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"
Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church
Closing Worship
Sunday, April 15, 2017 ~ 3:00 PM
Everyone is welcome!
The Presbyterian Communicators Network is offering a workshop to help churches, both large and small, to develop their communications plans and to provide training about media relations and social media. This workshop will be a daylong program and it will be on April 24, 2018 at Southminster from 9AM-3PM. Lunch will be provided and cost will be $15 per person. Please  check out the link  to the  Presbyterian Mission's Communicators Network Contact Ralls Coston at  or 205-617-0216 if you are interested. Register now!

The town of Jacksonville and JSU's campus were devastated by tornados that ripped through the area last month. FPC is working toward a long-term response to help those impacted by these storms, including members and friends of our faith community. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance contacted our presbytery to offer help. Lin Veasey is coordinating with the presbytery and a fund has been established to which this and other donations may be made to directly benefit those in need of assistance. Monetary gifts may be made to FPC and earmarked: Tornado Recovery. As well, UKirk is accepting plastic tubs with lids to distribute to students and others for retrieval of salvageable items from their homes. You may contact Leslie Ann Earles for more information.


This is an invitation to attend "A Great Handbell Symposium" for handbell practitioners of all levels. We are pleased to welcome Danny Lyons, Solo Handbell Artist and Clinician, to our city for a two-day event, April 14-15, 2018. Saturday, April 14, features a workshop in the morning for beginners and one for more advanced ringers to follow lunch. Lunch is more than a meal thrown together, but a time of great fellowship with other handbell enthusiasts and a fabulous cooked by our church chef. Sunday, April 15, Danny will be featured in the11:00 am worship service as well as a 3:00 pm Handbell Concert.   Please see the attached brochure  and know that it prints out as a two-sided copy on LEGAL paper. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Nan M. Adams, Pastor
Memorial Presbyterian Church
2130 Bell Road
Montgomery, AL 36117
(334) 274-1018
Wednesday, April 11 is our UKirk "Come & See" Dinner & Worship at 7pm at the Garage at Highland Hall (3116 Highland Ave S)! One of our awesome Student Ministers, Callie, will be leading worship. 

Share the flyer above with any youth who'd love to have some delicious free, home-cooked grub, learn about the joys of campus ministry from college students, and share in worship together. 
Apply  to the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program  today !! Final round for the 18-19 season open until June 1. National sites only are available.
Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and  student-loan repayment options  throughout the duration of the service year. For more info, visit the FAQ tab at the top of the  YAV homepage .  Also, follow  @yavprogram   as current YAVs take over the account. Help plants seeds of service and spread the word!
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.

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. 
Presbyterian Home for Children Thrift Store / Monthly Donation Day at SVPC

The next collection date is Saturday, April 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.

Our Presbytery sponsors 
an excellent ESL program:

Monday evenings at
Registration for summer camp 2018 at Living River is now open !
Registration for summer camp 2018 at Living River is now open! Don't miss out on a summer of fun, growth, spirituality and community. This summer we are introducing some new concepts to our camping programs including; new camps, longer camps, new volunteer positions and new activities! This summer everyone at Living River will be able to experience a loving, intergenerational Christian community. Registering someone for camp is also an excellent Christmas gift! It is truly the gift that will help children and youth develop some lifelong friendships and some of the most important skills they need in every part of their lives.   Register now!

Living River is hosting a day retreat for Pastors!   Join us for a day of relaxation, refresh and retreat. Our goal is to have one day where our wonderful Pastors can come to Living River and have time to themselves in God's wonderful creation. We will have time together as a community as well as individual time for your own Sabbath. Tuesday, April 17th, we hope to see you there.   Register today.

Living River is looking for  new volunteers   who would like to have an impact on the lives of campers. This summer we are introducing two new positions to anyone who is capable and interested. The first position is that of  Camp Healthcare Provider . This position is crucial to keeping all of our participant's safe and healthy while at camp. To qualify for this volunteer position you must be a paramedic, nurse or doctor that has all of the necessary, and up to date, certifications or degrees. The second position is just as important for the campers well being, the  Camper Advocate . The Camper Advocate is just that, and advocate for the campers. They are an adult on site that is there for the campers when they need it. Home sick, tired, medically sick, frustrated or any other emotion or thought that camper might have that needs some extra attention, the Camper Advocate is there to help. The only qualifications required are the desire to help children when they are away from home. Both of these positions are crucial to the health, comfort and safety of our campers and come with some perks. All of our volunteers are given a free place to stay at camp and free meals all week long. We ask if you can help the campers and Living River, please do so. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10-4 will be Living River Palooza. Children in
1st -5th grades are invited to spend the day at camp experiencing hiking, canoeing, archery, crafts and worship. The children will get a sampler of what it will be like to attend summer camp. The cost is $30 per child.

Sunday-Monday, November 11-12 will be an overnight retreat for elementary children during the Veteran's Day school holiday.

Our General Presbyter, Jay Wilkins, has started a new blog page on our website. You are encouraged to visit, read and converse with Jay. We are sure you will find interesting conversation on the blog! The blog is located at the bottom of our home page in the blue area on the left hand side.
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


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.

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