Scriptures: Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16 and Luke 12:32-40 NRSV
Sermon: Pastor Michael Moore
Communion by intinction at both services
Scriptures: Hebrews 11:29-12:2 and Luke 12:49-5 NRSV
Sermon: Pastor Michael Moore
Congregational meeting at 9:45 a.m. in the sanctuary
Scriptures: Psalm 103:1-8 and Luke 13:10-17, NIV
Sermon: Pastor Jody Beth Melton
Scripture: Luke 14:1,7-14 NIV
Sermon: Pastor Jody Beth Melton
A WORD FROM PASTOR MICHAEL
Dear siblings in Christ,
I have had several people ask me about the recent General Assembly and their actions. This is a good opportunity for me to share how our connectional church works. The General Assembly, which met in July, conducted a lot of business and approved lots of overtures. Some of these overtures have created a stir which has reached our congregation here at Swift Presbyterian Church.
I have been asked if South Alabama Presbytery had representation at the assembly? Yes, South Alabama Presbytery was represented by two commissioners (a ruling elder commissioner and a teaching elder commissioner) who were elected by the presbytery. Swift Presbyterian Church's session elected and sent commissioners to the presbytery meeting where this decision was made. The congregation elected the ruling elders who make up the session.
When ruling elders are elected to session or when commissioners are elected to serve at presbytery, synod, or General Assembly meetings they are elected, after careful prayer and consideration under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As our Book of Order clearly states, God alone is Lord of the conscience, therefore commissioners' votes are based on their own prayerful discernment rather than the majority opinion of those they represent.
Regarding statements from the General Assembly, when the General Assembly approves overtures, they are speaking as that particular General Assembly to particular issues, at particular times. They are speaking to the church and not for the church. The same holds true for the stated clerk of the General Assembly (who is elected by the General Assembly). The stated clerk speaks to the church and not for the church. Unfortunately, media reports (including Presbyterian publications) can make it appear that they are speaking for the church. We are governed by a representative body which is elected by the members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at all levels of the church.
If there is to be an amendment to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), that overture (which was submitted by one presbytery and supported by other presbyteries) from the General Assembly is sent to the presbyteries for a vote. If it is a change to the Book of Confessions (part 1 of the constitution), two-thirds of the presbyteries must affirm the change, otherwise the change is not made. In the case of changes to the Book of Order (part 2 of the constitution), a simple majority of the presbyteries must affirm the change. In the case of the change to the definition of marriage in 2015, even though a majority of presbyteries voted to accept the change, no one was forced to agree with the new definition. A church was in no way "ordered" by the Book of Order to allow same-gender marriages. Likewise, pastors cannot be ordered by the Book of Order to do so.
Hopefully this article has been helpful as we seek to understand the Presbyterian form of government and how the General Assembly operates. This fall, Denise and I plan to offer a short course, Presbyterian 101, which I hope will be a great time of learning and fellowship! If you have any questions about this or if you have any other questions or concerns, please reach out to me.
Grace and Peace,
Swift Church Session met on July 18 and discussed the following items. Please let any session member know if you need further information.
We finalized the hiring of a new custodian who begins in mid-July.
Approved renovations needed the preschool restrooms, funded by the preschool. This will occur as the class schedule allows.
Rev. Moore is working on the process of assembling the nominating committee, which will begin with a congregational meeting on Aug. 14 at 9:45 a.m. The committee will include four church members at-large, from a variety of areas like Sunday school classes and other groups, who will join two elders and one deacon.
Session will not meet in August but will resume in September.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Wednesday, Aug. 10,
in annex, room 2
Wednesday, Aug. 10,
in annex, room 2
Sunday, Aug. 14,
in the church sanctuary
10 to 11 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 29,
in the fellowship hall
Intercessory prayer group 9 a.m.
every Wednesday in the chapel
Country Place Senior Living worship service
Swift Church will be leading an offsite worship service at Country Place Senior Living in Foley on Aug. 7. We plan to offer the service on the first Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. in the great room.
Leadership includes a rotation of Pastor Jody Beth and Philip Melton, Jane (and Derek) Capsis, and Kendall (and Vickie) Loper.
We will follow current COVID protocols, including temperature checks and wearing masks when within 6 feet of residents. As each date approaches, we will check with the staff to see if we can invite others to join us as guests and worship participants.
Please support this ministry with your prayers! Although Brenda (Jody Beth's mom) who lives there is able to join us most Sundays for worship, many of the residents are not able to get out to church services. So we feel called to meet them where they are!
We are excited to announce that our job vacancies have been filled!
Emily Fields-Hawkins began work in July as the church custodian.
She will be working at the church on Wednesdays.
Stephanie Craft will begin on Aug. 9.as the co-administrative assistant. Stephanie will be working alternating weeks with Sena Cooper.
We would like to especially thank Kathy Menk for volunteering her assistance with the administrative duties over the past several months and to our church members
for remembering us in your prayers
during this time of transition.
?Two or More'
will meet for lunch
Thursday, Aug. 4, at 11:30 a.m.
Captain's Choice Grill
in the Gulf Bowl, Foley
Please RSVP to Pastor Jody Beth by text at
251-213-6625 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Butterfly Girls & Guys Night Out
Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m.
Big Daddy's Grill
16542 Ferry Road, Fairhope
We gather together once a month for great conversation and fellowship over dinner. Men and women sit separately. If you've never come, please consider joining us ? it's a great way to get to know others in the church, and guests are welcome as well. Please RSVP to Mary McNair by text at 251-295-5267 or email at email@example.com. Please provide the names of all for whom you are making the reservation and indicate any who would like a ride.
mission and service
Prayer shawl ministry
will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 8:45 a.m.
in the fellowship hall. Please join us!
The food pantry served 189 families and 434 individuals
in July and is open every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer one or two Wednesday mornings each month to distribute food from 9:45-11 a.m., please contact Kathy Menk at 251-518-7966.
The presbytery's mission and evangelism committee is tasked with oversight of our UKirk ministry. UKirk has struggled over the last several years, and the committee sees a need for fresh ideas as to the direction of our ministry with college students.
We would like to invite anyone who is interested to join us for a brainstorming session on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at noon at the presbytery office
at 1211 Main St. in Daphne.
If you are interested in helping the committee brainstorm, please plan to attend. The Holy Spirit works in community! Please RSVP to Julee in the presbytery office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, Aug. 22. Lunch will be provided.
Swift financial assistance
If you are in financial need from lack of work, medical bills, or other reasons, please contact Pastor Michael or Pastor Jody Beth for assistance. Your generosity to the pastors' discretionary fund allows us to provide those in need with financial support.
of intentional faith
Adult Sunday school class led by Bill and Catherine
is continuing a study in the book of Genesis.
Join us in the annex, room 2, every Sunday at 9 a.m.
A special "thank you" to Cheryl Jensen for her years of faithful
leadership of the adult Sunday school class.
Snacks with Susan and Daryl will resume meeting on Sunday, Aug. 7, with a four-week study by Matt Rawle titled "The Faith of a Mockingbird". Sticking with our Alabama roots, we will look at four characters in "To Kill a Mockingbird," written by our neighbor to the north Harper Lee.
We will explore how God is present in pop culture and how these keys to the story show God's love and redemptive spirit. Join us in the fellowship hall at 9 a.m. for good conversation and some different thoughts on a familiar novel/movie.
Extravagant generosity describes practices of sharing and giving that exceed all expectations and extend to unexpected measures. Thank you for your generous pledges and ongoing offerings. Your support and commitment to our church is greatly appreciated.
Pastor Michael will be on vacation
Aug. 15-21 and will be attending
interim pastor training Aug. 27 through Sept. 2.
We pray for safe travels, relaxation
and productive training!
We are happy to announce that Dorsey Corley is our new preschool director. Dorsey has been with the preschool for over three years and most recently served as the assistant director. We wish Jessica Hammontree well as she continues her studies in nursing school.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR MILITARY FAMILY MEMBERS
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 Corp, Jacksonville, North Carolina
Cody Havel ? U.S. Navy, Jacksonville, Florida
Rich Kleen ? Quantico, Virginia
Jeremy Rechkemmer ? U.S. Army
Jeremy Timm ? Major, National Guard, Arkansas
Tarah Young ? U.S. Army, South Korea
The Rev. Michael Moore
Pastor Jody Beth Melton
volunteer administrative assistant
director of music
Church office 251-943-8367
Church website www.SwiftChurch.org
Swift Presbyterian Church | 23208 Swift Church Road, Foley, AL 36535