Read the monthly news letter – The Spire

September 8, 2018





It’s a new Day and a new event!

Saturday, December 1st, 10 am to 3 pm

Yes, we had fun at the old Bazaars while working at raising funds for a good cause, but this year, we’re trying some new ideas! We will combine donated and new merchandise for sale. Proceeds will be divided evenly between an organization chosen by our Mission and Advocacy Board and our own church’s general budget. Yes, this is a fund raiser and the public is invited. In other words: December Market @ 2nd becomes the melting pot retailer for new and donated, attractive, gifting merchandise as well as the vehicle for social support to the sourcing communities. It is also our opportunity to be together as we find gifts for the season and get into the spirit, one day before the start of Advent.

Now is the time to assemble your donations for this year’s December Market @ 2nd. Attics and basements as well as the back of cupboards and closets are best locations to find these special donations. “White Elephants,” Books, Christmasy ornaments / decor, Kitchen stuff, toys, scarves, shawls, linens, pocketbooks, crafted objects, etc. are welcome items to bring to the stage in Fellowship Hall. You may bring your items beginning October 15th . As in the past, please no electronics, furniture, or adult clothing. Also, no donated jewelry, please.

Yes, there will be Decorated Wreaths! NEW Highlights: Home Baked Goods: Look up your Grandma’s favorite recipe and start baking after Thanksgiving. No need to package your goods, we will do that while we price all donations. Plan to deliver your baked goods to the kitchen at 2nd Church, on Friday, Nov. 30.

Food to purchase and eat at the December Market @2nd: There will be light refreshments, including Pastor Carla’s famous Holiday Cranberry Tea. (No full lunch service)

Prices: purchasing items at December Market@2nd will be a good value, fairly priced. Haggling, bargaining or special favors request will not be entertained.

Core organizing team: Carla Bailey, Lissa Gilbert, and Dorothea Mautner. Please contact the office or one of us if you like to help with the planning. We will definitely need your help at the December Market @ 2nd, so reserve the day, donate items, and get ready to both sell and shop!

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 . 



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.