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       Sunday announcements

      April 25 • 2021 
       Fourth Sunday of Easter 

      Five practices of fruitful congregations  

      Passionate worship 


      ‘The Good Shepherd’

      John 10:11–18
      — The Rev. Keith Cardwell

       — 10 a.m. — 
      In-person worship service
      outside in front of the chapel
      ■ Live-streaming on Facebook;
      available later on YouTube and the church website

      ■ We will worship outdoors in front of the chapel. Please remember to bring chairs. If we experience inclement weather, our service will be inside the sanctuary.

      ■ Pastor Jody Beth Melton will lead “time with the children.”

      ■ There will be an outdoor fellowship time after worship.

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

      ■ Worship services will be available for viewing after “live stream” on the church website.

      ■ Next Sunday, May 2, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Please bring your bread and juice from home or we will have a communion cup and wafer available for you here. If you are worshiping online, remember to set out your bread and juice before the service.

      ►Visitors at worship today 

      Cindy Fisher, director of communications with the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega, will be attending our worship service this Sunday. She will be joined by a videographer who will be filming around the church grounds during and after the service. The filmed segment will be part of the Sweet Home Soirée online fundraising event for the children’s home. Swift Church was selected not only because of our unusual beginnings, but because of our ongoing faithfulness to the PHFC and the work/ministry they do.

      ■ The Sweet Home Soirée is going virtual May 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can enjoy all the perks of the Sweet Home Soirée event, but now you can have them from the comfort of your own home. The first-of-its-kind livestream event promises to be fun and uplifting, while helping the home to continue its mission to care for at-risk and homeless children. The segment filmed at Swift this Sunday will be part of this event. Register for the online event at

      ►Mother’s Day 

      We will celebrate moms this year on Sunday, May 9, with a slide show during both our in-person and online services. Send a photo with your mother’s name no later than this Friday, April 30. We do not have access to photos that you submitted last year. Send your photo and information to Pastor Jody Beth at last

      ►Volunteers for worship 

      As more children drop out as acolyte volunteers, or adults as “time with the children” volunteers, Greg McNair needs your help by offering to be a part of these important endeavors of our worship services. Contact Greg at 251-965-1003 or

      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 all 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 

      Our new study of Moses (In the Footsteps of a Reluctant Prophet) continues this Sunday at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

      Books for the study are $5; if you would like one, please let Susan know as soon as possible so she can place an order.

      ►Adult Sunday school class led by Cheryl Jensen 

      Plan to join us this Sunday at 9 a.m. in room 2 in the annex as we continue our study of the New Testament.

      ►Online ‘Zoom’ Bible study 

      ‘How did you hear God speaking to you?’
      April 15 – May 27 • 10 to 11:30

      The Thursday morning online Bible study group is going to continue with the format of focusing each Thursday on the previous Sunday’s Scripture and sermon as we did during the Lenten study. This time, we will be asking one another “How did you hear God speaking to you?” each week. You can read the sermon at

      Because we have several participants who live too far to attend in person, and because Swift offers two outstanding in-person Sunday school classes as group Bible study options, the Thursday morning group will continue as an online study using Zoom technology. Pastor Jody Beth and Philip will facilitate. New to Zoom? We can set up a “practice session” for you to learn the basics.

       Contact Pastor Jody Beth, 251-213-6625 for the Zoom links, a practice session and/or for more information.

      ►Youth group meeting again 

      The youth will meet Sunday, May 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. Please come and bring your friends.

      Risk-taking mission and service 
      ►Mission focus 

      Our mission focus for One Great Hour of Sharing ends today (April 25).

      Each gift to OGHS supports efforts to relieve hunger through the Presbyterian Hunger Program, promote development through the Presbyterian committee on the self-development of people, and assist in areas of disaster through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

      To date, we have received $1,229 in contributions.

      Please donate as your heart leads you for this worthwhile charity.

      ►Farewell and thank you 

      Cary Speaker

      We would like to thank Cary Speaker, who most recently served as the interim regional presbyter, for his service in the Presbytery of South Alabama the past two years. Cary served a six-month interim as the pastor of Government Street in Mobile and then moved over to the presbytery office in Daphne. We say goodbye, and remember him in our prayers, as he begins a new ministry as interim pastor with the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley in central Alabama.

      ►Pastor Keith taking time off 

      Pastor Keith will be taking time off Monday, April 26, through Sunday, May 2. Please contact Pastor Jody Beth, your deacon and/or the church office for concerns or if you need assistance.

      ►Food pantry update 

      The food pantry will be open on Wednesday, April 28, from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve families in our area.m.

      On April 14, we served 17 families, helping 37 people.

      Volunteers are always needed and welcome to help with the food pantry ministry. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kathy Menk at 251-518-7966.

      ►Swift financial help 

      If you are in financial need from lack of work, medical bills, or other reasons, please contact pastors Keith or Jody Beth for financial assistance. Your generosity to the pastors’ discretionary fund allows us to provide those in need with financial support.

      ►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. Your financial support, through checks or online giving through our website, enable Swift Church ministry to continue.

      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.), or

      ►Joys and celebrations 

      ■ Upcoming birthdays: April 26 — Karl Dombrowski; April 28 — Nancy Pampel; May 1 — Polly Frost; May 2 — Chad Brewer

      ■ Upcoming anniversaries: April 26 — James and Kip Rawson; April 30 — Pate and Brett Cardwell

      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. 

       Zane Brewer: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C.
      • Dennis “Trey” Brown: U.S. Army, quarantined in Alaska
       Jeffrey Cain: U.S. Coast Guard, St. Petersburg, Fla.
       David Esparza: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C.
      • Haleigh Fulmer: U.S. Marine Corps, Middle East
      • Cody Havel: U.S. Navy, Jacksonville, Fla.

      • Ryan Olson: Alabama National Guard, deployed to D.C.
       Jeremy Rechkemmer: U.S. Army in Kuwait
      • M.Sgt. Jason Rogers: U.S. Marine Corps, Nashville, Tenn.
      • Capt. Jeremy 
      Timm: National Guard, Arkansas

      • Tarah Young: U.S. Army, South Korea


      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
      Preschool website

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