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      July 2020


      a church that practices fruitful living

      Passionate worship 
      Summer worship at Swift 

      While many are still uncertain or uncomfortable traveling this summer and are staying close to home, we will take a road trip.

      Each Sunday we will follow Old Testament men and women as they travel unfamiliar roads by faith.

      We continue our “Road Trip” theme through Labor Day Sunday, Sept. 6. We also continue our worship services online. They are available beginning at 10:00 each Sunday morning on Facebook, YouTube and on They are available on those sites perpetually, so if you’re not able to view on Sunday morning, you can worship on Monday night or Wednesday afternoon, or … .


      Contact the office if you would like to record a “time with the children,” read Scripture or sing. Each can be done safely from home.

      Wednesday evening worship 

      Because of a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases in Baldwin County, Swift Church has reverted to Step 1 for worship, which means that the planned Wednesday night outdoor services are canceled until further notice. Handbell choir rehearsals, which resumed recently, also are canceled until further notice.

      On June 24, we held our first worship service since mid-March on the sacred grounds of Swift Church. It was humid outside with physical distancing and no singing. It was also a time of scripture, prayer, handbells, keyboard, and seeing one another. The 30-minute service (actually more like 20–25) was nicely attended and appreciated.

      Thanks to the handbell choir and Lisa for practicing over the summer in order to present the outdoor worship on Wednesday, June 24. It was wonderful to see them together again, even with their masks on. The porch of the church helped to acoustically project the sounds of the bells and the members in their chairs, scattered under the trees, enjoyed the music and message under the serenity of the evening sky. Thanks to Pastor Keith, Pastor Jody Beth, Lisa Cardwell, Jenni Cain and Marvin King for putting together this opportunity for us to worship together briefly and to greet fellow worshipers.

      July worship volunteers 

      We appreciate our July volunteers as they help lead us in worship.

      July 5 — ZoeyLynn Barnwell
      July 12 — Cadi Cardwell, McCoy Cooper
      July 19 — Lainey Thomas
      July 26 — ZoeyLynn Barnwell

      July 5 — Cathy Rogers
      July 12 — Pate Cardwell
      July 19 — to be determined
      July 26 — Lynn Aspray

      Greg McNair


       Lisa Cardwell | music director 

      The Wednesday night handbell choir has begun rehearsing weekly and following cleaning precautions as well as social distancing (spacing 6 feet between ringers which means we cannot use our usual table setup). Our cleaning precautions have been set by the handbell industry. Although this takes extra time after rehearsals, our members are committed in doing this because they love being back ringing bells.

      We are preparing hymn medleys for participation in our Wednesday night outdoor services. We have a men’s handbell quartet that is preparing an arrangement of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” to be played in a few weeks. Looking forward to hearing this.

      Due to the research data presented by ENTs and epidemiologists on the spread of the COVID-19 virus even up to 26–30 feet (per a Choral America webinar as well as other ongoing research studies), we will not be singing during our worship services, even outdoor services, for a long time. This involves choral as well as congregational singing. There are no masks currently that are droplet-proof. There continue to be churches who are not following safe distancing, masks, and cleanliness precautions (and some who are following safe precautions) who are still experiencing the transmission of the virus among multiple church members.

      Our priority at Swift Church is the health of our members. Although worship looks different now and will be for months or perhaps even years ahead, we desire to worship while providing the best protection to our members’ health. Please be patient and know that God is present in this current environment and desires a relationship with His people in all circumstances. We can bless each other with various methods of communication: in person with physical distancing, phone calls, texts, cards, emails … praying for each other, our concerns and celebrations. I noticed during handbell ringers’ interactions before and after our June 24 services that we could still be engaged in our sharing of our lives.

      We still serve a loving God and a risen Savior. Rejoice!

      Radical hospitality 


      As you know, unfortunately, our “Two or More” fellowship lunch and Butterfly Girls and Guys Night Out have been canceled until we can all get together again without the fear of spreading this pandemic. Hopefully, it will be safe to get back together again soon.

      Mission and service 


       Pate Cardwell and Al Sprouse | mission elders 

      Food pantry
      The food pantry has reverted to being open twice a month — on the second and fourth Wednesdays. We very much appreciate the members who have really given of their time, and talents to assist with the weekly distributions that we have maintained for the past several months.

      In June, we distributed 42 bags of food that provided food for 105 people. We also very much appreciate the 15 masks that a member sewed and provided to our clients.

      Living Waters for the World
      The last few weeks of June, we have talked about Living Waters for the World, which provides clean water for underdeveloped world communities. We used to take up a monthly 2-cents-a-meal offering that went to this mission. However, this year, our 2-cents-a-meal offering has been dedicated to the Elberta Elementary School to provide needed supplies and snacks for them. We ask you to consider Living Waters for the World again in July if you wish to make an additional donation. Please designate on your checks if you wish any portion to go to this worthwhile mission.

      Online GriefShare groups

      “GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.”

      There are online GriefShare groups meeting, and several of them are with churches in our area. If you think of someone who may be interested, or if you yourself are grieving the loss of a loved one, contact Pastor Jody Beth or visit

      Intentional faith development 


      ‘Snacks with Susan and Daryl’
      adult Sunday school class 

      Hello from “Snacks with Susan and Daryl.”

      We have resumed meeting at 9 a.m. on Sundays in the fellowship hall and are so glad to see you again.

      Now through August, we are going to look at “Me & My Big Mouth.” It focuses on the book of James and his instruction about the one part of our body that never seems to get tired — our tongue. Join us for video and discussion.

      — Susan and Daryl Pichoff

      Cheryl’s adult Sunday school class 

      Cheryl’s class resumed meeting on June 28 at 9 a.m. We are in Ephesians, and Paul is speaking to the church at Ephesus. Our class is in our usual place in room 2 in the annex, with 6 feet between us; we are wearing our masks and delighted to be meeting again.

      — Cheryl Jensen

      Online Zoom Bible study 

      The Thursday morning Bible study continues to meet as an online study, through a tool called Zoom. It can be accessed on a computer or smart phone.

      The study is led by Pastor Jody Beth Melton and Philip. Everyone is invited to join the group. Contact jodybeth7@yahoo.com251-213-6625.

      “I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God.”
      — Exodus 6:7

      Children and youth 

       Brett Cardwell | elder/children  Tracy Akins | elder/youth 

      Sunday school classes for children and youth,
      SWAG (Saved with Amazing Grace),
      GphiG (Glori•fy•ing God), and Refuel will not meet until further notice.

      Extravagant generosity 
      ‘Thank you’ from Cade Smith 

      To the Swift Church family:

      Thank you so much for honoring our seniors and for the Walmart gift card. It was very thoughtful and much appreciated. It will definitely help with needs as Cade leaves for Howard College in August. Again, thank you for all you do for our seniors and members.

      Love and God bless,
      Jenny and Cade Smith


      Although we are not meeting in person, please remember to use the quick-response code button or link below, mail or drop off your tithe during this time of separation.


      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 a donation link on the church’s website.

      Swift Church Preschool 

      School telephone: 251-200-3840

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