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     Sunday announcements

    Sept. 17 • 2023
    16th Sunday after Pentecost


     — 9 a.m. — 
    Worship service
    inside the chapel

    ‘Twice Blessed’

    The Rev. Dr. Julian W. Walthall
    guest minister

    Romans 14:1–12 • Matthew 18:21–35

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

    ■ Worship services are available for viewing in the afternoon on the church website and YouTube.

     — 8 a.m. — 
    Sunday school
    in the annex
    ■ Bill and Catherine’s adult class in room 2
    ■ “Snacks with Susan and Daryl” in room 4.
    ■ Youth class in room 3, led by Sheree Waters
    ►Preaching today . . . 

    We welcome the Rev. Dr. Julian W. Walthall as our guest minister.

    The Rev. Walthall is a native of Newbern up in Alabama’s Black Belt. He retired in 2021 after serving four churches over 39 years: three in the Presbytery of South Alabama and one in West Virginia. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Daphne. They have two sons: David, an English and political science teacher at a university in Siena, Italy, and Claiborne, an environmental attorney in Albany, New York. In retirement, Julian is active in Baldwin County Master Gardeners and manages a family farm in the Black Belt, where he enjoys gardening, fishing and hunting. The Walthalls try to see their three grandchildren in upstate New York as often as possible.

    ►Preparing for worship 

    If you worship with Swift online, you can visit our website and view the bulletin prior to the Sunday service. This will help you prepare for worship and also to follow along as you view the service on Sunday.

    Click here to access bulletins.

    ►Fellowship time 

    Everyone is invited to the fellowship hall for tasty treats, coffee, tea and other beverages and fellowship immediately after the worship service.

    God is good all the time.

    ►Dates to remember ... 

    ■ Intercessory prayer group meets each Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the chapel.

    ■ Our food pantry is open to serve the community each Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

    ►‘The Key Ingredient’ cookbook 

    If you purchased “The Key Ingredient” cookbook and haven’t paid yet, please place your payment in the envelope in the fellowship hall, or mail your money or check to the church. The cost is $4 a copy and checks should be made out to the City of Foley.

    ►Butterfly Girls and Guys Night Out 

    Thursday, Sept. 21 • 6 p.m.

    Texas Roadhouse
    3311 S. McKenzie St. (Highway 59)

    RSVP to Mary McNair by text at 251-295-5267 or email Or, you may contact the church office at or call 251-943-8367. Please provide the names of all for whom you are making the reservation and indicate any who would like a ride by no later than 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

    Pastor nominating committee 

    Mark Melton, 251-269-8051,
    Jenni Cain, 251-550-7607,
    Randy LeDrew, 251-269-8657,
    Catherine Garretson, 251-943-3124,
    Mary McNair, 251-295-5267,
    Susan Pichoff, 251-233-9486,

    ►Chancel flowers 

    If you would like to place flowers on the chancel to honor or celebrate a loved one or a special occasion or “just because,” please contact Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145 or 217-246-4051.

    ►Volunteers for worship 

    Are you willing to serve as an acolyte or as a greeter/usher? Contact Marvin King, worship elder, at 251-213-3164 or

    Mission and service 
    ►Food pantry 

    The food pantry is open every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve the community.

    This week, we served 52 families and 161 people.

    Your support is needed to build a pool of people to pick up donations from Publix every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Also, help is needed with unloading of the senior boxes that we receive from Feeding the Gulf Coast once a month. You will need to be able to lift 40 pounds.

    If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested, please consider getting involved or at least share the opportunity to volunteer with others.

    If you have questions or want to want to volunteer, please contact Al Sprouse (251-744-1944) or Jan Taylor (251-978-6418).

    Faith development 
    ►‘Snacks with Susan and Daryl’ Sunday school class 

    Join us as we study “The Gospel of Mark,” which is a deep dive into the second book of the Gospels — a look at the stories and parables, the characters and the events.

    We meet at at 8 a.m. in annex room 4.

    Here’s a preview:

    The Gospel of Mark — Amy-Jill Levine

    ►Adult Sunday school class led by Bill and Catherine 

    Join us as we continue our study in the book of Genesis. We meet at 8 a.m. in annex room 2.

    ►Youth Sunday school class, led by Sheree Waters 

    The youth Sunday school class meets at 8 a.m. in annex room 3.

    ►Do you love children and enjoy sharing Bible stories? 

    Since we do not have an interim pastor, the preschool is looking for volunteers to share during chapel time at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. The stories are provided and you would only need to say a prayer and share the story. You could even lead in a song if you would like.

    If you are interested in volunteering for a Wednesday, please call or email the church office and let us know.

    ►Tithes and offerings 

    Thank you for your generous pledges and ongoing offerings. Your support and commitment to Swift Church is greatly appreciated.

    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.)

    ►Thankful prayers were answered 


    Thank you all at Swift Church for praying for my great-grandson, Kayson Edward Gilligan. He is doing very well and now weighs more than 4 pounds. God is good and great at answering prayers. — Stephanie

    ►Please remember our military friends
    and families in your prayers. 

    Names are listed in the monthly newsletter.

    ►Church staff and contact information 

    Sena Cooper, office assistant
    Stephanie Craft, office assistant

    Jessica Hammontree
    , director
    Preschool website

       Find us on


    • Presbytery of S. Alabama
    • Synod of Living Waters


    to bring

    God joy


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


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