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      Oct. 17 • 2021
      21st Sunday after Pentecost

      Five practices of fruitful congregations

      Passionate worship 


      ‘Worship Is ___’
      Mark 12:28–34
      — The Rev. Keith Cardwell

       — 10 a.m. — 
      In-person worship
      inside the sanctuary

      ■ Live-streaming on Facebook;
      available later on YouTube and the church website

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

      ■ Worship services will be available for viewing after “live stream” on the church website.

      ►All Saints Day is Nov. 7 

      On Nov. 7, during worship, we will read the names of Swift family and friends who have died since last year. Please contact the church office with your list of names with proper spelling no later than Nov. 2. A handbell will toll in memory of each person.

      ►Sanctuary flowers 

      If you would like to donate flowers in honor of or in memory of someone for our 10 a.m. Sunday service, please contact Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145.

      ►Volunteers for worship 

      Are you willing to serve as an acolyte or lead “time with the children”? Contact Greg McNair, worship elder, at 251-965-1003 or

      Radical hospitality 
      ►Fellowship dinner 

      Butterfly Girls and Guys Night Out has been tentatively moved to Thursday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, 1145 S. McKenzie St., Foley, next to Winn-Dixie.

      Saturday, Oct. 30 • 5 p.m.

      Christian education will host an evening of fun with trunk-or-treat, games, and food. Volunteers are needed to help with trunk-or-treat. If you would like to contribute, but not participate in the trunk-or-treat event, we will take candy donations. If you have a flair for or love decorating, please volunteer because we will need lots of that. It’s going to be a good time for everyone!

      Please contact Tracy Akins at 251-979-7798 if you are willing and able to help.

      Intentional faith development 
      ►Thursday morning online Bible study 

      The Gospel of Matthew
      10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

      Contact Pastor Jody Beth for the Zoom links to sample, visit or join this online study.

      We look forward to studying God’s Word with each of you and hearing your unique perspectives.

      — Pastor Jody Beth and Philip

      ►Adult Sunday school class led by Cheryl Jensen 

      Please join us as we continue our study in the New Testament.

      We meet at 9 a.m. in room 2 in the annex for Bible study and coffee.

      ►‘Snacks with Susan and Daryl’ Sunday school class 

      Join us in the fellowship hall for Creed by Adam Hamilton. We watch a DVD each week on a different topic and discuss. There’s also a companion book (not required at all, but if you’d like one just let us know). We hope you’ll lend your voice to our conversation on Sundays at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

      Risk-taking mission and service 
      ►Food pantry update 

      The Swift Church food pantry served 23 households and 42 individuals on Oct. 13.

      Special thanks to Al Sprouse, Susan Saylor, Marvin King and Jim Runtz for their help.

      The pantry will be open again on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve the community.

      ►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.

      Extravagant generosity 
      ►Stewardship campaign 

      October is Stewardship Month. You should have received a letter from our stewardship committee. Please prayerfully consider making a commitment that will allow Swift Church to continue doing God’s work and spreading God’s word throughout our community and beyond.

      ►Tithes and offerings 

      Thank you for your generous and ongoing financial contributions to Swift Church.

      Your tithes and offerings given online, via mail, or at in-person worship enable us to continue the ministry of the church.

      Don’t forget to turn in your 2022 pledge cards. If you need one, they are available on the back table of the sanctuary..

      ►Church library 

      If you are an avid reader — young or old — come check out our library in the annex. Not only are there classics and books for young readers, there are biographies, fiction and even books featuring religious topics. Come browse on a rainy day and check out a book. You will be surprised with the many familiar authors and topics available.

      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.)

      ►Helping Kevin 

      Swift Church has collected more than $9,080 to help with the purchase of necessary supplies and to renovate the Barnwells’ home to fit Kevin’s needs when he comes home.

      If you would like to contribute, please send money to the church via mail, drop by the office or donate online at Mark your contribution as missions and write Barnwell in notes.

      If you would like to help with the renovations to their home, please contact Pastor Keith or Pastor Jody Beth.

      ■ Cards or letters to Kevin and Candi in Atlanta should be addressed to:
            Kevin and/or Candi Barnwell, Shepherd Center
            2020 Peachtree Rd NW Room 241
            Atlanta, GA 30309
            (Please note new room number)

      ►Joys and celebrations 

      ■ Birthday: Oct. 17 — Ed Gill

      ■ Anniversary: Oct. 12 — Vicky and Jerry Walker

      ►Thank-you notes 

      “I was caught off guard when Greg presented me with the Tanger gift card Sunday. It was a pleasant surprise. There are so many options at Tanger for use of the card, I’m not sure where it will be used. I appreciate the congregation’s care and acknowledgment of my leadership. I am thankful that we are in ministry together.”

      — Pastor Keith

      ■ ■ ■

      “Dear Swift family,

      “I appreciate so much the gift card that I was given last Sunday! It was so thoughtful of you to do this even though I’m not a pastor by any means! I’m humbled by your generosity.

      “Blessings to all of you.”

      — Lisa

      ■ ■ ■

      “To Swift session and congregation,

      “Thank you for the pastor appreciation recognition during service last Sunday. It has been a particularly challenging year, and I’m thankful for your support all year long.”

      — Pastor Jody Beth

      ►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, North Carolina

      Dennis “Trey” Brown: U.S. Army, Fairbanks, Alaska

      Jeffrey Cain: U.S. Coast Guard, Miami, Florida

      David Esparza: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, North Carolina

      Cody Havel: U.S. Navy, Jacksonville, Florida

      Rich Kleen: Quantico, Virginia

      Jeremy Rechkemmer: U.S. Army

      Maj. Jeremy Timm: National Guard, Arkansas

      Tarah Young: U.S. Army, South Korea


      The Rev. Keith Cardwell, pastor: 251-923-6961
      Jody Beth Melton, assistant pastor:

      Lisa Cardwell, music director
      Abby Sikes, preschool director

      Church office: 251-943-8367
      Preschool website

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