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SAFETY AT SWIFT CHURCH
A safety and security team has been established for Swift Church. They are actively looking at ways as best as possible to provide a safe experience while people are on the Swift Church campus.
■ A stranger walks in on a few women working in the fellowship hall.
■ The church office staff is surprised by the appearance of a transient inside the building.
■ An 8:00 worshiper has a heart attack.
■ In a crisis, communication by cell phone is interrupted because of the metal building.
■ A teacher needs a parent but can’t leave the others in the class unattended.
■ Someone breaks the window and steals the TVs from the annex classrooms.
These scenarios have happened or could happen any given week. To best be prepared for these and other emergencies, we need to purchase:
• trauma kits • first-aid kits • AED for chapel • coded door locks • panic bars for sanctuary doors • fire extinguishers • walkie-talkies • security cameras (inside and outside) • other items not yet identified.
Here is a way you can help. You can provide designated financial support above and beyond your pledge to the church. The total for these items is somewhere around $4,000. They will be purchased as money is made available.
If you would like to be part of the safety and security team, please talk with Marvin King, Al Sprouse, Jim Runtz, Don Aspray, or Pate Cardwell.
Church elders, deacons, trustees elected
Church officers were elected at a congregational meeting on Sept. 29. The slate of nominees was accepted as presented by the nominating committee.
■ ELDERS: Class of 2022 — Don Aspray, finance; Greg McNair, worship (returning); and Tracy Akins, youth
■ DEACONS: Class of 2020 — Ella Thomas, fellowship Class of 2021 — Mary McNair, congregational care (returning) Class of 2022 — Betty Sizemore, Elinor Gartman and Jane King, all congregational care
■ TRUSTEES: Class of 2021 — Eunice Ray Class of 2022 — Marlene Hastings
A Swift Church historical marker has been placed on County Road 20 near Coleman Lane as part of the Baldwin County bicentennial celebration. The dedication will be Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. in the chapel, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. After the reception, a photographer will be available at the marker for individuals and groups who wish to have their picture made beside it.
New signs feature our church logo
Have you seen our new sign at County Road 20 and Swift Church Road? Others have been installed at Juniper Street and County Road 20 — one most visible to people traveling east on 20 and the other most visible to people going south on Juniper.
Swift food pantry
always needs your help
Fifty-one people received a bag of food from Swift Church’s food pantry on the last distribution day, Oct. 9. They represented 112 family members.
The need is always great for food to help people in the community. If everyone brought one item this week or next, we could refill our shelves before the next distribution on Oct. 23.
We are out of a lot of groceries such as fruit, corn, carrots and bread. Other items that need to be restocked are: canned beans, fruits, soups, vegetables, tuna and other meats; boxed macaroni and cheese, instant potatoes, dry milk, hot and cold cereals; dried beans, rice, spaghetti pasta and sauce; peanut butter, jelly, and white bread.
Thank you for caring and your extravagant generosity.
This project has turned out to be much more cumbersome than expected. We have had trouble getting people interested in a “small” job. The prices we have gotten were double what we were estimated in the fall of 2017 when we began fundraising.
Work has been done on the driveway entrance. The road was widened to two lanes. Crushed asphalt was laid. This is prepared so that we can pave over this if funding allows. That was phase 1. Phase 2 included repairing the south end of the parking lot where the asphalt was breaking off and repair in front of the chapel where the dumpster truck has caused damage. This necessitated moving the dumpster, and a fence around it will be added. Phase 3 will be to improve drainage by raising up the driveway and sidewalk at the fellowship hall ramp. This area is under water when it rains.
When these three crucial areas have all been addressed, we will reassess where we are and what funding remains. At that point we will decide how to proceed. Ideally there will be sufficient funding to get the entrance paved.
Pastors, music director honored
for 10 years of service to church
We’re grateful to them for their leadership and loving care
Swift Presbyterian Church celebrated the 10th anniversary of service for the Rev. J. Keith Cardwell, pastor; Lisa Cardwell, music director; and Jody Beth Melton, commissioned lay pastor, with cake and special plaques to commemorate this event. They were honored by the congregation at the stewardship tailgate party on Nov. 4.
Pastor Keith and Lisa thanked the congregation “for your generous love and support of our ministry together at Swift.”
Pastor Jody Beth also thanked the congregation, saying, “It is a joy to pastor and be a part of such a loving church family.”
The three were also recognized during worship services in October (Pastor Appreciation Month). They were presented gift certificates on behalf of church officers, staff and the congregation.
OUR FOOD PANTRY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Swift Church is looking for committed folks to work with the food pantry:
■ Distribution helpers on second and fourth Wednesday mornings
Please notify the office if you can assist.
Want to learn how to serve the church as a projectionist?
Swift Church is looking for folks to learn how to be projectionist on Sundays. This involves loading up the bulletin material, any photos, announcements, etc., and operating the projectors in the loft on Sunday mornings.
Usually, projectionists take a month turn at a time, generally three times a year. Those who already know how to do this will train you. Contact the church office or Pastor Keith.
223rd Presbyterian General Assembly concludes in St. Louis [• Use this link to get the latest news about it.]
Please bring items to be donated to Emmy’s Thrift Shop in Fairhope to support the ecumenical group Repair Baldwin. This group is working to repair homes in Baldwin County for those who are not able to do it themselves. Emmy’s is located at 564 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope; phone: (251) 990-8995; baldwinemi.org
Intentional faith development
Nine young people complete confirmation class
and become members of Swift Church
Susie Alexander is our “go-to lady” to schedule flowers for worship. Many of you had previously reserved certain dates “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone or for a special event in your life. Please contact Susie by telephone or email to schedule that special date. She can be reached at 943-4145 or email@example.com.
UKirk South Alabama is a campus ministry at the University of South Alabama that is supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Presbytery of South Alabama. They have weekly meetings on campus where they break bread together and share a message. They have a need for people to help them with meals by preparing, cooking, and transporting the meal to campus, and then people are encouraged to stay for food and fellowship with the students.
If you would like to provide a meal for a Monday night, please call/text Philip Melton at 251-213-6505, or go to the website for more information, https://mealtrain.com/3l9nrw.
The youth of the church have Swift youth T-shirts available for sale. They are $10, and you can choose between blue and gray and sizes small, medium and large. Contact Ginny Kleinschmidt or a member of the youth group for more information.
Literacy council offers Bible‑based ESL classes at Swift
On Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m., South Baldwin Literacy Council is offering a new Bible-based English as a Second Language class in the fellowship hall of Swift Presbyterian Church. This class is free to attend and is being taught by the council’s ESL coordinator, Esther Tillmon.
This class is for mothers and their preschool children. A bilingual copy of the New Testament will be provided at no charge to participants. Mothers and their preschoolers will improve their English while learning the stories of Jesus.
Please continue to pray for these students and their ongoing instruction.
Hearing assistance devices available in sanctuary Hearing assistance devices are available in the back of the sanctuary during worship services.
Please ask a greeter.