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     Sunday announcements

     March 8 • 2020 
     Second Sunday in Lent 

    Elder of the month: Tracy Akins
    Greeters: Susie Alexander, Janelle Armbruster
    Acolytes: Cadi Cardwell, McCoy Cooper

    Time with the children: Pate Cardwell
    Children’s church: Jane King, Carlie Sims
    Nursery: Ginny Kleinschmidt, Tara Morrow
    Prayer/scripture reader: Tracy Akins
    Sound technicians: Marvin King, Al Sprouse
    Projectionist: Devery Thomas
    Worship elder: Greg McNair

    Passionate worship 

    ♦ Sermon:
    “Jesus Sees Faith”

    — The Rev. Keith Cardwell

    ♦ Scripture:
    Matthew 9:1–2,18–22

    ■ A big thank-you to Phil Melton, Don Aspray and Mary McNair for filling in when Pastor Keith, Lisa and Pastor Jody Beth were sick last week. Phil’s message was inspirational and Don and Mary filled the void in Lisa’s absence.

    ■ Prayer tree ribbons are available to tie on the tree, commemorating each person’s prayer. Please remember those who are unable to worship with us due to illness or absence and tie a ribbon on for them.

    — 8 a.m. — 
    Worship service in the historic chapel

     — 9 — 
    ■ Christian education for all ages:
    • Children in room 3 in the annex.
    Topic: Bibe stories for children. Led by Kathy Menk.
    • Youth in room 4 in the annex.
    Topic: “It’s Not What You Think.” Led by Tara Morrow.
    • Younger adults in the chapel.
    Topic: “Anxious for Nothing.” Led by Andrew King.
    • Adults in room 2 in the annex.
    Topic: New Testament. Led by Cheryl Jensen.
    • Adults in fellowship hall. “Snacks With Susan and Daryl.”
    Topic: “God’s Messy Family.” Led by Susan and Daryl Pichoff.

     — 9:15 — 
    ■ Chancel choir rehearsal in the music room

     — 10 — 
    Worship service in the sanctuary
     Hearing assistance devices are available in the back.
    Please see a greeter.
     After “Time with the children,” those in preschool
    and younger may go to the nursery.
    Those in grades K–4 may go to children’s church.

     — 11:15 — 
    ■ Fellowship time — Please join us in the fellowship hall
    for refreshments and to visit with church family and guests.

    Getting involved at Swift this week 

    Sunday, March 8 — Daylight-saving time begins — clocks will spring forward an hour at 2 a.m.

    Sunday, March 8 — Finance committee meeting, after 10:00 worship service

    Sunday, March 8 — Deacons meeting, 3:30 p.m. in room 2 in the annex

    Sunday, March 8 — Music rehearsals: beginner handbells, 11:10 a.m.; Joyful Tones, 12:10 p.m.; chancel choir, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 11 — Food pantry distribution, 10 a.m. to noon in the fellowship hall

    Wednesday, March 11 — Preschool board meeting, 12:30 p.m. in room 2 in the annex

    Wednesday, March 11 — Handbell choir rehearsal, 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

    Thursday, March 12 — Lenten lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (See below.)

    Getting involved at Swift: upcoming 

    Sunday, March 15 — Pastor Jody Beth will lead worship at Grace Presbyterian Church in Mobile.

    Sunday, March 15 — Our “two cents a meal” offering will be taken. This benefits Elberta Elementary School children with their extra needs.

    Sunday, March 15 — The session meets after the 8:00 and 10:00 services to receive people into membership. If God is leading you to become a part of this church family, please come forward at that time.

    Sunday, March 15 — Music rehearsals: beginner handbells, 11:10 a.m.; Joyful Tones chime choir, 12:10 p.m.; chancel choir, 5 p.m.

    Monday, March 16 — Session meeting, 6:30 p.m. in room 2 in the annex

    Wednesday, March 18 — Handbell choir rehearsal, 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

    Thursday, March 19 — Lenten lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (See below.)

    Thursday, March 19 — Butterfly Girls and Guys Night Out, 6:30 p.m. at Big Daddy’s Grill, Ferry Road, Fairhope. Maybe we can sit out on the porch and watch the sun go down. Sign up at or contact Mary at

    Youth activities 

    Wednesday, March 11 — Refuel, 6 to 8 p.m. at Pastor Keith and Lisa’s home. Don’t forget to come this Wednesday.

    Sunday, March 29 — SWAG (for children in grades K–4) and GphiG (youth in grades 5–12), 4 to 6 p.m. at the church. Please contact Tracy Akins if you can help by providing the meal.

    The season of Lent 2020 

    Start your season of Lent with

    4 Views Leading Up to Easter.

    A journey through each gospel’s account of the passion story
    is available as a devotional.

    Printed copies are available in the back of the church.

    Daily readings will post on Facebook or you can read from the church website.

    South Baldwin ecumenical Lenten lunches 

    The 11th season of Lenten Lunches began on Feb. 27 and continues each Thursday through April 2. They are held in the Spirit Center at Foley United Methodist Church, 915 N. Pine St., from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is a simple lunch (suggested donation of $5), followed by a highlight of a local social service program, special music, a Lenten devotional and closing prayer. On March 19, our assistant pastor, Jody Beth Melton, will lead the devotional. You are invited to attend any or all of the lunches. No reservation is required and dress is casual.

    New church directory 

    Sue Ann Lay is working on a new church directory. If you have made changes in your contact information or would like a new picture, please let her know. You can email her at If you have a picture you would like her to use, please email it to her or give it to her at church. Any hard copies of pictures will be returned to you as soon as they are scanned. Thank you.

    We appreciate our volunteers 

    Next Sunday, March 15

    Acolyte: Lainey Thomas
    Time with the children: Ginny Kleinschmidt
    Greeters: Willard Penfold, Eunice Ray
    Children’s church: Tracy and Olivia Akins
    Nursery (if needed): Pate and Brett Cardwell


    There are calendars in the narthex and chapel for you to sign up for your flower “offerings.” Or you can contact Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145 or to reserve your date.

    Dates available: March 8, 15, 22, 29

    Joys and celebrations 

    ■ Thank you to Phil Melton, Don Aspray and Mary McNair for filling in this past Sunday.

    ■ Kim Kirkwood was back at the 8:00 service.

    ■ Brenda and Karl were at the 10:00 service.

    ■ Lois Penfold’s family visited.

    ■ Jan Taylor thanked everyone for their prayers and reported that Ken Taylor is doing fine and recovering.

    ■ Braxton Akins celebrated his 14th birthday!

    A few more notes ... 

    ■ Copies of Our Daily Bread and magazines are available at the back of the church.

    ■ Please use the prayer request cards found in the pews to add someone to our “joys and concerns” list. You can submit prayers and joys online through the church website.

    ■ Written and audio copies of sermons can be found on the church website.

    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.


    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

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    23208 Swift Church Road
    Foley, AL 36535
    Phone: (251) 943-8367