Newsletter for week of May 22 - May 29

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Click here to follow along with the latest plans for worship amid the coronavirus concerns.


Join us this Sunday at 11AM for our Worship Live Broadcast through Livestream & radio.

Cort Gatliff, MDiv preaches

His sermon title is "Exalting The Humble - 5: Strength To Endure."

The scriptures include Acts 1:1-11 and 1 Peter 5:1-7.

Click here for the bulletin that contains the words to all of the songs, scripture and more to help you follow along!

Not sure how to continue giving when you can't drop your gift in the offering plate?

You can give online! Click here to learn how!

Check with your Sunday school leaders to find out how you can "gather" in this time of social distancing.


COLLEGE STUDENTS AND RECENT COLLEGE GRADS - South Highland is starting a virtual coffee hour for you all to reconnect with one another on Sundays at 3:00pm over Zoom! We hope you will find this time relaxing and refreshing as you sip your favorite cup of coffee or tea on the couch with your laptop, phone, or tablet in hand. We recognize there is a lot of stress on everyone these days, and with many of you having had to move home to finish the year, we want to offer a mental health respite. To get more information and the Zoom link, contact Daniel Killilea!

VIRTUAL YOUTH GROUP will take place over the Zoom app from 5-6pm. All youth and advisors are welcome to join in, so check the SHPC Youth GroupMe, Remind app, Parents and Guardians Facebook Group, or contact Daniel Killilea directly for information on how to join!

STAYING CONNECTED - It's important to stay connected and to check on each other during this time apart. Did you know that there is an updated church directory on our website? We update it each month with the latest phone numbers, addresses, etc. All SHPC members can access it... you just have to set up an account. To keep your info protected, we do require that everyone create an account and then we must approve it. After it's approved, you can login anytime to find out how to get in touch with your friends that you miss seeing each Sunday! Click here to find it. If you have an account, login and get started! If you don't, click "Not a member? Register" and follow the steps. Please allow 24 hours for us to approve your account. We check each one to verify it with your phone number and email address on file. If you have any trouble, contact Suzanne Cornett. If you need a printed copy, contact Brenda Keith.



SHPC office is closed & staff is off for Memorial Day


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL HAS BEEN CANCELED!!! Our VBS was scheduled this year for June 1-5. Unfortunately, we are unable to have 200+ people (children and volunteers) in the church at this time. Special activities will be planned for the future! Please continue to work with your child/ren on learning the 23rd Psalm, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Apostles’ Creed—we will have a celebration then!! A survey has gone out to parents this week. PLEASE send in your responses ASAP!! Thanks so much!! Katya

OFFICER NOMINATIONS - Time to make your nominations now.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION – This class will share resources, videos, and plenty of conversation as we begin a journey to live faith as a family. Due to the public health threat of the coronavirus, however, those plans are on hold. Please contact Katya O'Leary at 205-933-0790 or for information.


HEARTFELT PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY are extended to Craig Carse and the entire family at the death of his mom Phyllis Carse on May 16.

HEARTFELT PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY are extended to the family and friends of Peggy Sears who passed away on May 18.

HEARTFELT PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY to Helen Yarboro and the Rev. Jonathan Yarboro at the death of husband and father Felix Yarboro. Felix was in ministry at Independent Presbyterian Church for many years as well as a loyal friend and mentor to many at SHPC, across our Presbytery, and the Five Points South neighborhood. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.


DONATIONS - Do you have a gently used grill and/or ice cream maker that you no longer need? Please consider donating them to the South Highland Center to use when clients return! Contact Alison Walker to let her know if you can help!

S.T.A.I.R. STUDENTS of Birmingham have been out of the traditional classroom for several months, but you can help instill a love of reading. We are working with Books-A-Million to get 10 new, carefully selected books into the hands of each of our 250 students in the next month. Will you help us purchase these 2,500 books for Birmingham City Schools students? These books will not only ensure our students have access to high-quality children’s literature but will also be used in our Read Aloud Facebook series so our students can follow along and dive deeper into these stories that are sure to become favorites. Contact Lu Mahon at for more information.

SUNDAY CLUB UPDATE - We are not meeting yet, but you can help bridge this gap to provide good food for our folks by doing the following:

1. Make a casserole;

2. Bring prepackaged snacks like Little Debbie’s, chips, crackers etc.;

3. Bring fresh fruit (that does NOT need refrigeration) such as apples, oranges, and bananas, etc.

Clearly mark any donations with a label that reads “Sunday Club” and deliver them to the SHPC kitchen. We are sharing some food from the Feed My Sheep ministry each Wednesday with our friends in two Norwood boarding homes. (There are approximately 12 folks at each house.) We would love to add a few “extras” like those mentioned above. Our friends are delighted to receive whatever we donate and are very grateful. I know I can count on so many of you who like to cook! Thanks so much for helping us! Questions? Contact Genie Deason at

SUNDAY CLUB MEAL PROVIDERS NEEDED - SUNDAY CLUB MEETINGS WILL RESUME as soon as possible. If you or a group with which you are associated would like to help provide a meal to our Sunday Club folks, let us know! If you’d like to be a part of this ministry there is much need. I’m praying for a Co-leader in scheduling and seeking program providers. There is someone in this fellowship who has one or all of these gifts: administration, encouragement and helps. You are needed! I don’t intend to be the sole administrator of during 2020, but definitely want to stay involved and help train you, if you feel led to help in this ministry. Please prayerfully consider what you could do. Please contact Genie Deason at or Rob Staffen at

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Can you spare 4 hours a day, once or twice a month? The church office is in need of smiling faces to help greet people coming into the church and answering the telephone. If you would like an opportunity to brighten someone’s day, please call Brenda Keith at 205-933-0790 or email at to volunteer.

SHOP or the South Highland Outreach Project is developing a faith-based mental health model for the Birmingham Faith community. We are currently outgrowing our space in the Builder’s classroom and recently approved a 3-year strategic plan to help meet our community’s needs. We meet every Tuesday from 9am - 12pm and would love to share our future with you through volunteering or leading a topic for the day with helpful information to our participants. If you are interested, please contact the church office.

WNL KITCHEN MINISTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP! Do you have a desire to step out of your comfort zone and volunteer for a cause, a group of people, for your faith or any other heartfelt reason? WNL Kitchen Ministry is a great place to start! We are in dire need of additional volunteers to join us. Two individuals are needed each Wednesday evening during the WNL season to help set up, serve and clean up during the Wednesday dinners in the Davis Family Hall. The time commitment for this ministry is minimal and the schedule is flexible. Explore your heart and see where the spirit may lead you. If you have any questions, please reach out to Barbara Hayslip (205-329-3330 or

SUNDAY MORNING NURSERY HELP NEEDED - We want to continue to give our paid workers some time off. If you can help out in the nursery, contact Elsa Holaday at (205) 903-8192

EVANGELISM TEAM - Are you aware that South Highland has an Evangelism Team? Its purpose is to equip ourselves to better share our faith by speaking the Good News of Jesus Christ; to develop and improve our relationships with God, with other members of our Church, and with people outside our Church; and to do a better job of making disciples of Christ. Interested? If so, speak to one of our pastors or Mark Stephens.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFOThere have been several times at South Highland when the church has not been able to contact family or friends in an emergency or times of illness. Please fill out this form to provide emergency information for our database.


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