|| Sunday announcements
July 5 • 2020
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Elder of the month: Greg McNair
Five practices of fruitful congregations
■ Due to COVID-19, we will not have in-person worship on Sunday, July 5. Join us for our online worship at www.swiftchurch.org, on the Swift Presbyterian Church Facebook page and on YouTube.
■ The Lord’s Supper — We will again be participating in “virtual” communion. You are asked to have bread and cup ready, preferably grape juice or wine and bread or crackers. If you don’t have grape juice/wine, then water will do. At the appropriate time in the service, we will all receive the elements together.
— 10 a.m. and later —
►Worship service online only
‘Hebrews on the Edge’
— The Rev. Keith Cardwell
■ Second in the ‘Road Trip’ series
■ Acolyte: ZoeyLynn Barnwell
|►Wednesday worship canceled |
Because of a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases in Baldwin County, Swift Church has reverted to Step 1 for worship, which means the planned Wednesday night outdoor services are canceled until further notice.
|►Handbell rehearsals canceled |
Wednesday night rehearsals for the handbell choir resumed recently but have ceased. COVID-19 has come to the nursing home and rehab facility where director Lisa Cardwell works. Lisa has had no close contact with staff and residents who have symptoms of infection. She’s just being extra careful for the safety of the Swift family.
Although we aren’t practicing radical hospitality by welcoming neighbors or strangers into our houses of worship — the sanctuary and chapel — let us take this time to welcome God in, receive God’s love and make room for God in our lives. Let us pray that we will soon be together again, focusing on receiving God’s love and sharing it with others.
|►Snacks with Susan and Daryl|
Sunday school class
We will not be having class on Sunday, July 5, but will resume on July 12. Please take a look at Ephesians, Chapter 4, for our discussion when we resume.
In our discussion this week, we talked about why people have to be right … it was pretty thought-provoking and seems to be part of the “we want to control everything” that we flawed humans seem to want. We also went back to the idea that everything a person thinks, says, or believes make perfect sense to them and it’s sometimes hard for them to believe that you don’t see it that way.
— Susan and Daryl Pichoff
|►Adult Sunday school class,|
led by Cheryl
Cheryl’s class resumed meeting on June 28 at 9 a.m. and will meet on Sunday, July 5. We are in Ephesians, and Paul is speaking to the church at Ephesus. We meet in room 2 in the annex — social distancing and wearing masks. Class members are invited to stay and view the worship service on YouTube.
— Cheryl Jensen
Small groups of 12 or fewer may meet at the church using social distancing and other safe practices. For now, worship will continue to be online only. If you wish to start a small group of worship or study, please contact the church so that available accommodations can be made.
|►Online Zoom Bible study |
It’s open to all members and friends
The Thursday morning Bible study “meets” as an online study, through a tool called Zoom. It can be accessed on a computer or smart phone from 10 to 10:40. We also send out a weekly email to help keep us connected.
Materials are your Bible and a study book, Knowing the Bible: Exodus. We are going through Exodus chapter by chapter; an appropriate book to study in these days of what may feel like exile to many of us.
For more information, contact Pastor Jody Beth, 251-213-6625.
|►Copies of Our Daily Bread |
The June–August “Our Daily Bread” devotional booklets are in the church office. Please come by and pick one up or let us know and we will deliver one to you.
The food pantry is open on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.
June’s totals were 42 bags distributed, serving 105 people, and 15 masks were given out.
Our next scheduled distribution is July 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. Please note the change in time
If you are in financial need because of COVID-19 — lack of work, medical bills, no stimulus check, or other reasons — please contact Pastors Keith or Jody Beth for a confidential conversation about how Swift Church can help you financially.
|►Warning on email, text messages |
Please be aware that if you receive an e-mail from Pastor Keith and there are two “t”s in the spelling of Swift Church such as “Swifttpastor@gmail.com,” it is a fraud and should not be opened. Also, if you receive a text that seems suspicious, please contact Pastor Keith before responding.
“I give you my hands, my heart, my hope, Lord.
Use the change in me to change others for you.
May your life be seen in mine.”
Although we are not meeting in person, please remember to mail or drop off your tithes and offerings during this time of separation. You may also give online at swiftchurch.org. Living Waters for the World is our mission emphasis for the next few weeks. If you wish an additional part of your offering to go toward this mission, please select missions on the online dropdown menu, or designate missions on your tithing check. You may also send a separate check.
Prayers and joys
|►Please let us know . . . |
During this time of online worship, please know that you can 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.) email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
■ Upcoming birthdays: July 5 — Kip Rawson; July 6 — Sue Ann Lay; July 7 — Madison Lay; July 10 — James Haupt; July 11 — William Vanbrimmer
■ On June 18, Government Street Presbyterian voted to call Alexandra Hutson as associate pastor.
She is the daughter of Sena Cooper, Swift Church administrative assistant. Alexandra and her husband, Jacob, will be moving to Mobile soon.
PLEASE EMAIL YOUR JOYS AND CONCERNS TO THE CHURCH OFFICE,
SEND A TEXT TO A PASTOR
OR USE OUR PRAYER REQUEST FORM.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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. |
• Haleigh Fulmer: U.S. Marine Corps, Middle East
• 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.