G Chat September 20, 2019

Important Calendar Notes! Note Change in time!! 

Sept. 29th  Meet in the Middle, 5th Sunday 
    9:00 am Sunday School TBD by each class 
    10:00 am Sanctuary ONE WORSHIP SERVICE with Old Time Gospel singing followed by 
    11:30 am Covered dish lunch & surprise dessert in the Worship Center.  Having Good times &  Making Good memories!

It’s the Small Things that Add Up…  Today is the last day save the church mailing costs by picking up your envelope! 

Returning your envelope with information counts as we gather information to form our budget.  Please pray and return your cards by Sunday, Sept. 29. A box will be in each worship center or you may drop them off at the Church Office.  Your information makes such a difference! 

God depends on your hands, heart and giving to do the ministry of Cokes Chapel. We have done so much with God’s help and your support!  I can only imagine what we can do in 2020. We are thankful for you!  

Pastor Lisa, Stewardship and Finance Committee

peanut butter    jelly (grape, apple)
canned meat    canned milk
cereal/oatmeal    egg noodles
spaghetti sauce    tomato sauce
canned fruit    canned peas
bag rice    dry beans

Thoughts on Stewardship:  Free Will and Choices
One of God’s many gifts to mankind is free will.  We make conscious choices in our lives rather than being compelled to make decisions by God.
Since man’s fall from Grace, we struggle to find our way in an imperfect world, not of God’s choosing.
On the one hand, God’s little voice in our ear exhorts us to cleave to Him in all that we do.  While at the same time, Satan is whispering in the other ear, “You can be like God”.  These are choices with vastly different outcomes.
So what are your goals in life?  Be successful in business and garner admiration from your peers and others?
Do you worry about your legacy, how you will be remembered after you are gone?
Or do you make another choice, seek first His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you?  (Matthew 6: 33-34)
They say you can tell much about a person simply by observing how they spend their money and where they spend their time, or as the Bible phrases it, “For where your treasure is, your heart will be also”.  (Matthew 6: 21)
Be the hands and feet of Jesus by giving your first fruits to God and lay up your treasure in heaven.
Your treasure allows our church to support multiple missionaries and causes.  Cokes Chapel will support Caleb Earle starting this year in his missionary work in Italy.  (Caleb is a grandson of Floyd and Donna Collins.)
Bob Hatch

Friday, Sept. 27 night, 6-7:30 Open Walk
Saturday morning, Sept. 28, 8:30 gather for coffee, light pickups in the Worship Center  
9:00, Dr. John Rhodes*
*About Our Guest Speaker… John began his involvement with Labyrinths in 1998. By 2001, John was trained and certified as a facilitator by The Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress at Grace Episcopal Cathedral and studied under Robert Ferre, one of the world’s foremost labyrinth builders.
Get your tickets today Brian Smith, Lynda Hawkins, for Dr. Rhodes Saturday presentation.  Donation is $ 5.00 

United Methodists Responding to Disaster

UMCOR on the ground! UMCOR agency will partner with Methodists in the Bahamas to meet basic needs for survivors and those who are suffering following Hurricane Dorian. The Grand Bahama & Abaco Islands were decimated.
If you would like to contribute to this fund, please make checks payable to Cokes Chapel UMC (or place cash) in an envelope located on the back of the pews.  On the bottom of your check or the front of the envelope, please designate  Bahama Relief Fund #4390.  Thank you for giving to help those suffering.

Prayer Labyrinth as Ministry
for Ourselves, Church and Community
Do you ever have those times when your mind won’t stop racing when your burdens feel too heavy to bear but too clawing to let go?  Do you wonder if there were any way to just STOP. To take time to breathe and pray and just BE?

The ministry of the Labyrinth was created hundreds of years ago for this very reason.  The path of prayer and meditation, one that gives you time to slowly release your burdens to God, to center yourself, and then to return to the world, is a gift we give to our congregation and the community at large.

Once in place, the Labyrinth will minister to our community, made available to those who need it, day or night, a gift given and received. Our ministry will reach far beyond the walls of our buildings and into the greater world.  For it is not intended for private use, but to give others outside our congregation an opportunity to be blessed in the same way. We invite you to be a part of this wondrous ministry!

Lynda Hawkins

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