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     Sunday announcements

     Sept. 8  2019 
     23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 

    • Elder of the month: Andrew King
    • Greeters: Paula and Danny Brewer
      Acolytes: ZoeyLynn and Zadie Grace Barnwell

      Time with the children: Lynn Aspray
      Children’s church: Teresa Thomas and Ella Thomas
      Nursery (if needed): Tracy Akins
    • Sound technicians: Marvin King and Al Sprouse
      Projectionist: Devery Thomas
    • Worship elder: Greg McNair

    Passionate worship 

    “The Potter and the Wheel”

    — The Rev. Keith Cardwell

    Scripture: Jeremiah 18:1–6

     — 8 a.m. — 
    Worship service in the historic chapel

     — 9 — 
    ■ Sunday school for all ages:
    • Classes for children and youth resume in rooms 3 and 4 in the annex
    • Younger adult class starts in the chapel, led by Andrew King.
    They will study Paul’s letters to the churches. All are welcome to come
    and be a part of this new class.
    • Adult Bible study, in room 2 in the annex, is led by Cheryl Jensen. They are continuing
    “A Chronological Study of the New Testament.”
    • Adult class, “Snacks With Susan and Daryl,” led by Susan and Daryl Pichoff,
    resumes in the fellowship hall with Adam Hamilton’s “The Call,”
    which details the journeys and teachings of Paul, the apostle.
    ■ Chancel choir rehearsal in the music room

     — 10 — 
    Worship service in the sanctuary
    Hearing assistance devices are available in the back of the sanctuary. Please see a greeter.
     After “Time with the children,” those in preschool and younger may go to the nursery.
    Those in grades K–4 may go to children’s church.

     — 11:15 — 
    ■ Fellowship time — Please join us in the fellowship hall
    for light refreshments and conversation with the church family and visitors.


    Flowers today are provided by the Kaechele family in loving memory of Nana (Thelma) on her birthday.

    Getting involved at Swift this week 

    Sunday, Sept. 8 — Finance committee meeting after 10:00 worship

    Wednesday, Sept. 11 — Food pantry distribution, 10 a.m. to noon

    Wednesday, Sept. 11 — Preschool board meeting, 12:30 p.m. in room 2 in the annex

    Wednesday, Sept. 11 — Handbell choir rehearsal, 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

    Friday, Sept. 13 — English as a second language class, 9 to 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall

    Opportunity for radical hospitality 

    Fellowship time resumes in the fellowship hall after the 10:00 service today. If you would like to provide a healthful or sweet snack and/or help with setup or cleanup, please sign up on the sheet located in the fellowship hall or call Tina Sprouse at (251) 510-5444. Reimbursement for expenses is available.

    Getting involved at Swift: upcoming 

    Sunday, Sept. 15 — We will collect our “two cents a meal” offering. This offering goes to our local schools to help provide meals or snacks for children in need.

    Sunday, Sept. 15 — The session meets immediately after the 8:00 and 10:00 services to receive people into membership. If God is leading you to become a part of this church family, please come forward at that time.

    Monday, Sept. 16 — Session meeting, 6:30 p.m. in room 2 in the annex

    Wednesday, Sept. 18 — Handbell choir rehearsal, 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

    Thursday, Sept. 19 — Morning Bible study resumes, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in room 2 in the annex. (See below for details.)

    Thursday, Sept. 19 — Butterfly Girls and Guys Night Out, 6:30 p.m. at Hunan Chinese Restaurant, 306 E. Laurel Ave., Foley

    Friday, Sept. 20 — English as a second language class, 9 to 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall

    Sunday, Sept. 22 — Handbell choir will ring at 10:00 service.

    Sunday, Sept. 22 — SWAG and GɸG (our children and youth groups), 4 to 6 p.m. in the annex. (See below for more information.)

    Sunday, Sept. 22 — Dedication of Swift Church historical marker, 3 p.m., County Road 20 near Coleman Lane

    Thursday morning Bible study 
    New class to start Sept. 19 

    A 12-week Bible study begins Thursday, Sept. 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in room 2 in the annex. This study, based on the Gospel of Matthew, uses the Bible and a study book, Six Themes in Matthew Everyone Should Know. Pastor Jody Beth and Elder Philip Melton facilitate. The cost is $12 and scholarships are available.

    This group will gather through Dec. 12, with one week off for Thanksgiving. Come for study and fellowship. Contact Pastor Jody Beth for more information and to sign up,, 213-6625.

    Reaching out ... 
    Welcome to visitors 

    If you are a first-time visitor, we would like to provide you with a “welcome bag” that includes information about our church plus some goodies. Swift Church is known for our hospitality and we want to get to know and welcome you. We hope you will come back to visit and will want to become a part of our church.

    Unveiling of Swift Church historical marker 


    Sunday, Sept. 22 • 3 p.m.

    A Swift Church historical marker has been placed on County Road 20 near Coleman Lane as part of the Baldwin County centennial celebration. We will gather at the marker on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m. for the official unveiling. We will carpool from the church parking lot or you can meet us there. (Please don’t park on CR 20.)

    The unveiling was originally scheduled for Sept. 8 but postponed because of the logistics of getting all the interested people invited to the dedication of our marker.

    We hope everyone can come to the unveiling; we’ll take a huge group photo of us all gathered around the marker. Also, if you or your family were part of the founding members of Swift, please let us know. We’d like to take pictures in celebration of your rich heritage through generations of worship at Swift.

    Upcoming events for children and youth 

    SWAG (Saved With Amazing Grace) and GɸG (Glori-Fy-ing God)

    SWAG is for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

    GɸG is for youth in fifth through 12th grades.

    Both groups meet on Sept. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church for a light meal, Bible lesson, games and fellowship. All school-age children are invited and encouraged to attend; you may bring a friend or friends.

    Please contact Brett Cardwell or Tara Morrow if you are interested in providing food, cleanup, or helping to teach a lesson.

    Also, please let Tara know if you would like to be on the youth committee. You do not have to have a child in youth to be on the committee.

    We appreciate our volunteers 

    Next Sunday, Sept. 15

    Greeters: Debbie and Norm Schmidt
    Acolyte: Sully Curry
    Children’s church: Megan Curry and Debbie Schmidt
    Nursery: Ginny Kleinschmidt and Tara Morrow
    Time with the children: Pate Cardwell

    Flower scheduling 

    If you would like to reserve a date to provide flowers for our Sunday morning services, you can:

    ■ call Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145
    ■ sign up on the flower chart in the narthex or in the back of the chapel
    ■ or contact the church office at 943-8367 or

    We have many open dates. We also have vases available if you would like to borrow one to make your own arrangement.

    Joys and celebrations 

    Happy Birthday to Sue Johnson.

    Wanda Myers’s grandson, Jeremy Timm, was named Company Grey officer of the year.

    Destinie Donald has moved back to live with Donna.

    Janelle’s daughter’s surgery went well.

    Jack Williams has retired.

    A few more notes ... 

    ■ Copies of Our Daily Bread and magazines are available at the back of the church.

    ■ Please use the prayer request cards found in the pews to add someone to our “joys and concerns” list. You can submit prayers and joys online through the church website.

    ■ Written and audio copies of sermons can be found on the church website.

    Pray for mission workers in Africa. 

    • Inge and Larry Sthreshley
    in Democratic Republic of Congo

    Pray for military friends and families. 

    • Sgt. 1C Marc Barkley: Afghanistan
    • SPC Seth Pickens: 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.


    The Rev. Keith Cardwell, pastor: 251-923-6961
    Jody Beth Melton, commissioned lay pastor:

    Lisa Cardwell, music director
    Abby Sikes, preschool director

    Church office: 251-943-8367

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