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      Sept. 12 • 2021 
       16th Sunday after Pentecost

      Five practices of fruitful congregations  

      Passionate worship 


      ‘The Abundance of Grace
      Romans 5:6–11
      — 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

      ■ The session voted Aug. 16 to return to social distancing while inside the building. Wearing masks is not mandated but encouraged. Masks are available at the door, as is hand sanitizer. The biblical mandate to care for (love) one another is practiced through these safety measures.

      ■ 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.

      ►Deacons to meet today 

      The deacons will meet today at 11:15 a.m. in room 2 in the annex.

      ►Stewardship campaign for 2022 

      October is Stewardship Month. You will be receiving a letter from our stewardship committee next week. Please prayerfully consider making a commitment which will allow Swift Church to continue doing God’s work and spreading God’s word throughout our community and beyond.

      ►Grandparents Day 

      On the first Sunday after Labor Day, we celebrate National Grandparents Day. This year, the date falls on Sept. 12. Like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, we also have a whole day dedicated to our grandparents. Grandparents and children have a special connection that is proven to both make grandparents live longer, and also make children more emotionally resilient. Grandparents Day is an opportunity to treasure that connection and spend some quality family time together.

      ►Liturgists needed 

      We need volunteers to serve as liturgist the following Sundays: Sept. 26 and Nov. 7.

      Please contact Pastor Jody Beth or the church office if you are able to serve in this capacity on one of these dates..

      ►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 
      ►Giving to our community 

      The generosity of our church members has allowed Swift to deliver snack baskets to employees at SBRMC (on two occasions), Medstar, Lifestar, Cason Funeral Service, Pine Rest Funeral Home and Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home. In addition, snack baskets will be delivered to the local fire departments next week. Please pray for all employees who work directly with COVID patients, respond to calls for medical assistance, transport those who have succumbed to the virus and assist families with end-of-life decisions and funeral arrangements. These baskets are our expression of gratitude to the people in the greater Foley area who have served on the front lines during the pandemic.

      ►Butterfly Girls/Guys Night Out canceled 

      The Butterfly Girls/Guys Night Out dinner will not meet in September.

      Intentional faith development 
      ►Thursday morning online Bible study 

      The Gospel of Matthew
      Week 2: Continue reading the Gospel of Matthew
      Thursday, Sept. 16 • 10 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom

      We began our fall Bible study last Thursday, and joiners are encouraged and welcome!

      Each week participants receive an email with the week’s scripture for the study and a brief introduction that will guide our discussions.

      For Sept.16, we will be studying Matthew 11:25–30; our key Scripture verses will be Matthew 11:28–30:

      “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

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

      We look forward to studying God’s Word with each of you and hearing your unique perspectives about the Scripture for the day.

      — Pastor Jody Beth and Philip

      ►‘Snacks with Susan and Daryl’ Sunday school class 

      Do you ever wonder why we believe what we do? Each week we say the Apostles’ Creed, but how did that come to be? Join us in the fellowship hall for Creed by Adam Hamilton starting Sept. 12. We will watch the DVD each week on at 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.

      The session topics are:

         ■ God
         ■ Jesus Christ
         ■ The Holy Spirit
         ■ The Church and the Communion of Saints
         ■ The Forgiveness of Sins
         ■ The Resurrection of the Body

      ►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.

      Risk-taking mission and service 
      ►September mission project 

      Our local mission project for September is Elberta Elementary Schooln. We provide snacks, uniforms, and other needs for the children. If you wish to support this mission, please put your donation marked “Elberta Elementary School” in the offering plate. Thank you for your continuous generosity through Swift Church helping “God’s little ones.”

      ►Food pantry update 

      The food pantry served five families and 11 individuals on Sept. 8.

      The pantry will be open again on Sept. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve the community.

      Special thanks to Al Sprouse, Marvin King and Mimi and Johnny Hollis for their help with the food pantry.

      ►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 
      ►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.

      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.)

      ►Joys and celebrations 

      ■ Birthdays: Sept. 11 — Logan Rawson; Sept. 12 — Mark Melton; Sept. 13 — Sarah Kleinschmidt, Landon Merchant; Sept. 15 — Donna Donald; Sept. 16 — Mimi Hollis, James Rawson; Sept. 17 — Charlie McVea

      ■ Upcoming anniversary: Sept. 17 — Danny and Paula Brewer

      ►Kevin and Candi Barnwell 

      If you would like to send a card or letter to Kevin and Candi, their address in Atlanta is:
         Kevin and/or Candi Barnwell
         Shepherd Center
         2020 Peachtree Rd NW Room 225A
         Atlanta, GA  30309

      ►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, St. Petersburg, Florida

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

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

      • Rich Kleen: Quantico, Virginia

      • Ryan Olson: Alabama National Guard, deployed to D.C.

       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