|| Sunday announcements
July 26 • 2020
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Elder of the month: Greg McNair
Five practices of fruitful congregations
— 10 a.m. and later —
►Worship service online only
‘The Death of Moses’
— The Rev. Keith Cardwell
■ Sixth in the ‘Road Trip’ series
■ Acolyte: ZoeyLynn Barnwell
■ Scripture: Pastor Kim Vanbrimmer
■ Seeking worship helpers: If you would like to light and extinguish the candles as an acolyte, lead the “time for the children,” or read Scripture as part of our online Sunday worship, please contact the church office for more information.
|►Election of nominating committee |
It’s that time of year to elect four members from the congregation to be on the nominating committee. We usually do this in worship, but nothing is usual this year. Session has agreed to receive nominations from you. Email, text, phone the church with the name of a Swift Church member to be on this important committee. Brett Cardwell and Al Sprouse will represent the session on this committee. The deacons will select their person.
Do not nominate:
■ someone already serving as elder
■ someone already serving as deacon
■ someone who attends all the time but is not a member.
■ someone who you have asked if they will serve if elected.
What the committee does
This committee is responsible for securing names of possible elders and deacons. They will deliberate, pray and contact each person the committee feels led to ask to be church officers. The committee will meet the way that best serves the people on the nominating committee — in person, by Zoom or by conference call or combination.
The deadline for submitting names for the nominating committee is Friday, July 31, at noon. Email, text, or phone your nomination to the church office or one of the pastors.
Sometime after the July 31 deadline for nominations, we will extend an invitation to vote. Voting will be offered in such a way that as many as possible may participate.
If you have questions about this procedure, contact the office or a session member.
|►Wednesday evening worship |
We met on July 22 for worship outside at 6:30 p.m. as the sun was setting in the west between the tree branches. Jenni and Lisa’s music was accompanied by everyone joining in with their homemade noisemakers. Prayers and a brief message were shared by Pastor Jody Beth and Pastor Keith as a number of members enjoyed the summer evening. Be sure to look for our next planned Wednesday evening worship on Aug. 5 so you can put it on your calendar if you missed this one. We will monitor the COVID-19 cases to determine if we are able to have another one and if the weather is agreeable on that evening. Please check Facebook and emails for updates.
The Swift Church session met on Monday evening. Part of the meeting was a discussion regarding the church and COVID-19. We reviewed our Season of Separation Policy, Step 2. We all want to get past this trying time and return to worship, but we will continue in Step 2. We will revisit after the mandatory mask order has been in place a few weeks. In the meantime, remember Step 2 allows for:
■ small groups of 12 or fewer to meet inside the church. If you want to start a group to meet on Sunday or during the week, contact the office and we’ll work with you on getting that put together.
■ outdoor gatherings.
■ Zoom Bible studies or gatherings. Please see Pastor Jody Beth to learn more about Zoom.
■ Worship online via YouTube, Facebook or the church website.
Recently, we have had some difficulty in our email correspondence being transmitted to everyone. We have divided our address book down into four groups, hoping that this will speed up and eliminate any names being dropped. If you do not get your weekly email announcements by Friday noon, please contact the office. There are a few who do not have email capabilities and we are sending their copies via “snail mail.” If you prefer this form of transmittal, please contact the office and we will put you on the list.
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 will soon be together again; focusing on receiving God’s love and sharing it with others.
|►Snacks with Susan and Daryl|
Sunday school class
We will continue with our “Me and My Big Mouth” study on July 26, looking at “According to the Code” (Ephesians 4:17–32) and discussing the power of our words, both positive and negative. We will be wrapping up the study on July 26 and Aug. 2 in the last section “Right Where You Want ’Em” (the story of Joseph in Genesis). There is still plenty of room in the fellowship hall to come and enjoy this class. It is definitely not yet filled to capacity.
— Susan and Daryl Pichoff
|►Adult Sunday school class,|
led by Cheryl
Our class will meet this week, July 26, in room 2 in the annex. We continue our studying in Philippians. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
— Cheryl Jensen
|►Let us not give up meeting together |
“I never realized how important it was to me to see everybody at church on Sunday mornings.”
In these days — now weeks and months — of social isolating, many of you have said that you really miss getting together with your church family. And, it is actually biblical for us to meet together regularly! In Hebrews 10:25, we are told “not to give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but to encourage one another….”
How can you “meet together” these days:
■ Participate in Sunday morning worship online on Facebook, YouTube, and through the church website, www.swiftchurch.org, on Facebook, go to Swift Presbyterian Church https://facebook.com/Swift-Presbyterian-Church, or on YouTube.com, Swift Presbyterian Church channel.
■ Form a Sunday school class, Bible study, prayer group, or fellowship group. If you would like to seek ways to ‘meet together’ with others from your church family, we want to help. Within the guidelines of four-step plan that the session approved, groups of 12 or fewer can use the church facilities to meet together, adhering to safe practices. Contact the church office for more information.
■ Read the weekly announcements and pray the prayer lists that are emailed (snail-mailed on request) each Friday.
■ Join the online Bible study group. They meet, using the Zoom app, on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Or form a new Zoom group. Contact Pastor Jody Beth.
Meeting together is an important aspect of our spiritual health. Let’s not give up seeking ways “to encourage one another” during these unique times.
|►Copies of Our Daily Bread |
We still have a few copies of the June–August “Our Daily Bread” devotional booklets in the church office. Please come by and pick one up or let us know and we will deliver one to you.
The food pantry is open on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. On July 22, we gave out 22 bags of food to help serve 39 people and four masks that were made by a member. Our next scheduled food pantry is Aug. 12 from 10 to 11 a.m.
If you are in financial need because of COVID-19 — lack of work, medical bills, no stimulus check, or other reasons — please contact Pastors Keith or Jody Beth for a confidential conversation about how Swift Church can help you financially.
|►Warning on email, text messages |
If you receive an e-mail or text from Pastor Keith requesting money or one that seems suspicious, please contact Pastor Keith before responding.
Thank you for your generous and ongoing offerings during this season of separation. Your financial support, through checks or online giving through our website, enable Swift Church ministry to continue. Mission support, pastoral care, worship leadership, property maintenance and education depend on your extravagant generosity.
|►Living Waters for the World |
Our mission for July is Living Waters for the World so we will continue to collect donations this week for this worthwhile mission. Please show on your check or offering if you wish to designate part of it for this mission.
In the community . . .
|►Reminder to participate in 2020 Census |
The Baldwin County Extension Office is encouraging all members to participate in the 2020 Census. Deadline is October to fill out the brief form and return it. If you did not get a census form in the mail, you may go online to my2020census.gov to make sure you are counted. The census helps determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to the states and communities based upon the total number of people counted.
In total, Alabama received over $13 billion in federal funding from 2010 to 2019.
|►COVID-19 testing helpers needed |
The Alabama Department of Public Health is increasing its COVID-19 testing in Baldwin County and volunteers are needed to assist. Their testing site is in Robertsdale, Monday through Friday until further notice. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon at the PZK Hall, 17933 Alabama Highway 104. Contact Dana Jepsen, South Baldwin director, Ecumenical Ministries Inc., 251-943-3445 if you can volunteer.
Prayers and joys
|►Please let us know . . . |
During this time of online worship, please know that you can 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.) firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mimi would like to thank everyone who called, sent cards and offered prayers during her back surgery and recuperation. She wanted everyone to know how much she appreciated them and that she is on the mend.
■ Upcoming birthdays: July 27 — Christine Littleton; July 29 — Kim Whitchard; Aug. 2 — Colin Aspray
■ Upcoming anniversaries: July 30 — Bill and Catherine Garretson; Aug. 1 — Jim and Carrie Cresap
■ Kayleen and Kim Young-test negative for COVID-19.
■ Christi Cook’s granddaughter, Caitlin, 22, is doing well.
■ Terri Story is home.
PLEASE EMAIL YOUR JOYS AND CONCERNS TO THE CHURCH OFFICE,
SEND A TEXT TO A PASTOR
OR USE OUR PRAYER REQUEST FORM.
email@example.com 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. |
• Haleigh Fulmer: U.S. Marine Corps, Middle East
• Sgt. 1C Marc Barkley: Afghanistan
• Dennis Trey Brown: U.S. Army, Afghanistan
• Zane Brewer: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C.
• David Esparza: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C.
• Jeffrey Cain: U.S. Coast Guard, St. Petersburg, Fla.
• Jeremy Rechkemmer: U.S. Army in Stuttgart, Germany
• Capt. Jeremy Timm: National Guard in Arkansas
• Cody Havel: U.S. Navy, Jacksonville, Fla.
• M.Sgt. Jason Rogers: U.S. Marine Corps, Nashville, Tenn.