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     Sunday announcements

     April 5 • 2020 
     Palm Sunday 

    Elder of the month: Brett Cardwell

    Passionate worship 

    ■ Our worship services will continue online at and on the Swift Presbyterian Church Facebook page for the month of April or until further notice due to the coronavirus restrictions. You can watch at 10 a.m. and whenever you choose after that.

     — 10 a.m. and later — 
    Worship service online only

    ‘Jesus Sees the City’s Need’
    Luke 19:41–42

    ■ Palm Sunday is this Sunday, April 5. In preparation for that worship, cut a palm branch to wave or cut one out of paper and color. Wave the palm during the first hymn. Take a photo and send to the comments on Facebook so the community can celebrate your family’s involvement. Some people are going to make a palm leaf display to put on their front door or in their window to celebrate with their subdivision or street. Again, take a photo and post on the comments during streaming worship.

    ■ For Swift Children/youth — We’re sending each child/youth a Holy Week wreath to assemble. There are ornaments for the important events from Palm Sunday to Easter. We’re providing scripture readings to go along with attaching the ornaments. You should have these by Palm Sunday.

    ■ Other Holy Week activities will be listed in your April newsletter and will also be sent to you next week.

    The season of Lent 2020 

    4 Views Leading Up to Easter

    A journey through each gospel’s account of the passion story
    is available as a devotional.

    Daily readings will post on Facebook or you can read from the church website.

    Don’t stop reading your Bible and praying for the doctors, nurses, and scientists who are treating those ill and/or searching for a cure to the pandemic that is affecting all parts of the world. Don’t stop reading your Bible and praying for the doctors, nurses, and scientists who are treating those ill and/or searching for a cure to the pandemic that is affecting all parts of the world.

    Food pantry 

    The food pantry remained open on Wednesday, March 25, to help 34 families and feeding 78 people with their food needs. And again on April 1.

    The food pantry will remain open each Wednesday until further notice to help with families’ food needs.

    In March, 57 families, representing 138 people, were provided food through the USDA deliveries and your donations. There were also 20 bags delivered to the doorsteps of members and friends.

    If you need food from the food pantry or know of a friend who has needs, please contact Pastor Jody Beth at 213-6625 or Lee Mansell at 232-4775 so they can deliver.

    Thanks to all volunteers who are helping to unload the pallets of groceries from the USDA trucks and who have volunteered to keep our food pantry open each Wednesday until further notice.

    Online ‘Zoom’ Bible study 


    The Thursday morning Bible study scheduled to begin April 16 will be offered as an online study, through a tool called Zoom. It can be accessed on a computer or smart phone.

    Materials will be your Bible and a study book, Knowing the Bible: Exodus. We will be going through the book of Exodus chapter by chapter; an appropriate book to study in these days of what may feel like exile to many of us. Men and women of all ages are welcome. Pastor Jody Beth and Philip will facilitate. Preparation in advance makes the best use of our time together but is not mandatory.

    The Zoom option that we are going to try is a free version, which limits sessions to 40 minutes. We will “meet” Thursdays, 10 to 10:40 a.m. We will also send out a weekly email to help keep us connected.

    One Great Hour of Sharing 

    Although you may not be able to see it for the next few weeks, our contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing will continue with each blue shirt hung on the clothesline in the church representing $30 contributed. Part of this mission goes to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

    Now hiring 

    Swift Church announces an upcoming vacant position in the capacity of administrative assistant. Applicants should have good secretarial and people skills along with experience using word processing, spreadsheet, publishing software. Having knowledge using Facebook and other social media applications is an asset. This position is currently job-shared and requires working 24 hours a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) every other week. To apply, send a letter of interest and résumé to Pastor Keith Cardwell at or mail to Swift Presbyterian Church, 23208 Swift Church Road, Foley, AL 36535.

    Joys and celebrations 

    Happy Birthday
    … to Morganne Taylor and Lynn Barnwell

    Happy Anniversary
    … to Chuck and Betty Carneal and Joe and Lynda Walden

    The “mama bird” who built her nest in the wreath on the fellowship hall door!

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

    A few more notes ... 

    ■ Copies of Our Daily Bread and magazines are available at the back of the church.

    ■ Please use the prayer request cards found in the pews to add someone to our “joys and concerns” list. You can submit prayers and joys online through the church website.

    ■ Written and audio copies of sermons can be found on the church website.

    Pray for mission workers in Africa. 

    • Inge and Larry Sthreshley
    in Democratic Republic of Congo

    Pray for military friends and families. 

    • Haleigh Fulmer: U.S. Marine Corps, Middle East
    • Sgt. 1C Marc Barkley: Afghanistan
    • Dennis Trey Brown: U.S. Army, Afghanistan
     Zane Brewer: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C.
     David Esparza: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C.
     Jeffrey Cain: U.S. Coast Guard, St. Petersburg, Fla.
     Jeremy Rechkemmer: U.S. Army in Stuttgart, Germany
     • Capt. Jeremy 
    Timm: National Guard in Arkansas
    • Cody Havel: U.S. Navy, Jacksonville, Fla.
     • M.Sgt. Jason Rogers: U.S. Marine Corps, Nashville, Tenn.


    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

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