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       Sunday announcements

      June 20 • 2021 
       Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

      Five practices of fruitful congregations  

      Passionate worship 


      ‘Garden of Gethsemane’
      (Second in a three-part series on biblical gardens)

      Matthew 26:36–45; Romans 5:12–19
      — The Rev. Keith Cardwell

       — 10 a.m. — 
      In-person worship service

      ■ Live-streaming on Facebook;
      available later on YouTube and the church website

      ■ We will worship inside the sanctuary.

      ■ Pastor Keith will lead “time with the children.”

      ■ To join “livestream” worship, go to Facebook — Swift Presbyterian Church.

      ■ Worship services will be available for viewing after “live stream” on the church website.

      ►Celebrate Father’s Day 

      Today we will celebrate our fathers at Swift with a collage of pictures of fathers. This will be presented at our in-person worship service as well as on Facebook. 

      As in the past, Swift’s tradition has asked everyone attending worship that Sunday to wear Hawaiian shirts, skirts, dresses, etc.

      Also this year, one male attending worship on that day will win a gift card from Longhorn Steakhouse. So, be sure to come to church this Sunday to register for the drawing.

      ►Would you like to help
      with our worship livestream? 

      We need someone who will be responsible for the live Facebook recording during our Sunday morning worship services. If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Pastor Keith.

      ►Chancel choir 

      Chancel choir will resume in September.

      ►Sanctuary flowers 

      If you wish to donate flowers in honor of or in memory of someone for our 10 a.m. Sunday service, please contact Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145.

      ►Volunteers for worship 

      Are you willing to serve as an acolyte or lead “time with the children”? Contact Greg McNair, worship elder, at 251-965-1003 or

      Radical hospitality 
      ►Fellowship time after worship 

      Snacks and beverages are being provided outside the sanctuary.

      Fellowship Deacons Kathy Knipe and Lezli Thomason and Fellowship Elder Mark Melton are overseeing weekly fellowship. Let one of them know if you would like to contribute some prepackaged goodies or help with setup or cleanup.

      Intentional faith development 
      ►Adult Sunday school class led by Cheryl Jensen 

      Join us today as we continue our study of Hebrews in the New Testament. Plan to fill that empty chair we have reserved for you.

      We will meet in room 2 in the annex.

      ►‘Snacks with Susan and Daryl’ Sunday school class 

      We will continue the series “Address the Mess” today.

      We hope you will consider joining us. No books are required — just watch and discuss. We meet in the fellowship hall at 9 a.m.

      We will not meet in July so our class can enjoy some summer activities and travel.

      ►Children and youth 

      The youth group will meet continue to meet as scheduled every other week through the summer and into the fall. The next meeting will be Sunday, June 27, from 4 to 6 p.m.

      Sunday school for youth will not meet during the summer.

      Sunday classes will begin on Sept. 12 if children/youth are interested in attending.

      Achievements by children and youth:

         ■ Bryant Sims earned all A’s this school year.

         ■ Jaycie Sims was in her first dance recital.

         ■ Debbie Schmidt’s granddaughters, Hayden Hill and Sully Brooke Curry, are both on the honor roll.

         ■ If you know of children and youth who have had outstanding accomplishments this summer or school year, please let the church office know so that we may feature them in the announcements.

      Risk-taking mission and service 
      ►Food pantry update 

      The food pantry will be open on Wednesday, June 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve the community.

      On June 9, we served 22 families with 36 individuals being helped.

      If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kathy Menk at 251-518-7966.

      ►Your Swift Church deacons 

      The congregational-care deacons continued reaching out to their care lists throughout the pandemic, and your fellowship deacons have recently started to provide refreshments outside of the sanctuary weekly again.

      If you have questions about the ministry of the deacons, or who your care deacon is, contact Pastor Jody Beth Melton. We are grateful that they follow their call to serve.

      ►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 financial contributions to Swift Church.

      Your tithes and offerings given online, via mail, or at in-person worship enable us to continue the ministry of the church.

      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 

      ■ Joys:

          Cathy Rogers’ son Jason has retired from the United States Marine Corps after 20 years of service. He was a master sergeant and worked as a recruiter. He plans to stay in the Nashville area where he served his last assignment. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and support.

          Congratulations to Miss Alabama, Lauren Bradford, friend of Mimi and Johnny’s granddaughter.

      ■ Upcoming birthdays: June 21 — Tracy Akins; June 22 — Linda Estes; June 23 — Shirley Hughes; June 24 — Annette Irwin; June 26 — Bridget Gosa

      ■ Upcoming anniversaries: June 24 — Phil and Jody Beth Melton

      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.
      • Maj. 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