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When I received the call to IPC four years ago, I made a promise to serve as senior pastor here for five years. In keeping that promise, I informed the Session last Tuesday night that my final day at IPC will be August 31, 2020.

Flowers are starting to bloom. We are experiencing warmer and sunnier days intermittently. There’s also a shift in seasons here at IPC. 

We will be seeing the courageous work Christians are doing there to educate students and promote interfaith harmony over eight days. I cannot wait to share how the IPC Foundation is helping to support the school’s mission of “by love, serve one another.” 

What is jazz? What is its influence on art, culture and worship? Special guest speakers and musicians will delve into these questions as America’s classical music takes centerstage for the 48th Annual Religious Arts Festival: Jazz and the Arts. This week-long event begins with a jazz brunch at Oscar’s at the Museum followed by a Birmingham Museum of Art tour and talk lead by curator Dr. Katelyn Crawford.

What is grace? Union Theological Seminary President Dr. Serene Jones will deliver a sermon entitled, “Call it Grace” this Sunday during the 8:45 and 11 am services. Her texts are Psalm 19 and Romans 8:38- 39. As our Focus on Faith speaker, she will continue the discussion about grace with a lecture on that subject at 10 am in Highland Hall.