Welcome to Swift Presbyterian Church's website. For information about the staff please go to Leadership. This is also the weekly newsletter with all the latest activities and events. Please feel free to browse around. Enjoy!

Affiliation:
Swift Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church USA family. To access the PCUSA homepage, please click image above.

Swift Church's Mission Statement:

Swift Church strives to be a biblically based community bringing God joy. Through the Holy Spirit we seek to become and make disciples of Jesus Christ in order to welcome unconditionally, worship passionately, grow faithfully, serve boldly and give extravagantly.

 
 History of Swift Church

Swift Presbyterian Church was built in the early 1900s. The old church is now a Historical Landmark.  Swift Church has a congregation of 292 members. From the large groups of young adults to retirees, God has kept the historical family atmosphere and blended it with a fresh breath of life. The only thing that takes precedence over the warm loving relationships at Swift is the willingness to serve God and His will. All are welcome at Swift Church, just as all are welcomed into Christ. Please click on "History of Swift" for the interesting beginning of this growing church.

Worship Times

  • Early Service in the old chapel 8:00 am
  • Traditional Service in the new sanctuary 10:00 am

PASSIONATE WORSHIP

In June, first of July we begin a look at the letters to the churches in Revelation.

The struggles of those seven early churches relate to the struggles in modern congregations.

What can we learn from their accomplishments and failures?

July 5              Rev 3:1-6

                        Communion Sunday

July 12             Rev 3:7-13

July 19            Rev 3:14-22

July 26            Pastor Jody Beth Melton preaches

                        Pastor Keith will be returning from Middle School Conference

Blessing of the Backpacks and Karaoke Sunday August 16th

            It’s that time of year again when we celebrate the new school year with the blessing of students’ backpacks. We will do this during worship on August 16th. Students of all ages are invited to bring a backpack or something representing school for prayer and blessing at the beginning of a new year.

            Also, as we did last year we will have Karaoke Sunday that same day. Having celebrated this last year you now know what to expect. Some kind of religious song sung karaoke style, a musical piece, choir, solo, group, children, adults. Let Pastor Keith know of your interest so the service can be put together. 

 Chancel Choir

MUSIC NOTES - Lisa Cardwell

We have already purchased two new pieces for Karaoke Sunday, August 16th! 

Chancel choir rehearsals have moved to Sunday mornings at 9:00.  This will be for the summer. We are also looking for more singers for our chancel choir. We will continue our weekly worship leadership for the summer. This is a fun group of people!!

  • Chancel Choir Rehearsal is on Sundays @ 9:00 am
  • Handbell Choir Rehearsal is on Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm
 SWIFT MISSIONS

 Click on MINISTRIES on the left side bar to learn about some of Swift's Missions. Also, click on MISSION CONNECTION for a look into a missionary's life. 

MISSION & SERVICE

Diane King and Philip Melton, Missions Elders

Swift Church Preschool

           Promoting literacy to families of preschoolers is so important.  In order to be kindergarten ready, children should be read to every day to have the vocabulary and understanding of the purpose of print and pictures.  South Baldwin Literacy Council and Give-A-Book understand the need to educate preschool children and their families.  Our preschool director and staff do a wonderful job of preparing our children for the world of school. 

                           We have a mission opportunity for our Swift Church Preschool to help them celebrate Mother’s Day with their family.  Non-profits, South Baldwin Literacy Council and Give-A-Book, have partnered together to get quality hardbound books for children.  Give-A-Book has been able to purchase a beautifully written Mother’s Day hardbound book by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest and illustrated by David Diaz entitled Before You Came.  The retail cost of this book is $16.99, but Give-A-Book can get them for $4 each.  The preschool board of directors plans to give each of the preschool children a copy of this book to promote literacy.  There are 40 children in the preschool, so this is a cost of $160. 

            Thanks to your extravagant generosity we have already collected donations of $397. This will allow us to be able to give the preschool children another book in the fall. We have had requests from members of the congregation for copies of the book to give as Mother's Day gifts. We have secured 25 additional copies from “Give-A-Book” for this purpose. However, the requirement is that it will be read to a child.  Let the church office know if you would like one...first come first serve. They can be picked up at the church office.

            This book will be read during the children’s sermon on May 10th at the 10:00 service.  

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 Christian Education News

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION NEWS

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR VBS  July 12 - 16

To download VBS Registration form, go to "Youth Happenings" on left column, when on that page, there is a section saying "Download of VBS Form". You can print it from there. 


 SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE

  • No children's Sunday School until Fall.
  • “Live with Anthony” - in the Andy Lay room.
  • “Coffee with Keith” - 9:00-9:45 am in the church library (on summer break right now)
  • 2 new adult classes: Anyone of any age is invited to attend.
    • R-E-N-E-W for the women will meet in the historic chapel
    • R-E-M-A-K-E for the men will meet in the fellowship hall

 NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS OFFERED

INTENTIONAL FAITH DEVELOPMENT

Adult Sunday School led by Pastor Keith

“A Reasonable Look at Same-Gender Marriage” Class Begins July 12.

            In response to the denomination’s approval of same-sex marriage where legal, several people have expressed interest in a class regarding the Biblical case for and against same-gender marriage.

            Pastor Keith will offer this class during the Sunday School time—9:00-9:45—beginning July 12th. He will use material that supports and opposes same-gender marriage.  The class will involve weekly reading assignments from an assortment of books. The reading assignments will be available in advance of each class. Participants will read the material during the week then the reading will be discussed in class.

The class will meet for 6-7 weeks (no class July 26th)

Register for the class by contacting Pastor Keith,

 the church office or signing-up on the sheet at the back of the church.

Here are some resources that will be used. Perhaps a chapter or two from each.

      The Bible's Yes to Same-sex Marriage by Achtemeier (for)

      What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality by DeYoung (against)

      A Time to Embrace by Johnson (for)

      Confronting the Controversies (chapter 7 Homosexuality) by Hamilton (friendly toward LGBT but does not       agree with marriage)

 Thursday Bible Study

Thursday Morning Bible Study for Men and Ladies

Following Jesus Through the Gospel of Mark: A Guide to Faith in Action

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
In a decision for Swift Church to intentionally seek to "Get Outside the Walls of the Church!"
this study has been held at the Captain's Choice Restaurant
in the Gulf Bowl on Juniper Street in Foley.

HOWEVER, 
with the summer bowlers out from school, the noise has become a problem and a little hard to hold the study, so for now we will meet at the Church, same time and day. 

Cost of study books, $9; complimentary ones available if needed.
Joiners welcome.  Contact Pastor Jody Beth Melton, 251-213-6625.

 Ministries

Getting Involved

Please take the time to read the latest letter from one of our missionary families.Very interesting. Just click on Ministries left hand side of this page.

An important part of our membership in Christ's Body, the Church, is involvement. Many people enjoy participating through either a ministry, or one of the many Small Groups that Swift has to offer. Please feel free to contact any of the following leaders of a ministry or Small Group toward which you feel God's call. Please click on Ministries for further information.

 Looking Ahead

Worship Committee

         Submitted by Lynn Barnwell, Worship Elder                                                                     

            My dream for some time has been to have an outdoor chapel for our congregation to enjoy. We have the perfect property for this project. The session has seen my drawings and heard my report and has approved this project. So we are moving on. 

            The chapel will be located due south of the new Sunday school wing of the church. There is a ditch between the church building and the outdoor chapel. We will construct a bridge to go over to the chapel.  Plans are being made to clear the ground area now.  No trees will have to be cut down for this chapel as God has already taken care of that for us - the area is in the open. The basic design is enclosed with this report.  I also have enclosed a list of supplies and the cost of these materials. (These are available in the back of the sanctuary.)

            We are going to need funds, people to help with the construction, etc... I am asking that you all prayerfully consider in what ways you can give or in what ways God may be calling you to contribute to our new project.

            We have plans for walk ways and prayer areas as well as the bridge. We will be looking to buy a golf cart that can help transport anyone who might not be able to walk down to the chapel. We will have electricity and water in the future added to our chapel.

            I am super excited to get started on this project. If you have any questions or ideas, please call me any time at 251-979-7581. 

Are you in the need of prayer?

Swift Church wants to extend an invitation to you to let us know when you have the need of prayers. You may email the church at swiftpc@gulftel.com with a request. In the subject line please insert "Prayer Request". Please indicate if you would just like the staff to pray for you, you would like to have your request put on the weekly Prayer Concerns list that is in the bulletin each Sunday or you would desire a call from the pastor or his assistant. You do not need to include your last name but please include your phone number if you want a call.

 Youth Group
 

Lots of things are going on with Swift's Youth. Keep watching for updates. Click on Youth Happenings.

 LUNCH WITH TWO OR MORE

“LUNCH WITH TWO OR MORE”

“Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”  Matthew 18:20 

        We meet the first Thursday of every month, 11:30am, at the Captain’s Choice Restaurant at the Gulf Bowl on Juniper Street in Foley.

Please join us for our next gathering on Thursday, July 2nd and invite friends and family.

We meet at 11:30am, at the Captain’s Choice Restaurant at the Gulf Bowl on Juniper Street in Foley.

Please RSVP to Pastor Jody Beth Melton at 213-6625 so the restaurant can be prepared and tables set aside for us.

This meeting for lunch is a welcome addition to our outreach to members and others in the community.  Call Pastor Jody Beth Melton at 213-6625 for more information.

 Butterfly Girls

BUTTERFLY GIRLS (ALL LADIES, ALL AGES! )

Meet on the third Thursday of each month.

Ladies, would you like to know more about the Butterfly Girls? Click on Butterfly Girls for the details.

Click on "Guys Night Out" for more information.

This is a positive, uplifting, caring group in which you can learn how to deal with the emotions and challenges that come when a loved one dies.  Anyone who has experienced the death of a family member or friend is invited to attend our new GriefShare series. 

Grief Share New Location: 

The Gulf Coast House of Prayer 
3757 Gulf Shores Parkway (Hwy 59
Gulf Shores, AL 

Across from the Pinnacle Cinemas
Click on the graphic picture for more information

Contacts

  • Paula Brewer  (251)979-6506
  •  Teri Wiersig  (251)213-1062

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.

CURSILLO #34

APC #34 will take place September 17 - 20, 2015, with Thom Fultz as Moderator and Kim Vanbrimmer as Observing Moderator.  Each of us in the 4th Day should be praying for folks to invite as pilgrims; and also to join with us in a 4th Day Reunion group.  

Applications are on the website at www.alpresbyteriancursillo.com.
II Corinthians 5:17

 PRESCHOOL NEWS

SWIFT CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL 

Please click on the picture of Christ and children for information about out Preschool.  

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    Swift Presbyterian Church
    23208 Swift Church Rd.,
    Foley, AL 36535
    PH: (251)943-8367