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!
History of Swift|
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.
Early Service in the old chapel 8:00 am
Traditional Service in the new sanctuary 10:00 am
A Lenten Note from the pastor
Ok. Lent is a special time. A specific time of growth. There is often pain in growing. And the sacrifices of the Lenten season can feed that growth. It's always a question of what to do/not do during these 40 days. To give up Starbucks is admirable, but at what growth? More money in my wallet, sure but is that the point? Now, if I gave up Starbucks and used that money for almsgiving, that's an opportunity for growth.
But who am I kidding. I'm not giving up Starbucks for Lent. After all, St. Benedict warned against taking on too severe a fast during these 40 days.
But what I can do to grow in faith is this: be aware of needs around me and act: 40 days of kindness. Preferably anonymously. I have no idea what this will look like. Maybe buy Starbucks for the person behind me in line. Maybe bring an elderly neighbor's garbage can back to the house after garbage pick-up. I suspect it will look differently daily or as time passes. I have no idea because I'm going into this without a plan, without a prescribed script but also without a doubt that it will be transforming. I do look forward to being alert to people around me in need of kindness and the opportunity represent Christ in some way.
If you are taking on prayer as a discipline for Lent, please add me to your prayer list.
Worship in March
The Lenten focus on the Gospel of Mark takes a new emphasis. Up to this point the emphasis has been on Jesus' authority and power. He casts out demons, heals diseases, commands the waves, etc. Now the emphasis will be on his suffering and death. Join with us as we continue our Lenten series.
March 8 Mark 9:30-37 “How Do I Get Power?”
March 15 Mark 10:35-45 “We Are Able”
March 22 Mark 10:46-52 “Blind Bartimaeus”
March 29 Mark 11:1-11 Palm Sunday
April 2 Mark 14 Maundy Thursday with communion
April 3 Mark 15 Good Friday
April 5 Mark 16:1-8 Easter with communion
|| Chancel Choir
It’s March, and the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, and Joyful Tones are busy rehearsing music for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. The Joyful Tones will be leading music on March 8th. This group has enjoyed the fellowship of various ages of children, youth, and adults working together for a common purpose of playing music. Members read letters that match the letters on their tone chimes—no music notation! (Also look for this group on May 17th—preschool graduation day!)
Chancel choir members are ever faithful in committing to weekly rehearsals so that they are prepared for leading worship. Listen on March 1st for our new anthem, “Welcomed Home, Again” for communion. We invite you to worship with us for Swift’s Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. Our leadership role in those services is very meaningful for us, and, we pray, for our Swift congregation and friends. And don’t miss Easter Sunday when we will sing a new communion anthem with some of our handbell ringers participating!
The Swift Handbell Choir will be participating for the Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. We will be playing the traditional hymns of the season as well as a praise and worship anthem “Be Unto Your Name”. The sound of bells can lead us in times of remembering the death of Christ, as well as the joyful resurrection. A handbell ringer
will be “tolling the bell” 33 times at the end of the Good Friday service to mark the number of years of Christ’s life.
The members of our music groups spend many hours in rehearsal to make our music pleasing to God, and a beautiful avenue for the Swift congregation to worship. As we celebrate two new groups of chimes and bells, and a chancel choir that continues years of musical tradition at Swift, we welcome monetary donations to purchase music. Music may be purchased in honor of or in memory of a loved one. Anthems cost approximately $40-55 each for Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir (each member has to have a copy of m
Chancel Choir Rehearsal is on Tuesdays
@ 6:00 pm
Handbell Choir Rehearsal
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm
Rehearsal with our fantastic Hand Bell Choir.
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|| Christian Education News
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION NEWS
SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE
8:45am Pick up breakfast in the annex 9:00am Sunday School classes begin
Nursery – babies thru 2 yrs Guppies - 3 yrs thru 5 yrs
Fishers of Men - 6 yrs thru 8 yrs Prophets - 9 yrs thru 12 yrs
Disciples - 13 yrs thru 18 yrs
“Live with Anthony” - in the Andy Lay room.
“Coffee with Keith” - 9:00-9:45 am in the church library (annex room 3).
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
|| Thursday Bible Study
New Thursday Morning Bible Study for Men and Ladies
Beginning March 12th, 9:30am-11:00am
Following Jesus Through the Gospel of Mark: A Guide to Faith in Action
In a decision for Swift Church to intentionally seek to "Get Outside the Walls of the Church!"
this 10 week study will be held at the Captain's Choice Restaurant
in the Gulf Bowl on Juniper Street in Foley
Cost of study books, $9; complimentary ones available if needed
Please RSVP to Pastor Jody Beth Melton, 251-213-6625
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.
|| 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
Continuing our focus on local mission needs, care bags will be made for children who are victims of fire. According to Devery Thomas, a Swift elder and Foley fireman, children are left after a fire with only the clothes on their backs. Many times they are relocated to a hotel and need a tooth brush and tooth paste and underwear. With your donations of these items, care bags will be assembled. Underwear for boys and girls, sizes 2T- 12, children toothbrush and paste and $5 Walmart gift cards are requested.
Thank you for all the clothing items you donated for Hope Haven. We also collected $415.00 in monetary donations.
|| Counselling Available
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
|| Church Library
NEWS FROM OUR LIBRARY
Many recently donated books are on the shelves for adults which include several titles written by authors Andy Andrews, Janette Oke, Jan Karon and Karen Kingsbury. We also have many children's books that they can enjoy.
|| 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. This meeting for lunch is a welcome addition to our outreach to members and others in the community.
“Lunch with Two or More”
At the Community Lenten Luncheon
~ March 5, 2015~
Join us at the Spirit Center of the Foley United Methodist Church
on March 5th for the Community Lenten Luncheon series.
This is the day we usually meet for our monthly Lunch with Two or More.
We will meet for this instead of meeting at Captain’s Choice Restaurant and return to the restaurant at the Gulf Bowl for our April 2nd gathering.
RSVP to Pastor Jody Beth Melton at 213-6625.
|| Butterfly Girls
BUTTERFLY GIRLS (ALL LADIES, ALL AGES! )
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.
GRIEFSHARE SCHEDULE FOR MARCH
Thursday, March 5 6:00-8:00pm Session 8 – Complicating Factors
Thursday, March 12 6:00-8:00pm Session 9 – Stuck
Thursday, March 19 6:00-8:00pm Session 10 – Lessons of Grief, Part 1
Thursday, March 1226 6:00-8:00pm Session 11 – Lessons of Grief, Part 2
Grief Share New Location: Contacts
The Gulf Coast House of Prayer Paula Brewer (251)979-6506
3757 Gulf Shores Parkway (Hwy 59 Teri Wiersig (251)213-1062
Gulf Shores, AL
Across from the Pinnacle Cinemas
Click on the graphic picture for more information.
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.
II Corinthians 5:17
This is your Invitation to join us at Alabama Presbyterian Cursillo. Click on Cursillo to read more.
|| PRESCHOOL NEWS
SWIFT CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL
Meet the New Director of Swift Church Preschool
Shawn Simpkins was unanimously chosen by the board of Directors as the new director of Swift Church Preschool. She will begin her duties on August 4, 2014.
Shawn currently lives in Chelsea, Alabama but will move to Foley . Her in-laws live in Foley, and her husband has already started a new job in Pensacola. They are building a new home in Foley. Shawn and her husband have two daughters, Bailey 12 and Ivy 9.
Also starting as a new teacher of our 4 year olds is Teresa Harrison. Please stop by and welcome them to Swift Church.