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LUTHERSVILLE FOOD PANTRY VISIT

Luthersville Senior Center is one of the charitable organizations that Cokes Chapel sponsors on a regular basis.  Although the name might be familiar to many in our congregation, it is most likely that the majority do not know exactly what our role is or what the Center is all about.  

 

For many years, our volunteers went to Luthersville on a regular basis, delivering items of clothing, food, and other needs to the Center.  In most recent years, we have provided money for food to be purchased for the meals prepared for these senior citizens. 

 

This past week, Pastor Lisa and several members made the trip to Luthersville to see what actually takes place on a day to day basis. 

 

When we arrived, bringing food for the day’s meal, we were greeted by two of their volunteers, and taken into the kitchen where they prepare lunch for the elderly three days a week.  The first thing we noticed was no air conditioning in the kitchen or in the cafeteria area where they serve the meals.  (This is an old school that has been converted to serve many functions.  Luckily, we were informed that the City Council has recently approved funds to air condition these rooms!!  – However, too late for the 90 plus degree days we have been experiencing.)

 

Our next stop was the activity room (air conditioned, yea!!!) where all types of events take place.  We were introduced to approximately 20 ladies who make up their quilting group; these quilts are not made with a sewing machine – but every stitch is by hand.  There were probably 10 to 15 quilts completed, some ready to take to the Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay, GA to sell.  Proceeds from these quilts go toward the operation expenses of the Center.  We gathered around the table with the ladies who were having their daily devotion, and listened to some beautiful testimonies.   While sitting around the table, Pastor Lisa was given some quilting squares and a needle and thread – we thought we would have to leave her there, she was so caught up in the pure delight of sewing (one of her favorite pastimes.)

 
More seniors arrived as we prepared to have lunch with these dear ladies.  We learned that they come to the Center three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9-2, to participate in different activities, but mainly for companionship and support.  One lady told us that she had experienced four deaths in her family in the past year, and if it were not for the support of her friends at the Center she did not know how she could have survived.
We came away that day knowing that we had received a true blessing from these dear ones.  Cokes Chapel’s acts of kindness toward this group has impacted many lives and continues to do so.  So when you give your communion offering on Sunday mornings, please remember that part of it is supporting Luthersville’s efforts to provide for their elderly citizens.
 
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FELLOWSHIP TIME
Join us for church-wide fellowship in front of the Contemporary Worship Center today from 10:30 to 10:55am. We encourage Sunday School classes to let out early and for those who attend the 11:00am service, to arrive early in order to fellowship with one another!  Beverages and snacks will be provided!
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER – AUG 24, 2016
Menu:
Meat Loaf
Green Beans
Slaw
Potatoes
Cabbage Casserole
Relish Tray (tomatoes, onions, peppers)
Cornbread
 
The UMW will be selling tickets for this event & there is a sign up sheet in the Pre-School or church office.  Adults $5/Children$3
 
YOUTH FEAST & FUN
The church family is hosting a game and cookout for our youth on Sunday, August 28th at 6:00.  We’ll have a great meal (youth requests are encouraged – send to Pastor Lisa at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org)
and some really fun games.  An evening planned just for our youth!
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Are you interested  in learning our sound system?  We need additional volunteers who can learn and help with our sound during the 11:00 service.  Some experience would be wonderful, but if you’re willing to work along side a mentor or are willing to attend some training — that would be great too!  Please prayerfully consider getting involved in this area of ministry for the church.
 
BIBLE STUDY CLASS
A Bible Study group will begin meeting Thursday, September 8th in the evenings at the Youth House!  The group is studying the book of John.  Don Harman is the leader of this group and invites everyone who might be interested to attend.  For additional information, contact drharman@live.com
 
 

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