G Chat May 26, 2017

There will be no youth this Sunday due to Memorial Day Weekend.  Enjoy your holiday!
Cokes Chapel regularly presents “special offering” requests. Requests can be organizations outside our church, often representing United Methodist programs/ministries like Wesley Woods, or our Annual Conference offering. This year’s offering will go to support Ministerial Education Funds – more on that later!

Every special offering is important. We thank you for your generous giving! However, Finance asks that you please consider these requests as “above and beyond” your regular tithe. Some are on fixed incomes; others have various ways that we give. Your regular, steady giving is so important in the day to day financial picture. If you cut back your giving to benefit a special offering, it affects the steady flow we strive to maintain.

Finance thoughtfully considers each special request before it comes to you. Please pray about our request, and as you give to special offerings, give “above and beyond your regular tithe.”

Thank you for all you do, and for your continued support of God’s work at Cokes Chapel. You are a generous community in every way. Every gift counts! Thank you for yours!

Recently a group of folks from the 11:00 worship began a discernment process to address the changing dynamics of our 11:00 worship. Folks have moved on, and we are at a crossroads in addressing how we will move forward, to be effective in worship, discipleship, and outreach. Vision-11 is our prayerful process to allow God to lead our ministry discernment and path. Two weeks ago, we began our first of a series of prayer times.
Vision-11 team is reflecting on a specific topic in prayer, listening and meeting for 30-minutes for 4 weeks to seek God’s leading. On June 11, Rev. Tonya Morris, NGA Connectional Ministries will join us, or worship and prayer, and prepare us for a Saturday Vision-11 Retreat on Saturday, July 8 from 9-2.
Thank you to Brian Smith, Keith Simpson, Betsy Bagley, Jack Dempsey, Velda Graydon, Brenda Hanes, Mike and Patty White, Faith and Doug Genovese, Jerri Statham, Cindy & Craig Cox, Bobby Kirk, Meghan McMullan and Kim Reindl. What a great team!! Great things are happening! Please join in prayer discernment the week of May 14 as we listen to what God is telling us about “Who is our neighbor? Who should we reach out to in our community”?
Many of you know that the special education students from East Coweta High School clean our church and fellowship hall as part of their outreach and domestic training education. With summer break upon us, we need a few volunteers who can take up the cleaning duties until school is back in session in August. Please contact Blair Graydon at blair@graydonsales.com.
There are a few spots left to kids (and adult chaperones) for the Shoreline Camp opportunity at West Point Lake the week of July 9th through the 14th for rising 3rd through 9th grades. The Children’s Ministry will be holding a fundraising event to help defray the costs. If you would like more information, please contact Bobby Kirk (bkirk@cokeschapel.org or call 404-512-8890) for more details.
On July 22nd the LaGrange District is offering training for current and potential mission team leaders. The training provides information networking necessary to be successful in planning and leading a mission team, whether local, regional, or international. Training will be held at the Turin United Methodist Church at 20 Longstreet Ave., Turin, GA 30289. The cost is $30 per person and will include lunch. Training will start at 9am and will last until approximately 1:00pm. Seating is limited. Contact LaGrange District Mission Coordinator, ReCoordinatory Holder at tom.holder@ngumc.net before May 31st to reserve a seat.

TRAINING on CPR/AED: you can save a life!
Training on how to use the CPR/AED (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator) will be held on Tuesday, June 27th at 7:00 – 8:30pm in the Contemporary Worship Center. The Trustees need several folks trained on how to use this life-saving equipment in the event of an emergency. Training is offered at a discounted rate (through the Scouts) of $5.00 per person and includes the certification. Training is limited to 50 participants. Deadline to register is Tuesday, June 20th. Contact Lara McCarthy for more information or to register. blrnycstl@earthlink.net home 678-423-9881; cell 678-548-2670

Giving back to those that protect our freedoms in the USA – A small group of 8 soldiers from the 124th MPAD (Military Public Affairs Detachment) from the GA Army National Guard is deploying for a 12-month tour the beginning of July. They are having a Yellow Ribbon ceremony with their families in Peachtree City on Saturday, June 17th.
The Cokes Chapel Outreach Committee wanted to offer our gratitude and show some kindness to this group of soldiers. We are taking up an offering to put together bags for them — with supplies, snacks, and inspirational reading they can use while traveling, and we will present these gifts at the ceremony.

The Military Offering will be taken on Memorial Day Sunday, May 28th. Please give to show our gratitude for their service to our country.

Vacation time of year is quickly approaching. Don’t forget your church continues to operate even in the summer! You can give online through our website: www.cokeschapel.org, by PayPal, by downloading our Church App on your smartphone or tablet, or simply mail your check to the church office (4096 Lower Fayetteville Rd. Sharpsburg, GA 30277).
Each Sunday at 11:00 am we offer an online live stream of our 11:00 am Contemporary Worship Service! If you can’t make it to church, join us online and experience what God has in store for us each week! Find the link for the live stream at the top of our website: www.cokeschapel.org! ‘See’ you there! All sermons from the 9:00am Traditional Worship Service (some from 11am) are recorded and posted on our website www.cokeschapel.org under sermons.

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