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The Spire
September 20, 2016   Vol. 6, No. 38
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Wednesday, September 21

4:45 PM       Fellowship Dinner

roast beef, baby green limas, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, roll, dessert

Children's Menu: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, roll, cookie

5:00 PM       Children's Chimes and Handbells

5:55 PM       Preschool/Children's Choirs

6:00 PM       Business Meeting

6:00 PM       CROSStRAINING for Youth

6:35 PM       Preschool and Children's Missions

7:00 PM       Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

7:00 PM       Shades of Adventure Meeting, Chapel

7:00 PM       Sunday School Lesson Preview 


Worship with Us
September 25, 2016

This Sunday, we will celebrate the new life that we have in Christ with four of our members who will be baptized. Brian Lee will be leading us as he introduces a new sermon series titled "Signs of Soul Distress." We need to recognize when our souls need attention so that we can respond by returning to Christ and nurturing our relationship with Him. Included in our time of worship will be an Orchestra prelude, "Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven," congregational singing of "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," and the Orchestra and Sanctuary Choir's presentation of "We Walk by Faith." At a designated time during the Morning Worship Service, FOURS will be guided to Preschool Worship; children in Kindergarten through Grade 3 will be invited to the Music Hall for Kids in Christ worship.


Extended Teaching Care

Workers this Sunday, September 25 are Jane Hosch, Lisa Williamson, Luanne Dunne, Geni Bomar, Dennis Dunne, Greg Bomar, Jimbo Auchmuty, Ken Wills, Mary Ellen Wills, Amanda Irvin, Amelia Auchmuty, and Anna Marie Auchmuty.


Our Church Family
Hospital Concerns

Nancy Mooney - released

Rodney Van Dyke - Lakeshore Rehab.


Love and Sympathy the family of Shades Crest charter member, Howard Sisson, in his death, September 19, 2016.


Nicaragua Mission Team

Remember to pray daily for the team and for each team member by name. Also, pray for the families for whom we are building homes, as well as for all of the individuals we are meeting and serving. Team members are: Dwayne Anderton, Cathy Barker, Ellie Barron, Jeremy Bearden, Stephen Bonner, Cindy Cutchen, Donna Henry, Minda Hogstrom, Denise Kelley, Fred Kelley, Fred Lakeman, Rita Lakeman, Adrian Lynch, Charlotte O'Barr, Chris Perry, Suzanne Reece, Denis Tanner, Linda Tucker, and Cindy Walker.


Thank You, Shades Crest!

There is no way the family of James A. Harwell can know and thank all the people who came to his side during his long illness, and all those who helped the day of his memorial service, but please accept this note as an attempt to do so. You have been kind before and since James’ death, and on the day of the service, some of you helped arrange the church, helped with parking, helped with the printed programs, and prepared and served a meal to the family after the service. Again, the Harwell family is grateful, and continues to be.


Online Giving Available at Shades Crest beginning October 1

We will begin offering our members and guests a secure way to give online through Shades Crest's website or using your mobile device. You may give one time or set up recurring gifts and tithes using your debit or credit card, or with an electronic check. Additional information on how you can conveniently give will be available soon.


Prayer Ministry Team Will Meet September 25

Shades Crest is implementing a new prayer ministry team this year. If you desire to be part of this ministry by praying individually or as part of a group, join us Sunday, September 25, (lunch included) immediately after the morning worship service in the Fellowship Hall. Anyone interested can participate. Please call the Church Office by Wednesday, September 21, if you would like to have food provided; or, you are welcome to bring a lunch. 


We had an initial meeting for this team Sunday, August 21; nine people participated. Now we invite you now to join us; even bring a friend!  


Goal: Develop and implement a prayer strategy to encourage people to pray individually or in groups.

Contact: Denis Tanner,

Wake-Up Awareness Breakfast

Please join us Tuesday, September 27 at 8 AM for our FREE Wake Up Breakfast. We often focus on what drugs teens are using; it is time that we focus on why they are using drugs.


At this event, we will learn from professionals and those with first hand experience as to why people decide to use drugs, and what we can do to help. A light breakfast will be served. Please come and bring a guest. We can make a difference in our community, if we stand together. RSVP for yourfree breakfast here.


WMU Update

Once called the Kathleen Mallory Offering, we now support state missions with our gifts to the Myers-Mallory State Missions Offering. This offering will support the work of Alabama WMU, as well as Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief, Church Planting, Church Revitalization and Global Partnership Missions. Gifts can be given all year, with a special emphasis for giving in September.


Remember the Arts and Crafts Fair on October to be held in the Fellowship Hall Saturday, October 1. Volunteers are needed to help with this event as we open our church to the community and beyond; contact Mary Swedenburg, 403-9941. Come and celebrate with us as we see the results of vendors using their God-given skills and gifts.


CREST FEST is Coming!

Fall is on its way - Crest Fest is coming! As we plan for October 26 Crest Fest, Sunday School classes are invited to provide an outdoor game or activity; a sign-up sheet will be coming to your class soon, or you may contact the Church Office. Classes should provide everything needed for the activity including all supplies, props, etc. Please sign-up by Wednesday, October 5. For questions, contact Suzanne Reece, 


Lots of Halloween candy is needed for Crest Fest. Donations of bagged, individually wrapped can may be dropped off in the Church Office.


Operation Christmas Child

Fill and send a shoebox to share God's love all over the world. Filled boxes are due at Shades Crest by Sunday, November 13. Use a shoebox covered with wrapping paper, a plastic box from the store, or pick up a box from the front of the church, the Fellowship Hall, the Gallery or by the office. If you don't have time to fill up a shoebox, you can click here to build one online. Contact Irene Jones at 902-3280.


Caring for Children During Worship - ETC

We have a significant need of volunteers in order to complete the 2016-2017 ETC schedule. If you would be willing to serve just six times each year (volunteers only serve during one service every other month), please contact the Church Office. If you prefer to serve on a specific Sunday, please specify which Sunday of the month you would prefer.

  • 1st Sunday of the month -- 3 volunteers needed
  • 2nd Sunday of the month -- 6 volunteers needed
  • 3rd Sunday of the month -- 3 volunteers needed
  • 4th Sunday of the month -- 5 volunteers needed
  • 5th Sunday of the month -- 4 volunteers needed
Contact: Suzanne Reece,


We are still in need of male and female adult mentors for this year's group of Crossover students. These students are sixth graders preparing to enter the youth group next year. Mentors are encouraged to pray for students, send notes of encouragement, join in occasionally for Crossover events, and be a friend to the student to whom they are assigned. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Suzanne with any questions you may have.


Shades Crest Calendar
Weekend Minister on Call

September 23-25     Mark Johnson     531-8698


September 25-October 1
Sunday, September 25
  8:15 AM Orchestra Rehearsal
  9:15 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Morning Worship
12:00 N Prayer Ministry Lunch/Meeting, Fellowship Hall
  Preschool/Children's Cmte. Lunch/Meeting
  4:00 PM Youth Choir Rehearsal
  Personnel Cmte. Mtg., PCR
  5:30 PM Sanctuary Handbells
Monday, September 26
  9:00 AM Senior Moments
Tuesday, September 27
  8:00 AM Whatever It Takes Breakfast/Meeting
  8:05 AM Ladies Wake-Up Workout
Wednesday, September 28
  4:45 PM Fellowship Dinner 
  5:00 PM Children's Bells and Chimes
  5:55 PM

PS/Children's Choir Rehearsals

  6:00 PM

Midpoint Worship and Bible Study



  6:35 PM PS/Children's Missions
  7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
  SS Lesson Preview, Chapel
Thursday, September 29
  8:05 AM

Ladies Wake-up Workout

  9:00 AM

Ladies Bible Study, R. 104

10:30 AM

Mountainaires Choir, Music Hall

Friday, September 30
Saturday, October 1
  9:00 AM    Arts and Crafts Fair



September 18, 2016 Summary


Weekly Budget Need $      29,322
Ministry Budget Gifts Sept. 12-18         23,919
Wkly Needs exceed Gifts Sept. 12-18 $       -5,403

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$      78,272


Found Faithful Sept. 12-18 $         1,660
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $         9,003
Commitments to date: $     921,175
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $  1,416,084
 Worship Attendance - 9/18/16              403   
 Sunday School Attendance - 9/18/16              393




















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

Activities for Children & Youth

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