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      Aug. 7 • 2022
       Back-to-School Sunday • Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 

      Passionate worship 


      ‘Fear Not, Little Flock’
      Hebrews 11:1–3,8–16  Luke 12:32–40
      — The Rev. Michael Moore

      ■ The Lord’s Supper will be served by intinction at both services. All are invited to the table.

       — 8 a.m. — 
      In-person worship
      inside the historic chapel

       — 9 a.m. — 
      Sunday school
      Bill and Catherine’s class meets in the annex, room 2.

       — 10 a.m. — 
      In-person worship
      inside the sanctuary

      ■ Live-streaming on Facebook;
      available later on YouTube and the church website

      ■ 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.

      ►Back-to-School Sunday 

      Today we recognize and pray for all the students, teachers and families as they begin the new Sunday school year and school year.

       “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”

      — Proverbs 3:5–6

      ►A congregational meeting ... 

      will be held on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 9:45 a.m. in the sanctuary to elect four at-large members of the nominating committee. This committee will be seeking three ruling elders, three deacons, and two trustee candidates.

      ►Fellowship time 

      We invite everyone to join us for fellowship time, immediately after the 10:00 service, in the fellowship hall.

      ►Sanctuary flowers 

      If you would like to place flowers on the chancel to honor or celebrate a loved one or a special occasion or “just because,” please contact Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145 or 217- 246-4051.

      ►Volunteers for worship 

      Are you willing to serve as an acolyte, as a greeter/usher or lead “time with the children”? Contact Greg McNair, worship elder, at 251-965-1003 or

      ►Dates to remember ... 

      ■ Intercessory prayer group — Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 9 a.m. in the chapel

      ■ Finance committee — Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 11:30 a.m. in the annex, room 2

       ■ Preschool board — Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 12:45 p.m. in the annex, room 2

      Risk-taking mission and service 
      ►Food pantry 

      The food pantry is open every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve the community.

      This week, we served 49 families and 122 people.

      We need plastic grocery bags for the food pantry. Please bring your extra plastic grocery bags to church today. Thanks for your help.

      Intentional faith development 
      ►Adult Sunday school class led by Bill and Catherine 

      Bill and Catherine’s class will meet at 9 a.m. in room 2 in the annex. The class is studying the book of Genesis. Join us.

      ►‘Snacks with Susan and Daryl’ Sunday school class 

      Susan and Daryl’s class meets at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

      The class will resume today with a four-week study by Matt Rawle titled “The Faith of a Mockingbird.” Sticking with our Alabama roots, we will look at four characters in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” written by our neighbor to the north — Harper Lee. We will explore how God is present in pop culture and how these keys to the story show God’s love and redemptive spirit. Join us for good conversation and some different thoughts on a familiar novel/movie.

      ►Sunday school for children and youth 

      Tracy Akins’s class, which normally meets at 9 a.m. in the youth room in the annex, will not meet today.

      A note from Pastor Michael 

      In 2018 and 2019 a small group of members of the congregation attended a presbytery event on congregational vitality. I was told that the event generated some positive energy, so I met with them this past Tuesday (Aug. 2) to help me understand what was learned and how they saw it applying to Swift Presbyterian during this threshold time. This is the first of many steps that we as a congregation will take on this journey of discernment. Look for more information on similar opportunities for small and large group discussion. My goal is to hear from as many of you as possible during this time of transition. I would ask that you be patient as the process unfolds and trust that the Holy Spirit will be guiding us all as we look forward with hope for what lies ahead in the life and ministry of Swift Presbyterian Church.

      Grace and Peace,
      Pastor Michael

      Extravagant generosity 
      ►Tithes and offerings 

      Thank you for your generous pledges and ongoing offerings. Your support and commitment to Swift Church is greatly appreciated.

      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.)


      God is good all the time.


      ■ Birthdays: Aug. 7 — Vera Kleinschmidt; Aug. 8 — Jim Cresap, Pate Cardwell, Tiffany Merchant, Sally deSarro; Aug. 11 — Brenda Dombrowski

      ■ Anniversaries: Aug. 7 — Don and Lynn Aspray

      ►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, North Carolina

      Dennis “Trey” Brown: U.S. Army, Fairbanks, Alaska

      Jeffrey Cain: U.S. Coast Guard, Miami, Florida

      David Esparza: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, North Carolina

      Cody Havel: U.S. Navy, Jacksonville, Florida

      Rich Kleen: Quantico, Virginia

      Jeremy Rechkemmer: U.S. Army

      Maj. Jeremy Timm: National Guard, Arkansas

      Tarah Young: U.S. Army, South Korea

      ►Church staff and contact information 

      Church office hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      Pastor Michael: Office and ministry outside of the building: Sunday through Thursday

      Pastor Jody Beth: Office and ministry outside of the building: Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday

      Please contact us any time for urgent needs and emergencies.

      Interim Pastor Michael Moore

      Assistant Pastor Jody Beth Melton

      Sena Cooper
      , office assistant
      Kathy Menk, office volunteer

      Dorsey Corley
      , director


      Michael Moore, interim pastor:

      Jody Beth Melton, assistant pastor:
      Lisa Cardwell, music director
      Dorsey Corley, preschool director
      Church office: 251-943-8367
      Preschool: 251-943-8367
      Preschool website

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


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