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"
Fall fashion week may be over, but the barnyard is still looking  très chick ! Er, we mean  chic !
The goats are strutting, the alpacas are posing and everyone's showing off their finest coats ahead of winter. But — uh-oh — it looks like some farm fashionistas are sporting the same outfit!

Changing lives around the world is hard work — so we wanted to share some pics of the amazing animals who keep our spirits up every day!
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October 17-19 , First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, TN. - Dr. Serge Makolo, Director of Good Shepherd Hospital in the Kasai will be one of the speakers. He will itinerate to several states and will come to Alabama the last week in October.
Monday, October 28 -  Arrive in Birmingham. He and the translator, Thom McCutcheon, will be hosted by Belinda and Al Dickinson.

Tuesday, October 29 - 11:00 a.m - The Presbytery office for a presentation and lunch with some members of the Executive Council and others. 7:00 pm - Meet with UKirk for a presentation, supper, and worship at The Garage at Highland Hall, 3116 Highland Ave S, Birmingham
Wednesday, October 30 - 11:30 a.m. South Highland P.C., Builder's Classroom, presentation and lunch. 6:00 p.m. Supper and presentation, Southminster P.C., Vestavia Hills
Thursday, October 31 - leisurely breakfast, visit Vulcan. 1:30 departs from B'ham Airport


It is with great joy that I inform you of the arrival in Kananga of our Minolta press, I sincerely wish to thank each of you for your efforts to enable the Church to acquire a working tool for its program of the Christian literature. Jimmy wishes to convey our thanks to all our brothers and sisters who contributed to the realization of this work. May the Lord bless you.
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.
Please keep Rev. Craig Seitz in your prayers as he continues chemo and radiation treatments.
Cindy Coulter (59), Director of Children’s Ministries at IPC passed away on Sept. 18. Please keep her family in your prayers during this difficult time.
Click the photo above to read more about this conference.

Grace Presbyterian
(Rev. Cathy Hoop featured in The Presbyterian Outlook)
Grace Presbyterian Church is a new congregation in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The church formed from two congregations – one needed more room, the other needed more people. Together, they are a vibrant congregation sharing the love of Christ in their community.

The Presbyterian Foundation’s Project Regeneration helped these churches find a path to sustainability. If your church is ready for such a bold and faithful step, let’s talk. We can help you consider your options and how you can be a blessing today and in the future. Contact Paul Grier at 1-800-843-9547 or .

Mark your calendars, round up your youth, and grab your most comfortable sweater! The Fall Presbytery Youth Retreat will be held Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13 at Living River.  “Won’t You be our Neighbor?” explores our place in our ever expanding neighborhood. Led by Joe Genau, Pastor, Edgewood Presbyterian, Birmingham, this promises to be an amazing two days of fun, learning and being together at beautiful Living River! Registration is online and open on the Presbytery’s web site under Retreats   You may pay by credit card, check or billed to the church. 

Youth Leaders & Chaperones – there is more information on the website for you to use in your publicity at your church. 

Southminster Presbyterian Church is teaming up with Southminster Day School to make a ripple in our community. Join us for the first annual Southminster Scamper 5K race ... and walk or run your way through Vestavia Hills on November 2nd. In addition to the 5K, there will be a Kids Fun Run around the Southminster grounds, vendors, free inflatables, activities for kids, and a DJ!
To register for the Southminster Scamper, Kids Fun Run, or to "Sleep in" (T-shirt only), click on the link below:
If you lost the laces to your favorite pair of running shoes, be sure to stop by anyway to check out the vendor booths from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. If you are interested in a vendor booth, please contact Anna Murphy at
Montevallo Presbyterian Church
invites you to join us in a special day of celebration:
November 10, 2019
11:00 A.M. - Service of Dedication
for our rebuilt sanctuary
1:30 – 3:30 P.M. – Open House
4:00 P.M. – Service of Installation for The Reverend Dr. Sam Hamilton-Poore
510 Shelby Street
Montevallo Alabama, 35115

The next collection date is Saturday,
October 5. 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, email Terry Tingle.
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-Congo.

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.


Sponsored by PC(U.S.A.) & The Madagascar Mission Network
Thursday, Oct 10 (1:00pm) – Saturday, Oct 12 (2:00pm)
(Registration begins Thursday at 1:00pm, Conference Begins at 2 p.m.)
Conference Held at: St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church

Attached is the registration form (with an online registration option) and a brochure that outlines some of the work of the network.
The Presbytery office has an abundance of 2019-2020 planning calendars and Books of Order for a discounted price of $9 each. Please email Tammy if you would like to purchase one or more today.

              ACTUAL     BUDGET
REVENUES   $325,455  $318,667
EXPENSES    $311,895 $318,667
NET       $ 13,560 $ 0
Jay Wilkins
General Presbyter

Ralls Coston
Volunteer Mission Coordinator

Patrick Harley
Birmingham UKirk Minister

Tammy Strickland
Presbytery Administrator
Assistant to the Stated Clerk

Tom Winter
Stated Clerk

Linda Burrowes
Recording Clerk

Jean Russell

Pat Goodman
Volunteer Nurture Coordinator

You are encouraged to visit, read and converse with our General Presbyter, Jay Wilkins. We are sure you will find interesting conversation on the blog which is located below.

First Presbyterian Church, Livingston

First, Livingston is searching for an Interim Pastor. Click the link below for the job description and responsibilities.

The Presbyterian Foundation is looking for more ways to support the congregations in our region and have created a new position called Associate Ministry Relations Officer that will be an additional deployed staff to serve our region. This person will work closely with me and with Olanda Carr (my colleague who serves the mid-atlantic region) to help us to provide more resources to you. I have attached the job posting.   Here is also a link to all the job openings at the Presbyterian Foundation:  
3603 Lorna Ridge Drive ~ Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205-978-0320 ~ Fax: 205-978-0330