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     Sunday announcements

     Dec. 15  2019 
     Third Sunday of Advent 

    Elder of the week: Mark Melton
    Greeters: Judy Walker, Greg McNair
    Acolyte: ZoeyLynn Barnwell

    Time with the children: Pastor Keith Cardwell
    No children’s church today
    Nursery: Ginny Kleinschmidt, Tara Morrow
    Sound technicians: Marvin King, Al Sprouse
    Projectionist: Devery Thomas
    Worship elder: Greg McNair

    Passionate worship 

    Our musical celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ,
    featuring our various choirs —
    chancel, advanced and beginner handbells,
    tone chimes — and soloists

    — The Rev. Keith Cardwell

    Scripture: Hosea 3,
    Luke 2:1–7, Luke 2:8–20

    Poinsettias in the chapel and sanctuary were donated by 46 individuals. You may pick up your plant(s) after the Christmas Eve service.

    ■ The food pantry provided food bags for 42 people, which included 79 family members, this past Wednesday. Also given to 21 women were warm neck scarves, knitted by Lee Mansell.

    Musical selections today were purchased in loving memory by the following: Christmas carols played by the Joyful Tones are from “50 Quick Hymn Accompaniments”; and “What Child Is This?” in loving memory of John Mansell; “Emmanuel, Expected Jesus” in memory of Jim and Eloise Howell and Roy and Shirlee LeDrew; and “It’s So Still in Bethlehem” in loving memory of Rick Jensen and Norman Ard.

     — 8 a.m. — 
    Worship service in the historic chapel

     — 9 — 
    ■ Christian education for all ages:
    • Children in room 3 in the annex.
    Topic: Fruitful living for children. Led by Kathy Menk.
    • Youth in room 4 in the annex.
    Topic: Advent. Led by Tara Morrow.
    • Younger adults in the chapel.
    Topic: Paul’s letters. Led by Andrew King.
    • Adults in room 2 in the annex.
    Topic: New Testament. Led by Cheryl Jensen.
    • Adults in fellowship hall. “Snacks With Susan and Daryl.”
    Topic: “Faithful,” an Advent study focusing on Joseph.
    Led by Susan and Daryl Pichoff.

     — 9:20 — 
    ■ Chancel choir rehearsal in the music room

     — 10 — 
    Worship service in the sanctuary
     Hearing assistance devices are available in the back
    of the sanctuary. Please see a greeter.
     After “Time with the children,” those in preschool
    and younger may go to the nursery.
    Those in grades K–4 may go to children’s church.

     — 11:15 — 
    ■ Fellowship time — Please join us in the fellowship hall
    for a Christmas cookie social.

    Getting involved at Swift this week 

    Sunday, Dec. 15 — GphiG and SWAG will meet from 4 to 7 p.m. for “pancakes and pajamas.”

    Monday, Dec. 16 — Session meeting, 6:30 p.m. in room 2 in the annex

    Thursday, Dec. 19 — Bible study on the Gospel of Matthew will not meet.

    Thursday, Dec. 19 — Butterfly Girls and Guys Night Out will meet at Wolf Bay Lodge at 6:30 p.m. However, we’d like this to be a churchwide Christmas party; Christmas attire encouraged. Please contact Mary McNair at 251-295-5267 (call or text) or if you know you plan to come.

    Friday, Dec. 20 — January newsletter deadline

    Saturday, Dec. 21 — Pastor Kim Vanbrimmer will lead “The Darkest Night,” a holiday GriefShare service, 6:30 p.m. at Orange Beach Presbyterian Church.

    Getting involved at Swift: upcoming 

    Sunday, Dec. 22 —  Fourth Sunday of Advent 

    Sunday, Dec. 22 — No chancel choir rehearsal at 5 p.m.

    Tuesday, Dec. 24 —  Christmas Eve  worship, 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. The Lord’s Supper will be served. Handbell choir will play.

    Wednesday, Dec. 25 —  Merry Christmas!  The office and preschool will be closed.

    Thursday, Dec. 26 — No Bible study on the Gospel of Matthew

    Sunday, Dec. 29 — Pastor Jody Beth Melton will lead worship.

    Sunday, Dec. 29 — No chancel choir rehearsal at 5 p.m.

    Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 —  Happy New Year! 

    Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 — First Day worship service in the chapel at 9 a.m.

    New study to start Jan. 5 

     ‘God’s Messy Family’ is title

    Starting Jan. 5, join the “Snacks with Susan and Daryl” adult Sunday school class for a new study called “God’s Messy Family.” In this video-based series, pastor and author Jacob Armstrong takes an in-depth look at our faith and lineage, focusing specifically on the messy family dynamics found in the book of Genesis. Join us weekly in the fellowship hall.

    Advent journey
    through the Gospel of Luke

    24 chapters, 24 days

    Join in an Advent journey reading through the Gospel of Luke. Reading a chapter each day by Christmas Eve, you will have read the whole Gospel of Luke and understand the reason for the season. If you are familiar with the many scriptures you have heard or memorized over the years, and know the parables Jesus taught but have never read through the Book of Luke chapter by chapter, you will be amazed at how it makes you feel — as if you are a witness to His birth and then can imagine walking with Him step by step as he teaches and gathers his disciples. A calendar is available in the back of the sanctuary to help mark off the days.

    We appreciate our volunteers 

    Next Sunday, Dec. 22

    Acolyte: Lainey Thomas
    Greeters: Lee Mansell, Jane King
    Children’s church: Lezli and Kenny Thomason
    Time with the children: Ginny Kleinschmidt
    Nursery: Pate and Brett Cardwell

    Flower scheduling 

    If you would like to reserve a date to provide flowers for our Sunday morning services, you can:

    ■ call Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145
    ■ sign up on the flower chart in the narthex or in the back of the chapel
    ■ or contact the church office at 943-8367 or

    We have many open dates. We also have vases available if you would like to borrow one to make your own arrangement.

    Joys and celebrations 

    • Birthdays: McKenzie Cardwell is 2 years old! John McCausland

    Eddie and Sheree Waters — a new grandson is due in June.

    Marci Larson’s grandson, Cooper, is recovering from a concussion.

    Thanks for the lovely decorations in the sanctuary.

    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. 

    • 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, commissioned lay 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