|| Sunday announcements
May 22 • 2022
Sixth Sunday of Easter
‘The Parable of the Rich Fool’
Ecclesiastes 2:17–26 • Luke 12:13–21
— The Rev. Jerry Blacklaw
— 8 a.m. —
inside the historic chapel
— 9 a.m. —
►Sunday school classes
in annex, fellowship hall
— 10 a.m. —
inside the sanctuary
■ Live-streaming on Facebook;
available later on YouTube and the church website
The Rev. Jerry Blacklaw
Jerry Blacklaw was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Hendrix College, Conway Arkansas; Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California; and received his doctor of ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. Jerry was in youth ministry for 10 years with a non-denominational youth organization called Young Life before becoming a contemporary Christian music artist, recording three albums of his own songs, performing around the country, and publishing more than 25 songs. He published his first (and only) novel — Hot Coffee, Mississippi (on Amazon) — in 2015.
Jerry was ordained as a Presbyterian U.S.A. minister in 1985 and has served churches in Atlanta; Jackson, Mississippi; Mobile; Gulf Breeze, Florida; and Spanish Fort. He retired in May 2013.
Jerry and his wife, Cynthia, are residents of Fairhope. They have three sons and five grandchildren. Jerry is a member of the Fairhope Rotary Club and enjoys playing golf, reading, and playing guitar and piano.
We invite everyone to join us for fellowship time, immediately after the 10:00 service, in the fellowship hall.
The fellowship deacons set out such items as cookies, cakes, cupcakes, doughnuts, fruit, etc., along with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and other beverages.
Please consider donating flowers for the sanctuary and chapel observing your special occasions and/or remembrances. Contact the office to reserve your date or Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145.
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 email@example.com.
■ Handbell choir rehearsal today at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary
■ The Lord’s Supper will be served on Sunday, June 5. All are invited to the table.
■ Intercessory prayer group — 9 a.m. every Wednesday in the chapel
for Rev. Michael Moore and Denise
Sunday, June 5, will be Rev. Moore’s first Sunday as our interim pastor. We will have one worship service at 10 a.m., which will be followed by a welcome luncheon.
Sign-up sheets for food, drinks and assistance are located in the chapel and sanctuary.
To my Swift Church family,
First of all, I wish to acknowledge and thank you for the many prayers, cards and phone calls over the last few weeks. Most cards have had notes of love and caring, not just signatures. I have felt so embraced by your love.
As I leave to start a new chapter in my life, Swift will go with me. My growth as a Christian has been through the direct love and support that you have given me as I grew in faith.
The sisterhood (and brotherhood) of deacons that Debbie, Jane, Mary, Susie, Billie, Karen, Kathy, Betty and Jody Beth have rekindled in our ministry is beautiful — the beautiful prayer garden … the prayer shawl ministry … the potholders for potholes — all grew out of love for Swift Church.
I could go on and on, but as I say farewell, I will always remember the words that Cheryl Jensen gave me to offer to Mike as a gift of eternal life, if he was willing to accept it. He shook his head yes. I hope and pray that I might be able to share that same gift with others along my path.
I pray that the wonderful bell at the top of our steeple will ring again, calling all, young and old, to the little church in the pines.
May God bless all of you. I will remember you and I hope you will remember me.
— Love, Judy
|►Swift Church scholarship |
Our church offers a scholarship for church members who are graduating high-school students in pursuit of higher education at the post-secondary or vocational school level. If you would like more information about the scholarship or an application, please contact the church office at 251-943-8367.
The food pantry is open every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve the community.
This past Wednesday, we served 32 families and 61 people.
The pantry is in need of 12-count egg cartons. If you have some to donate, please place in the boxes provided in the chapel and the sanctuary. Thanks for your help.
|►Snacks with Susan and Daryl Sunday school class |
Susan and Daryl’s class will meet at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall.
|►Adult Sunday school class led by Cheryl |
Cheryl’s class will meet at 9 a.m. in room 2 in the annex.
|►Sunday school for children and youth |
Tracy Akins’s class meets at 9 a.m. in the youth room in the annex.
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.)
■ Birthdays: May 27 — Kathie LeDrew
■ Anniversaries: None this week
|►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