G Chat April 9, 2020

Please prepare to join us on Easter Sunday morning for beautiful music, worship, and communion. We are in unusual times, so in this circumstance, we will share communion as we shelter in. Before you open the worship video, bring a candle and lighter, a glass of liquid (it does not need to be grape juice and it can be wine), and some form of bread or cracker that we can share together. I will ask a blessing over the elements and we will share communion in spirit. I look forward to this special Easter time with you!

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.


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

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)

See Homebound below.

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.


I hope this finds you safe and well. To minimize “cabin fever”, GET OUTSIDE! God’s creation is at it’s best!

The purpose of this communication is to update those of you who are not aware of the effort underway to assist our Childcare financially while closed.

With the leadership of Pastor Lisa, a team was organized to pursue the overhead cost of CC through a new program called Payroll Protection Program (PPP).

The application for this assistance has been completed to SBA through Truist Bank locally.

Briefly, initially, this is a loan, but if all conditions are met, like rehiring employees, the loan becomes a grant, which means NO payback! What a blessing!

Time was of the essence, so the application was made without Trustee or Council approval. However, this package will be forwarded to everyone for review and vote ASAP. *

Please join me in thanking God for our leaders in these times! Continue to be safe in God’s Love. Don


  • As of Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 2:45, of a possible 16 voting members, I have received 9 approvals. Since this represents a majority, I declare that Church Council has approved the PPP loan application.)
  • The Committee on Finance Approved the application as of Wednesday, April 8th.
  • The CCCC Board voted to accept the loan application on April 9th.

From Pastor Lisa: It takes a village!

While we proceeded in the application for the PPP loan, our banker advised us to move quickly, so we did. We did keep our chairs of the Church Council, Trustees and Child Care Board, as well as our District Superintendent informed. Your team of Vivian Snyder, Nancy Vermilyea (Finance); Don Cobb (Council); Marcia Smith (Accountant) and I worked together, as best we could, considering our “stay home” mandate. We ask for your prayers to have BB&T approve the loan/grant so we are blessed with funding CCCC salaries for 8 weeks.

Add a praise and thank you to all who helped us complete this challenging but amazing opportunity.

Thankful, humbled and amazed at our strong community!

Love, Pastor Lisa


Our annual Outreach Dinner/Auction will be here before we know it. It is scheduled for Saturday, August 15, 2020. Our theme this year is A Southern Picnic. I know it will be a fun, nostalgic evening!

While you are at home during this time, you may come across some really neat, like-new items that you would like to donate for our auction. Many of you have the talent for seeing the hidden beauty in something and are able to do some work on it to make it shine!

Let’s work together to make this a successful event to benefit our missionaries, the Houles, the Haddens, and Caleb.



God tells us not to worry and do not be afraid. He asks us to trust Him and allow Him to do his work. He has touched your hearts where your treasure is. Easter is coming and Jesus is ALIVE! He is alive!!! May God bless you!



April 5 – April 11, 2020 | Budget Funds

*Monthly projected Budget = $21,158

Actual Budget Funds for this week = $4,372.30

Other donations to various Programs/Outreach $214.90

*The Conference Board of Pension will cover the church portion of Healthflex insurance for April, May and June ($1,250 monthly)

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, the Sunday School Class completed the Lenten study on “The Way of Prayer.” The week’s lesson was on “Scriptural Prayer.” Participants were given a guide to be used at home to lead them through Lectio Divina (heart prayer with Scripture). The focus passage was Matthew 21:1-11, telling the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Our Youth Group and their families held a 3-minute prayer vigil on April 1st. Through texts, participants were prompted to begin and end our collective prayer time. We prayed for the multitude of healthcare workers and their families who are giving of themselves and sacrificing daily, to address the needs of others suffering from the virus. Also, on Sunday, we held our first Zoom Youth Group Gathering. It was so great for all of us to “see” each other and share with one another through technology. On our phones and computers, we were able to meet virtually (looking at each other’s faces in what are known as “Brady Bunch” squares). We prayed together, held a scavenger hunt (everyone had 5 minutes to run through their house and find a favorite snack, an item in the shape of a cross, and something that brings them joy, then come back and show it to the rest of us), studied the Scripture, had a small group discussion, and discussed ways that we could serve others in the days ahead.

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!


In keeping with Governor Kemp’s directive, the Childcare Center continues to 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 30277-1882
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
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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