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"
Presbytery Profiles
Submitted by: Rev. Sid Burgess, HR
Dana Waters, HR, ‘Sidewalk

Dana Waters, honorably retired, is
energetically engaged as “sidewalk
superintendent” of Kirkwood by...

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for Summer Camp!
June 12 - July 2, 2022
Summer Camp Nurse Needed

As you know Summer Camp is coming and we’re recruiting for volunteers. A volunteer nurse is needed for the week of June 19-23. If the hired nurse for this week has a child or grandchild, they can attend at no cost to the volunteer. Please contact Shirley Finley if interested at 205-789-6824.

Congratulations to Living River Assistant Director for Development, Rachel Mathews and her husband Wesley on the birth of their daughter Maria Willie Mathews born June 2, 2022.
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.
PHFC Thrift Store Monthly Donation day

There will not be a Drop-Off for the Thrift Store in July

Details forthcoming on the PHFC Box Truck Drop-Off at Southminster beginning in August.  
Presbyterian Women
Synod Gathering
June 24-25, 2022
Breaking News - Presbyterian Women Triennial Gathering Registration

Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Living Waters is pleased to announce that all Presbyterian women in the Synod can now register online at our website Registration is also available using a paper registration form (attached.) A cover letter is also attached with additional information.
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!
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
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MCLO This Fall

If you are a new stated clerk, executive/general presbyter, or associate, you are invited to participate in the Fall 2022 Cohort of the Mid Council Leader Orientation, online September 13–16. Here’s the basic schedule, including the plans for follow-up webinars. An invitation list is being kept; you can ensure you’re on it by letting us know of your interest. You’re also encouraged to inform us of any colleague who’s eligible.

Registration will open in mid-July to allow plenty of time to complete the required pre-event prep activities.
2022 Pentecost CANPaign
Alleviating Hunger in Central Alabama
Click the flyer below for more info

The Presbytery's Pentecost CANpaign for 2022 is beginning. This CANpaign is designed to combat hunger. Churches in the Presbytery will collect money and cans of food to be given to the hunger organizations of their choice. One dollar counts as one can of food. The CANpaign will run from June 5 through August 10.
Anti- Racism Book Club
Gather at the Table

The Anti-Racism Committee is inviting & encouraging all members of the PSL to join us in reading Gather at the Table: The healing journey of a daughter of slavery and a son of the slave trade. written by Thomas DeWolf and Sharon Morgan.  Read more...

Facing Race 2022

Registration is now open for Facing Race: A National Conference, taking place online and in Phoenix, AZ, November 17–19.
2022-2023 Planning Calendars

The Presbytery has pre-ordered 200 copies of the 2022-2023 planning calendar. Please email Tammy if you would like to reserve one or more in the amount of $10.50 each. (regular price is $16.95) Estimated time of shipment is mid to late June.
Southminster 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 and service agencies and special missions of the church in the community, presbytery, synod, and the world. 

The Foundation awards grants annually to support this ministry and mission. The Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2023. The total funds available are $31,000. All grant requests must be received by September 1, 2022. Grants will be awarded in late November. 

For a grant application for and further details, go to and click on "Foundation."
Presbyterian Association of Musicians

The Presbyterian Association of Musicians, Mid-South Region, is here to serve all congregations within the Synod of Living Waters. John Allen Bankson is honored to be Vice-President of our region this year. Please contact him at or 318.278.5373 (text or voice) with any questions you may have about PAM Mid-South.

On-time registration for Worship & Music at Montreat closed at the end of the day on May 19, but it is still not too late to get your Late Registration in! You can attend Week 1 or Week 2 in person, and there is also an online option for Week 2 if you can’t make it to Montreat. Go here to register:

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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:

225th General Assembly
(bulletin inserts)

What’s coming to the 2022 General Assembly? How will you explain the actions of GA to your congregation?
The 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting this June and July is shaping up to be an assembly like no other in a hybrid, three-week format. Many issues will be discussed more.

Find more important information on the upcoming 225th General Assembly here.
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.

Community Outreach

Westminster Presbyterian Church of Birmingham has begun a 3 year project of outreach to its community. On May 18, 2022, the church hosted a voter registration booth, a Covid vaccination booth, an HIV outpatient information booth, and a healthcare screening van.

Westminster has plans for ESL classes for adults, tutorial programs for children and much more.

Let us rejoice in the service of our Lord Jesus.

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 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
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