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The Spire
December 16, 2014   Vol. 4, No. 50
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Worship With Us
December 21, 2014

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

The Advent sermon series "Voices of Christmas" will be continued with Dr. Brian Lee's message "The Greatest Voice of All," which will be based on John 1: 1-5, 14 and 17.


As a Call to Worship on this fourth Sunday of Advent, Grades 1-6 Children will join with the Sanctuary Choir and Jay Henley, soloist, to sing "Christmastime." Hiram Rollo will lead the congregation, choir, and orchestra in traditional songs of Christmas and will lead a special choir and orchestra presentation of "Angels, from the Realms of Glory."


Kids in Christ will not meet again until January 4; Grades 1-5 children will worship with their families in the Sanctuary.

At a designated time during the Worship Service, FOURS and FIVES will be guided to Preschool Worship.



Extended Teaching Care

December 21, 2014

Kanita Reed, Kay Franklin, Jenifer Brewer, Reble Foy, Julie Buford, Rhona Shaeffer, Glenn Bridges, Ashley Goodwin, Lydia Harris, Kyle Goodwin, Mike Helton, Susie Helton, Samantha Vines, Mattie Buford, Victoria Perry


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


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Wednesday, December 24, 5:00 PM

Come to the Sanctuary with family members and friends for this special service of carols, candlelight, and communion.


Childcare will be available for children four and under.



Our Church Family
Hospital Concerns

David George - released

Anne Ross Powell - released


Shades Crest Offering Envelopes - 2015

You may pick up your 2015 box of envelopes in the Connector Buildings and the Gallery. Extra envelopes will be in the pew each Sunday, and we will have additional boxes of envelopes in the Church Office. If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office for assistance.

Contact: Laura Strange, 822-1360,

Thank You, Shades Crest

Dear Shades Crest,


I’m still reflecting on The Christmas Gift, our 2014 Christmas Celebration. Being a music minister is such a privilege. Leading people to moments when collectively they achieve something they could never replicate as an individual is a humbling privilege. Oh, the joys of choral and orchestral music! And, to do it all for God’s glory – what a gift!


Thanks, everyone, for your cooperation. I owe a word of appreciation to the singers, accompanists, instrumentalists, handbell ringers, cast, host and coordinators of various areas for their hard work. To God be the glory for all that we were able to do this past weekend!


A program such as the one we presented requires a lot of work done behind the scenes by a large number of people. I’m tremendously thankful for our media/tech team, ushers/greeters, costume and decoration coordinators… everyone, I mean, everyone. Please know that your work does not go unnoticed. Also, what can we say about the Family Funland? The activities and the refreshments provided an amazing atmosphere for fellowship. Many thanks to all once again.


I’m not sure how many hours of work and rehearsal are involved in the preparation of a program like this, but I do know that it’s wonderful we can do it. We’re blessed with so many talents at Shades Crest that we feel compelled to employ them for the glory of the Lord. We are so thrilled, that we want to bring an offering of worship to Him through our service.


Lene and I wish we could be home for Christmas. We’d love to celebrate the birth of our Savior with our families in Brazil. However, in one sense, we will be home for Christmas, because Hoover is our new home. We thank you, church, for showering us with love and being always so welcoming. We’re humbled to be called to serve among you.


God bless us, everyone.


In Him, the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us,



Hiram Rollo

Minister of Music and Worship



Thank You

Dear Church Family,


Thank you for all of the phone calls, cards, hugs, and comforting words you have given us since Jacques' death. We are so grateful that Jacques got to fully experience God's love through a church family.  Thank you for loving Jacques even when it was not easy.


We love you,


Barbara, Donnie, Rachel, and Jessica Vinson


LLL Christmas Banquet
Thursday, Dec 18, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

Senior adults and friends are invited to come for lunch ($5) and a great program this Thursday, December 18! Choko Aiken will be performing on the piano along with special guest, Carlos Pino, who will accompany on guitar. Call Connie Shaffer at 822-1360 or email her at to make lunch reservations (reservations are not required, but helpful).


Contact: Mark Johnson, 822-1360, ext. 239

Ministry Opportunity

Join us for our annual Christmas Caroling at South Haven Nursing Home next Monday, December 22, 10:00 AM. This will be a great event for the kids!


We will sing carols and visit with the residents for about 45 minutes, then go to eat lunch at Sol Azteca.

Contact: Sundra LeCroy,

Sunday Morning Connect Group Lesson

Please make plans, all adult classes, to join us in the Fellowship Hall for the “Coffee Shop” and Sunday School on Sunday morning, December 28, meeting first in the Fellowship Hall (about 8:45 AM) with a time of fellowship.


The Coffee Shop will be hosted by the James Strange Sunday School Connect Group. At 9:15, everyone is invited to stay in the Fellowship Hall for a joint Sunday school lesson by Dr. Strange, or they may return to their individual classes.


See you there for a warm cup of coffee or tea, or two or three!


Missional Opportunities for Giving

Ministry Center at Green Springs

Your gift of $45 will buy ingredients needed for Christmas meals for 4 families. About 240 families will receive these meals. Contact Ray Flynn, or 823-3044.


The Annual Shades Crest Christmas Offering for World Missions

This Year, our offering goal for the Shades Crest Christmas Offering for World Missions is $15,000.  You may give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (Southern Baptist Convention Missions Offering) or to the CBF Offering for Global Missions (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Missions Offering).


Preschool Christmas Party
Wednesday, Dec 17, 5:55 PM - 7:15 PM, Preschool Hall - each class begins in regular Mission Friends room

The annual Preschool Christmas Party will take place on December 17 during regular choir and missions time.  Please make plans for your child to be here for this fun evening of carols, crafts, storytelling, and a celebration of the birth of Jesus!  

Contact: Corri Edwards,

Children's International Mission Study

Childen in grades 1 – 6 are invited to the FLC on Wednesday, December 17, 6:00 - 7:15 PM for the International Mission Study. We will be studying the Ivory Coast and missionaries there.  We will have games, activities and refreshments, so it will be fun for all!


GA’s and RA’s have talked about the Lottie Moon Offering and the Offering for World Missions and have set goals. They can bring in their offerings any time in December.


Students/Young Adults
Student Christmas Caroling

Students will go caroling this Wednesday evening, December 17. Please meet at the FLC to depart; we will arrive at the Tanners' home (800 Crest Cove, 35226) just before 7:00 PM for snacks. We will return to the FLC around 7:30 PM, but parents are welcome to pick up from the Tanners' home if they prefer.


Adults, please contact Denis if you can drive and let him know how many students you can transport.



College Christmas Party

College students are invited to Patti and Denis Tanner's home this coming Sunday, December 21 at 8:00 PM. (That still gives you all time to go by the Live Nativity at either 6:00 PM or 7:00 PM.) Bring a snack to share and a friend!

Contact:, 531-7361

College Group Opportunity

The College Class is going to the Passion Conference in Atlanta, January 2-4, 2015. If you already have a ticket and want to go with the group, or if you want to try to get a ticket, please contact Denis Tanner by this Sunday, December 21.

Contact:, 531-7361

Shades Crest Calendar
Fellowship Supper

Please be reminded: There will be no Fellowship Dinner Dec. 24 or 31; Fellowship Dinner and regular Wednesday evening activities will resume January 7.


Menu for December 17

hamburgers, French fries, coleslaw, dessert


Kids' Brown Bag Menu:

mini-hamburger, Go-Gurt, fruit, cookie


On Sunday you may view the upcoming Wednesday menu on the message boards (connector buildings and the Gallery outside the Fellowshp Hall). If you need to cancel or add a dinner reservation for Wednesday night, please call the Church Office at 822-1360 or dial extension 242 (after hours) to leave a message with your additions or cancellations.


Weekend Minister on Call

December 19-21     Hiram Rollo      902-9619


December 21-27
Sunday, December 21
  8:15 AM Orchestra Rehearsal 

  9:15 AM

Sunday School
10:30 AM Morning Worship
  6:00 PM
Live Nativity Presentation, Courtyard
  7:00 PM Live Nativity Presentation, Courtyard
  8:00 PM Live Nativity Presentation, Courtyard
Monday, December 22
  9:00 AM Adult Fitness Class
10:00 AM

Christmas Caroling at South Haven Nursing Home

Tuesday, December 23
  8:00 AM Mimi and Me Fitness, FLC
  5:30 PM Family Promise Mission Opportunity
Wednesday, December 24
  Church Office will be closed until Monday, Dec. 29
  5:00 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Thursday, December 25
Friday, December 26
   8:00 PM Family Promise Mission Opportunity
Saturday, December 27
   8:00 PM Family Promise Mission Opportunity

Christmas Events

Dec. 17    6:00 PM   

Grades 1-6 Children's Missions Study
Preschool Christmas Party
Youth Caroling and Christmas Party


Dec. 18    12:00 Noon   

LLL Christmas Luncheon


Dec. 21    6:00, 7:00, 8:00 PM

Live Nativity, Courtyard


Dec. 24    5:00 PM

Christmas Eve Worship Service, Sanctuary


December 14, 2014 Summary


Weekly Ministry Budget Need:

$       29,054

Ministry Budget Gifts Dec. 8-14

$       28,677

Wkly Needs exceed Gifts Dec. 8-14

$          -377

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$       63,246



Found Faithful Gifts Dec. 8-14

$       14,255
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $       21,084
Commitments to date: $     921,175 
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $     940,692  
Sunday School Attendance Dec. 14

Worship Service Attendance Dec. 14




















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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