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Tuesday, Jun 30, 9:00 AM - Thursday, Jul 2, 11:00 AM

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The Spire
April 28, 2015   Vol. 5, No. 17
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Please Note

...that your next Spire newsletter will be available on the website and by email Wednesday, May 6 (late afternoon) rather than on Tuesday, May 5.


Worship With Us
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

4:45 - Family Dinner

5:00 - Children's Handbells/Handchimes

5:55 - Preschool/Children's Choirs

6:00 - Missions Banquet - Antarctica

           CROSStRAINING for Youth

6:35 - Preschool/Children's Missions

7:00 - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal


Missions Banquet – Wednesday, April 29
Wednesday, Apr 29, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

Featuring Jonathan and Niki Hollis

At 6:00 PM this Wednesday evening, April 29, our Shades Crest Missions Banquet will feature Jonathan and Niki Hollis of Dallas, Texas. Jonathan was born in Dallas and grew up attending Park Cities Baptist Church where he served on the Sound Team, learning everything from sound to lighting. Later, for three summers, he worked at Sky Ranch, a Christian camp where he worked as a video producer for a live network.


Jonathan graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Art with a focus on Photography and a minor in Theatre.  While at Ole Miss, he started his own production company called Strive for More Productions.  Between 2005 and 2013, Jonathan filmed throughout the U.S, Europe, Africa, and South America.  In the meantime, he also worked as a volunteer firefighter in Lafayette County, just  outside of Oxford, Mississippi.


Danika (Niki) Hollis was born in San Diego, California, where she attended the United Methodist Church of Vista, California. She enjoyed singing in the Chancel Choir and ringing bells in the Handbell Choir. She worked building models for LegoLand where she cultivated a love for traveling. Continuing her adventure, she also traveled to Antarctica, where she and Jonathan first met and later married.  Niki, Jonathan and their daughter, Emma now live in Dallas, Texas.


May 3, 2015

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

Dr. Lee will continue his sermon series using the teachings of Paul to address how we can live in peace with ourselves and others.


Special music Sunday will include presentations by our children's Chimes and Handbells ensembles and a special "Roofus" preview song by the children in our Grades 1-6 choirs. Also, the Sanctuary Choir will sing "Let There Be Peace on Earth."


Evening Presentation by Grades 1-6 Children's Choirs, 5:30 PM, in the Sanctuary,

You are invited to come experience "Roofus," written by Shades Crest member, Ken Berg. "Roofus" is the musical story of the friends who went to great lengths to bring their friend to Jesus.



 *  At a designated time during the Morning Worship Service, FOURS will be guided to Preschool Worship; children in Grades K-4 may remain in the Sanctuary to worship with their families or be guided to "Kids in Christ" in the Music Hall. Please be reminded that you may worship in Charter Chapel, where a live feed of the service is available. (Supplies for busy little hands may be found in the Chapel.)

*  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

May 3, 2015

Patti Tanner, Laurie Zimmer, Laura Strange, Leigh Smith, Julie Chester, Mary Jo Patton, Gladys Christian, Stacy Love, Lauren Studdard, Treva Medbery, Chris Love, Ken Wills, Mary Ellen Wills, Adriane Morris, Hannah Smith, Sarah Buchanan, and Jerome Kirkland. 

If you are not able to be here, please find a substitute, and let your coordinator or Corri know as soon as possible.


National Day of Prayer

You are invited to come to the Sanctuary Thursday, May 7 any time between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM as we observe the National Day of Prayer. A printed personal prayer guide will be available.


Our Church Family
Love and Sympathy Erin and Mike Sims in the death of his grandmother, Eula Mae Gaines, April 28, 2015; also to Braxton and Emily Sims.


Hospital Concerns

Cathy Barker - released

Bob Boutwell - Lakeshore Rehab.

Cy Hughen - Brookwood

Buddy Rawson - released


Message from Brian Lee

Last Sunday marked my second anniversary as your pastor. The occasion brought to mind something I told you on our first Sunday together. During my message that day, I indicated that I would be no more capable of walking on water than any of my predecessors were. By now you have come to discover just how true that is.


Like all pastors, I am as the apostle Paul put it “an earthen vessel.” And yet you have been very gracious to this particular vessel. You have encouraged me, accepted me and been patient with me. You have allowed me to be the person that God has made me to be rather than expected me to be something that I’m not. I cannot tell you how thankful I am for these blessings and for the honor that is mine to be your pastor.  


In beginning my third year, it is my hope that God will continue to use whatever gifts He has given me to further His work among us in the same way He might use my weaknesses for His own glory. Continue to pray for me as I do for you that together we will be all that God purposes for us to be as His people.


Search Committee Update

The Associate Pastor for Children and Families Search Committee has prepared a congregational survey to assist them in their efforts. There are two ways you can complete this survey. The first is to go online HERE.There is also a link to the online form on our website for members to use (Members/Children and Family Minister Questionnaire). Once the online form is complete, simply hit the “submit” button. There is no need to print a hard copy of the online survey.


The second option is to use a paper questionnaire. These will be made available on Wednesday night and Sunday morning at the end of worship for those who don’t have access to a computer or simply prefer a hard copy.  A churchwide email will also be sent that will cover both of these options again.


It is requested that you complete only one form so that our information will be as accurate as possible. The deadline for completing the questionnaire is Sunday, May 10.  If you have any questions, please contact Mike LeCroy or Brian Lee.



Online Pictorial Directory Update

If you missed having your picture taken last fall for our online pictorial directory and would like to have your picture added to our directory, please contact Laura Strange in the Church Office to schedule a photo appointment.


Items Needed

Children, ages 4K - Grade 6, are invited to register for Vacation Bible School. Find a link below in the Preschool/Children's section or register HERE.


Several items are needed for Bible School.  Please help us in collecting:  

  • 20 oz. clear soda bottles with caps, rinsed
  • Oatmeal canisters (any size)
  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Pie tins
  • Dead 9V Batteries (cover the contacts with electrical tape)

A collection bin is just outside of Corri's office in the Rockland Building.  

Contact: Corri Edwards,


Come enjoy live music, a Velcro wall, inflatables, Disney princesses, face painting, clowns, delicious food and more, on Saturday, May 2, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, at Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes' (ABCH) first annual Party at the Parks (Railroad Park). Those who have purchased tickets can walk over to Regions Field for a Barons game at 6:30 PM. Reserved game seating with ABCH will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for $7 per ticket. Find more information at



Food Items Needed by Ministry Center at Green Springs

Food items will be collected this Sunday, May 3, for the Ministry Center at Green Springs. Boxes will be located at the education building entrances. Please help:

  • Donate non-perishable food items.
  • Assist with food stocking and distribution.
Contact: Sandy or Ray Flynn, 823-3044

Girls in Action Recognition Tea

Girls in Action (Grade 1 – 6) and their moms are invited to the Recognition Tea right after the May 3 worship service in the Fellowship Hall. Women on Mission are also invited to be our guests. A light lunch will be served.


Please RSVP to Pam Thompson, 979-8952 by April 29 if you plan to attend.


This Sunday - Roofus!

The children's choir ministry has been working hard on our spring musical, "Roofus," written by our very own Ken Berg! Shades Crest family and friends are invited to come Sunday evening, May 3, at 5:30 to the Sanctuary as the children share this musical story.


Women on Mission
Tuesday, May 5, 10:00 AM

Krista Surtees will inform Tuesday Morning Women on Mission members about her family's trip to New York City, where they volunteered with Graffiti 2 Community Ministries to help with their Easter Egg Hunt. Join us Tuesday, May 5, 10:00 AM, in the Family Life Center and find out how many thousands of eggs were prepared for how many thousands of children. Unbelievable!


Home Missions Emphasis

Order the oven mitt made by Graffiti 2 to help them in their ministry in New York City. You may find this item in the World Crafts catalog. Or, you may order by calling Mary Swedenburg, 403-9941. Consider these as great gifts or maybe as a special treat for yourself.


We are collecting (white linens preferred) twin bed sheets, as well as towels and pillows for the Alabama Baptist Family Ministries apartments. You will have a special opportunity to bring items to the ''Linen Shower Table'' in the Fellowship Hall, Wednesday, May 13 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Contact Billie LeCroy with your questions, 822-6190.


Nearly-Wed/Newly-Wed Young Adult Connect Group

Shades Crest has formed a Young Adult Nearly-Wed/Newlywed Sunday morning Connect Group. This group meets Sundays at 9:15 AM in Room 242 (Young Adult Commons).


Shades of Adventure

November 2-5, 2015, Shades of Adventure will travel to the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Black Mountain, North Carolina and then to Charlotte to visit the Billy Graham Library.  At The Cove we will attend a seminar entitled Experiencing God through the Giants of the Bible led by the Blackabys.  


We have learned there are still rooms available, and we invite you to join us on this incredible excursion. All you have to do to be a part of this trip is to bring a $75.00 check to Laura Strange in the Church Office. The balance will be due September 30, and the deposit is fully refundable until that date. We are still working on the details and are unable to give a final price, but estimate that it will be approximately $700.00. Twenty-six church members have signed up so far, and we would like to add your name to this list!

Contact: Trudy Jones, 913-8586

Register Your Children Today for VBS

Register for Vacation Bible School, June 8-12, today (ages 4K - Grade 6).

Register HERE.

Contact: Adriane Morris,

Preschool Missions Week
Tuesday, Jun 30, 9:00 AM - Thursday, Jul 2, 11:00 AM, Preschool Hall

Children who have just completed 2K to Kindergarten, please make plans to join us for Preschool Missions Week. You don't want to miss these three mornings of fun. You will learn about missions in different countries around the world from people who have been there serving and have hands-on mission opportunities, all without ever leaving Shades Crest!  Register HERE.  

Contact: Corri Edwards,

Camp Razzle Dazzle
Tuesday, Jun 23, 9:00 AM - Thursday, Jun 25, 12:00 PM, Family Life Center

Children entering and completing Kindergarten, please make plans to join us for Camp Razzle Dazzle - three mornings of fun and games just for you! The cost is $35 per child. Register HERE.


Adult and Youth volunteers are also needed for Camp Razzle Dazzle! If you would be willing to help, please contact Corri Edwards.

Contact: Corri Edwards,

Shades Crest Calendar
Dinner Menu (Missions Banquet) April 29

Antarctica fried steak, snow peas, Transantarctic Mountain potatoes, iceberg lettuce, snowball rolls, penguin brownies


Children's menu:

pizza, fruit, cookie


Weekend Minister on Call

May 1-3        Brian Lee       531-5758


May 3-9
Sunday, May 3
  8:15 AM NO Orchestra Rehearsal
  9:15 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Morning Worship

12:00 Noon

GA Tea/Luncheon

  3:00 PM

SALT Meeting

  4:00 PM Youth Choir Rehearsal
  Discernment Group Mtg., YAC
  4:30 PM Life Stewardship Meeting
  5:00 PM
Meeting for Youth Mission trip Participants/Parents
  5:30 PM Roofus Children's Choir Presentation, Sanctuary
Monday, May 4
  9:00 AM Adult Fitness
  Senior Moments, FLC (Senior Adults)
  6:00 PM Trustee Meeting, R. 104
Tuesday, May 5
 10:00 AM Women on Mission, FLC
Wednesday, May 6
  9:00 AM Adult Fitness, Fellowship Hall
  4:45 PM Fellowship Dinner
  5:00 PM Children's Chimes/Handbells
  5:55 PM Preschool/Children's Choirs
  6:00 PM Midpoint Worship
  6:35 PM Preschool/Children's Missions
  7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, May 7
 11:00 AM
Open Sanctuary for National Day of Prayer
Friday, May 8
12:00 Noon Preschool Mother's Day Tea, Gallery
Saturday, May 9
  8:30 AM Second Saturday Women on Mission, FLC Fireside Room

April 26, 2015 Summary


Weekly Ministry Budget Need:

$      29,434

Ministry Budget Gifts April 20-26


Wkly Needs exceed Gifts April 20-26

$      -8,998

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$    115,699



Found Faithful Gifts April 20-26

$        2,445
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $      17,329
Commitments to date: $    921,175
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $ 1,067,019
Sunday School Attendance April 26

Worship Service Attendance April 26





















Shades Crest Baptist Church

452 Park Avenue

Birmingham, AL 35226


PH (205) 822-1360



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10:30am Worship


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4:45pm Fellowship Dinner

6:00pm Prayer Service

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