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.

Worship Times

Early Service in the old chapel 8:00 am

Traditional Service in the new sanctuary 10:00 am

 Presbyterian Home Xmas Cards
 Chancel Choir

MUSIC NOTES

Lisa Cardwell

          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!!

Chancel Choir Rehearsal is on Sundays

 @ 9:00 am

Handbell Choir Rehearsal   

Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm

We're on Facebook now.  Check us out  "Swift Presbyterian Church - Foley"

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If you need directions to Swift Church please click on the above link. It will take you directly to Mapquest.
 Church Library

NEWS FROM OUR LIBRARY

Lynda Walden   

           

      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.

 Counselling Available
Gulf Coast Counseling Services LLC

Dr. Kim Witchard is offering counciling to all Swift members that need some help. Please click on the web site address. You may also contact her by email dr.kwhitchard@gmail.com .

 
 

PASSIONATE WORSHIP

Worship in May

May 3            Matthew 28:16-20              The Great Commission

                       Communion Sunday

May 10          Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:44-53      Ascension of the Lord

May 17          Psalm 139:13-14

                       Preschool Graduation

May 24         Pentecost Sunday

May 31         Trinity Sunday

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

 Mission Statement
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.
 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

Thursday Morning Bible Study for Men and Ladies

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

New Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

In a decision for Swift Church to intentionally seek to "Get Outside the Walls of the Church!"

this study is being 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.

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.

 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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MAY 2015 NEWSLETTER

SWIFT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

A Church That Practices Fruitful Living

PASSIONATE WORSHIP

Worship in May

May 3            Matthew 28:16-20              The Great Commission

                       Communion Sunday

May 10          Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:44-53      Ascension of the Lord

May 17          Psalm 139:13-14

                       Preschool Graduation

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.

Session Highlights

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.

Music Notes

            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.

Situation

            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.

PDA Response

            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

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. 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! )

 

 

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.

GRIEFSHARE MINISTRY

            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:                                                                                  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.

CURSILLO #34

We have been informed that the Spring Cursillo #34 has been cancelled. There were not enough Pilgrims signed up to be able to have an effective retreat. More information will come out about the Fall Cursillo when it is posted. 

   

II Corinthians 5:17

 PRESCHOOL NEWS

SWIFT CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL 

Please click on the picture of Christ and children for information about out Preschool. You can also read the May newsletter from the Preschool. 

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    23208 Swift Church Rd.,
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