This Week at South Highland

Newsletter for week of September 21 - September 28

This Week aaaaUpcomingaaaa Joys & Concerns aaaaNeeded aaaaFor Your Info


Join us this Sunday as Rev. Dr. Ed Hurley preaches.

His sermon title is "What Is Your Life? 5: Putting Faith To Work."

The scriptures are Ecclesiastes 3:1-12, Psalm 90, and James 4:1-17


Sunday's Schedule

. 8:30AM - Worship Service in the Chapel

. 9:45AM - Sunday School

11:00AM - Worship Service in the Sanctuary

. 2:00PM - The Sunday Club

3:00PM - UKirk UCook - Children’s Fresh Air Farm (501 Park Ave, Hoover)

. 5:00PM - Youth Group

DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY CLASS - This class will delve deeply into the Bible and explore its meaning for modern day disciples. We would love for anyone who has a heart for learning to join us. On Sunday, September 23 in the Ministers Conference Room, Kathy Tracey will facilitate an orientation session. If you are interested, please stop by during Sunday school at 9:30am and find out more. If you have any questions, please call Kathy at (205) 903-1970 or

FEED MY SHEEP - In John 21, Christ calls on us to tend His flock. We can help next Sunday--the “Fourth Sunday for Food”, Sunday, September 23. Please bring cereal and saltines.

BRING YOUR DONATIONS FOR THE FREE-FOR-Y’ALL – Time to bring your donations for our big event on September 30th. We need clothing, accessories, personal care items and more! Bring your donated items to Upper Room Classroom (G15) by September 23rd.

UKIRK UCOOKING - Tailgate-themed fundraiser to benefit the ministry of UKirk beginning at 3pm at Children’s Fresh Air Farm (501 Park Ave, Hoover). 25 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under, Children under the age of 3 and college students get in FREE!



5:30-6:15pm - Dinner & Fellowship in the Davis Family Hall

Menu: Chicken Pot Pie, Roasted Broccoli, Salad Bar, Rolls, Dessert

6:15-7:15pm - Let’s Talk in the Parlor

What is Peace?with Dr. Jerry Levin in the Davis Family Hall

6:30pm - Handbell practice in the Music Suite


GLOBAL WITNESS GO GO GO OPPORTUNITIES! A SHPC group recently visited Servants in Faith and Technology (SIFAT) to explore ways to revive an annual SHPC short-term, inter-generational, international mission trip. SIFAT offers 3 trips this year to Quito, Ecuador that one or two South Highlanders may join. They could be our advance party to evaluate a future SHPC team trip. The SHPC Global Witness Offering budget includes funds to help defray the cost of participating in a mission trip approved by the Global Witness Team. 2018 Short-term mission trips to Ecuador are

October 13-21, this trip is for a medical team. The team will travel with Tom Corson, SIFAT Executive Director, and Peggy Walker, trip coordinator. If you are interested, please contact Eleanor Wright, 205-200-7955.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN - Calling all South Highland Women! It’s time for Circles to begin! This is a wonderful way to nurture your faith through Bible study and the fellowship of some AMAZING women here at SHPC! Sign up sheets for the monthly Circle meetings will be in the Reception area. We have Circles that meet in the morning, at lunch, and in the evening, and we will help set up new ones that are convenient for your schedules. Contact Carolyn Ashworth at or 205-901-2417. Come join us!

INTERESTED IN VISITING THE HOLY LAND? Rev. Dr. Larry Michael will be leading a group on March 11-22, 2019. Space is limited so contact Larry at (205) 492-9992 now for more information and to reserve your spot! This 12 day Holy Land tour includes Israel and Jordan and is being booked through Dehoney Travel.

HANDBELL CHOIR will begin on Wednesday, September 19 at 6:30pm in the music suite. No experience is necessary but a general knowledge of music is helpful. Come join this fun group. For more information contact Jamie McLemore at jamie41017@gmail or

FALL FESTIVAL – Save the date – Sunday, October 21

SAVE THE WEEKEND ~ OCTOBER 27 & 28 for our 130th Anniversary Celebration, Church Retreat, and Stewardship Sunday.

HOLIDAY MARKET - Please register for our Holiday Market Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10! We need help with publicity, food preparation, hosting, etc. We want to make this a success! Contact Katya at or at 205-873-0039 with any questions!!

SAMFORD UNIVERSITY BEESON DIVINITY SCHOOL - The Lay Academy of Theology is currently offering non-credit evening classes and other study opportunities led by Beeson faculty for interested laity as well as ministers desiring continuing education. Six Monday nights - 6:00 to 8:00pm, beginning on September 24. The cost is $89.00 if registered prior to September 17 or $115.00 thereafter. Six Thursday afternoons - 1:00 to 3:00pm, beginning on September 27. The cost is $89.00 if registered prior to September 20 or $115.00 thereafter. Check Beeson Divinity school; at for registration and more information.


None at this time.


SUNDAY CLUB MEAL PROVIDERS NEEDED - If you or a group with which you are associated would like to help provide a meal to our Sunday Club folks, please email Martha Foster at or call/text at (205) 915-0279.

LOOKING FOR WILLING HANDS!!! Please help our new Catechesis of the Good Shepherd class. We need willing folks to cut out items for the children. There is a basket by the Catechesis room (G21) with Ziploc bags of items that need to be cut out. Please grab a bag or two and cut out as many as you can. Return the bags to Katya or the Catechesis basket. Thank you ahead of time for your help!!

BELL TOWER - At their August 20, 2018 meeting, the Session designated our historic bell tower “Alexander Bell Tower” in memory ofthe Rev. Dr. J. Frank and Grayson Alexander, in memory of our beloved former Senior Pastor and his wife.Currently the tower bell mechanism is being repaired, anticipating completion by our SHPC 130th Anniversary on October 28, 2018.Cost of the repair is $10,000.If you would like to contribute, please so designate as you present your gift.

HURRICANE FLORENCE DISASTER RELIEF FUND: WHAT YOU CAN DO - Provide financial support through offerings to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance or the Presbytery of New Hope marked “Hurricane Florence.” Pray for the survivors and their families!

CDC NEEDS YOUR HELP!SHPC’s Child Development Center is asking for donated items to be auctioned that will serve as the CDC's main fundraiser this year.If you have connections to a business that might have an item/tickets/service to donate, or if you have something you personally would be willing to donate.Please let Christina Hurst know at or 864-230-3153 by Monday, October 6!!

UKIRK BIRMINGHAM - Time to feed college students again! This is a great way to reach out to young adults who are learning more about their faith. Anyone interested in helping provide the meal Wednesday, September 26, Wednesday, October 31, and Wednesday, December 5, please contact Carolyn Ashworth at or 205-901-2417..

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 NEEDS YOU - SHOP or the South Highland Presbyterian Church’s 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 Jim Foster at 205-706-4343.

KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS to help Joe and his team serve and clean up after Wednesday night dinners.

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.


SHPC's Facebook Page - make sure you "like" our new page. The new page currently has the front of the church as the profile picture.

Check out the most recent issue of the South Highland Highlights by clicking here.

CAN'T JOIN US ONE SUNDAY MORNING? You can always listen to the service live on WXJC-AM 850 & FM 92.5 at 11 AM. And if you're out of town and can't tune in the radio, you can listen to the live stream online at

THIS WEEK'S BULLETIN - Check out this week's bulletin to follow along from home or look over all the announcements in your spare time. You can find it on our website by clicking here.

Weekly Newsletter Sign Up

Also, find SHPC on Facebook and Twitter!