|| Sunday announcements
Nov. 22 • 2020
Christ the King Sunday
Elder of the week: Pate Cardwell
Five practices of fruitful congregations
‘We Are All Part of the Flock’
— Pastor Jody Beth Melton
— 10 a.m. —
►In-person worship service
With masks and social distancing
We plan to have outdoor under-the-pines worship in front of the chapel. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will join together in the sanctuary.
— ONLINE ONLY —
■ Time with the children: Dorothy Warren
|►Volunteers for online 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 online worship services. It only takes a few minutes of your time to record your part of the service and does not have to be done each week. Contact Greg at 251-965-1003 or email@example.com.
|Season of Advent|
The season of Advent will begin on Sunday, Nov. 29. Advent devotionals will be available to pick for those attending Sunday school and/or in-person worship this Sunday. All additional devotionals are being mailed to each family. If you do not receive one, please contact the church office.
I Will Light Candles This Christmas
By Howard Thurman
I will light candles this Christmas,
Candles of joy despite all the sadness,
Candles of hope when despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage for fears ever present,
Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will burn all year long.
We continue to practice radical hospitality by ongoing contact with our church family. Let us welcome God in, receive God’s love and make room for God in our lives. Let us pray that we all will soon be together again, focusing on receiving God’s love and sharing it with others.
|►Snacks with Susan and Daryl Sunday school class |
We continue our Advent study with Adam Hamilton about Jesus from Mary’s point of view.
We hope you can join us this Sunday in the fellowship hall at 9 a.m.
|►Adult Sunday school class, led by Cheryl |
We will meet with “Snacks with Susan and Daryl” (during Cheryl’s absence) this Sunday in the fellowship hall at 9 a.m.
|►Online Zoom Bible study |
The Thursday morning Bible study group that has been meeting online through Zoom is taking a break until the new year, when they will finish the study of Exodus.
Contact Pastor Jody Beth, 251-213-6625 for more information.
|►Christmas pageant Do Not Be Afraid |
If you are participating as a character in the Christmas pageant, please practice practice your lines and prepare for your recording. All videos have to be turned in to the church by Dec. 1 so there will be enough time to compile all recordings for the final production. If you record your video earlier, please send your recording to the church when completed. Also, if you need assistance with costumes, please contact the church office.
The food pantry is our “moment for mission” in November. Please add to your regular monthly offering any additional monies you would like to designate for the pantry. These monies will go toward purchasing turkeys and supplies to help make a tasty Thanksgiving dinner for those in need and will be distributed on Nov. 25. Hours are 10 to 11 a.m.
Dorothy Warren has accepted the responsibility as food pantry coordinator. There are numerous volunteer opportunities to help Dorothy with this important mission. Please contact her at 251-424-5117 if you can help.
If you are in financial need from damage and during recovery from hurricanes or from lack of work, medical bills, or other reasons, please contact Pastors Keith or Jody Beth for financial assistance.
Wonderful Swift folks are ready to provide a meal or wash laundry to ease your recovery burden. Contact Pastor Jody Beth and she’ll get this lined up for you.
|►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.
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. Our goal for 2021 pledges is $170,500. So far we have received pledges for $94,700. Please return your pledge card to the church office via mail or drop into Sunday’s offering plate.
Poinsettia orders are being taken in remembrance or to honor your loved ones. The poinsettias will be displayed in the sanctuary Sunday, Dec. 13, through Christmas Eve, and then may be taken home.
If you would like to order one or more potted poinsettias, please complete the form in the emailed announcements and place it in the offering plate, or return to the church office, along with your cash or check payable to Swift Presbyterian Church, by Dec. 10. Please note on the check “for poinsettia.” The suggested cost is $7 per plant.
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.)
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Upcoming birthdays: Nov. 23 — Kenny Thomason; Nov. 27 — Devery Thomas; Nov. 29 — Jon Devery Thomas; Nov. 30 — Lisa Turner
■ Anniversary: Nov. 23 — Mike and Lynn Barnwell
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. |
• 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.
• 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