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      March 2022


      a church that practices fruitful living

      Passionate worship 


      ►In person and online 

      ■ Worship on Sundays at 8 a.m.
      in the historic chapel

      ■ Worship each Sunday at 10 a.m.
      in the sanctuary;
      live streaming on Facebook

      ■ Online worship available later on YouTube and the church website

      ■ Join your church family for fellowship
      after the 10:00 service in the fellowship hall.

      ►The season of Lent 

      “Lent” comes from an old English word for springtime, perhaps connected with the lengthening of days in this time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The season of Lent is a time for growth in faith through prayer, spiritual discipline, and self-examination in preparation for the commemoration of the dying and rising of the Lord Jesus Christ.

      Reconciliation is a key theme in the season of Lent — reconciliation with God and with one another through the grace of Jesus Christ. Lent is a period of forty days — like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call of repentance to Nineveh, and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. The Sundays in Lent are not counted among the forty days, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection.
      (Book of Common Worship)

      Here are several ways for you to journey through the Lenten Season this year:

      Ash Wednesday services — March 2
      Swift Presbyterian Church in the sanctuary at noon
      Note change in time from previous years.
      Foley First Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m.
      Orange Beach Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m.

      Weekly worship
      Worship services continue on Sundays at 8 a.m. in the chapel and 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.
      See list below for names of guest pastors.

      Sunday school classes
      There are two adult classes, and one children and youth Sunday school class offered each week. If you are not already participating, consider joining one for the Lenten Season.
      See weekly announcements for details.

      Lenten lunches
      Swift Church has joined with local churches in the greater Foley community for over 10 years for a Lenten luncheon series. This year’s theme is “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Make a note on your calendar now and plan to come each Thursday.
      Pastor Jody Beth will be leading the devotional on March 24.

      Intercessory prayer
      Our “Step Away and Pray” intercessory prayer group will begin on Wednesday, March 9, and continue through April 6, meeting at 9 a.m. in the chapel.

      Lenten calendar
      Lenten calendars, which emphasize One Great Hour of Sharing, will be available at the Ash Wednesday service and Sunday worship services.
      Please take one and share the daily message and reflection with your family as you prayerfully consider your gift to this special offering.

      Palm Sunday — April 10
      Bring palm branches to wave as we celebrate Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, while yet knowing that Jesus’ death is near.

      Good Friday Tenebrae service — April 15
      Swift will combine the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services this year with a Tenebrae service, gathering just one night, Friday, April 15, at 6 p.m.

      The service will include prayer, scripture readings, Handbell and duet music, hymns, communion, extinguishing of candles, and carrying the cross to the cemetery.


      The Swift session met on Feb. 21, opening the meeting with prayer by the Rev. Bob Madsen, our guest moderator and regional executive presbyter. Some highlights include:

           ■ Finance committee reviewed the report for January and the church’s expenses did not exceed donations year to date. There was also a vote to update the approved co-signer list on the church’s checking account.
           ■ Approval of written reports.
           ■ Discussed ongoing work related to supply preachers and interim pastor candidates. There is a limited supply of individuals for both and we will continue to pursue the right opportunities.
           ■ Swift has submitted the yearly reports to the presbytery. The clerk will also begin work on a new directory — please stay tuned for updates.
           ■ Thanks to buildings and grounds for clearing out the tree debris.
           ■ Mission committee will be updating the congregation on some exciting local mission opportunities in the near future that will help our immediate community.


       Lisa Cardwell | music director 

      The handbell choir will play in the 10 a.m. service on March 13. We are playing an arrangement of “Near the Cross” and “What Wondrous Love Is This.” They are also working in preparation for Good Friday and Easter services.

      Jenni and Lisa are currently working on Lenten piano duets. We will include well-known Lenten hymns, as well as communion music, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

      I so appreciate those who work weekly to bring beautiful music to life in our services.

      Important dates to remember 

         ■ Ash Wednesday service at noon on March 2 in the sanctuary

         ■ We spring forward to daylight-saving time at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

         ■ Session will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 21, in the annex, room 2.

         ■ Deacons will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30.

      Radical hospitality 
      ►‘Two or More’ fellowship lunch 

      We will not meet in March.

      Instead, everyone is encouraged to attend the Lenten lunch on March 3. Please see below for more information about the Lenten lunches.

      The “Two or More” lunch group normally meets on the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. for food and fellowship.

      ►Lenten lunches 

      ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’
      Thursdays through April 7
      11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
      Spirit Center, Foley United Methodist Church
      915 N. Pine St., Foley

      Join South Baldwin Ecumenical Ministries for lunch on Thursdays during Lent at the Spirit Center of Foley United Methodist Church as we talk about six times that Jesus broke bread in fellowship with others. The lunches start at 11:30 a.m. and conclude an hour later.

      ■ March 3 — Father Paul Zoghby of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church

      ■ March 10 — The Rev. Dr. Brent Norris of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

      ■ March 17 — Pastor Elwanda Powell of Word’s Alive Ministries

      ■ March 24 — Assistant Pastor Jody Beth Melton of Swift Presbyterian Church

      ■ March 31 — Pastor Trent Langrehr of City Hope Church

      ■ April 7 — The Rev. Bennie Richardson of Morningstar Missionary Baptist Church

      ►Butterfly Girls and Guys Night Out 

      Thursday, March 17 • 6 p.m.
      The Shrimp Basket
      1500 S. McKenzie St., Foley

      Come join us as we gather for great conversation and fellowship over dinner. Men and women sit separately. It’s a great way to get to know others in the church, and guests are always welcome.

      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.

      Mission and service 


       Jan Taylor and Chuck Carneal | missions elders 

      Swift Church has always had a love for missions. One of our oldest missions is supporting overseas missionaries through the Vernon Anderson Memorial. We also participate in Presbyterian missions, such as One Great Hour of Sharing (Lenten special offering). In December, we collect offerings to support the Presbyterian Home for Children.

      Swift Food Pantry is now open every Wednesday to serve the hungry in our area.

      Our local mission for the last several years has been Elberta Elementary School. We supply snacks, uniforms, and other items when needed.

      This month, we are adding another local mission. We are supplying snacks and drinks to the South Baldwin Literacy Council for their after-school programs for youth during the school year.

      Thank you for your generous support in allowing Swift to participate in these worthwhile missions.

      ►Food pantry 

      The food pantry served 84 families and 146 individuals in February. The pantry will be open every Wednesday in March from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve the community.

      ►Swift financial assistance 

      If you are in financial need from lack of work, medical bills, or other reasons, please contact Pastor Jody Beth for assistance. Your generosity to the pastors’ discretionary fund allows us to provide those in need with financial support.

      Intentional faith development 


      ►Cheryl’s adult Sunday school class 

      The class, led by Cheryl Jensen, meets in room 2 in the annex every week at 9 a.m.

      ►‘Snacks with Susan and Daryl’
      adult Sunday school class 

      The class, led by Susan and Daryl Pichoff, meets in the fellowship hall every week at 9 a.m.

      Through March 20, we are looking at the Adam Hamilton series Half Truths. Have you ever heard these sayings?

           ■ Everything happens for a reason.
           ■ God helps those who help themselves.
           ■ God won’t give you more than you can handle.
           ■ God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
           ■ Love the sinner, hate the sin.

      Are they in the Bible? We’d love you to join us to discuss what you think about them.

      In late March, we will move to a video and discussion from Andy Stanley called Why Easter Matters. We look forward to seeing everyone for some fun, thought, and conversation.

      ►Sunday school for children, youth 

      Meets in the annex, youth room, every week at 9 a.m. Taught by Tracy Akins.


      Wednesday, March 16 • 6 to 8 p.m.
      at the Akins home

      9132 Woodland Drive, Elberta

      Middle- and high-school youth will meet for dinner and Refuel. Refuel will continue to meet the third Wednesday of each month during the spring semester.

      Extravagant generosity 
      ►Please remember to give 

      Generosity describes the Christian’s unselfish willingness to give in order to make a positive difference for the purposes of Christ. 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.

      Clicking the button will take you
      to our donation page on a secure site.

      ►About online giving 

      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 

      March is here! Of all the fun things we do throughout the year, March is my favorite.

      March is National Reading Month. We kick off our month like most schools do, with the birthday of Dr. Seuss and dive into reading! For the month of March, we are doing a Scholastics Book order. You can order your child a book online using our class code. Each order earns our preschool free books to help build our classroom libraries. Be on the lookout for information on how to order.

      Children start learning literacy skills at birth. Talking to your child, teaching them sounds, singing the alphabet song, having conversations with them, asking questions and helping them to begin to write letters — even their names are all skills that help form our ability to read and write. Asking, “How was your day?” or “Did you have fun today?” are questions that you get a one-word answer to. But if you have a specific topic to ask about, then the conversation can bloom from there. Having a child retell about their day, believe it or not, is a literacy skill.

      It wouldn’t be a party for Dr. Seuss if we didn’t get silly so....the following are ways we plan to get silly each day:

           ■ Monday: Crazy hat day

           ■ Tuesday: Wear stripes.

           ■ Wednesday: Wear our clothes backwards.

           ■ Thursday: Wear red or blue.

           ■ Friday: Silly socks

      Important dates:

           ■ March 1 and 2 — No school
           ■ March 7–11 — Dr. Seuss Week
           ■ March 16 — St. Patrick’s Day. Wear green.
           ■ March 30 — Book orders due

      School telephone: 251-943-8367

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