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    Feb. 21 • 2021 
     First Sunday in Lent

    Five practices of fruitful congregations  

    Passionate worship 


    ‘Again and Again, God Meets Us’

    Mark 1:9–15
    — The Rev. Keith Cardwell

    ■ In-person and online services

     — 10 a.m. — 
    In-person worship service
    With masks and social distancing

    ■ With colder weather, we plan to worship in the sanctuary each Sunday.

     — 10 a.m. and later — 
    Online worship service

    ■ This service is available at, on the Swift Presbyterian Church Facebook page and on YouTube.

    ■ Scripture reading: Linda Runtz

    ■ Time with the children: Pastor Jody Beth Melton

    ►‘Again and Again’ Lenten devotionals 

    This year we offer two Lenten devotional options prepared by “A Sanctified Art.”

    ■ Devotional cards — daily cards with a special “word,” related scripture, questions for reflection and a prayer.

    ■ Devotional booklet — contains scripture, commentary, poetry, art and reflections.

    If you ordered one last Sunday, it is available in the back of the church for pickup this Sunday. If you have not ordered, please notify the office and we will print one for you. You can pick up at the church office or we can deliver to you. If you are out of town we will gladly mail to you. Let us know via phone, email or text.

    Important message ... 

    ... regarding COVID-19 and worship

    COVID-19 vaccination appointments are available for Alabamians 65 years and older, first responders (including law enforcement and firefighters). If you qualify, please consider receiving the vaccine.

    COVID cases in Baldwin County have decreased — although they are still high. This virus has brought grief to several families in our Swift community. Several churches in our area have experienced small clusters of outbreaks within their faith communities. Remember, the Swift Church leadership works diligently to provide safe (as possible), in-person worship. Thank you for your part in making gathering for worship as safe as possible by practicing safety measures while on the campus. Remember, do not attend if you have COVID-19, flu, or cold symptoms. When present, wear a mask, use sanitizer, and keep a safe distance from others.

    — Pastor Keith, Swift Church

    ►Volunteers for online worship 

    As more children drop out as acolyte volunteers, or adults as “time with the children” volunteers, Greg McNair needs your help by offering to be a part of these important endeavors of our online worship services. It only takes a few minutes of your time to record your part of the service and does not have to be done each week. Contact Greg at 251-965-1003 or

    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 all 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 meet again this Sunday at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

    We continue our series, featuring Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, that takes a detailed and colorful overview of Matthew 5–7, collectively known as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

    Through Dr. Levine’s engaging method of biblical interpretation, class participants should come away with a solid understanding of the Sermon on the Mount in its historical and theological context. It is helpful to read Matthew 5–7 during the week so you will be familiar with the text Dr. Levine references.

    ►Adult Sunday school class led by Cheryl Jensen 

    We are meeting this Sunday as we will continue our study of the New Testament with the book of Titus. Titus was a special friend of Paul’s.

    Please come join us in room 2 in the annex. Wear your mask and we will social distance.

    ►Online ‘Zoom’ Bible study 

    Lenten study — eight weeks
    Feb. 18 – April 8 10 to 11:30

    We are offering an online Lenten Bible study using Zoom technology.

    Each Thursday the discussion will be centered on the scriptures and sermon from the previous Sunday’s worship service, which you can attend either in person or online.

    New to Zoom? Contact Pastor Jody Beth, 251-213-6625, to learn the basics.

    Risk-taking mission and service 
    ►Food pantry update 

    The food pantry will be open on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 10 to 11 a.m.

    Volunteers are always needed and welcome to help with the food pantry ministry. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Al Sprouse at 251-744-1944.

    ►Swift financial help 

    If you are in financial need from lack of work, medical bills, or other reasons, please contact pastors Keith or Jody Beth for financial assistance. Your generosity to the pastors’ discretionary fund allows us to provide those in need with financial support.

    ►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. Your financial support, through checks or online giving through our website, enable Swift Church ministry to continue.

    ►Sanctuary flowers 

    Do you miss the beautiful flowers we used to see during Sunday morning worship? If you are interested in placing flowers in the church sanctuary this year, please contact Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145 or

    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.), or

    ►Joys and celebrations 

    ■ Upcoming birthdays: Feb. 20 — Bill Estes; Feb. 21 — Lee Mansell; Feb. 22 — Richard Coesens

    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. 

     Zane Brewer: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C.
    • Dennis “Trey” Brown: U.S. Army, quarantined in Alaska
     Jeffrey Cain: U.S. Coast Guard, St. Petersburg, Fla.
     David Esparza: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C.
    • Haleigh Fulmer: U.S. Marine Corps, Middle East
    • Cody Havel: U.S. Navy, Jacksonville, Fla.

    • Ryan Olson: Alabama National Guard, deployed to D.C.
     Jeremy Rechkemmer: U.S. Army in Kuwait
    • M.Sgt. Jason Rogers: U.S. Marine Corps, Nashville, Tenn.
    • Capt. Jeremy 
    Timm: National Guard, Arkansas

    • Tarah Young: U.S. Army, South Korea


    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
    Preschool website

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