News & Events

Starting February 20 – Connect with Second-Ponce!

We are excited to be working with QuikKast beginning Monday, February 20, to provide our members with important updates and announcements in a fast, convenient manner. Second-Ponce can email, text or call you with these messages, and you will be able to designate which is your preference. You can log on now and set up your own parameters for how you want Second-Ponce to reach you. Visit: If you choose text or voicemail, make a note that 404.724.5231 is the phone number that will be delivering texts or voice messages.

You do not need to register in advance; we are uploading a file with your current membership contact information. You can wait to receive the first message and then, if you prefer a different method, log in to QuikKast and change your preferences. Questions? Contact Tiffany Baumstark at or 404.591.4351.

Coming to SPdL U beginning February 1:

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
The Soul of Christianity Today
Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Beginning February 1

Leaning heavily on the work of renowned writer Huston Smith, we’ll take a look at a faith that Smith feels has been “hijacked” by politicians who exploit it for their own needs. He decries the exercise of business that widens the gap between rich and poor, and fears education has lost its sense of direction. For Smith, the media has become a business that sensationalizes news rather than broadening our understanding, and art and music have become commercial and shocking rather than enlightening. Smith reserves his harshest condemnation, however, for secular modernity, which has stemmed from the misreading of science—the mistake of assuming that “absence of evidence” of a scientific nature is “evidence of absence.”

Though there is a wide variety of contemporary interpretations of Christianity—some of them conflicting—Smith cuts through these to describe Christianity’s “Great Tradition,” the common faith of the first millennium of believers, which is the trunk of the tree from which Christianity’s many branches, twigs, and leaves have grown. This is not the exclusivist Christianity of strict fundamentalists, nor the liberal, watered-down Christianity practiced by many contemporary churchgoers.

This fresh examination of the Christian worldview, its history, and its major branches provides the deepest, most authentic vision of Christianity—one that is both tolerant and substantial, traditional and relevant.

Sign up for Passport Kids Camp now OPEN!

Email Kellie Denton at to reserve your child’s spot. Passport will be held at Maryville College in Tennessee, Saturday–Tuesday, July 15–18. Cost is $275.00 for children who have completed 3rd–5th grades.

Family Life Center

Are you still having a little trouble figuring out your new iPhone? Want to FaceTime and just not sure how? Come join us at the Family Life Center Fitness and Recreation Facility Saturday, February 25, for a 4-week iPhone Workshop. Courses are specifically designed to address the unique challenges that retired adults and seniors have with technology. The classes are constructed to be fun, comfortable, and convenient for everyone. Courses are taught by seasoned technology instructors who are assisted by volunteers from the local community. The program’s goals are to empower older adults with the knowledge and skills they need to increase their independence, social interaction, confidence and connection to society.

February 25 – March 18 (Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – noon)
Class 1 – Getting Started
Class 2 – Contacts, Email and Text Messaging
Class 3 – Internet and FaceTime
Class 4 – Photos and Videos
Cost: Family Life Center Member $48.00,
Non-Member $54.00, SPDL Church Member $48.00

To register for classes online please click here. Every non-member must become a guest of our facility to be eligible to register for any of our programs and activities. Registration can also be taken at our FLC Front Desk.

Children’s Sunday; “God’s Imagination”

Join us Sunday, February 26, for a special day of music and celebration as our children lead in worship. “Linger on the Lawn” after worship with lemonade and cookies!

Disaster Relief Response

Join us in prayer for our neighbors in South/Southwest Georgia who were impacted by the recent storms and tornadoes.

Here are some ways to get involved with current disaster relief efforts:
• American Red Cross
• Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief
• Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief

Contact Global Team at for more information.

Supplies Needed For VBS “Maker Fun Factory” June 5–9 Created by God, Built for a Purpose

We anticipate needing the following items to help with decorations this year–clean, empty soup cans; paint cans; spray paint; peg boards; and paint brushes. Questions? Email Kellie Denton at

Second-Ponce History

Join us on Wednesday, March 15 at 1p.m. for a Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church history tour. This is part of the free Atlanta Preservation Center’s 14th Annual Phoenix Flies tours of historic sites around the city. This will be the first time that Second-Ponce is a participant in the tour. We will visit the Heritage Room, Prayer Room, Swilley Chapel, and the Sanctuary on the tour. The merger of the three Churches, the history of the Sanctuary and Chapel, and the Civil War Steeple Bell will be highlighted. Refreshments will follow. This tour is open to the public and the congregation. We will gather at the North bridge entrance at 1 p.m. Come be a part of Second-Ponce history.

Authentic Follower: A ‘DNow’ Youth Retreat

Join us for this year’s DNow youth retreat with the Second-Ponce and Wieuca Road youth groups! This “DiscipleNow” style of retreat will take place in Atlanta at Second-Ponce and Wieuca Road Baptist churches with students staying by age groups in local host-homes. This event will take place Friday– Sunday, March 17–19, and is open to all youth and friends in grades 6–12. Cost: $75 per student. Contact Ryan Wilson at for questions.
Visit for details and to sign-up!

ECS Touch a Truck

Our Second Annual ECS Preschool Touch A Truck Event will be held Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. in the parking lot of SPdL! This annual fundraising event is for the Early Childhood School and will feature vehicles from Gay Construction, Atlanta Peach Movers, the Atlanta Fire Department, the Atlanta Police Department, and various bus companies, to name a few! We will have the Tasty Bus along with other food vendors on hand. Come and explore vehicles, enjoy food and games and tour the preschool! Invite your friends and neighbors to this community wide event. We need vehicles and just a handful of volunteers. If you can help, please contact Whitney Lea at

Receive Updates on Youth Events Via Text

The SPdL Youth Ministry is now using the texting service, Remind, as a way of sharing info, announcements, and reminders.  This will be in addition to our emails and new bi-monthly newsletter.  This is an opt-in program, and we promise not to bombard you with texts!  To receive text updates from the SPdL Youth Ministry text “@spdlyouth” from your mobile phone to 81010 or use the following link:

Receive Children’s Ministry Updates

Parents, to get text message updates on Children’s Ministry events, text:”@spdlchild” to 81010.

SPdL Prayer Matters Coming to You

Occasionally we get requests from members to help them know about significant prayer matters such as births or deaths within Second-Ponce de Leon families. For years, our church’s Prayer List has been password protected on our website. The log-in password is given, on request, to members only to protect the confidentiality of the information there. Additionally, that same list has been distributed in print each Sunday (through Sunday School classes) and on Wednesday nights in the “Signal” publication. Now, we will also send church members an email notification each time such information has been updated within the Prayer List. This will give you the timely opportunity to know especially if a family is celebrating an arrival or has suffered a loss. We encourage you to use this as a tool to keep yourself and members of the congregation informed.

YouTube-homeadWatch our Sunday Worship Service on our YouTube Channel

Watch Second-Ponce’s entire Sunday morning worship service in HD on our YouTube Channel. You may still  watch our regular TV programming on the AIB Network twice a week on Monday from 8–9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.–noon. To hear the latest sermons from Senior Pastor Dr. Dock Hollingsworth  or any of our guest speakers, visit our Sermons page.

Take a Break at Ridgecrest Lodge

Spring is the perfect time to book a weekend at Second-Ponce’s Ridgecrest Lodge! The lodge is now open for the season. Our 10-bedroom Mountain Lodge, located 16 miles east of Asheville, is available to church members and their family for a small fee. The lodge is available from April through November with a confirmed reservation. Call the Church Office for more details at 404.266.8111.

Early Childhood SchoolEarly Childhood School Now Enrolling for Fall 2016-2017

Second-Ponce’s Early Childhood School is now enrolling for the 2016–17 school year! We have classes from 9 a.m. until noon for children ages 12 months to 5 years. Our ECS offers one of the lowest teacher/student ratios among Buckhead preschools. For tour dates and registration information, go to For additional information, contact Helen Dykes at 404.591.4376 or

AIB Broadcast Changes to Channel 295 on Comcast

AIB TV programming will begin broadcasting on Comcast’s channel 295 only. AIB will still be available to all Comcast subscribers, including “Limited Tier” subscribers. You can continue to view our worship service twice a week on Monday from 8–9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.–noon. For more information, visit You may still watch our Sunday morning worship in HD video at

New Yoga Room at the Family Life Center

Did you know that your FLC membership includes free group classes? The Family Life Center has a new Yoga and Pilates room, Studio B, with new classes like Tai Chi, Pilates and Yoga. Visit The Family Life Center for the class schedule and registration.

Discover “The Way Forward” with our Senior Pastor

Listen to Senior Pastor Dr. Dock Hollingsworth talk about the future of Second-Ponce de Leon and how you can be part of it in “The Way Forward” presentation here.

Second-Ponce Offers Updated Online Prayer Resources

Enhance your prayer life with Second-Ponce’s newly expanded prayer resources. Find enhanced and easier to use guided prayer suggestions, books and other prayer resources. Access our password-protected SPdL member prayer list of member concerns by contacting Dr. Charles Qualls for the log-in information.