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     Sunday announcements

     Dec. 1  2019 
     First Sunday of Advent 

    Elder of the week: Greg McNair
    Greeters: Willard Penfold, Eunice Ray
    Acolytes: Cadi Cardwell, McCoy Cooper

    Time with the children: Cathy Rogers
    Children’s church: None
    Nursery: Tracy Akins, Lisa Turner
    Sound technicians: Marvin King, Al Sprouse
    Projectionist: Devery Thomas
    Worship elder: Greg McNair

    Passionate worship 

    “Rejected Love”
    — The Rev. Keith Cardwell

    Scripture: Hosea 1:2–2:1

    ♦ We celebrate the Lord’s Supper
    by intinction at both services.
    All are invited to the table.

    ♦ Food pantry donation day

    ♦ Live Oak worship service at 1 p.m.,
    led by Pastor Keith and Jenni Cain

    ■ Today, we are offering an order form for you to purchase a poinsettia to be placed in the sanctuaries on Dec.15 and 22. Suggested donation is $7 per plant. Please note on check or cash envelope “for poinsettia” and if you wish to offer “in memory” or “in honor of” and place in the offering plate.

    ■ Thanks to everyone who helped make this Thanksgiving brighter for a lot of people. We served 57 families consisting of 150 individuals with our Thanksgiving bags on Wednesday. We also hope that you and your family were blessed as you enjoyed the holiday.

    ■ Our giving does not stop with the success of the Thanksgiving collection. Please bring your regular items to help stock up the pantry today. Food pantry collection days are the first Sunday of each month.

     — 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 refreshments and to visit with members and guests.hurch family.

    Getting involved at Swift this week 

    Sunday, Dec. 1 — Music rehearsals today: beginner handbells, 11:10 a.m.; chimes, 12:10 p.m.; and chancel choir, 5

    Wednesday, Dec. 4 — Finance meeting, 9 a.m. in room 2 in the annex

    Wednesday, Dec. 4 — Handbell choir rehearsal, 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

    Thursday, Dec. 5 — Bible study on the Gospel of Matthew, 10 to 11:15 a.m. in room 2 in the annex

    Thursday, Dec. 5 — “Two or More” fellowship lunch, 11:30 a.m. at O’Charleys. All are welcome.

    Getting involved at Swift: upcoming 

    Sunday, Dec. 8 — Music rehearsals: beginner handbells, 11:10 a.m.; chimes, 12:10 p.m.; and chancel choir, 5

    Sunday, Dec. 8 — Deacon meeting, 11:15 a.m. in the chapel

    Sunday, Dec. 8 — Final day to order your poinsettia

    Tuesday, Dec. 10 — Presbyterian Women’s lunch at First Presbyterian Church of Foley. Please contact Pastor Jody Beth if you plan to attend.

    Wednesday, Dec. 11 — Food pantry distribution, 10 a.m. to noon in the fellowship hall

    Wednesday, Dec. 11 — Worship committee meeting, 3:30 p.m. in room 3 in the annex

    Thursday, Dec. 12 — Bible study on the Gospel of Matthew, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in room 2 in the annex

    Saturday, Dec. 14 — Christmas program rehearsal, 9 a.m. in the sanctuary

    Advent journey
    through the Gospel of Luke

    24 chapters, 24 days

    You are warmly invited to join us on an Advent journey through the stories of Luke, as he retells the words and deeds of Jesus, so that by Christmas Eve you will have read the whole Gospel of Luke, and understand the reason for the season.

    A calendar is provided in the newsletter or you may use the one handed out today to mark off each day as you read through the Gospel.

    We appreciate our volunteers 

    Next Sunday, Dec. 8

    Acolyte: Sully Curry
    Greeters: Mike and Lynn Barnwell
    Children’s church: Teresa Thomas, Ella Thomas
    Time with the children: Debbie Schmidt
    Nursery: Jane King, Carlie Sims

    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 

    • Anniversary: Mike and Lynn Barnwell’s 42nd

    Congratulations to Laura and Nick Stacey on their wedding.

    McKenzie’s surgery went well.

    Johnny and Mimi were back!

    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