G Chat July 9, 2020

Church Council Supports Guidelines for Safe Gatherings
On June 24, Cokes Chapel Church Council voted to implement the guidelines presented by the Health and Welfare team in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Your team, representing a broad spectrum of members from each working committee, did an excellent job of addressing current plans and guidelines.  Please read through the two attachments that address “Worship Guidelines” and “Guidelines for In-Person Gatherings”.  

Your careful review of these documents below is important as we begin to hold in-person worship this Sunday, July 12 at 9:00 in our parking lot

Further details for arrival, waivers and expectations for safe gatherings see the separate invitation titled:  “Welcome Back to Worship! Drive In Worship – Information and Guidelines” email sent Wednesday evening.

Thank you for helping us show hospitality, concern for one another by adhering to our guidelines of social distancing, wearing masks until seated in your chair, as well as other items you will read about below.
In Christ,
Pastor Lisa

                            Worship Information

Some of the most intriguing stories in the Bible have to do with fire.  Fire and the presence of God make for lasting impressions in both the Old and New Testament.  We will look at some of the most intriguing stories where fire and God combine for a truly unexpected result.
It’s going to be HOT in Newnan on Sunday Mornings, and I don’t mean the weather!  Dynamic stories of God are waiting for us to discover.​  Join us for this series beginning Sundays, July 5th through July 9th.

Sunday, July 12,  Scripture – Daniel 3: 14-27   Sermon – “Fire in the Furnace”


Please print Waiver below, fill in the information, and bring it with you to Drive-In Worship each Sunday.  We take your health seriously!  With your help, we will maintain records of attendance should we be required to notify you.  Your participation in bringing the Waiver, safe distancing, masks on, etc. will allow us to keep one another out of harm’s way during this pandemic. Let’s do our best!

Please click on the following link to print waiver:


Sunday, July 12th – 9:00 AM – Parking Lot “drive in” Outdoor Worship – arrive early 8:30 for parking
Thursday, July 16th – 6:30 PM – Finance Committee Meeting – Fellowship Hall
Sunday, July 19 – 9:00 AM – Parking Lot “drive in” Outdoor Worship – arrive early 8:30 for parking

Our guidelines from Church Council recommend meeting outside.  Please reserve the Pavilion, wear masks and practice social distancing until we advise of a change. As we return to gatherings and meetings please remember to contact Brenda in the office to clear use of the pavilion and assure your use is placed on the office calendar and on-line calendar. 




We have been opening our church food pantry on Monday mornings for people in our community who are in need of help.  Since we have not had any response, we will no longer be opening on Mondays.  However, if anyone knows someone who would like to receive food from our pantry, please have them contact Sherba Peek (404-395-3729) or Betsy Bagley (770-301-2577). We will be happy to meet them and help provide food for them. 


The Finance Committee met on June 18.  All members agreed to the following recommendations: 

1.  Cokes Chapel UMC Trustees will begin the process to refinance the loan on the Childcare and Youth House very soon if not before (2021).  It will be extremely important that our books show as much net income as possible and still keep the lights on and the staff paid. 
In preparation for loan renewal, Finance has determined that our goal is to have reserve funds that reflect a month of average expenses of about 30,000, at the close of December 2020.   In order to accomplish this reserve, Finance is asking ALL program chairs to spend only those funds that are absolutely necessary.
2. We will operate on a month by month schedule until things stabilize economically and socially.
3. Finance Chair will be more visible in the day-to-day operations of the ministry i.e. checking vouchers; monitoring deposits weekly (Brenda will continue to make deposits on Wednesday during the month of July); closely analyzing credit card charges.  Our next meeting will be July 16 in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM.

July 1 we will return to our original budget numbers of $ 22,400.oo a month.  Our recent needs were lowered by a bank deferral of the CCC and Youth House mortgage.   Also, the UMC North Georgia Conference paid for Pastor Lisa’s Healthflex insurance in April, May and June.

Current Budget Funds needed monthly= $22,400.00

Budget Funds collected  as of July 8, 2020= $7,750.00 

Thank you for your generosity and faithfulness in this most unusual time.  We have been blessed with so many of you who understand how your heart determines your treasurers.  We know for a fact that God is GOOD all the time!!  Amen

UMW opened the pantry during June from 9AM-11AM on Mondays.  We assisted two families.  Both of these families have contact through Betsy and receive food through her.  Due to lack of activity, we have discontinued open pantry hours. 
We are still receiving donations to the pantry. You may leave donations In the tub under the pavilion next to the Fellowship Hall.  Thank you for your support!!



PLEASE READ THIS  VERY, VERY SPECIAL REQUEST:  About three weeks ago the Coke Chapel Childcare ask if Cokes would create a Jr. Mission Camp similar to the one UMW did last year with the 3rd-5th graders.  It was a huge success for the teachers and the students absolutely loved it!!!!  This year Childcare ask us to create a Jr. Mission Camp for 1, 2 year, 3 year, and 4 year old children (babies). 
UMW is NOT involved with this years program, but depending on volunteers for support in offering the program.  It will amount to about 70 children all total.  We are working diligently to create plans that will engage these very young children for only 1 1/2 hours for 3 days.  Just so you understand they have an attention span of about 5-10 minutes at the most.  Therefore, we will need multiple activities to keep little bitty hands busy and engaged.

We are asking for a special donation to assist us with supplies we will need to keep these children entertained with related materials focused on the theme: “Let the Light of God’s LOVE Shine Through You!”  We will focus on LOVE, GIVING, and HELPING. 

We are in need of the following if you can help us:

4 tubes of some really strong glue – E6000 general purpose 3.7 fl oz industrial strength)  $7-8 a tube (shop it on-line or Michael’s)

4 board books at a cost of about $12.00 per book (HOW Full IS YOUR Bucket?  Hardcover)

Supplies are running about $100 to $150 including paper, paper plates, cardboard rolls, bells, cardboard banks, crayons, board books, wax paper, rubber bands, and various other needs. 

We are also looking for 4 people to assist, who have met the security requirements, to be in the classrooms with a teacher…we need all the help we can get.  We are truly trying to make it meaningful with lots of activities and songs i.e. Rise and Shine, the B I B L E, Jesus Loves Me, Let My Little Light Shine plus many, many, many more.  

If you would like to make a monetary donation please make your check out to Cokes Chapel UMC and designate CCC JR. MISSION CAMP. Or, of course, we will accept cash.   And if you would like to help one, two or three days, please contact V. Snyder at vcsnyder@bellsouth.net.  Come help us…it’s going to be a blast or it might just be organized chaos!!!!  Thank you in advance for any help you can give.  


This week’s Inter-generational Sunday School lesson is on one of my favorite passages of scripture, 1 John 4:7-21.  This epistle focuses on the fact that we don’t love one another in order to earn God’s love. Rather, we are enabled to love God and one another because God first loved us (1 John 4:10).  This week we will be asked to reflect on the people who have shown us love, as well as the people with whom we share our love.
If you would like to be included in the email list and receive the lesson each week, please contact Kim Reindl at kim.reindl@gmail.com.  Each lesson includes commentary to help enlighten your study, questions for thought and reflection, as well as an optional activity that can be done at home with children and/or youth. 
In Children’s Ministry, plans are underway to offer our 5th Annual Kid’s Mission Camp!  In partnership with Newnan First UMC, we are developing an “at-home camp” this year that children can engage in with their families.  The three-day camp will offer daily video devotions for kids, as well as daily mission projects.  This is a great opportunity for families to engage in serving others together!  The virtual component will also allow involvement from kids who live out of town (grandparents may want to sign-up out of town grandkids; let Kim know so that you can forward a supply list)! See the link for KIDS MISSION CAMP below!  Register NOW to receive video links and a FREE Camp Kit!
Youth Ministry, plans are being developed for more creative gatherings through technology, as well as ways for our young people to safely serve others during their summer break.  Look for more information throughout the month.
God is at work all around us!  May we hold each other by heart and lift each other by prayer as we journey together, and apart! 
With love,
(Kim Reindl, Director of Inter-generational, Youth & Children’s Discipleship; kim.reindl@gmail.com)

Sign up for our 5th annual Kids Mission Camp as we join God in God’s work already happening in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities! 
This year will be a virtual and at home hybrid where each day you can tune in to watch that day’s video, be encouraged to share God’s love by the work of your hands and the meditations of your heart, and then put that faith and love into action by completing easy service projects with your family!
The purpose of Kids Mission Camp is to help children realize that they are active Christ followers right NOW, and to help them see that they have the power to shine the light of God’s love and make a difference in the world through acts of compassion, giving, and service.
When:  July 28-30
Theme:  “Let the Light of God’s Love Shine Through You!”
Scripture Focus: Matthew 5:14-16 and Luke 10:27
Daily Projects:  Writing Encouragement Cards, Gathering Food or School Supplies, and Caring for God’s Creation
Kids Mission Camp is designed for children in rising 3rd through 6th grades.  However, we encourage families with children younger or older than these ages to also join in.  This year’s camp is designed to be appropriate for the entire family!
Register today to pick up your FREE family take home kit–which will include all directions and most of the supplies you will need to complete your projects at home.  Pickup times for your kit will be Sunday July 26 following worship services, or Monday July 27 from 6:00-7:00pm at Newnan First UMC.
TO REGISTER (please go to):  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dAAmCwO_p_Het1C6h1nY0PAgLjeUFEGzkfNTPqE0DTo/viewform?edit_requested=true
Reach out to Kim Reindl (kreindl@cokeschapel.org) with any questions!
NOTE:  If you would like to sign-up an out of town friend or relative to receive the videos, mission project instructions, and a supply list, please email Kim Reindl at kreindl@cokeschapel.org.  Camp Kits are available for local participants to pick-up the week of camp (July 26 & 27).


Reminder:  Cokes Chapel Childcare is now using the Worship Center for classrooms to accommodate our social distance requirements.
Due to our Child Safety Policy, until further notice, Monday-Friday, no entry allowed through the worship center doors between 6:00 am and 6:30 pm.  No exceptions.  Should you need to access the Worship Center, please check in through the CCCC office to gain entry.  


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.  


Wanda Moore
Carma McCallie
Van Askew
Mike Kimball
Betty, sister of Carole Smith
Dylan, grandson of Carole & Larry Smith
Mitchell Flynn, Sr., father of Mickey Flynn
Carolyn Huckaby
Betsy, daughter of Margie Jones
Nancy Lenard


Jeff Kemmerer (Sherrie Kemmerer’s husband and Sandra Oliver’s son-in-law)
Stan Smith, Marcia Smith’s husband
Jerry Freeman
Roger Harkins
Cera Carter
Mick Moore
Pastor Wayne Ellis & Family and
   Robin’s recovery
Jones Family, Howard & Margie, etal
Glenn Etheridge (Pastor)

SYMPATHYSympathy to Mama Earle, (Billy’s mother) and the family on the loss of her brother.

Sympathy to the McCarthy family on the passing of Jim’s mother, Joyce.


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.

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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