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The Spire
July 27, 2016   Vol. 6, No. 30
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Wednesday, July 27 Schedule

4:00 PM - Youth Backyard Bible Club Training, Youth Room

4:45 PM - Fellowship Dinner - Mystery Menu

5:30 PM - Departure for Backyard Bible Clubs

6:00 PM - Midpoint Bible Study

9:00 PM - College Readiness at the Tanners'


Worship with Us
July 31, 2016

Brian Lee will continue "Just the Facts" sermon series with his message "Just the Facts on Sin." Special music will include an organ/piano prelude, "Grace Greater than Our Sin" and the Sanctuary Choir's presentation of "Forgiven," a classic anthem of God's redeeming forgiveness and grace.


At a designated time during the Morning Worship Service, FOURS will be guided to Preschool Worship; children in Grades K through 4 will remain in the Sanctuary to worship with their families. Kids in Christ will resume meeting in August.


Extended Teaching Care

ETC workers this Sunday, July 31, are 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 this week 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. Those who normally work with Kids in Christ are reminded to check with your coordinator Sunday morning to see if your help might be needed with the younger children.


Our Church Family
Love and Sympathy Kim Harwell in the death of her husband, to Brandon and Eleanor Jo Harwell in the death of their father, and to Elizabeth and Hoyt Harwell in the death of their son, James Harwell, July 27, 2016. Arrangements are pending.


Hospital Concerns

Shirley Braswell - released

Gladys Christian - Brookwood

Billie LeCroy - released


You Are Invited!

Everyone is invited to a breakfast reception honoring the Surtees family as they prepare for their August 2 departure for Uganda. Come to the Fellowship Hall between 8:30 and 9:00 AM this coming Sunday, July 31 to offer prayers, blessings, and support to Lee, Krista, Ward, and Kate.


Thank You, Shades Crest!

Dear Shades Crest,

We want to thank the congregation, the Missions Committee and countless individuals for the support we have experienced before and after our decision to follow the call to Kampala, Uganda to work with our missional partners at Refuge and Hope International. We have been encouraged during each encounter with the people of Shades Crest. We go knowing we are loved, supported and still a part of a wonderful church. We hope to see you all this Sunday which will be our last for a while. We will be sharing our time and work in Kampala on Facebook (@surtees2uganda) and a website ( We hope you'll sign up to receive our email updates.

Lee, Krista, Ward and Kate


Sharing The Super Summer Experience

Wednesday evening, August 3, 6:00 PM, students will share their Super Summer Leadership Camp experiences at CROSStRAINING.

Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

Weekday Early Education - New Positions!

The 2016-2017 Weekday Program school year is almost here! We are currently looking to add two exciting positions to our staff: Librarian and Foreign Language Teacher. These positions will offer classes once a week for our 2K-4K preschoolers. If you have a love for books and reading or have the gift of a second language, please contact the Weekday Office at 205-824-9050 or Laura Tadlock at


Your Help Is Needed

The Ministry Center at Green Springs needs help with school supplies

for the 50 children who attend The Green Springs International Children's Camp as well as the children whose families are served by the Food Pantry. School supplies most needed are glue sticks, composition books, spiral notebooks, loose leaf paper (wide & college), colored pencils, and markers. We will be distributing school supplies throughout the month of July. Please place them in boxes at entrances. Your help will be deeply appreciated! 

Contact: Sandy Flynn,, 422-3427

Extended Teaching Care

It's time once again to begin preparing the next ETC Worker Calendar. If you are currently serving as an ETC volunteer, we will leave your name on the list unless we hear from you by July 31. If you are not currently serving in ETC and would be willing to serve our preschoolers in this way, please contact the Church Office. or go to

Contact: Suzanne Reece,

WMU Foundation Event

All are invited as The WMU Foundation sponsors a special event on Tuesday, August 2 at 9:00 AM at Shades Crest. Rosalie Hunt will present the program, "Her Way: The Unbelievable Faith and Courage of a Missions Trailblazer." She will bring Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend to life as she tells the remarkable and often scandalous tale of a woman who defied the culture of her time to found a missionary society.


We are the host church and want to have many members here to welcome those from all over the state who will be attending. We will serve light finger food refreshments that morning. If you can help in this way, please call Mary Swedenburg (403-9941).


Reservations (822-1360 or are appreciated but not required. Rosalie Hunt's books will be available for sale following the program. If you have questions, call Mary Swedenburg at 403-9941.


Back to School Celebration for PARENTS!

It's almost time for school to begin for another year. Parents are invited to join us on Thursday, August 11 in the Fellowship Hall for coffee and a light breakfast to celebrate the first day of school. Once you drop off your children, come on over and get in on the celebration! Coffee and breakfast will be available from 7:30-9:15 AM. We'll also have a prayer time for all of the teachers and students.


Family Food Truck Night

All ages are invited to the Family Food Truck Night on Wednesday, August 17 from 5:00-7:00 PM. There will be food, music, lots of fun, and information about all of the fall programming here at Shades Crest. Be sure to invite your neighbors and friends to join us. 


Noteworthy Opportunities!

Shades Crest Music Ministry will soon begin its new year. Many opportunities are available for you to develop and share your musical gifts - choirs for all ages (TWOS-Senior Adults), handbell/chime groups (grade school children), orchestra (youth and adults), and handbell groups (youth and adults). More information will follow soon about start-up times for rehearsals.


In the meantime, consider these opportunities, pray about your participation, and contact Hiram Rollo or Marilyn Crotty in the Church Office, 822-1360, with your questions about joining a Shades Crest Music Ministry group.


Ladies Bible Study

When the Thursday morning Ladies Bible Study begins this fall, there will be a new time, new room, new leader, and new topic! So whether you have been a regular attender in the past or never participated, we hope you will join us for a preview session on Thursday, August 18 at 9:00 AM in Room 104. The preview session will be an introduction to the fall study topic and you will receive a schedule for the Bible study which will begin in September. The preview session is simply to give you an opportunity to consider if this could be a source of spiritual nurture for you in your relationship with God.  We hope you will join us!


Shades of Adventure Trip to Kentucky

Please join us for a fun adventure in Kentucky, October 3-6. In Northern Kentucky we will experience the Creation Museum and Planetarium. Biblical history will come alive with the special effects, animatronic dinosaurs, life-size human beings and the “Created Cosmos” planetarium show. Then we will travel to see a scale model of Noah’s Ark which opened July 7. Its immense proportions will surely make this a "must-see" and you will get to experience it in its opening year! Additionally, we will enjoy a visit to Churchill Downs and the George Patton Museum.


The cost is $600 per person, double occupancy. A $200 deposit to Laura Strange will be your reservation for this exciting and informative excursion. The trip will be filled on a "first come-first served" basis. If it reaches capacity before you make a reservation, ask about the waiting list, so that you can be notified about cancellations.

Contact: David Henry, 205-307-8793

Students/Young Adults
Backyard Bible Clubs Final Session

Our youth group will lead Backyard Bible Clubs (BYBC) at different locations throughout Hoover this evening, 6-7 PM. Our children are invited to join them at Shades Cliff Community Park by Shades Crest pool if they would like to connect with children in the community and grow in their walk with Christ. Please note that children age 5 and under must bring an adult to stay in the area. Also, some families may be asked to go to another site. Email Denis Tanner, if you are interested in participating. Reservations are not needed.

Locations: Shades Cliff Community Park; Brooke and David Patterson, 448 Matzek Drive, 35226; Kanita and Matt Reed, 4478 Heritage Park Drive, 35226

Contact: Denis Tanner,

Save the Date - August 13
Saturday, Aug 13, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Family Life Center, Shades Crest BC

Students will welcome the upcoming 7th graders to the Youth Group Saturday, August 13 from 7-10 PM. Invite your friends!


The Student Ministry is furnishing the meat and paper products. 8th thru 12th grade will be asked to bring something. Look for more information to come!

Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

Shades Crest Calendar
Weekend Minister on Call

July 29-31  Hiram Rollo   902-9619


July 31-August 6
Sunday, July 31
  8:30 AM Breakfast Reception for Surtees family, F.H.
  9:15 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Morning Worship
  4:00 PM Personnel Committee Mtg., PCR
Monday, August 1
  9:00 AM Senior Moments
Tuesday, August 2
  8:05 AM Ladies Wake-Up Workout
  9:00 AM WMU Event - Rosalie Hunt, F. H.
Wednesday, August 3
  4:45 PM Fellowship Dinner
  6:00 PM Midpoint Bible Study
  7:00 PM  Youth Ice Cream Party
  9:00 PM College Readiness at Tanners'
Thursday, August 4
  8:05 AM

Ladies' Wake-Up Workout

Friday, August 5
  9:00 AM WEE Teacher Orientation
Saturday, August 6



July 24, 2016 Summary


Weekly Budget Need $      29,322
Ministry Budget Gifts July 18-24         19,710
Wkly Needs Exceed Gifts July 18-24 $       -9,612

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$      96,130 


Found Faithful July 18-24 $         3,800
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $       12,749
Commitments to date: $     921,175
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $  1,387,739
 Worship Attendance - 7/24/16              397
 Sunday School Attendance - 7/24/16                  371




















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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