■ Acolyte: Cadi Cardwell, McCoy Cooper ■ Scripture: Jan Taylor
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas pageant help needed
Christmas is rapidly approaching and plans are being made for our celebration. With the input from session, it was decided that our Christmas program will be a virtual Christmas pageant. It will be premiered on Christmas Eve. We have selected one called “Do Not Be Afraid.” We will need lots of help with this. Here’s how you can get involved:
We need individuals and families to sign up to read, wear a simple costume, and act out a scene. Lines do not need to be memorized. Most of the scenes are short and simple. The characters are the usual characters in the nativity: Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Caesar, King Herod, wise men, angels, and shepherds. There are also four scenes which involve a grown-up and child(ren).
We can have four different grown-ups and children for those four scenes as well as four Mary characters, etc. We would love for there to be enough participation that different people will be in each scene. We could also use some help in organizing and ensuring that everyone has costumes. We will need the videos turned into the church by Dec. 1. It will take a while to put it together from a virtual standpoint.
We will not be having a beginner handbell choir so that the members can focus on being involved in a scene for the virtual Christmas program.
Thanks in advance for your participation in this new adventure. With the talent in our congregation, it is sure to be meaningful and beautiful. Please contact Keith or Lisa if you can be involved.
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.
Intentional faith development
►Snacks with Susan and Daryl Sunday school class
We will complete our study of Unafraid as we explore the worries and fears most of us experience.
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
Open to all members and friends
Join us as we continue our study in Exodus. Contact Pastor Jody Beth, 251-213-6625 for more information.
►Worship committee meeting
The worship committee will meet Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 2:30 p.m. to plan Advent activities. We welcome you to this important committee if you would like to be a part of yearly planning.
Risk-taking mission and service
American flags have been placed on the graves of our veterans in our cemetery to honor Veterans Day, Nov. 11. We thank Jim Runtz and Judy Walker for placing the flags this year.
►Food pantry update
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 for Thanksgiving bags and extra supplies to help make up a tasty Thanksgiving dinner for those in need.
During October, our pantry gave out a total of 25 bags, helping 51 people.
The pantry will be open on Nov. 11 and again on Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving bags. 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.
►Swift financial help
If you are in financial need from damage and during recovery from Hurricane Sally 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.
►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. Our goal for 2021 pledges is $170,500. So far we have received pledges for $64,960. Please return your pledge card to the church office via mail or drop into Sunday’s offering plate.
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.)
“It is so kind and generous of you to honor me in the “pastors appreciation” recognition. Thank you for the Tanger gift card. I’m very grateful to be a member of Swift’s staff and to work and serve with those who seek to bring the glory to God through music.” — Lisa
• 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
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