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     Sunday announcements

     June 14• 2020 
     11th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

    Elder of the month: Andrew King


    Five practices of fruitful congregations


    Passionate worship 

    ■ Due to COVID-19, we will not have in-person worship on Sunday, June 14. Join us for our online worship at, on the Swift Presbyterian Church Facebook page and on YouTube.

    ■ Pastor Jody Beth Melton will preach this Sunday while Pastor Keith Cardwell is on vacation.

     — 10 a.m. and later — 
    Worship service online only

    ‘Simple, Sinful Servants’

    2 Corinthians 12:2–10
    — Pastor Jody Beth Melton

    Acolytes: Cadi Cardwell and McCoy Cooper
    Time with the children: Lynn Aspray
    Prayer and scripture: Greg McNair


    Radical hospitality 

    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.

    Intentional faith development 
    ►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 were shipped on May 26. However, with the delays caused by the coronavirus, delivery could still take two to three weeks, a representative of the publishing company said. In the meantime, you can go on their website at to keep up with their devotionals on a daily basis. We will let you know as soon as we get them in so that you can come by to pick up your copy.

    Risk-taking mission and service 
    ►Food pantry 

    The food pantry has gone back to being open on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. The pantry was open this past Wednesday and will again be open on June 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. Please note the change in time.

    Twenty-five bags were given out this past Wednesday, serving 61 people. In addition, 13 masks were given out.

    ►Swift financial help 

    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 about email 

    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 “,” it is a fraud and should not be opened. Please report any instances of this to one of our pastors.

    Extravagant generosity 
    ►Tithes and offerings 

    “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 tithing during this time of separation. You can also give online through the secure donation portal linked from our website.

    More announcements 
    Father’s Day is June 21 

    A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there,
    but a guiding light whose love shows us the way

    As we do not plan to meet for in-person worship on Father’s Day this year, we will not be encouraging our annual “Hawaiian Shirt Sunday.” Instead, we will be celebrating Father’s Day with a virtual collage of pictures that people have taken of their father over the years. Send one picture of your father, in memory of or with you side by side. Make sure to include his name. Please send your pictures to Pastor Jody Beth via email at or text to 251-213-6625 by Tuesday, June 16.

    ►Session OKs four-step plan 

    The task force completed its study of our options with guidelines and recommendations for what it will look like when we return to Swift Church property for study, prayer and worship. Each family was mailed a letter with a four-step plan.

    We moved last week from Step 1 to Step 2. This allows small groups of 12 or fewer to meet at the church, using social distancing and other safe practices.

    For now, worship will continue to be online only.

    If you did not receive a letter, contact the church and we will send one or you can find it on the church website,

    Preschool under quarantine for two weeks 

    The preschool board notified the church that the preschool would close effective Tuesday, June 9, for two weeks to observe a quarantine due to a grandmother who had entered the preschool last week to pick up her grandchild and has since tested positive for coronavirus. The preschool wing will be cleaned according to CDC guidelines and again be cleaned in three days, giving airborne germs time to land on surfaces. The rest of the church building should be safe to enter.

    ►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.), or

    ►Joys and celebrations 

    ■ Upcoming birthdays: June 17 — Georgette Haupt; June 20 — Tanya Vetrano; June 21 — Tracy Akins

    ■ Upcoming anniversaries: June 17 — Daryl and Susan Pichoff; June 20 — Terry and Nancy Pampel

    ■ Peaceful protesters

    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. 

    • 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.


    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

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