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.

Look around the church. The child watching her mother lead Children’s Ministries, the teenager traveling to Montreat, or the new member could one day answer God’s call to a life of ministry.

Learn more about the Guild and how you can too can become an integral part of worship at IPC.

After school, the Garage in Highland Hall becomes a STEAM incubator for Hayes K- 8 students. They solve problems by using science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) to design and build. LIFT OFF to Learning launched in November 2018 and is already soaring to new heights.

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.

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans and elsewhere in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, developing from roots in blues, marching band music, and piano music like ragtime. Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz is commonly recognized as "America's classical music" and has become a major form of musical expression linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American traditions. It has emerged as an independent traditional and popular music style.

Welcome to 2019! We are just a few weeks into the new year. But already, we have much to be thankful for here at Independent Presbyterian Church.

The Grantmaking Committee oversees distribution of IPC Foundation grants and distributions. The Committee, chaired by Susie Abbott, completed its annual grant cycle in November. Take a look at the grantmaking process by the numbers.

A look at how you gave to IPC ministries and some of our community partners this holiday season. Thank you for your generosity!

As any lifelong Presbyterian, I have served on my share of church committees. One of the highlights has been my six years serving with the IPC Foundation. Each year, the Foundation awards grants for “the benefit of mankind, the education of youth, the relief of human suffering, and propagation of the Christian religion.”