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January 2019


Friday, January 18, 2019Monday, January 21, 2019
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Youth Winter Retreat

7th-12th Graders are welcome to join us for fellowship, fun and snow tubing over MLK weekend in Gatlinburg, TN. The event is full. Registration is now closed.

Monday, January 21, 2019
Church Offices Closed

Church offices will be closed Monday, January 21 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

All worship services will be held Sunday, January 20. However, there will be no youth group class or small group.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
5:15 pm7:15 pm
Wednesday Night Dinner and Class

Join us for Wednesday Night Dinner and Class.

Dinner 5:15 pm, Great Hall. Serving chicken with cherry sauce, rice pilaf, roasted parmesan green beans; and chicken sandwich, chips (kids). Please RSVP online or call Lea Anne Hardy at 933-3703.

Classes 6:15 pm. See below for more information. Contact Hallerin Hill at or 933-3731 for questions about classes.

Guest Preacher, Speaker Dr. Serene Jones

The President of Union Theological Seminary, The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, joins us as a guest preacher for the 8:45 and 11 am services and Focus on Faith speaker at 10 am. She is the first woman to head the 180-year-old institution and occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She has written several books, including Trauma and Grace.

Sunday, January 27, 2019
10:00 am12:00 pm
Temple Emanu-El
Temple Emanu-El Visit

We hope your 5th/ 6th grade child can join us on our exciting field trip to Temple Emanu-El on Sunday, Jan. 27th from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. We are looking forward to learning more about our Jewish neighbors as we tour the Temple Emanu-El sanctuary and meet some of the 5th/6th grade children who attend Temple school. All those interested in attending will need to complete the Temple Emanu-El Field Trip Registration Form by Wednesday, January 23rd.

On Sunday, Jan. 27th, we will meet at the church in the Level 3 atrium (room 105) at 10:00 am. The children will be transported to Temple Emanu-El in the IPC van, departing the parking lot at 10:15 am. We will tour the sanctuary and then share a light snack with Temple Emanu-El 5th and 6th grade class while learning about Temple school. Pick-up will be in the Level 3 atrium at 12:00 noon. Please note, we WILL have a regular atrium day in the Level 3 atrium for all 4th graders and any 5th /6th grader who do not wish to attend the field trip. We plan on this being an annual event for our 5th/6th grade classes!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kay Roller at or (205)447-5168. We hope to see you on Sunday, January 27th!

Sunday, January 27, 2019
4:00 pm5:00 pm

Join the IPC Camerata for this 30-minute service featuring music by William Bradley Roberts. An organ recital will follow with Melanie Couch of All Saints Episcopal Church in Homewood.

Sunday, January 27, 2019
5:45 pm9:45 pm
First Light
Youth Serve at First Light

Youth are invited to serve dinner at First Light. We'll meet in the IPC parking lot. Registration required. Cost: Venmo a donation of $10 or more to @SusanDukes

Sunday, February 3, 2019Sunday, February 10, 2019
Birmingham, AL
Religious Arts Festival: Jazz and the Arts

Witness the synthesis of jazz and worship at the 48th Annual Religious Arts Festival.

Sunday, Feb. 3: Birmingham Museum of Art Jazz Brunch from 12- 1:30 pm followed by art lecture with Curator Kate Crawford at 1:35 pm

Monday, Feb 4: Jazz Influence on Music lecture with WBHM’s Tuxedo Junction host Bart Grooms at 7 pm in Great Hall

Tuesday, Feb. 5: The Lord is Heavy: Can Jazz and Religion Jam Together? lecture with religion and American Culture NC State Professor Dr. Jason Bivins in at 7 pm Great Hall

Thursday, Feb. 7: New Orleans Themed Religious Arts Festival Banquet at 6:30 pm with Jazz Trio.

Friday, Feb. 8: Avante Vocal Jazz Ensemble concert at 7 pm in Highland Hall
Sunday, Feb. 10: Jazz Mass at 5 pm worship service in Highland Hall

Events are free, except for brunch and Religious Arts Festival Banquet. Reservations required for those events.

Sunday, February 3, 2019
11:00 am12:00 pm
Congregational Meeting

The annual meeting of the Independent Presbyterian Church is hereby called for Sunday, February 3, 2019, to be convened with the opening prayer at the 11:00 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary. The business meeting will begin immediately following the worship service.

The purposes of the meeting are:
1) To receive 2018 financial reports
2) To receive the report of the IPC Foundation
3) To review salaries of the ordained clergy
4) To receive the 2018 report of the President of the Congregation
5) To conduct any other business which may properly come before the congregation

By order of the session,
William J. Carl, III, Moderator Steve Hunt, Clerk

Sunday, February 3, 2019
12:00 pm2:00 pm
Oscar's at the Birmingham Museum of Art
Religious Arts Festival: Jazz Brunch & Lecture

Make reservations for jazz brunch at Oscar's at the Museum at 12 pm then stay for Jazz in American Art lecture and tour with BMA curator Dr. Katelyn Crawford. Katelyn Crawford is The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art and oversees all aspects of the Museum’s collection of American art, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and photography from the colonial period to 1970.

Reservations required for jazz brunch. Please make them by calling Oscar's at (205) 328-7850.

Monday, February 4, 2019
7:00 pm8:00 pm
Great Hall
Religious Arts Festival: Jazz All Over the Place Lecture

Join jazz aficionado and host of WAJH-FM's Tuxedo Junction host Bart Grooms for “Jazz All Over the Place: A Look at Jazz’s
Influence on Various Types of Music.” Lecture begins at 7 pm in the Great Hall. All welcome to join us for this free event.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
7:00 pm8:00 pm
Great Hall
Religious Arts Festival: Jazz & Religion Lecture

Professor at North Carolina State University Dr. Jason Bivins will deliver a lecture on “The Lord is Heavy: Can Jazz and Religion Jam Together?” Bivins is a historian of religion in America and a lifelong jazz fan. In this talk, he will introduce you to a broader, more improvisatory way of thinking about what both “religion” and “jazz” are. Grounded in a comparative study of music’s role in religion, the talk will look at jazz as a form of ritual, jazz as a new religious community, and jazz as mysticism.

The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 7, 2019
6:30 pm8:00 pm
Great Hall
Religious Arts Festival Banquet

Join us for delicious food and music at a New Orleans themed banquet. There will be music from a jazz trio. Tickets $25 per person. Reservations are required. RSVP online or by sending a check to Music & Fine Arts Office.

Friday, February 8, 2019
7:00 pm8:00 pm
Highland Hall
Religious Arts Festival Concert

With their bold fusion of jazz and contemporary a cappella singing, the Avante Vocal Jazz Ensemble of North Carolina will present the Friday concert, performing repertoire that pays tribute to the great masters of vocal jazz while adding a new twist to familiar standards.

Concert free and open to the public. Event will take place in Highland Hall at 3116 Highland Avenue.

Sunday, February 10, 2019
8:45 am12:00 pm
No Morning Worship or Classes

It's Mercedes Marathon week. We will not having morning worship or Sunday school. However, the Religious Arts Festival will conclude with a jazz service at 5 pm in Highland Hall.

Sunday, February 24, 2019
4:00 pm5:00 pm

Join the IPC Camerata for this 30-minute service featuring music by William Bradley Roberts. An organ recital will follow with Christopher Henley of First United Methodist Church, Anniston. Childcare available.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Ash Wednesday

Join us on this first day of Lent for worship. We'll have two services at 12 pm in the chapel and 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. All are welcome.

Sunday, March 17, 2019
10:00 am11:00 am
Children's Spring Musical

Step Right Up is physically-active, theologically-enriching, and musically-engaging musical for kids grades K- 6th. The lyrics for all of the songs are adapted from Scripture. Performance is Sunday, March 17 at 10 am.

There will be a mandatory parent meeting in Room 113 (Children’s Choir room) on Wednesday, January 9 at 5:45 pm. This will be a 15 minute informational meeting. You may drop off your child in Room 111 before the meeting.

Youth Mission to Chiapas, Mexico

Youth are invited on the mission trip to Chiapas, Mexico June 8- 14, 2019. We will be doing construction work in Chiapas and surrounding villages. Rising 10th – graduated 12th graders will be given preference.

Applications and deposit of $300 due January 31. Email Emily Frandsen at if interested in mission trip!

Sunday, July 7, 2019Saturday, July 13, 2019
Montreat, NC
Youth Montreat Trip

Rising 9th-graduated 12th Graders are invited to travel with us to the Montreat Youth Conference in Montreat, North Carolina.

Cost: $550 (covers lodging, transportation, meals, & conference registration)
$150 deposit due January 11

Catechesis Level II Formation Course

Hosted by: Independent Presbyterian Church
3100 Highland Ave. South
Birmingham, Alabama

When: Tuesday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Part 1: January 15 – May 14, 2019 (break for summer)
Part 2: August 20 – December 10, 2019

Tuition for the course is $700 per person. There are two payment options available.

Option 1: Two payment option. The first deposit of at least $350 must be received by December 4, 2018 with the remainder due by May 7, 2019.
Option 2: One payment option. The total payment of $675 ($25 discount) must be received by December 4, 2018.

Checks should be made payable to Independent Presbyterian Church with “CGS Training” in the memo line.

Please send checks to:
Independent Presbyterian Church
Co/ Kay Roller
3100 Highland Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35205

If you have questions, please contact Kay Roller.