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New Fund Provides Access to Christian Education

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Second Presbyterian Church birthed Presbyterian Day School in 1949. The founding of PDS was an incredibly important missional decision by our church in furthering God’s Kingdom. Since its inception, PDS’s mission has been to honor God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. PDS is deeply rooted in its founding belief that Jesus Christ is Lord and that Christian education is vital. It is an integral part of the PDS mission to provide an academic and Christian foundation not just to those who can afford it, but also to boys who would otherwise…

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FUNdation Fridays Rules

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May 19, 2018 will mark 20 years since the formation of the Second Presbyterian Church Foundation! As a part of acknowledgement throughout the 20th year and leading up to the celebratory event on April 6th, 2018, a monthly event will highlight congregational passion toward the ministry partners of our church and provide a thank you opportunity from the Foundation in recognition of our generous and charitable congregation. The details of this unique and enterprising endeavor, which is also designed to inform the congregation about the mission and work of the Foundation, are below. WHEN: 2nd Friday of each month, July…

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The Allison and Sandy Willson Church Planting Fund

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The Allison and Sandy Willson Church Planting Fund has been established out of gratitude to our Lord for the faithful ministry of the Willsons to Second Presbyterian Church from 1995 until 2017 and particularly honors Sandy for his leadership in the establishment of the Second Presbyterian Church Foundation. Second Presbyterian Church has historically been a church planting church. From 1870 until 1988, the church undertook 10 church plants; during Sandy’s tenure, six church plants were initiated. Church planting is among the more unique contributions that he brought to Second, giving her a deeper vision for the missional opportunities of church…

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Youth Stewardship Funds Take Root

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Commitment to Youth Over the 17 years the Foundation has been in existence, much emphasis has been placed on serving the needs of young people. This has taken many forms across the three primary areas that the Foundation provides funding for, including home missions, world missions, and Christian leadership and development initiatives. In the last category alone, Foundation support has been significant, totaling $2,085,000 in investments in programs such as youth, music and pastoral internships; various academic scholarships; and seminarians. Going Younger This spring, the Foundation launched a new initiative specifically for the training of our youngest members. The opportunity…

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Second BCA Student Benefits from Fox Scholarship Fund

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Kamba Samuel, the son of Sudanese refugees who relocated to Memphis in 2001, graduated from Binghampton Christian Academy in May 2014. His mother, Flora Banga, is a long-standing member of the International Sunday School class at Second Presbyterian and has made it a priority in her life to raise her children in the church and seek for them a sound Christian education. Since Kamba was a young elementary school student at BCA, he has been actively involved in youth activities at Second, has made many friends, and has established himself as a quiet servant leader. “Kamba has a strong desire…

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The Importance of Proactive Planning

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At this year’s Foundation Dinner our speaker, Chuck Jacob, gave some thought-provoking insights on the reasons why we as Christians should make noble plans. As I listened to the presentation, I thought about 2 Kings 20:1, “Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.” We have all prayed the childhood prayer, “And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” However, only rarely do we contemplate during evening prayer what preparations we have made with respect to our final wishes and material possessions, should we actually die before we wake….

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2014 Foundation Dinner Recap

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The Foundation marked its 16th year with a dinner on March 28th, focusing on the theme of Noble Plans. Approximately 300 people enjoyed a time of fellowship and heard inspirational messages from members of Second Presbyterian Church as well as the featured speaker, Chuck Jacob. Foundation Chairman Rick Moore convened the meeting by reviewing distinctive activities since the last dinner was held two years ago. He reported that the Foundation has experienced growth in a variety of areas including participants in the Foundation, gifts to the Foundation, and investments. All these equip the Foundation with the ability to create more…

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2014 Foundation Dinner – Noble Plans

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Friday, March 28, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Location: 2PC Fellowship Hall, 4055 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN US 38111   Have you ever thought of yourself as nobility? Isaiah 32 speaks of the time when a king will rule in righteousness and princes in justice, and contrasts what the fool and the noble will be like. As heirs to the King of Kings we are indeed nobility and we are given good guidance on what the noble do and on what they stand. The Foundation provides an opportunity for our members to align themselves with others who are doing…

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Foundation Supports Second’s Priority of Strengthening Memphis Families

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It is clear that the breakdown of the family is responsible for many of our problems in Memphis. In response, Second is focusing many resources on strengthening families, both internally and externally. Within our church is the Family Team, one of our five key ministry teams. This team was developed because our church believes that we must cherish and value the institution that is the bedrock to our society: marriage and family. To that end, this team seeks to encourage our families toward spiritual growth, and to help equip our parents to disciple their children in the Lord. Externally, the focus is…

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Variety of Ways to Participate Yields Growth for Foundation

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The ultimate purpose of our Foundation is to promote God’s Kingdom. The degree to which that is accomplished relies on several factors, chiefly the level of generosity of our members and others who value the mission of our church and its ministries. Just as we as members of our church are equipped differently to serve within the body of Christ, we are also equipped differently when it comes to exercising generosity. While we all are to seek to serve and to be generous, how that is accomplished is unique to each of us. Like the church, the Foundation offers a…

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