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"
Updated Presbytery office hours for staff during the Pandemic:
9 AM - 4 PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday, staff works from home Tuesday and Thursday.
Madagascar Mission Network

Madagascar Mission Network Conference will be having a virtual conference this year on Nov. 12-14. Please click on the link below to see more information about the Madagascar Mission Network and the conference.

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 Presbytery Gathering this Thursday, October 15th due to Anti-Racism training.
PHFC Virtual Worship Service

The Presbyterian Home for Children is offering a Virtual Worship Service for your use. We pray that this will provide a well needed break for the Pastors and others preparing each weekend for worship services at their individual churches. We also pray that this will help cast vision for the ministry of the Home in a fresh and new way across Alabama and beyond. See the links below:

Shaping Faith
in Crisis
Peace by Piece

POAMN is pleased to announce that registration is open for our first National Zoom Conference, Shaping Faith in Crisis: Peace by Piece on October 27-28, 2020.
This event will bring together leaders and experts on aging, spirituality, and pastoral care, as well as leaders from communities of faith, seminaries, academia, and community organizations. The current pandemic has more.

Matthew 25 Presbytery

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:

Get Our Newsletters
Our e-newsletters will keep you up to date on the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency around the world. You can select the newsletters you'd like to receive at the link below. Thank you for your interest!
2020/2021 Planning Calendars

Presbytery still has approximately 50 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.
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.

Reopening during Covid-19

Click the link below for recommendations from the Insurance Board on reopening during Covid-19

BOP News

Read October news from Board of Pensions here.
News from Montreat Conference Center

Click the link below for news from Montreat Conference Center which includes dates for conferences on Rethinking Evangelism, Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul: A Virtual Program with John Philip Newell, Winter Gathering of College students and much, much more!

"Wholeness in Times of Crises"

You're invited to the 2020
Mid Council Leaders Gathering (Virtual)!

November 5, 2020
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM ET

Virtual via Zoom
Registration Deadline
October 23, 2020

Free to All That Attend!

About The Event
The 2020 Mid Council Leaders Gathering (Virtual), co-sponsored by the Board of Pensions, Office of the General Assembly, and Presbyterian Mission Agency is a one-day virtual event. The theme of this year's event is Wholeness in Times of Crises.

Who Can Attend
This re-imagined event has been designed specifically for administrative, ecclesiastical, programmatic, and financial leaders of mid councils, such as

  • executive and general presbyters;
  • stated clerks, COM/CPM leaders; and
  • business and financial leaders.
We invite you to forward this email to your other mid council colleagues who may wish to attend. They can also register to attend on the OGA website.

Click the Register Now button below for more information about the event and to register to attend!
If you are unable to attend, please click here to decline.
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.

PHFC Thrift Store Monthly Donation day at SVPC

Until further notice, due to Covid-19, donations will NOT be collected at Shades Valley on the first Saturday of the month. We hope to resume soon and will keep you posted as to when that will be. To volunteer or for more information, contact Jonathan Ahern at 1-256-368-8109.
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 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.
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
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.


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

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