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      SWIFT

      PRESBYTERIAN

      CHURCH

      NEWSLETTER

      October 2022

      The Practice of Passionate Worship

      A WORD FROM PASTOR MICHAEL

      Dear Siblings in Christ,

       

      The first Sunday in October is World Communion Sunday. When we gather around the Lord's table at Swift Church, we also gather with our siblings in Christ all over the world. Each time I celebrate the Lord's Supper, I am reminded that the sacrament is about more than just me. In his Alaskan Journal, Thomas Merton wrote about communion, and unity. The deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion. It is wordless. It is beyond words. It is beyond speech. It is beyond concept. Not that we discover a new unity, but we discover an old unity. My dear brothers and sisters, we are already one. But we imagine we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be, is what we are. As we journey together through this threshold time, we are called to discover who we are and what God is calling us to be. 

       

      Grace and Peace,

       

      Pastor Michael 

      CHURCH SESSION

      Swift Session met on September 26, 2022, moderated by Rev. Michael Moore. We opened the meeting in prayer and reflected on Isaiah 43.

      We reviewed financial information, officially approved the hiring of our office assistant Stephanie Craft and determined the schedule for Minutes for Mission over the month of October. We then got an update on the Nominating Committee's work seeking those to serve as elders, deacons, and trustees. An update of Preschool was also provided.

      Session then moved on to new business including a prayerful decision to move the 10AM worship service from the Sanctuary to the Chapel starting October 9th. To bring us together in fellowship we will be sharing a meal at a later date between the two services. We also began our initial discussion of the process to call a new pastor and we will continue that conversation at the October meeting.

      Thank you all for praying for us as we work to serve our church family.

      IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

      Intercessory Prayer Group 9:00am 

      Every Wednesday in the Chapel

      Please prayerfully consider coming to pray with us!

      Finance Committee

      11:30am

      Wednesday, October 12

      in Annex, Room 2

      Preschool Board

      12:45pm

      Wednesday, October 12

      in Annex, Room 2

      Church Session

      6:30pm

      Monday, October 17 

      Annex Room 2

      Deacons Meeting

      10:00 am

      Thursday, October 13

      Fellowship Hall

      County Place Senior Living Worship Service

      Swift Church will be leading an offsite Worship Service at Country Place Senior Living in Foley on October 2nd. We plan to offer the service on the first Sunday of each month at 1:00pm in their Great Room. Leadership includes a rotation of Pastor Jody Beth and Philip Melton, Jane (and Derek) Capsis, and Kendall (and Vickie) Loper.

      Please support this ministry with your prayers! Although Brenda (Jody Beth's Mom) who lives there is able to join us most Sundays for worship, many of the residents are not able to get out to church services. So we feel called to meet them where they are!

      SAVE THE DATE FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER

      Thursday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m. at The Gift Horse Restaurant

       

      The cost for the buffet is $20. If we can use the church's tax-exempt number, payment will be required in advance, with 10% added to cover gratuity, because payment would have to made via the church. However, if we don't get to use the tax-exempt number, everyone will pay on their own and cover their own tax and tip. 

       

      We are required to provide a minimum headcount no later than Thursday, Dec. 9. Therefore, please confirm with Mary McNair by text (251-295-5267) or email (marymcnair@centurylink.net) as soon as you know you are planning to come.

       

      (This dinner will be in place of Butterfly Girls and Guys' Night Out monthly dinner.) (NOTE: If you cancel after the count has been provided and you aren't able to find anyone else to take your spot, payment will still be required to the restaurant to cover their costs to guarantee the buffet.) If this creates a financial hardship, please let Mary know since someone has graciously offered to sponsor folks for this dinner.

      notes

      MUSIC NOTES

      A reminder that our All Saints Day celebration is October 30th. If you are aware of a church member or friend of the Church that has died since November 7, 2021, please let the church office know. It does take me some time to assign bells to each Saint, so please let us know as soon as possible. We take this very seriously and want to do our very best for this service.

       

      Looking ahead, our Christmas music program is Dec 11th. I would love to put together a chime choir for this event. I already have 3 people who have indicated that they would play, but I'll be needing more to cover the required parts. This group does not need to know how to read music. We have the song text in front of us and the words are circled for when each person plays their chime. It is a fun group to play in, and it is always fun to play Christmas music. Please let me know if you are interested.  

      Lisa

      The Practice

      of Radical

      Hospitality

      FELLOWSHIP GROUPS

      Two or More 

      will meet for lunch

      Thursday, October 6th at 11:30am

      Captain's Choice Grill

      in the Foley Bowling Alley

      Please RSVP to Pastor Jody Beth by text at

      251-213-6625 or email at jodybeth7@yahoo.com

      Butterfly Girls & Guys Night Out

      Thursday, October 20 at 6:00pm

      El Toro 3645 Gulf Shores Pkwy Gulf Shores

      We gather together once a month for great conversation and fellowship over dinner. Men and women sit separately. If you've never come, please consider joining us, it's a great way to get to know others in the church, and guests are welcome as well. Please RSVP to Mary McNair by text at 251-295-5267 or email at marymcnair@centurylink.net. Please provide the names of all for whom you are making the reservation and indicate any who would like a ride.

      The Practice

      of Risk-Taking

      Mission & Service

      Prayer Shawl Ministry

      will meet on Wednesday, October 5 at 8:45am

      in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us!

      Food Pantry

      The Food Pantry served 188 families and 534 individuals

      in September and is open every

      Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00am.

      If you are interested in serving as a volunteer one or two Wednesday mornings each month to distribute food from 9:45-11:00am, please contact Kathy Menk at 251-518-7966.

      We received this poster from

      Living Waters for the World

      thanking the church for our contribution!

      Swift Financial Assistance

      If you are in financial need from lack of work, medical bills, or other reasons, please contact Pastor Michael or Pastor Jody Beth for assistance. Your generosity to the Pastors' Discretionary Fund allows us to provide those in need with financial support. 

      PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR MILITARY FAMILIES

      Zane Brewer - US Marine Corp, Jacksonville, North Carolina

      Dennis Trey Brown - US Army, Fairbanks, Arkansas

      Jeffrey Cain - Coast Guard, Miami, Florida

      David Esparza - US Marine Corp, Jacksonville, North Carolina

      Cody Havel - USN, Jacksonville, Florida

      Rich Kleen - Quantico, Virginia

      Jeremy Rechkemmer - US Army

      Jeremy Timm - Major, National Guard, Arkansas

      Tarah Young - US Army, South Korea

      The Practice

      of Intentional Faith

      Development

      Adult Sunday School Class Led by Bill and Catherine

      meets in the Annex, Room 2 every Sunday at 9:00am.

      Snacks with Susan and Daryl

      Have you ever wondered more about Simon Peter. the disciple that Jesus called the Rock I will build my church upon? Yes, that Simon Peter that denied Jesus when he needed him most. The Simon Peter that is mentioned by name 120 times in the Bible- the Flawed but Faithful Disciple. Simon Peter sure sounds a lot like us- a real person with real challenges. Join us for Adam Hamilton's study - we meet at 9AM in the Fellowship Hall and we'd love for you to join us. 

      The Practice

      of Extravagant

      Generosity

      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 support and commitment to our church is greatly appreciated.

      PRESCHOOL NEWS

      CHURCH STAFF

      Reverend Michael Moore

      Interim Pastor

      swiftpastor@gmail.com

      970-699-8014

      Pastor Jody Beth Melton

      Assistant Pastor

      jodybeth7@yahoo.com

      251-213-6625

      Sena Cooper

      Administrative Assistant

      Stephanie Craft

      Administrative Assistant

      swiftpc@gulftel.com

      251-943-8367

      Dorsey Corley

      Preschool Director

      Lisa Cardwell

      Director of Music

      Jenni Cain

      Pianist

      Church Office 251-943-8367

      Church Website www.SwiftChurch.org


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      Presbyterian  
      Church
       

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      23208 Swift Church Road
      Foley, AL 36535
      Phone: (251) 943-8367
      email: swiftpc@gulftel.com


       

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