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     Sunday announcements

    April 4 • 2021 
    Easter/Resurrection of the Lord

    Five practices of fruitful congregations  

    Passionate worship 


    ‘Again and Again, The Sun Rises’

    Mark 16:1–8
    — The Rev. Keith Cardwell

    ■ In-person and online services
    Live-streaming on Facebook;
    available later on YouTube and the church website

     — 10 a.m. — 
    In-person worship service
    With masks and social distancing

    ■ Outdoors on north side of the sanctuary

    ■ We will have bottled water and snacks available or bring your own for your family. For this service, please remember:

        Bring chairs and a canopy if you want shade.
        Set up your chairs on Saturday, or early on Sunday morning prior to 9:30 a.m.
        You may park and sit on the back of your pickup.
        Bring flowers (fresh or artificial) to decorate the empty cross.
        Take family photos around the decorated cross.
        Bring elements from home for the Lord’s Supper, or the church will have elements available.

    ■ Time with the children: Cathy Rogers

    ■ Egg hunt for children after the service

    ■ If the weather is inclement, we will have our service in the sanctuary.

     — 10 a.m. and later — 
    Online worship service

    ■ This service will be live-streamed on the Swift Presbyterian Church Facebook page and available later in the day at, and on YouTube.

    A message ... 

    ... regarding COVID-19 and worship

    State health officials announced that more frontline workers, people 16 years and older, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and residents age 16 to 64 with certain high-risk medical conditions can receive the vaccine effective April 5. Qualifying medical conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, smoking, obesity, sickle cell disease and heart conditions.

    Thank you for your part in making gathering for worship as safely as possible by practicing safety measures while on the campus. As a precaution, do not attend if you have COVID-19, flu, or cold symptoms. When present wear a mask, use sanitizer, and keep a safe distance from others.

    ►Volunteers for online worship 

    As more children drop out as acolyte volunteers, or adults as “time with the children” volunteers, Greg McNair needs your help by offering to be a part of these important endeavors of our online worship services. It only takes a few minutes of your time to record your part of the service and does not have to be done each week. Contact Greg at 251-965-1003 or

    Radical hospitality 

    We continue to practice radical hospitality by ongoing contact with our church family. Let us welcome God in, receive God’s love and make room for God in our lives. Let us pray that we all will soon be together again, focusing on receiving God’s love and sharing it with others.

    Intentional faith development 
    ►Youth group meeting again 

    The youth will meet Sunday evening, April 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. Please come and bring your friends.

    ►‘Snacks with Susan and Daryl’ Sunday school class 

    “Snacks with Susan and Daryl” is taking a break and will resume again on April 11.

    We will begin our new study — Moses (In the Footsteps of a Reluctant Prophet). Books for the study will be $5; if you would like a book, please let Susan know as soon as possible so she can place an order.

    The class normally meets at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

    ►Adult Sunday school class led by Cheryl Jensen 

    Join us this week as we continue our study of the New Testament. Please join us at 9 a.m. in room 2 in the annex.

    ►Online ‘Zoom’ Bible study 

    I’m Mike Brewer, a recently retired pastor and an old friend of Keith Cardwell. While Jody Beth and Phil are getting their lives back to normal, I’m filling in as the Bible study leader.

    The Bible study each week focuses on Keith’s text and sermon from the prior Sunday. It would be great if you had an opportunity to hear Keith’s sermon and to ponder the text a bit, but there are no requirements for this study. Just join us, and together we’ll take it from there.

    The topic for April 8 is Mark 16:1–8 — “Again and Again, The Sun Rises.”

    We will meet next Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For the Zoom info, please contact the office. I hope to see you soon.


    — Michael Brewer

    Risk-taking mission and service 
    ►Mission focus 

    Our mission focus during April is One Great Hour of Sharing. Each gift to OGHS supports efforts to relieve hunger through the Presbyterian Hunger Program, promote development through the Presbyterian committee on the self-development of people, and assist in areas of disaster through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

    Please donate as your heart leads you for this worthwhile charity.

    ►Food pantry update 

    The food pantry will be open April 14 and 28 to serve families in our area.

    Volunteers are always needed and welcome to help with the food pantry ministry. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kathy Menk at 251-518-7966.

    ►Swift financial help 

    If you are in financial need from lack of work, medical bills, or other reasons, please contact pastors Keith or Jody Beth for financial assistance. Your generosity to the pastors’ discretionary fund allows us to provide those in need with financial support.

    ►Warning on email, text messages 

    If you receive an email or text message that appears to be from Pastor Keith requesting money or one that seems suspicious, please contact Pastor Keith before responding.

    Extravagant generosity 
    ►Tithes and offerings 

    Thank you for your generous and ongoing offerings. Your financial support, through checks or online giving through our website, enable Swift Church ministry to continue.

    ►Sanctuary flowers 

    If you are interested in placing flowers in the church sanctuary, please contact Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145 or

    Prayers and joys 
    ►Please let us know . . . 

    Please call the church or email to notify us of any joys or concerns; birthdays, anniversaries, health issues or family deaths so that we may put it in the weekly emailed announcements for your church family to pray with you or to praise God for your joy. (We don’t publish personal prayer concerns on the website.), or

    ►Joys and celebrations 

    ■ Upcoming birthday: April 6 — Lynn Barnwell

    ■ Anniversaries: April 9 — Chad and Beth Brewer; April 11 — Shea and Carlie Sims

    ■ Many thanks to the special angels who placed new plants
    on the north side outside of the sanctuary and around the front benches
    for all to enjoy during Holy Week services.

    OR USE OUR PRAYER REQUEST FORM. or call 943-8367

    ►Pray for mission workers in Africa. 

    • Inge and Larry Sthreshley
    in Democratic Republic of Congo

    ►Pray for military friends and families. 

     Zane Brewer: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C.
    • Dennis “Trey” Brown: U.S. Army, quarantined in Alaska
     Jeffrey Cain: U.S. Coast Guard, St. Petersburg, Fla.
     David Esparza: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C.
    • Haleigh Fulmer: U.S. Marine Corps, Middle East
    • Cody Havel: U.S. Navy, Jacksonville, Fla.

    • Ryan Olson: Alabama National Guard, deployed to D.C.
     Jeremy Rechkemmer: U.S. Army in Kuwait
    • M.Sgt. Jason Rogers: U.S. Marine Corps, Nashville, Tenn.
    • Capt. Jeremy 
    Timm: National Guard, Arkansas

    • Tarah Young: U.S. Army, South Korea


    The Rev. Keith Cardwell, pastor: 251-923-6961
    Jody Beth Melton, assistant pastor:

    Lisa Cardwell, music director
    Abby Sikes, preschool director

    Church office: 251-943-8367
    Preschool website

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    23208 Swift Church Road
    Foley, AL 36535
    Phone: (251) 943-8367