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"
PCUSA SPECIAL EASTER WORSHIP SERVICE

Watch our special Easter Worship

The coronavirus will not stop us from celebrating the risen Christ on Easter. The PC(USA) virtual Easter service brings a message of hope to all and can be viewed in English, Spanish and Korean.
FIRST, PHENIX CITY JOB OPENING

New Part-time Pastor needed:
20 hours per week to include the following duties:
  • Conduct weekly Morning Worship at 11:00 AM on Sunday to include the sermon
  • Moderate monthly session meeting (4th Thursday at 7:00 PM)
  • Attend and conduct as needed special church activities when held
  • Perform weddings, funerals, etc. when needed
  • Conduct 4 special services per year: Thanksgiving, Christmas Candlelight, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday
  • Hold regular Holy Communion services throughout the church year during Morning Worship and during special worship services—Maundy Thursday, World Communion Sunday, Christmas Candlelight
  • Provide information for the weekly bulletin

Salary will be $20,000.00 per year.
 
Interested candidates should contact C. Kerry Curtis at kerry.curtis48@gmail.com to set up an interview.
VIDEOS FROM CONGO

Here are two short videos taken at Baolonga Primary school in Kananga. This is one of the schools built in 2018.
 
Presbyterian Schools in Congo - Baolonga Primary School Director
 
Presbyterian Schools in Congo - CPC Coordinator Mputu

More Congo information regarding COVID 19

Congo Family:
 
Everyone is watching the news and following the intensity of the COVID-19 virus that is sweeping the globe. This map from Johns Hopkins tracks the daily numbers and is continually updated. All you have to do is refresh your browser to see the latest numbers. https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
Note, as of the writing of this message the number of cases worldwide is 407,485. It may be interesting to you to see if the number is still at that level by the time you read this message. Read more...
ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES

Several churches in our presbytery have made available live-streaming, Facebook live, or other platforms of their Sunday worship services. We are aware of the following churches (click the link below) that are offering these platforms and will plan to continue services on Sundays so their church members can participate in worship from home. If you are not on the list and would like to be added, please let Tammy know.

PANDEMIC PONDERINGS
by: Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall

Each Monday our Transitional Executive Presbyter, Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall sends out a meaningful, informative and uplifting blog during these unusual and strange times we are all going through together. Be sure to watch for the weekly email or you may click the link below to read her "Ponderings" so far.

DUES RELIEF AND DEFERMENTS

Board of Pensions offers dues relief and deferments to churches and employers

April 03, 2020

The Board of Pensions is extending dues relief and other assistance to churches and employers as we move through the COVID-19 crisis.

MESSAGE FROM GA STATED CLERK

Below is a pastoral message regarding the coronavirus from Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, J. Herbert Nelson, II, and President/Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Diane Moffett. 

 PRECAUTIONARY GUIDELINES
 
The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program has put out some precautionary guidelines and suggestions for churches in light of the recent coronavirus outbreak. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW

See the flyers and website below for general precautions you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


PHFC THRIFT STORE MONTHLY DONATION DAY AT SVPC

The Presbyterian Home for Children’s reception center for donations at Shades Valley Presbyterian Church will be closed for the month of April. For more information, contact Jonathan Ahern at 1-256-368-8109.
PRAYER CONCERNS

Rev. Craig Seitz as he continues chemo and radiation treatments.


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. Read more...
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.

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.

PRESBYTERY OPERATING FINANCES February 2020 YTD   

Sue Westfall
Transitional 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
Treasurer

Pat Goodman
Volunteer Nurture Coordinator

Bookkeeping

First Presbyterian Church
of Phenix City, AL is looking for a
New Part-time Pastor. Click here for the job description.
Minister of Music

Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa seeks a Minister of Music who will develop and guide a vibrant music program under the pastor’s direction and in consultation with church leadership. The person who fills this position should have demonstrable musical gifts on the piano and organ, preferably, or on either, and be conversant in traditional hymns, modern gospel music, and contemporary praise music. Attendance and participation in weekly rehearsals, Sunday morning worship, and special services are required. This opportunity is a part-time position (approx. 5 to 7 hours per week), and salary is negotiable, dependent upon experience and ability. Please send cover letter and resume to Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, 3535 Stillman Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401; Attn: Elder Bettye Colbert, Personnel Committee.
3603 Lorna Ridge Drive ~ Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205-978-0320 ~ Fax: 205-978-0330
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