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"
Register for You & Me Retreat!

April 22-24, 2022
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Register Now
for Summer Camp!
June 12 - July 2, 2022
The Presbytery of Sheppards & Lapsley is grateful again to be able to offer scholarships for summer camp at Living River. After you have registered for camp, use the link below to apply for a scholarship.  Our scholarship funds are limited, so be sure to apply early! Scholarships are limited to one scholarship/child for the season. Although there are no restrictions for church affiliation in the application, priority will be given to members of churches in the presbytery or have connections to one of the churches. It’s going to be a great summer!!!

Presbyterian Outlook

Articles include: Weekly Commentary and Liturgy, Christian Education lesson and more...
POAMN Honors Older Adults

Worship and Celebration of Older Adult Month - May 22, 2022/ 7:00 PM EST on

Join us for a multi-cultural worship celebration with the writers of Worship Services from the 2021 program Ideas and Resources guide.

"The Saints Among Us"
2022 Program Ideas and Resources: POAMN's planning guide for celebrating older adults.
Women's Connection
August 12-14, 2022

Gather your groups now for Women's Connection 2022 this will be a time for women to ... more information.

Registration is open!
Pandemic Ponderings by:
Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall

Twice a month our General 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 email or you may to read her "Ponderings" so far.
Presbytery Directory

The updated Presbytery directory is now available! If you would like a hard copy, please e-mail Tammy.

PHFC Thrift Store Monthly Donation day at SVPC

The next collection date is Saturday,
May 7, 2022. 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, contact Terry Tingle, 256-339-4030.
Presbyterian Women
Synod Gathering
June 24-25, 2022
Earth Care Congregations

First Presbyterian Church-Birmingham, Immanuel Presbyterian Church-Montgomery, Independent Presbyterian Church-Birmingham and Montevallo Presbyterian Church- Montevallo have been certified as Earth Care Congregations by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Presbyterian Hunger Program through February 2023. This honor speaks to the great commitment that churches have made to care for God’s earth.
To become an Earth Care Congregation...
Student Loan Assistance

Welcome to the Mission Agency’s student loan assistance programs! If you are serving in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and are looking for relief from your student loan debt, you are in the right place.
Stillman College Board of Trustees Chair Donald Comer will host a black-tie gala to benefit Stillman College on April 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Capstone on the University of Alabama campus.
Nutrien is the premier sponsor for the event.
Tickets, tables and sponsorships for the Chairman's Gala are currently available through Eventbrite:
  • General admission is $175.
  • Faculty/staff tickets are $150 (payroll deduction available)
  • Student tickets are $125
*students, faculty and staff must use Stillman emails to register
For more information about the gala, email Tyler Davidson, Stillman director of development.

Commencement will be held on Saturday morning, April 30, at 9:00 in the Stadium.
Matthew 25

So what does it mean to be a Matthew 25 church – one that lives into Jesus’ teaching from Matthew’s Gospel to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the stranger, the prisoner, those in need? Click the link above to read more.

If your church has recently become a Matthew 25 church, would you please let the Presbytery office know? You may email Tammy to confirm. Also, please register on the Matthew 25 website below and your church will receive a packet of resources from PMA:

Bulletin Inserts Available

Click here to read shared stories.
Click here to share your story.

Mark Hinds has written a new confirmation curriculum for Matt 25 churches. Click the link below for the curriculum.


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has provided information on the crisis in Ukraine including a FAQ sheet on what they are doing and what you might do.
April in Montreat - Articles include: Next Church Gathering, Discovering Renewal, Art of Transitional Ministry and 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.

In this issue, learn four things to tell employees in the Medical Plan about care navigation, and find flyers and handouts to encourage them to connect with Quantum Health. And discover what the Retirement Savings Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has to offer. 
Perry Dallas County Fund

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... View the flyer
Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2022

Register Today for the Best Pricing

We are getting ready to gather in Savannah and online and encourage you to register now to get the best rate.

The 2022 conference will be live in Savannah, Georgia, from September 26 - 28, with a live-streamed participation option as well.

In-person attendees will choose from dozens of workshops in addition to plenary sessions and worship programs. Virtual attendees will join us for plenary sessions, both of our worship programs, and new this year, your choice of two workshops from each session. If you plan to attend in person, we are offering group pricing for in-person attendees from the same congregation, or consider attending as a hybrid group from your congregation with some in-person and some online.*

We also have special discounts for first-call pastors attending in person.

PCUSA scholarships are available - click here for more information.

We will continue to observe any recommended covid safety protocols for in-person attendees. Details on what to expect will be shared as we get closer to the conference date.

*Group discounts for in-person attendees only.
Upcoming PCUSA Conferences

  • Presbytery Leader Formation Residency--May 1–6
  • Mid Council Leader Orientation, Fall 2022 Cohort -- Week of September 12
  • ASC/AMCL Gathering at Ghost Ranch
September 24–29
  • Moderators’ Conference--November 11–14

Sue Westfall
General Presbyter

Tammy Strickland
Presbytery Administrator
Assistant to the Stated Clerk


Peter Finley
Stated Clerk

Linda Burrowes
Recording Clerk

Jean Russell

Ralls Coston
Volunteer Mission Coordinator

Pat Goodman
Volunteer Nurture Coordinator

James Ephraim
Volunteer Liaison for
African American Churches
Updated Presbytery office hours for staff during the Pandemic:
9 AM - 4 PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday, staff works from home Tuesday and Thursday.
Oakmont Chapel Presbyterian Church in Hoover, AL, is searching for a Choir Director due to the retirement of our long time Director. In this position you will work with Dr. Jonathan Brown in selecting music for our Sunday services, directing practice on Wednesday evenings and rehearsal on Sunday mornings prior to each service. Additional time would be required for special services such as Easter and Christmas services and other special occasions. Salary information will be available during interview process. Please contact Dr. Jonathan Brown at [email protected] with your information or questions concerning this position.
We will discuss salary during interview process as this will be determined by experience of the applicant.
Part-time Communications/Administrative Assistant needed for South Highland Presbyterian Church. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office with experience in InDesign and Canva, good typing, computer, and written and verbal communication skills. Duties would include media emails, some design work, data base, social media, and general administrative duties. A team player with creativity required. Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]
Immanuel PCUSA in Montgomery is searching for an individual to serve as part-time Director of Family Ministries; for full position description contact the Immanuel Church Office - 
First Presbyterian Church
of Phenix City, AL is looking for a
New Part-time Pastor. Click here for the job description.
First Presbyterian Church
of Tuscaloosa, AL is looking for a
a Youth Director to join their team to Connect, Grow and Serve. Click here for more information
3603 Lorna Ridge Drive ~ Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205-978-0320 ~ Fax: 205-978-0330