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       July 2017 newsletter


      A Church That Practices Fruitful Living





      Lisa Cardwell, music director

      I attended the Montreat Worship and Music Conference in June. This is a week-long annual conference attended by up to 1,000 people. Participants attend seminars, daily worship services, and music reading sessions for choirs of all ages. I purchased music and resources to assist in music planning for months to come.

      Summer is a season of planning for the music department. I will be looking at the fall and Christmas seasons for chancel, handbell, and chime choirs.

      Kim Whitchard and Greg McNair, elders

      Happy summer! Excitement is abloom (as are all the flowers — and allergies!) and the kids are out of school and enjoying their much-needed break. The worship committee has again assembled Take-Out Church for summer worship (for those of you vacationing or “staycationing”); either way, Take-Out Church is a fun way to mix up your spiritual journey. This year’s theme is prayer. You will find several activities in the box that are designed to strengthen your family’s prayer life. We also have Bible Trivia in the box that is sure to entertain and challenge the whole family. We hope you enjoy all the games and activities in Take-Out Church. It would be great fun to see pictures posted on our church Facebook page and church website so that others can share in your fun. The last day to pick up Take-Out Church was June 25.

      We welcomed Pastor Rachael Knoll, our regional presbyter, to the pulpit to preach on June 4. Her message of being part of a community and not going it alone was very powerful. That is what is so wonderful about Swift — you never have to “go it alone”; we have such a wonderful community of members and friends. I feel blessed to be a part of this community. Having said that, if you ever need anything, please know that you have several options — you can call the church office and talk with the pastors, you can contact your deacon, you can contact one of the elders, you can participate in a number of groups here, and you can come to church and develop relationships/friendships. Swift is truly a community of believers who love and support one another.

      June 18 was Father’s Day, and we enjoyed celebrating our dads by wearing Hawaiian shirts. Let us use this tradition as a reminder to always celebrate our True Father — our Heavenly Father, who surpasses all ideals of fatherhood. Thank you, Philip Melton, for conducting worship on this Sunday.

      We look forward to July with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper on July 2. And then the celebration of our nation’s birth on Tuesday, July 4. Please take that day to celebrate our freedoms and the men and women who have fought to preserve them.

      If you have any ideas for future worship activities, please do not hesitate to let us know. We are here for you, to serve you, and to make worship more meaningful for you.

      The worship committee would like to thank all who have volunteered their services in making worship at Swift Church more meaningful. Those of you who might be wondering where you can serve, please contact Kim Whitchard or Greg McNair. We are in need of a greeter to take the place of one member who can no longer serve (would be once every six weeks). Please search your heart to see if God is calling you to serve.

      Here’s to a great summer! Enjoy the lightheartedness and playfulness that comes with summertime.



      The “Two or More” lunch group will meet at the Captain’s Choice Restaurant in the Gulf Bowl on Thursday, July 6, at 11:30 a.m. The restaurant is at 2881 S. Juniper St., the road that runs behind the Tanger Outlet Center in Foley. Please RSVP if you know in advance you will be joining us — but if you don’t, we always have room for more at the table. Contact Lee Mansell, 232-4775.


      Butterfly Girls and Guys’ Night Out will not meet in July since the date coincides with vacation Bible school.
      Watch for August details. 



      We are so blessed to have so many people who would like to be part of Bible study and fellowship at Swift Church. Here is a listing of the groups currently meeting. All of them are open to people visiting and/or joining the group, whether you are a member of Swift Church or not. For more information, contact the leaders or the church office.


      Sundays, 9 to 9:45 a.m., adult Sunday School class, Andy Lay room, studying Proverbs, led by Cheryl Jensen and Anthony Kaiser.

      Sundays, 9 to 9:45 a.m., Coffee with Keith class, fellowship hall, studying spiritual disciplines using the book Flunking Sainthood, led by Pastor Keith Cardwell.

      Sundays, 5:30 to 6:45, Sunday night Bible study, Andy Lay room, studying Jeremiah, led by Pastor Jody Beth and Philip Melton, 251-213-6625.

      Thursdays, 10 to 11:30, Thursday morning Bible study, Andy Lay room, studying Jeremiah, led by Pastor Jody Beth and Philip Melton, 251-213-6625.


      Thursdays (first Thursday of month), 11:30 a.m., “Two or More” fellowship lunch at Captain’s Choice at the Gulf Bowl in Foley on Juniper Street. Contact is Lee Mansell, 251-232-4775.

      Thursdays (second Thursday of month), 1 p.m., sack lunch and fellowship, fellowship hall. Bring your own sack lunch and enjoy Christian conversation. This is a new group, started by six people who attended Cursillo #36, and is open to everyone. Contact is Sue Johnson, 251-923-6550.

      Thursdays (third Thursday of month), 6:30 p.m., Butterfly Girls and Guys’ Night Out fellowship dinner at area restaurants, different place each month. Sometimes men and women eat at same restaurant at separate tables, sometimes two restaurants near one another. Contacts are Daryl and Susan Pichoff, 251-233-9486.

      Pastor Keith Cardwell

      Remember when Sundays were a more restful time? Stores were closed. Life was lived at a slower pace. Coffee with Keith looks in July at the spiritual discipline of Sabbath. What does “remember the Sabbath and keep it holy” mean for us in today’s hectic world? We will talk about and discover ways in which our Sabbath observance might be more holy. The class is Sundays at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

      Tara Morrow, elder

      ■ The youth had a great time at Montreat! They will share their experience on July 23  with a youth-led worship service at 10:00.

      ■ The fish fry will be rescheduled for the month of July.

      ■ The youth will assist with vacation Bible school to lead the children to and from classes, as well as assisting with the teachers’ lessons.

      ■ For the individuals who have helped in the past with GΦG and Refuel, or anyone who would like start helping, we will hold a meeting in July to discuss the schedule. The date of the meeting will be in the announcements.

      July 16–20 (Sunday through Thursday) • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

      Dinner will start the festivities at 5:30 p.m., then Bible study will follow for children and adults. There is no charge.

      Discover Your Strength in God!

      Emphasis will be on children who will be entering kindergarten through those who will be in sixth grade when the new school term begins — and Pastor Keith Cardwell will teach an adult Bible study class.

      The theme of the curriculum is “Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God!” Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids (and leaders) discover their strength in God. From the moment VBS begins, Hero Central is designed to introduce your child to a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Each activity is developed, tested, and refined to be an engaging, age-appropriate experience to bring the word of God alive to every participant and volunteer.

      Hero Central is based on the Bible and the gospel of the living Christ.

      Three “hero storytellers” are needed to read prepared material to the children. Please prayerfully consider helping. Contact Teresa Thomas, 609-2209, or the church office, 943-8367, for more information.

      You can register your children and/or yourself at There you will find both an online registration link and a form you can print and submit to the church office. Also, we have registration forms available in the back of both churches. Please invite neighbors, grandchildren and friends who are interested.

      Class for youth and adults — Pastor Keith will teach a class during Bible school week. The class is for high-school students and adults. We will look at the same readings as the younger students. Each night is self-contained so people can come to one or come to all. Register online at or fill out a registration form. Dinner is at 5:30 or you can come to class at 6. We will finish by 7:15, giving parents time to pick up little ones at the end of VBS each night.



       The Swift Church Session met on June 19. The meeting opened with prayer concerns, and an opening prayer.

       We approved written committee reports.

       We received the May financial reports and heard a report on a capital campaign for the widening of the driveway and repaving and sealing of the entire parking lot.

       We nominated Lee Mansell and Philip Melton to serve as elders on the nominating committee.

       We voted to hold a congregational meeting on July 9 at 9:50 a.m. for the purpose of nominating four members at large to serve on the nominating committee.

       We commissioned Chuck Carneal to be the elder commissioner at a called meeting of the presbytery to take place June 26.

       We called Philip Melton as elder commission for the next stated presbytery meeting, Aug. 15, in Bay Minette.

       The meeting closed with prayer.

      Charlie Hastings, elder

      I want to thank everyone who came out for the Swift Church work day on June 3. We had a successful turnout and completed about 80 percent of the work that was on the list. I still have one or two more projects, so if anyone has a couple of hours of their time, please contact Charlie Hastings at 251-752-5078.

      Cathy Rogers and Philip Melton, elders

      The Presbyterian Pentecost Offering went very well this year. Last year we collected $500 for this offering and set our 2017 goal for $600. Our congregation surpassed that amount with a total of $826. We are so blessed that God has given us such generous folks at Swift Presbyterian.

      Our next planned special offering is set for the month of August for the local Santa Foundation. However, that organization is having some growing pains, and we have not heard what their plans are for continuation.

      We continue our monthly missions of “Two Cents a Meal” for Living Waters for the World and our food pantry distribution on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.


      Susie Alexander has offered to take over the scheduling of our flower donations. She will be calling to see if those who have contributed in the past would like to reserve a date for the remainder of the year. Please call her to reserve your date. You can reach Susie at 251-943-4145 or

       • Please pick up your summer schedule in the back of the church. •

      “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,
      faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
       — 1 Peter 4:10

      July 2 — Lynn and Mike Barnwell, Willard Penfold, Eunice Ray
      July 9 — Jane King, Judy Walker, Kim and Tony Whitchard
      July 16 — Bridgit and Jessica Gosa, Greg McNair, Lee Mansell
      July 23 — Norm and Debbie Schmidt, Danny and Paula Brewer
      July 30 — Susie Alexander, Sue Ann Lay, Lynda Walden

      July 2 — Aaron and Lyndsey Ward
      July 9 — Bridgit Gosa and Tara Morrow
      July 16 — Megan Curry and Kathy Menk
      July 23 — Jane King and Carlie Sims
      July 30 — Karely and Bobby Kleinschmidt

      July 2 — Cathy Rogers
      July 9 — Jane King
      July 16 — Teresa Thomas
      July 23 — Judy Walker
      July 30 — Jane King

      July 2 — Tresa Melton
      July 9 — Brett Cardwell
      July 16 — Tosha Thomas
      July 23 — Tresa Melton
      July 30 — Brett Cardwell

      Will resume in September




      The finance committee will be conducting a capital fund campaign for the purpose of raising money to redo and widen our driveway. The goal is $20,000. Details will follow in the next several weeks.


      You may have noticed this box in your bulletin. Using your “smart phone” and this box you can connect to the church’s online giving page. You can set up for automatic donations of your tithes or one-time gifts to a number of funds benefiting ministries of Swift Church. Use this by either entering your credit/debit card information or your checking account information. Of course, this is a secure website. You can also do the same thing by clicking the donation link on the church’s website,


      Patriotic Concert at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church
      Sunday, July 2, at 7 p.m.


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