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The Spire
October 21, 2014   Vol. 4, No. 42
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Worship With Us
October 26, 2014

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

Dr. Brian Lee will continue "The Jesus Life" sermon series. Using the following scriptures: Matthew 21: 12-17, Luke 11:1, and Luke 7:11-17, he will lead us in examining more traits that marked Jesus' life and in learning what we can do to develop these same traits in our own lives. 


Our combined Grades One and Two Choir, under the direction of Diane Veazey, will present the Call to Worship. Other special music includes Hiram Rollo's piano prelude, "Children's Song Medley" and the Orchestra and Sanctuary Choir's presentation of "Lord of My Life."


Preschool Worship and Kids in Christ:

At a designated time during the Worship Service, FOURS and FIVES will be guided to Preschool Worship; children in Grades 1-4 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

October 26, 2014 

Kanita Reed, Sally Brinks, Mamie Van Dyke, Joyce Allan, Courtney Zimmer, John Allan, Amanda Reagan, Candice Lee, Nathan Edwards, Amanda Irvin, Mark Hendren, Sarah Hendren, Jim Rice, Owen Coulson, Sally Coulson, Rodney Van Dyke, Anna Marie Auchmuty, Amelia Auchmuty


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


Our Church Family
Love and Sympathy Rhonda and Dale Stringfellow in the death of her grandmother, Mary Evelyn Dickinson, October 17, 2014; also to Alex and Travis Stringfellow.


Hospital Concerns

John Frith - Brookwood Rehab.

Marge Hammett - released

Nell Redmill - Golden Living Rehab.


Shades Crest Deacons

The following people have been selected to serve a new three year team as deacons for Shades Crest.  We are thankful for their service and commit ourselves to support them in our prayers:

Suzanne Reece, Steve Patterson, Ray Thompson, Matt Bearden, Debbie Musgrove, David George, Vic Simmons, Charlotte Bragg, Rod Marshall


Crest Cafe

Want to be a part of a new ministry at Shades Crest? It will be called Crest CAFÉ and will begin in January, 2015. This will be an in-home fellowship. Sign-up begins in November. Be looking for more details soon.


Thank You, Shades Crest

...for your "Debt Reduction Sunday" gifts in the amount of $73,808.


...for your generous participation in the Mission Friends' Coin Walk. Between this collection and the WMU contribution, we collected $1,554.67 for the Green Springs Ministry Center.


A Note of Thanks

Dear Shades Crest Family,


Lene and I want to express our deepest gratitude for all you have done for us in these recent weeks when you have rejoiced with us over the purchase of our new home here in Alabama. Every single act of service, gift, hug, card, email... everything is really appreciated. How can we thank you enough?


Last week many of you came to our new house to help paint, install the kitchen back-splash, add downlight under the kitchen cabinets and clean. Others came to bring meals to the volunteers, which was a tremendous help as well. We were amazed at all that was done within a few days; however nothing compared to the outpouring of support and love of our beloved church. 


As if the hard work by all church volunteers were not enough, Wednesday night we were surprised with a pounding and house warming gifts following our dinner. What a blessing you are in our lives!


And when Lene and I thought we had already been showered with much love and support, you took hospitality to another level. On our first day in the new house, the church staff decided to surprise us with a house warming visit after getting off work. We appreciate so much the thoughtful gifts and genuine spirit of celebration over such an important day for us. It's a blessing to serve the Lord with our staff through the ministry of Shades Crest.


However, that's not the end. Then, that same day the Music Search Committee sent a delicious meal for our dinner and more gifts. Both Lene and I are really grateful for the kindness of this group since that first time we met while we were still in Louisville. We love you and thank you for being so welcoming.


If you allow us to thank you in our native language, from the bottom of our hearts we want to say, "Obrigado" (o-bree-GAH-do). If you guessed correctly, you figure that it means "Thanks" in Portuguese.


We love y'all. Once again, "Obrigado."


Lene and Hiram Rollo



Toward a Five Year Plan

Message from Brian Lee:


Having reviewed each aspect of our five year plan, I want to address the issue of expectations.  As I mentioned in the initial article, we are following a compass approach rather than a map approach to planning.  This means among other things that setting time tables for when actions will be taken is all the more challenging.  With a compass approach, decisions about moving forward are made depending on where we are in the journey.  There will be times when some actions are taken quickly while others will take longer to complete.  This is where patience and humility come into view.


As to patience, we are reminded throughout the scriptures of the importance of faithful waiting.  Such waiting refines our desires and focuses our trust on God.  Impatience, on the other hand, betrays an anxious heart and often one that is more interesting in advancing the self rather than seeking first the Kingdom.  So let me encourage us all to join together in patient waiting as we jointly seek to live into the future God has for us.


In James 4:13-17 we are warned against presumptuous planning as if we are in full control of all things.  Rather we should make our plans in light of the Lord’s will which will at times require an adjustment to our intentions.  This is where humility comes into view.  Even the best of plans are tainted with limited human reasoning. In Isaiah 55:8 we are reminded of this truth: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD.”  So it shouldn’t surprise us that what we plan will be altered along the way.


Of course, practicing patient waiting and maintaining humble attitudes does not mean that we do nothing.  Seeking the Lord is a very active thing both individually and collectively.  We will be doing a lot of that over the coming months and years.  Then when the time is right and the direction is clear, we will act with great faith in the Lord’s leading.   Until then, may we all stay united around our common desire to continue with the good things we are doing until we know what it is that is next for us to do.


This Week in Bible Study

This week’s Wednesday night Bible study will be on I Corinthians 12.  We will focus on how the body of Christ functions and how each of us as individual members are a vital part of it.  Come at 6:00 to the Fellowship Hall and explore the following with us:

•    The way the Spirit works through us

•    The ones who benefit from the Spirit’s work through the body

•    The intentionality of the distribution of spiritual gifts

•    The nature of spiritual gifts

•    The value of each member of the body

•    The interdependence of the body

•    The goal of having no division in the body

•    The diversity of gifts

•    The contrast between two ways



From 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Thursday, October 23, California Pizza Kitchen (Galleria Location Only) will be donating 20% of all sales to Make Way Partners. This includes dine in, take-out, and requested catering. Just mention Make Way Partners to your server.  


This is a great and simple way to share with others about MWP, raising awareness about human trafficking, the unadoptable orphans in [North] and South Sudan, and why you support MWP.


Alabama CBF 20th Anniversary

Shades Crest is hosting the Alabama CBF 20th Anniversary Celebration on October 26-27.  As part of the celebration, there will be a Sunday evening dinner ($25) at 6:00 in our Fellowship Hall. If you would like to attend and be seated with other Shades Crest members and friends, call the Church Office so that we can reserve group seating; or you may register individually and pay online,



Crest Fest 2014
Wednesday, Oct 29, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please make plans to join us for Crest Fest Wednesday, October 29, 5:00 -7:00 PM, for food, fun and games. Dinner is $3/person for hamburger or hot dog, chips, cookie, and tea, lemonade or water. Reservations can be made by contacting the Church Office; this will help us know how to plan.


Entertainment includes James Harwell and friends, Shades Crest Student CROSStRAINING Band, Leah Byerly and Emily Stocks, Sundra LeCroy and more! We hope to see you there! Bring a friend! 


Help is still needed for Crest Fest booths! If you or your Sunday School Class is willing to help, please contact Corri Edwards,


Contact: Corri Edwards,

World Hunger - How You Can Help

Baptist World Alliance has designated October as World Hunger Month. Please note that a special offering envelope is among your October envelopes. You may learn more at Also, you may offer your support by joining us November 3, 10:00 AM, at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church for the BWA Day of Prayer.


Women on Mission
Tuesday, Nov 4, 10:00 AM, Family Life Center

Edna Shell will lead us in a mission study of the Ivory Coast. Come hear some good news about how Christ is proclaimed in an area of the world that has had such sorrow. Join us for the meeting and afterward for a light lunch. (sandwich and beverage provided)



Teach an Adult to Read!

M-POWER training is November 14-15. Explore

and call Beverly Sansom at 595-5959 x205 for details and to register.


Substitute Teacher?

We are looking for a Few Good Substitute Teachers!

Fall is upon us and our Weekday Ministry needs reliable, available substitutes for our classes. If you or someone you know is interested in serving our Weekday children and families, please stop by the Church Office and pick up a sub application! Thank you for partnering with us in this important community outreach.

Contact: Laura Tadlock,

Missional Opportunities for Giving

Thanksgiving and Christmas are wonderful times of the year, filled with family, love and giving. At Shades Crest, there are many opportunities to give, both of your time and resources.  The following opportunities are listed for your convenience:


Ministry Center at Green Springs

  • Share the Joy of Christmas - Will you give a $30 toy and/or clothing gift for one of about 160 children, age 10 and under who are being raised by grandparents?   Please sign up no later than November 9 to get a gift suggestion for a child.  Gift assignments will be distributed as long as they are available until November 12. Contact Sandy Flynn, or 823-3044, if you have questions.
  •  Christmas Party and Fellowship - December 6, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, your help is needed to carry gifts to grandparents’ cars and to provide refreshments, crafts, Christmas program and fellowship at The Ministry Center at Green Springs. This will be a wonderful opportunity to Share the Joy of Christmas with families in need!  Contact Sandy Flynn, or 823-3044. 
  •  Thanksgiving/Christmas Meals - Your gift of $45 will buy ingredients needed for holiday meals for 4 families. About 240 families will receive these meals. Contact Ray Flynn, or 823-3044.


Operation Christmas Child (the Shoeboxes)

Operation Christmas Child delivers shoebox gifts to children around the world. Brochures and flat boxes are available in the Church Office. Please bring filled boxes and your check for $7.00 per box to Church Office no later than Sunday, November 16.  For more information, please contact Mark Johnson at 205-822-1360, ext. 239.


World Crafts Party (a ministry of WMU)

The Shades Crest World Crafts Party will be on Wednesday, November 12, 4:30 - 6:00 and 7:00 - 7:30, before and after Midpoint.  This is a great opportunity for advance Christmas shopping AND helping others; WorldCraft catalogs will be available before and after the Wednesday meeting.  For more information, please contact Lynne Werner at 531-6569. 


The Annual Shades Crest Christmas Offering for World Missions

This offering also gives you two choices:  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).


Wreaths Across America

The Alabama Gold Star Mothers are again sponsoring the Jefferson Memorial Gardens South Cemetery on Highway 150 as an official site for the "Wreaths Across America" program. If you would like to sponsor a wreath, donation forms are available in the Church Office. You can also order via the website  Search by the state of Alabama, then choose the Hoover site from the list. If you have any questions, please contact Marynell Winslow at or at 205-914-1824.



Shades Crest Calendar
Fellowship Supper Menu: October 22

chicken fingers, peas, corn, coleslaw, roll, dessert   


Kids' Brown Bag menu:

pizza, 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

October 24-26     Brian Lee    531-5758


October 26 - November 1
Sunday, October 26
  8:15 AM Orchestra Rehearsal

  9:15 AM

Sunday School
10:30 AM Morning Worship
  5:00 PM
Youth Choir Rehearsal (different time this week only)
  6:00 PM CBF Celebration Dinner, Fellowship Hall
  6:30 PM Sanctuary Handbell Choir Rehearsal
Monday, October 27
  8:00 AM CBF Meetings, Connector Buildings, Gallery
  9:00 AM Adult Fitness Class
  Senior Moments
Tuesday, October 28
  8:00 AM Mimi and Me Fitness, FLC
Wednesday, October 29
  9:00 AM
Adult Fitness
  5:00 PM

Crest Fest

  7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, October 30
  8:00 AM Mimi and Me Fitness, FLC
10:30 AM
Mountainaires' Choir Rehearsal, Music Hall
Friday, October 31
Saturday, November 1
10:00 AM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

October 19, 2014 Summary


Weekly Ministry Budget Need:

$       29,054

Ministry Budget Gifts Oct. 13-19

$       23,054 

Wkly Needs exceed Gifts Oct. 13-19

$        -6,000

Total Month-to-Date Gifts

$       82,871 



Found Faithful Gifts Oct. 13-19

$         1,671   
Total Month-to-Date Gifts: $       12,254
Commitments to date: $     921,175 
Total Gifts to date beginning 1/1/12 $     894,848  
Special Offering - Debt Reduction Sunday $       73,808
Sunday School Attendance Oct. 19
Worship Service Attendance Oct. 19



















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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