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"
2021 Habitat House

The Birmingham area churches in the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley are sponsoring a Habitat for Humanity house for 2021. The house build will be at 1031 Trilby Street, Pratt City. We need donations of money and volunteers to help the Lane family. Please join us in this way to serve Jesus Christ.

We now have the volunteer registration information for the Habitat house. Construction begins on September 9, 2021. To register as a volunteer, go to: to view the calendar. Select the date/shift when you want to volunteer. Enter access code: presby21, then click Sign Up. Click Log In or complete the New Volunteer Registration. Once you have logged in, click the box next to your selected shift. The General Release Waiver and Covid Waiver will pop up. After reading and initialing both waivers, click Schedule Only Me. A green message will pop up letting you know you have successfully registered. Be sure you have volunteered for the construction at 1031 Trilby Street, Pratt City. There is a maximum of 25 volunteers per day.
An Evening with Jen Hatmaker

Join us Saturday, August 14, 2021 for an evening Keynote with Jen Hatmaker. Jen has written several books including NY Times bestsellers For the Love and Of Mess and Moxie. She hosts the For the Love Podcast which has won a bunch of awards, and speaks all over the country. She created the Jen Hatmaker Book Club, where she gets to nerd out every month with thousands of women who believe good books are everything and stories still matter, and she leads an online community of millions of women who are her life force, personal think tank, and comic relief. More information...
Presbyterian Church
Foundation for Ministry

The purpose of the Southminster Presbyterian church Foundation is to expand the Ministry and Mission of Southminster by supporting community service agencies and special missions of the Church in the community, Presbytery, Synod, region and the world. The Foundation awards grants annually to support this ministry and mission. The Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2021. The total funds available are up to $39,000. All grant requests must be received by September 1. Grants will be awarded in late November.

For a grant application form and further details go to and click on "Foundation".
Pentecost Canpaign 2021
The Presbytery’s Pentecost CANpaign for 2021 is beginning. This CANpaign is designed to combat hunger. From May 31 to August 2, your church can collect cans of food (or money) to give to your local hunger program. All the food or money collected goes to the organization your church chooses. Each dollar donated counts as 2 cans of food.

When your church’s CANpaign ends, please tell Presbytery how much your church gave and where it donated the proceeds. We will need the results of your church’s CANpaign by August 10. We will recognize the top giving churches at the August 19 Presbytery meeting.
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.
2021-2022 Planning Calendars

The Presbytery has pre-ordered 200 each of the 2021-2022 planning calendars at a discounted price of $10.50 each plus shipping. If you or your church would like to reserve a copy, please contact Tammy.
2021 Retreat for Clergy Women and Christian Educators

Has the shutdown, pandemic and trying to "return to normal" left you drained? Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation invites you to a time of renewal, prayer, skill sharing and fellowship with other women in ministry.
This event is open to all Women Clergy and Christian Educators!
PHFC Thrift Store Monthly Donation day at SVPC

The next collection date is Saturday,
August 7, 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 Terry Tingle, 256-339-4030.
Montreat Conference Center Women's Connection 2021
August 13-15, 2021

Workshops open early June! If you have already registered for Women's Connection you will be sent an early workshop sign-up form. Workshop sign-ups are first come first served, so be ready to sign up when you register for the conference!
Refer a Student to
UKirk Campus Ministries 
The PC(USA) college ministries in our Presbytery (UKirk) would love to connect with your college students as they head off to school this fall! If your congregation has students who may be interested in UKirk, please fill out this form  and share it widely in your congregations. The UKirk ministry leaders (Rev. Caroline Barnett - UKirk Auburn, Rev. Andy Spaulding - UKirk Bama, The Steering Team for UKirk Birmingham, and Lin Veasey - UKirk JSU) will check submissions regularly and get in touch with students to welcome them to campus. And most importantly, tell your college students to look up UKirk when they arrive to campus; a word of mouth recommendation from someone they trust is the most effective form of referral. We can’t wait to welcome your students to our communities this fall. 
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.
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.

Stewardship Education for Everyone

Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2021 will feature two dozen workshops for in-person attendees and four pre-selected for virtual attendees providing an overview of stewardship and legacy education. Experts in stewardship, generosity, and philanthropy will lead programs ranging from practical tools for managing planned giving campaigns, to behavioral strategies that create cultures of generosity, studies of the theology of stewardship, managing debt, and so much more. Virtual attendees will participate in Creating a Culture of Generosity, Planned Giving 101, Giving as a Spiritual Discipline, and Policies and Procedures for Managing Your Planned Giving Program. If you plan to attend in person, we are offering group pricing that will allow more people from your congregation to attend together, to learn together, and to take home tools for expanding generosity. Register Here and see more at
Early Bird pricing ends August 1st – register soon to get this discount!
PC(USA) scholarships are available - click here for more information. We will be observing recommended COVID safety protocols for in-person attendees. Details for what to expect will be shared as we get closer to the conference date.
PW Online Churchwide Gathering
Event and Business Meeting

Presbyterian Women’s in-person 2021 Churchwide Gathering, which was to be held in St. Louis, has been cancelled. However, Presbyterian Women are committed and connected, so will you join us for PW’s Online Churchwide Gathering event and to watch PW’s Business Meeting?

Download a wallet card that summarizes when and how to view both the Online Gathering Event and Business Meeting.

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
Volunteer Gardeners Needed

Living River needs people interested in and knowledgeable about native plants for the Betty Wilson Garden at Living River. Living River will have a workday soon. If anyone is interested please contact Marty Keller at 205-871-9255 for additional details.

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.
First Presbyterian Church
of Phenix City, AL is looking for a
New Part-time Pastor. Click here for the job description.
Below are career opportunities from PC(USA). You are invited to share your gifts and talents to further the mission and ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Apply online by going to our website at and “Search for Employment Opportunities.”

Westminster Presbyterian, Oklahoma City has several positions open. Click here to see these opportunities.
3603 Lorna Ridge Drive ~ Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205-978-0320 ~ Fax: 205-978-0330