G Chat April 2, 2020

Dear Friends,
Yesterday we sent out our first weekly update for the LaGrange District. Already, it seems that weekly is not often enough. 
The Bishop and Cabinet seek to clarify the expectation for worship and church gatherings in this season of physical distancing. To be clear, each church is directed not to gather on the church property for meetings or services. This is the urging and expectation, which includes drive-in church, parking lot church, or garden church gatherings. We are following our Government Officials’ orders in order to save lives.
The Rev. Sky McCracken from Memphis shared a word with his congregation–it is a good representation of our perspective. See the very short message in the link below.
Note: Online worship is still encouraged, with the gold standard (and safest option) being a simple, at home posting— prayer and message, with perhaps some music added, if possible.
Bishop Sue Halpert-Johnson

We will continue our worship as we have been.  We are learning to streamline our worship parts so there is only one click.    You may connect through Cokes Chapel Facebook or the church-wide email with the link provided.
The North Georgia Conference has rescheduled the Annual Conference to August of 2020. 
The General Conference has been rescheduled for 2021. 


Dana West, granddaughter of Larry
The Paulus Family, in-laws of Ernie &
      Brenda Haines
Joann, sister of Sandy Cavender
Terri Cannon, friend of Jean Raines
Dorothy Croft, Mike Croft’s mother
Bob Brown, Pat Harkins brother
Peggy Blackmon, sister of Paul Snyder
Jill, friend of Carol Ross
Stan Smith, Marcia Smith’s husband
Jerry Freeman
Roger Harkins
Darius Allen, Marie Allen’s son
Cera Carter
Mick Moore
Jake Thomas, brother-in-law of Lorraine
Pastor Wayne Ellis & Family
Jones Family, Howard & Margie, etal
Glenn Etheridge (Pastor)

Prayers for one another and our country for comfort, peace, freedom from anxiety, depression, and fear.  May God surround us and protect us during this difficult time.


Daily devotionals continue if you are not receiving one, notify Velda at veldagraydon@me.com to have your name added.
How are we experiencing this current pandemic?  This spot is reserved for you to share experiences, thoughts with our community.  Be mindful that we are wishing to encourage one another.
Send your story to Pastor Lisa at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org today.  We are all in this together!  Let’s share the light of Christ with one another!


GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!  Easter is coming. What a wonderful time of the year.  We can celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of life everlasting.  As a community of believers, during this time prior to Easter, we give with our hearts…”for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 NIV  So many of you understand how special it is to give back as part of your worship whether you are in God’s house or not.  Thank you for your generosity.   
As information regarding the use of stimulus funds comes from the Federal government, the Committee on Finance, along with other programs areas, are working to determine if we as a church/childcare center meet the eligibility requirements.  We will keep you informed.
It is important to recognize two blessings that have come our way:  
1. The bank agreed to defer the Childcare mortgage payment for April, May and June 
2. The UMC Conference has agreed to pay the church portion of the Pastor’s Healthcare benefit for April, May and June.  
Mar 1-Mar 31, 2020 | All Funds
Monthly projected Budget = $22,408
Actual Budget Funds $27,395.00 Cash + Parsonage Rental $1000 = $28,395  
Your generosity and God’s guidance will direct us through this time!  God Bless our ministry work!

Cokes Care Team Phone Tree – We hope that you have received a call from our phone tree team. 
We will continue to keep in touch with you!  We want to make sure you are well and check-in to see if there is a specific need we can meet.  With your help, we will continue to build a Directory to make available to the membership.  Questions?  Contact Pastor Lisa at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org or 770-598-5066.


In Inter-generational and Youth Ministry, time has been invested in continuing connections.  The Inter-generational Sunday School Class continues at home with the Lenten study on “The Way of Prayer.”  This week’s lesson on “Praying with Our Bodies” was adapted to provide participants with at-home prayer activities to engage a new or further understanding of this way of prayer.  Youth were prayed for and communicated with personally, via technology.  Furthermore, a lot of time has been spent investigating ways to offer opportunities for online learning and gathering.  I have attended online Zoom meetings and webinars, gathering ideas and instruction for how we might best meet “together” while honoring social distancing in the days to come.  Finally, on Wednesday, April 1 at noon, our Youth Group will be holding a 3-minute prayer vigil for our healthcare workers and their families.  Through texts, the youth will be prompted to begin and end our collective prayer time.
God is at work all around us!  May we hold each other by heart and lift each other by prayer as we journey together, yet apart!     

Cokes Chapel Prayer Team is praying for all of you.  Your requests, concerns, and praises are important to us.  Please let us know if you need anything or have a special prayer request.  I am available and happy to pray with you by telephone or just be a listening ear.  Please join us in daily praying for God to heal our world.  Claim it in the powerful name of Jesus Christ and give thanks to God for all things.  Contact Debbie at  DebbieCarter30263@charter.net or 678-233-4980.

The corona virus is causing a few changes in some of our outreach projects.
– Meals on Wheels of Coweta is delivering all meals for the week on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Therefore, our team will not be delivering our Friday route until further notice.
– Our April 28th packing day at Backpack Buddies has been canceled.  They are still providing the food but are working with a different schedule and procedure during this time.

In keeping with Governor Kemp’s directive, the Childcare Center will remain closed at this time.  Opening date will be determined by best practices from the Governor and other advice from the State Health Department. 

Show our Shut-ins some Love!  A note from you would brighten their day and make a difference.  You don’t even have to “know” them, just sign the card, “your Coke’s Chapel Family”.
Consider sending one card each week to rotate through the list, and let the Cokes Chapel love shine out!
Marie Allen 355 Millard Farmers Industrial Blvd. Apt. 212 Newnan, GA 30263
Jerry Freeman 28 Sweetwater Place, Sharpsburg, GA 30277-1 882
Jerry & Del Lenox 45 Soliel Ct. Sharpsburg, GA 30277-2307
Mick Moore 4661 Highway 34E, Sharpsburg, GA 30277-3509
Merlene Smith 25 Newnan Lakes Blvd., C/o Benton House Newnan, GA. 30263-5791
Claudette Schunk 519 Perkins Rd. Apt. 222 Palmetto, GA. 30268-2365
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren 14 Hampshire Ln   Newnan, GA 30265-6058
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