|| Sunday announcements
June 28 • 2020
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Elder of the month: Andrew King
Five practices of fruitful congregations
— 10 a.m. and later —
►Worship service online only
‘Rebekah Meets Her Husband’
Genesis 24: 34–38, 42–49, 58–67
— The Rev. Keith Cardwell
■ Second in the ‘Road Trip’ sermon series
■ Scripture readers: Tess and Gracie Helton
■ Acolyte: Sully Curry
|►Wednesday evening worship |
On the evening of Wednesday, June 24, we held our first worship service on the sacred grounds of Swift Church since mid-March. It was humid outside with physical distancing and no singing. It was also a time of scripture, prayer, handbells, keyboard, and seeing one another. The 30-minute service (actually more like 20–25) was nicely attended and appreciated.
Thanks to the handbell choir and Lisa for practicing over the summer in order to present the outdoor worship. It was wonderful to see the bell ringers together again, even with their masks on. The porch of the church helped to acoustically project the sounds of the bells and the attendees in their chairs, scattered under the trees, enjoyed the music and message under the serenity of the evening sky. Thanks to Pastor Keith, Pastor Jody Beth, Lisa Cardwell, Jenni Cain and Marvin King for putting together this opportunity for us to worship together briefly and to greet fellow worshipers.
We are going to continue this for the next little while. On Wednesdays, July 8 and July 22, canceled if it rains, we will again worship outdoors at the church in the piney woods. Service is 6:30 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket for seating, mask, bug spray and a cheerful heart. The handbells will play at each service, Jenni will provide music on the keyboard. There will be scripture and prayer.
If you are interested in offering the devotional (five minutes?) please contact the church office.
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.
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. We will be talking about Living Waters for the World as our mission emphasis for the next few weeks. If you wish an additional part of your offering to go toward this mission, please designate on your tithing check or an additional check.
|►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.
Our preschool reopened on Tuesday, June 24, and all teachers and students seem to be doing well.
|►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.
■ Belated birthday greetings to Tristan Walker (May 30).
■ Upcoming birthdays: June 28 — Maycie Ulrich (Brewer), Kim Kirkwood; July 2 — Brett Cardwell; June 3 — Willard Penfold; July 4 — Jack Rogers
■ Upcoming anniversaries: July 1 — Bill and Linda Estes
■ Recent marriage of Robin Hogeland and Mark Youngstrom
■ Thank you to whoever cleaned and replanted flowers at the County Road 20 entrance.
■ Congratulations to Cade Smith upon winning the Alabama State Rodeo Association’s steer wrestling championship — second year in a row. Way to go, cowboy!
■ Congratulations to Dr. Kim Whitchard on opening a new office on County Road 20.
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.