News & Events

New Safety Measures at Second-Ponce

Second-Ponce is committed to protecting all who work and worship here. In an effort to create a safer environment, we have added a buzzer, intercom and camera to the doors to the Welcome Center Entrance. Beginning July 17, these doors will be locked during office hours, which are 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you need access to the building during this time, please press the buzzer and the receptionist will open the door for you. The doors will not be locked during Wednesday Night activities or Sunday School and Worship on Sunday. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we implement this safety measure.

New Exciting Renovations Happening in the Children’s Building!

Construction improvements to the Children’s Dept. provided through the generosity of one of our amazing church members has already started! This first phase of construction will occur during the summer and will hopefully conclude by the start of the new school year in August. Safety and security for our children, parents, and leaders during construction is our top priority. You can help reinforce this message by walking children to and from their classrooms. The front welcome entrance (near the office) will be the main point for entry and exit. Sunday school for children will be temporarily located on the second floor children’s wing (currently utilized by the weekday preschool).

Room 216 will be used for 1st–5th grades (we will consolidate grades during the summer months to allow for student and teacher vacations). Will also be used  for Worship workshops.
Room 201: 4 and 5 year olds
Room 202: Toddlers, 2 and 3 year olds (Ms. Anita’s room)
Room 204: (adjoining room to 202) used for babies/infants or nap schedules.
I hope you share our excitement for the great changes happening here at Second-Ponce!

It’s Summertime, and the Giving is Easy!

Got plans to travel this summer? Simplify your giving while you’re away by setting up a recurring automatic payment via our Online Giving. It’s simple and secure, and keeps Christ at the top of your list while you’re away.

Visit to set up  your account today. SPdL relies on the consistent financial support of the congregation and electronic giving offers an easy way to give on a recurring basis. We thank you for your continued support.

Volunteer Opportunities

Join Together to Feed Atlanta’s Hungry

Second Ponce is proud to sponsor a food drive to benefit Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM). In 2015, BCM provided 17,441 bags of groceries to hungry families through the C. Spencer Godfrey Food Pantry. BCM provides an average of 90 households with groceries per week. You are encouraged to participate as a class, group, or individual. Pick up the shopping list and donation form today. Lets work to feed 100 families.

Average Cost to Feed a Family of 2 for 1 week = $22
Average Cost to Feed a Family of 3 for 1 week = $30
Average Cost to Feed a Family of 4 for 1 week = $35

There are three ways you can help:
1. Write a check to SPDL and put “BCM Food Drive” in the memo line.
2. Assemble bags with food from the shopping list and deliver to Second Ponce by placing in the BCM FOOD DRIVE bins throughout the month of July.
3. Buy a KROGER gift card! BCM purchases groceries in bulk from Kroger each month, and your gift card will be put towards our next purchase of food – just like a check.

Questions? Contact Margie Miller at Together, through the love of Christ and the hands of our community, we can join to beat hunger in Atlanta.


Coffee as a Ministry at Second-Ponce

WHY the change in coffee providers and HOW is it a ministry?
Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church strives to be a missional congregation, meaning everything we do aims to be in partnership with God’s redemptive work in the world. By switching from a corporate coffee supplier to a locally-based, fair trade, coffee partner founded on Christian principles we feel that this better aligns with our own missional vision and purpose. By purchasing our coffee from Land of A Thousand Hills, we are helping to bring new life to families and individuals in Rwanda, and improving the quality of coffee we serve and drink! (This new ministry is an initiative of the Engaged Church team, in collaboration with the Global Church team, as approved by the Engaged Team leadership and the ministry staff.)

WHEN will this new ministry begin?
During the summer, beginning in mid-July, we will begin serving Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee on Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights, and for special events.

HOW can YOU get involved?
As with many new ministries there are start-up costs and volunteer needs. We hope that this new ministry engages our members and visitors, and promotes fellowship. Get involved in one (or more) of the following ways:
1. Give financially! In order to completely transition to this new coffee ministry, new coffee equipment was needed. Help offset this one-time start-up costs by giving generously.
2. Volunteer to be on the Coffee Ministry Team! We need willing volunteers to help prepare our LOTH coffee on Sunday mornings. It’s simple!

For inquiries and more information on how to get involved, contact

August 6–Volunteer Training for all Sunday Morning Teachers and Wednesday Night leaders

Our theme for the year is “Devoted” (Acts 2:42). “They devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayer.”
(Acts 2:42)

Who Should Attend?
Everyone involved in leading Bible Study including Sunday school teachers and Wednesday night leaders as well as Sunday morning greeters. We will commission our teachers at the Sunday, August 6, 11 a.m. worship service and then adjourn to the Fellowship Hall for lunch and leadership training provided by Bo Prosser, (Coordinator, Organizational Relationships at Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and a Strategic Coach). Come help connect the dots during this Dynamic Outstanding Training event (DOT) and make connections with other people who feel as strongly as you do about this important ministry. Build lasting relationships with others who will laugh, learn, and pray with you throughout the year.

Young Adult Pool Party

Young Adults! Join us for an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship on Saturday, August 12, at 12:30 p.m. Contact Tim Boone for more information and to RSVP at

Blessing of the Backpacks

Make sure to join us in worship on Sunday, August 13 at 11 a.m. We will have a time of prayer and blessing for our students (Prek-college), teachers, bus drivers, administrators and all others involved in our schools. Students, please bring the bag or book bag to worship that you will use this school year.

New Date for the SPdL Open!

Golfers take note, our golf tournament was rained out and has been rescheduled. It will be held on Thursday, August 17, and will be at the Heritage Golf Links in Tucker, Ga. We’ll tee off at 9 a.m. and have lunch together afterwards. So start practicing and lining up your friends . For more information or to sign up, contact Frank Gudger at 404.373.1259.

Girls Night Out: Women’s Ministry Summer Social

Join the fun and fellowship! The next social is Thursday, August 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the home of Margie Miller: 1560 Roswell Street, Smyrna. Plan to bring your favorite BBQ/picnic dish, dessert or beverage to share. Hope to see you there! Please RSVP by email to

Day1 Presents an Evening of Laughter and Grace with Rev. Susan Sparks

The Rev. Susan Sparks, celebrated author, comedian, former Atlanta trial attorney, and now senior pastor of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City, will offer a fun and inspiring presentation on Friday, August 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Second-Ponce, followed by a dessert reception and book signing. The event supports the ministry of “Day1,” the nationally acclaimed Christian radio program, formerly the “Protestant Hour.” For tickets, please go to For more information about Rev. Susan Sparks, visit her website at

Connect with Second-Ponce!

We are excited to be working with QuikKast  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.

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.


 The Preschool Now Enrolling for Fall 2017-2018

The Preschool at Second-Ponce is now enrolling for the 2017–18 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 Vicki McCaskey for the log-in information.