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"

Reminder: Move your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night, March 13th.
Registration link coming soon!
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.
Women's Connection 2021

“Words are my first love, because they matter. Words actually change lives, move people, sustain us. They take us to another world when we need to go and bring us home when we need to come back. Whatever you need, words can deliver: laughter, solidarity, encouragement, thrill, courage, silliness, spirit. I have been a reader and writer my entire life, and every single day I marvel that I get to make a living with words. I hope to use them for beauty and Jesus and life. I hope to make them count.”

– Jen Hatmaker

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 have moved to once a month on the first Thursday. The next gathering will be April 1, 2021 and we will be meeting at 3 PM instead of 4 PM because it is Maundy Thursday.
Church Van Needed

Hello, I am Pastor Cervelma “CJ”Jones and I am presently pastoring Arlington Presbyterian Church, USA, located in Wilcox County, Alabama. I wanted to see or make you aware that we are in need of a van. If you are in the process of upgrading your present church van, we would certainly be interested in reviewing the process of purchasing your van , of course at a reasonable price. Having a van would help in our efforts to accommodate our congregation and help in our ability to service our community.
My contact information is or phone or text me at 205.966.9772.You can also contact Elder Ralph Ervin at or text or call him @ 334.412.6405. The church address is 1599 KP Thomas Road, Pine Hill Alabama 36769.
Let me mention, that what we are looking for something that is, most importantly, mechanically sound and insurable. Thank you so very much for taking the time to consider facilitating our request. 
Respectfully Yours – Pastor CJ
Montreat Conference Center
Sabbath Getaways

Montreat welcomes you to the mountains for Sabbath opportunities at the Assembly Inn.

This special includes lodging at Assembly Inn and breakfasts at the Galax Dining Room. We are pleased to offer some special activities on ...

Board Connections

Read about the latest news from Board of Pensions here.
Montreat News

Registration is open for Montreat Youth Conference and Middle School Conference.
·   Have you read our Covid-19 updates for MYC? Find that information on the "Covid-19" tab on our website.
·   Please note the dates for Montreat Middle School Conference @ Maryville College have changed for 2021! To allow for Covid regulations at Maryville College, we are shifing MSC by one day this summer. The new dates of the conference are Tuesday, July 13 to Saturday, July 17. Learn more here.
Small Group Leader applications for MYC and MSC 2021 are open! In efforts to minimize Covid risk and to follow all state and local guidelines, there are modifications to this year's SGL program. Please read the application carefully to learn about these changes. Click here to apply.
The Healthy Congregations conference for April 2021 has been cancelled. The next conference is in October. Learn more here.
Content from last fall's Rethinking Evangelism conference is available! Purchase portions of the conference to watch from your home on our resources portal.
Watch the keynote address with Dr. Reggie Williams from the October Crossroads Antiracism Training for free on our resources portal.
Store update! The Montreat Store is once again open five days a week. Store hours are Mon.-Sat. 12:00pm-5:00pm. You can also call 828.669.5298 to place an order.

Worship & Music Conferences
Early registration is open through April 1st! This year the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) is offering two identical weeks of the conference as well as an online option. Learn more about these opportunities by clicking the button below.
PHFC elects new leadership

The Presbyterian Home for Children recently elected new leadership for its board of trustees for 2021

Carol R. Copeland of Athens will be the moderator for the Home’s board of trustees, and Rev. Dr. Joseph Scrivner of Tuscaloosa will be its vice moderator. Dr. Cindy Wilson of Fairhope remains a member of the Home’s executive committee as immediate past moderator. 

Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega is one of few more.
Click here for more exciting news from Presbyterian Home for Children.
Updated Directory

It is finally here! The long awaited updated Presbytery directory. Please click the link below to download yours today.

An important update on the
2021 Church-wide Gathering of Presbyterian Women
Dear Presbyterian Women, now is the time in our Gathering journey to swerve.
“Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the uncertainty of vaccination distribution, the current state of the virus (including new variants that are more contagious), the Administration Committee, on behalf of the Board of Directors of Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Inc., regrettably, has canceled the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women, which was to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, in August 2021.“
So what’s next? First,

Sheltering Homeless
during Covid 19 Webinar

Many congregations have crucial homeless ministries with those experiencing homelessness. Perhaps the webinar below could be helpful.
Shelters of Last Resort: Examining Systems of Congregate Emergency Shelter for Homeless and Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19
The Association of Mid Council Leaders (AMCL) is the learning, support, and advocacy community for individuals serving mid councils in the (PCUSA) with strategic, program, mission responsibilities. This google group provides peer support and is by approved enrollment only.
The manager for this group is Erin Cox-Holmes. If technical help is needed, or to request that a colleague be enrolled please email her at
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.

Summer Camp 2021
Summer Camp dates at Living River have been set, and registration portal is open through the Living River website or through the Presbytery website
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, log onto the Presbytery summer camp webpage 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 having connections to one of the churches. Scholarships are given up to one half the cost of camp and are paid directly to Living River. 
Register now! It’s going to be a great summer!!!
UPDATE: PHFC Thrift Store Monthly Donation day at SVPC

The next collection date is Saturday,
April 3, 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:

Bulletin Inserts Available
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:

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.

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.
Click here for PCUSA job opportunities.
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:

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