|| Sunday announcements
June 21 • 2020
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Elder of the month: Andrew King
Five practices of fruitful congregations
— 10 a.m. and later —
►Worship service online only
‘Abram and Sarai Move
To a New Town’
— The Rev. Keith Cardwell
■ First in the ‘Road Trip’ sermon series
Wednesday, June 24 • 6:30 p.m.
Gather with us on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a 30-minute worship service. We will be outside, practicing safety precautions. There will be Scripture, prayer, devotional. Jenni will play keyboard. Handbells will also play. There will be no singing because aerosols from singing travel farther and faster than speaking. Please bring a chair, bug spray and a mask. Canceled if it rains. No restrooms. Hand sanitizer will be provided. The church policy “Returning From a Season of Separation” allows outdoor gatherings, following safety guidelines. (See below.) You are asked to adhere to these guidelines when at a church event.
Want to gather with church friends?
Start a small group that meets indoors or outdoors at the church. We will put you on the schedule and provide a space for you to meet for Bible study, prayer and/or just conversation. The church policy “Returning from a Season of Separation” (this was mailed to you and is available online) allows in Step 2 (see below) for groups of 12 or less to meet on the church premises. Of course, with the COVID-19 pandemic, there are safe practices to follow when on church property.
Items in Step 1 continue unless replaced by Step 2.
■ Small (12 or fewer people) groups (Sunday school classes, committees, youth, or any new group formed during this time) may meet on campus if observing safe practices — masks, 6-foot distancing, no food, proper sanitizing, outdoors, etc.
■ Church staff uses best safety practices for their ministry
■ Zoom meetings/Bible studies are still encouraged and welcomed.
■ Outdoor worship (at a time other than Sunday morning) is reasonable, observing safe practices.
■ No child care provided for any on-site activity
■ No live singing, responsive readings
■ Non-singing music is allowed — recorded, live instruments (including chimes and/or handbells).
■ Musical groups that rehearse will practice safety procedures as described above.
■ Sunday morning worship continues to be available online.
■ We understand people with health concerns or vulnerable age may choose to stay home. Ministry will continue with them.
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 are in the church office. Please come by and pick one up or let us know and we will deliver one to you. Copies will also be available at Sunday school.
The food pantry is 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.
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.”
A big thank-you to all who continue to provide your church offerings during this time. Please remember to mail or drop off your tithe or give online at swiftchurch.org.
The 224th Presbyterian Church General Assembly began online Friday, June 19, and will continue Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27.
Please remember our leadership in your prayers.
|►Handbell choir rehearsing |
The handbell choir has resumed rehearsal on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
They will play at the June 24 outdoor worship service.
|►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. For more information, refer to the church website, swiftchurch.org.
|►Preschool quarantine nears end |
The preschool remains closed until Tuesday, June 23, to observe a quarantine due to a grandmother who had entered the preschool to pick up her grandchild and has since tested positive for COVID-19. The preschool wing has been cleaned according to Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
|►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 22 — Linda Estes; June 23 — Shirley Hughes; June 24 — Annette Irwin; June 26 — Bridgit Gosa
■ Upcoming anniversaries: June 24 — Philip and Jody Beth Melton
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.