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       October 2017 newsletter


      A Church That Practices Fruitful Living




      October is our stewardship focus month. Each week focuses on an area of ministry where the congregation’s time, talents and treasures are utilized. The worship service will be built around each theme.

      Congregational meeting to elect church officers is Oct. 8

      There is a congregational meeting in the sanctuary at 9:50 a.m. on Oct. 8 for the election of church officers. A list of the nominees will be presented prior to that Sunday.

      Kim Whitchard and Greg McNair, elders

      Goodbye, summer; hello, fall. The worship committee continues to be busy with planning and creating meaningful activities to deepen our worship time together. As school got underway, we had the Blessing of the Backpacks. During worship on Sept. 3, we handed out laminated backpack tags (with the Lord’s Prayer) for all students returning to school. Thank you, Pastor Keith, Jody Beth, and Greg McNair, for your lead in this. We hope that the students feel the comfort, protection and blessing from these tags.

      We have developed a rotating schedule for greeters and acolytes that seems to be gaining momentum and an automation/consistency that was hoped for. If your child cannot be present during their time as acolyte, please try to find another child to take their place; not only does that help the greeters know they have acolytes for that Sunday, it also helps your child learn accountability/responsibility in finding someone to take their place. If you cannot find a replacement, don’t worry. Just let the office know that the greeters will need to find a child during the service. Thank you to all of the acolytes, parents, and greeters who have consistently donated their time to facilitate worship. If you feel called to offer a gift of service, please get with the church office, or Greg McNair or Kim Whitchard. We would love to have you be part of our team. (“Go, Auburn!” — just sayin’.)

      Looking forward through fall, we will receive the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper by intinction on Oct. 1.

      Reformation Sunday is Oct. 29. This is the 500-year anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation when Martin Luther, a monk, published his Ninety-Five Theses and grievances against the Catholic Church onto a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Pastor Jody Beth will be preaching that Sunday. We look forward to that.

      The worship committee is also very grateful to the choirs of Swift for all they do to enhance and deepen our worship experience at the 10:00 services. The music adds a very special and meaningful dimension to our worship. Thank you, Lisa and all of the different musical groups that lift us up. And thank you, Jenni Cain, for your special talents on the piano.

      We hope that you are blessed through our worship activities. Stay tuned for new and creative events through the Advent Season.

      Lisa Cardwell, music director

      The chancel choir will be singing a couple of new anthems in October (8th and 15th) that were purchased while Lisa was attending the Montreat Worship and Music Conference. Thanks to those who contributed to the “new anthem” fund. We also welcome Bill and Pat Rickert to our choir. Their voices are a great addition.

      Our handbell choir plays on Oct. 22. They are playing “Fanfare Flourish” and “Cornerstone.” Don’t miss it.

      We are looking ahead to our Christmas program, which will be during the 10:00 service on Dec. 10. Our Joyful Tones chime choir and beginner handbell groups will be playing during this program, as will the chancel and handbell choirs. We also need children and adults who are interested in participating in small skits and scripture readings, or musical solos or ensembles. Get with me or Pastor Keith to talk about your interest.

      The Joyful Tones begin rehearsals on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 12:15 p.m. in the choir room. The beginner handbells choir will begin rehearsing on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 11:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. They will rehearse weekly (including Thanksgiving weekend). There are still openings in both choirs. Please contact Lisa Cardwell if you are interested.

      Final run-through rehearsal for the Christmas program will be Saturday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m. Everyone who is involved in the Christmas program will need to attend this rehearsal. Please contact Keith or Lisa Cardwell if you are interested in participating in this program.

      Please call Susie Alexander to reserve your date for sanctuary flowers.
      You can reach her at 251-943-4145 or


      Will meet Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Gulf Bowl, Captain’s Choice Grill, Juniper Street, Foley, at 11:30 a.m.
      Delicious food, reasonable prices and great conversation. Come and meet new friends.

      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.

      Thursday, Oct. 19 6:30 p.m.
      At The Gulf (weather permitting).

      Come join us for food and conversation. The women and men will be seated in different areas.

      Contacts are Daryl and Susan Pichoff, 251-233-9486.


      Inspiring, resilient faith
      Students explore what it means to be Presbyterian and how to live out their confirmation promises.

      Beginning Oct 1 and continuing for most of the school year, Swift Church is offering a confirmation class for ages fifth grade and up. The group of about 10 will meet on Sundays in the youth room during Sunday school time, 9 to 9:45. On Oct. 1 a calendar will be provided that gives classes and dates for the whole series. We are working on making a video recording of each class for those who miss a week or who want to review a class.

      Teresa Thomas, elder

      Kids’ Club began meeting again on Sept. 6. We had three precious girls and enjoyed our time but we would like to have all our K–4 children participate, so after talking with some of our parents we have decided to change the meeting dates and times for Kids’ Club to coincide with GɸG. We hope this will eliminate the conflicts during the week and give the parents that have kids in both groups a break from multiple dates and times.

      Therefore, the new meeting dates and times are:

      Sept. 24 — 4 to 6 p.m.
      Oct. 29 — 4 to 6 p.m.
      Dec. 17 — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (tentative)
      Jan. 14 — 4 to 6 p.m.
      Feb. 25 — 4 to 6 p.m.
      March 11 — 4 to 6 p.m.
      April 8 — 4 to 6 p.m.
      May 6 — 4 to 6 p.m.

      Fall Festival will be Sunday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. A great big thank-you to Tracy Akins, Lyndsey Ward and Lezli Thomason who will be heading up this event. The youth will be having a fish fry in conjunction with the festival. Donations will be accepted for the fish plates.

      “Thank you” on behalf of the Christian ed children.

      Tara Morrow, elder

      Youth activities this month are:

      ● Confirmation class: every Sunday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in the youth room.

      ● Refuel: Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. (location TBA)

      ● Fall Festival: Sunday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. Youth will provide a fish fry to help raise money to attend Montreat next summer.

      ● GɸG: Sunday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the youth room.

      Daryl and Susan Pichoff

      Our Sunday morning “Coffee with Keith” class has changed to “Snacks with Susan” and will be at the same time and same place: in the fellowship hall, 9 a.m. each Sunday and will be led by Daryl and Susan Pichoff while Pastor Keith is teaching the confirmation class. They will begin a new study on Oct. 1: “Forgiveness: Finding Peace through Letting Go.”


      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, a chronological study of the New Testament, 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 Grill 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..


      “So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off
      and peace to those who were near.”

      — Ephesians 2:14–17

      Cathy Rogers and Philip Melton, elders

      The mission focus for the last few weeks of September and the first week in October will be the Peace and Global Witness Offering. As followers of Christ, our call to work for peace begins in our own neighborhoods and extends to the ends of the earth. It is a call that Presbyterians at all levels of the church seek to follow.

      At the national level, this witness means supporting those working to heal the divisions in violent areas such as South Sudan. It means bringing leaders together who have made a profound witness for peace around the world and deploying them to congregations like ours. It means creating materials that equip congregations to deal with important issues — from disagreements between members of session to bullying at schools to gun violence in our communities. It means using our seat at the United Nations table to speak up for the vulnerable around the world.

      Yet the offering is as much about our local congregation living out a commitment to peacemaking as it is proclaiming Christ’s peace. Twenty-five percent of the offering stays with our congregation and 25 percent is retained by our mid-council, enabling us the freedom to provide support where we need it most.

      Please prayerfully consider contributing to this mission.


      Swift Church Session met after worship on Sunday, Sept.17, for the purpose of receiving new members. The church received and welcomed Pat and Bill Rickert on transfer of membership from Gulf Shores Presbyterian Church.

      Swift Church Session met on Monday, Sept.18, for the stated meeting. We:

      ● Talked of how worship has been hospitality to us — God’s hospitality to us as we worship.
      ● Received prayer concerns and prayed.
      ● Received the financial report.
      ● Approved minutes and committee reports.
      ● Heard of the work of the nominating committee.
      ● Approved Oct. 8 at 9:50 a.m. for congregational meeting in the sanctuary to elect church officers.
      ● Got updates on buildings and grounds matters and the driveway fund.
      ● Shared upcoming ministry of church through various committees.
      ● Closed with prayer.



      It’s the season for challenging cycling events. Pastor Keith will once again attempt to ride the 100-mile route in support of the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega. This is an all-day event on Oct. 28.

      If he survives, he will worship with his mother and sister on Sunday, Oct. 29, in Pell City.

      The church’s mission focus for December is the PHC, but if you’d like to support Pastor Keith’s ride, make donations to the church with PHC noted on the envelope or check. Also, if you have clothing or small items to donate to their thrift shop, he can take some with him that week. Have those donations at the church no later than Sunday, Oct. 22.

      We need your help

      Fall Work day

      Two hours of your time can help keep Swift Church beautiful.
      There are numerous small tasks that need attention — from inside jobs to outside jobs.
      If you need more information and/or are interested in helping, please show up and bring a friend.

      When: Saturday, Oct. 21 • 10 a.m. to noon
      Where: Swift Presbyterian 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

      Oct. 1 — Paula and Danny Brewer, Debbie and Norm Schmidt
      Oct. 8 — Susie Alexander, Elinor Gartman, Sue Ann Lay, Lynda Walden
      Oct. 15 — Lynn and Mike Barnwell, Willard Penfold, Eunice Ray
      Oct. 22 — Jane King, Judy Walker, Kim and Tony Whitchard
      Oct. 29 — Greg McNair, Lee Mansell

      Oct. 1 — Brett and Pate Cardwell
      Oct. 8 — Bridgit Gosa and Tara Morrow
      Oct. 15 — Lyndsey and Aaron Ward
      Oct. 22 — Megan Curry and Debbie Schmidt
      Oct. 29 — Jane King and Carlie Sims

      Oct. 1 — Cathy Rogers
      Oct. 8 — Tess Helton
      Oct. 15 — Judy Walker
      Oct. 22 — Pastor Keith
      Oct. 29 — Teresa Thomas

      Oct. 1 — Tresa Melton
      Oct. 8 — Brett Cardwell
      Oct. 15 — Tosha Thomas
      Oct. 22 — Tresa Melton
      Oct. 29 — Brett Cardwell

      Oct. 1 — Madison and Morgan Lay
      Oct. 8 — Cadi Cardwell and McCoy Cooper
      Oct. 15 — Zadie Grace and Zoeylynn Barnwell
      Oct. 22 — Lainey and Jon Devery Thomas
      Oct. 29 — Gracie Helton and Bailey Thomason

      Paula Brewer

      In September, we talked about how hard grieving is and why it is harder than we could imagine, why the intensity and duration of our emotions are normal and appropriate, and how, despite how we feel right now, there is reason for hope. We also discovered additional reasons why our pain is so overwhelming, some of the effects that grieving has on our minds, spirit and body, and how to get things done when we don’t have the energy to do anything.

      During the month of October, we will be discovering new tools to help us through the grief journey. The topics and some of our discoveries are:

      ►The Journey of Grief • Oct. 7 and 14
      We will discover helpful goals to set on our journey of grief
      How to deal with those who try to rush us through our grief
      How long the journey of grief typically lasts
      Why it’s important to put effort into our healing
      How the events surrounding our loved one’s death affect our grief
      The best ways to deal with our loved one’s belongings

      ►Grief and Relationships • Oct. 21
      We will find reasons why the death of a loved one affects friendships
      Why solitude can be a blessing and a curse
      How to deal with friends who don’t understand our grief

      ►Why? • Oct. 28
      We will discover reasons why God wants us to share our feelings with Him
      Why being honest with God is an expression of faith
      What God has to say to us about our “why” questions

      If you or someone you know has lost a loved one to death and need to be with others who are dealing with the same issues as you are, please join us on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. until noon in the Andy Lay room. You are not alone.

      If you would like additional information, please call me at 251-284-4255 or email at God bless you — Danny and Paula Brewer

      P.S. Is helping others on their grief journey something you feel that God is leading you to do? Danny and I would love to talk to you about what it means to be a part of the GriefShare ministry team.



      October is our stewardship emphasis month. Each week in the month, a different committee will talk about their work. This will help the congregation know the ministry needs of the church.

      Oct. 1 — missions; Oct. 8 — Christian education; Oct. 15 — worship; Oct. 22 — building and grounds; Oct. 29 — finance/personnel. All presentations will be done at both services.

      Betty Carneal will mail stewardship letters to the congregation on Oct. 20. Stewardship Commitment Sunday is Nov. 5. Please return your pledge card on that Sunday or mail to the church office.


      A capital campaign (for driveway) is ongoing and total monies collected and pledged is $7,965. (Goal is $20,000). The committee decided that if we do not reach our goal, we will investigate doing the work in phases, starting with widening the driveway. We will also consider doing some of the work ourselves.


      Nancy Hope and Lee Mansell are asking for gently used stuffed animals for use at the Alabama Retarded Citizens Center in Foley. The animals will be used at story time and then donated to the center.


      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,


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                   A prayer for our government             

      Author unknown

      Father, I bring the needs of our government before You and ask You to bless our nation through godly leaders. I magnify the Name of Jesus and declare that He is Lord over this nation.

      Father, I pray according to 1 Timothy 2:1–3, which says: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.”

      I pray, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, for our president, the vice president, all the Cabinet and the chief justice and associate justices of the Supreme Court to receive the wisdom of God, to act in obedience to that wisdom and for the power of God to flow in their lives.

      I pray for the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to find Your peace and direction, and for these men and women to act and lead according to Your Word. A house divided against itself cannot stand, therefore, I pray for them to be unified in righteousness for the sake of the nation.

      I pray for Your protection to cover all our law enforcement officers and the men and women of the military. I ask for godly counsel and wisdom for judges across this land. In the Name of Jesus, I pray that You and Your kingdom of righteousness be manifested in the hearts of all those who are in authority in any way.

      Thank You, Father, for hearing my prayers that are in accordance to your will. I receive the answers, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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      There are openings in the 2- and 4-year-old classes.
      Please contact Ashley at 765-299-6217 for more information.

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