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     Sunday announcements

     Sept. 13 • 2020 
     24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

    Elder of the month: Al Sprouse

    Five practices of fruitful congregations  

    Passionate worship 

     — 10 a.m. — 
    Worship service in the sanctuary

    ■ This Sunday, Sept. 13, our service will be held in the sanctuary at 10 a.m. All special precautions will be observed, such as masks, social distancing, cleanliness, etc. The safety team has marked off pews and will serve as ushers. The handbell choir will play and Jenni and Lisa will play a piano duet. We all look forward to holding our services together again after such a long absence.

     — 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. (If you subscribe to our YouTube channel, it makes it easier to access later.)

    ‘We’re Back’

    Ezra 3:8–13
    — The Rev. Keith Cardwell

    ■ Acolyte: Sully Curry
    ■ Time with the children: animated video
    ■ Scripture: Sena Cooper


    ■ 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.

    ►Nominating committee 

    A congregational meeting was held on Sunday, Sept. 6, and the following were elected to serve on the nominating committee: Al Sprouse and Brett Cardwell, elders; Betty Sizemore, deacon; Jack Williams, Daryl Pichoff, Eunice Ray and Debbie Schmidt.

    ►Handbell choir 

    The handbell choir has resumed rehearsal on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

    ►Deacons meeting 

    A deacons meeting will be held on Sept. 20 immediately after worship at 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

    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 

    Susan and Daryl’s class will conclude “What Makes You Happy (Not What You Expect)” this Sunday, Sept. 13. The DVD study of “Unafraid” by Adam Hamilton will begin on Sept. 20. You do not have to have the book that accompanies the study, but if you would like one, please contact Susan and she can tell you how to order one. We invite you to join us in the fellowship hall on Sundays at 9 a.m.

    — Susan and Daryl Pichoff

    ►Adult Sunday school class, led by Cheryl 

    Cheryl’s class will meet in room 2 in the annex, on Sept. 13, continuing their study in Philippians.

    — Cheryl Jensen

    ►Copies of ‘Our Daily Bread’ 

    Our September–November devotional booklets have arrived. Please come by and pick one up or let us know so we can deliver one to you. You can also find the devotionals and more online at

    Risk-taking mission and service 
    ►Food pantry update 

    The food pantry served 41 people with 17 bags, three face masks and a pair of shoes on Sept. 9. The pantry will be open again on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m.

    ►Swift financial help 

    If you are in financial need because of COVID-19 — lack of work, medical bills, no stimulus check, or other reasons — please contact Pastors Keith or Jody Beth for a confidential conversation about how Swift Church can help you financially.

    ►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 during this season of separation. Your financial support, through checks or online giving through our website, enable Swift Church ministry to continue. Mission support, pastoral care, worship leadership, property maintenance and education depend on your extravagant generosity.

    ►Senior self-defense class 

    A senior self-defense class will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Swift fellowship hall. Please bring a full-size umbrella, a cane and a magazine if possible. If you need more information, please call Cheryl Jensen at 251-961-7240.

    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 

    ■ Upcoming birthdays: Sept. 15 — Donna Donald; Sept. 16 — Mimi Hollis, James Rawson; Sept. 17 — Charlie McVea; Sept. 21 — Diane Pierce

    ■ Upcoming anniversaries: Sept. 17 — Danny and Paula Brewer; Sept. 20 — Neal and Becky Underwood

    ■ Thank you to Devery Thomas, Kevin Barnwell, and others who took supplies to Louisiana and Texas.

    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