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     Sunday announcements

    Dec. 3 • 2023
    First Sunday of Advent


     — 9 a.m. — 
    Worship service
    inside the sanctuary

    — The Rev. Dr. Jerry Blacklaw
    guest minister

    Genesis 35:16–18  Luke 2:8–20

    ■ We light the candle of HOPE.

    ■ Handbells, chimes and a song written by Rev. Blacklaw.

    ■ The Lord’s Supper will be served. All are invited to the table.

    ■ The Advent murals, painted by Derek Capsis, are in place.

    ■ A Christmas cookie social in the fellowship hall will follow the worship service.

    ■ To join “live stream” worship, go to Facebook — Swift Presbyterian Church.

    ■ Worship services are available for viewing in the afternoon on the church website and YouTube.

    ■ Bulletins for today and recent weeks. Click here.

    ►Preaching today . . . 

    Welcome back the Rev. Dr. Jerry Blacklaw as our guest minister.

    ►Christmas cookies and fellowship 

    Everyone is invited to the fellowship hall for our Christmas cookie social immediately after the worship service.

    ►Poinsettias for the sanctuary 

    Poinsettia orders are being taken in remembrance of or to honor your loved ones. The potted poinsettias will be displayed in the sanctuary through Christmas Eve, and may be taken home after the service. Please complete this form and return it by today. The plants are $8 each. Printed forms are also available in the church and were included in the emailed and printed weekly announcements..

    God is good all the time.

    ►Dates to remember ... 
     ■ ‘Two or More’ fellowship lunch 

    Thursday, Dec. 7 • 11:30 a.m.
    Captain’s Choice Grill
    inside Gulf Bowl, Foley

    Please RSVP by calling the church office at 251-943-8367 or email to

    ■ Intercessory prayer group meets each Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the chapel.

    ■ Our food pantry is open to serve the community each Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

    ■ Finance committee — Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 8 a.m. in annex room 2

    ■ Session meeting — Monday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in annex room 2 (This is a week earlier than usual.)

    ■ Christmas banquet

    Thursday, Dec. 14 • 6 p.m.
    The Gift Horse Restaurant
    209 W. Laurel Ave., Foley

    The cost per person is $23.95 plus tax and gratuity, paid at the time of the dinner. Everyone will pay for their own meal at the restaurant, so no money will be collected ahead of time. Reservations must be made by noon on Dec. 7.

    Any requests made after that date will be up to the restaurant to add or to put on a waiting list, in case others cancel on short notice. We have to pay for any reservations made, whether folks show up or not.

    A sign-up sheet will be on the table in the fellowship hall to confirm if you plan to attend. Please double-check the list to be sure if you’re on it to come or to mark off if you attended last year but will not make it this year.

    Pastor nominating committee 

    Mark Melton, 251-269-8051,
    Jenni Cain, 251-550-7607,
    Randy LeDrew, 251-269-8657,
    Catherine Garretson, 251-943-3124,
    Mary McNair, 251-295-5267,
    Susan Pichoff, 251-233-9486,

    Mission and service 
    ►Food pantry 

    The food pantry is open every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve the community.

    This week, we served 46 families and 150 people.

    If you are interested in helping or know of someone who might be interested, please consider getting involved or at least share the opportunity to volunteer with others.

    If you have questions or want to want to volunteer, please contact Al Sprouse (251-744-1944) or Jan Taylor (251-978-6418).

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

    We’ve all seen the movie … we all know the story, but is it possible it relates to the Bible? Christmas Eve, angels, miracles, and the greatest gift of all are woven throughout “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

    Join Snacks with Susan and Daryl at 8 a.m. in annex room 4 through Dec. 31 for a study about a reluctant man’s journey through faith, community, and restoration.

    ►Adult Sunday school class led by Bill and Catherine 

    Join us as we continue our study in the book of Exodus.

    We meet at 8 a.m. in annex room 2.

    ►Youth Sunday school class, led by Sheree Waters 

    Join us as we study the Bible together. The youth Sunday school class meets at 8 a.m. in annex room 3.

    ►Tithes and offerings 

    Thank you for your generous pledges and ongoing offerings. Your support and commitment to Swift Church is greatly appreciated.

    Prayers and joys 
    ►Please let us know . . . 

    Please 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.)


    Ladies of the prayer shawl group,

    Thank you so much for the lovely prayer shawl and the prayers. They are truly appreciated. Also, thanks for the nice visit from Janelle and for delivering it.

    Elinor Gartman

    ►Please remember our military friends
    and families in your prayers. 

    Names are listed in the monthly newsletter.

    ►Chancel flowers 

    If you would like to place flowers on the chancel to honor or celebrate a loved one or a special occasion or “just because,” please contact Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145 or 217-246-4051.

    ►Volunteers for worship 

    Are you willing to serve as an acolyte or as a greeter/usher? Contact Marvin King, worship elder, at 251-213-3164 or

    ►Church staff and contact information 

    Sena Cooper, office assistant
    Stephanie Craft, office assistant

    Jessica Hammontree
    , director
    Preschool website

       Find us on


    • Presbytery of S. Alabama
    • Synod of Living Waters


    to bring

    God joy


    23208 Swift Church Road
    Foley, AL 36535
    Phone: (251) 943-8367


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