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     Sunday announcements

     Aug. 30 • 2020 
     22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 

    Elder of the month: Mark Melton

    Five practices of fruitful congregations  

    Passionate worship 

    ■ We will have outdoor worship at 8 a.m. (weather permitting) and online worship at 10 a.m. Please bring your chair, bug spray, mask and noisemakers for the outdoor service. There will be a limited number of chairs available if you need assistance or do not have a chair to bring. Our online worship service is available 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.)

    — 8 a.m. — 
    Outdoor worship service
    On the grounds in front of the chapel

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

    ‘Chariots of Fire — Elijah’

    2 Kings 2:1–14
    — The Rev. Keith Cardwell
    11th in the ‘Road Trip’ series

    ■ Acolyte: Lainey Thomas
    ■ Scripture: Daryl and Susan Pichoff, Janelle Armbruster, Dorothy Warren

    ■ Time with the children: Animated Scripture video

    ■ 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.

    ►Pastor Jody Beth on vacation 

    Pastor Jody Beth will be enjoying vacation Sept. 1–7. During her vacation week, please contact Pastor Keith, the church office or your deacon for any pastoral needs.

    ►Inside worship to resume 

    Beginning Sept. 13, services will be held in the sanctuary at 10 a.m. All special precautions will be observed such as masks, social distancing, cleanliness, etc. Be sure to watch for and read the special emails that will be sent out in the next few weeks concerning these arrangements. We all look forward to holding our services together again, but only if the pandemic continues to show signs of decreased infections in the area. We will continue to post complete worship services online via Facebook and YouTube as we have since March. These will be available at 10 a.m. Sunday mornings or any time following. We will also continue to send printed sermons by postal mail to those who wish to continue receiving them.

    ►Congregational meeting 

    A congregational meeting will be held immediately after outdoor worship on Aug. 30 to determine members of the nominating committee. This is an important committee that is responsible for choosing elders, deacons and trustees to serve, and for guiding the congregation over the next few years.

    ►The Lord’s Supper on Sept. 6 

    We will observe communion at the 8 a.m. outdoor service on Sunday, Sept. 6. We encourage you to bring your own elements from home for this service. If you are unable to bring your own, prepackaged elements will be provided.

    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 week, Aug. 30, 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 

    Our food pantry served 47 people with 26 bags and gave out eight masks on Aug. 26. The food pantry will be open again on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 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. In addition to snacks, we are also providing uniforms for the students as needed. Thank you for your continued support of Swift’s ministry to the children of Elberta Elementary School.

    ►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: Sept. 4 — Sue Johnson, Andrew King; Sept. 5 — Marilyn Kaechele; Sept. 6 — Paula Brewer, Jane Capsis

    ■ Upcoming anniversaries: Sept. 1 — John and Linda Gilmore; Sept. 4 — Jim and Linda Runtz

    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