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     Sunday announcements

     Oct. 4 • 2020 
     27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
    World Communion Sunday

    Elder of the week: Mike Barnwell

    Five practices of fruitful congregations  

    Passionate worship 

     — 10 a.m. — 
    Worship service in the sanctuary
    With masks and social distancing

     — 10 a.m. and later — 
    Online worship service

    ■ Our online worship service is available at, on the Swift Presbyterian Church Facebook page and on YouTube.

    ‘God’s Mercies Are
    New Every Morning’

    Lamentations 3:19–26
    — Pastor JodyBeth Melton

    ■ Acolyte: Tristan Walker
    ■ Time with the children: Cathy Rogets
    ■ Scripture: Reading on video


    ■ We celebrate the Lord’s Supper — Please bring your own elements, or a small container of juice and wafer will be available for you. You can also participate in this sacrament as you watch the online service.

    ■ Bring noisemakers to share in the rhythm of the hymns.

    ■ Seeking worship helpers — If you would like to light and extinguish the candles as an acolyte, lead “time with the children,” or read Scripture as part of our online Sunday worship, please contact the church office for more information.

    ■ Immediately after in-person worship, we will have a work day as we continue to clear the downed limbs and debris from Hurricane Sally. Dress for worship in your work clothes, and, for those who are able to help, bring rakes, wheelbarrows, chain saws, gloves, and whatever you have that may help as we clean up the grounds. Also bring a chair, waters, and a snack to tide you over if needed. Restrooms will be open.

    Thanks to Mary McNair, who took the video that appears on Facebook and shows some of the damage to be cleaned up to the church cemetery and property.

    Radical hospitality 

    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 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 begin a five-week study based on Adam Hamilton’s book, “Unafraid.” We know Jesus tells us, “Do not be afraid,” but with everything going on in the world, how is it possible not to be anxious? In this study, we will explore the worries and fears most of us experience. Especially in 2020, this feels like a spot-on study! We hope that you can join us this Sunday in the fellowship hall at 9 a.m.

    The five video session topics include:

    ■ Understanding and countering your fears
    ■ Crime, race, terrorism, and politics
    ■ Failure, disappointing others, insignificance, and loneliness
    ■ Apocalypse, change, missing out, and finances
    ■ Aging, illness, dying, and fear of the Lord

    ►Adult Sunday school class, led by Cheryl 

    Due to extensive storm damage to her home, Cheryl’s class is canceled until further notice.

    We all pray for Cheryl at the loss of her home.

    Risk-taking mission and service 
    ►Food pantry update 

    The food pantry will have a drive-through distribution on Monday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. at Swift Presbyterian Church. This activity will be offered to all in the Foley–Elberta area or whomever needs assistance.

    We have all been through a devastating event (Hurricane Sally). But now that electricity is back on, some of you may have lost your food, and until some type of reimbursement or payday is available, you may need some assistance. So please let us at Swift Church help.

    We will be passing out bags of food on a first-come, first-served basis. Bags include items such as canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, bread, tomato sauce, spaghetti and cereal. Please come by. You don’t have to get out of your car — we will put it in for you.

    ■ The pantry was open on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and served 40 people with 14 bags of food. The next regularly scheduled distribution dates are Oct. 14 and Oct. 28 from 10 to 11 a.m.

    ►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.

    Extravagant generosity 
    ►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. If you are in need of assistance or if you are able to donate your time and talents to help those who have had damage from Hurricane Sally, please contact Pastor Jody Beth. She is serving as coordinator with those offering to help and those in need. Contact her at or 251-213-6625.


    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.), or

    ►Joys and celebrations 

    ■ Thanks to all of our local emergency workers and those from afar who came to help clean up and/or reconnect us after Hurricane Sally.

    ■ Upcoming birthdays: Oct. 5 — Mike Barnell; Oct. 7 — Jody Beth Melton; Oct. 8 — Jenni Cain; Oct. 9 — Judy Walker

    ■ Anniversaries: Oct. 4 — Bobby and Karely Kleinschmidt; Oct. 6 — Bill and Teresa Thomas; Oct. 7 — Greg and Mary McNair

    OR USE OUR PRAYER REQUEST FORM. 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. 

    • 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.


    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

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