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 office will be closed
Wednesday, July 4th
in recognition of Independence Day.

Looking for an opportunity to counter institutional racism in your church, community, or organization? Check out Crossroads Antiracism Training in Montreat. With workshops on preaching, church leadership, engaging youth and young adults, and more there's something for every church member and leader to learn at this weekend training.

August 17-19, 2018
$77 Program Fee

Spread the word! We're offering grants to help fund the expense of church financial management continuing ed.
Grant money is available – and there is still time to apply! Please help us spread the word among pastors, commissioned ruling elders (CRE), and leaders of 1001 New Worshiping Communities that the Presbyterian Foundation invites pastoral leaders to apply for a Church Financial Leadership Grant. The grant can help with the financial cost of attending church finance-related educational activities. Our goal is to help them institute best practices for church financial leadership, introduce them to new models of giving and stewardship, and new ways to talk about money and form generous disciples within their church.
As a matching funds grant, applicants must provide the source(s) for the other half of expenses. Eligible expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging, meals and other expenses for approved church financial leadership events, training and continuing education opportunities.
The application deadline is June 15, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Grant applications take approximately four weeks to process.   Click here   for an application. If you have questions, send an email   here .
The grants were made possible from the Foundation’s work as part of a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.

Green Pond Presbyterian Church would like to start a Chimes Ministry and is interested in purchasing a two-octave set of Chimes. If your church has chimes you are no longer using and would like to sell, please contact Bev Dodson at  or call 205-746-1924.


Southminster Presbyterian Women will host the Birmingham East/West Fall Gathering on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Registration is from 9 AM - 9:30 AM, Brunch will be in Grace Hall, Gathering meeting begins at 10 AM in the Sanctuary. The Rev. Debbie Feagin will present an overview of the 2018-2019 Horizon's Bible Study, "God's Promises: I AM with You," written by Amy Poling Sutherlun.


The Southminster Presbyterian Church Foundation for Ministry seeks to bring Christ and His love to our local and global communities by supporting selected charitable ministries consistent with the principles of Christian stewardship. Applications for grants to be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2018 should be submitted not later than September 1, 2018. For details, see .

Recently a group from Chapel in the Pines went to Mexico to build a house with Faith Ministry in memory of Hester Wills.  Pictured below are: John & Pat Carr, Pearce Dunham, Judy Lester, Layne Perkins, and Katrina York. 
A SPECIAL OFFERING was taken at Chapel in the Pines on Sunday, June 3 to be given to the Faith Ministry Clinic in Reynosa, Mexico. The generous and caring congregation of the The Chapel contributed $584.00 to be used to purchase baby formula and vitamins which are given to the babies and children enrolled in the feeding and nutrition program at the clinic. When the Chapel Mission Team arrived in Reynosa (week of June 15-22), the clinic was completely out of formula and the money donated was immediately put to good use...Thanks be to God!
Prospective CRE Candidates

Registration is now open for Fall classes for those interested in our CRE program. Call Bev Dodson, 205-746-1924 or for more information.

Core Courses:
  • Foundation of Christian Education
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • Introduction to Old Testament
  • Pastoral Care
  • Preaching
  • Presbyterian Polity
  • Reformed Theology
  • Reformed Worship & Sacraments

The Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River is an outdoor education residential camp that offers 1-3 day programs. You can explore our rich history of land use from Native Americans to Coal Mining, or discover how the Cahaba River is one of the most biodiverse rivers globally. Join us for hiking days, primitive camping, or canoeing through our beautiful 440 acres along 4 miles of the Cahaba River. If you know a teacher that might be interested in our social studies or science curriculum send them to our  website   for more information, and sign up for our online newsletter to keep in touch by clicking  here

The planning calendars have arrived! Please be sure to come by the Presbytery office and pick yours up if you placed an order. And, of course we have extras if there is anyone that would like a discounted rate ($9 each). Please email Tammy if you would like copies reserved.

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; Gwenda and Dr. John Fletcher-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.

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.
We hope you will continue to visit our website for Mission projects. We are sharing ideas, publicizing and celebrating all the mission projects that the churches in the Presbytery perform. 
The Presbytery's SDOP Committee awarded $3500 to Small Steps Leads to Big Rewards at Lily Baptist Church in Wilcox County. The program provides after school tutorial programs and summer enrichment programs for the youth. Lily Baptist Church is pictured. Also, some of the 30 kids are shown in the church's sanctuary, singing. A tutor also instructs the kids in drama, doing skits, a step team and dance. This is some of what Small Steps is doing.


The next collection date is Saturday,
July 7. 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. Terry Tingle will be serving as host. 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.


For those of you who will be around this summer, we’ll be hosting a UKirk Summer SLC (Small Learning Community) titled,  Our Origin Story: traveling through the questions of Genesis . We’ll meet on Tuesday nights at 7pm at The Loft at Highland Hall (3116 Highland Ave S) beginning on June 5 and wrapping up on July 24.
Our Presbytery sponsors 
an excellent ESL program:

Monday evenings at


The theme of this issue of PNN is, Savoring the Journey. This theme for the 2018 POAMN National Conference was inspired by Acts 3:20a – “So that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Everyone who was able to attend the conference was refreshed. Refreshed by seeing long-time friends and making new ones, refreshed by being inspired by the many excellent talks and workshops, refreshed and uplifted by the worship services and the awesome beauty and peacefulness of Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center. 
Several articles in this issue talk about our theme:

  • President's Reflections by Michele Hendrix
  • Memo from Membership by Linda Rauenbuehler
  • 2018 POAMN National Conference by Quentin Holmes 
Other articles in this issue include:

  • Faithful Aging Conference by Lillian Rhudy  
  • 2018 POAMN Legacy Award to Ginny Nyhuis by Quentin Holmes
  • Tree Planting Ceremony by Chris Pomfret  
  • Retiring Clergy… We're ready for you by Chris Pomfret
  • 2018 POAMN Legacy Award to Quentin Holmes
  • A Contemplative View by Wesley Lachman  
Click here   to download and read the complete Summer PNN. 
REVENUES   $232,121        $244,548
EXPENSES    $200,062        $195,029
NET               $ 32,059         $ 49,519
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

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.
Interim Associate Pastor position at South Highland Presbyterian Church

This ministry position is primarily focused on discipleship formation with an emphasis upon young adults and families under the age of 50.  Read more about the position here.

Independent Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) 
Birmingham, AL
Position Title: Director of Youth Ministries
Status: Full Time
Reports To: Associate Pastor for Discipleship (Christian Education, "CE")
FLSA: Exempt
Supervises: Youth Ministry Support Staff, Youth Ministry Interns

Click here  for more information on this position.

First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham , AL is seeking a part-time Director of Youth Ministry (10-12 hours/week).  We are looking for a dynamic individual able to relate to youth of all ages and walks of life, run a creative youth program, and has a mature faith with the ability to communicate that faith to all ages.  Experience with youth ministry and background in Presbyterian Church (USA) is preferred.  Strong organizational, communication and computer skills are a plus.  Must be available on Sundays for youth meetings.  To apply, please send resume to .

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