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     Sunday announcements

     Sept. 6 • 2020 
     23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 

    Elder of the month: Al Sprouse

    Five practices of fruitful congregations  

    Passionate worship 

     We will have outdoor worship at 8 a.m. (weather permitting) and online worship at 10 a.m.

     — 8 a.m. — 
    Outdoor worship service
    On the grounds in front of the chapel (weather permitting)

    ■ Please bring your chair, bug spray, mask and noisemakers for the outdoor service. There will be a limited number of chairs available if you need assistance or do not have a chair to bring.

    ■ We will observe the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Please bring your own elements. However, prepackaged elements will be available if you are unable or forget to bring yours from home.

     — 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.)

    ‘Naaman Seeks Healing’

    2 Kings 5:1–15
    — The Rev. Keith Cardwell
    Last in the ‘Road Trip’ series

    ■ Acolyte: Tristan Walker
    ■ Scripture: Lisa Cardwell, Pastor Keith Cardwell, Pate, Chase, and Cadi Cardwell, and Al Sprouse

    ■ Time with the children: Cathy Rogers

    ■ 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.

    ►Congregational meeting 

    A congregational meeting will be held immediately after outdoor worship today to determine members of the nominating committee. This is an important committee that is responsible for choosing elders, deacons and trustees to serve, and for guiding the congregation over the next few years. 

    Jack Williams has agreed to represent the congregation at large. Also to serve on the committee are Al Sprouse and Brett Cardwell, elders, and Betty Sizemore, deacon. Three more members are needed to represent the congregation at large. Please prayerfully consider agreeing to serve on this committee.

    ►Pastor Jody Beth on vacation 

    Pastor Jody Beth is enjoying vacation Sept. 1–7. During this time, please contact Pastor Keith, the church office or your deacon for any pastoral needs.

    ►Inside worship to resume 

    Starting next Sunday, Sept. 13, services will be held in the sanctuary at 10 a.m. All special precautions will be observed such as masks, social distancing, cleanliness, etc. Be sure to watch for and read the special emails that will be sent out in the next few weeks concerning these arrangements. We all look forward to holding our services together again, but only if the pandemic continues to show signs of decreased infections in the area. We will continue to post complete worship services online via Facebook and YouTube as we have since March. These will be available at 10 a.m. Sunday mornings or anytime following. We will also continue to send printed sermons by postal mail to those who wish to continue receiving them.

    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 are now on our fifth of six sessions with “What Makes You Happy, (Not What You Expect),” so I’m getting the next lesson started.

    I’ve chosen “Unafraid” by Adam Hamilton as it seems a bit appropriate right now to me. We’ll do the DVD study and there’s a book that goes with it. This time the book is harder to find and rather on the expensive side- I’m seeing it even used, it’s around $15. If you would like one, I can connect you with how to order it but the study can stand on its own.

    Here are the sessions within this study:

    ■ 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

    I’m looking forward to this lesson starting later in September.

    We invite you to join us in the fellowship hall at 9 a.m. for some lively discussion and challenging questions.

    — Susan Pichoff

    ►Adult Sunday school class, led by Cheryl 

    Cheryl’s class will meet this week, continuing our study in Philippians in room 2 in the annex.

    — 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 

    Our food pantry served 47 people with 26 bags and gave out eight masks on Aug. 26. The food pantry will be open again on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 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.

    Prayers and joys 
    ►Please let us know . . . 

    During this time of online worship, please know that you can 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. 7 — Olivia Akins, Sheree Waters; Sept. 8 — Dee Williams Radake; Sept. 10 — Blakely Hastings, Kayleen Young; Sept. 11 — Logan Rawson; Sept. 12 — Mark Melton; Sept. 13 — Sarah Kleinschmidt, Landon Merchant

    ■ Fond farewell: The Rev. Chris Peters, who has accepted the call to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, and his wife, the Rev. Lauren Peters, who was instrumental in organizing our youth programs here at Swift Church.

    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