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The Spire
April 26, 2016   Vol. 6, No. 17
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Midpoint Schedule - April 27

4:30 PM - Missions Fair (until 7:15 PM)

4:45 PM - Fellowship Dinner

roast beef, green beans, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, roll, banana pudding

Children's Menu: pigs in a blanket, chips, fruit, cookie

5:00 PM - Children's Handbells/Handchimes             

5:55 PM - Preschool/Children's Choirs

6:00 PM - CROSStRAINING for Youth

6:35 PM - Preschool and Children's Missions

7:00 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal


Note to parents of Preschool/Children about the Missions Fair:

Mission teachers will bring children to the Gallery about 6:40 to meet their parents and then attend the Missions Fair at the pace you set. You will not need to return children back to their groups, so whenever you are ready, you are free to go. There will be stickers and stamps for children to collect in their passports (they made these in their classes last week). There will also be booths and fun activities for all ages; please help lead your child around to the various tables. Also, please help your child participate in the "offerings" that we are making to some of our partners. Lists of needed items are provided below in article titled "Shades Crest Serving the World.


Worship with Us
May 1, 2016

Worship will begin at 10:30 this coming Sunday with the Worship Connection. Brian Lee's message "What Do You Want Jesus to Do for You?" comes from Matthew 20:29-34. Musical offerings will include the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra's offering "All to Us," a hymn of praise that serves as a prayer that the glory of Christ may be at the heart of the church's mission. "Let the glory of Your Name be the passion of the Church; let the righteousness of God be a holy flame that burns; let the saving love of Christ be the measure of our lives." The Orchestra will present "I Sing the Mighty Power of God" as the offertory.

At a designated time during the Morning Worship Service, FOURS will be guided to Preschool Worship; children in Grades K-Grade 4 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.


Extended Teaching Care

May 1, 2016

Lauren Studdard, Laura Strange, Linda Tucker, Leigh Smith, Jane Hosch, Gladys Christian, Mary Jo Patton, Treva Medbery, Meredith Hornsby, Cortney Mixon, Stacy Love, Chris Love, Adriane Morris and Jonathan Hornsby. Student volunteers are Jerome Kirkland, Hannah Smith and Eleanor Jo Harwell. If you are not able to be here, please find a substitute, and let your coordinator, Lauren Studdard,, as soon as possible.


Our Church Family
Hospital Concerns

Walter Anderton - St. Vincent's

Charles Williams - BMC Princeton


Love and Sympathy Annette and Clark Veazey in the death of her sister, Novie Jean Bray, April 25, 2016.


Shades Crest Serving the World
Wednesday, Apr 27, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

Missions Fair - Wednesday evening, April 27

Our 2016 Missions Fair will feature many “hands-on” mission opportunities that will directly impact current needs of our Missional Partners. You will have the opportunity to meet our missionaries, hear of their missional activity, and directly impact their work. Many of our partners have expressed specific needs for their ministries which are listed below. Bring items to our Missional Partners tomorrow evening.


Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes

ABCH is collecting baby items for families and children in their ministry. Items requested need to be new items, not used.

  • Baby Items
  • Crib Sheets
  • Mattress Pads
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Pull Ups
  • Car Seats

Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

CBF will celebrate their 25th anniversary this summer. To honor this special occasion and support our field personnel, we are collecting quarters ($.25). Please bring quarters to the Church Office or to the April 27 Missions Fair.


Backpack Buddies 

  • Breakfast items - Pop Tarts, breakfast bars, oatmeal packets
  • Entrees - individual macaroni and cheese and ravioli
  • Snacks - applesauce, Fruit Gummies, crackers

Green Springs Ministry Center

GSMC is specifically requesting the following canned food items:

  • Pork 'n Beans 
  • Baked Beans 
  • Canned Soups

Moroccan Encounter

In preparation for their next trip to Morocco, the following items will be collected to be distributed in a small village including believer families. 

  • Gently used shoes for children aged 2-10.
  • Health Bags or “Blessing Bags” for men or women including small items like shampoo, hand lotion, small toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. Items that could be purchased on the “dollar” aisle.

Nicaragua Christian Outreach

  • Trial size toiletries (All items should be new) such as soap, shampoo, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, deodorant (men and women), disposable razor, shaving cream
  • Fabric – Fabric needs to be heavy cotton, duck, or canvas. (at least one yard or larger)
  • Empty cosmetic bags -- new
  • Lip balm, fingernail polish -- new
  • New white pillowcases – Standard size (Need 60)
Contact: Mark Johnson, 205-822-1360, ext. 239

WMU Update

We continue to collect canceled stamps to be used by missionaries in Turkey. You may bring them on Wednesday night, or give them to Mary Swedenburg. Please see the bulletin board and message boards for information about items to be collected for Shades Crest mission partner, Community Furniture Bank. Mary Swedenburg will take small items, or you may call the Community Furniture Bank, 942-2727, about having larger donations picked up.


WMU invites you to come by their table during the April 27 Missions Fair to see mission work that is being done by members.  


NOTICE: "Let's Make it Happen" event with Dr. Vera Soon, Friday, May 6, 1:00 PM has been cancelled. Women on Mission will meet Tuesday, 10:00 at their regularly scheduled time.


Women on Mission, for their annual Alabama Baptist Children's Home project, will be collecting items for babies. (Find a list in the "Shades Crest Serving the World" article above.) Sunday School classes could consider purchasing car seats. If you do not have time to shop for any of the various items, contact Lynne Werner,, who will be glad to help you. Items may be brought to the Missions Fair on April 27 or given to Lynne.


Youth Choir Reunion - Mother's Day Weekend

The Youth Choir Reunion will be Mother's Day Weekend, Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8. We will meet Saturday for dinner and rehearsal and will sing Sunday morning at 10:30, under the direction of Hiram Rollo.


Please make personal phone calls of invitation and post this through social media. The event is for ALL former Youth Choir members, AND for our current Youth Choir members. Call Connie Shaffer in the Church Office, 822-1360, to make dinner and childcare reservations.


Church Anniversary Golf Tournament
Saturday, May 14, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Horse Creek Golf Course

The Shades Crest Anniversary Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, May 14 beginning with a shotgun start at Horse Creek in Dora, Alabama at 10:00 AM. Foursomes will need to register their handicaps with Dale Stringfellow no later than Thursday, May 12. The cost for the event is $46 which includes your green fee, cart, range balls for warm up and lunch after the event at the golf course. Tournament will be scored on a best ball basis, and prizes will be awarded. Each team is also asked to provide one door prize gift that will be awarded by drawing at the post-round luncheon. 

Contact: Dale Stringfellow, (205) 822-1750

GA Mother/Daughter Tea

The GA Mother/Daughter Tea will be Sunday, May 15, following the morning service. All ladies of the church are welcome to join us in the Fellowship Hall as we celebrate the year. The girls will have an opportunity to “Serve Others”  as they plan, decorate, serve the food and clean up. Please contact Pam Thompson,, 979-8952 if you plan to attend.


Vacation Bible School 2016

It's that time again! Vacation Bible School 2016 will be held June 13-17. We are in need of lots of volunteers and helping hands to make this year's VBS one of the best ever. The theme for this year's Vacation Bible School is "Deep Sea Discovery." Children will learn that God is with them wherever they go. 


Volunteers are needed to fill the following roles:

  • Preschool teachers
  • Preschool Music
  • Preschool Crafts
  • Preschool Recreation
  • Worship Leaders for Children
  • Site leaders for Children's Bible Study, Crafts, Recreation, etc.
  • Guides for each grade level
  • And more......

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Suzanne Reece or Julie Chester, 822-1360.


Shades Crest Family Night at the Barons'

Join us Friday, June 17 as we go to Regions Park to watch the Birmingham Barons vs the Mississippi Braves. Tickets are $12 each and include a baseline box seat with a meal voucher for a hot dog, chips and a soda. Reserve your ticket by calling Dale Stringfellow at 822-1750. Tickets are limited, so sign-up TODAY!


Students and Young Adults
Graduates' Recognition

Shades Crest is recognizing all graduates May 22.

Send in the name of your college graduate, along with the name of his/her college and degree to to be published in the Spire May 17.


Our high school graduates and their families will have a luncheon immediately following the worship service May 22. Please email with your reservation. And, send 5 pictures of your high school senior, ranging from baby to senior portrait. Please scan each picture individually rather than all at once and email to 

Contact:, 531-7361

Youth Choir - We Need You!

Youth Choir, please contact Connie Shaffer in the Church Office to let her know that you will attend the Youth Choir Reunion May 7-8. This Reunion Choir especially needs our current Youth Choir members. Call Hiram or Marilyn in the Church Office with your questions, or see Kelley or Jeremy Bearden.


Here is the schedule:

Saturday, May 7

5:00-6:00 Rehearsal

6:00-7:30 Dinner & Program ($10)

7:30-8:30 Rehearsal

Sunday, May 8

10:10 AM Rehearsal in the Choir Room

10:30 AM Worship



CROSSover Reminders

Crossover students will meet this Sunday, May 1 at 5 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite Bible passage or story. 


All Crossover students and mentors who have signed up to serve at the Party in the Parks event should arrive at the church by 2 PM on Saturday, April 30. We will take the church van and carpool to Railroad Park. Following the Party in the Parks event we will attend the Birmingham Barons game together. Remember to bring $7.00 for your ballgame ticket, as well as additional money for snacks at the game.


The Great Clean-Up

It's time to give the children's department a good Spring cleaning! On Saturday, May 7, all children's Sunday School teachers as well as GA and RA leaders are encouraged to be a part of giving our children's classrooms and storage closets a good Spring cleaning. We will gather from 9 AM-12 Noon on this day to freshen up all of the classrooms, gather and inventory the supply closets and storage closets, and help return the rooms to their best possible condition. There will be coffee and refreshments to begin the day. For questions, contact Suzanne Reece at



Shades Crest Calendar
Weekend Minister on Call April 29-May 1

Suzanne Reece   907-7484


May 1-7
Sunday, May 1
  8:15 AM Orchestra Rehearsal
  9:15 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Worship Connection/Morning Worship
  4:00 PM Church Council Meeting, R. 104
  Youth Choir Rehearsal
  5:00 PM Youth Mission/Choir Trip Training, Youth Room
  Mission Committee Meeting
  CROSSover, Fellowship Hall
Monday, May 2
  9:00 AM Senior Moments
  7:00 PM Trustees Meeting, R. 104
Tuesday, May 3
  6:30 AM Men's Accountability/Prayer Group
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout
  4:45 PM WEE Staff Meeting, Fellowship Hall
  6:00 PM Stephen Ministry Training, Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, May 4
  4:45 PM Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall
  5:00 PM Children's Chimes/Handbells
  5:55 PM PS/Children's Choirs
  6:00 PM CROSStRAINING for Youth, FLC
  6:35 PM PS/Children's Missions
  7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
  Finance Committee Meeting, PCR
Thursday, May 5
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout, FLC
  1:00 PM WEE Rehearsal, Fellowship Hall
  6:00 PM Simmons Middle School Spring Concert, Sanctuary
Friday, May 6
  9:00 AM WEE Mother's Day Tea, Gallery and Fellowship Hall
  1:00 PM WOM "Let's Make It Happen," FLC
Saturday, May 7
  9:00 AM Children's Department Clean-up
  5:00 PM Youth Choir Reunion, beginning in Music Hall



April 24, 2016 Summary


Weekly Budget Need $      29,322
Ministry Budget Gifts Apr. 18-24         26,067
Wkly Needs exceed Gifts Apr. 18-24 $       -3,255

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$      96,366


Found Faithful Apr. 18-24 $        3,164
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $      11,348
Commitments to date: $    921,175
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $ 1,346,635
 Worship Attendance - 4/24/16             493
 Sunday School Attendance - 4/24/16             442

















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 Pastor's Bible Study

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