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.
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:

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.

Please join me and your colleagues Thursday, October 29th at 4:00 pm for mutual support, resourcing, and encouragement. The Zoom link is:

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.

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.
Presbyterian Outlook
COVID-19 news & resources

As the pandemic stretches on, are you feeling exhausted and burned out? Dee Cooper of Heartland Presbytery will lead a webinar for pastoral leaders on Thursday, Oct. 29 to address these current challenges. You can learn more about it here.
Remember: Check our website or follow us on social media to get materials as soon as they are released. You'll find weekly "Looking into the lectionary" reflections, all of the Outlook's COVID-19 news and stories, and our new worship resources here.
Fall Presbytery Youth Families Retreat!
For the first time, our Presbytery retreat will include a track for parents! Join us at Living River from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday November 14! We will hear from a keynote speaker, spend some time in small groups, have a cookout, and enjoy a day outside at camp! The Youth Council is discouraging group transportation for the retreat so will have activities for parents as well as youth. Sign up at the Presbytery website by Tuesday November
Both the Presbytery of Sheppards & Lapsley and Living River will be complying with all applicable CDC, state and local guidelines for minimizing the spread of COVID virus. These include cleaning guidelines, social distancing, mandatory masks, outside activities, hand sanitizing, individually packaged snacks & meals, group accountability and discouraging group transportation. All participants are expected to abide by the protocols.
The Presbytery's Child & Youth protection policy requires all adults to have confirmation of a clear background check on file with the Presbytery before participating in any Presbytery event involving children or youth. You may satisfy this requirement by having your church run a check and reporting to the stated clerk OR you may request the stated clerk to run one for you. The form for the stated clerk is on the available to download from the website linked above. Please note: the stated clerk needs at least 5 days prior to the event to make the check.
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,
November 7, 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.
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
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.

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