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     Sunday announcements

     Aug. 16 • 2020 
     20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

    Elder of the month: Mark Melton

    Five practices of fruitful congregations  

    Passionate worship 

    ■ Due to COVID-19, we will not have in-person worship on Sunday, Aug. 16. Join us at 10 a.m. or a later time for our online worship at, on the Swift Presbyterian Church Facebook page and on YouTube. (If you subscribe to our YouTube channel, it makes it easier to access later.)

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

    ‘Visiting with the Widow of Zarephath’

    1 Kings 17:8–16
    — The Rev. Keith Cardwell
    Ninth in the ‘Road Trip’ series

    ■ Acolyte: Sully Curry
    ■ Scripture: Philip Melton, Lynn Barnwell, Mark Melton
    ■ Time with the children: Debbie Schmidt

    ■ Seeking worship helpers: If you would like to light and extinguish the candles as an acolyte, lead “time with the children,” or read Scripture as part of our online Sunday worship, please contact the church office for more information.

    ►Evening outdoor worship 

    Outdoor evening worship will be this Sunday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Bring your chair, big spray, mask and noisemakers. See you then!

    ►Session meeting 

    The Swift Church Session will meet on Monday, Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

    ►Important message 

    Pastor Keith was exposed to his mom, who has COVID-19. He has worked from home this week while awaiting test results. They came back negative. Aug. 18–24 he will take previously planned vacation time to do some yard work and some online continuing education. During the vacation, week, please. contact pastor Jody Beth Melton, the church office or you deacon for any pastoral needs.

    Pastor Jody Beth will be preaching on Sunday, Aug. 23.

    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 will soon be together again, focusing on receiving God’s love and sharing it with others.

    Intentional faith development 
    ►‘Snacks with Susan and Daryl’ Sunday school class 

    We will continue our discussion using “What Makes You Happy (It’s Not What You Expect).” We invite you to join us in the fellowship hall at 9 a.m. for some lively discussion and challenging questions. If you want to follow along remotely, the videos are available on YouTube.

    — Susan and Daryl Pichoff

    ►Adult Sunday school class, led by Cheryl 

    Cheryl’s class will meet this Sunday, Aug. 16, continuing our study in Philippians in room 2 in the annex.

    — Cheryl Jensen

    ►Copies of ‘Our Daily Bread’ 

    Our September–November devotional booklets have arrived. Please come by and pick one up or let us know so we can deliver one to you. You can also find the devotionals and more online at

    Risk-taking mission and service 
    ►Food pantry update 

    The Swift Church food pantry was open Aug. 12 and served 53 people with 20 bags and five masks.

    Our next scheduled food pantry distribution day is Wednesday, Aug. 26. Hours are 10 to 11 a.m.

    ►Elberta Elementary School 

    Our August mission is Elberta Elementary School. Please indicate on your check if you wish to make an additional donation to this mission. Swift Church recently donated two months of snacks for students.

    ►Swift financial help 

    If you are in financial need because of COVID-19 — lack of work, medical bills, no stimulus check, or other reasons — please contact Pastors Keith or Jody Beth for a confidential conversation about how Swift Church can help you financially.

    ►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 during this season of separation. Your financial support, through checks or online giving through our website, enable Swift Church ministry to continue. Mission support, pastoral care, worship leadership, property maintenance and education depend on your extravagant generosity.

    Prayers and joys 
    ►Please let us know . . . 

    During this time of online worship, please know that you can 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 birthdays: Aug. 16 — Tresa Melton, Julie Seabrook; Aug. 17  — Ava Brewer; Aug. 18 — Johnny Martin, Kathryn Rachel; Aug. 20 — Lea Ann Guffey

    ■ Upcoming anniversaries: Aug. 19 — Garrett and  Tara Morrow; Aug. 21 — John and Marcia Larson

    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. 

    • 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