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This Season of Lent and this journey of sacrifice, prayer and reflection that we embarked on nearly 30 days ago is coming to a close. 

Before coming to IPC, I had directed music for operas, musicals, and dinner theatres in Mississippi. I know the enormous amount of work it takes to undertake a production like this. It has taken 20 years, but we are now ready to present this production in our sanctuary in collaboration with the UAB Opera Department on April 11 and 13.

Every journey begins with one step. For Jesus, it was a step into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. It was a journey filled with sacrifice, prayer and reflection. We honor it by embarking on our own journeys each Lent.

What’s in a name? A large white board with those words greeted worshippers to the 5 pm service in Highland Hall last spring. Rev. David Seamon led a preaching series about names in the Bible and asked people to consider what it meant to be part of the evening worshipping community.

During Lent, we often give up something or take on a positive habit. That’s a good place to begin. Start with small habits of giving.

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.