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Rev. Leah Rumsey will begin ministry with Second Church as Director of Faith Formation for the Youth Mission Trip at the beginning of July. Leah grew up in the UCC in East Lansing, MI. She received her BA in English, Religion, and International and Area Studies from Kalamazoo College and her MDiv from Harvard Divinity School. Ordained in the UCC in 2015, Leah served as Director of Religious Life and College Chaplain at Franklin College before returning to Harvard to pursue her PhD in religion. She is currently studying religious and intellectual leadership in modern Egypt. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, Mohamed, and their cockatiels, Georgie and Harvey. We are excited to welcome Leah into our community and look forward to sharing ministry with her!



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.