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The Spire
February 9, 2016   Vol. 6, No. 6
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February 10 Midpoint Schedule

4:45 PM - Fellowship Dinner*             

5:00 PM - Children's Handbells/Chimes               

5:55 PM - Preschool/Children's Choirs

6:00 PM - Examen of Soul, Sanctuary (see article below) 

                 CROSStRAINING for Youth

6:35 PM - Preschool/Children's Missions

7:00 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal 

                 Finance Committee/PCR

*poppy seed chicken, rice, baby lima beans, salad, roll, dessert

 Children’s Menu - pigs in a blanket, chips, cookie


Examen of Soul

On Wednesday night this year’s observance of the Lenten season will begin.  We will gather in the Sanctuary at 6:00 for an experience titled "Examen of Soul."  Since Lent is a time of personal repentance and renewal, the Examen of Soul will give you a focused opportunity to meet God for the purpose of discerning where you are in your relationship with Him.


During the hour, you will follow a five step guide that will assist you on this spiritual journey. Though facing ourselves can be challenging, this is not a morbid experience of self-examination. Rather it is a joyful opportunity to face and confess our spiritual shortcomings and claim again the joy of forgiveness and the opportunity for new life.


I hope you will make a special effort to be a part of this experience which will be the first of several Lenten Moments that will take place each week prior to Easter. Again, the Examen of Soul will be held in the Sanctuary, February 10 at 6:00. Bring pen or pencil and an open heart for this special time alone with God. -- Brian Lee



Worship with Us
February 14, 2016

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

Brian Lee will introduce the Lenten series "Easter Lessons," based on the various gospel story characters surrounding the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. This Sunday's message, "Lessons on Truth," will focus on spiritual betrayal. Included in the service will be Ken Mooney's dramatic presentation "It Won't Be Good." Musical offerings will include the Sanctuary Choir's presentation of "The Power of the Cross" and Manson Crotty's solo presentation of "How Deep the Father's Love for Us."

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.


Our Church Family
Hospital Concerns

Shirley Frost - Aspire Rehab

Minda Hogstrom - released


Welcome, New Members!

Julie and D.W. Shelton

Ryan Shelton


Congratulations! Anna Bomar who received the Finley Character Award for Kindergarten at Bluff Park Elementary School.


Mentors Needed for CROSSover

We still have a need for a few more adult men and women to serve as mentors for this year's class of sixth graders. If you have questions about what it means to be a mentor, please contact Suzanne Reece,


Drivers Needed for New Ministry

Shades Crest is beginning a new ministry to assist adults who may need transportation and are in need of driving assistance. Seniors often need help getting to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctors' appointments, and church. We need men and women who, with several days notice, would be willing to serve in this way. We will match men with men who need transportation, and women with women who need transportation. Passengers will have to be mobile enough to get into and out of a car. All the potential passenger will need to do is to call the Church Office at least four days in advance of needing the ride in order to secure a driver. If anyone would like to help with this ministry, please call Mark Johnson in the Church Office at (205) 822-1360, ext. 239.

Contact: Mark Johnson, 822-1360


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WMU Update

Thank you to those who participated in the World Crafts Party. Next month we will emphasize the Week of Prayer for Home Missions; our offering goal is $3500. The Associational WMU will have a reception for the new Japanese Baptist National WMU Leader, Ms. Yonemoto, at the BBA office on Friday, February 12 at 10:00 AM.  All are invited; the presence of Americans who desire to serve Christ through missions will be an encouragement to her. If you have questions, call Mary Swedenburg at 403-9941.


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

Shades of REaD

Shades of REaD will meet Tuesday, February 16 at 10:00 AM in the FLC. Please join us as we review the book, Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury.


Mission Trip to Nicaragua

Shades Crest has confirmed a date for a mission trip to Nicaragua. Our trip will take place September 17-23, 2016. An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:20 PM in the Fellowship Hall. If you are interested in being a part of this trip, please be present at this meeting. We will seek to answer any questions you may have at that time.


The Vineyard Begins February 21

The Vineyard Sunday evening discipleship classes start Sunday, February 21 at 4:00 PM

  • The Focus OF (not ON) the Family February 21 - March 20, led by Dr. Dennis Sansom, 5 Sessions, Room 104. The class will examine the family throughout the Bible, starting with Adam and Eve through Paul's descriptions in Ephesians, etc. The family is not a moral or spiritual end-in-itself but serves a higher purpose, God's work in the world. 
  • Parenting in the Pews February 21-March 20, led by Suzanne Reece, Young Adult Commons. Children learn a great deal about life by watching others. Learning to worship is no exception. Children attend church for the same reason as their parents-- to worship. The conversation concerning Parenting in the Pew will provide practical tips for parents as they seek to guide their children in learning how to worship, so the whole family experiences worship in a meaningful way.
  • Bible Skills, Drills & Thrills (4-6 grades)led by Mike LeCroy, Room 211
  • Bible Buddies (1-3 grades), Room 219
  • Hide It In Your Heart (older preschoolers) - Room 125
  • Younger Preschoolers - contact Suzanne Reece for childcare
Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

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.


Youth Choir Reunion - Mother's Day Weekend

Save the Date and Spread the Word! Youth Choir Reunion will be Mother's Day Weekend, Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8. ALL former and current Shades Crest Youth Choir members (and directors) are invited!!!


We will meet Saturday for dinner in the Fellowship Hall, followed by a rehearsal. Then, on Sunday morning, we will sing in the 10:30 AM worship service. More information will be available soon.


If you are interested in being on the organizational committee, contact Kelley Bearden or Leah Auchmuty.



Join us Thursday, June 16, as we cruise down the Tennessee River in Chattanooga while enjoying the Southern Belle Riverboat's Prime Rib & Chicken Wisconsin buffet lunch.  There will be live entertainment, bingo, and narrated sightseeing. The cost for this day excursion is $100 per person. Sign up will start soon; we hope you will be on board! -- Shades of Adventure Travel Committee


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,

Whatever It Takes
Tuesday, Feb 23, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Fellowship Hall

Please join us for "Whatever It Takes," Tuesday, February 23 at 11:30 AM, and enjoy a FREE lunch. We will hear from a local mother of a young man who was addicted to heroin by the age of 17, the signs and symptoms that she experienced, and how her son found hope in recovery. Together, we can prevent substance abuse in the community. Come join us and bring a guest. Please RSVP for Lunch here. led by Sandor Cheka & Danny Molloy with Addiction Prevention Coalition.


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.

Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

Broomball for Students

Invite a friend and join us for dinner and Broomball (Pelham Ice-Skating Rink) Saturday, February 20, 4:30 PM; meet at the FLC. Please sign up in advance here. Bring money to eat dinner ($10) and $10 cash for broomball to pay at the door. Playtime is limited by number participating. Adults are needed to drive; text Denis at 531-7361.

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. The very first CROSSover will be held on Sunday, February 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Room 211. CROSSover will meet in Room 211. A snack supper will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring their Bibles. For more information, contact Suzanne at


Camp Chandler

It may be cold and snowy outside, but it’s time to start thinking about summer time. Make plans now to be a part of children’s camp this summer at Camp Chandler.

When: June 26-29

Where: Camp Chandler, Wetumpka, AL

Who: Children who have completed 3rd-6th grade

Cost:  Early Bird Rate (Until March 6) -- $235.00

                                 After March 6 -- $275.00


Payment Schedule

March 6 – Deposit of $75.00

(A deposit of $75.00 by March 6 qualifies for the early-bird rate.)

April 3 – Payment of $75.00

May 1 – Balance of $85.00


Registration form is available at For questions, contact Suzanne Reece. 



Updated Background Checks

Leading and teaching the children of our church is an awesome responsibility. One of our most important desires is to ensure the safety and security of all those in our care. Following recent decisions by the trustees related to background checks, we will be updating all of the background checks on file for all of our preschool, children, and youth workers. Be on the lookout for an email from Julie Chester with a background form attached. Please complete this form and return it to Laura Strange in the Church Office.


Shades Crest Calendar
Weekend Minister on Call

Hiram Rollo        February 12-14


February 14-20
Sunday, February 14
  8:00 AM Life Stewardship Cmte., R. 100
  8:15 AM Orchestra Rehearsal
  9:15 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Morning Worship
  4:00 PM Church Council Meeting, R. 104
  5:00 PM CROSSover Kick-Off, 5:00 PM (6th grade), R. 211
  5:30 PM Sanctuary Handbells, R. 158 
Monday, February 15
  9:00 AM Senior Moments
  7:00 PM Deacons' Meeting, R. 104
Tuesday, February 16
  7:00 AM Solitude & Silence Opportunity, Sanctuary           
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout, FLC
12:00 Noon Solitude & Silence Opportunity, Sanctuary
  6:00 PM Solitude & Silence Opportunity, Sanctuary
Wednesday, February 17

  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 Business Meeting
  6:35 PM PS/Children's Missions
  7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 18
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout, FLC
10:30 AM Mountainaires Choir Rehearsal
11:30 AM LLL Lunch/program, Fellowship Hall
Friday, February 19
Saturday, February 20
   4:30 PM Student Broomball, meet at FLC



February 7, 2016 Summary


Weekly Budget Need

$      29,322

Ministry Budget Gifts Feb. 1-7


Wkly Gifts exceed Needs Feb. 1-7

$        8,480

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$      37,802


Found Faithful Feb. 1-7 $       6,709  
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $       6,709
Commitments to date: $    921,175
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $ 1,303,990
 Worship Attendance - 2/7/16            495 
 Sunday School Attendance - 2/7/16            430 

















Shades Crest Baptist Church

452 Park Avenue

Birmingham, AL 35226


PH (205) 822-1360



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10:30am Worship


Wednesday Evening - Midpoint

4:45pm Fellowship Dinner

6:00pm Pastor's Bible Study

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