Wednesdays, | 11:45 – 1:15 | Social Room | Led by Church Pastors and Staff
Majoring in Minors Wednesday Bible Study
Major passages from the Minor Prophets


January 16 | Karen Rogers | Joel 
January 23 | Connie McNeill | Amos 
January 30 | Jason Edwards | Obadiah


January 25-26, 2019
Register online 

This event is for anyone interested in developing resilience in his/her/children’s lives or his or her own. Resilience is the ability to deal with stressful and toxic situations in our lives. Typically, the ability to be resilient develops in our childhood, but with childhoods filled with toxic stress, little resilience is developed. However, we can still develop our resilience as adults and reduce the toxic stress that may be occurring in children's lives around us. Participants will be invited to participate in Community Groups to continue to grow resilience in their lives following the retreat.

Were you a child? Do you have a child in your life? Are you aware that some of the stress-related physical and mental illness in your own life are tied back to toxic stress you experienced as a child?

The Leadership Development Team of Second Baptist Church is sponsoring several showings of the documentary film RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS & THE SCIENCE OF HOPE. This documentary chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction, and disease. Matt Fagerholm of says about this film that it is, “ engrossing study of how adverse childhood experiences (or ACES) can be linked to destructive behavior and medical diseases.”

The film and the associated retreat “Together: Owning Our Past, Shaping Our Future are an effort to approach this cultural and systemic problem, that crosses all socio-economic and race lines in our community, from a faith-based perspective. The producers of the film describe it this way,

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Second Baptist Church wants to be a leader in the Liberty area community in the movement that is trying to give adults and children the tools they need to become resilient in combating the stress in their lives which is rooted in the adverse childhood experiences.


Resilience will be screened at Second Baptist Church, located at 300 E. Kansas Street, Liberty, Mo, on the following dates and times in the Assembly Room which is located on Level 3 of the building.

(Watch a trailer here.)

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend a free Resilience video showing prior to the retreat, which will create a foundation for the retreat. Each showing will be followed by a brief discussion, led by Kendra Callaway. We are providing four opportunities to see the Resilience film. 

All showings are at Second Baptist Church, Assembly Room on Level 3.

Wednesday, January 9,  | 7-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16, | 7-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 20, | 4-5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 25, | 4:30-6 p.m. 

We also invite community members to participate in the retreat scheduled at Second on January 25-26, 2019. The retreat will begin at 6:00 on Friday, lasting until 9:00 p.m. It will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and end at 2:00 p.m. The cost is $15, which includes three meals, training, and materials. Childcare will be provided for those eight years and under with advance registration. Parents are asked to provide a brown bag lunch for children on Saturday. You can register at 

The leadership of this retreat are individuals and experts who are involved in the Resilience Training/ACES movement here locally.  They are:

Jeremy Tucker, Ed. D. Superintendent of Liberty Public Schools
Sonya Richardson-Thomas, LPC, RPT, Child and Family Therapist
Kendra Callaway, Prevention Program Director, Liberty Alliance for Youth
Brenda Chouris, LPC, Child and Family Therapist

Please join us to find out more about ACES and how it may affect your own life or the life of children you know. For more information, or to register, please visit

This retreat is sponsored by the Leadership Development Committee, Second Baptist Church.

February 8 beginning at 7:00 p.m. to February 9 at Noon.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12

Whether you are young, or young at heart, you are likely experiencing change. Perhaps the change is evident in your relationships, your family, your health, your home, your finances, or your spiritual life. These changes require us to gently navigate how to connect, and re-connect, with those around us. What does it mean to take care of others who are single, newly married, raising children, empty nesters or widowed?  

Escape with us to The Elms for a brief weekend stay, where we'll have a rare opportunity to step away from our routines and to gather as women seeking ways to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul while learning more about ways to take care of those around us. 
Julie Merritt Lee, a graduate of William Jewell College and George W. Truett Theological Seminary, will lead our event. Julie enjoys helping people not only to notice but to make room for what's Holy in their midst. 


Who is invited? All women. If you’re retired, a new mom, don’t have kids, an empty nester, or anything in between — YOU are invited. Regardless of your life stage, we want you to join us for the retreat. 

What will we do at the retreat? We’ll hear from an amazing speaker – Julie Merritt Lee. Julie is a spiritual director, writer, retreat leader, and pastor. We’ll also have time to enjoy some good food together, get to know each other better and perhaps make a craft (you aren’t required to do the craft!). You’ll laugh, learn and come away refreshed.
When is the retreat? We’ll start the evening of Friday, Feb. 8 and end before lunch the morning of Saturday, Feb. 9.

Where is the retreat? The Elms Hotel and Spa in Excelsior Springs

How much does it cost and what is included? The cost to attend both days and spend the night at The Elms is $85 for a double room or $150 for a single room. If you can make it only Saturday morning, the cost is $30. The retreat fee covers your room at The Elms (2 women per room), snacks/appetizers Friday evening, and breakfast Saturday morning.

What if I don't know many other women at 2BC? Please, please don't let that stop you from coming. It might be a bit scary at first, but you'll be glad you came, and you'll make some great friends during our time away.

Can I invite friends? Yes. You do not need to attend 2BC to come to the retreat. We'd love for you to invite friends.

How do I register?  Registration is closed.

What do I need to do today? Mark your calendar for Feb. 8 and 9!

What if I have questions? Please reach out to any of the members of the planning team with questions. The planning team is Tanna Campbell, Carrie Bartlow, Kathy Benavidez, Angie Fuller, Heather Lewis, Carol Weirich, and Sue Wright.

About Julie Merritt Lee

Julie Merritt Lee is a spiritual director, writer, retreat leader, and pastor. Most recently she served as pastor for seven years at Providence Baptist Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Prior to serving at Providence, she served at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, as a Pastoral Resident for two years where she and Jason Edwards were colleagues. Julie also has served as a Clinical Pastoral Education Chaplain Resident in San Antonio, Texas; as interim Associate Pastor at Friedens United Church of Christ in Riesel, Texas; as Pastor Associate at DaySpring Baptist Church in Waco, Texas; and as a Resident Chaplain at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Julie is a native of Houston, Texas.

Julie graduated from William Jewell College in 2000, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She has a Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, where she received the Outstanding Preacher Award for the Fall of 2005.

Julie is married to Michael Lee who is also an ordained minister who currently serves as a hospital chaplain manager, and they have two spunky children Sophia (6) and Sage (3).

Julie enjoys leading people to make room and notice the Holy in their midst. She loves reading books about nature. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, eating good food with friends, and watching movies. She especially relishes divine sightings such as seeing a white squirrel, a prepared table, a tail wagging, or a drum circle.

Sunday, January 27 | after 11 a.m. service | Social Room | Twenter BBQ for Lunch

All church members are encouraged to attend; it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the important work 2BC is doing. Lunch will be served. Please pick up your children from childcare and feed them. Child care is provided during the meeting so that children can be returned to the preschool suite after lunch. 


C and C happen the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month unless noted.  Bring your mug at 10 a.m. on the 1st Monday and at 1 p.m. on the 3rd Monday.  Donuts and desserts are provided along with the coffee to enjoy.  As always, friends and guests are invited.  While our Senior Citizens enjoy this event, anyone is welcome.



January 5 | 8:30 a.m. | Social Room

Menu: Phil's Famous French Toast, Charlie's eggs, Jimmy Dean's sausage, fresh fruit, orange juice, and Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

March 2 | 8:30 a.m. | Social Room

2BC men gather once a month on Saturday mornings September through May for a fellowship breakfast. Come when you can, without reservation. 

WHAT:  2BC Ministry Fair
DATE:  Sunday, February 10, 2019
TIMES: 9:00 – 12:30 p.m. 
LOCATION: Welcome Center

The Ministry Fair will provide a time for individuals to explore service opportunities at 2BC. We invite each ministry area to host space to share information about their overall ministry and volunteer needs. The goal of this event is to provide a space for ministry leaders to make intentional connections with those seeking meaningful ways to engage in ministry. Even if your ministry does not have current volunteer needs, this is an excellent way to educate our congregation about the work of your ministry. The Ministry Fair is part of a month-long focus on equipping. Please look for more information as we get closer to the date in February. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Ryan Dickson, Volunteer Director of Equipping at