■ Worship services will be available for viewing after “live stream” on the church website.
►Celebrate Fathers Day at Swift
Next week, June 20, we will celebrate our fathers at Swift with a collage of pictures of fathers with their names. This will be presented at worship service on June 20 as well as on Facebook. The collage takes some time to produce, so you must have your pictures to Pastor Jody Beth’s email address firstname.lastname@example.org no later than this Monday, June 14, in order to be included.
As in the past, Swift’s tradition has asked everyone attending worship that Sunday to wear Hawaiian shirts, skirts, dresses, etc. Also this year, one male attending worship on that day will win a gift card from Longhorn Steakhouse. So be sure to come to church next Sunday to put your name in the hat!
An important message
Report from COVID-19 task force (June 2 update)
The session-appointed COVID-19 Task force met on June 2. Three major topics were addressed:
►Use of the chapel
The size of the chapel prevents distancing when people gather. Understanding that by now people are aware of the precautions necessary to gather safely, the task force agrees that the chapel can once again be used. People who are immuno-compromised and/or non-vaccinated should be aware of the possible risks inherent with gathering in small indoor spaces.
The worship committee will enlist the deacons to poll folks who traditionally attend 8:00 of their future intent regarding that time and location. Then, in conjunction with the church session, a decision on 8:00 worship will be made.
►Food ■ Snacks: Sunday school. After worship. Other times. Prepackaged food is the safest option for snacks. Unpackaged snacks are now allowed (donuts, brownies, etc) but are to be served by a person or persons wearing gloves. No one should serve themselves or the dish be passed around the table.
■ Meals: Meals (not pot-luck) may be served at the church. Catered or properly prepared by fellowship elder and committee. Meals are to be served, cafeteria-style, by a person or persons (vaccinated or unvaccinated) wearing masks and gloves. Eating outdoors is safest but if weather conditions prevent outdoor dining, the fellowship elder will be aware of the possible risks inherent with gathering in small indoor spaces.
►Communion ■ In worship: The task force agrees that the church worship committee can make changes to the way the Lord’s Supper is served during worship. The worship committee met on June 9. Beginning July 4, communion servers will wear masks and gloves. The trays of bread and juice will be prepared by an elder wearing mask and gloves. The trays will be placed on a table in front of each server. The congregation will come to the front by rows. Servers will offer a piece of bread and a cup of juice to each person. Once receiving the elements, the person will move away, eat, drink, and dispose of the cup into a trash receptacle. For July, Pastors Keith and Jody Beth will serve. For those uncomfortable with this method, the pre-packaged communion elements will be available.
■ Home communion:Only vaccinated deacons and/or elders will serve home communion. People responsible for serving home communion will notify person in advance to verify they are comfortable with someone coming into their home/apartment/room. Elders/deacons serving will wear gloves and masks when entering the residence.
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The most current CDC informational signs will be posted throughout all the buildings and sent via email with the final version of this task force update.
Masks no longer required
Masks strongly encouraged
End social distancing
Social distancing remains
Sit in designated area
Sit in designated area
Some of your family will be vaccinated and others not. If sitting together, sit in the unvaccinated area and follow protocol.
►Coming in September
■ Children and youth
The Sunday 4–6 p.m. group will continue to meet as scheduled every other week through the summer and into the fall. Sunday school for those ages has traditionally taken a break for the summer. We will continue that this summer with the intent to begin classes, if children/youth are interested, on Sept. 12.
■ Chancel choir (reprinted from the June newsletter)
A recent poll of our chancel choir members revealed that there will be fewer members returning to the choir. As there are several members who are traveling this summer, chancel choir will restart in September.
►Your Swift Church deacons
The congregational-care deacons continued reaching out to their care lists throughout the pandemic, and your fellowship deacons have recently started to provide refreshments outside of the sanctuary weekly again.
If you have questions about the ministry of the deacons, or who your care deacon is, contact Pastor Jody Beth Melton. We are grateful that they follow their call to serve.
Flowers today were placed in the sanctuary in memory of Pastor Keith and Lisa’s fathers, Joe Cardwell and Wendall Williams.
If you wish to donate flowers in honor of or in memory of someone for our 10 a.m. Sunday service, please contact Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145.
►Volunteers for worship
Are you willing to serve as an acolyte or lead “time with the children”? Contact Greg McNair, worship elder, at 251-965-1003 or email@example.com.
►Fellowship time after worship
Snacks and beverages are being provided outside the sanctuary.
Fellowship Deacons Kathy Knipe and Lezli Thomason and Fellowship Elder Mark Melton are overseeing weekly fellowship. Let one of them know if you would like to contribute some prepackaged goodies or help with setup or cleanup.
►Butterfly Girls/Guys Night Out
Thursday, June 17 • 6:30 p.m. Fish River Grill, Highway 59, Foley, behind Walgreens
All are welcome, so feel free to invite others who are not Swift Church members to join us! Please contact Mary McNair at 251-295-5267 (texts preferred) or firstname.lastname@example.org, by noon on June 17 (even if you’re just a maybe) so adequate seating can be reserved. We will continue to have the ladies and men sit at separate tables, so don’t think this is just for couples.
Can’t make it this month? Then mark your calendar to plan ahead for future months since we always gather on the third Thursday, with restaurants changing each month. (Suggestions of places to go that aren’t extremely expensive and take reservations are welcomed.)
Intentional faith development
►Adult Sunday school class led by Cheryl Jensen
Join us today as we continue our study of Hebrews in the New Testament. Plan to fill that empty chair we have reserved for you.
We will meet in room 2 in the annex. Our air conditioning issues have been fixed so there is no need to worry about it being too hot for you.
►Snacks with Susan and Daryl Sunday school class
We have starting a new series called “Address the Mess.” We hope that you will consider joining us; no books are required, just watch and discuss. We meet in the fellowship hall at 9 a.m.
It’s a common misconception that the Christian life is all about avoiding messes and staying out of trouble. But it turns out that your messes and the messy people you meet along the way may actually be your greatest opportunity to know God. In this four-part series, Andy Stanley reminds us that following Jesus isn’t about avoiding something; it’s about becoming something.
■ The Mess in the Mirror ■ Best Mess Ever ■ Inside Out ■ Messy-er
Special note: We will take the month of July off from class to enjoy some summer activities and travel.
►News about children and youth
■ Welcome back to our youth group, who attended the Montreat Youth Conference in North Carolina. Those attending from Swift were Olivia Akins, Zadie Barnwell, Chase Cardwell, McKenzie English, Baylee Thomason, Ella Thomas, Jon Devery Thomas, and Hailey Vanbrimmer. We’ll be eager to hear all about their experiences at a later date.
Thank you to chaperones Jessica Gosa and Pastor Kim Vanbrimmer.
■ Another youth, Kayleen Young, daughter of Kimberly Young, has been to Teen Week at Camp of the Rising Son, located on Lake Anne in French Camp, Mississippi, on the Natchez Trace.
Camp of the Rising Son provides a Christ-centered residential summer camp to reach out to youth 7–17. She will also attend this camp that offers adventure week including a rafting and caving adventure. They will travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they will take on some big-water rafting and do a little cave exploring. Then in July, Kayleen will return to CRS for a week long horse camp. Camp of the Rising Son is associated with French Camp Presbyterian Church, an Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
■ If you know of children and youth who have had outstanding accomplishments this summer or school year, please let the church office know so that we may feature them in the announcements.
■ The Swift Church youth group will meet again on June 27 (and every other Sunday) from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church. All youth are welcomed. For more information about the youth group, please contact Tracy Akins at email@example.com or 251-979-7798.
Risk-taking mission and service
►Food pantry update
The food pantry will be open on Wednesday, June 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve the community.
On June 9, we served 22 families with 36 individuals being helped.
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.
►Tithes and offerings
Thank you for your generous and ongoing financial contributions to Swift Church. Your tithes and offerings given online, via mail, or at in-person worship enables us to continue the ministry of the church without concern of “where’s the money going to come from.” This makes easy work for our finance committee in their overseeing the financial health of Swift Church.
The members of this committee are: Daryl Pichoff, Don Aspray, Jan Taylor, and Chuck and Betty Carneal. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the church’s financial picture, they will be glad to talk with you.
Also, ask about the ability to donate stocks directly to the church.
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.)
• 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. • Maj. Jeremy Timm: National Guard, Arkansas • Tarah Young: U.S. Army, South Korea
SWIFT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Rev. Keith Cardwell, pastor: 251-923-6961 Jody Beth Melton, assistant pastor:
251-213-6625 Lisa Cardwell, music director Abby Sikes, preschool director Church office: 251-943-8367
Preschool: 251-943-8367 Preschool website