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     Sunday announcements

    Feb. 25 • 2024
    Second Sunday in Lent


     — 9 a.m. — 
    Worship service
    inside the sanctuary

    ‘Mountain Top Experience
    — The Rev. Dr. Jerry Blacklaw
    guest minister

    Scripture: Genesis 17:1–8  Mark 9:2–10

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

    ■ Worship services are available for viewing in the afternoon on the church website and YouTube.

    ■ Bulletins for today and recent weeks. Click here.

    ►Preaching today . . . 

    Welcome back the Rev. Dr. Jerry Blacklaw as our guest minister. 

    ►Fellowship time 

    Everyone is invited to the fellowship hall
    for refreshments and conversation
    immediately after the worship service.

    ►Next Sunday 

    The Lord’s Supper will be served on March 3. All are invited to the table.


    The Rev. Alexandra Stewart Hutson

    Meet the Rev. Alexandra Hutson
    Her official start date at Swift will be April 1

    Swift Church is pleased to announce that the Rev. Alexandra Hutson will be joining us as pastor, effective April 1, after the pastor nominating committee recommendation and terms of call were approved at the Feb. 18 congregational meeting.

    Rev. Hutson’s background in the faith is extensive but here are some highlights:

         ■ Alexandra grew up in Tuscaloosa, where she was very active in the youth group at First Presbyterian Church. She served on youth committees in her local presbytery and attended youth conferences at Montreat.

         ■ She graduated from Maryville College (Tennessee) in 2016 with a B.A. in religion. While there she served on various campus committees and was a member of the Maryville Concert Choir, serving as choir chaplain her senior year. She also worked as a student intern in youth ministry at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville while in college.

         ■ She graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, Georgia) in 2020 with a master of divinity and a master of arts in practical theology.

         ■ She was a student intern for three years at Decatur Presbyterian Church where she worked with children and youth programs, taught adult classes, and participated in Sunday worship services.

         ■ Her first call in July 2020 was as associate pastor at Government Street Presbyterian Church, where she focused on youth program development. She left Government Street in August 2023 to focus on being a full-time mom after she and husband Jacob welcomed Elsie Grace into their family on Feb. 17, 2023.

    Rev. Hutson’s other leadership roles include:

         ■ Previously served as a member of the junior board for the Presbyterian Home for Children

        ■ Currently serving as chair of our presbytery’s education and spiritual development committee.

    She’s a people person and is looking forward to working with our church community. We are excited to welcome Rev. Hutson, Jacob, and Elsie to the Swift family, and we look forward to spreading the Good News of the Gospel together.

    God is good all the time.

    ►Dates to remember ... 

    ■ Intercessory prayer group meets each Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the chapel.

    ■ Our food pantry is open to serve the community each Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

     Holy Week services at Swift 

    ■ Palm Sunday — The Rev. Jerry Blacklaw will lead the worship service March 24 at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary.

    ■ Good Friday — The Rev. Alexandra Hutson will conduct the worship service March 29 at 6 p.m. in the chapel.

    ■ Easter Sunday — The Rev. Alexandra Hutson will lead our worship service in the sanctuary at 9 a.m.

    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 75 families and 204 people.

    If you are interested in helping or know of someone who might be interested, please consider getting involved or at least share the opportunity to volunteer with others.

    If you have questions or want to volunteer, please contact Al Sprouse (251‑744‑1944) or Jan Taylor (251‑978‑6418).

    Faith development 
    ►‘Snacks with Susan and Daryl’ Sunday school class 

    Join us in the class for “The Difficult Words of Jesus” by Amy-Jill Levine and examine what these words meant to his original audience and what it means for us in the 21st century.

    We meet at 8 a.m. in annex room 4.

    ►Adult Sunday school class led by Bill and Catherine 

    Join us as we continue our study in the book of Exodus.

    We meet at 8 a.m. in annex room 2.

    ►Youth Sunday school class, led by Sheree Waters 

    Join us as we study the Bible together. The youth Sunday school class meets at 8 a.m. in annex room 3.

    ►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.)

    ►Please remember our military friends
    and families in your prayers. 

    Names are listed in the monthly newsletter.

    ►Chancel 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 a liturgist, acolyte or greeter/usher? Contact Marvin King or Eunice Ray, worship elders.

    ►Church staff and contact information 

    Sena Cooper, office assistant
    Stephanie Craft, office assistant

    Jessica Hammontree
    , director
    Preschool website

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    • Presbytery of S. Alabama
    • Synod of Living Waters


    to bring

    God joy


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


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