Sharing life’s journey in Christian faith, love and service 



Sunday May 26, 2019

10:00 am

60 Highland Street, West Newton

Rev. Leah Rumsey preaching


The Second Church is an inclusive community of curious and creative spiritual seekers, committed to learning, teaching, doing social justice and embodying a progressive practice of Christianity through loving kindness, engagement and joyful worship.


Children in 5th grade and younger are invited to begin each service downstairs in Room 110 for an age-appropriate version of the day’s scripture reading. After our time together, students can choose to remain in unstructured childcare downstairs or to come upstairs with Leah and spend the rest of the service in the Prayground. Middle school students are also welcome to start downstairs if they wish to stay with younger siblings (or even just enjoy a different version of the day’s reading).

Potluck Dinner Church – Wednesdays at 6 o’clock

Dinner Church meets at 6:00 on Wednesdays, potluck-style. There is no sign up – just bring whatever you wish, ideally enough to feed five or more people.  Think cookies, veggies, or a new recipe you’ve been wanting to try.  We know there may be nights when we do not have a traditional “balanced meal” and we accept that as part of the fun.  If you are unable to bring something, don’t let this prevent you from joining us.  Come anyway!  Write Leah with questions at


Do you sew?  We’re preparing school kits for Church World Service. We’ll sew simple book bags and fill them with school supplies in August and September. The pattern and a model are available in Fellowship Hall.

Friday Cafe at First Church Cambridge (11 Garden St.)
People can get involved by cooking, knitting hats, dropping off toiletries or dropping by on a Friday.  Contact Lissa Gilbert 617-332-8795.

Food Baskets at Allston Brighton UCC (404-410 Washington St., Brighton) 2nd and 4th Weekend of Month.  Friday afternoon 1-4 process food donations; Saturday 10-1 distribute food baskets to over 80 needy folk from the Community. Questions? Contact Alfredo (781-891-9937) or Lissa (617-332-8795).

Dates of upcoming events are provided here as reminder, with full details available via the Youth Group and 20/30’s email lists. If you wish to be added to either list, write Leah at

Friday, May 24
20/30’s Bible Study
6:00 pm at SCN/Dinner provided

Saturday, May 25
Youth Group and 20/30’s Volunteering at Community Servings
Meet at SCN at 12:00 pm/RSVP by May 22

Hotel Marriot Newton (2345 Commonwealth Ave.)
This annual gathering brings together residents, clergy, business leaders, public officials and community organization representatives. Julia Geller and Nathan Persampieri, both Newton High School seniors, will share their thoughts on diversity and inclusion in our community, their experiences as students in the Newton Public Schools, and their perspective on Newton’s future.  
Tickets available in the church office.


Saturday, June 1, 7:30 pm
Newton Baroque: Sarah Levy and the Ferocious Flutes

Flutists Mary Oleskiewicz and Christa Piehl Evans team up with Andrus Madsen to play ridiculously over the top music from Sarah Levy’s circle of brilliant composers, including works by  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, and Johann Gottfried Graun. Free to Second Church family.

Saturday, June 15: Gun Buy-back Day, Second Church Parking Lot 

You can help!  We need volunteers to help on the day of the buy-back, but the MOST helpful thing you can do is make a contribution.  Either send a check to our church, clearly marked on the memo line for the gun buy-back! Or you may just want to purchase a couple of cards from Stop and Shop, Wegman’s, or Whole Foods.  These cards need to be in $25 increments for us to be able to use.

We are hoping to raise $10,000 from Newton business and individuals to purchase gift cards to give out in exchange for people’s fire arms.  The guns are collected by the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department and then destroyed, and, in exchange for guns, people are given gift cards for groceries.  

Gun buy-back programs are supported by law enforcement as one small way to make our communities safer.  Please help us support this great effort on behalf of Newton Police and Middlesex County!

Sunday, June 16, 12 noon: Annual Church Picnic  
Fessenden School (250 Waltham St., West Newton) 

Swim from 12:30 to 2:00 (life guard on duty). Parish Life will provide hamburgers, chicken and drinks. Please bring salad if your last name begins with A-N, or a dessert if your name begins with O-Z.
Friends are welcome!