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      June 6 • 2021 
       Second Sunday after Pentecost

      Five practices of fruitful congregations  

      Passionate worship 


      ‘Steps to Failure’
      Genesis 3:8–15
      — 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.

      ■ Cathy Rogers will lead “time with the children.”

      ■ We will observe the Lord’s Supper with bread and juice brought from home or the self-contained elements provided by the church.

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

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

      A message from Pastor Keith 

      COVID-19 update

      Dear Swift members, family and friends,

      COVID-19 has not gone away. There were four people mentioned in worship this past Sunday whose lives are affected by this virus. Yet, many, if not most, of our worship attendees have received the vaccine. We’ve lived with the possibilities of COVID’s health effects for over a year. How does Swift Church continue to be a “safe haven” during the changing and conflicting requirements and recommendations?

      The COVID task force met on Tuesday evening to address that question. They discussed a broad range of circumstances of Swift Church mission and ministry. Know that we are listening to all your concerns, all your desires, and all your questions.

      We are finalizing our recommendations and will announce them as soon as we are able. Until then, we will continue the church’s current policy.



      Masks no longer required

      Masks strongly encouraged

      End social distancing

      Social distancing remains

      Sanitize hands

      Sanitize hands

      Sit in designated area

      Sit in designated area

      Respect others

      Respect others

      Some of your family will be vaccinated and others not. If sitting together, sit in the unvaccinated area and follow protocol.

      Remember this Sunday, June 6, we will continue our practice of serving communion with bread and juice brought from home or the self-contained elements provided by the church.

      ►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.

      Today at 11:15 a.m., the full deacon board will meet for the first time in more than a year for devotional time, training and fellowship.

      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.

      ►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.

      ►Butterfly Girls/Guys Night Out 

      Thursday, June 17  6:30 p.m.
      Fish River Grill, Highway 59, Foley, behind Walgreens

      After our long COVID hiatus, with current health information from the CDC and a decision from our session, the monthly dinners out resumed in May with a good turnout, but we would love to see even more in June.

      All are welcome, so feel free to invite others who are not Swift Church members to join us! Please contact Mary McNair at 251-295-5267 (texts preferred) or, by noon on June 17 (even if you’re just a maybe) so adequate seating can be reserved. We will continue to have the ladies and men sit at separate tables, so don’t think this is just for couples.

      Can’t make it this month? Then mark your calendar to plan ahead for future months since we always gather on the third Thursday, with restaurants changing each month. (Suggestions of places to go that aren’t extremely expensive and take reservations are welcomed.)

      Intentional faith development 
      ►‘Snacks with Susan and Daryl’ Sunday school class 

      Today we are starting a new series called “Address the Mess.” We hope that you will consider joining us; no books are required, just watch and discuss. We meet in the fellowship hall at 9 a.m.

      It’s a common misconception that the Christian life is all about avoiding messes and staying out of trouble. But it turns out that your messes and the messy people you meet along the way may actually be your greatest opportunity to know God. In this four-part series, Andy Stanley reminds us that following Jesus isn’t about avoiding something; it’s about becoming something.

      Message titles:

      ■ The Mess in the Mirror
      ■ Best Mess Ever
      ■ Inside Out
      ■ Messy-er

      Special note: We will take the month of July off from class to enjoy some summer activities and travel.

      ►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 plan to meet in room 2 in the annex, but our location may change due to the recent air-conditioning issues.

      ►Youth group news 

      Swift Church youth left Saturday to attend the Montreat Youth Conference in the North Carolina mountains near Asheville. They will return next Saturday The theme this year is “Called To Connect.”

      Those attending from Swift will be Olivia Akins, Zadie Barnwell, Chase Cardwell, McKenzie English, Baylee Thomason, Ella Thomas, Jon Devery Thomas, and Hailey Vanbrimmer. They will be accompanied by Jessica Gosa and Pastor Kim Vanbrimmer.

      The youth group will meet again on June 27 (and every other Sunday) from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church. All youth are welcomed.

      The youth are meeting again every other week from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church. The next gatherings are May 2, 16 and 30. All youth are welcome!

      We may meet inside or we may meet outside. We may enjoy the fire pit or it may be too warm. But one thing is for sure: We are back and we will have fun. Join us!

      For more information about the youth group, please contact Tracy Akins at or 251-979-7798.

      ►News about children and youth 

      If you know children and youth who have had outstanding accomplishments, 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 June 9 and 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve the community.

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

      ►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 enables us to continue the ministry of the church without concern of “where’s the money going to come from.” This makes easy work for our finance committee in their overseeing the financial health of Swift Church.

      The members of this committee are: Daryl Pichoff, Don Aspray, Jan Taylor, and Chuck and Betty Carneal. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the church’s financial picture, they will be glad to talk with you.

      Also, ask about the ability to donate stocks directly to 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 

      ■ Upcoming birthdays: June 8 — Isabella Clouse; June 12 — Anthony Kaiser

      ■ Anniversary: June 9 — Gaylon and Wanda Myers

      ■ We celebrate that Philip Melton’s health has continued to improve since having gone into cardiac arrest and having bypass surgery in February, and recovering from complications that put him back in the hospital in April. He is back to preaching weekly at Grace Presbyterian Church in Mobile. Praise God that he is able to return to his passion, preaching God’s word!

      ■ Please pray for our youth group, who will be leaving early Saturday morning, June 5, to attend the Montreat Youth Conference in the North Carolina mountains near Asheville. Those attending from Swift will be Olivia Akins, Zadie Barnwell, Chase Cardwell, McKenzie English, Baylee Thomason, Ella Thomas, Jon Devery Thomas, and Hailey Vanbrimmer. Serving as chaperones are Jessica Gosa and Pastor Kim Vanbrimmer.

      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