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The Spire
February 2, 2016   Vol. 6, No. 5
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February 3 Midpoint Schedule

4:45 PM - Fellowship Dinner*             

5:00 PM - Children's Handbells/Chimes

                 WorldCrafts Party

5:55 PM - Preschool/Children's Choirs

6:00 PM - Midpoint: DNow Sharing Service

6:35 PM - Preschool/Children's Missions

7:00 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal 

*chicken fingers, green beans, potato salad, pineapple casserole, roll, dessert

Children’s Menu - chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, roll, cookie


Worship with Us
February 7, 2016

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

Brian Lee's message, "Methods Matter," examining Paul's approach of reaching people with the gospel, will be based on 1 Corinthians 9:9-27. Clella Lee will lead the congregation, choir, and orchestra in music and worship. Special music will include the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra's offertory presentation of Mark Hayes' anthem "All for the Praise of God." 

At a designated time during the Morning Worship Service, FOURS will be guided to Preschool Worship, and Kindergarten-Fourth Grade children 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

February 7, 2016

Lauren Studdard, Melissa McLemore, Cindy Cutchen, Leigh Smith, Allyson George, Amy Toenes, Pam Thompson, Jan Spence, Vic Simmons, Janet Erwin, Amanda Kim, Stefan Kim and Chris Toenes. Student volunteers are Jerome Kirkland, 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
Hospital Concerns

Shirley Frost - released to Aspire Rehab

Riley Guin - released

Sidney Martin - released

Kym Mitchell - released

Bill Paracca - released


Welcome, New Members!

Anna and Jonathan Hart

Fanci Valente


With Love and Sympathy Frank Lee in the death of his wife, Gladys Lee, February 1, 2016.

Visitation and funeral arrangements are as follows on Friday, February 5, at Shades Crest Baptist Church:

Visitation: 10:00-11:30 AM       Funeral: 11:30 AM


Congratulations! Tonia and Lonnie Mimms on the birth of their daughter, Sarah Augusta Mimms, February 2, 2016; also to grandfather, Luke Thornton.


Mentors Needed for CROSSover

We have an urgent need for adult men and women to serve as mentors for this year's class of sixth graders, also known as the Class of 2022. These students will be a part of a new ministry called "CROSSover." If you would be willing to serve our sixth graders in this way, please contact Suzanne Reece, Read more about CROSSover below (under Preschool/Children).


ETC Volunteers Needed

It's nearly the middle of the church year, and we are in need of a few more volunteers for ETC. Please contact Suzanne Reece if you would be willing to serve once every other month with our preschoolers during the Sunday morning worship service. 


Do It All in Jesus’ Name

Stephen Ministers bring distinctively Christian care to those in need. They use both words and deeds to express Christ’s care for others—listening and comforting, calling on the training they have received and employing the tools of faith. If this job description fits your personal goals for ministry, consider becoming a Stephen Minister. A training class will begin in late February.  Please indicate your interest by this Friday, February 5 to one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders:  Charlotte O'Barr 822-9268, Linda Tucker 822-8836 or Denise Kelley 979-7226. 


Thank You, Shades Crest!

"Thank You" from Suzanne Reece:

It’s been 48 hours since my ordination service on Sunday, and I have yet to find the words to truly express my thoughts and feelings about the entire experience. I can’t begin to convey my gratitude to you as the body of Christ here at Shades Crest for all the ways you supported, affirmed, blessed, and prayed for me.


Thank you for coming to be a part of the service on Sunday. Your presence was a gift to me in so many ways. Thank you also for all the ways you welcomed my family and friends into our church. Many of them said they wished they could join Shades Crest and be here every Sunday. That is a true testament to the kindness, hospitality, and love that you as a church exhibit on a regular basis.


Thank you to all those who worked behind the scenes to make the service and reception more than I could have ever imagined. The ways you’ve blessed me since I began this new chapter in ministry here at Shades Crest are too many to number.


As I’ve reflected on the many words of encouragement and prayers you shared with me on Sunday, I am humbled by them all, and so very grateful God chose me to be in this place at this time and this season in the life of Shades Crest. I am honored to serve you and to use my gifts for ministry in this place. I am confident I will be processing and reflecting on the experience of ordination for quite some time. Know that there is more gratitude in my heart than I could ever put into words, and I am so blessed.


With a full cup and a grateful heart,




DNow "Thank You":

Thank you for being a great part of DNow this year. Shades Crest does a beautiful job of encouraging students to follow Christ. You prayed for our group of students, cooked and brought food to church and homes for over 140 people, helped administratively, hosted people in your homes, drove students around, carried luggage to homes, provided scholarships for those in need, took pictures, made videos and took care of equipment, coordinated a prayer emphasis, led crazy games, coordinated ministry opportunities, decorated, made sure students signed up, taught students and so much more. It is a joy to serve here at Shades Crest.  We had 90 students to register for DNow, and 12 were guests. Some will continue to visit and possibly join this family of believers.  Several decisions were made this weekend and we will see the results over time. We are so appreciative of the entire church for your care and concern.


We had wonderful group leaders who helped us this year. You helped raise students to come back to their home church to teach and love younger students.


Group Leaders 

Caroline Bearden, Mary Catherine Bryant, Kaitlyn Byerly, Leah Byerly, Caroline Dunne, Brandon Fomby, Katie Hatch, Bubba Hoffman, Luke Johnson, Connor Kilgore, Preston Smith, Sarah Beth Stocks, Travis Stringfellow, Caleb Tanner, Pam Windle.


Hosts and Co-hosts

Hosts: Jeremy & Kelley Bearden, Stephen & Laura Bonner, Brian & Amelia Breeze, Glenn & Sheila Bridges, Luanne Dunne, Hardy & Tracy Green, Brian & Shay Hammonds, Jonathan & Anna Hart, Latricia Hutchens, Jason & Leslie Sasser, Byron & Heather Smith, Mark & Julie Smith, Linda Stoves. Co-hosts: Dwayne & Cindy Anderton, Jon & Julie Buford, Amy Couch, Kim Harwell, Lee & Riley McDaniel, John & Kym Mitchell, DW & Julie Shelton, Chris & Carrisa Perry, Leigh Smith, Elizabeth Stocks, Mara Swaika, Carolyn Thomley. 



Cole Anderton, Gabe Anderton, Amelia Auchmuty, Anna Marie Auchmuty, Brandon Baker, Madison Baker, Joey Bearden, Reid Bearden, Grace Bonner, Leah Bonner, Landen Borklund, Jake Branin, Katie Branin, Elizabeth Bridges, Sarah Buchanan, Mary Buford, Mattie Buford, Anna Autrey Campbell, Saralyn Campbell, Kristine Chin-Lai, Lily Compher, Seth Compher, Allie Couch, Emily Couch, Will Couch, Christina Dolensky, Finn Dowdey, Sam Dozier, Mary Ingalls Dwyer, Anna Lane Elmore, Isaiah Etheredge, Kaleb Noah Etheredge, Haley Green, Josef Halcomb, Lawrence Hammonds, Nolan Hammonds, Ella Harris, Caroline Hart, Jackson Hart, Brandon Harwell, Eleanor Jo Harwell, Kaitlan Hayes, Luke Hinkle, Parker Hutchens, Katherine Hyde, Anna Claire Johnson, Peyton Keith, Sean Kennedy, Jeppa Kilgore, Jerome Kirkland, Josh Knapp, Reagan LeCroy, Tyler Lynch, Alex MacQuarrie, Brooke MacQuarrie, Cain McCoy, Camryn McCoy, Mykayla Mitchell, Emily Newsome, Ethan Newsome, Mackenzie O'Mara, Rachel Pace, Jaqueline Parker, Savannah Parker-Ross, Hayden Perry, Jackson Perry, Victoria Perry, Oakley Prell, Trey Prell, Emily Rice, Kole Roberts, Tanner Roberts, Andrew Sasser, Julia Anne Sasser, Ryan Shelton, Sarah Niles Simmons, Braxton Sims, Connor Smith, Hannah Smith, Nicholas Smith, Nick Smith, Ben Stocks, Emily Stocks, Anna Swaika, Daniel Thomley, Abbey Tucker, Savannah Tucker, Emily Vessey.


Wonderful Chairpeople and volunteers

Jimbo Auchmuty, Cathy Bearden, Charlotte Bragg, Sara Bryan, Katie Green, Sandy Johnson, Ashley Kilgore,  Kathy Rice, Micah Smith, Rebecca Stocks, Denis & Patti Tanner. 



On Wednesday, February 3, purchase gifts for your loved ones at the WorldCrafts Party in the Fellowship Hall, beginning at 5:00 PM; your purchases will benefit impoverished people around the world.


Food Items Needed by Ministry Center at Green Springs

Food items will be collected this Sunday, February 7, 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

Lovelady Center Needs Clothing

The Lovelady Center provides opportunities for many women and children who are seeking to change their lives. The Center is deeply appreciative of the volume and quality of clothing they received last year from Shades Crest, and they are requesting our assistance again this year. Please bring your gently used clothing (both genders, all sizes/ages) in bags to the Family Life Center by February 7.


Second Saturday Women on Mission

Join us on February 13 as we decorate cookies, prepare goodie bags, share information about our church, and move out to gift our community helpers in Bluff Park. We'll also discover how Gena Wilson connects with her community in Scotland. Meet at the FLC at 8:30 AM.


Hands-On Mission Opportunity - Family Promise of Birmingham
Tuesday, Feb 16 - Saturday, Feb 20, Southside Baptist Church

Shades Crest works with Family Promise of Birmingham, formerly known as Birmingham Hospitality Network or BHN to provide a safe place for families who have become homeless to stay together as a family. The dates we will need volunteers in 2016 are: February 16, 19, 20; May 31, June 3, 4; September 13,16, 17; December 27, 30, 31.

Contact: Mark Johnson, 822-1360

Men's Softball

The spring season for men's softball will begin Tuesday, March 8. Men (18 and above) who would like to play, please contact Dale Stringfellow, 822-1750 or Hardy Green, 613-8379.


Preschool Coordinator Part-time Position

Shades Crest Baptist Church is seeking a part-time Preschool Coordinator. This individual will be responsible to the church for planning, developing, coordinating, and evaluating a comprehensive educational, recreation, and ministry program for preschoolers. For a complete job description visit Resumes may be sent to


Students and Young Adults
Coming to Shades Crest!
Sunday, Feb 21, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, beginning in Fellowship Hall

For Students and Parents, PREFIX is a free, faith-based event with student and parent-specific sessions that will help families understand the issue of addiction and how to help prevent substance abuse in the home. Gather in the Fellowship Hall Sunday, February 21, 5:00 PM. For more information call Addiction Prevention Coalition at 205-874-8498.

Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

Retreat GO!

"Retreat Go!" is an opportunity for 7th-12th graders to do missions for a weekend in Newnan, GA, March 11-13.  Students will leave after school on Friday and return Sunday after lunch. The cost is $125 which is due February 17. Price includes t-shirt, hotel, food, traveling meals and transportation.


Our students will join other youth groups for worship, meals, and doing missions, and will be divided among other groups to go to different sites throughout the area.


Early Bird Rate - Pay $50 deposit by this Sunday, February 7 and save $25 off the total cost of $125. Limited space is available.

Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

CROSSover- Just for Sixth Graders

CROSSover is the all-new ministry designed specifically for sixth graders, the class of 2022. It is just one aspect of ministry to sixth graders, and will be a partnership in conjunction with all other ministries provided for this age group. The first Crossover will be held on Sunday, February 14 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Snack supper will be included. For more information, contact Suzanne at


Shades Crest Calendar
Weekend Minister on Call February 5-7

Suzanne Reece       907-7484


February 7-13
Sunday, February 7
  8:15 AM Orchestra Rehearsal
  9:15 AM Sunday School
  SCBC Orientation Class Kickoff
10:30 AM Morning Worship
12:00 Noon Community Basketball Luncheon
  Wedding Policy ad hoc Cmte., PCR
  1:30 PM Children's Advisory Committee, FLC Fireside Room
  2:30 PM Missions Cmte., R. 104
  4:00 PM Life Stewardship Member Care Team, R. 100
  Sanctuary Handbells, R. 158 (early time this week only)
Monday, February 8
  9:00 AM Senior Moments
  7:00 PM Trustees' Meeting, R. 104
Tuesday, February 9
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout, FLC
  9:00 AM Threads of Care
Wednesday, February 10

  4:45 PM

Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall

  5:00 PM

Children's Chimes/Handbells

  5:55 PM

PS/Children's Choirs

  6:00 PM Examen of Soul, Sanctuary
  6:35 PM PS/Children's Missions
  7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
  Finance Cmte., PCR
Thursday, February 11
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout, FLC
10:30 AM Mountainaires Choir Rehearsal
Friday, February 12
Saturday, February 13



January 31, 2016 Summary


Weekly Budget Need

$      29,322

Ministry Budget Gifts Jan. 25-31


Wkly Needs exceed Gifts Jan. 25-31

$       -7,190 

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$      95,768  


Found Faithful Jan. 25-31 $        2,446
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $      14,654
Commitments to date: $    921,175
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12
 Worship Attendance - 1/31            602    
 Sunday School Attendance - 1/31            467 

















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

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