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      AUGUST 2022

      The practice of passionate worship


      Aug. 7        

      Back-to-School Sunday

      Scriptures: Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16 and Luke 12:32-40 NRSV

      Sermon: Pastor Michael Moore

      Communion by intinction at both services


      Aug. 14      

      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


      Aug. 21      

      Scriptures: Psalm 103:1-8 and Luke 13:10-17, NIV           

      Sermon: Pastor Jody Beth Melton


      Aug. 28      

      Scripture: Luke 14:1,7-14 NIV

      Sermon: Pastor Jody Beth Melton


      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,

      Pastor Michael


      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.


      Finance committee

      11:30 a.m.

      Wednesday, Aug. 10,

      in annex, room 2

      Preschool board

      12:45 p.m.

      Wednesday, Aug. 10,

      in annex, room 2

      Congregational meeting

      9:45 a.m.

      Sunday, Aug. 14, 

      in the church sanctuary

      Deacons meeting

      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. 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.

      The practice

      of radical



      ?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

      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 Please provide the names of all for whom you are making the reservation and indicate any who would like a ride.

      The practice

      of risk-taking

      mission and service

      Prayer shawl ministry

      will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 8:45 a.m.

      in the fellowship hall.  Please join us!

      Food pantry

      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.

      UKirk ministry

      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 ( 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. 

      The practice

      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.

      The practice

      of extravagant


      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.


      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

      interim pastor


      Pastor Jody Beth Melton

      assistant pastor


      Sena Cooper

      administrative assistant

      Kathy Menk

      volunteer administrative assistant

      Dorsey Corley

      preschool director

      Lisa Cardwell

      director of music

      Jenni Cain


      Church office 251-943-8367

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      • Synod of Living Waters


      to bring

      God joy


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


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