A service of Scriptures and hymns
celebrating the Lord’s Supper — Led by Pastor Jody Beth Melton
and Music Director Lisa Cardwell
— 10 a.m. — ►In-person worship service
outside in front of the chapel ■ Live-streaming on Facebook;
available later on YouTube and the church website
■ We will worship outdoors in front of the chapel. Please remember to bring chairs. If we experience inclement weather, our service will be inside the sanctuary.
■ We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Please bring your bread and juice from home or we will have a communion cup and wafer available for you here. If you are worshiping online, remember to set out your bread and juice before the service.
■ Cathy Rogers will lead “time with the children.”
■ Worship services will be available for viewing after “live stream” on the church website.
■ Pastor Keith is finishing up a well-deserved vacation week. He will be available again Monday, May 3.
►Visitors at worship last week
Cindy Fisher, director of communications with the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega, attended our worship service last Sunday. She was joined by videographer Evan Lanier, who filmed around the church grounds during and after the service. The filmed segment will be part of the Sweet Home Soirée online fundraising event for the children’s home. Swift Church was selected not only because of our unusual beginnings, but because of our ongoing faithfulness to the PHFC and its work and ministry.
■ The Sweet Home Soirée is going virtual May 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can enjoy all the perks of the Sweet Home Soirée event, but now you can have them from the comfort of your own home. The first-of-its-kind livestream event promises to be fun and uplifting, while helping the home to continue its mission to care for at-risk and homeless children. The segment filmed at Swift Church will be part of this event. Register for the online event at www.phfc.org.
We will celebrate moms next Sunday, May 9, with a slide show during both our in-person and online worship services. Our Mother’s Day service will be inside the sanctuary so that pictures offered this year can be shown on the big screen. Our handbell choir will play.
►Volunteers for worship
As more children drop out as acolyte volunteers, or adults as “time with the children” volunteers, Greg McNair needs your help by offering to be a part of these important endeavors of our worship services. Contact Greg at 251-965-1003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
►Butterfly Girls/Guys Night Out
Welcome back Butterfly Girls and Guys Night Out!
After our long COVID hiatus, with current health information from the CDC and a decision from our session, we are going to meet in May for our evening fellowship group. All are welcome! It will be Thursday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Gelato Joe’s, near Winn-Dixie at Michigan Avenue and Commercial Street.
We will continue to have the ladies and men sit at separate tables (or multiple tables, depending on COVID-19 policies).
Our session asks that those who attend understand that sitting together in restaurants does carry a risk and that we are to comply fully with each restaurant’s policy regarding COVID-19. However, when the reservation is being made, Mary McNair will request outdoor seating for better ventilation, but availability cannot be guaranteed.
Mary has been our coordinate in the past, calling folks to remind them, contacting the restaurant for reservations and encouraging people who haven’t come in the past to join us. She is willing to be the point person this first time back, but after that we will be looking for someone else to take over that responsibility.
For May, RSVP to Mary at 251-295-5267. Texting is best and calls are OK, but please leave a voicemail if she doesn't answer. Please contact her as soon as possible, even if you are not sure if you will be able to attend that night, to give us an idea of how many are interested and ready to go out with the group. She will then confirm with folks before giving the restaurant the head count.
Intentional faith development
►Snacks with Susan and Daryl Sunday school class
Our study of Moses (In the Footsteps of a Reluctant Prophet) continues this Sunday at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall.
Books for the study are $5; if you would like one, please let Susan know as soon as possible so she can place an order.
►Adult Sunday school class led by Cheryl Jensen
Plan to join us this Sunday at 9 a.m. in room 2 in the annex as we continue our study of the New Testament.
►Online Zoom Bible study
The Thursday morning online group will be taking an extended spring break. Please consider visiting or joining one of the two great Sunday school classes that are offered at 9 a.m. each Sunday.
►Youth group meeting again
The youth will meet Sunday, May 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church. Please come and bring your friends.
Risk-taking mission and service
►One Great Hour of Sharing
Our mission focus for April was One Great Hour of Sharing. We received $1,229 in contributions. Thank you for your donations to this worthwhile charity.
►Food pantry update
The food pantry will be open May 12 and 26 to serve families in our area.
We served 12 families, representing 26 individuals, this past Wednesday, April 28. During the month of April, we served a total of 29 families that represented 63 individuals helped.
Volunteers are always needed and welcome to help with the food pantry ministry. If you are interested, please contact director 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.
►Tithes and offerings
Thank you for your generous and ongoing offerings. Your financial support, through checks or online giving through our website, enable Swift Church ministry to continue.
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.)
• 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. • Capt. Jeremy Timm: National Guard, Arkansas • Tarah Young: U.S. Army, South Korea
SWIFT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Rev. Keith Cardwell, pastor: 251-923-6961 Jody Beth Melton, assistant pastor:
251-213-6625 Lisa Cardwell, music director Abby Sikes, preschool director Church office: 251-943-8367
Preschool: 251-943-8367 Preschool website