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 Blanket Ministry

Riverchase Presbyterian Church

On Mission Wednesday, the women of Riverchase Presbyterian Church get together to make lap blankets for civic and service organizations in the area. The blankets consist of two pieces of flannel (45” x 50”). The edges have been prepared for tying the two pieces of fabric together. When the edges are tied together the result is a light weight, warm lap blanket. No sewing is necessary.   

To date, the women have made some 30 blankets with requests for 70 more. A request for smaller size blankets is pending.

If there are questions about this ministry, call Riverchase Presbyterian Church 205-988-8182.

Riverchase Presbyterian celebrates

40th Anniversary

On Sunday, April 30, 2023, Riverchase Presbyterian Church celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Charter in April 1983. 

The church was chartered with 69 members. Prior to building the church structure, the congregation met in the Riverchase Middle School until June 1985 when the building was completed. To celebrate this anniversary, congregation members and visitors enjoyed an ice cream/cake social in the Fellowship Hall. Elder Bob Hunt, the lone participating charter member, shared his memories of the "early days" in the school and the first few years in the new building.

Five Mile Presbyterian Church Closing Worship Service

You are invited to the closing worship service of Five Mile Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 7, 2023. Worship will be at 11 am in the main ("new") sanctuary; At 10:30 am Dr. John Knox will give a presentation on the 182-year history of the church (and the 202-year continued history of Inglenook Presbyterian Church, which merged with it in 1977) in the Inglenook Room. A reception will follow the worship service, in the Fellowship Hall.

All members, plus former members, friends, neighbors over the years, and interested clergy are invited. The address is: 1137 Five Mile Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35215.

Five Mile Presbyterian Church

Clergy Leadership Conference

I hear many of you express longing that our presbytery make an impact on our state. Faith in Action Alabama is an ecumenical, statewide community organizing initiative that is doing just that. I urge you to join me at this conference as we strategize and mobilize the churches of our state to raise their collective voice for equity and justice in our state. 

Register Here

Registration Deadline: May 30

Looking for Hosts! 

The Stated Clerk, Jay Wilkins, is wondering if there might be interest in restoring the practice of clerks and moderators gathering at churches throughout the Presbytery. We would need congregations that might host regional gatherings. Imagine clerks and moderators gathering at churches throughout the Presbytery to support each other in our responsibilities, and to swap minutes and registers to be reviewed while we are together. I need your help in restoring this practice by volunteering to host clerks and moderators in their area. The practice was to gather on Saturday mornings, though other times might work. Give this some thought and be in touch with me about your interest at [email protected]

Selma Disaster Relief

Many of you generous people have asked how to help out in Selma. Currently we have a team of people investigating our Presbytery's best strategic approach to long term assistance in Selma. In the meantime if you wish to make a gift for the rebuilding of Selma, we recommend the Black Belt Community Foundation. We recommend this because the Black Belt Community Foundation is a coalition of all the stakeholders in the Black Belt and are more intimately aware of the needs of the region. You may donate at the website below:

Mark your calendars for


Presbyterian Women’s Conference

July 12-15, 2023

“Sacred Encounters”

The Power and Presence of Jesus

Christ in Luke-Acts

Dr Olive Mahabir

Bible Study Leader

Spring Hill Presbyterian Church

10 Westminster Way

Mobile, AL 36608


View the flyer


Cahaba Lily Adult Retreat


Living River

May 19-21

Some exciting retreat highlights:

  • Friday night's keynote with Beth Stewart the Executive Director of Cahaba River Society, 7:00 pm.

  • A Saturday morning Beginner Birding Outing, 9:30 am

  • An excursion to visit the Cahaba Lilies, 10:30 am

  • Scot Duncan, author of Southern Wonder: Alabama's Surprising Diversity and Executive Director of AL Audubon, 4:00 pm

Click here to register for the full retreat. If you're unable to join us for the full retreat, but you're interested in joining us for a specific meal or session, please RSVP here.

Prepare for May’s Mental Health Awareness Month

A message from PC(USA) Store

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to focus on our own and others’ emotional well-being. At PC(USA) Store you'll find resources that minister to both children and adults, equipping readers with information on identifying and accepting emotions, processing daily experiences, utilizing trauma-informed care, and other related topics. These resources can serve as valuable aids in ministering to congregants and act as proactive measures to demonstrate your congregation’s commitment to the mental well-being of all members, regardless of age. Learn more and browse books

Assets and Liabilities: Managing your Church's Balance Sheet

Webinar - Tuesday, May 23, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pacific)

Church leaders need an understanding of a church’s debts and assets – two major components of the balance sheet. If you don’t quite know what we’re talking about, or have questions, this is the webinar for you. You’ll hear from experts with the Presbyterian Foundation, Presbyterian Investment and ...

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Summer Camp

Register for Living River Summer Camp and apply for a presbytery scholarship for up to half the basic Camp fee! These are TWO registrations - one for camp and one for the scholarship. 

A registration link for both is found on the Presbytery summer camp web page!!

Newsletters, Bulletins, News

We are very excited to welcome Kate Bowler this August to Montreat during Women's Connection 2023.

Kate is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Everything Happens For a Reason (and Other Lies I've Loved), which tells the story of ... read more.


Just a reminder that the Presbytery office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday's from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (4 PM on Friday). The staff work from home on Tuesday and Thursday's.

Please check with the office for availability before scheduling committee meetings.

On-going Newsletter Articles

Ponderings by: Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall

PHFC Thrift Store Donations

Perry Dallas County Fund

Online Church Services

Matthew 25


Sue Westfall

General Presbyter

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Tammy Strickland

Presbytery Administrator

Assistant to the Stated Clerk

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Jay Wilkins

Stated Clerk

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Linda Burrowes

Recording Clerk

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Jean Russell


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Ralls Coston

Volunteer Mission Coordinator

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Pat Goodman

Volunteer Nurture Coordinator

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James Ephraim

Volunteer Liaison for

African American Churches

[email protected]

Interim Campus Minister,

Bama UKirk

First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa, AL is seeking an Interim Campus Minister for the ‘23-’24 school year. Following the departure of the Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry, FPC is looking for an experienced, nurturing self-starter who can minister to the UKirkers of the University of Alabama in a time of transition. Both full and part time candidates will be considered based on abilities/availability. Click here for job description. Send inquiries to Rev. Michael Bailey [email protected].

Position Description

Grace Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa

Is in need of an Interim Pastor. If you or someone you know would be interested in applying, click the link below for more information.

Click here for the job description and qualifications.

PCUSA Job Openings





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 [email protected] 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.

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.
3603 Lorna Ridge Drive ~ Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205-978-0320 ~ Fax: 205-978-0330
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