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The Spire
September 29, 2015   Vol. 5, No. 39
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

4:45 PM - Fellowship Dinner

5:00 PM - Children's Handbells and Chimes

5:55 PM - Preschool/Children's Choirs

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

                 Youth CROSStRAINING, FLC

6:35 PM - Preschool/Children's Missions

7:00 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal     


Worship with Us
October 4, 2015

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

Brian Lee will begin a new sermon series, "Becoming Who You Are," which will lead us to explore the process of taking on the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. This first message of a multi-part series is titled "The Process of Becoming," and comes from John 15:1-6. The Sanctuary Choir will open the service with "This Is the Day." Our Grades 5-6 Children's Choir, under the direction of Clella Lee, will lead us in worship as they present "Be Still" and an offertory anthem "O How Majestic." The congregation will join them in singing the Doxology as part of this anthem. 



 * At a designated time during the Morning Worship Service, FOURS will be guided to Preschool Worship; children in Grades K-4  will be guided to Kids in Christ worship in the Music Hall.

*  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

October 4, 2015

Lauren Studdard, Melissa McLemore, Cindy Cutchen, Leigh Smith, Allyson George, Amy Toenes, Laura Strange, Pam Thompson, Jan Spence, Vic Simmons, David Henry, Amanda Kim, Stefan Kim, Chris Toenes, Jerome Kirkland. Student volunteers are Hannah Smith and Sarah Buchanan. If you are not able to be here, please find a substitute, and let your coordinator, Lauren Studdard,, know as soon as possible.



Our Church Family
Love and Sympathy Rebecca and Steve Locke in the death of her mother, Bette Collier Averyt, September 27, 2015; also to Patrick and Josh Locke. Arrangements are as follows Thursday, October 1, at Southside Baptist Church: visitation, 11:00 AM; funeral service, 12:00 Noon.


Hospital Concerns

Pam Collum - released

Ilys Hogstrom - BMC Princeton

Barbara Sisk - Shelby Ridge Rehab


Discernment Group Invitation

from Brian Lee:

I want to personally encourage you to attend the Discernment Group report on Sunday, October 4 at 9:15 in the Fellowship Hall. There you will hear first hand about the good work this group has done to try to discern the Lord's leading as to how Shades Crest can have an even greater transformational impact on our community and beyond. You won't want to miss it!


At the end of this presentation, a Bible study on the "Prayer of Indifference" will be distributed to prepare us for our Sunday, October 11, 4:00 PM, churchwide conversation (in the Fellowship Hall) about the report.


Debt Reduction Sunday

Mark your calendar for October 18. That's the Sunday when we will be taking a special offering to help reduce our building debt. All funds designated toward the debt will go directly to reducing the principle of the loan and thus will save interest in the long run. We have been taking this special offering for several years now, and it makes a real difference. As a reminder, this offering is above and beyond our regular giving. So begin praying now about how much you should give to this year's effort.



Info for Online Directory Users

Online Directory users may now upload an individual or family picture from your home computer. If you have questions about the online directory, contact Laura Strange, or 822-1360.


WMU Update - Arts and Crafts Fair

We encourage all of our members to participate in the Saturday, October 3 Arts & Crafts Fair. A big thanks to everyone for their donations for the Fair! Please bring the food items to the Church Office by 12:00 noon, Friday, October 2 or by 8:30 Saturday morning, October 3. Could you be a greeter? We do want to extend a warm welcome to our guests. Contact Mary Swedenburg at 403-9941 if you can help. Invite your friends to come! Plan to ''shop till you drop." 


Remember our State Missions Offering; note the envelope included with your offering envelopes.


Food Items Needed by Ministry Center at Green Springs

Food items will be collected this Sunday, October 4, for the Ministry Center at Green Springs. Boxes will be located at the education building entrances. Please help:

  • Donate food items.
  • Assist with food stocking and distribution.
Contact: Sandy or Ray Flynn, 823-3044

Flu Shots Available

A Flu Shot Clinic is coming to Shades Crest Wednesday, October 7, 1:00-5:00 PM. The shots will be $25.99 (FREE with a Medicare Card or PEEHIP Card).


Shades of Adventure

We are excited about our November trip to North Carolina; we plan to meet Wednesday, October 7 at 7:15 PM in Charter Chapel. All participants should plan to attend. 



Explore Cypress Swamps of the Lower Cahaba
Saturday, Oct 10, 8:00 AM

Fall is a great time to visit wetlands, because normally the temperatures are good, bugs are few, and drier though still wet conditions allow you to keep your feet dry on the trails. Perry Lakes Park on the Lower Cahaba River offers such an opportunity. Join us Saturday, October 10. Participants will get a chance to see Spanish moss-draped Bald Cypress Swamps which look like they are right out of Louisiana, but are only about an hour from Birmingham. The site includes numerous trails around the swamps which lead to the largest gravel beach on the Cahaba River as well as a one-hundred foot observation tower. Families and individuals are welcome.


Wear clothes appropriate for trails, and bring insect repellent just in case. If you want to stay past lunchtime, bring a sack lunch. Tables and bathroom facilities are available onsite.  We will carpool from the Church to Perry Lakes Park. You should be headed back to Birmingham between noon and 2:00 PM.


This trip is part of the "Exploring Wild Alabama Trip Series" sponsored by Shades Crest Baptist Church. 

Contact: Ken Wills at (205) 515-9412,

Let's Keep Talking...

You talked. We Listened. ALL parents are invited to a district-wide event Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 -8:00 PM at Crossroads School, 2826 Old Columbiana Road, 35216. The following experts will present topics based on recent parent survey results: Cindy Bond, Angela Camp, Alice Churnock, Margaret Kneisley, Natalie Noble, Jeff Richardson, and Katie Smith.


Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

Crest Fest 2015
Wednesday, Oct 28, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Our Fall Celebration will be held in the front church parking lot. Featured will be food and fun for all ages, with inflatables, costumes, and games!


Students/Young Adults

This Wednesday, September 30, from 6:00-7:15 PM, the youth will meet in the Family Life Center (FLC) for free pizza, games, and the CROSStRAINING Band. Invite  a friend! Emily Stocks will be sharing. 

Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

Youth Sunday School October 4

The youth will all meet in the Fellowship Hall this coming Sunday, along with the adults, to listen to Pastor Lee as he shares the report from the Discernment Committee. Everyone should have already received the preparation guide either at church this past Sunday or in an email earlier this week. Please read and pray in preparation for Sunday morning.

Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

Retreat 78
Friday, Oct 9 - Saturday, Oct 10, Shocco Springs

Retreat 78 for 7th and 8th graders is a time to help establish and develop a quiet time.


Students should meet at the FLC at 4:15 PM, or right after school, Friday, October 9. Return time is at 6:30 PM Saturday, October 10. The $50 cost includes 2 meals (Saturday morning and Saturday noon), transportation, notebook, special activities, and a great time with old and new friends. Students should bring $ for Friday and Saturday night meals.


Bring to the Church Office:

  • Money (make checks payable to Shades Crest Baptist Church)
  • SCBC medical release form
  • Shocco Springs "hold harmless" form
Contact: Denis Tanner,

Shades Crest Calendar
Dinner Menu September 30

hamburger steak, northern beans, fried okra, slaw, roll, dessert 


Children's menu: Pizza, fruit, cookie 


Weekend Minister on Call

October 2-4    Mark Johnson    531-8698


Resurfacing the Gym Floor

The Family Life Center will be closed from October 1-6 (Thursday-Tuesday) as the gym floor is being resurfaced.


October 4-10
Sunday, October 4
  8:15 AM  Orchestra Rehearsal
  9:15 AM Sunday School for Youth and Adults in Fellowship Hall
10:30 AM Morning Worship
  4:00 PM Youth Choir Rehearsal
  5:30 PM Sanctuary Handbells Rehearsal
Monday, October 5
  9:00 AM Senior Moments, Fellowship Hall
  6:00 PM Trustees' Meeting, R. 104
Tuesday, October 6
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout, Fellowship Hall
10:00 AM Women on Mission (location TBA)
  4:45 PM WEE Staff Meeting, Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, October 7
  9:00 AM Adult Fitness, FLC
  1:00 PM Flu Shot Clinic, until 5:00 PM

  4:45 PM

Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall

  5:00 PM

Children's Chimes/Handbells

  5:55 PM

PS/Children's Choirs

  6:00 PM Midpoint Worship/Bible Study
  6:35 PM PS/Children's Missions
  7:00 PM Finance Cmte. Mtg., PCR
  Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
  7:15 PM Shades of Adventure Meeting for Participants
Thursday, October 8
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout, FLC
10:30 AM Mountainaires Choir, Music Hall
Friday, October 9
  4:15 PM Retreat 78 Departure
Saturday, October 10
  8:00 AM Cypress Swamps trip departure
  8:30 AM Second Saturday WOM, FLC
  6:30 PM Retreat 78 Return

September 27, 2015 Summary


Weekly Ministry Budget Need:

$      29,434

Ministry Budget Gifts Sept. 21-27


Wkly Needs exceed Gifts Sept. 21-27

$     -12,175

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$      84,517


Found Faithful Gifts Sept. 21-27 $        1,900
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $      11,170
Commitments to date: $    921,175
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $ 1,157,375
September 27 Worship Attendance           393
September 27 Sunday School Attendance           453




















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

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