Volunteer tutors are needed mornings and afternoons to help support IPC's Educational Ministries. 

On behalf of the Session at large, we are so grateful for the groundwork that has been done to ensure a successful way forward for IPC and honored to have been a part of what was accomplished in 2022.

Check out what IPC Children have covered this month on Sunday mornings in the Atrium and what is coming up next month!

This year’s Mercedes Marathon will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, and the race route again includes Highland Avenue in front of IPC. Due to the planned road closures surrounding the church, our one worship service will be at 4 pm with additional service and fellowship opportunities throughout the day.

Join IPC to provide disaster relief assistance to those devastated by the recent storms and tornados in Selma, Alabama.

Bring a bit o' tartan to the 11 am worship service this Sunday, Jan. 22, for our annual Kirkin' o' the Tartan.

The library's collection has books for all ages in a variety of subjects, including books with information on the 100 year history of the Children’s Fresh Air Farm.

Courtney Kraus will join IPC's staff as our new Director of Children's Ministries with a Feb. 8 start date. 

To be good stewards of our 2023 budget, we are led to make the difficult decision to raise the price of select menu items while many remain unchanged.

We have a grand schedule of events planned for 2023, the Children's Fresh Air Farm’s centennial year, to both learn about the Farm’s history and to celebrate its ongoing mission.

As the needs of the congregation and our community continue to grow, year-end gifts are a way to bless our church and allow our ministries to continue to flourish. If you plan to make a charitable contribution before the end of the year, please consider IPC. 

We invite you to a seated, Afternoon Tea on this 73rd Year of the Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday House Tour. The Tour will be offered virtually with four beautiful homes, and an in-person tour of the IPC Sanctuary, decorated by the Guild.

An Advent reading from "The Promised One" by Christianity Today. Subscribe to our daily Advent devotional, and we'll email a new message each day to help you journey through the season.

Ever wonder how the Youth Ministry Team uses the proceeds from selling Christmas ornaments in the Parlor throughout Advent season, or what happens to the school supplies collected during Bibletimes Marketplace each summer?

Join IPC during Advent for a sermon series looking at figures in the Old Testament who in some way point us toward the coming of Christ.

We are grateful to everyone who helped stock the IPC Food Pantry/Blessing Boxes for our neighbors and the Weekend Buddy Bags for children at Hayes K-8 School.

A team of 16 IPC youth was selected to allocate $20,000 of IPC Foundation funds to charitable organizations.

We hope that you will return your pledge card to church on or before Pledge Sunday, Nov. 13, when we will dedicate our pledges to the Lord.

Will you join us in responding to Christ’s call for our church? As you prayerfully consider your pledge for 2023, we ask you to say YES.

Each fall IPC hosts Harvest for Hunger to help stock our Food Pantry. This drive is critical for keeping our Food Pantry stocked with the needed non-perishable food, hygiene items, and paper products.

Many from the congregation have asked about what is going on these days in Session, the governing body of IPC. We think it is a great idea to begin to communicate to members of IPC with the highlights of actions taken by Session at its regular meetings.

I’m sure you’ve all been watching the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ian, just after watching Hurricane Fiona inflict significant damage. One of the primary ways our denomination helps in these situations is through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

Christian churches of many denominations across the globe will share The Lord’s Supper on Sunday, Oct. 2, as a sign of Christ’s prayer that we would be one, united Body of Christ.

Our recycling super sack is now housed inside a little wooden house at the top of the back parking lot behind Highland Hall.

The Crop Drop is back and is even bigger than last year! On Sunday, Oct. 16, our congregation will have a unique opportunity to join hands and hearts and sack 33,000 pounds of sweet potatoes to be distributed to our neighbors who struggle with food insecurity. 

Children and families remain a top priority at our church, and in this time of transition, we are fortunate to have the leadership of Emma Stewart, Beth Middleton, and Catherine Goudreau.

IPC is excited to have Margaret Lane Hollingsworth join our staff as the Adult and Family Ministries Communication Coordinator. Margaret Lane joined us August 15 and has been able to gracefully transition into this new position. She has concentrated on digital communication strategy and has enjoyed being able to support and connect with all of IPC’s ministries.

This Sunday we return to our normal worship schedule with services in the sanctuary at 8:45 am and 11 am, Sunday school at 10 am, and the 5 pm Table service in Highland Hall where you can always come as you are.

Our IPC Family of Faith has the opportunity to use our hands and feet in service, as we join the Presbytery and Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in the East Lake Community.

The Pastor’s Bible Study is moving to Wednesday evenings this fall. Join us for dinner and study beginning Sept. 14.

All members, neighbors, and friends of IPC are invited to join IPC for our Family of Faith Kick-Off on Sunday, Aug. 14.

IPC continues to seek ways to provide financial and disaster relief assistance to those who are impacted by the historic flooding resulting in loss of life and major destruction in Kentucky as well as support our partners and ministry in the Black Belt region of our Presbytery.

The IPC Foundation shares its 2021 Annual Report. Made possible by a remarkable group of donors, the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Subcommittees, and IPC’s leadership and staff, the year-long response to need at home and abroad spearheaded forward momentum to support causes consistent with the IPC Mission.

On Sunday, July 10, we have the incredible privilege of hosting Pastor Fred Ankai-Taylor from the Church of the Risen Christ in Vinnitsya, Ukraine.

IPC welcomes Sarah Scruggs, our new Community Ministries Coordinator. Sarah joined IPC’s staff on June 20 and jumped right into her new role. She is already hard at work serving our neighbors who are food insecure. 

A Ukrainian family with ties to IPC has relocated to Crestline with many needs, as their home and business in Eastern Ukraine was destroyed by Russian bombs. Please consider contributing to help the family set up their new home.

Rather than reacting with cheering or outrage, perhaps we should all start by spending a good bit of time in prayer.

I am sharing a detailed report about how the funds at Church of the Risen Christ received from IPC are being used. I also want to use this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to IPC for providing us with funds to cover the bulk of our expenditure.

IPC welcomes the Youth Mission Team from St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Titusville, Florida, as they travel to Arkansas. On Sunday, June 19, the mission team invites the congregation for coffee and baked goods from their home church at 8:30 am. 

Each summer there is a special appeal for Presbyterian Ministries United Appeal of Birmingham (PMUAB). Please give during this time to provide funding for Kirkwood by the River's Life Care Fund, the Living River Power of the Outdoors Scholarship Fund, and the IPC Social Services Fund.

As we feel the pinch at the grocery store and gas station, our friends and neighbors who are challenged by poverty are suffering even more. The Community Ministries Team is currently seeing a much greater need.

We ask for your support in providing healthy snacks for the IPC Summer Learning Program at the Children's Fresh Air Farm.

IPC's new summer worship schedule kicks off. From May 29 – Aug. 7, IPC will hold two worship services on Sundays: The morning worship at 10 am in the sanctuary & the Table worship service at 5 pm in Highland Hall. Sunday School moves to 9 am.

Please donate to support the Weekend Buddy Bag Ministry. We are providing weekend bags to each student participating in the Summer Learning Program at the Children's Fresh Air Farm.

Seeing the horrific pictures of devastation and loss of life in Ukraine, it is hard not to feel hopeless about there ever being any real peace in our world. I suspect that on Good Friday, Jesus' followers felt the same as they watched him being killed on a cross.

Join IPC for Holy Week services and opportunities that help us walk with Jesus toward the cross and fully appreciate the good news of Easter morning.

IPC's Alabama Black Belt Journey Group is asking IPC members to donate cases of water for our fellow Alabamians in Uniontown. 

This Palm Sunday is a day for celebratory giving! We, with so much, join with Presbyterians everywhere in the One Great Hour of Sharing.

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to coach IPC's high school guys in the Mountain Brook Baptist Basketball Church League, and hopefully, we can win again next year!

This Sunday there is so much going on. The Children’s Musical is at 10 am, and we welcome new IPC members at the 11 am service. There will be an Evensong at 4 pm, and we will finally celebrate David Seamon’s ordination and installation.

Throughout the season of Lent, I will be preaching on the theme, “From Death to Life,” as we look at passages in the Bible where God took seemingly dead-end situations and brought new life out of them. I hope that you will all come out and join us in person for worship and other IPC happenings as we begin this important season in the life of the church.

In Lent, people often fast from something, or take on a new spiritual discipline, as they reflect on Christ’s ministry, death, and resurrection. IPC’s Earth Care Team invites you and your family to recycle as a way to mindfully experience Lent while caring for the earth.  

I'm sure all of us have been keeping up with the horrors taking place in Ukraine as the Russians continue to invade and cause unspeakable destruction and loss of life. A number of you have asked how can we as Christians help? 

I hope that you will make it a priority to come to worship and take part in discipleship and fellowship opportunities during Lent so that, together, we might draw closer to the Savior, who alone can give us life.

In 2022, we hope that your Lenten spiritual disciplines might include a commitment to coming back to IPC in person as often as you can during this season. Read more about the many opportunities for you to come back if you have not been to church in person in a while.

This year’s Mercedes Marathon will be held on Sunday, Feb. 13, and the race route again includes Highland Avenue in front of IPC. Due to the planned road closures surrounding the church, our one worship service will be the Table service at a special time. Worship with us at 4 pm in Highland Hall with additional service and fellowship opportunities throughout the day.

The 51st Annual Religious Arts Festival at IPC begins Sunday, Jan. 30, with events through Sunday, Feb. 6. This year we focus on the rich cultural traditions of 18th-century Germany and Johann Sebastian Bach in the areas of music, food, and literature.

This week our Religious Arts Festival begins and brings another feast of artistry and devotion to the good and beautiful things in the church and life. This year we’re celebrating Germany, and a great ambassador of religious genius, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Join us this Sunday, Jan. 23, at the 11 am worship service for Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans where all members will be welcome to bring a family heirloom for a special blessing. 

Amidst the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant, IPC remains hopeful for this current wave to pass allowing us to return to normal operations. To keep our faith community safe during this challenging time, please note our updated measures to protect one another.

I am excited to start the new year with you and discover what God will be doing among us in 2022 and how he is preparing our church for the years ahead.

Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be to all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

IPC's Christmas Eve services will likely be crowded, and for your safety and the safety of those around you, masks are strongly recommended. For those who prefer to worship at home, you are invited to join your IPC family through our virtual worship services. 

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, this is the day we light the candle of love—love that lived for the sake of others.

Your generosity makes it possible for us to assist our neighbors in need, and we are experiencing greater need during this season. IPC filled Harvest for Hunger grocery sacks in November to share the love of Christ, and we now introduce a new ministry, Weekend Buddy Bags.