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"
The Presbytery’s Pentecost CANpaign will begin soon. This CANpaign is designed to combat hunger. From June 9 to July 28, your church can collect cans of food (or money) to give to your local hunger program. All the food or money collected goes to the organization your church chooses. Each dollar given counts as 2 cans of food.

Presbytery asks that your church fill out the attached form , to tell us how much your church gave and where you donated the proceeds. We will need the results of your church’s Canpaign by August 5. We will recognize the top giving churches at the August 15 Presbytery meeting.

Living River is in need of volunteer nurses for summer camps . The following dates are still available: June 16-21, June 23-26, 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.
The Perry and Dallas County Fund has been 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. Contact Ralls Coston for more information.

Click the photo below to read the latest newsletter "Beginnings" from the Presbyterian Home for Children.
Welcome Pat Goodman -- PS&L’s Volunteer Nurture Coordinator
The Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley is blessed to welcome Pat Goodman to our staff. Pat is an elder in the Southminster Church with long involvement in the ministry of this Presbytery and of Living River. She brings excellent analytical and organizational skills to serve Christ among us. Read more...
Our Presbytery sponsors an excellent ESL program Monday evenings at Oakmont Chapel.

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

Center Point Presbyterian Church has closed. It’s furniture and fixtures are available for free on May 18, 2019.
8:00 am til 12:00 pm

Center Point Presbyterian Church
2650 Center Point Rd
Birmingham Al. 35215

Contact Ernie Haynes for more information: 205-529-4641

Items available:
60 cushioned chairs, 40 meeting chairs, small conference table with 4 chairs; hp printer/copier, 2 metal office desks, 4 folding tables, 6 sectional tables, piano (needs tuning), console organ, nursery and child care furniture and toys, kitchen appliances: 2 Refrigerators, 1 electric stove, coffee pots, microwave, utensils. Plus various other items.
Presbytery scholarships are available for Summer Camp at Living River. You may apply online here.

I will be ordering the new 2019 - 2020 Planning Calendars in a few weeks. If you or your church would like to order from the Presbytery office at a cost of $9 per calendar, please let me know by June 15, 2019 . The calendars will be shipped to us from PCUSA by mid August and will begin with the month of September. Please click the link below and let me know how many calendars you would like reserved along with a contact name and your church name.

Thank you!
Tammy Strickland
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!  

The next collection date is Saturday,
June 1. 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.
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.


              ACTUAL     BUDGET
REVENUES   $199,402      $119,500
EXPENSES    $140,500     $119,500
NET               $ 58,902    $ --------
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