MAY 2015 NEWSLETTER
SWIFT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
A Church That Practices Fruitful Living
Worship in May
May 3 Matthew 28:16-20 The Great Commission
May 10 Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:44-53 Ascension of the Lord
May 17 Psalm 139:13-14
May 24 Pentecost Sunday
May 31 Trinity Sunday
Starting in June we will look at the letters to the seven churches in Revelation and see how the words to them are words also for us.
Swift Church session met on April 20th.
We saw a proposal from worship committee regarding an outdoor chapel.
We reviewed plans and walked to the potential site. We will make a decision regarding this at the May meeting.
We received reports on finances and from committees and pastoral staff.
We also discussed plans for the fall Ministry Fair (more coming on that later).
Approved use of the chapel as a backup for the wedding of Tanya Middlebrooks and Heath Vetrano.
Prayed for the joys and concerns of the session members and congregation.
A reminder: all session meetings are open to the congregation to attend. Also, minutes of previous meetings are available for reading. See the bulletin board in the foyer or check with the church office.
The handbell choir is preparing for our next worship leadership on May 10th- Mother’s Day. They will play “Our God” which is an arrangement of Chris Tomlin’s “Our God” and the traditional hymn “A Mighty Fortress is our God”. A handbell ensemble is playing “Foundation” based on the hymn “How Firm a Foundation”. We will be using a new technique in both pieces—the “vibrato” which is accomplished by ringing the bell and moving it side to side which forms a vibrato.
We have already purchased two new pieces for Karaoke Sunday, August 16th! The Joyful Tones will be playing on May 17th. We will be playing “Jesus Loves Me”, “This Little Light of Mine”, and “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”, as part Swift’s Preschool Graduation that day.
Chancel choir rehearsals have moved to Sunday mornings at 9:00 (except for May 10 and 17th). 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!!
MISSION & SERVICE
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 entitledBefore 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.
On Easter Sunday we took a special offering for One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) and collected a total of $849.50. One third of that total goes to the support of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance which is involved in relief efforts following the earthquake in Nepal.
Here is a report from Nepal.
Thousands are dead or injured from the massive earthquake and aftershocks that shook Nepal and neighboring countries on April 25th. The quake, the worst in more than 80 years, struck just west of the capital of Kathmandu and destroyed towns and mountainous villages. The government of Nepal has officially requested international assistance and declared a state of emergency.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance's (PDA) local partners through ACT Alliance have been working in Nepal for several years and are on the ground assisting many who have survived the quake by distributing immediate life-saving supplies such as water, food, shelter and medication. PDA is committed to the long-term response. As long-term recovery plans are developed, PDA will accompany and further financially support our partners in the area to
ensure a comprehensive recovery is sustained.
You may donate to PDA Nepal relief through Swift Church or online atwww.presbyterianmission.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/DR999999