Event Calendar

  • Click on the calendar picture to left for a list of all classes, programs and worship services. To learn about special events and events requiring registration, see the monthly calendar below. For more questions about this calendar or reserving a room, contact Marsha Harbin, (205) 933-3715 or

October 2017


Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:15 pm6:15 pm
Great Hall
Wednesday Night Dinner

Join us for dinner then class on Wednesday nights. We're serving apricot glazed salmon, rice, steamed broccoli; and chicken tenders (kids). Please RSVP online or to Nancy Skinner.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:00 pm7:00 pm
Kirkwood by the River
Trick or Treat Apartment Sweep

Join the residents of Kirkwood by the River for an indoor, intergenerational trick-or-treating experience at Kirkwood! Your family can trick-or-treat to 150+ resident apartments. This safe and secure environment allows your family to stay out of the rain and cold and our residents the opportunity to hand out candy to your sweet ghosts, goblins, superheroes and princesses!

A snack supper is provided!

Saturday, October 28, 2017Sunday, October 29, 2017
Highland Avenue Area
Love Thy Neighborhood Walking Tour

As part of this year's Focus on Faith theme of Love Thy Neighborhood, IPC member Cathy Adams will lead two historical/architectural tours of Highland Avenue houses of worship.

The first tour will begin on Saturday, October 28 at 9:30 am with a 20-minute tour of Temple Emanu-El, followed by 20-minute tours of South Highland Presbyterian and St. Mary's Episcopal Churches. Temple Emanu-El has invited us to their 10:30 am worship service. (NOTE: Anyone attending service will miss St. Mary's stop.) Please park in the South Highland Presbyterian parking lot where we will begin our tour with a brief talk on the history of Highland Avenue.

On Sunday, October 29, we will meet at Independent Presbyterian Church at 2 pm for an architectural overview led by Andrew Hicks followed by a walk around Highland Avenue with historian and author Richard Dabney and ending with light refreshments at The Clubhouse on Highland hosted by Bob McKenna.

Both tours will include a history of the buildings with an emphasis on their architecture. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress casually. Space is limited, so please RSVP.

Sunday, October 29, 2017
8:30 am12:00 pm
5th/6th Grade Worship Planning

Planning for next Sunday's children lead service.

Sunday, October 29, 2017
5:30 pm8:00 pm
Costume Bowling

Wear an appropriate costume and join us for dinner and bowling! We will have dinner at IPC then head to Vestavia Bowl! Drop-off and pick-up at IPC

Cost: $15

Monday, October 30, 2017Sunday, November 26, 2017
IPC Choir Fruit Sale

Indian River fruit will be sold by the choir again this year. This is an important fund-raiser for us, so please participate! All proceeds will go toward future IPC Choir trips. The gift box, consisting of grapefruit, oranges, and Red Delicious apples, will be packed "suitable for shipping." (The purchaser will be responsible for his/her own shipping.) We will be taking orders between October 31and November 26 for delivery on December 9 and 10.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
6:30 pm7:30 pm
All Saints' Day Evensong

A Service of Choral Evensong for All Saints' Day will be offered by the IPC Choir on Wednesday, November 1 > in the sanctuary. No Wednesday Night classes will be offered that night, so please join us for dinner then head down to the sanctuary. Come rest in the Lord and receive strength from this beautiful service. Nursery care is available.

Friday, November 3, 2017
3:00 pm4:30 pm
5th/6th Grade Small Group

Shop for Food Pantry Items at Target. Drop off and pick up at Target.

Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:00 am9:00 am

See the work being down by Auburn University students through its Rural Studio Program. Tour of Rural Studio’s facilities and see projects in Newbern, AL and the surrounding area. Participants will depart from IPC at 8 am and return by approximately 5 pm. Rural Studio is waiving its fee. Lunch will also be provided. Please RSVP to Allen Sydnor.

Sunday, November 5, 2017
4:00 pm5:00 pm
IPC Sanctuary
November Organ Recital with Thomas Murray

Thomas Murray, concert organist and recording artist, has been a member of the faculty of Yale University since 1981 and was appointed University Organist in 1990. He teaches the organ literature seminar and gives instruction to graduate organ majors. Widely known for his interpretations of Romantic repertoire and orchestral transcriptions, his recordings are highly acclaimed. Murray studied with Clarence Mader at Occidental College. His performing career has taken him to all parts of Europe and to Japan, Australia, and Argentina. He has appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh, Houston, Milwaukee, and New Haven symphony orchestras, the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra during its tour of Finland in 1996. The American Guild of Organists named him International Performer of the Year in 1986. The Royal College of Organists in England awarded him an FRCO diploma honoris causa in 2003, and in 2007 the Yale School of Music awarded him the Gustave Stoeckel Award for excellence in teaching. He is Principal Organist and Artist in Residence at Christ Church, Episcopal, in New Haven, one of the notable Anglo-Catholic churches of North America.

Sunday, November 5, 2017
4:00 pm5:00 pm
Highland Hall
5th/6th Grade Small Group

5th and 6th graders will lead the evening service at 5 pm. Please meet in Highland Hall at 4 pm to practice. The students will also stock the IPC Food Pantry from 6– 6:30 pm stock pantry and end the evening with cookie cake in Room 111.

Sunday, November 12, 2017
4:00 pm5:00 pm
IPC Sanctuary
November Organ Recital with Dexter Kennedy

Dexter Kennedy currently serves on the music faculty of the College of Wooster as Instructor of Organ and Harpsichord. Kennedy is an active recitalist throughout both North America and Europe, having performed in great cathedrals, churches, and concert halls. He is the winner of the Grand Prix d’Interprétation at the 24th Concours International d’Orgue de Chartres, and has performed at the St. Albans International Organ Festival, the 51st Bratislava Music Festival, the Bergen International Organ Festival, the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, the Bach en Bogotá Festival, and two regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. Kennedy’s 2017-2018 season will see him perform at Notre-Dame de Paris, the Eccles Organ Festival (Salt Lake City), the Arizona Bach Festival, and recitals for American Guild of Organists chapters. Dexter Kennedy holds the Artist Diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was a pupil of James David Christie, and a Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. Other teachers include Martin Jean, Olivier Latry, and Jeffrey Brillhart.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
7:30 pm8:30 pm
ASO Concertmaster & Friends Concert at IPC

Join us for Baroque Explorations: Music for Trumpets, Timpani, Violin, & Organ with organist Dr. Jeff McLelland. These transcendent works for trumpets, timpani, violin, and organ will fill the uplifting surroundings of Independent Presbyterian Church with the stirring music of Bach, Handel, Telemann, and more. This is a ticketed event sponsored by the Alabama Symphony. Tickets can be purchased for $29 each below.

Sunday, November 19, 2017
4:00 pm5:00 pm
IPC Sanctuary
November Organ Recital with Jen Korndorfer

Jens Korndörfer, German-born concert organist, is a triple prize winner of the Canadian International Organ Competition, held in Montréal in 2008 and 2011. He spent the last fourteen years working and studying in France, Japan, the USA and Canada, and has performed at many prestigious venues around the world. Dr. Korndörfer is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia, where he serves as Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church, and instructor for organ at Agnes Scott College. He graduated with top-honors from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris (Diploma in Organ-Interpretation), the Oberlin Conservatory (Artist Diploma), the Musikhochschule in Bayreuth (Church Music Diploma) and McGill University in Montreal (Doctor of Music). Aside from his busy concert schedule on three continents, Dr. Korndörfer has taught in various settings (organ studio at the School of Fine Arts of FPC Atlanta, master classes in Japan, France and Germany, teaching assistant of Professor Christie at the Oberlin Conservatory) and shared his knowledge and experience in presentations at conferences in Germany, the USA (AGO National Convention 2012), and Asia (Hong Kong Cultural Centre).

Sunday, November 26, 2017
4:00 pm5:00 pm
IPC Sanctuary
November Organ Recital with Jonathan Ryan

Dallas, Texas
Johnathan Ryan has the rare distinction of holding six First Prize awards at major international and national organ competitions. He most notably entered the international spotlight when awarded both First Prize and the only auxiliary prize, the LeTourneau Concerto Prize, in the 2009 Jordan II International Organ Competition. Mr. Ryan’s performances have been featured on the nationally syndicated radio programs Pipedreams and With Heart and Voice. Solo performance engagements have taken him to many prominent venues, festivals, and conventions throughout the United States and Europe. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Eastman School of Music, as well as the revered Fellow (FAGO) and Choirmaster (ChM) certifications from the American Guild of Organists. Ryan serves as Director of Music & Organist at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas where his passions for conducting, performing and teaching combine with his love of sacred music at the country’s second largest Episcopal church. He most recently served as Associate Director of Music within the music program of nine choirs at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
11:30 am12:30 pm
Great Hall
PW Holiday Luncheon

If you are 21- 91, female and a member of IPC, you are also a member of the IPC Presbyterian Women. Please join the group on November 28 for the PW Holiday Luncheon with guest speak Neillie Kirk Bulter, daughter-in-law of IPC member Trigger Buttler and the owner and executive planner of Mariee Ami Wedding Planning Studio. Childcare is available.

Cost: $10
Please RSVP to Nancy Skinner by Monday, November 20.

Sunday, December 3, 2017
4:30 pm7:00 pm
Advent Workshop

Save the date! We'll serve dinner in the Great Hall then send children to classrooms to create Advent crafts. Check back for more details and to register.

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Birmingham, AL
Holiday House Hostess Sign Up

Help make this annual IPC tradition possible by welcoming visitors into the beautifully decorated homes on Saturday, December 9 or Sunday, December 10. You can sign up for one or more two-hour shifts in the home of your choice. Thank you for generously giving your time for the 68th Holiday House Tour!

NOTE: Please ignore the words "ticket," "free" and "payment." A ticket is simply your reservation. There is NO fee or payment to volunteer.