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The Spire
December 1, 2015   Vol. 5, No. 48
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

4:45 PM - Fellowship Dinner

5:00 PM - Children's Handbells/Chimes

5:55 PM - Preschool/Children's Choirs

6:00 PM - Youth Caroling and Fellowship

                 Midpoint Worship - Jade Acker, guest speaker

6:35 PM - Preschool/Children's Missions

7:00 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal


NEXT week's Wednesday evening schedule:

On December 9, we will gather for Fellowship Dinner at 4:45 as usual. However, we will not have our regular Midpoint Worship/Bible Study time on Dec. 9. "The Christmas Story" participants will have a dress rehearsal from 6:00 - 8:30 PM.


Worship with Us
December 6, 2015

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

Brian Lee will continue Heaven's Christmas Message series with "A Message of Salvation," using scripture from Luke 2. Musical selections will include traditional carols and other songs of our faith for congregational singing, and a presentation of "Canticle of Joy" by the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra. The Sanctuary Handbell Choir will present "Go Tell It on the Mountain" as the offertory.



 * At a designated time during the Morning Worship Service, FOURS will be guided to Preschool Worship; children in Grades K-4  will be guided to Kids in Christ worship in the Music Hall.

*  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

December 6, 2015

Lauren Studdard, Melissa McLemore, Cindy Cutchen, Leigh Smith, Allyson George, Amy Toenes, Laura Strange, Pam Thompson, Jan Spence, Vic Simmons, Janet Erwin, Amanda Kim, Stefan Kim and Chris Toenes.  Student volunteers are Jerome Kirkland, Hannah Smith and Sarah Buchanan. If you are not able to be here, please find a substitute, and let your coordinator, Lauren Studdard,, know as soon as possible.


Our Church Family
Remember to Pray

TEAM NOEL Mission Trip to Nicaragua

Maria Frith, Donna and David Henry, Denise Kelley, Rita and Fred Lakeman, Charlotte O'Barr, and Suzanne Reece are in Diriamba this week to partner with Nicaraguan Christian Outreach to share the love of Christ with the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Please remember them in prayer as they travel and minister.


Hospital Concerns

Carolyn Cox - released

Allen Rawson - released


Congratulations! Kaitlin Byerly on her acceptance to UAB School of Dentistry for the fall class of 2016. Audrey and Bill Cowley on the birth of their great-grandson, Grant William Bergquist, November 19, 2015.


Advent 2015 Devotional Guide

Have you picked up your family's free copy of "Heaven's Christmas Message"? Use this devotional guide all during Advent. Copies are available in the Narthex and Gallery.


Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is our congregation’s one-to-one caring ministry; we are looking for members who are willing to become Stephen Ministers. To find out more about this ministry, please contact Charlotte O'Barr, Linda Tucker, or Denise Kelley.

Contact: Charlotte O'Barr 822-9268

Crest Cafe Is Back!

"Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life."


Mark your calendars:

  • Wednesday, December 9 - Begin signing up, Wednesdays and Sundays
  • Sunday, January 17 - Deadline to sign-up 
  • Sunday, January 24 - Crest Café Kick-Off in Fellowship Hall


Crest Cafe presents a great fellowship opportunity for all adults attending Shades Crest. Get to know new friends or longtime aquaintances! Participants are randomly placed in groups of 6 to 8 and will then decide where and when they want to get together 3 times throughout the coming year. As simple as that! Why? Fellowship, fun, and friendship! 

Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

Mat Friends Have a Shared Commitment to Christ

One of the iconic TV shows in the past was "Cheers." The show, of course, was set in a small Boston pub where a group of regulars met to share the ups and downs of their lives. The theme song reflected the value that the show was seeking to uphold that “sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name.”


Certainly, there is a level of benefit that can be found in such connections whether they be in some social organization, sports team, or even in a nearby hangout. But as beneficial as these connections may be, they do not rise to the level of Mat friends. And there’s a reason. Mat friends go beyond everybody knowing your name to uniting around the name of Christ. In short, Mat friends are relationships based on their shared commitment to Jesus.


What makes such friendships so vital is the fact that they help us in our walk with God. True Mat friends aren’t satisfied with merely being friendly and enjoying one another’s company. Nor are they content with just supporting one another on an emotional level. Instead they seek to point one another to Christ. They realize that the greatest need in any friend’s life can’t be met with human companionship no matter how close it is. Only God can do that. 


As a result, friends like these pray for each other, challenge each other, hold each other accountable and ultimately encourage everyone involved to honor their commitment to Christ above all else. May it be that all of us will seek to develop and be Christ-centered friends.


Women on Mission Update

This week we are observing the Week of Prayer for International Missions. Wednesday evening, December 2, we will have a special prayer time and a special speaker, our own Jade Acker. On Thursday at 10:00 AM we will have an opportunity to attend a special Week of Prayer Observance at the National WMU office. At the end of the program (11:30) there will be a representative from the IMB explaining the reason for the requested retirement of about 600 missionaries. If you would like to attend with someone, please contact Mary Swedenburg at 403-9941.



Opportunity for Service

Help is needed at the Green Springs Christmas Party and Fellowship Saturday, December 5, from 2:00-3:35 PM. Contact Sandy Flynn, or 823-3044. Your gift of $45 will buy ingredients needed for holiday meals for 4 families. Contact Ray Flynn, or 823-3044.


Food Items Needed by Ministry Center at Green Springs

Food items will be collected this Sunday, December 6, for the Ministry Center at Green Springs. Boxes will be located at the education building entrances. Please help:

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

Crest Kids Christmas

Please make plans to join us Sunday, December 6 at 5:30 PM as the Preschool and Children's Choirs lead us in a time of Christmas celebration in the Sanctuary.


Immediately following the program, the annual Holiday Batter Bash will take place in the Fellowship Hall.


If your child would like to participate in Batter Bash, please contact Julie or Suzanne at 822-1360.


Contact: Suzanne Reece,

Senior Adult Outing to the Shops at Grand River
Thursday, Dec 10, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Departing from the Family Life Center

To anyone who would like a ride out to the Shops at Grand River in Leeds: we will be taking two vans out for shopping, lunch and great fun on Thursday, December 10.  We will depart from the FLC at 9:30 AM and return to the church around 2:30 PM.  We will eat lunch at the Food Court which has many delightful otions. To reserve your seat on one of the two vans, please call Connie Shaffer in the Church Office at 822-1360.

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

The Christmas Story

All ages will enjoy the sights and sounds of "The Christmas Story" December 12 at 6:00 PM and/or December 13 at 3:00 PM. Childcare will be available; contact Suzanne Reece, Parents of children ages 4 and up are encouraged to take your child to the musical presentation.


Remember to invite many others to our Christmas program on December 12 and 13. Printed invitations are available in the Narthex and Gallery. Please do your part to reach the people around us with the message of the gospel through this endeavor.


We need your help with providing MANY homemade cookies for the Family Funland. Please plan to bake 3-6 dozen cookes and bring them to the Church Office (disposable containers) by Thursday, December 10. Also, Family Funland needs some volunteers. A total of 11 volunteers are needed each day to staff the Family Funland following each presentation. The Family Funland will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Two sets of volunteers are needed. Follow this link to sign up! 


Honoring and Remembering Your Loved Ones

Who is someone special who brings (or whose memory brings) light to your life? For your $20 (or more) contribution to the Shades Crest Building Fund, we will print your loved one's name on a card to be displayed on our Sanctuary "Tree of Light." If you wish to honor or commemorate a loved one in this way, please contact Connie Shaffer in the Church Office, 822-1360, by Wednesday, December 16.


The Diptones - LLL Christmas Banquet
Thursday, Dec 17, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

We will be hostingThe Diptones, a six-member a cappella vocal ensemble formed in 1986 to recreate the "doo-wop" sound that was heard during the 1950's and 60's on street corners of cities like New York and Chicago. We will meet at noon on Thursday, December 17 for a meal prepared by our kitchen staff and served by our church staff, followed by this program.

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

Annual 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). A missions offering envelope is included with your regular giving envelopes.


Reaching out to Young Professionals

New Sunday School Connect Group

Shades Crest is beginning a Young Adult Professional Sunday morning Connect Group to focus on Bible study, building relationships with one another and the Lord, and reaching out to our community. This group will have their first Sunday meeting on January 10 (new date), 9:15 AM in Room 242 (Young Adult Commons - located upstairs behind the Sanctuary). Contact the leaders of this class or call the Church Office, 822-1360, for more information.  

Contact: 822-1360

Making Charitable Contributions through Amazon Smile

When you purchase items through Amazon and list Shades Crest Baptist as your charitable organization, we will receive 0.5% of the amount of your eligible purchases. If you are an Amazon Prime customer, you will still receive your free two-day shipping. Simply type in, select Shades Crest as your charity, and start shopping! 


Students/Young Adults
Christmas Caroling and Party

Youth and college students are invited to meet at the Family Life Center at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, December 2, to go caroling. Afterward, they will meet at the Tanners' home (800 crest Cove) for food and games. This is always a fun night! Invite a friend! Parents, if you can drive, please contact Denis.


Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

Student Ministry Christmas Celebration - Grade 7-College

Youth and college students are invited to bring a friend Sunday, December 6, 9:00 AM to our annual Christmas celebration.  Our Sunday morning youth team will be providing a delicious breakfast. We welcome special guests Travis Crim and his sketch comedy team from California. Join us for this morning of laughter with a powerful message.

Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

DNow for Students

Prepare now for DNow weekend for students the end of January.  DNow is essentially a weekend retreat for students; this retreat involves a large portion of the church playing a significant role. Cost is $60, but you can save $25 by registering early - cut off date for early registration is Dec 2. Just mail a $35 check made out to SCBC with your student's name and DNOW in the memo line. 

Contact: Denis Tanner 531-7361,

Batter Bash Participants Needed

Read more about Crest Kids Christmas, which includes the Preschool and Children's Choirs' music sharing program and the Batter Bash. Look above under Events/Opportunities.


If your child would like to participate in Batter Bash, please contact Julie Chester or Suzanne Reece in the Church Office, 822-1360.


Contact: Suzanne Reece,

Shades Crest Calendar
December 2 Menu

fried catfish, hot German potato salad, pineapple casserole, hush puppies, and dessert

Children's Menu

pizza, fruit, and cookie


Weekend Minister on Call

December 4-6   Brian Lee     531-5758


Advent Schedule

Dec. 2      6:00 PM  

Week of Prayer Emphasis, Jade Acker, speaker, Fellowship Hall
Youth Caroling


Dec. 3    10:00 AM

Week of Prayer Service at WMU Building 


Dec. 5      2:00 PM

Christmas Party Ministry Opportunity, Ministry Center at Green Springs


Dec. 6      9:00 AM

Youth Christmas Breakfast


Dec. 6     5:30 PM

Crest Kids Christmas

  • Children’s Choir Program, Sanctuary, followed by:
  • Holiday Batter Bash, (children's culinary creations) F. Hall

Dec. 12    8:30 AM

SS Women on Mission, Learning about International Missions, FLC


Dec. 12    6:00 PM

  • ''The Christmas Story'' Presentation, Sanctuary, followed by:
  • Family FunLand, Fellowship Hall

Dec. 13    3:00 PM

  • "The Christmas Story" Presentation, Sanctuary, followed by:
  • Family FunLand, Fellowship Hall

Dec. 16    6:00 PM   

Grades 1-6 International Children's Party
Preschool Christmas Party

Dec. 17    12:00 Noon   

LLL Christmas Luncheon, with Diptones entertainment


Dec. 20    6:00, 7:00, 8:00 PM

Live Nativity, Courtyard


Dec. 24    5:00 PM

Christmas Eve Worship Service, Sanctuary


November 29 - December 5
Sunday, December 6
  8:15 AM Orchestra Rehearsal
  9:00 AM Youth Christmas Breakfast, Youth Room
  9:15 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Morning Worship
  4:00 PM Youth Choir Rehearsal
  Life Stewardship Cmte., R. 104
  5:30 PM Crest Kids Christmas program, followed by Batter Bash
  6:30 PM Sanctuary Handbells Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Monday, December 7
  9:00 AM Senior Moments, FLC
  6:00 PM Trustees' Meeting, R. 104
  6:30 PM Christmas Story Rehearsal (until 8:30 PM)
Tuesday, December 8
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout, FLC
  9:00 AM Threads of Care
Wednesday, December 9

  4:45 PM

Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall

  6:00 PM

Christmas Story Dress Rehearsal (until 8:30 PM)
  No Midpoint Worship This Evening
Thursday, December 10
  8:05 AM Ladies' Wake-up Workout, FLC
  9:30 AM Ladies' Bible Study, FLC
10:30 AM Mountainaires Choir Rehearsal
  6:30 PM Christmas Story Dress Rehearsal (until 8:30 PM)
Friday, December 11
  7:00 AM WEE Breakfast with Santa, Fellowship Hall
Saturday, December 12
   8:30 AM  SS Women on Mission, FLC
   6:00 PM The Christmas Story presentation and Family Funland



November 29, 2015 Summary


Weekly Ministry Budget Need:

$      29,434

Ministry Budget Gifts Nov. 23-29


Wkly Needs exceed Gifts Nov. 23-29

$       -1,999

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$     132,299


Found Faithful Nov. 23-29         $7,236
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $      21,080
Commitments to date: $    921,175
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $ 1,234,104
 Worship Attendance - 11/29             417
 Sunday School Attendance - 11/29             390



















Shades Crest Baptist Church

452 Park Avenue

Birmingham, AL 35226


PH (205) 822-1360



9:15am Sunday School

10:30am Worship


Wednesday Evening - Midpoint

4:45pm Fellowship Dinner

6:00pm Prayer Service

Activities for Children & Youth

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