Stephen Ministry materials
  • Building strong lasting relationships through discussion, Scripture, and prayer
  • A brief meal and fellowship during each training session

To learn the impact Stephen Ministers have on others, watch this video, and consider joining the 2BC ministry this year.

The Stephen Ministry training begins on Sunday, October 1. For details about the schedule, questions, or more information, please contact Sara Langford, Carol Kingery, (contact information available in The Hub) or call the church office at (816) 781-2824.

Learn more about Stephen Ministries, and watch a video testimony of those who have benefited from this ministry here.

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