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The Spire
March 31, 2015   Vol. 5, No. 13
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Worship With Us
Lenten Guided Devotions

Come to the Sanctuary during any of the following times this week for a personal time of guided devotion (will take approximately 30 minutes):

Tuesday         5:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday   6:30-8:30 AM, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, 4:00-6:00 PM


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

All Youth Choir members are encouraged to meet with the Sanctuary Choir Wednesday, April 1, at 6:30 PM (early time, this week only) to rehearse music for the Easter Sunday worship service. Other regularly scheduled Wednesday afternoon/ evening activities are canceled during this Spring Break week.


Good Friday Service

Come to the Fellowship Hall Friday, April 3, 7:00 PM, for a unique time of reflection and worship as we think about the sacrifice our Lord made on our behalf. We will observe the Lord's Supper as a part of this experience. Mark your calendar so that you don't miss this special moment of worship.



Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015

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

Early in the service, in obedience to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ, one of our newer members will be participating in the ordinance of believer's baptism. Dr. Lee will follow up his "The Seven Last Words" series by presenting his message "The First Words of the Resurrected Jesus" based on Matthew 28:10, 18-20.


"Risen Lord," an original composition incorporating "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" and "Crown Him with Many Crowns," presented by handbells, organ, piano, and orchestra, will open the service. Other musical offerings will include the Sanctuary Choir, Youth Choir, and Orchestra's presentation of "Crown Him with Alleluias" and the Orchestra's offertory presentation of "Victory in Jesus." The congregation will be invited to celebrate by singing familiar, well-loved Easter hymns, some of which are included in Hiram Rollo's "Medley of Resurrection." Also, the congregation will have a unique praise opportunity: to join the combined choirs and orchestra in singing Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus."



 *  At a designated time during the Worship Service, FOURS will be guided to Preschool Worship; children in Grades K-4 will remain in the Sanctuary to worship with their families. (Kids in Christ will not meet this Sunday). 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

April 5, 2015

Patti Tanner, Melissa McLemore, Cindy Cutchen, Heather Smith, Kristie Jones, Amy Toenes, Pam Thompson, David Patterson, Sundra LeCroy, Dorothy Mangum, Brooke Patterson, Mike LeCroy, Jason Jones, Hannah Smith, Emily Newsome, 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.


Invite Others to Easter Sunday Worship

Message from Denis Tanner:

The number of unchurched Americans is much larger than Gallup polling suggests. Three-quarters call themselves “Christian” though they don’t go to church; they pray and think of themselves as spiritual. This is a great mission field. Invite a neighbor, co-worker or someone to attend church with you this Sunday.


Our Church Family
Hospital Concerns

Amanda Bryant - released

Thurman Campbell - UAB West

Suzanne Jones - released

Ann Marchino - Lakeshore Rehab.

Buddy Rawson - UAB Spain Rehab.

Sam Stocks - released

Bill Taylor - released


Online Pictorial Directory Available Wednesday, April 8

The pictorial directory will be available to our membership beginning Wednesday, April 8. You will have the option to:

  • access the pictorial directory from our Shades Crest website.
  • download the free pictorial online directory mobile app to your smart phone.
  • purchase a pictorial directory and address roster for $3.00 in the Church Office.

The website and mobile app have secure communication features so that your data is password protected, encrypted and safe.

Contact: Laura Strange, 822-1360,

Easter Sunday - Your Help Is Needed
  • Childcare Assistance Is Needed: We expect to have many families in attendance on Easter Sunday, April 5. If you would be willing to help meet this need for extra preschool childcare during the service, please contact Corri Edwards (
  • Flowers Needed! LOTS of Flowers: If you enjoy the beauty of the flowering Shades Crest lawn cross each year and making family photos in front of the cross, you will want to help decorate this cross. Make this a tradition...bring fresh spring flowers, purchased or home-grown, to the cross when you arrrive on Easter Sunday morning.

Food Items Needed by Ministry Center at Green Springs

Food items will be collected this Sunday, April 5, 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

Women on Mission Update

Please remember that our Easter Offering will provide for Christ to be proclaimed and served in North America. Our Shades Crest goal is $5,000.


Ready for a summer vacation? WMU has some great suggestions! On Tuesday, April 7, at the 10:00 AM Women on Mission Meeting, we will learn from Lena Plunk how we can have a great get-away and serve Christ at the same time in the United States. Participating in this time of service would be a great memory for the children as they will know that Mom and Dad also serve Christ in missions. Join us!


We have learned about Graffiti 2, the ministry in New York led by Andrew Mann; you may have met him and his missionary dog "Proof."  Grafitti 2 is celebrating its 10th anniversary May 3. To help them in their ministry, they are making a special pot holder, which is listed in the WMU-supported World Crafts catalog. If you or your mother would like one for Mother's Day, contact Mary Swedenburg. 403-9941.


Birmingham Barons - Opening Night - April 9
Thursday, Apr 9, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Regions Stadium

Yes, we are taking a group from Shades Crest to the Birmingham Barons season opener on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 PM!  To top it all off, our very own James Harwell will be throwing out the first pitch and singing the National Anthem. This will be a great night of baseball and fun fellowship.


Please contact Dale Stringfellow or Mark Johnson as soon as possible to reserve your space - either on the van or in our section. There are just a few remaining tickets available if you would still like to attend. Please call (205) 822-1750 to reserve your tickets today.


If you have ordered your tickets for the Barons' Opening Night game on Thursday, April 9, your tickets will be available Sunday, April 5, following the morning worship service.  Please go to the end of the South Connector Building where you will see a table set up. Our Recreation Presonnel will be waiting and ready to give you your tickets; you may pay at this time if you have not already done so.

Contact: Dale Stringfellow, 822-1750

High Country 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run

The High Country 5K will be run on Saturday, April 11 at 8:00 AM. Registration is $25 at  Or download a form here and bring it to Shades Crest Baptist Church.



Threads of Care
Tuesday, Apr 14, 9:00 AM

Come to the Family Life Center Tuesday, April 14 and on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:00 AM to offer your help and support to "Threads of Care," Shades Crest's sewing ministry. Please direct your questions about "Threads of Care" to Reble Foy, whose contact information is below.

Contact: Reble Foy, 822-6614

LLL - Live Long and Love It!
Thursday, Apr 16, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

Please bring a covered dish to share for our lunch Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 AM. Our entertainment will be provided by our very own Walter Anderton who has a very special program planned for us.  Please invite your friends and plan to join us for an exciting time together.

Contact: Mark Johnson, (205) 531-8698

Shades of Adventure

Shades of Adventure Travel Committee and Adventurers are looking forward to our day trip Tuesday, April 21, to the Buttonwillow Civil War Dinner Theatre and the Children's Holocaust Memorial at The Whitwell Middle School in Whitwell, Tennessee.  If you wish to join us, please give your check for $95 (made out to SCBC) to Laura Strange in the Church Office. The deadline to sign up is April 15. We would love for you to be a part of this fun fellowship! 

Contact: Trudy Jones, 913-8586

Nearly-Wed/Newly-Wed Young Adult Connect Group

Shades Crest is beginning a Young Adult Nearly-Wed/Newlywed Sunday morning Connect Group. This group will focus on Bible study and will seek to build relationships with one another and the Lord, with intentions to reach out to our community as well.


Three couples will be leading the class: Lisa and Ben Byerly, Marissa and Todd Rath, and Lindsey and Michael Whisonant. This group will have their first Sunday meeting on April 26, 9:15 AM in Room 242 (Young Adult Commons - located upstairs behind the Sanctuary).


Young couples who are thinking about getting married soon and those who have been married less than five years and have no children, are encouraged to talk with Denis Tanner or call the Church Office for more information about this new connect group.


If you know of a couple who may be interested in this class, please tell them about it, or provide their contact information to the church. And, if you are interested in helping in one of the following ways, please contact Denis Tanner:

  • People are needed to pray for this group.
  • Couples who are willing to be trained as mentors are needed. Mentoring would take place once a month for a year, not during the Sunday morning Bible study.


Come enjoy live music, a Velcro wall, inflatables, Disney princesses, face painting, clowns, delicious food and more, on Saturday, May 2, at Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes' (ABCH) first annual Party at the Parks! We’ll have fun and make memories at Railroad Park from 4:00–6:00 PM, and 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



Shades Crest Calendar
Next Fellowship Dinner Will Be April 8

Please be reminded that we will not have Fellowship Dinner this week. You will find the menu for April 8 in next week's Spire and on the message boards in the Connector Buildings and the Gallery.


Weekend Minister on Call

April 3-5   Mark Johnson   531-8698


April 5-11
Sunday, April 5
  9:00 AM Orchestra Rehearsal
  9:15 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Morning Worship
Monday, April 6
  9:00 AM Adult Fitness
  Senior Moments, FLC (Senior Adults)
  6:00 PM Trustees' Meeting, R. 104
Tuesday, April 7
 10:00 AM Women on Mission Meeting, Family Life Center
Wednesday, April 8
  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
  6:45 PM RA's Outing to Fresh Air Farm
  7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
  Finance Cmte. Mtg., Pastor's Conference Room
Thursday, April 9
10:30 AM Mountainaires' Choir Rehearsal, Music Hall
  7:00 PM Trip to Birmingham Barons' Opening Night
Friday, April 10
  6:00 PM High Country Pasta on Park Avenue, Fellowship Hall
Saturday, April 11
  8:00 AM High Country 5K
  8:30 AM Second Saturday Women on Mission, Family Life Center

March 29, 2015 Summary


Weekly Ministry Budget Need:

$      29,434

Ministry Budget Gifts March 23-29


Wkly Needs exceed Gifts March 23-29

$       -1,945

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$    134,528



Found Faithful Gifts March 23-29

$        6,846
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $      30,693
Commitments to date: $    921,175
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $ 1,049,690
Sunday School Attendance March 29             358

Worship Service Attendance March 29






















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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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