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     Jan. 10 • 2021 
     Baptism of the Lord

    Five practices of fruitful congregations  

    Passionate worship 

    ‘The Spirit Hovers
    And the Voice Speaks’

    Genesis 1:1–5; Mark 1:4–11
    — 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.

    ■ Officer installation/ordination — The ordination and/or installation of new officers will take place during the 10:00 in-person service. New officers are:

       Elders — Susan Pichoff, Chuck Carneal, Joe Walden
       Deacons — Karen Langley, Judy Walker
       Trustee — Kim Whitchard

    We thank the outgoing officers for their service and dedication to Swift Church:

       Elders — Brett Cardwell, Andrew King, Al Sprouse
       Deacons — Vicki Elsler, Cheryl Jensen, Ella Thomas
       Trustee — Mary Ard

     — 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: Judy Walker

    Important message ... 

    ... regarding COVID-19 and worship

    As we welcome the news of the Pfizer and Moderna vacine being rapidly distributed throughout the nation, we pray that those who have been diagnosed in our church family with COVID-19 will be able to recover rapidly and those who are at risk can receive the vaccine doses as soon as they are available.

    COVID cases continue to rise in Baldwin County. Over the months we’ve learned a lot about COVID-19 and how to (more or less) avoid transmission. The church staff and worship leadership work diligently to provide in-person worship while also worshiping as safely as possible.

    This season calls for consideration of others. Some people will attend outdoor worship but not indoor worship. Others, just the opposite. Some will not return until a vaccine is widely available. Others don’t want to attend if they have to wear a mask. Still others won’t attend unless all are mask-wearing. No one is completely happy or satisfied with the way things are and the way worship is affected. Know that you are not alone in your frustrations.

    There may come a time when we have to stop gathering for our overall safety. To prevent this, please practice safety measures. Do not attend if you have COVID, flu, or cold symptoms. When at church, mask, sanitizer, and distancing are crucial.

    ►Celebrating the holidays with pictures 

    Thank you to those who submitted their photos to Pastor Jody Beth for inclusion in the collage this Sunday. They will also be posted on Facebook and YouTube for your enjoyment.

    ►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.

    A new series featuring Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, will take 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.

    ►Online ‘Zoom’ Bible study 

    The Thursday morning Bible study group will meet on Thursday via Zoom. Please contact Pastor Jody Beth, 251-213-6625, for more information if you wish to join this group.

    Come journey with fellow believers this Lenten season. Beginning Feb. 11, Pastor Jody Beth and Philip will be leading “The Season of Lent” as an online Bible study. We will meet on Zoom Thursday mornings, 10 to 11:30.

    Risk-taking mission and service 
    ►‘Moment for missions’ 

    Swift Church contributed $725 to the Presbyterian Home for Children, which was our “moment for missions” in December.

    ►Food pantry update 

    The Swift Church food pantry will be open on the second and fourth Wednesdays, Jan. 13 and 27, from 10 to 11 a.m.

    If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact Dorothy Warren at 424-5117.

    ►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.

    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 

    ■ Celebrate the New Year — 2021!

    ■ Congratulations to our incoming officers.

    ■ Thanks to our outgoing officers.

    ■ Upcoming birthdays: Jan. 11 — Ray Langley; Jan. 12 — Gail Skinner; Jan. 15 — Genevieve Parker; Jan. 17 — Michael Thomas, Marcia Larson

    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.

     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