Read the monthly news letter – The Spire

Investment Forum  April 23 at 11:30 AM.

Please join the Investment Committee for an ongoing conversation about the Second Church Investment policy. We will discuss our core values and explore the prospects of maintaining an investment strategy that meets specific congregational ideals and goals. All are encouraged to attend, especially those who feel strongly about the topic of divesting from securities in specific areas such as fossil fuels, armaments, tobacco, etc.

Get out your rakes-

On April 30, and help clean up the Historic West Parish Burying Ground, resting place of our Second Church ancestors.  We will begin about 12:30, and work for a couple of hours.  All ages are welcome.  If you would like a sandwich lunch, please indicate this on the sign-up sheet, or call Nancy Brown at 617-527-4195.

This is our annual project for Newton Serves Day, and our efforts have been much appreciated.



A great time is had by all!

A great time is had by all!

Join other Second Church women and their friends as we take some time to get away for a weekend to reflect on our lives.  Our time together will include opportunities to rest and be creative, to walk on the beach and sing with the Spirit, to join others in conversation and meditate in private.  We always return home refreshed and revitalized.  Women of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Date/Time:        Friday, May 5 – arrival time 3 p.m.; dinner 5:45 p.m. –  Sunday, May 7 after lunch, 1 p.m.

  • Place: Craigville Retreat Center, Craigville, Cape Cod
  • Cost: $173.00 includes 2 nights, 6 meals, and program

We are also accepting contributions for scholarships this year, so that those who would like to go but are unable to afford to pay the full price are able to attend.  Please speak with Barbara Cancellieri if you would like to contribute or if you need financial assistance.  Please speak up sooner rather than later.


Return to Church Office with $86.00 deposit as soon as possible.

Please be prompt – Second Church has already paid the deposit.


Can provide a ride           Need a ride        

Optional Linen Service at $12              

Will not be there for Friday night dinner                                         

Special Needs:                                                                              


Please include dietary restrictions above.

Bellies Filled With Laughter for the Newton Food Pantry

 Fellowship Hall was transformed into a cabaret on Friday, March 10 for Comedy Night which was a successful fundraiser for The Newton Food Pantry. The Newton Food Pantry will be able to purchase a commercial freezer for their location in Newton City Hall. Comedy Night attracted ticket buyers beyond the Second Church community. The evening brought much laughter to the audience and dollars to The Newton Food Pantry. As a result of ticket sales and generous donations in excess of the expenses of Comedy Night, The Newton Food Pantry will receive $1,935.75. 

 Carolyn Paine hosted and performed a stand-up routine along with five other comedians: John Sucich, Scott McLaughlin, Adam Langlois, Caitlin Arcand, and Andrew Mayer. Tracie Longman, President of The Newton Food Pantry, spoke during the evening about the needs of the Food Pantry and our neighbors who depend on them. Although Newton is known as an affluent community, one in eight households earns less than $25,000 annually. The Newton Food Pantry helps 650 Newton residents a month by providing food and toiletries. Tracie asked for ongoing donations of personal care products as well as canned beets and pineapple.

 A heartfelt “Thank You” to the members of Second Church who helped to make Comedy Night successful through their support and generosity.  

On January 21, we welcomed 7 new members to Second Church


Martha Comfort, Samuel and Venessa Cantrell, Betty Southworth, Conner Choka, Katheryn Huse, Jaime Matheny

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IT WAS A GRAND PARTY! 100th-banner-smallPlanning for the 100th anniversary of our Second Church building on Highland Street began in the spring of 2016.   An Anniversary Celebration presented an opportunity to invite our neighbors in and to rededicate the mission and ministry of Second Church.

On October 2, we began the celebration with a worship service planned and led by Pastor Mark Seifried and Minister of Music, Andrus Madsen.   The worship was based on the 1916 Dedication Service.   A proclamation from the City of Newton was read.   Pastor Mark  preached on the theme “Not to be Ministered Unto, but to Minister” which encouraged us to remember that Second Church was not created to be a shrine or museum, but rather to be a “healing balm for a wounded world”.

1c luncheonA luncheon for approximately 100 people followed the worship service.    Luncheon guests were encouraged to record memories on paper models of our church.    Over $350 was received in donations for the Newton Food Pantry.

The afternoon “Neighborhood Party”  began at 2:00 with a brass band overture.   Fellowship Hall was gaily decorated, and activities included children’s games, cake and ice cream.    There were displays from organizations that our Mission dollars support.   Tours of the Sanctuary were held upstairs.   Approximately ten trained tour guides helped folks to examine windows, carvings  and details of architecture and learn a bit of the history of Second Church.

3 tourThe celebration continued on November 5, when approximately 80 people attended a party celebrating the many ministries of the tenants of our building.   Representatives from Clearway School, Dorshei Tzedek, the Second Church Nursery School and Al-Anon talked of their important work in our community.

img_5681bookletJoy Paine organized a display of Second Church memorabilia which was shown in the Newton Public Library during December.    Shirley Taylor prepared an Anniversary Visitors’ Guide commemorative booklet; proceeds from the sale of the booklet helped to defray the costs of the celebration.    Second Church will be featured on a Historic Newton walking tour planned for the spring.


IFTAR at Second Church

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On June 23, the Turkish Cultural Center treated folks from Eliot Church and Second Church to an Iftar dinner.   About 60 people enjoyed a delicious meal that comes after sunset and a day of fasting during the season of Ramadan.    It was a time of new friendships and sharing of traditions.    A wonderful celebration!   See more pictures.



Green News

The history of Second Church’s attention to energy conservation, environmental stewardship and the global environmental crisis may have started with our 2010 energy conservation analysis, which led attention given to some of our energy issues with both financial and environmental implications.  Then in 2014, we engaged in a months-long information sharing and thoughtful, heartfelt discussion and vote, over whether to divest from petroleum stocks held in our endowment portfolio.  As we know, the vote to divest did not pass.  But our shared concern about the care of our home – planet Earth –  has kept our differences on divestment from being road blocks to caring for one another, and working together to consider what we can and what we must do to assure a sustainable world environment.

The most recent evidence of our congregational commitment to the now urgent environmental situations is the response and support given to the recent Environmental Speakers’ Series.  This response includes the Green Initiatives Forum (Sunday, Nov. 8) in which the charge to action was firmly set in theologies of responsibility, forgiveness, action and hope.

At the forum, as part of considering examples and concrete ideas for action, the following set of questions was offered as a way to help each of us start to concretely focus on our part as stewards of the Earth.  This work cannot be top down; each of us individually and, even more importantly, together in community, is needed and we need one another.

Green Notes to Myself

  • My particular environmental interests or concerns are: _____.
  • This forum helped me think about______ differently.
  • My current “green” activities include: _____.
  • I am considering these additional “green” activities _______.
  • Other thoughts_______ .