Shades Crest Baptist Church
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Selected Event Crest Kids Christmas
Sunday, Dec 7, 5:30 PM

Selected Event Preschool Christmas Party
Wednesday, Dec 17, 5:55 PM - 7:15 PM

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The Spire
November 25, 2014   Vol. 4, No. 47
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Worship With Us
November 30, 2014

Morning Worship, 10:30 AM, in the Sanctuary or Charter Chapel 

Dr. Brian Lee will begin an Advent sermon series: "Voices of Christmas." His message "Voices of Prophecy" will be based on verses selected from Isaiah.


Hiram Rollo will lead the congregation and Sanctuary Choir in music and worship, including the Sanctuary Choir's presentation in word and song of "An Advent Call to Worship." Also, the Choir and Orchestra will present Joseph Martin's "Advent Cry," including Leslie Marshall as soprano soloist.


Preschool Worship and Kids in Christ:

At a designated time during the Worship Service, FOURS and FIVES will be guided to Preschool Worship; children in Grades 1-4 will be guided to the Music Hall for Kids in Christ.



  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

November 30, 2014 

Kelly Baker, Barbara Bratton, Sandy Johnson, Trudy Jones, Tracy Green, Becky Barksdale, Meredith Hornsby, Ken Cook, Irene Jones, Judy Stevens, Candice Lee, Amy Lawrence, Shay Hammonds, Drew Lawrence


If you are not able to be here, please find a substitute, and let your coordinator or Corri know as soon as possible.


Our Church Family
Hospital Concerns

Cathy Barker - released

Mary Buford - released

Lanelle Duncan - released

John Frith - Mt. Royal Towers Rehab.

Fred Kelley - released

Vera Vaughn - released


Love and Sympathy Barbara and Donnie Vinson in the death of their son, Jacques, November 22, 2014; also to Rachel and Jessica Vinson in the death of their brother.


Funeral Information:

Services will be at Shades Crest Baptist Church, Friday, November 28, 2014. Visitation will take place from 12:00 Noon-2:00 PM; the funeral will begin at 2:00 PM. Entombment at Currie-Jefferson will follow.



Sincere apologies to those of you who attempted to attend the community Thanksgiving service, only to discover that it had started on hour earlier than advertised. There was a communication breakdown concerning the scheduling of the service, and it was not discovered until the service had begun. Plans have already been made to correct this problem for next year. Once again, we regret any inconvenience this situation caused you.


Week of Prayer

2014 Week of Prayer for International Missions will be observed November 30 – December 7. Our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal this year is $15,000.  You may also give to the CBF Offering for Global Missions (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Missions Offering).


All are invited and encouraged to mark your calendars:

Tuesday, December 2, we will meet at the Family Life Center at 10:00 AM for the program, "What's It All About" (missions education and participation) and on Wednesday evening, December 3, we will hear speaker, Dr. Menjay, from Liberia. Thursday, December 4, we will go to the National WMU Building (leaving Shades Crest at 9:00 AM) for the observance of the national Week of Prayer.  We invite all to join us for this uplifting, informative gathering.



Mark your calendars to come hear the Christmas message in song Saturday, December 13 or Sunday, December 14, beginning at 3:00 PM. The musical presentation will be followed by a Family Funland in the Fellowship Hall.


Invitations (postcard format) and posters are available so that we may invite others to come to our celebration. Please find these in the Narthex, connector buildings, and the Gallery. Take advantage of social media, also. Go the church's Facebook page to copy the pictures that can be used for that purpose.



Greeters and ushers are needed to welcome and seat people both December 13 and 14. If you are willing to come 45 minutes early Saturday or Sunday (2:15 PM) to assist in this ministry, please contact Denis Tanner.


We will need MANY homemade cookies for our Family FunLand (the gathering in the Fellowship Hall following the musical presentation). Imagine how many cookies we will need if we have a packed house on both days - maybe around 1,800 people! So, please think about this, do the "cookie math," and make plans to help. Contact Connie Shaffer.


Contact: Church Office, 822-1360

Childcare Help Needed

If you would be willing to help provide childcare during "The Christmas Gift" on December 13 and 14 at 3:00 PM, or the Christmas Eve Service on December 24 at 5:00 PM, please contact Corri Edwards.  

Contact: Corri Edwards,

LLL Christmas Banquet - December 18 at 12 Noon
Thursday, Dec 18, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

This year for our Christmas Banquet, we have a wonderful entertainer we know well and have enjoyed at previous LLL events.  Choko Aiken will be performing on the piano along with special guest, Carlos Pino, who will accompany on guitar. Choko currently is performing at Von Maur as well as many other venues in Birmingham. Carlos is an outstanding guitarist who is currently touring in Columbia. This great duo will perform for us on December 18 in our Fellowship Hall. 


Lunch will be prepared by Joyce Roberson and her fantastic crew and will be served by our church staff.  Please make your plans now to attend this holiday event. The cost of the meal is just $5.00.  To make reservations, please call Connie Shaffer at 822-1360 email her at  Reservations are not required, but it will be helpful to know how many to prepare for - so please call or email.  Merry Christmas!

Contact: Mark Johnson, 822-1360, ext. 239

Honoring and Remembering Your Loved Ones

For your $20 contribution to Shades Crest missions, we will print your loved one's name on a poinsettia card to be displayed on the Sanctuary Christmas tree. If you wish to honor or commemorate a loved one in this way, please contact Connie Shaffer in the Church Office by Sunday, December 14.


Missional Opportunities for Giving

Thanksgiving and Christmas are wonderful times of the year, filled with family, love and giving. At Shades Crest, there are many opportunities to give, both of your time and resources.  The following opportunities are listed for your convenience:


Ministry Center at Green Springs

  • Christmas Gifts for The Ministry Center at Green Springs - Please bring the gifts to the Church Office by Sunday morning, November 30.
  • Christmas Party and Fellowship - December 6, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, your help is needed to carry gifts to grandparents’ cars and to provide refreshments, crafts, Christmas program and fellowship at The Ministry Center at Green Springs. This will be a wonderful opportunity to Share the Joy of Christmas with families in need!  Contact Sandy Flynn, or 823-3044. 
  • Christmas Meals - Your gift of $45 will buy ingredients needed for holiday meals for 4 families. About 240 families will receive these meals. Contact Ray Flynn, or 823-3044.


TEAM NOEL Mission Trip to Nicaragua

Suzanne Reece, Donna Henry, Fred and Rita Lakeman will travel to Diriamba December 1-6 to partner with Nicaraguan Christian Outreach to share the love of Christ with the seond poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. We will be delivering Christmas gifts and can use your help.  The collection center is Room 154 by the School of the Arts Office. There is a list available of items needed, or you can give money. 


The Annual Shades Crest Christmas Offering for World Missions

This offering also gives you two choices:  You may give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (Southern Baptist Convention Missions Offering) or to the CBF Offering for Global Missions (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Missions Offering).


Wreaths Across America

The Alabama Gold Star Mothers are again sponsoring the Jefferson Memorial Gardens South Cemetery on Highway 150 as an official site for the "Wreaths Across America" program. If you would like to sponsor a wreath, donation forms are available in the Church Office. You can also order via the website  Search by the state of Alabama, then choose the Hoover site from the list. If you have any questions, please contact Marynell Winslow at or at 205-914-1824.


Appreciated Securities Make a Great Gift to Your Church

Many of our members have found that giving appreciated stock to the church makes good sense. Ask your financial adviser if this is a viable option for you.  Please notify Laura Strange personally (by phone, letter or e-mail) in the Church Office when you transfer stock to the church.


To give stock to Shades Crest Baptist Church:

1.       Notify your broker to transfer X number of shares of stock to Shades Crest Baptist Church’s account at Raymond James. Gifted securities will be sold immediately and proceeds promptly deposited into the church’s bank account.

2.      Call the church business office and notify Laura Strange that the gift is coming, the number of shares of stock and the company, the date the transfer will be made to the church and to what specific pledge(s) or purpose(s) you want the gift credited.


Shades Crest Baptist Church uses Raymond James as our brokerage firm to handle gifts to the church. Our church’s personal broker here in Birmingham is Andrew Fort.  Andrew’s email address is:, or he can be reached at 205-802-4240.



Crest Kids Christmas
Sunday, Dec 7, 5:30 PM

Please make plans to join us Sunday, December 7 at 5:30 PM as the Preschool and Children's Choirs lead us in a time of Christmas celebration in the Sanctuary.


Immediately following the program, the annual Holiday Batter Bash will take place in the Fellowship Hall.  If your child would like to participate in Batter Bash, please contact the Church Office or email Corri Edwards.

Contact: Corri Edwards,

Preschool Christmas Party
Wednesday, Dec 17, 5:55 PM - 7:15 PM, Preschool Hall - each class begins in regular Mission Friends room

The annual Preschool Christmas Party will take place on December 17 during regular choir and missions time.  Please make plans for your child to be here for this fun evening of carols, crafts, storytelling, and a celebration of the birth of Jesus!  

Contact: Corri Edwards,

Shades Crest Calendar
Fellowship Supper

Please be reminded that there will be no Fellowship Dinner or other activities this Wednesday evening, November 26.


Menu for December 3:

fried catfish or chicken fingers, baked beans, potato salad, hush puppies, dessert


Kids' Brown Bag Menu:

ham and cheese sandwich, Go-Gurt, fruit, cookie


On Sunday you may view the upcoming Wednesday menu on the message boards (connector buildings and the Gallery outside the Fellowshp Hall). If you need to cancel or add a dinner reservation for Wednesday night, please call the Church Office at 822-1360 or dial extension 242 (after hours) to leave a message with your additions or cancellations.


Weekend Minister on Call

November 28-30    Denis Tanner    531-7361


November 30-December 6
Sunday, November 30
  8:15 AM Orchestra Rehearsal, Sanctuary

  9:15 AM

Sunday School
10:30 AM Morning Worship
  4:00 PM Personnel Cmte. Mtg., R. 104

  5:30 PM

Youth Choir Rehearsal

  6:30 PM

Sanctuary Handbell Choir Rehearsal

Monday, December 1
  9:00 AM Adult Fitness Class

Senior Moments

Tuesday, December 2
  8:00 AM Mimi and Me Fitness, FLC
10:00 AM Women on Mission, FLC
  6:00 PM Simmons Middle School Concert, Sanctuary
Wednesday, December 3
  9:00 AM
Adult Fitness
  4:45 PM Fellowship Dinner Begins
  5:00 PM Children's Handbells/Handchimes
  5:55 PM Preschool/Children's Choirs
  6:00 PM Midpoint Worship - Dr. Menjay, Speaker
  Youth Crosstraining
  6:35 PM Preschool/Children's Missions
  7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, December 4
  8:00 AM
Mimi and Me Fitness, FLC
  9:00 AM WOM Departure for Nat'l WMU Bldg.
10:30 AM
Mountainaires Choir
Friday, December 5
  6:30 PM Sanctuary Choir Christmas Rehearsal
Saturday, December 6

Advent Schedule

Dec. 2    10:00 AM

"What's It All About" WOM missions program, FLC


Dec. 2      6:00 PM

Simmons Middle School Concert, Sanctuary


Dec. 3      6:00 PM

Week of Prayer Emphasis,  Dr. Olu Menjay from Liberia, F. Hall

Dec. 4    10:00 AM

Week of Prayer Service at WMU Building (leaving SCBC at 9:00)


Dec. 6      2:00 PM

Christmas Party Ministry Opportunity, Ministry Center at Green Springs


Dec. 7      9:00 AM

Youth Christmas Breakfast


Dec. 7      5:30 PM

Crest Kids Christmas

  • Children’s Choir Program, Sanctuary, followed by:
  • Holiday Batter Bash, (children's culinary creations) F. Hall


Dec. 13    3:00 PM

  • ''The Christmas Gift'' Musical Presentation, Sanctuary, followed by:
  • Family FunLand, Fellowship Hall


Dec. 14    3:00 PM

  • "The Christmas Gift" Musical Presentation, Sanctuary, followed by:
  • Family FunLand, Fellowship Hall


Dec. 17    6:00 PM   

Grades 1-6 International Children's Party
Preschool Christmas Party
Youth Caroling and Christmas Party


Dec. 18    12:00 Noon   

LLL Christmas Luncheon


Dec. 21    6:00, 7:00, 8:00 PM

Live Nativity, Courtyard


Dec. 24    5:00 PM

Christmas Eve Worship Service, Sanctuary




November 23, 2014 Summary


Weekly Ministry Budget Need:

$       29,054

Ministry Budget Gifts Nov. 17-23

$       42,529

Wkly Gifts exceed Needs Nov. 17-23

$     +13,475

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$      123,621



Found Faithful Gifts Nov. 17-23

$         6,990  
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $       17,739
Commitments to date: $     921,175 
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $     915,964  
Special Offering - Debt Reduction
$   143,423
Sunday School Attendance Nov. 23

Worship Service Attendance Nov. 23




















Shades Crest Baptist Church

452 Park Avenue

Birmingham, AL 35226


PH (205) 822-1360



9:15am Sunday School

10:30am Worship


Wednesday Evening - Midpoint

4:45pm Fellowship Dinner

6:00pm Prayer Service

Activities for Children & Youth

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