■ This is Pentecost Sunday. The color red represents Pentecostal fire.
“They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” — Acts 2:3
This is the Sunday that we learn about the Holy Spirit coming to rest on each disciple so that they will be able to go out, preach and perform miracles in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you have sent a photo of you or with your family dressed in red to commemorate this event, we will feature them in our photo display during our online worship.
Also, the worship committee will deliver a Pentecost package to the children and youth with fun wind- and flame-related items. There’s a question game to go with it. Children and youth who answer the questions correctly win a special prize.
— 10 a.m. and later — ►Worship service online only
Sermon: ‘Pinwheels and Flaming Bandanas’
Acts 2:1–11 — The Rev. Keith Cardwell
Acolyte: Sully Curry Time with the children: Pastor Keith Cardwell
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.
Intentional faith development
►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
Several of you have asked if we have received the new copies of the “Our Daily Bread” devotional booklet for June through August. I called the company several weeks ago and they are aware of a delay in their shipping department due to COVID-19. They apologized and said they would get them to us as soon as possible. Sorry for the delay, and we will let you know by e-mail when we receive them.
Risk-taking mission and service
The food pantry gave out a total of 108 bags of food that served 248 people and 52 masks to help with protection against COVID-19.
Beginning in June, the food pantry will revert to being open twice a month — on the econd and fourth Wednesdays.
►Swift financial help
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.
►Tithes and offerings
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.
“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.”
►Session creates task force
The Swift Presbyterian Church session met Monday, May 18. Significant discussion focused on the safety of reopening the sanctuary.
A task force was created to study in great detail the options and return to the session as quickly as possible with guidelines and recommendations for what it will look like when we return to in-person worship. Also, how to continue online worship for folks not ready to return.
We will inform the congregation as the process develops.
Pray for the church leadership and for our faith community.
►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.
►Joys and celebrations
■ Upcoming birthdays: June 1 — Lainey Thomas; June 5 — Vina Tanner, Angela Williams; June 7 — Logan Curry
■ Upcoming anniversaries: June 6 — Bob and Ginny Kleinschmidt; June 7 — Tim and Tracy Akins
• 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.
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