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     Sunday announcements

     Aug. 9 • 2020 
     19th 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. 9. 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.)

    ■ Blessing of our students

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

    ‘Summoned by God’

    1 Samuel 3:1–20
    — The Rev. Keith Cardwell
    Eighth in the ‘Road Trip’ series

    ■ Acolyte: Cadi Cardwell, McCoy Cooper
    ■ Scripture: Judy Walker, Kim Whitchard, Betty and Chuck Carneal

    ■ 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.

    ►Student blessing 

    As Swift Church students go back to various Baldwin county schools, we will bless and recognize them during this week’s online worship and with the delivery of hand sanitizer containers that can be attached to their backpacks. We pray for their safety in this trying time of uncertainty from the pandemic and bless their teachers for keeping them safe from harm as they return to the classroom.

    “According to the cleanness of my hands, God has rewarded me.”
     — Psalm 18:20

    ►Evening outdoor worship 

    Our Wednesday evening worship was held Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. out on the lawn. We encourage you to join in our outdoor worship service and a have a time to greet and pray with old friends. In the absence of Pastor Keith and Lisa, who were taking care of Billie, Pastor Keith’s mother, Pastor Jody Beth and Phil Melton led our service, along with Jenni Cain providing the music and Don Aspray assisting with sound. After a general agreement of those attending, we are moving our next evening worship to Sunday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Bring your chair, bug spray, mask and noisemakers. See you then.

    ►Session meeting 

    The Swift Church session met on Monday, Aug. 3, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Discussion was held on reopening the sanctuary for Sunday worship using safe practices. The feasibility of this, the guidelines, what worship will include, safety concerns are all being addressed. The session will meet again on Aug. 17 to follow up on recommendations.

    ►Important message 

    Pastor Keith will be under a 14-day quarantine Aug. 7–21 due to his exposure to COVID-19 through his mother, Billie Cardwell. He can be reached by phone, text, or email during that time, or contact Pastor Jody Beth Melton, the church office or your deacon for any pastoral needs.

    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 

    Beginning Aug. 9, we will begin a six-section discussion using “What Makes You Happy (It’s Not What You Expect)”. We invite you to join us in the fellowship hall on Sundays at 9 a.m. for some lively discussion and challenging questions. A revised church policy allows for up to 20 people to gather in the fellowship hall. There is room for you. If you want to follow along remotely, these videos are available on You Tube. Feel free to send us questions or thoughts and we’ll share them with the group. You can get us at

    — Susan and Daryl Pichoff

    ►Adult Sunday school class, led by Cheryl 

    Cheryl’s class will meet this week, Aug. 9, continuing our study in Philippians in room 2 in the annex.


    — Cheryl Jensen

    ►‘Let us not give up meeting together’ 

    “I never realized how important it was to me to see everybody at church on Sunday mornings.”

    In these days — now weeks and months — of social isolating, many of you have said that you really miss getting together with your church family. And, it is actually biblical for us to meet together regularly!  In Hebrews 10:25, we are told “not to give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but to encourage one another….”

    How can you “meet together” these days:

    ■ Participate in Sunday morning worship online on Facebook, YouTube, and through the church website,,  on Facebook, go to Swift Presbyterian Church, or on, Swift Presbyterian Church channel.

    ■ Form a Sunday school class, Bible study, prayer group, or fellowship group. If you would like to seek ways to ‘meet together’ with others from your church family, we want to help. Within the guidelines of four-step plan that the session approved, groups of 12 or fewer can use the church facilities to meet together, adhering to safe practices. Contact the church office for more information.

    ■ Read the weekly announcements and pray the prayer lists that are emailed (snail-mailed on request) each Friday.

    ■ Join the online Bible study group. They meet, using the Zoom app, on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Or form a new Zoom group. Contact Pastor Jody Beth.

    Meeting together is an important aspect of our spiritual health. Let’s not give up seeking ways “to encourage one another” during these unique times.

    ►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.

    Risk-taking mission and service 
    ►Food pantry update 

    Our next scheduled food pantry distribution day is this Wednesday, Aug. 12. Hours are 10 to 11 a.m.

    ►Elberta Elementary School 

    Our August mission is Elberta Elementary School since students will be returning to classrooms this Wednesday, Aug. 12. We help provide snacks and other school supplies as requested by the teachers. Please indicate on your check if you wish an additional donation made to this mission.

    ►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 e-mail or text 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.

    In the community . . . 
    ►Reminder to participate in 2020 Census 

    The Baldwin County Extension Office is encouraging all members to participate in the 2020 Census. Deadline is October to fill out the brief form and return it. If you did not get a census form in the mail, you may go online to to make sure you are counted. The census helps determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to the states and communities based upon the total number of people counted.

    Alabama received more than $13 billion in federal funding from 2010 to 2019.

    ►COVID-19 testing helpers needed 

    The Alabama Department of Public Health is increasing its COVID-19 testing in Baldwin County and volunteers are needed to assist. Their testing site is in Robertsdale, Monday through Friday until further notice. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon at the PZK Hall, 17933 Alabama Highway 104. Contact Dana Jepsen, South Baldwin director, Ecumenical Ministries Inc., 251-943-3445 if you can volunteer.

    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. 10 — Sally deSarro; Aug. 11 — Brenda Dombrowski; Aug. 12 — Cruz Carlisle; Aug. 15 — Susie Alexander

    ■ Upcoming anniversary: Aug. 18 — Johnny and Mimi Hollis

    ■ Congratulations to Megan and Daniel Beachler for their marriage on Aug. 1.

    ■ Congratulations to Hannah and Justin Harrison for their new baby boy, Carson Laine, born July 28, weighing 7 pounds 10 ounces.

    ■ Congratulations to Al Sprouse and family on the final adoption of his grandson, Andrew James Boyd.

    ■ Congratulations to Pastor Kim Vanbrimmer and family for the birth of a great-niece.

    ■ Congratulations and thanking him for his service to Police Chief David Wilson, who is retiring Sept. 1 as chief of the Foley Police Department after 37 years of service to various cities as a law enforcement officer.

    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