|| Sunday announcements
June 14• 2020
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Elder of the month: Andrew King
Five practices of fruitful congregations
— 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
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.
|►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 odb.org 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.
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.
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.
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 “firstname.lastname@example.org,” it is a fraud and should not be opened. Please report any instances of this to one of our pastors.
“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.
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 email@example.com 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, swiftchurch.org.
|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.) firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ 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
PLEASE EMAIL YOUR JOYS AND CONCERNS TO THE CHURCH OFFICE,
SEND A TEXT TO A PASTOR
OR USE OUR PRAYER REQUEST FORM.
email@example.com 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.