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Resources for this Sunday


* Click here to watch the livestream

* Click here to watch live on Facebook. Be sure you "Like" it to get notifications when we go live!

* Listen on the radio on 850AM and 101.1FM or online by clicking here.

* Click here for the bulletin.


Several Sunday school classes plan to meet online, too. Scroll down to find out how to connect.

* Coffee Pot Class Sunday School

- Click here to download the Week 5 Discussion Guide

- Click here to read Chapter 5

- Join Zoom as early as 9:20am, as the class will start at 9:30am

- Click here to join

- Meeting ID: 381 150 9964

- Password: 573647

- If you prefer to connect with audio only using your phone, dial (312) 626-6799

- Input the meeting ID and password when prompted

- Questions: Contact Daniel Killilea

* Upper Room Sunday School

- Meeting at 9:15am via Zoom

- Beginning a new study book - Devotional Classics

- Click this link to join - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/412836016

- Meeting ID: 412 836 016

- Password: 167127

- You can connect using your phone for audio only by calling (646) 558-8656 or (301) 715-8592

- Questions: Contact Bill Stribling

* Connected in Christ

- Join by browser, smartphone or tablet: https://donbmiley.my.webex.com/meet/donbmiley

- Join by phone - 1-650-215-5226 United States Toll

- Access code: 147 988 080

- Questions: Contact Don Miley

If your class needs help finding a way to connect, contact the church staff for help! If you aren’t part of a Sunday school class (or part of one that is meeting right now), contact Dina Glass to get connected with one before next Sunday.

Giving During This Time

You can use our electronic giving to pay your tithe, memorial, or any other gifts during this time. If you prefer to mail a check to the church, please send it to our post office box during this time.

South Highland Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 55933
Birmingham, AL 35255

Important Special Communication from Dr. Ed Hurley

Dear South Highlanders,

We are living through unimaginable times amid this pandemic. It has turned topsy turvy virtually everything in our lives, from school to work to recreation to our faith community. I pray you are feeling the presence of the Lord where you are and the support of your church community. Amid these times of social distancing and inability to gather in large groups at the church we have adapted creatively in new ways. Most all our youth and adult classes have developed Zoom or other types of online gatherings. Our weekly Sunday worship broadcasts have been well received and are well produced by our small cadre of worship leaders and video and sound folks. We have heard from many of you appreciation for the on-line worship services and classes, and many of you are sharing with video clips offering scripture readings and moments for mission and ministry. Thank you!

We offer special thanks to John Heiser who oversaw the installation of our new video equipment, made possible by E. Keith and Maxine Williams, and personally has produced every single worship broadcast, to Daniel Killilea who has brought us remote messages from many members and coordinates our weekday noontime devotionals, to Matthew Grauberger who makes a quartet of gifted singers sound like a vast choir, and thanks to those gifted singers who lead us, to Katya O’Leary who weekly brings our children and us a word of encouragement accompanied by her beloved Brownbear, to Jim Dorroh who masterfully lifts us with his gifts at the organ, to Dina Glass and Brenda Keith who prepare our on-line worship bulletins and announcement pages, to Gary Hardin and Brad Hale who are overseeing our finances and building repairs, and substantial repairs and renovations are going on while we are absent including renovations of the parlor and office areas, and hearty thanks to Edward, David and Joseph, who are maintaining our building and keeping it especially clean.

I know we are all eager to return to regular in-person worship, class and small group gatherings. Yet, while the building is closed, the church is very much open and at work. On May 31 we celebrate Pentecost, the birth of the church with the coming of the Holy Spirit. It will be a time when we break the bread of life and share the cup of salvation from our various locations, grateful to the Lord for his preservation of the universal community of believers and our South Highland congregation.

While we have had to curtail this summer’s VBS, we can be grateful for the amazing ways Katya O’Leary is bringing our children special bags of resources to encourage them and strengthen their faith, and Daniel Killilea who is meeting weekly with youth for Zoom youth groups and sending daily messages of inspiration. Cort and Abby Gatliff, as they anticipate the arrival soon of baby Eleanor, are busy connecting with our young adults, and Cort and Larry Michael are preparing guides for us to offer summertime class resources for all adults as we will move through practical applications of the Apostles’ Creed. Pastors will preach weekly on a particular affirmation of this our historic most-familiar creed. Larry Michael, in addition to teaching weekly with Kathryn in their Sunday School class is gathering for personal counseling with folks dealing with grief and other needs. If you have a need please be in touch with any of us your church Staff.

We still do not know for sure when we will be able to open the building for services, classes and other ministries, but your Staff and Worship Ministry have been discussing and planning extensively. We have set Sunday, June 21 as a target date when we would hope to offer a live worship service. This will require significant changes as we gather, including entrance by one or two doors only, social distancing and likely no congregational singing, removal of pew cushions and books from the pews. We anticipate a gradual phased reopening, beginning with a single worship service, classes still meeting remotely. Gathering on June 21 will be contingent on at least two weeks of continual decline of coronavirus cases in our Jefferson County area and other positive moving indicators. We want to be together, but your safety is paramount, particularly as we look after the elderly.

More details of a gradual re-opening will be forthcoming. And we need your input. Attached is a form we invite you to return to the church office indicating your preferences and thoughts. Please let us know how these plans sound to you and how likely you are to attend.

Ed Hurley

South Highland Presbyterian Church’s Action Plan for COVID-19

After much discussion, advice, and prayer, your SHPC staff and leadership are implementing this action plan for our church in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to connect via internet for worship services, Sunday school classes and other small groups.

Worship Services will be broadcast live over the SHPC website, Facebook and YouTube on Sundays at 11:00am. Click here to watch!

Only worship leaders, broadcasters and other essential personnel will be present in the building. The church will be closed to all public services, public meetings and events until further notice and as we continue to reevaluate in light of health directives.

We are also still broadcasting on the radio on 850AM and 101.1FM for the 11:00am worship service. All of this new and ongoing communication is made possible through the generous gift of the late M. Keith and Maxine Williams. A complete worship bulletin will be posted each week on the website including hymns and scriptures all in one document for you to follow along easily.

THE REOPENING PROCEDURE FOR THE CHURCH STAFF WILL BEGIN JUNE 1. The church office will still be closed to the public; however, the staff will be there alternating days, Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 3:00pm. All the staff want to assure you that we are still available to serve our congregation and can be contacted any time by email and cell phone. Be sure to let us know immediately of any pastoral emergency or special needs.

A listing of the staff on call:

Rev. Dr. Ed Hurley – ehurley@southhighland.org

Rev. Dr. Larry Michael – lmichael@southhighland.org

Cort Gatliff – cgatliff@southhighland.org

Abby Gatliff – agatliff@southhighland.org

Dina Glass – dglass@southhighland.org

Matthew Grauberger – mgrauberger@southhighland.org

Brad Hale – bhale@southhighland.org

Gary Harden – gharden@southhighland.org

Brenda Keith – bkeith@southhighland.org

Daniel Killilea – dkillilea@southhighland.org

Katya O’Leary – koleary@southhighland.org

Ways to Worship with SHPC

Tune In

- Find us on your radio on 850AM and 101.1FM (Sundays at 11:00am only)

- Click here to access the audio feed through our website (Sundays at 11:00am only)

- Click here to access the video feed through our website (Sundays at 11:00am and select Wednesdays at 6:30pm)

- Missed our live services? Visit the above video pages to watch the archived services. And click here to listen to archived services.

Follow Along with the Bulletin

- Click here for the bulletin

Share Attendance & Prayer Concerns

- Click here to email Dina Glass and Brenda Keith with who all is tuned in and any prayer concerns they can share with staff for the week ahead

Online Giving

- Click here to keep up with your tithe through giving online

Tune into our YouTube page or our Facebook page on Wednesdays for a special message from our staff related to the focus for the following Sunday.

Watch your email and our social media feeds for any updates!

SHPC Spotlight

Click here to check out some of the happenings around SHPC during this time while we've been apart.