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"
UKick for UKirk Fundraiser
at Riverchase Presbyterian
April 9, 2022
The spring semester at UKirk is off to a great start! Our students meet weekly for worship, fellowship and social justice work. We continue to expand our presence across many Birmingham campuses, and our new Ministry Coordinator, Madison Vaughn, is doing a terrific job! We have opened a new student space at Edgewood Presbyterian Church where students can come during the week to fellowship, study, and take a much needed break to just relax.

All of these exciting things are not possible without the support of the Presbytery, including your churches! We thank you for all the ways you have supported UKirk this year!

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Click here for our March Newsletter.
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,
April 2, 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.
Leader Formation Webinar for Deacons and Ruling Elders

The Office of the General Assembly is sponsoring a webinar, “Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons: Good Stewards of God’s Grace," Wednesday, March 30, from 7:00–8:30 pm Eastern, focused on the spiritual leadership of ruling elders and deacons in a variety of worship settings. Deepen your understanding of the Service for the Lord’s Day; services of ordination, installation, and commissioning; the extended service of communion; and other ministries of compassion and care with those who are sick, homebound, or hospitalized. The webinar leader is David Gambrell, Associate for Worship in the PC(USA)’s Office of Theology and Worship.
Your per capita dollars are funding this event and there is no cost to participants, but registration is required. So that interpretation in Spanish and Korean can be provided for those requesting it, you must register by March 23 to allow time for arrangements to be made.
If you cannot participate in the live event, there is no need to register in order to access the recording in English afterwards.

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.
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

The Empty Bowls' Fundraiser Event March 25, 2022

The Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is a mission of Grace Presbyterian Church and serves about 700 people each month. The Food Pantry distributes food that is purchased from the West Alabama Food Bank. Each year, Grace Presbyterian Church holds an “Empty Bowls” fundraiser where 100% of the proceeds support the Food Pantry. Read more...
World Water Day - March 22

Contaminated water and poor handwashing cause illness every day, but you know that doesn’t have to be the case. Over 1,000 Living Waters for the World partners have experienced the life-changing effects of clean water and health education thanks to your support. In honor of World Water Day, the first $15,000 given online March 22, 2022 will be matched! It's a wonderful opportunity to amplify your impact and send a message of hope during these difficult times.
Sweet Home Soiree
Hosted by
Presbyterian Home for Children
The Presbyterian Home for Children’s Sweet Home Soirée will be on April 2 at The Club in Birmingham. As you know, our friends at the Presbyterian Home for Children work to provide hope and healing for at-risk youth and families in crisis from across Alabama. The Soirée is one of the Home’s largest fundraising events of the year and represents a major source of funding for both the Home and Ascension Leadership Academy, the Home’s fully-accredited K-12 school.
The Soirée will honor the life-affirming ministries of our dear friends, the late Tom Winter and his wife Patti.
Please show your support in attending this wonderful event on April 2. Below is event information to share with your friends and families.
There is a special request for Pastors, Elders, or administrators with PSL, please share this information during worship service announcements, weekly bulletin, church-wide email, social media, blogs, etc.
Materials are attached to help with communications. Thank you so much for spreading the word about Sweet Home Soiree - Birmingham 2022! Please contact PHFC if you have questions. 
Day of Learning: Planned Giving

The Presbyterian Foundation is pleased to offer the Day of Learning again with presentations and conversation about planned giving programs and best practices for your congregation. There will be time for questions and answer and an opportunity to access giving resources.
Join us March 29th for this FREE learning opportunity.
1:00 p.m. ET Ellie Johns-Kelley, Ministry Relations Officer, and Karl Mattison, Vice-President for Planned Giving Resources will present on how to build a planned giving program from basics to advanced for all church sizes and needs.
4:00 p.m. ET join Olanda Carr as he engages in conversation with a PCUSA pastor to explore the practical workings of a planned giving program and how to talk to individuals about making a planned gift.
To register online for this FREE learning opportunity:
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

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Click here to share your story.

A new video has been released that shares a powerful story about two churches who answered the Matthew 25 invitation to focus on racism and poverty and its impact on their congregational vitality. It models a way to address difficult topics from a place of grace and reconciliation. The video is available to download and use in your journey.
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.

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
Register for You & Me Retreat!
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Register Now for Summer Camp!

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!!!

Stewardship Education for Everyone

Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2022 has over 32 workshops lined up with expert perspectives on everything from preaching stewardship, building programs, and activating your congregation to ecumenical perspectives on generosity and building philanthropic capacity. 
This year online participants will select from two presentations in three of the workshop blocks, and will have access to an exclusive online-only program in the fourth. 
Best of all registration costs will remain the same as 2021 pricing, including additional discounts for in-person group attendees (the more people who come together from a congregation the more you save), and a brand new opportunity for First Call Pastors to attend at half the regular registration fee. 
We hope you will join us in Savannah, Georgia or online September 26 - 28.

More information is available at

Early-bird registration will open in early April.
Upcoming PCUSA Conferences

  • Mid Council Leader Orientation, Spring 2022 Cohort--March 22–25

  • Presbytery Leader Formation Residency--May 1–6

  • Mid Council Leader Orientation, Fall 2022 Cohort -- Week of September 12

  • 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 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