Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley
"partner with and equip present and emerging
PC(USA) faith communities in central Alabama
to serve Christ and our neighbors"

You are invited to join First, Tuscaloosa at UPERK for Beans and Brews on Saturday, April 13th from 3-9 PM. Click the image above for more information.

The Cahaba Lily Festival in West Blocton has a need for church buses and drivers to shuttle participants from downtown West Blocton to the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge to view the Cahaba lilies on Saturday, May 18 from noon to 3 p.m.   Living River is a sponsor of the festival.  If your church would be willing to send a bus and driver, please contact Jenny Thagard at by April 15.  

Living River is in need of volunteer nurses for summer camps . The following dates are still available: June 16-21, June 23-26, June 26-28, and July 7-12. Training will be provided, current license is required. 
Email Jenny at

The Presbytery is sponsoring a delegation to attend PRESBYTERIAN YOUTH TRIENNIUM July 16-20 on the campus of Purdue University. This is for youth going into 9th grade to just completed high school. Revs. Lindsay Wade and Barrett Abernethy are leading the delegation. For more information, please check out the website at:
 or contact Barrett at or 205-609-8955. Registration is available through May 31.

First Sylacauga has a 2002 Supreme Senator 14 passenger van (includes driver) for sale with only 26,862 miles!
Equipped with 8.1L V8 gas engine, 55k BTU rear AC system, dedicated rear luggage space with double rear doors, interior overhead storage compartments with racing lights, high back driver's seat and 13 Freedman high back reclining seats, and manual passenger entry door.

Contact: Perry Clark (205) 335-2893 
The Executive Council of the Presbytery has approved the creation of the Perry and Dallas County Fund . This Fund is set up to provide aid to mission work in Perry and Dallas Counties. In particular, funds will be provided to a local agency, C.E.T. Ministries. Please consider donating to this fund.

Position description: In a country in which the PC(USA) church partners have a long-standing commitment to transforming lives through education, this coworker will assist the CPK and CPC education departments in the development, support, implementation and evaluation of strategic plans to expand and strengthen the churches’ primary and secondary education programs. This work will involve...

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Click the image above to view all events and deadlines at Living River.

Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham is planning a Presbyterian Heritage Tour of Scotland for September 12-22, 2019, which will begin in Edinburgh and end in Glasgow with many places of beauty, interest and fun along the way. We would welcome members of other churches in our presbytery who might be interested in joining us for this tour! If you have an interest, please contact The Rev. Susan Clayton at IPC at 205-933-3709 or and she can send you the itinerary, costs and other information about the trip. Come join us as we travel to the land of kirks, kilts, and kelpies!  

We would like to invite you to the Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River’s first ever BioBlitz! It will be 24 hours of surveying fun!
First, a little about us, we are an educational environmental center that provides experiential outdoor learning for K-12 school groups. We are located on the Shelby and Bibb County border in Montevallo, AL. Our site has a rich land history of coal mining and Native American land use. We have 440 acres of land along 4 miles of the Cahaba River. The Cahaba River is one of the Nature Conservancy’s eight “aquatic biodiversity hot spots to be saved” and is a leader in biodiversity for the nation. To learn more about us, visit our website at .
We are also part of the Cahaba Blueway Project, and are proud to have the first Cahaba Blueway sign installation! This is a great project that helps citizens get connected to their watershed. We will be having a dedication ceremony at 3 pm during the event if you would like to join us.
The event will start on April 27th-28th from noon to noon, we are grateful for any participation during the event with no obligation to stay the entire time. Registration and itinerary details will be sent after you register with the link below:
We will offer free onsite camping or $5 to stay in a youth cabin (16 bunk beds and 2 twin size beds), all overnight options are first come, first serve. We will also provide dinner and breakfast for the bioblitzers! Feel free to share this email with your friends and follow us on facebook .
Thanks for your interest and we look forward to welcoming you to camp!
Happy Camping,
Your friends at the CEC

The next collection date is Saturday,
May 4. Bring your usable discards, gently used clothing, etc., to the Presbyterian Home for Children's reception center in the rear parking lot, below the playground of Shades Valley Presbyterian Church. Volunteers will be on hand to unload your vehicle and to give you a receipt for your tax-deductible donation. The center will be open from 8 AM - 12 noon. To volunteer or for more information, email Terry Tingle.
Our Presbytery sponsors an excellent ESL program Monday evenings at Oakmont Chapel:
Please be in prayer for the mission of our congregations, our presbytery and our mission partners overseas.

Pray for peace in Congo and the safety of our mission co-workers. Jeff and Christi Boyd-Congo.

 If you would like to support our mission co-workers, click the link below and type in their name. You will be led to their personal page with more information on their mission story and how to give.


If anyone had previously turned in an article to be included in the newsletter and it has not appeared, please let me know. I recently had some issues with my computer and several requests were lost. Thank you!

              ACTUAL     BUDGET
REVENUES   $76,015       $79,667
EXPENSES    $60,489       $79,667
NET               $ 15,526     $ --------
The Synod needs your help in finding an individual or individuals to perform the tasks of Synod Executive, Stated Clerk and Treasurer, since our current Synod Executive, Terry Newland, will be retiring on 6/30/19. Attached are three separate job descriptions for positions available with The Synod of Living Waters:
                                       Part-time Synod Executive
                                       Part-time Synod Stated Clerk
                                       Volunteer Synod Treasurer
Interested candidates may send their resumes or PIF’s to:
A confirmation email will be sent to those who send in a resume or a PIF. The resumes or PIF’s will be reviewed by the Synod’s Search Committee and they will be in contact with the candidates they wish to interview.
Jay Wilkins
General Presbyter

Ralls Coston
Volunteer Mission Coordinator

Patrick Harley
Birmingham UKirk Minister

Tammy Strickland
Presbytery Administrator
Assistant to the Stated Clerk

Tom Winter
Stated Clerk

Linda Burrowes
Recording Clerk

Jean Russell

Pat Goodman
Volunteer Nurture Coordinator

You are encouraged to visit, read and converse with our General Presbyter, Jay Wilkins. We are sure you will find interesting conversation on the blog which is located at the bottom of our home page in the blue area on the left hand side.
Director of Youth Ministry
Click the link for the job description

First, Presbyterian Tuscaloosa
Youth Director

First, Tuscaloosa has two new job postings (a total of 3). They can all be found at . Available positions: Youth Director, Interim Director of Children's Ministries, & Summer Internship in Youth Ministry.

Oakmont Chapel is searching for a part time Youth Director.

Call Paul Sherwood at  205-823-5910 .

Springville Presbyterian Church , 6645 US Hwy 11, Springville, has an opportunity for an organist or pianist to play each Sunday morning at 11 a.m. worship service. The service is traditional and hymns are selected from the Glory to God hymnal. Anyone interested in full-time or part-time work, please call the church office,  205-467-7147 , and leave a message or contact Clerk, Frankie Tatum, at . Expectations and salary are negotiable. 

Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church is searching for a part-time director of Christian education. Click the link below for the position requirements.


Independent Presbyterian is looking for a Director of Youth Ministries 
Please click the link below for more information.


Youth Advisor (two positions)
South Highland Presbyterian Church

Two Youth Advisor positions are available for college age students residing in the Birmingham, AL area during the 2018-19 academic year! Read more about the positions...

3603 Lorna Ridge Drive ~ Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205-978-0320 ~ Fax: 205-978-0330