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 first week of our virtual Main E-Vent is behind us, and what a great week it has been! 

Thanks to all who have participated. The Main Event has always been such a connecting time of education, catching up and sharing resources and meals! But now our connecting is on Zoom!!! 
Thank you for your support of this year’s Main E-Vent. And we look forward to being Face-to-Face next year!
Recap for this week: All workshops are free and no preregistration is required.
Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 12:30 All age Curriculum -Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living
Wednesday Feb. 10 at 12:30 Children’s Curriculum – Growing in God’s Love – A Story Bible Curriculum
Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 pm – Resources for Elder Training
How to join a meeting: Open the Presbytery Main Event Website and click on join at the scheduled time for the workshop of your choice.
See you in the Zoom Room!!
Presbyterian Association of Musicians
Worship and Music Conference

2021 Registration is Open!

Week 1: June 20 - 25, 2021
Week 2: June 27 - July 2, 2021
Online: June 27 - July 2, 2021

Covid vaccine scheduling for Ministers

The Alabama Department of Health now has an online scheduling and eligibility website for the vaccine. If you go to the link and click “schedule vaccine,” it takes you through a list of questions. One of them is if you are clergy. From there you will be able to schedule an appointment.

In addition to the State's website the following link provides an opportunity to make an appointment for a vaccine where they are available in the State:

Winter Presbytery meeting

Click the link below to view the information for the upcoming Winter Stated Presbytery meeting on February 18th. If you have not registered yet, you must do so by February 17th. All of the important information is in link below:

Pandemic Ponderings by:
Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall

Twice a month 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 email or you may to read her "Ponderings" so far.

Reminder: The Thursday gatherings via zoom with Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall has moved to once a month on the first Thursday. The next gathering will be March 4, 2021.

One Great Hour Of Sharing and Pentecost Offerings

As 2021 begins, we look back, in gratitude, for the ways the Church has been faithful to its calling despite the incredible challenges of 2020. We pray that your congregation is well and looking forward to a hopeful and helpful year.

Your congregation has been essential to the compassionate ministries with those experiencing hunger, poverty, disaster, and oppression, through One Great Hour of Sharing, and our shared ministry with children youth and young adults through the Pentecost Offering. While many congregations were unable to participate in 2020, your support this year will be a powerful witness to who we are, as a Church, in response to the grace of Jesus Christ.

We are so excited about One Great Hour of Sharing and Pentecost, and want to support you with your digital and in-person promotional efforts. We also have a new Facebook Group – Special Offerings: Promoting Presbyterian Mission Together. Join the group and interact with other church leaders, sharing stories and ideas, learning from each other and Special Offerings staff as we work to build God’s household, together.

Melanie Roney
Mission Specialist
Presbyterian Mission Agency
2021 Lenten devotions from the Presbyterian Outlook
Theologically sound, inspiring and affordable devotions for the congregation.

The six-week Lenten journey is an opportunity to take on a new spiritual discipline. This year, congregations are invited to pray with Scripture as a way of discerning God’s movement in our personal lives and in the life of the world around us.
Throughout the season of Lent, these daily devotions ... read more.
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
Services Available for Homeless Children and Caregivers
The Presbyterian Home in Talladega, AL, has limited openings in its program that provides safe and affordable housing to homeless children and their female caregiver. 
While living on our campus, our dedicated staff ministers to the family's needs. We provide a safe haven for the children to rest, grow, learn, and play while empowering the caregiver to reach self-sufficiency. 
The program provides employment assistance, case management services, and assistance in obtaining food stamps, health insurance, and other benefits as well as counseling and life skills instruction. Children are eligible to attend Ascension Leadership Academy, our own school which focuses on meeting individual academic needs.
The Secure Dwellings program is not an emergency shelter and only accepts families through an application, interview and assessment process. If you, or someone you know, is in need of our services, we encourage you to email the program at or call at 256-362-2114, ext. 1208
Good News from Living River

Attached is the Fall Newsletter from Living River full of wonderful news. Be sure to open and read all about it.

Click here for articles that you may use in your church newsletters and Living River fun facts for church bulletins. Enjoy!

Presbyterian Foundation Workshops

Join us March 2 for a Day of Interactive Stewardship Education. We are excited to offer a Day of Learning that will include three workshops with stewardship and church leaders in a casual, virtual setting. There will be time for questions and answer and an opportunity to see colleagues from across the country.
Join us March 2 for great content from the Presbyterian Foundation:

  • 8:30 am PST/11:30 am EST - Church Mission and Sustainability with Stephen Keizer and Rev. Gail Monsma
  • 11:00 am PST/2:00 pm EST - Virtual Campaigns and Online Giving with Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley and Karl Mattison
  • 2:30 pm PST/5:30 pm EST - Practical Tips for Church Budgeting with Olanda Carr and Rev. Dr. Jonah So
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.

Black Church Studies Consultation

Power Action and Justice
African American Rural Ministry for the 21st Century
February 17 - 19, 2021
Louisville Seminary

UPDATE: PHFC Thrift Store Monthly Donation day at SVPC

The next collection date is Saturday,
March 6, 2021. 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 Jonathan Ahern at 1-256-368-8109.
Matthew 25

Living into the vision: PC(USA) discerns what it means to be a Matthew 25 church 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:

In Our Prayers

Please pray for Michael Holloway whose home was destroyed in the Fultondale tornado. Michael is a member at Gardendale Presbyterian and was a former member of SLPYC, worked on Summer Staff at Gulftreat and a former PSL camper. Gardendale has set up a fund for Michael at the church. Make checks payable to Gardendale Presbyterian Church and indicate Holloway in the memo line. Please also pray for the lives lost and other families affected by this storm.
Project Empathy Update
Thanks be to God! Project Empathy has received $83,771.46 in donations. Our goal was $50,000. The money has gone to RIP Medical Debt, Inc to eliminate medical debt in 10 counties in the Black Belt. These ten counties are: Chambers, Macon, Lowndes, Dallas, Perry, Wilcox, Hale, Greene, Sumter and Pickens. One dollar in donation will eliminate $100 of medical debt. Therefore, by your generosity, over $8 million in debt will be eliminated.

Project Empathy is ending. There are two more outstanding donations on their way to RIP Medical Debt and then Project Empathy’s donation page will be closed. RIP Medical Debt will get to work on buying the debt and sending letters to the debtors that their debt has been forgiven. This works like grace.

Then, RIP Medical Debt will send us information in the next few weeks about how much debt was eliminated and how many people were impacted. So, look for more posts in the next month.

Again, thanks be to God for enabling us to do this. And thank you for your generosity.

Ralls Coston / Mission Coordinator / 205-617-0216

Sue Westfall
Transitional Presbyter

Tammy Strickland
Presbytery Administrator
Assistant to the Stated Clerk


Tom Winter
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.
Bethesda Presbyterian Church in York South Carolina is searching for a Senior Pastor. For more information contact Susan Hibbard at or 803-328-1360.
Independent is looking for a Director of Youth Faith Formation
Reports to:  Director of Children and Youth Ministries
Status: Full-time

Faith formation is the pathway to how we know the depths of God’s love, how we experience living in community, feel a sense of belonging, and see ourselves and others as God’s children. It is how our hearts are called to love our neighbor, how we grow closer to God by engaging our head, heart, and body in prayer and worship, and more.

You may also find this job posting on IPC's website below:

Independent is looking for an Assistant Director of Community Ministries
Reports to:  Associate Pastor for Adult and Community Ministries
Status:  Full-time
To apply for this position: please send your resume/CV to:

About This Role
The Assistant Director of Community Ministries will equip the congregation of Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC) to be the hands and feet of Christ in partnership with communities of need locally and globally. Read more...
MBPC is searching for our next Pastor!

We are asking our neighbors to help find the person God has selected for our congregation. The candidate must be ordained in the PCUSA denomination. 

Our beloved pastor Lant Davis will be retiring in November. Please submit any questions or resumes to
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 Birmingham, Alabama, seeks a full-time Interim Associate Pastor. See attachment for Position Description.
3603 Lorna Ridge Drive ~ Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205-978-0320 ~ Fax: 205-978-0330