Church Finances

Shallowford’s annual budget, as approved by Session, balances pledges and other income to our ministry costs.

2020 Shallowford Presbyterian Church Budget
2019 Financial Information through December (Information may be revised in February 2020)
2018 Financial Information through December
2017 Financial Information through December
2016 Financial Information through December

Directory (Realm Connect)

Through Realm Connect, our online member directory, members have access to the church directory, upcoming events, committee conversations, and can track online giving! Thanks to Realm, staff, church members, and leaders are able to connect with, and share, what’s going on at Shallowford at anytime.

Need to Set Up an Account?
Send an email to [email protected] to request that a Realm invitation be sent to your personal email, or call the church office (404-321-1822) and request a staff member to work with you over the phone. Your account will be verified through a two-part security process.

Download Church Directory
In order to maintain the privacy of our members, our directory is password protected. If you are a member of Shallowford and would like access to the directory, please email [email protected] with the following information: first name, last name, date of birth. A member on the church staff will assist you.

Flower Dedications

Our dedicated and talented flower guild creates beautiful arrangements each week in the sanctuary and around the facility. Honor a loved one by signing up to sponsor an arrangement for Sunday worship. Your $80 donation will go to the flower guild.

If you prefer, you may email [email protected] with your name, the requested date, and the dedication.

Give Faithfully

Your annual giving to Shallowford provides life-changing worship and congregational care, opportunities for all ages to learn and grow in faith, and mission ministries that are transforming our community and the world. Our prayer is that you will make a pledge to the church and that we will all joyfully invest in God’s work through our congregation.

Won’t you join your Shallowford family in making a pledge today? Together, we build up the body of Christ.

Meals for Members

Take Them A Meal LogoSignup to prepare a meal for a Shallowford family in need! Whether someone is welcoming a new child or is in need of our assistance during a difficult time, the Shallowford congregation is always willing to give to those in need. To sign up, visit Take Them a Meal, search the person’s Last Name, and enter the password spc. If you have questions regarding meals, or would like to receive notifications when a new member has been added to the list, please contact Lyn Bishop at [email protected]

Announcements & News

Recommendation Forms

To recomment a memner to serve on the session (to be an elder) or on the Representative Nominating Committee, please fill out a blue form recommendation form available in [...]

Continue Learning from Paul Roberts

Last fall, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary president Paul Roberts taught a Sunday school class about racism and faith. In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, he [...]

Help Collect Friendship Pads

The Welcoming Committee is looking for volunteers to help collect the Friendship Pads following 11:00 am worship on Sunday mornings. The friendship pads are located at either end of [...]

Lemonade & Cookies

Bring smiles to members' faces by volunteering to help set-up and break down lemonade and cookies on Sunday mornings! Help once, or sign up for multiple slots. New faces [...]

Shally Steps

Shally Steps Join our Programs Committee Saturday mornings now through March 14, 2020 January 25, 2020 to train for the annual Hunger Walk/Run 5K on March 15! The [...]

Sponsor Worship Flowers

Aren't the flower arrangements so beautiful in worship? We are looking for more sponsors for upcoming weeks. The cost is $80 per arrangement and hand crafted by Shallowford's Flower Guild.  [...]

Prayers Requests

Each week, Shallowford members pray for one another, as well as friends of the church. Whether you need prayers for healing, are grieving the loss of a loved one, or are celebrating new life, you can count on the Shallowford congregation to keep you in its thoughts and prayers.

To submit a prayer request, contact Rev. Laura Jernigan, Shallowford’s Parish Associate for Congregational Care, at [email protected]

Sacred Space Magazine

To submit your written reflections, photographs, and stories to be considered for the next issue of Sacred Space, please contact Rebecca Goode, Shallowford’s Director of Communication, at [email protected]


What Does it Mean to Serve on Session?
The Session is the governing board of each individual Presbyterian church. Here at Shallowford, our Session consists of 25 elders (or leaders) to govern the 12 active committees that makeup Shallowford Presbyterian Church (committees listed below). To become an elder, you commit to serve a three-year term on Shallowford’s Session. At Shallowford, Elders come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. The word Elder has nothing to do with a person’s age. Session includes a balance of women and men whose ages range widely from 17 to 78, including a Youth Elder who serves a one-year term.

  • Approved the October 2019 membership report, totaling 978 active members.
  • Approved the baptism of the daughter of Sara and Cam Simonds, for December 15, 2019, during the Service for the Lord’s Day.
  • Approved minutes from the October 16, 2019 Stated Session meeting.
  • Approved receiving an offering during the December 3, 2019 and December 4, 2019 SPW Advent services to support Presbyterian Homes of Georgia.
  • Approved communion during Rachel Breyer’s ordination service on December 8, 2019.
  • Approved a love offering during Rachel Breyer’s ordination service on December 8, 2019 in the chapel. As is the tradition in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, the offering will go to the Committee on Preparation for Ministry’s Scholarship Fund for inquirers and candidates.
  • Reviewed the October 2019 financial results, which reflected operating income of $212,360, which was $47,167 over budget, and operating expense of $184,655, which was $32,724 over budget. Net income for the month, including Special Offerings, was $212,410, which was $46,996 over budget. Available cash at the end of October was ($5,237), which reflects our $100,000 payable on the line of credit. Courtney also shared preliminary 2020 budget numbers, which reflect a $152,500 reduction in income and an $11,085 increase in committee expenses plus a $60,000 increase in expense for partial repayment of the line of credit. Committee chairs were asked to review their budgets again and submit any changes to Magalie Nemorin and Nancy Phillimore by November 26.
  • Approved that the Session ask the School Task Force, in consultation with others they want to involve, bring a recommendation of how incremental, variable, and allocations costs be split between the Shallowford Presbyterian School and Shallowford Presbyterian Church.
  • Approved the September 2019 membership report, totaling 979 active members.
  • Approved appointing Lisa Turney, Genny Tuggey, Julie Burkhard, Barbara Reeves, Lynn Mathis and Mike Tomasovich to serve as the elder commissioners to the stated meeting of the Presbytery on November 12, 2019.
  • Approved appointing Barton McMillan, Chuck Achuff, Mike Tomasovich and Bob Smithers to serve as the elder commissioners to the called meeting of the Presbytery on October 24, 2019.
  • Approved minutes from the September 18, 2019 Stated Session Meeting and the September 22, 2019 Called Session Meeting to Receive New Members.
  • Approved the exchange of several full-length pews with shorter pews that are already located at the church to allow persons in wheelchairs to sit.
  • Reviewed the September 2019 financial results which reflected operating income of $118,152, which was $27,500 under budget, and operating expense of $161,841, which was $2,880 under budget. Net expense for the month, including Special Offerings, was $43,390, which was $24,321 under budget. Available cash at the end of September was negative $32,894, after taking into account the $70,000 payable on the line of credit.
  • Approved one worship service on December 1, 2019 for the installation of Rev. Anna George Traynham at 11:00 AM.
  • Approved receiving an offering to support the Sounds of Christmas Concert at the concert to be held December 15, 2019.
  • Approved the September 2019 membership report, totaling 972 active, respectively.
  • Approved the use of the Sanctuary for the wedding of Hugh Stoddard and Victoria Lawson on May 23, 2020, the Rev. Catherine E. Foster and Rev. Susan Allen-Grady (senior pastor from Embry Hills) to co-officiate.
  • Approved minutes from the August 21, 2019 Stated Session.
  • Approved having a Called Meeting of the Congregation to hear a report from the PNC on September 8, 2019.
  • Approved four (4) fundraisers to raise money for the 2020 Scotland Choir Tour trip.
  • Reviewed the August 2019 financial results, which reflected operating income of $125,361, which was $24,883 under budget, and operating expense of $145,347, which was $14,165 under budget. Net expense for the month, including Special Offerings, was $19,983, which was $10,715 under budget. Available cash at the end of August was $10,766. The Moderator requested that committees take a cautious approach to spending during the upcoming months.
  • The Moderator called on Shallowford Presbyterian School (SPS) Task Force Chair Nancy Phillimore to present the results of the task force report.
  • Approved taking an offering at the trumpet recital by Doug Lindsey & Friends, which Shallowford will host on March 9, 2020 at 7:30p.m. in the Sanctuary.
  • Approved the additions of Margaret Evans, Elizabeth Harrel, Gary Budd, Will Sutton to the list of Sunday School teachers and BLAST leaders for the 2019-20 school year. Additions or changes to this list will be provided to Session at the first available scheduled meeting.
  • Approved the addition of two 2019 communion dates as follows: December 3, 2019 – SPW Advent Worship and Lunch and December 4, 2019 – SPW Advent Worship.
  • Approved taking an offering during Worship on Music Sunday, September 29, 2019.