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 Presbytery office will be closed November 25-27th for Thanksgiving. The staff wishes everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
 
Inspire your congregation to explore alternative giving by hosting a Living Gift Market for Heifer International. Attendees can buy living gifts like goats or cows, which will supply families with nutritious milk to drink, share and sell.

2020/2021 Planning Calendars

Presbytery still has approximately 30 planning calendars left. If you would like to reserve one or more please contact Tammy to make arrangements for pick up. Cost is $10 each.
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.

There will be no gathering this Thursday, November 26th due to Thanksgiving.
Montreat Conferences

Montreat Conference Center has a full shedule of conferences for 2021, including college, spiritual, transitional ministry and more...Take a look below:

PHFC Awarded Top Rating

TALLADEGA -- Talladega’s Presbyterian Home for Children has been given a top rating by a national organization providing user reviews of charities and nonprofits.
 
According to a press release, the Home was named a 2020 top-rated nonprofit by GreatNonProfits. 
 
The Presbyterian Home “is one of the few organizations in the state caring for Alabama’s homeless boys and girls, along with their female caregivers, in its secure dwellings program,” the release says.   
 
“The Home also serves teenage girls who have been subject to extreme trauma or neglect in its Moderate Residential Care Therapeutics Program and families in crisis through its ... read more.
Disaster Preparedness & Response Team

(DPRT) is being formed for the purpose to develop a disaster plan for the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley and assist churches to form their plan. Volunteers are welcomed, please contact Rush Watson at rush.watson@comcast.net or text 205-394-1957 if you would like to work with the DPRT. If you know of someone in your church that might be interested please give them Rush’s contact information.
PHS Matters

Click here to read the monthly newsletter of the Presbyterian Historical Society.
THE ART OF TRANSITIONAL LEADERSHIP

Whether it is a change in leadership or a changing community, leading a congregation through change is both challenging and rewarding. It takes knowledge, skill, resilience and spiritual strength to navigate the waters of change in a way that leaders and congregations thrive. This training is for individuals who are considering ministry in temporary settings (as an interim, transitional or designated pastor) or are experiencing ministry...read more.
Sermon from November Meeting

If you missed our November Presbytery meeting, below is the sermon from Rev. Elizabeth O'Neill for your enjoyment.
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.

UPDATE: PHFC Thrift Store Monthly Donation day at SVPC

The next collection date is Saturday,
December 5, 2020. 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.
Covid 19 Testing Sites

In an effort to save lives, slow, and contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus here in Jefferson County, the County Commission has partnered with several businesses to provide funding o establish free community testing sites throughout Jefferson County. Read more...
Matthew 25

What is a Matthew 25 church?
Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, both the 222nd and 223rd General Assemblies (2016 and 2018) exhorted the PC(USA) to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.

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:


Teaching Elders and clerks of session,
The Presbytery’s Executive Council has approved a mission project, Project Empathy, in which we are trying to raise $50,000 to eliminate $5 million of medical debt in 10 counties in the Black Belt. One dollar donated eliminates $100 of debt.
 
We are asking your help in publicizing this Project to your churches and members. Below is a Zoom video about Project Empathy. It is 4 minutes long and can be used on your church’s online worship service, Facebook page, etc. Please contact me if you have any questions.
 
Thank you for your help.
 
Ralls Coston
Mission Coordinator
205-617-0216
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
In our Prayers

Please be in prayer for the mission of our congregations, our presbytery and our mission partners overseas.

Pray for peace in Congo and the safety of our mission co-workers. Jeff and Christi Boyd.

If you would like to support our mission co-workers, click the link below and type in their name. You will be led to their personal page with more information on their mission story and how to give.

PRESBYTERY OPERATING FINANCES October 2020 YTD  

Sue Westfall
Transitional Presbyter

Tammy Strickland
Presbytery Administrator
Assistant to the Stated Clerk

Bookkeeping

Tom Winter
Stated Clerk

Linda Burrowes
Recording Clerk

Jean Russell
Treasurer

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.

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 pastorsearch@mbpcusa.org.
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
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