Church News

Friday, September 28, 2012

Prayer request for Dot Howell's grandson

Please pray for Beaux Allen Waites, Dot Howell's grandson, who has RSV and is back at Children's Hospital.  Please no visitors as he is in isolation - just special prayers.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sunday, September 30th

God has poured out His love into our hearts - Romans 5:5, NIV

It's time to pack those shoeboxes!  On Sunday, September 30th, we will have lunch immediately following morning worship and then wrap and pack to do our part to help reach hurting children for Christ.  If you are interested in learning more about the discipleship part of OCC, here is a link to the "Greatest Journey" information on the Operation Christmas Child website:

Please invite others to attend on Sunday.  Please make lunch reservations through the church office.  Please bring soft toys for younger children or socks or t-shirts or ball caps or flashlights with batteries if you still would like to donate OR you can donate for the $7.00 per box shipping fee.  Please, most importantly, be in prayer for Samaritan's Purse as they lead this mission AND for the children who will receive these gifts.

This year we do NOT need you to bring wrapping paper, tape or scissors.

Thank you so much for participating in this work that touches millions of children across the world with a simple gift that is powerful enough to change lives with the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Arrangements for Mary M. Wanninger

HEARTFELT PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY are extended to Ellis Wanninger, Rev. Susan Laney and the entire family at the death of beloved wife and mother, Mary M. Wanninger on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.  The Memorial service will be Friday, September 28 at 5:00pm in the Sanctuary of South Highland Presbyterian Church.  Visitation will follow in the Davis Family Hall.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sunday School 9:30am Tomorrow

FPC Family - Please join with all of us this Sunday morning at 930am in the Fellowship Hall for a group Sunday School Lesson including lite breakfast.  Yayyyyy!  Dan Stephens (Assoc. Ex. Presbyter) and his wife will be helping us celebrate by teaching the lesson. Barri (Youth and Outreach) will announce the winner of our summer attendance contest.  This will be enjoyable.  Please make every effort to join your Christ family tomorrow morning.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Update on Cary Southerland

Cary is out of surgery and doing fine.

Prayer Request - Cary Southerland

Please remember Cary Southerland, who had an accident a couple of weeks ago, and is having surgery on his shoulder now. Thank you!

prayer request - Clint Cherry

My Aunt Sue requested that I put my Uncle Clint Cherry on the prayer list.  Uncle Clint is my dad's twin brother - living in Arkansas. He's diabetic and got a cut on his leg that he did nothing about.  Now he's very sick in the hospital and they'll probably have to amputate.

Prayer Update and Praise Report

Just wanted to give everyone a update.  Aunt Sara had surgery to put plates on her neck to brace her back.  She is suppose to have surgery on her wrist today.  She opened her eyes Wednesday for the first time in two weeks.  We see it as hopeful!!!  God is good.  Agape, Donna

prayer list - Linda Grable

Good morning Brenda, Please put my sister Linda Grable on the prayer lists. She  has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She will be going to UAB's CCC today to start meeting with doctors about her treatment.  As always thanks, for being our secretary, prayers, D

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Prayer Request, Fred Jobe

Please keep Fred Jobe (Elizabeth Ware's father) in your prayers.  He is under hospice care.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Prayer Request - Sarah Tarvin

Please remember Mike Holmes aunt in your prayers.  She is still awaiting suregery because of blood pressure and breathing  problems.  She is in a serious condition.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Operation Christmas Child packing party

Dear Church Family,

We have a very special time together coming up on Sunday, September 30th, immediately following morning worship.  This will be our day to pack our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes!  It is a great time  to serve as Christ's hands and feet on earth as we pack our little gifts that mean so much to a child in a desperate situation.  Please share this mission opportunity by inviting friends and family.  Lunch will be provided but we do need to have your reservation by calling the church office or by signing up on Sunday.

The following should help you remember what we have gathered this year for our boxes.  Some of the items we still need are soft toys for young children.  Then, for September we are collecting miscellaneous items such as ball caps, socks, t-shirts, flashlights with extra batteries, etc.  Some people have even sent small flip-flops since they will fit in the box and not take up too much room. 

We could still use more shoe boxes, please!

Thank you so much for supporting this mission opportunity where we are a part of a huge effort to show Christ's love in a very meaningful and transforming way!

Barri Pratt
Director of Youth and Outreach
First Presbyterian Church
Bessemer, Alabama

 2012 Operation Christmas Child  
Items to collect schedule

May – small toys
June – hair brushes, barrettes, combs, brushes, etc.
July – toiletries such as washcloths and mild bar soap, tooth brushes and paste
August – school supplies (if pencils, then pencil sharpeners)
September – miscellaneous items such as socks, t-shirts, ball caps, flashlights with extra batteries
Anytime– shipping fee of $7.00 per box.

What to bring to pack in a shoe box (You may want to share this list with friends you will invite to the packing party on September 30th.)

small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A
Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.

pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.

hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps;
sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

A PERSONAL NOTE  (you can do this ahead of time or we will do them at our packing party on September 30th!) In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family.

Alma Porter

We express Christian Sympathy to the family and friends of Alma Porter, who passed away this afternoon.  Arrangements are pending.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Reminder: Missionaries or games @ Sun Sep 9, 2012 (SVPC, The Way)

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

September 9th starts us back!

Hey, y'all!

This attached photo is just so precious I had to send it even though I may
have sent this exact one before!!  You all were sooooo sweet to Miss Jean!

Are you ready for some football???  How about some pumpkin pie????  What are you wearing for homecoming????  But the most important question today is.......will you be with us on September 9th as we kick off at SVPC?

Yeppers, we will start at 5:00 as usual but we do have a few new things in scheduling to try.  We will not eat supper until 6:00 so we can have pizza with the faith family over at the church house before worship starts at 6:30 for The Way.  Now, don't you worry, we will still have sodas and some sort of snack to begin with so there is no one starving.  We don't want that but we do think it will be a great time to share with the rest of our SVPC family and have time to do all of our stuff.  Also, just as a heads up, there will be a few weeks, off and on, that we may meet downtown at FPCB and we may meet there early.

Please put on your calendar, if you haven't already, OCC packing party on September 30th.  We will not meet that evening since we will be packing boxes starting right after morning worship.  Then we have our big day which is Children and Youth Sunday on October 21st.  We really need to know who will be able to commit to this project so we can do our best as we lead worship for our church family.

I would like to put out something for you all to pray over and see what you might do in this time.  Think about inviting friends to come with you on Sunday evenings.  Think about reaching out to someone you may not have spoken to in awhile but you think this might be just the place for them to be.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you know how to be used at Shepherd of the Valley.  You guys can make a difference here, God could really use you in this journey of growth for Him and His kingdom!

Our first meeting on the 9th will be some fun and activities but also we will be looking at our schedules (please bring your school schedules, football schedules, events, any plans you know you have) and talking about what you would like to do this season.

I hope to see you all there at 5:00 and then supper at 6:00 and worship at 6:30!  Love ya!

Barri Pratt
Director of Youth and Outreach
First Presbyterian Church
Bessemer, Alabama