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The Spire
November 18, 2014   Vol. 4, No. 46
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Worship With Us
November 23, 2014

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

Dr. Brian Lee's sermon will be "Speech Lessons: Training of the Tongue," using scripture from Ephesians 4:29 and Colossians 4:6.


Hiram Rollo will lead the congregation and Sanctuary Choir in music and worship, including the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra's presentation of "Faithfulness,'' a new setting of the words from the well-loved, familiar hymn "Great IsThy Faithfulness."


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.


Community Thanksgiving Service, 6:00 PM, Bluff Park United Methodist Church

All are invited to join Shades Crest and other community churches at Bluff Park United Methodist Church for a service of Thanksgiving, with a fellowship reception to follow.


Advent 2014

Discover how individuals and families can experience daily worship using the Advent wreath and the 2014 Family Worship Guide. Each family is encouraged to pick up a free copy of "Voices of Christmas," which will be available in the Narthex and Gallery beginning this Sunday, November 23.


Advent wreaths and candles will be available for sale in the Gallery. Preschool and Children's wreaths are $10.00; regular wreaths are $10 and candles (set of 4) are $5.00. Checks are preferred.


Extended Teaching Care

November 23, 2014 

Kanita Reed, Charlotte O'Barr, Elmira Tanner, Carol Shepherd, Amanda Irvin, Jeff Baker, Geni Bomar, Candice Lee, Greg Bomar, Nick Irvin, Lisa Williamson, Chris Toenes, Cindy Anderton, Trey Dowdey, April Dowdey, Anna Marie Auchmuty and Amelia Auchmuty.

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
Love and Sympathy Gail and Riley Guin in the death of his brother, Roger Guin, November 5, 2014. Sue Measel in the death of her brother, Walls Trimble, November 5, 2014.


Hospital Concerns

Debbie Browning - released

Dennis Dunne - released

John Frith - Mt. Royal Towers Rehab.

Fred Kelley - Brookwood


Congratulations grandparents, Carol and Rhett Whitley, great-grandmother, Bettye Barnes, and great-grandparents, Kay and Walt Barnes, on the birth of Casey Harris Whitley, November 5, 2014. The parents of the new baby boy are Whitney and Clint Whitley.


Called Business Meeting

There will be a special "called" business meeting to discuss the 2015 budget Wednesday, November 19. Then, at the end of the worship service November 23, a vote will be taken to approve the budget.


LLL (Live Long and Love It!)
Thursday, Nov 20, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

See you Thursday, November 20 at 11:30 in the Fellowship Hall for LLL (Live Long and Love It!), a monthly meeting for those who are retired/semi-retired who enjoy sharing fellowship, a covered dish meal, and quality heart-warming entertainment.  This month, we will be blessed by the children in our own Weekday program who will perform for us the Thanksgiving Story.  Please invite your friends and bring a favorite dish to share as we enjoy a special day of thankfulness and praise. (The program will conclude early this month, no later than 12:30.)

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

Decorating for Advent

All are invited to help decorate Shades Crest for Christmas! After worship this coming Sunday, November 23, eat a quick lunch, then come back to Shades Crest Fellowship Hall. Or, you may want to bring a lunch to the Fellowship Hall.


Many jobs for all skill levels (from your seat or on your feet) are available: fluffing greenery, wrapping gift boxes, assembling trees, hanging ornaments, etc. This is a great (and fun) opportunity for students to get community service hours! If you are not available this coming Sunday, but would like to help, "phase two" happens December 11 (and there's always clean up!).


Contact: Mona Simmons, 424-7598

Crest CAFÉ

Crest CAFÉ means casual, fun, in-home fellowship for groups of 7 or 8 adults. More than 170 individuals have already signed up. Sign up continues Wednesday evening, November 19, in the Fellowship Hall and Sunday, November 23, in the Narthex and Gallery (gathering area outside the Choir Room), or you may call 205-823-5569. November 23 will be the final day to sign up.


Thanksgiving Family Fellowship Meal
Thursday, Nov 27, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Shades Crest Fellowship Hall

Call Connie Shaffer in the Church Office at 822-1360 to make your reservation for the Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27 Fellowship Meal. Doors will open at 10:00 AM for games and fellowship; lunch will be served in our Fellowship Hall at 12:00 noon. Judy Stevens will prepare the turkey, dressing, bread and drinks; please bring your favorite Thanksgiving side dish to share.

Contact: Connie Shaffer, 822-1360

Women on Mission Update

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 to learn more about missions, 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 for the observance of the national Week of Prayer and especially want to encourage all of you to join us.



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.



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.



SONRise Together

Tuesday Morning Bible Study at the FLC

The mission of this men’s small group fellowship is to provide an intimate time of deepening sensitivity to God’s presence in our life, spiritual encouragement and prayer. We meet in the Fireside Room at the Family Life Center from 6:30 to 7:30 AM each Tuesday morning.

Contact: Bill Paracca, 332-1550

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 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. 
  • Thanksgiving/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.


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,

Shades Crest Calendar
Fellowship Supper Menu: November 19

Chicken and dressing casserole, fried green beans, congealed salad, roll, dessert.  


Kids' Brown Bag Menu:

mini-hamburger, 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 21-23     Mark Johnson     531-8698


November 23-29
Sunday, November 23
  8:15 AM Orchestra Rehearsal, Sanctuary

  9:15 AM

Sunday School
10:30 AM Morning Worship
  Decorating for Advent (beginning early afternoon)

  4:00 PM

Sanctuary Handbell Choir Rehearsal

  6:00 PM


Community Thanksgiving Service,

Bluff Park United Methodist Church

Monday, November 24
  9:00 AM Adult Fitness Class

Senior Moments

Tuesday, November 25
  8:00 AM Mimi and Me Fitness, FLC
Wednesday, November 26
  9:00 AM
Adult Fitness
12:00 Noon
Church Office/FLC will close
Thursday, November 27
10:00 AM
Doors open for Thanksgiving Lunch, F. Hall
12:00 Noon
Thanksgiving Lunch, Fellowship Hall
Friday, November 28
   Church Office, FLC closed
Saturday, November 29

November 16, 2014 Summary


Weekly Ministry Budget Need:

$       29,054

Ministry Budget Gifts Nov. 10-16

$       26,239

Wkly Needs exceed Gifts Nov. 10-16

$        -2,815

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$       80,732



Found Faithful Gifts Nov. 10-16

$         2,147  
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $       10,749
Commitments to date: $     921,175 
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $     908,974  
Special Offering - Debt Reduction
$    116,595
Sunday School Attendance Nov. 16

Worship Service Attendance Nov. 16




















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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