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Items Needed: Books, Kitchen ware, Table and Kitchen Textiles, Games. Bring to stage in Fellowship Hall through Nov. 27.

 Baked cookies and treats: do not package; bring by noon Nov. 30  Canned/preserved Goods: bring to church office

 Gift Baskets: Bring new, unopened items for tea, games with children, bird feeding and other themes.

 Crafting and holiday décor: greenery for decorations, ready-made wreaths, all available for purchase.

SERV items for sale, along with “Scents of Syria” soaps

Food at December Market Café: Pastor Carla’s famous Holiday Cranberry Tea and Other items.

Questions?  Help with item transportation? General help?   

Call Church 617-244-2690, Lissa Gilbert, 617-332-8795, Dorothea Mautner, 617-244-7146 


Our Online Community Directory – It’s Here!

Our online community directory is a valuable tool for getting in touch with Second Church folks.   The information is only available to those in the Second Church community who have submitted their email address.


The website for the directory is .  If you need further instructions click here .   

And you can also use the free Instant Church Directory AP on your phone.

For iphones, or ipads click here.

For androids and kindles click here.

SECURITY:  The directory is secure.   Folks can only see the directory if 1) their email has been entered into the directory by the administrator and 2) if they have created a private password.   In addition click here to see the privacy policy for the software we are using.

PLEASE be sure that your cell phone number is in the directory and that your information is up to date.  Send any updates, and photos to . 


September 8, 2018





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.