Church News

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM


Children's Christmas Program

Sunday, December 13

9:15 AM Breakfast

9:45 AM: Program

No Regular Sunday School Classes!

CHRISTMAS CANTATA

CHANCEL CHOIR CHRISTMAS CANTATA
Sunday, December 13, 6:00 PM

GREAT GIFT IDEA

Great Gift Idea
The youth still have some of those beautiful First Presbyterian Church – Bessemer Memory Books left. These books were sold at the last homecoming celebration downtown as a reminder of all those years of service, love, and ministry and in honor of those saints who blessed our lives there and are the roots of SVPC. What a special gift to give a loved one so they can enjoy the treasured memories of those people and days that God used to bring us to where we are today! Purchase yours for $40 for one and $50 for two of these one-of-a-kind treasures! Call the church office for more information.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

CHRISTMAS HANDBELL CONCERT


Christmas Handbell Concert

Sunday, December 6, 3:00 PM

Reception following

CHRISTMAS PARADE


Christmas Parade
 
Help us share our Shepherd joy at the McAdory Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 5th! The parade begins at 2:00 and finishes up at the Piggly Wiggly parking lot with a community Christmas Carol Sing-Along and tree lighting along with warm cups of coffee and hot chocolate. Sounds like a great day to be a part of our new community!

Our children will meet before the parade at SVPC at 10:00 for play practice and lunch. The kids will get suited up and we will then head to the parade line-up about 12:30. After the post-parade festivities, we hope to make a visit to one of our members in Letson Farms.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY

Advent Bible Study starts December 2 at 5:30 PM and will be each Wednesday in December, skipping December 23rd. Under Wraps is the name of the study and it will focus on four characteristics of God as indicated in the OT but lived out through Jesus in the NT. Our first characteristic to study is Expectant. Come unwrap the Gift we never expected!


Sunday, November 22, 2015

YOUNG ADULTS SUNDAY

Young Adult Worship Leaders Sunday
 
Sunday, November 29, 11:00 AM
 

HANGING OF THE GREENS

Hanging of the Greens
Sunday, November 29, 11:00 AM

Sunday, November 15, 2015

CHRISMON TREES

Chrismon Trees
 
The Chrismon Tree Committee is scheduled to set up and decorate the Chrismon Trees Sunday, November 22, at 12:05 PM.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON

Thanksgiving Luncheon
 
Sunday, November 15, 12:05 PM
 
Please make plans to join us for a Thanksgiving Luncheon on Sunday, November 15th. Bring your favorite pot luck dish to share and expect a fun time with your Shepherd of the Valley Family! Lunch will be served just as soon as we can get the tables set up after worship. Just bring your dish to the kitchen that morning and we can keep things warm or cold as needed as well as man any crockpots! We are looking forward to a great time of Fellowship!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

KINGCOM BUILDERS CLEAN-UP DAY

Kingdom Builders Clean-up day for the McAdory/McCalla Community
Saturday, November 7, 8:30 AM
 
Let’s pitch in for the Kingdom Builders Clean-Up Day! Meet at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Saturday, November 7 at 8:30 AM. We will be finished by 11:30 AM and will have helped to make an impact on our community. Bags, gloves and safety vests are provided but please make sure to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.
 
Thank you for being a part of this event that is coordinated by the Jefferson County Commission.

THANKSGIVING DEVOTIONAL

Thanksgiving/Harvest Devotional
 
The Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church Spiritual Life Team is sponsoring another Devotional and we need your inspired written talents! This time we are focused on Thanksgiving and Harvest. The Devotional will begin November 1 and end on Thanksgiving Day.
 
A Sign Up Sheet will be available next Sunday, September 13th. Please prayerfully consider participating in this endeavor. Our past Devotionals have been such a blessing to our Church Family and Friends, and especially to the authors themselves!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

ALL SAINTS DAY

All Saints Remembrance this Sunday
 
This Sunday we shall honor all our loved ones who joined the Church Triumphant in the past year. You see this list below of members of Shepherd of the Valley and also friends of our members.
 
In the Presbyterian tradition, when a Christian dies, we gather to celebrate the resurrection life of our Lord Jesus Christ in the life of our departed loved ones. All Saints Sunday does not so much emphasize the extraordinary achievements of a particular Christian as much as emphasizing the grace and work of the Lord in the lives of ordinary people. The real celebration regards the fact that by God’s Grace He has made us “saints.”
 
In our lives here, we are saints – “holy” is the meaning of the word “saint” because the Lord has called us, chosen us, and sanctified us both here and in the life to come. We believe that we are surrounded still by that “great cloud of witnesses” who have preceded us into our celestial home.
 
If you desire to remember a loved one who has died, we invite you to join us at prayer time around the Table of the Lord following the sermon. Come and share this time together.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

OCC PACKING PARTY

Operation Christmas Chile Packing Party
Sunday, October 25, 12:05 PM
 
October Collections: toothbrushes, toothpaste, plastic bar soap holders and washcloths. We will purchase particular soaps once the boxes are finished. We will also be accepting donations for shipping and filler items.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

SPAGHETTI SUPPER

Spaghetti Support
Saturday, October 17
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Green Pond Presbyterian Church
Proceeds will benefit the construction of two schools in the Congo

FALL FESTIVAL

Farm Fun Fall Festival
October 17, 2015
Noon to 4:00 pm
 
Hayride
Petting farm
Crafts
Games
Chili cook-off
Live Music
 
Bring the whole family and your friends!
We have invited the whole community!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CHILD CARE

The church offers childcare services if needed, for any event, Bible Studies, small group meetings, etc. Please contact the church office if you would like to have us reserve a caregiver for a particular event. This is a service that we are very happy to provide and are thankful that we can offer this if we know ahead of time that it is needed.

NEW SHIRTS

Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church T-shirts!!!
 
What a great way to say “HELLO” to McCalla!
 
Designed and created by our Young Adults to raise funds for our church playground!

SERMON REACTIONS

Sermon Reaction Conversation
 
Please let the church office know if you are interested in receiving the weekly "Sermon Reaction" emails. This is a wonderful way to continue to contemplate the study of God’s Word that is presented to us on Sunday. You can see added questions, thoughts, resources and links. You may comment and see others’ comments on the previous Sunday’s sermon. This email will only be sent to those who ask to be added to the group. Join the conversation!

COMPUTER CLASSES

Computer Classes will be held at the church beginning this month.
 
Call the office for more information.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

CHILDREN'S CATECHISM

Children’s Catechism classes will be starting in September! The catechism is a great program that teaches children to love, serve, and know God. Catechism is a wonderful tool for teaching important information about God and about our rich reformed heritage using a question and answer format. Miss Donna will be teaching our children during the worship hour immediately following the children’s sermon. They will go to the classroom that is right off the narthex by the lobby doors.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

SPECIAL INVITATION FROM GREEN POND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Come hear Jimmy Shafe, Congo Director for Rivers of the World. He will show pictures and give a presentation of ROW ministry in the Congo. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
 
Green Pond Presbyterian Church, 65 Presbyterian Church Road
 
Sunday, August 16, 2:00 PM

Sunday, July 26, 2015

KINGDOM BUILDERS PRAYER WALK

Kingdom Builders Prayer Walk
 
As school starts this week for Jefferson County, The Bessemer/McCalla Kingdom Builders sponsored a prayer walk for our McAdory schools on Thursday, July 30th. Three of our SVPC members (Becky Jinright, Donna Holmes, and Julie Gibbs) joined in to surround the schools from the outside with prayer. The whole group began in prayer led by one of the principals and then the group prayed over him. Then our three walked around the outside of McAdory Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. Becky explained their time at the schools this way, “Since no one was doing that specifically, we decided to surround the school from the outside. We did that for all 3 schools letting the Spirit guide our prayers based on what he brought to our minds by what we saw as we walked, like bus drivers, sports teams, the band. We prayed over the play grounds, for those who have been bullied, for new student drivers, for students starting school for the first time, and for patience for teachers, students and parents. And we read Scripture over each school as well. It was an awesome time to spend with 2 of my sisters and Jesus who I know was sweating right alongside us!”
 
What an impact these three ladies have made! Let’s all be in constant prayer for our young people and their schools as they begin this new year. What these students face every day as they try to be Jesus’ light for the world is daunting but we know that He who is in us is greater than he that is in the world! “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (I John 4:4)

KINGDOM BUILDERS PRAYER WALK

Kingdom Builders Prayer Walk
 
As school starts this week for Jefferson County, The Bessemer/McCalla Kingdom Builders sponsored a prayer walk for our McAdory schools on Thursday, July 30th. Three of our SVPC members (Becky Jinright, Donna Holmes, and Julie Gibbs) joined in to surround the schools from the outside with prayer. The whole group began in prayer led by one of the principals and then the group prayed over him. Then our three walked around the outside of McAdory Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. Becky explained their time at the schools this way, “Since no one was doing that specifically, we decided to surround the school from the outside. We did that for all 3 schools letting the Spirit guide our prayers based on what he brought to our minds by what we saw as we walked, like bus drivers, sports teams, the band. We prayed over the play grounds, for those who have been bullied, for new student drivers, for students starting school for the first time, and for patience for teachers, students and parents. And we read Scripture over each school as well. It was an awesome time to spend with 2 of my sisters and Jesus who I know was sweating right alongside us!”
 
What an impact these three ladies have made! Let’s all be in constant prayer for our young people and their schools as they begin this new year. What these students face every day as they try to be Jesus’ light for the world is daunting but we know that He who is in us is greater than he that is in the world! “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (I John 4:4)

THE GREATEST GENERATION

They endured the Great Depression….

They preserved our freedoms….

They rebuilt a shattered world….

HELP KEEP THEIR SPIRIT ALIVE….FOREVER!

Join us August 8, 2015 at 6:30 PM at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo to honor the "Greatest Generation"

Sunday, July 19, 2015

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD UPDATE

Come see the impact your simple gifts really make!
A Special Event: JULY 24 – 27
 
Birmingham volunteers of Operation Christmas Child invite you to be our guest as Rwandan genocide survivor and Operation Christmas Child shoebox recipient, Alex Nsengimana, shares about his journey to faith. Come hear Alex's story and have the opportunity to meet him at one of the following events:
 
Friday, July 24, 2 – 3:30 pm
Westwood Baptist Church
4349 Forestdale Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35214
 
Saturday, July 25, 9 – 10:30 am
First Baptist Church Helena
815 Highway 52E, CLC Building, Helena, 35080
 
Sunday, July 26, 2:30-4:00 PM
Mountain Brook Community Church
3001 US-280, Mountain Brook, 35243
 
Growing up in the throes of an unstable Rwandan government, Alex Nsengimana experienced first-hand the travesties of his nation's genocide. After his mother died while he was young, Alex went to live with his grandmother and uncle. At the height of tribal unrest in 1994, the genocide claimed the lives of his caregivers. Fleeing for his life, Alex escaped gunmen when he fell and they took him for dead. He fled and stumbled onto the steps of an orphanage that would serve as his home for the next several years.
 
Alex received a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child one year after arriving at the orphanage and remembers being so excited to have a gift to call his own. Alex was selected to join the African Children's Choir and traveled to Uganda to train and began touring in the U.S. Last year, he was given the opportunity to travel back to his orphanage to distribute shoe boxes to the children. Alex currently lives in Boone, NC and works for Samaritans Purse.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

TERRIFIC TUESDAYS

Terrific Tuesdays

June 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th

5:30 - 8:00 pm

Fun for the whole family with lessons, crafts, fun & light supper

Dinner served from 5:30 - 6:15

Sunday, May 31, 2015

PREVENTING HEAT STRESS


Preventing Heat Stress

·         Rule of thumb is drink one cup of water or other hydrating fluid every 15-20 minutes during heat stress conditions

·         Wear lightweight, light colored, loose clothing that allows free movement of cool air over the skin's surface

·         Use fans to help spot cooling

·         Make work demands lighter by taking frequent breaks in a cooler area, completing them over a longer time period

·         Schedule heavy workloads during the early morning hours when it's cooler and provide adequate water, rest and shade when >85°F

·         Report to Health Services if you feel you are experiencing a heat related disorder or call the Fire Department

 

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

One Great Hour of Sharing is a disaster relief offering which the Presbyterian Church shares with all denominations making available a quick response by the denominational relief teams without needing to wait for the offering to be taken. It is used mostly in weather related emergencies such as tornado relief in Mississippi, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. It also funds the majority of the monies for the Presbyterian Hunger Program.

Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church will be collecting for these gifts for One Great Hour of Sharing during the month of June. Please join us in this time of sharing in the care of others near and far in the name of Jesus Christ! Look for the envelopes in your bulletin and in the church office. Please make your checks to SVPC and mark them OGHS.

SUMMER CELEBRATION

Summer Celebration
 
Saturday, June 6, 2015
10:00am – Noon

Water slides and games!

Lunch served at noon  

Sunday, May 24, 2015

KINGDOM BUILDERS CLEAN-UP DAY

The Bessemer/McCalla Kingdom Builders will be sponsoring another McCalla Clean-Up Day on Saturday, June 20th. The staging area will again be at Pleasant Hill Methodist Church so join in there at 8:30 am for a great day of community caring and sharing. Needed supplies will be provided.

SUMMER CONCERT

There's nothing like a Sunday evening with friends and great music!

Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 17, 2015

PENTECOST SUNDAY

Sunday, May 24 – Wear Red
 
 

SHOE COLLECTION

Our shoe collection for Living Waters for the World was amazing! We had a wide variety of types and sizes and that will benefit many folks. Thank you for giving in this way to reach across the globe for Jesus Christ.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

GRADUATE RECOGNITION

Graduate Recognition

Sunday, May 17

Please join us as we honor our seniors as they graduate high school. We will honor them in worship and then enjoy lunch and fellowship immediately following. Please contact the church office to sign up for the lunch (565-7025).  

Sunday, May 3, 2015

BIBLE READING MARATHON

Bible Reading Marathon

Sunday, May 3 - Thursday, May 7

Readings will take place at Southside Baptist Church (1016 19th St. South, Birmingham). To sign up or get more information go to www.libertypark.org/biblemarathon or call 205-969-1236

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY


New Ladies Bible Study

Thursdays at 10:00 AM
 
Call the church office for more information.

NEW MEMBER CELEBRATION

New Member Celebration
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 PM
 
Please join us for a dinner to celebrate our newest members. This will be a great time to get to know them better and to welcome them into the Shepherd of the Valley faith family. Please call the church office to make your reservations.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

KINGDOM BUILDERS CLEAN-UP DAY


McCalla/Bessemer Kingdom Builders

On April 18th from 8:30-11:000 AM the Kingdom Builders will be having a trash pick-up day in McCalla. Meet in the parking lot of Pleasant Hill UMC and we'll have bags, gloves and vests for you. Help us spread the word and let's canvas our community together!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

THE SHPEHERD’S STAFF

"The Shepherd's Staff" is the new name for our newsletter for SVPC.  We hope you like it and pray that it will bring honor and glory to our Lord as we minister in the McCalla pasture.  

In Biblical times a shepherd used a staff in several ways: as protection against animal attack on his flock, as a means of guiding the flock in dangerous climbs and descents to the good pastureland, as an instrument of rescuing a sheep in danger or tending to strays and as a means of determining the count of the flock at the end of the day.  He would place it low in the doorway of the sheepfold and cause the sheep in single file to step over the staff as he counted them. That is the call God has given Shepherd of the Valley in this community: protecting believers by proclaiming the truth of Christ, granting guidance to them by teaching them Christ, reaching out to rescue those who tend to stray and abiding by the standards we have professed in Christ by yielding to the Shepherd's call to be counted as part of his flock.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Operation Christmas Child
 
Please remember to start shopping for small toys through April and we will continue to collect those items in May. Some examples would be small cars, stuffed animals, dolls, yo-yo's and jump ropes. Remember, they need to be small enough to fit in a shoebox.