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     Sunday announcements

    Nov. 19 • 2023
    25th Sunday after Pentecost


     — 9 a.m. — 
    Worship service
    inside the historic chapel

    ‘The Day of the Lord’
    — The Rev. Bert Tuggle
    guest minister

    1 Thessalonians 5:1–11  Matthew 25:14–30

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

    ■ Worship services are available for viewing in the afternoon on the church website and YouTube.

    ■ Bulletins for today and recent weeks. Click here.

    ►Preaching today . . . 

    Welcome back the Rev. Bert Tuggle as our guest minister.

    ►Fellowship time 

    Everyone is invited to the fellowship hall for conversation and refreshments immediately after the worship service.

    ►Poinsettias for the sanctuary 

    Poinsettia orders are being taken in remembrance of or to honor your loved ones. The potted poinsettias will be displayed in the sanctuary through Christmas Eve, and may be taken home after the service. Please complete this form and return it by Sunday, Dec. 3. The plants are $8 each. Printed forms are also available in the church and were included in the emailed and printed weekly announcements..

    ►Please note . . . 

    The church office will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24, for Thanksgiving.

    God is good all the time.

    ►Dates to remember ... 

    ■ Intercessory prayer group meets each Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the chapel.

    ■ Our food pantry is open to serve the community each Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

    ■ Worship, special music — and cookies

    First Sunday of Advent • Dec. 3

    Dec. 3, will be a special day of worship with chimes, the handbell choir and a choir singing a song written by our guest minister, the Rev. Jerry Blacklaw. This the first Sunday of Advent. The Lord’s Supper will be served; all are invited to the table.

    The service will be followed by a Christmas cookie social in the fellowship hall. If you would like to contribute 2 dozen cookies for the social, please let Kathy Menk know as soon as possible. You may contact her at 251-518-7966 or

    ■ Christmas banquet

    Thursday, Dec. 14 • 6 p.m.
    The Gift Horse Restaurant
    209 W. Laurel Ave., Foley

    The cost per person is $23.95 plus tax and gratuity, paid at the time of the dinner.

    Everyone will pay for their own meal at the restaurant, so no money will be collected ahead of time. Reservations must be made by noon on Dec. 7. Any requests made after that date will be up to the restaurant to add or to put on a waiting list, in case others cancel on short notice. We have to pay for any reservations made, whether folks show up or not. Everyone will be paying for their own meal at the restaurant, so no money needs to be given to the church or to Mary McNair ahead of time.

    A sign-up sheet will be on the table in the fellowship hall to confirm if you plan to attend. Please double-check the list to be sure if you’re on it to come or to mark off if you attended last year but will not make it this year.

    ►Please support Hayden Farmer’s family 

    Hayden Farmer, granddaughter of John and Linda Gilmore, has been on our prayer list for a long time, and will continue to be, as she has undergone a bone marrow transplant for the very rare condition of Fanconi anemia. While in Cincinnati, Ohio, her parents will be staying at Ronald McDonald House. Unfortunately, it is not totally free, so the family is asking for your help in collecting can pull tabs to be turned in to RMH to help with their expenses. You can add them to the jar in the fellowship hall.

    This is going to be a months-long process, so please keep them coming with continued prayers for Hayden’s healing.

    If you would like to read specific updates posted daily by the parents, visit Ignore prompts asking for donations which do not go to Hayden and are not required to view posts.

    Pastor nominating committee 

    Mark Melton, 251-269-8051,
    Jenni Cain, 251-550-7607,
    Randy LeDrew, 251-269-8657,
    Catherine Garretson, 251-943-3124,
    Mary McNair, 251-295-5267,
    Susan Pichoff, 251-233-9486,

    Mission and service 
    ►Food pantry 

    The food pantry is open every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve the community.

    This week, we served 58 families and 186 people.

    If you are interested in helping or know of someone who might be interested, please consider getting involved or at least share the opportunity to volunteer with others.

    If you have questions or want to want to volunteer, please contact Al Sprouse (251-744-1944) or Jan Taylor (251-978-6418).

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

    Join us for the Adam Hamilton study on Luke.

    If you have ever felt outside the fold, Luke speaks to you.

    We meet in annex room 4 at 8 a.m. for some thoughtful conversation and exploration of the gospel.

    ►Adult Sunday school class led by Bill and Catherine 

    Join us as we begin a new study in the book of Exodus, Chapter 2.

    We meet at 8 a.m. in annex room 2.

    ►Youth Sunday school class, led by Sheree Waters 

    Join us as we study the Bible together. The youth Sunday school class meets at 8 a.m. in annex room 3.

    ►Tithes and offerings 

    Thank you for your generous pledges and ongoing offerings. Your support and commitment to Swift Church is greatly appreciated.

    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.)


         ■ Our prayer shawl ministry is touching lives all across the country. We have sent at least 25 shawls to family and friends who have been very ill and/or homebound.

         ■ Thank you to the many veterans for their service to our country.

         ■ ​​​​​​​Betty’s friend Pat is doing well from lung cancer treatment. Please keep praying.

    Ladies prayer shawl ministry,

    Thank you so much for the lovely prayer shawl. I know many hours of prayer and love went into creating this lovely piece. I shall cherish it and think of each of you and the wonderful ministry you are providing. God bless you... I am recovering greatly.

    Jane Capsis

    ►Please remember our military friends
    and families in your prayers. 

    Names are listed in the monthly newsletter.

    ►Chancel flowers 

    If you would like to place flowers on the chancel to honor or celebrate a loved one or a special occasion or “just because,” please contact Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145 or 217-246-4051.

    ►Volunteers for worship 

    Are you willing to serve as an acolyte or as a greeter/usher? Contact Marvin King, worship elder, at 251-213-3164 or

    ►Church staff and contact information 

    Sena Cooper, office assistant
    Stephanie Craft, office assistant

    Jessica Hammontree
    , director
    Preschool website

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    • Presbytery of S. Alabama
    • Synod of Living Waters


    to bring

    God joy


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


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