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      July 2021


      a church that practices fruitful living

      Passionate worship 


      ►In person and online 

      ■ Worship each Sunday at 10 a.m.
      in the sanctuary;
      live streaming on Facebook

      ■ Online worship available later on YouTube and the church website


      The Swift Church Session met on June 21.

         ■ We began with prayer.
         ■ We heard from the safety team regarding emergency exit signs and lights that need repaired/replaced. Also, approved a contract to monitor our fire alarm.
         ■ Church annex air conditioning is up and running properly.
         ■ Susan Pichoff is our new clerk of session upon Sue Ann Lay’s recent retirement.
         ■ We have a contract for the driveway/parking to be seal-coated and parking places striped. Work is about three months out. The preschool is providing the funding for this work.
         ■ Continuing with live streaming using the church’s iPad. We will need volunteers to rotate monitoring the equipment.
         ■ Set July 18 as the date for congregational meeting to elect a nominating committee. Mike Barnwell and Mark Melton will serve as elders on the nominating committee.
         ■ There was a lot of valuable discussion regarding restarting 8:00 worship. The deacons will be asked to contact previous 8:00 attendees to see their interest/intent.
         ■ Heard that Sept. 12 will be a churchwide welcome back day with choirs, classes, lunch, worship.

      The meeting closed with prayer.

      Important dates to remember 

      The session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, July 18, just prior to 10 a.m. worship. The meeting is called to elect four congregational members to serve on the nominating committee.

      Deacons will meet on Sunday, July 11, at 11:15 a.m. Remember to enjoy weekly fellowship on the porch after worship, with snacks and beverages provided by our fellowship deacon and Elder Mark Melton.


       Lisa Cardwell | music director 

      The handbell choir will be playing during worship on July 25. Jenni Cain and Lisa Cardwell will be playing piano duets for the other Sundays in July.

      Only in your email ... 

      The emailed newsletters include directory updates. These were sent out on July 1.

      Radical hospitality 
      ►Fellowship groups 

      Thursday, July 15 • 6:30 p.m.
      O’Charley’s — 3030 S. McKenzie St., Foley

      All are welcome, so feel free to invite others who are not Swift Church members to join us.

      Please contact Mary McNair at 251-295-5267 (texts preferred) or, (even if you’re just a maybe) so adequate seating can be reserved. We will continue to have the ladies and men sit at separate tables, so don’t think this is just for couples.

      Can’t make it this month? Then mark your calendar to plan ahead for future months since we always gather on the third Thursday, with restaurants changing each month. (Suggestions of places to go that aren’t extremely expensive and take reservations are welcome.)

      Mission and service 
      ►Food pantry 

      The food pantry served 43 families and 72 individuals during June. This month, the food pantry will be open on the second and fourth Wednesdays, July 14 and 28.

      ►Online GriefShare groups 

      “GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.”

      There are online GriefShare groups meeting, and several of them are with churches in our area. If you think of someone who may be interested, or if you yourself are grieving the loss of a loved one, contact Pastor Jody Beth or visit

      ►Clean Water U 

      The Presbytery of South Alabama received a bequest several years ago with the stipulation that it be used to install a water purification system in Guatemala. The Guatemala team researched several different types of water purification systems and concluded that Living Waters for the World has the best support and long-term success rates. Our next step will be sending a group of people to Clean Water U to train as team leaders. Our goal is to have several teams with representatives from multiple churches in the Presbytery. Clean Water U will be held Oct. 5–9 at Camp Hopewell near Oxford, Mississippi. The cost of the training will be covered by the bequest. Team leaders will need to commit to making at least three trips to Guatemala over the next three years, participants will be expected to cover their travel costs for those trips. We are looking for team leaders now, but we will also need people to participate in short-term mission trips to cultivate relationships and to install the systems. We anticipate that our short-term mission trips to Guatemala will resume in June 2022. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in serving as a team leader, please contact Rhoda Burns Passmore (Trinity Presbyterian Church) at or 251-586-2235.

      Intentional faith development 


      ►Cheryl’s adult Sunday school class 

      Cheryl’s class meets in room 2 in the annex every Sunday at 9 a.m.

      We have an empty chair that needs to be filled by you. Coffee and the Bible are served. Come grow with us. You are loved with an everlasting love.

      — Cheryl Jensen

      ►‘Snacks with Susan and Daryl’
      adult Sunday school class 

      “Snacks with Susan and Daryl” will not meet during July, to allow class members time to travel and vacation. Look for updates about a new study that will begin in August.

      — Susan and Daryl Pichoff

      ►Youth conference at Montreat 

      Swift Church youth and adult chaperones attended the Montreat Youth Conference in the North Carolina mountains from June 6–11. The theme for the conference was “Called To Connect.” The week was filled with worship, small groups, energizers, hikes, back-home discussions, making new friends, candlelight service by the lake, Bible study, music, kickball, food, fellowship and lots of fun!

      We look forward to the youth leading our worship service on Sunday, Aug. 8.

      The youth group will meet again on July 11 (and every other Sunday) from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church. All youth are welcomed.

      For more information about the youth group, please contact Tracy Akins at or 251-979-7798.

      Extravagant generosity 
      ►Please remember to give 

      Generosity describes the Christian’s unselfish willingness to give in order to make a positive difference for the purposes of Christ. Extravagant generosity describes practices of sharing and giving that exceed all expectations and extend to unexpected measures.

      Thank you for your generous pledges and ongoing offerings. Your financial support will enable Swift Church ministry to plan for the coming year. Your support and commitment to our church is greatly appreciated.

      ►About online giving 

      Using your “smart phone” and this box you can connect to the church’s online giving page. You can set up for automatic donations of your tithes or one-time gifts to a number of funds benefiting ministries of Swift Church. Use this by either entering your credit/debit card information or your checking account information. Of course, this is a secure website.

      You can also do the same thing by clicking a donation link on the church’s website.

      ►Doug Marshall, guest speaker 

      Doug Marshall

      We will welcome Doug Marshall as our guest speaker on Sunday, July 11. Doug joined the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega as president and chief executive officer in November 2017.

      Swift Church actively supports the Home for Children, which serves teenage girls who have been subjected to extreme trauma and neglect, homeless boys and girls with their female caregivers, homeless young female adults, and families in need of in-home intensive services for family preservation and reunification.

      Marshall came to the home with more than a 30-year career in a variety of positions in Birmingham, including Ernst and Young, Energen, Alagasco, United Ability and Alabama Family Trust. He is a certified public accountant who holds a minister of theology degree as well.

      Doug uses his leadership, finance and organizational skills in his position, as well as a big heart for people, especially children. Marshall says he feels the Lord’s hand has been in his life directing him to his place of service at the children’s home.

      Swift Church Preschool 

      School telephone: 251-943-8367

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


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