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The Spire
May 24, 2016   Vol. 6, No. 21
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Midpoint Schedule - May 25

4:45 PM - Fellowship Dinner

chicken fingers, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, slaw, roll, dessert

Children’s Menu: chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, fruit, cookie

6:00 PM - Midpoint Worship/Bible Study, Fellowship Hall

                 Youth CROSStRAINING, Youth Room (dinner at 5:30)

                 Wednesday Wonders, Preschool, Room 123

                 Wednesday Wonders, Grade School, Room 215

7:00 PM -*Holiday Choir/Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal


*Special Invitation from Hiram Rollo:

Because of Memorial Day, many of our regular singers will be out of town Sunday, May 29; however, we still want to have a choir in the service. All are invited to come rehearse this Wednesday, May 25, with us from 7:00 to 7:40 PM (although our regular rehearsal will be longer than that, I promise to let those who are coming for this one-time commitment leave by 7:40 PM). Please consider being a part of this Holiday Choir. We need you! Contact Hiram Rollo or Marilyn Crotty, 822-1360, if you need more information.


Worship with Us
May 29, 2016

Worship will begin at 10:30 this coming Sunday with the Worship Connection. Brian Lee's message "How to Make a Difference," using scripture verses from Ephesians 4:1-13 and II Corinthians 8:1-7, will challenge us to make a real difference in our world, particularly in a spiritual sense. Musical offerings will include the Sanctuary/Holiday Choir's presentation of "Lord of My Life" and a piano/keyboard offertory presentation, "Beautiful One."

At a designated time during the Morning Worship Service, FOURS will be guided to Preschool Worship; children in Grades K-Grade 4 will remain in the Sanctuary to worship with their families.


*  If you arrive after the worship service begins, please enter through the front doors of the church.

*  You may access previous sermons by clicking on "Podcasts" on the Shades Crest website's home page.


Extended Teaching Care

May 29, 2016

Patti Tanner, Sandy Johnson, Maria Frith, Tracy Green, Trudy Jones, Suzanne Jones, Karen Smitherman, Becky Barksdale, Meredith Hornsby, Judy Stevens, Trey Dowdey, April Dowdey, Ken Cook and Irene Jones. Student volunteer is Anna Claire Johnson. If you are not able to be here, please find a substitute, and let your coordinator, Patti Tanner,, know as soon as possible.


Our Church Family
Hospital Concerns

Linda Stoves - Grandview

Rhonda Stringfellow - released

Charles Williams - Lakeshore Rehab.


Thank You!

Thank you, Bill Thomas and Don Sinyard! If you have not been on the Youth Hall lately, you need to check out the new lighting and ceiling tiles. Bill Thomas and Don Sinyard did a fantastic job volunteering their time and expertise to accomplish this work. The hall looks great, and it has never been brighter. Thank you, Bill and Don, for a job well done!


from Kathy and Johnny Smitherman

Thank you, Shades Crest! Those are such small words to express our gratitude for all the various and wonderful things you did while Kathy was "incapacitated."  Each time we didn't know what we would do for a meal, someone was at our door with food. That was the Lord working through you! We are so blessed to be a part of this Shades Crest family.


Called Business Meeting

There will be a special called business meeting Wednesday, June 1 for the purpose of electing messengers to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting.


Deacon Nominations

Each year the congregation nominates a portion of the deacon body to serve three year terms in service to the church; each church member has the opportunity to nominate 10 members. Deacon nomination forms are available in the Church Office and at the Sanctuary entrances with the deacon ballot collection boxes. Turn in all forms by Sunday, June 15.


LLL Lunch and Program
Thursday, May 26, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

We will meet this month on the fourth Thursday, May 26 at 11:30 AM. Dr. Fran Carter will present the program. She is a co-writer of the children's book R is for Rosie the Riveter and a former "Rosie the Riveter." Autographed books will be available for purchase. Please bring a covered dish to share.

Contact: Mark Johnson, (205) 531-8698

Hands-On Mission Opportunity - Family Promise of Birmingham

Monday, May 30 - Saturday, June 4

Shades Crest partnering with Southside Baptist provides temporary housing for families recently left homeless. This safe place allows families to stay together as they receive meals, counseling and transportation in the midst of homelessness.  Volunteers are needed to help provide dinner and to stay the night at Southside Baptist Church. On Monday, May 30 only someone staying the night is needed. On Tuesday, May 31, Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, dinner is needed (each night) and someone to stay through the night is needed. If you or your family can help, please contact Sundra LeCroy at (205) 821-4184.

Contact: Mark Johnson, (205) 531-8698

Special Opportunity to Serve!


Tuesday, June 7, 10:00 AM, join us in the FLC as we make snowmen and rabbit dolls to be used as gifts when we visit those who are ill, homebound, etc. Come help us and have the joy of serving Christ! If you have older children at home, bring them, and they can join us. If you would like to help but can't attend on this day, contact Mary Swedenburg, 403-9941.


Please remember that May is the month for our Associational WMU Offering, an offering that you know as the Helen White/Evie Eubank Associational Mission Offering. The Associational WMU uses your gifts for many different mission projects throughout the year. You will find the envelope for this offering in your envelope box.



Pianos Available for Adoption!

Several Shades Crest families have already chosen a piano. Call Marilyn Crotty, 833-1360 to select one of our surplus pianos to come live in your home. There is no charge for the piano, but members are asked to pay for professional moving services. The following pianos are still available:

  • Baldwin spinet – Chapel
  • Lester spinet – Room 202, Rockland
  • Estey studio upright – Room 204, Rockland
  • Leonard console – Room 214, Rockland
  • Winthrop tall upright – Room 214, Rockland
Contact: Marilyn Crotty, 822-1360,

Student Ministry Mission Trip

Students would like your help for their June 5-11 Mission Trip. They will be working with World Relief to provide "Welcome Kits" for refugee families when they move into their new homes. Shades Crest Youth have chosen to participate in the collecting, packaging, and delivering of these Bathroom Welcome Kits.


We hope to take a few complete Welcome Kits with us in June, and are asking for help from the Sunday School classes. Classes can work together to prepare a complete kit, or individual donations can be dropped off in the Youth Mission Trip collection bins (Youth Room and Fellowship Hall). For those wanting to prepare a complete kit, please collect all items in a lidded container. Complete kits can be given to Denis Tanner. Items for a complete kit are listed below:

  • 4-pack Toilet Paper
  • 2 Bottles of Shampoo
  • 8 Bars of Soap
  • 4 Toothbrushes
  • 2 Tubes of Toothpaste
  • Feminine Products
  • Deodorant (men and women)
  • Disposable Razors
  • Nail Clippers
  • Lotion
  • Band-Aids
  • Shaving Cream
  • Hairbrush/Comb


Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School 2016 will be held June 13-17, 9 AM - noon. Children finishing 4k thru 6th grade will learn that God is with them wherever they go. Register HERE Today!


Vacation Bible School Leaders Lunch and Preparation 

Sunday, June 12 we will have a gathering of all VBS volunteers immediately following the morning worship service. Lunch will be provided, final details will be shared, rooms will be set up, and decorations and signage will be put into place. If you are a VBS volunteer, please mark your calendar and plan to be present. We are still in need a a few more adult helpers and volunteers for Vacation Bible School. If you are willing and available, please contact Suzanne as quickly as possible. 


The Theme for this year's VBS is "Deep Sea Discovery." We are in need of a few items to help with decorations. If you have or are willing to donate any of the following items please drop them by the Church Office. 

  • Pool Noodles (in good condition)
  • Gallon-size plastic milk jugs
  • 2 liter plastic bottles and lids

We need boxes of Kleenex (cube shaped FULL boxes). And we will be collecting, sorting, and bagging travel-size hygiene items. Please donate some of the following items (travel size toiletries): bar soap, shampoo, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, deodorant (men and women), disposable razor, shaving cream. Bring items to the Church Office or Room 100 (Rockland Building).

Contact: Suzanne Reece, or Julie Chester,

Important Date Change - Mystery Lunch Outing

Due to a scheduling conflict, we are changing the date and the destination for our next Mystery Lunch.  The next Senior Adult Mystery Lunch will be on Thursday, June 23. We will depart from the FLC at 10:30 AM and we will return to the FLC at 1:00 PM. The previously announced outing will be rescheduled to a later date. If you are still interested, no reservation is required, but it will be helpful to know you are attending so that reservations can be made ahead of time.  Please call Connie Shaffer at (205) 822-1360. 

Contact: Mark Johnson, (205) 531-8698

Back Yard Bible Clubs

Our youth group will be leading Back Yard Bible Clubs (BYBC) at 4 different locations during the month of July on Wednesday evenings. We want you to be aware of what will be happening and if you are interested in helping to assist at a site (we need a couple of adults at each site), help with crafts, food or anything else, please contact Denis Tanner.  

Wednesday Schedule in July:

  • 4-5 PM Prepare for BYBC- Youth Room
  • 5-5:30 Eat dinner
  • 5:30 Depart for site
  • 6:00 BYBC
  • 7:30 Return to FLC
Contact: Denis Tanner

Students/Young Adults
Youth Lake Party
Saturday, May 28, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Lake Jordan Wetumpka

Youth are invited to a lake party (near Wetumpka) Saturday, May 28, departing from the FLC at 8:30 AM, returning at 5:30 PM. Cost will be $15 (includes lunch); make checks payable to Shades Crest Baptist Church. We have a limit of 30 people; you must sign up and pay by May 25.


Girls should bring a dessert to share, and guys should bring a 3L soft drink or gallon of tea. Bring your own fishing gear, swimsuit, towel and life jacket (if you already have one). Activities include swimming, fishing, croquet, volleyball, horseshoe, cornhole, and tubing.

Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361

Wednesday Wonders

Summer time has finally arrived, and with the arrival of summer we have some new times and schedules for the next couple of months. Take note and mark your calendar for each Wednesday night. Just because school is out doesn't mean church is out. Each Wednesday from 6:00-7:00 PM all children and preschoolers are invited to be present for Wednesday Wonders! We'll spend time learning, playing, growing, and marveling at the wonders of God. Preschoolers meet in Room 123. Children meet in Room 215. We'll kick off the summer with a Mega Game Night this Wednesday, May 25. Be there and invite a friend.


CROSSover Reminders

All sixth graders are invited to the June CROSSover gathering on Sunday, June 5. We will gather at 5:00 PM.


Save the Date!

Children who have just completed 2K thru Kindergarten, please make plans to join us for Preschool Missions Camp, July 12-14, 9-11 AM. You don't want to miss these 3 mornings of fun! You will learn about music and missions in different countries around the world from Shades Crest members who have been there serving. Learn about a different country each day and have fun with hands-on mission opportunities, all without ever leaving Shades Crest!  Please register here. For more information, contact Lauren Studdard at


Shades Crest Calendar
Weekend Minister on Call

Denis Tanner        May 27-29       531-7361


May 29-June 4
Sunday, May 29
  8:15 AM Orchestra Rehearsal
  9:15 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Worship Connection/Morning Worship
Monday, May 30
  Church Office/FLC closed for Memorial Day
  evening Family Promise of Birmingham
Tuesday, May 31
  6:30 AM Men's Accountability/Prayer Group
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout
  evening Family Promise of Birmingham
Wednesday, June 1
  4:45 PM Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall
  6:00 PM

Midpoint Worship/Bible Study and Called Business Mtg.



  PS/Children Classes - Summer Schedule
  7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, June 2
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout, FLC
  6:30 PM Youth Mission/Choir Trip Training, Youth Room
Friday, June 3
  evening Family Promise of  Birmingham
Saturday, June 4
  evening     Family Promise of Birmingham 



May 22, 2016 Summary


Weekly Budget Need $      29,322
Ministry Budget Gifts May 16-22         13,650
Wkly Needs exceed Gifts May 16-22 $     -15,672    

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$      89,930   


Found Faithful May 16-22 $        2,730 
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $      16,200
Commitments to date: $    921,175
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $  1,362,835
 Worship Attendance - 5/22/16             416  
 Sunday School Attendance - 5/22/16        unavailable    




















Shades Crest Baptist Church

452 Park Avenue

Birmingham, AL 35226


PH (205) 822-1360



9:15am Bible Study

10:30am Worship


Wednesday Evening - Midpoint

4:45pm Fellowship Dinner

6:00pm Pastor's Bible Study

Activities for Children & Youth

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