|| Sunday announcements
June 7 • 2020
Elder of the month: Andrew King
Five practices of fruitful congregations
— 10 a.m. and later —
►Worship service online only
‘Love and Peace’
2 Corinthians 13:11–13
— The Rev. Keith Cardwell
Acolyte: ZoeyLynn Barnwell
Time with the children: Cathy Rogers
|►The sacrament of the Lords Supper |
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
— Matthew 25:25–28
We will again be participating in “virtual” communion. You are asked to have bread and cup ready, preferably grape juice or wine and bread or crackers. If you don’t have grape juice/wine, then water will do. At the appropriate time in the service, we will all receive the elements together.
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 still on back order. We will let you know by email when they arrive. Sorry for the delay.
The food pantry will resume regular hours this month.
The pantry will be open on the second and fourth Wednesdays — June 10 and June 24 — from 10 a.m. until noon.
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.
“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.
Pastor Keith will be enjoying vacation June 8–14.
Please make a note of this on your calendar and contact Pastor Jody Beth (251-213-6625), your deacon or Elder Andrew King (251-747-1474) with any questions, concerns or assistance you may need.
|►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 are moving this 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, https://www.swiftchurch.org/.
You may also watch a video update on Facebook or on YouTube, https://youtu.be/tINmgmr540w
|►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.
The 2020 church directories have been mailed out. Please let the church office know if you didn’t receive yours.
Thanks so much to Sue Ann Lay for her many hours of work on this. Please check your information for accuracy. There are several corrections listed in the June newsletter. Be sure to correct your new directory with these changes. If there are any other corrections, be sure to contact the church office.
■ Upcoming birthdays: June 8 — Isabella Clouse; June 12 — Anthony Kaiser; June 14 — Eunice Ray
■ Upcoming anniversaries: June 9 — Gaylon and Wanda Myers; June 10 — Bob and Betty Sizemore; June 13 — Anthony and Dee Kaiser
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.