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December 10 | Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral 

Jewell’s Christmas gift to the city in words and music will feature music by the College’s Handbell Choir, the Concert Choir, and Organist Dr. Ann Marie Rigler. Sharing readings will be Dr. Ian Coleman, professor of music; Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, president; and Dr. Ruth Williams, assistant professor of English. Members of the Kansas City community participating in the service include The Very Reverend Evelyn Hornaday, interim dean of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral; Dr. Matthew Naylor, president & CEO of the National WWI Museum and Memorial; and Sarah Rowland, Chair of the Board of Lead Bank and William Jewell College trustee.

The 2BC transportation will leave the parking lot at 11:00 a.m. and return at 3:00 p.m. Please call the church office or visit The Hub/Forms to make a reservation on the bus.

Have you started making Christmas plans yet?  Well, the PEANUTS gang has already decided to celebrate with the kiddos here at Second Baptist this year so mark your calendars!

Friday evening, December 7, we are providing a Parent’s Night Out/Christmas Party for all children, birth through fifth grade. From 6:30 – 9:00 pm, parents will have the opportunity to be child-free so they can shop for Christmas, take in a movie with friends, go out to eat, sit in a stupor for a couple of hours…their choice! 

Meanwhile, we will be entertaining children and providing some Christmas cheer. 

PARENTS! This is a gift to you, just ready for you to accept and enjoy! Your only responsibility is to register each child by Wednesday, December 5 so we will be sure to have the workers and supplies we need for every child. If you have any questions about the evening, call or email Gwen at 

Registration is open on the Hub or by calling the church office at 816-781-2824.

Have I mentioned that it is FREE?  What a deal! Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 9, 4:15 p.m. | 2115 Maturana Drive, Liberty

Help the Deacons spread some Christmas cheer at Our Lady of Mercy Country Home, where several members of our church family are residents. We’ll sing some carols while the residents eat their evening meal. Singers of all ages and levels of experience are welcome! Song sheets will be provided. Come by yourself, grab a friend, or bring the whole family! Plan to join us at 4:15 p.m. outside the cafeteria. Any questions? Contact Amy Duncan.



Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6-8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 14 from 5-9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9-11 a.m.

Learn more about the store and how to make it magical here!


Anniversary Book News

We are pleased to confirm that our 175th-anniversary book will be available this Sunday! Those who ordered books may pick up theirs in the Welcome Center Sunday morning (9:30 – 10:45; 12 – 12:30) and after the 5:00 p.m. Celebrating the Season program Sunday evening. 

If you would like to purchase additional books, you may order one for our second printing. Books will cost $40 and be available in late January or early February. Book sales will take place in the Welcome Center, by calling the Church Office during the week, or online via the Hub until January 13.


Wednesdays | 11:45 – 1:15 | Social Room

The pastoral or other church staff will take turns leading a midday Bible Study and prayer for our community needs, celebrations, and concerns. We hope you will plan to join us for carry-in sack lunch on those days. We will meet in the Social Room, eat, pray together and have a midday Bible Study. Bible study will begin at 12:30. You are encouraged to take advantage of this midweek renewal. 

December 5 Connie McNeill
December 12 Jason Edwards
December 19 No study this day.
December 26 No study this day.
January 2 No study this day.

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.

Retreat leaders include:

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

The cost of the retreat is $15, which includes three meals, training, and materials. Childcare will be provided for those 5 years and under but they need to be registered. Parents are to provide a brown bag lunch for children for Saturday.


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. 

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? Stay tuned! We're working on the online sign-up form and will have it ready for you soon. We'll also have a sign-up table in the Welcome Center in December and January. The registration deadline is Jan. 6.

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.

Senior Adults Coffee & Conversation

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.



December 1 | 8:30 a.m. | Off Site, Spouses or significant other invited
January 5 | 8:30 a.m. | Social Room
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.