This Week at South Highland

Newsletter for week of December 8 - December 15

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

His sermon title is “Celebrating An Imperfect Christmas: #2 Coming Home.”

The scriptures are Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85, & Luke 7:11-17.

Sunday's Schedule

..8:30AM - Worship Service in the Chapel

..9:30AM - Sunday School

11:00AM - Worship Service in the Sanctuary

..2:00PM - Sunday Club in the the Small Dining Room

..5:30PM - Youth Group in the Youth Suite - RSVP for dinner

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS – Last Sunday to order you poinsettias to help fill our church during Advent! The poinsettias will be on sale through this Sunday, December 10 at $20 each in the Reception Area between the Sanctuary and the Davis Family Hall.



5:30PM - Dinner in the Davis Family Hall

Menu: Chicken Alfredo or Marinara, Garlic Toast, Salad Bar, Tiramisu

6:15PM - Children & Youth Activities

Evangelism Ministry in G-15

Let's Talk in the Parlor

6:30PM - Advent Concert in the Chapel with the Samford Quartet


FRIENDS OF SOUTH HIGHLAND CENTER - You are cordially invited to a Holiday Open House hosted by the South Highland Center on Thursday, December 14 from 3:00 - 5:30pm in G16.

NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 ~ Third Sunday of Advent

8:30am & 11am Worship Services

A Service of Lessons and Carols

“The Majesty and Mystery and Magnificence of Jesus Christ Our Lord” ~ Dr. Ed Hurley


Birthday Party for Jesus in the Whale Room on the Childrens' Hallway

5:30 - 7:00pm


Travis Crim brings us A Christmas Comedy Show!

Join us from 5:30-7pm in the Davis Family Hall for a free pizza dinner and comedy show that is family friendly and fun for all ages! Invite your friends & neighbors!


CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE - Beginning Sunday, November 19, please consider taking an angel or two from the Angel Trees (located on each floor of the church) to provide clothing or toys for families in need in our community. Start shopping. All unwrapped gifts are due back Sunday, December 17. For more information, please contact Jill Hightower at 205-568-5736 or or Robyn Williams at 205-587-6397 or

GIFT WRAPPING OPPORTUNITY – SHPC commits to helping Family Promise operates its annual fund-raiser gift wrapping at Brookwood Mall on December 22 & 23. Pick out a date and time and contact Debbie Perkins at (205) 903-1845 or

COLLEGE MINISTRY - Calling all South Highlanders interested in working with the College Ministry Support Team! Want to help support our SHPC college students as well as the Birmingham UKirk students? We have some great ideas and some wonderful opportunities to serve this age group and we need your prayers and talents! Contact Carolyn Ashworth at or cell 205-901-2417 for more information!

A VISION FOR SOUTH HIGHLAND - The Evangelism Team of South Highland Presbyterian Church has a vision that South Highland will become a Disciple Making Church, in which every member will be equipped, engaged and committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ. If you share our vision or have questions or comments about it, please come to our meetings. We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6:15pm in room G-15.

FINANCIAL UPDATE - Thank you for your response and trust that God will lead you and yours as you help lead the way for South Highland and its ministries in the weeks to come. Our current 2017 Operating Budget Finance Standing:

Click here to catch up on your 2017 pledge fulfillment.

BUILDING ON THE ROCK - Thank you for your continued support of South Highland Presbyterian Church in our 2017 Stewardship “Building On The Rock.” We currently have pledges for $1,114,952 toward our annual pledge budget of $1,210,000 for the 2018 ministry work. Pledge cards are available in the church pews or by clicking here.


CONGRATULATIONS TO Pam and Tom Buck on the birth of their first grandchild Timothy Smith Buck born on November 30 in Gainesville, Florida, to proud parents Rachel and Hardie Buck.


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.

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.

PRAYER SHAWLS NEEDED - Calling all who knit and crochet to join the ladies who have been making prayer shawls for a very long time. Your are guaranteed to be blessed as you stitch and pray over the shawl you are creating. There are no meetings to attend. You can create a lovely piece of work in the comfort of your own home, or get together with another friend if that is your desire. If you would like to join in making prayer shawls or you just want to find out more about this Ministry, please call Mary Price at 205-678-3092.

HAND BELL RINGERS NEEDED - The adult hand bell choir has an immediate opening for 3 more players. No previous experience in ringing is required but a general knowledge of music is essential. The choir rehearses on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30pm. For more information about this, please contact Jamie McLemore.

NEEDED: Woodworkers, Seamstresses, and Artists – We need the gifts of many creative minds and hands to prepare for our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd beginning in January. Each person’s contribution is considered of equal value—whether it is hand sewing a prayer cloth, building a wooden manager, or donating second hand doll furniture. If you can help or want to know more, contact Katya!

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 changes this week! Our old page is gone (although you can still tag it if you're not careful). Please 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

PRESBYTERIANS TODAY - The October-November Issue of Presbyterians Today focuses on Facing Racism: Stories and Resources. This special and timely edition of Presbyterians Today contains a collection of stories and resources to help open our eyes and hopefully put us on the right track to start making things right. Stop by the table in the gallery hall to pick up your free copy. Stay Informed - Read Presbyterians Today!

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