At Tuesday night’s Session meeting, we learned how our ministries and our members are continuing to uphold our mission statement of “Joining God in the World, Welcoming Our Neighbors.”

Wednesday nights are back! Weekday classes are also starting to resume, so now is the perfect time to try a new class or group.

We came to the table in fellowship to eat, to catch up and to learn about new ministries at IPC. The term "Radical Hospitality" was used by Executive Associate, Lucy Tuner, to reemphasize how important it is to welcome people of all types and backgrounds to our IPC Table.

Here at IPC, we invite you to come to the table to worship, to learn and to serve. This Wednesday, September 5, we will come to the table to hear the latest news about ministry and mission at IPC.

Take a moment to stop and witness all of the other incredible fellowship opportunities at IPC and how we are continuing to engage and grow our church.

The school bells have rung. Many of your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews have returned to school. This weekend, we invite everyone to return to Sunday School this Sunday, August 19 for the Christian Education Fall Kick Off.

We know him as "Mr. Fred," but his full name is Fred Douglas O'Neal, III. A native of Birmingham, he attended J. H. Phillips High school then Alabama A&M University where he earned a B.S. in Print Production and Management. He has been in the security business for the past 5 years, and he currently holds a private security license and has regular training in order to guard effectively.

Seasons are important. We certainly divide the annual cycle of life into four seasons. We often talk about a temporary circumstance as being only for a season. With the accumulation of some years, we begin to think about the seasons of our lives. Some of those might be—childhood, high school or college, a first job, marriage, the birth of children, middle age, the loss of parents, retirement or the joy of grandchildren. 

IPC staff are planning for another year filled with classes, special events and volunteer opportunities to help you continue growing spiritually and continue finding new ways to carry out Christ's ministry.

As faithful followers of Jesus, we are all called to be in relationship with God and love our neighbors as ourselves. Passing these beliefs down to our children and grandchildren is one of the most important jobs we have as a faith community. Let us not forget that our children have much to teach us as well. The Bible stories about some of God’s faithful followers who prepared the way for Jesus’ entry into the world captivated 11-year-old Spencer Cobbs. She decided to share this Catechesis of the Good Shepherd lesson with the residents of Kirkwood by the River. Spencer shows us what it looks like to deepen our faith then carry this message to others.