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The Spire
November 24, 2015   Vol. 5, No. 47
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Worship with Us
November 29, 2015

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

Brian Lee will begin an Advent worship series "Heaven's Christmas Message" with his message "Hope," using scripture from Luke 2. The Sanctuary Choir will sing a special arrangement of "The First Noel" on this first Sunday of Advent. Other special music will include a piano duet offertory arrangement of Handel's "For Unto Us a Child Is Born."



 * 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

November 29, 2015


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

Carolyn Cox - BMC Princeton

Sidney Martin - released

Allen Rawson - Grandview


Advent 2015 Devotional Guide

Discover how individuals and families can experience daily worship using the Advent wreath and the 2015 Family Worship Guide. Each family is encouraged to pick up a free copy of "Heaven's Christmas Message," available in the Narthex and Gallery, and to take a copy to share with someone who would benefit from this guide.


Stephen Ministry


Searching for a new ministry opportunity in our congregation? There will be a cost, you know, but there will also be great rewards. Stephen Ministry is our congregation’s one-to-one caring ministry. Right now we’re looking for members who are willing to pay the Commitment Of Self and Time and become Stephen Ministers, remembering that the blessings will outweigh the costs. To find out more about this ministry, please contact Charlotte O'Barr, Linda Tucker, or Denise Kelley today.

Contact: Charlotte O'Barr 822-9268

Mat Friend Quality #4 - Mutuality by Brian Lee

As we continue our series on developing “Mat” friends, we turn our attention to another critical aspect of quality relationships - mutuality.  Good relationships have a balanced give and take to them. All parties contribute benefit to the relationship so that no one is required to carry all the relational luggage.  


Relationships like these are built with an understanding that there are ebbs and flows in everyone’s life. Sometimes one party in the relationship may have to provide more energy when a friend is going through a difficult time, knowing that at some point their roles will be reversed.  Again, it is mutual. No one does all the taking.


Here, the self is held in a proper way. Such a person doesn’t view the relationship from a self-centered perspective seeking to get their own needs met without considering the needs of the other party. Likewise, he or she doesn’t approach the relationship as an undervalued self whose needs are suppressed in deference to another. Instead the self is held in a healthy balance that desires to meet the needs of others while recognizing its own needs at the same time.


As a result, mutual relationships develop a deep sense of trust in one another. Everyone in the relationship knows that the other has their best interests at heart.  No one is having to prove their loyalty, nor do they fear being taken advantage of. They trust each other’s heart. They are “Mat” friends.


Thank You from Hiram Rollo

Thank you, everyone who came last Sunday afternoon to help with the Christmas decoration. It was awesome to see the number of volunteers who showed up to serve, including new faces and those who come almost every year. The bulk of the work was done in less than three hours, which was our goal. A big shout out goes to the coordinators and team leaders, who did a tremendous job so that the experience could be very successful. Again, thank you much.


Reaching out to Young Professionals

New Sunday School Connect Group

Shades Crest is beginning a Young Adult Professional Sunday morning Connect Group. This group will focus on Bible study and will seek to build relationships with one another and the Lord, with intentions to reach out to our community.


Three couples will be leading the class: Lisa and Ben Byerly, Marissa and Todd Rath, and Lindsey and Michael Whisonant. This group will have their first Sunday meeting on January 10 (new date), 9:15 AM in Room 242 (Young Adult Commons - located upstairs behind the Sanctuary).


If you know someone in their twenties or early thirties (without children - young adults with children are encouraged to attend Bunker and Treva Medbery's class) this may be a great class for them. They will be exploring what it means to follow Christ and connect with others who are seeking to grow in their walk with the Lord.   


Contact the leaders of this class or call the Church Office, 822-1360, for more information.  

Contact: 822-1360

Opportunity for Service

The Ministry Center at Green Springs Share the Joy of Christmas 

Please bring assigned gifts for children who are being raised by grandparents no later than November 29. Also, help is needed at the Green Springs Christmas Party and Fellowship Saturday, December 5, from 2:00-3:35 PM. Contact Sandy Flynn, or 823-3044. Your gift of $45 will buy ingredients needed for holiday meals for 4 families. Contact Ray Flynn, or 823-3044.


Crest Kids Christmas

Please make plans to join us Sunday, December 6 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 Julie or Suzanne at 822-1360.


Contact: Suzanne Reece,

Senior Adult Outing to the Shops at Grand River
Thursday, Dec 10, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Departing from the Family Life Center

To anyone who would like a ride out to the Shops at Grand River in Leeds: we will be taking two vans out for shopping, lunch and great fun on Thursday, December 10.  We will depart from the FLC at 9:30 AM and return to the church around 2:30 PM.  We will eat lunch at the Food Court which has many delightful otions. To reserve your seat on one of the two vans, please call Connie Shaffer in the Church Office at 822-1360.

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

The Christmas Story

Shades Crest singers and cast members of all ages, along with handbells, orchestra, and guest instrumentalists, will combine to present the sights and sounds of "The Christmas Story" December 12 at 6:00 PM and/or December 13 at 3:00 PM.


Message from Hiram Rollo:


This is a critical time for us to invite people to our Christmas program on December 12 and 13. Printed invitations are available in the Narthex and Gallery so that we can give them out to family and friends. It's important to engage in a conversation with those we want to come, conveying to them what an amazing presentation it'll be. Don't wait until it might be too late. Please do your part to reach the people around us with the message of the gospel through this endeavor.



We need your help with homemade cookies for the Family Funland once again. It was a blessing to see how people came through last year. We hope the same will happen this year. Next week we will provide more details as to when you need to bring the cookies to the church. Did I mention that we need many cookies? That's right. We need many, I mean, MANY cookies.


Honoring and Remembering Your Loved Ones

Who is someone special who brings (or whose memory brings) light to your life? For your $20 (or more) contribution to the Shades Crest Building Fund, we will print your loved one's name on a card to be displayed on our Sanctuary "Tree of Light." If you wish to honor or commemorate a loved one in this way, please contact Connie Shaffer in the Church Office, 822-1360, by Wednesday, December 16.


The Diptones - LLL Christmas Banquet
Thursday, Dec 17, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

I hope you were with us for the November LLL event featuring the First Edition Jazz Band from Hoover High School. Lunch and the program were both fantastic. Thank you to all who brought so much wonderful food for us to share with our guests. It was like an early Thanksgiving Feast.


In December we will host The Diptones, a six-member a cappella vocal ensemble formed in 1986 to recreate the "doo-wop" sound that was heard during the 1950's and 60's on street corners of cities like New York and Chicago. We will meet at noon on Thursday, December 17 for a meal prepared by our kitchen staff and served by our church staff, followed by this program.

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

Students/Young Adults
Christmas Caroling and Party

Youth and college students are invited to meet at the Family Life Center at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, December 2, to go caroling. Afterward, they will meet at the Tanners' home (800 crest Cove) for food and games. This is always a fun night! Invite a friend! Parents, if you can drive, please contact Denis.


Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

Student Ministry Christmas Celebration - Grade 7-College

Youth and college students are invited to bring a friend Sunday, December 6, 9:00 AM to our annual Christmas celebration.  Our Sunday morning youth team will be providing a delicious breakfast. We welcome special guests Travis Crim and his sketch comedy team from California. Join us for this morning of laughter with a powerful message.

Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

DNow for Students

Prepare now for DNow weekend for students the end of January.  DNow is essentially a weekend retreat for students; this retreat involves a large portion of the church playing a significant role. Cost is $60, but you can save $25 by registering early - cut off date for early registration is Dec 2. Just mail a $35 check made out to SCBC with your student's name and DNOW in the memo line. 

Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

Batter Bash Participants Needed

Read more about Crest Kids Christmas, which includes the Preschool and Children's Choirs' music sharing program and the Batter Bash. Look above under Events/Opportunities.


If your child would like to participate in Batter Bash, please contact Julie Chester or Suzanne Reece in the Church Office, 822-1360.


Contact: Suzanne Reece,

Shades Crest Calendar
No Fellowship Meal Wednesday, November 25

Please be reminded that the next Wednesday evening fellowship meal will be December 2; the menu will include fried catfish, hot German potato salad, pineapple casserole, hush puppies, and dessert for adults; pizza, fruit, and cookie for children.


Weekend Minister on Call

November 27-29     Mark Johnson     531-8698


Advent Schedule

Dec. 1    10:00 AM

Women on Mission, Learning about  International Missions, FLC


Dec. 2      6:00 PM  

Week of Prayer Emphasis, Jade Acker, speaker, Fellowship Hall
Youth Caroling


Dec. 3    10:00 AM

Week of Prayer Service at WMU Building 


Dec. 5      2:00 PM

Christmas Party Ministry Opportunity, Ministry Center at Green Springs


Dec. 6      9:00 AM

Youth Christmas Breakfast


Dec. 6     5:30 PM

Crest Kids Christmas

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


Dec. 12    8:30 AM

SS Women on Mission, Learning about International Missions, FLC


Dec. 12    6:00 PM

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


Dec. 13    3:00 PM

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


Dec. 16    6:00 PM   

Grades 1-6 International Children's Party
Preschool Christmas Party

Dec. 17    12:00 Noon   

LLL Christmas Luncheon, with Diptones entertainment


Dec. 20    6:00, 7:00, 8:00 PM

Live Nativity, Courtyard


Dec. 24    5:00 PM

Christmas Eve Worship Service, Sanctuary




November 29 - December 5
Sunday, November 29
  9:15 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Morning Worship
  4:00 PM Youth Choir Rehearsal
  5:30 PM Sanctuary Handbell Choir Rehearsal
Monday, November 30
  9:00 AM Senior Moments, FLC
Tuesday, December 1
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout, FLC
 10:00 AM Women on Mission, FLC
  4:45 PM WEE Staff Meeting, Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, December 2

  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 - Jade Acker, speaker
  Youth Caroling, meet at FLC
  6:35 PM PS/Children's Missions
  7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, December 3
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout, FLC
  9:30 AM Ladies' Bible Study, FLC
10:30 AM Mountainaires Choir Rehearsal
Friday, December 4
   6:30 PM Christmas Story - Cast and All Choirs
Saturday, December 5



November 22, 2015 Summary


Weekly Ministry Budget Need:

$      29,434

Ministry Budget Gifts Nov. 16-22


Wkly Gifts exceed Needs Nov. 16-22

$      +2,369

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$     104,864


Found Faithful Nov. 16-22         $3,175
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $      13,844
Commitments to date: $    921,175
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $ 1,226,868
 Worship Attendance - 11/22             406
 Sunday School Attendance - 11/22             423



















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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