G Chat November 12, 2020

      “In-Person” Worship in our Sanctuary

Sundays, 10:00 am! As we return to indoor worship, we continue to social distance, wear masks and provide sanitizer in consideration of one another’s health safety.  Thank you for abiding by these guidelines!  For those who remain sheltered in, worship will be videotaped and uploaded for you sometime Sunday afternoon. 

  You are invited to join us for this ADVENT STUDY!
Sunday Mornings, November 29th-December 20th
 During the season of Advent we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas.  Enter Advent this year with an attitude of curious expectancy and trustful anticipation.
As the holidays approach, it is easy to become consumed by busyness.  If you desire a time to slow down and focus on the true meaning of the season, join us for a four week study, “Behold! Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent,” by Pamela Hawkins.  This study encourages participants to linger for a while and pay close attention to the meaning of the season as you focus on a single word each week, pray beautiful prayers and hymn texts, and try various forms of prayer such as praying with images, silent prayer, prayer beads, and compline (night prayer).

Behold the season with new eyes, new ears, a new heart, and a sense of new possibilities. Let this study encourage and help you behold the “news of great joy,” Christ the Lord, who is coming to make all things new!
When:  Sunday Mornings, November 29, December 6, 13, and 20
Time:  8:45-9:45 am (Before Worship)
Who:  Everyone!  This is a class for Adults, Youth, and Children
Leader:  Kim Reindl
Book Cost & “At-Home” Option: $14 with Optional Book; FREE without a book
(The book, “Behold! Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent,” by Pamela Hawkins, provides a guide for weekly class time and optional daily Scripture reading and prayer.)
To Register:  Email Kim at kim.reindl@gmail.com; Please indicate whether
or not you would like to purchase a copy of the book
Registration Deadline:  Sunday, November 22

Advent Series coming November 29th . . .  “Rediscover Christmas” 
Advent is a time to prepare our hearts to celebrate the coming of the true light of the world, Jesus Christ. But this season isn’t Christmas as usual. We’ve been through what is perhaps the most difficult year we can remember, and we know there are challenges looming ahead. The good news is—Jesus came to earth that first Christmas in one of the darkest times in history…and He’s still the light in our night now! The season looks different this year, but this five-week series on the themes of Advent (Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love), will help us discover the certainty of God’s love in uncertain times. It’s the perfect time to ReDiscover Christmas in a new light.

One of the most valuable pieces of this series is the downloadable ReDiscover Christmas Advent Reading Plan. This 30-day journey REDISCOVER CHRISTMAS PLANNING GUIDE 4 REDISCOVER CHRISTMAS PLANNING GUIDE 5 includes daily devotions for the four weeks leading up to Christmas based around the Advent themes of hope, love, joy and peace. Following is the link to access the devotional series.  Click on the second line listed in the download “Advent Reading Plan” to receive the daily devotional packet.  



We are all at our limits with so much on our plates, from pandemic, social distancing, politics (I write this before the election, but still….) and our own coping with these subjects and more.  A thoughtful way as Christians to see our way through is offered to as we listen in on the topic of “Frustration” on At the Table as Bishop Sue talks with Rev. Lindsay Geist, a gifted leader and licensed clinical social worker, about the frustration and grief we’re feeling in this time of pandemic and how to turn our thoughts toward all that is life-giving and worthy of praise.  

Sit in on At the Table with Bishop Sue “Frustration” Discussion provided by Clicking on the podcast here:  https://www.ngumc.org/podcast

Worship Information

Sunday, November 15th in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am – Rev. Joe Watson
Sermon:     Jesus’ Investment Advisor
Scripture:    Matthew 25:14-30
Every day is an opportunity to increase our Master’s portfolio.Michael Donnelly, a former financial advisor, lied to 13 of his clients and stole almost $2 million from them — most of them elderly. This happens too often. Consider Aequitas Management, Robert Lunn, Charles Banks, Ash Narayan and others. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus tells the story of a master who gives three of his servants some cash to play with. Think of these characters as financial advisors. What happens to the client’s money?

We continue to maintain our Covid guidelines of social distancing, wearing masks, as well as other items you can read about here:  https://www.cokeschapel.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Worship-Guidelines-for-Individuals.pdf

From your pastor:
Dear community, I will be on vacation from November 1-21.  Filling the pulpit on these 3 Sundays will be Kim Reindl, our All Saints service, on November 1.  On November 8 and 15, Reverend Joe Watson, a retired elder in the UMC will be leading worship.  Reverend Watson was recommended by our District Superintendent Susan Landry.  In case of pastoral concerns, please contact Larry Carter at 770-871-0051.

I will be back in the pulpit on Sunday, November 22, and “rair’in” to go for our Advent season.  God has good plans for Cokes Chapel!  As we all anticipate the beginnings of the Christmas season and the birth of our Savior, may each of you find moments of rest and renewal also. I am thankful that I serve a church that supports my need for rest and renewal, and am grateful for you!
Love and peace, Pastor Lisa

Sunday, November 15  – Worship – 10:00 am – in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot
                                        – Pastor Lisa on vacation through Nov, 20th
                                        – UMW Old Fashioned Bake Sale – 9:45 am Drop off / 10:45-11:15 am Sale
                                        – Trustee Meeting – 12:00-2:00 pm – Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, November 18 – Prayer Meeting – 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Thursday, November 19 – UMW Women’s Holiday Celebration – 11:30 am – Fellowship Hall
Sunday, November 22  – Worship – 10:00 am – in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot
                                        – UMW Old Fashioned Bake Sale – 9:45 am Drop off / 10:45-11:15 am Sale
                                        – Hanging of the Greens – 2-4 pm
                                        – Youth Labyrinth Activity – 5:00-7:00 pm – Youth House & Labyrinth Area
Monday, November 23 – Staff Meeting – 12:30 – Pavilion/Fellowship Hall
Thursday, November 26 – THANKSGIVING DAY
Sunday, November 29 – Sunday School Resumes – 8:45-9:45 – Advent Study Begins
                                       – Worship – 10:00 am – in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot
Monday, November 30 – Staff Meeting – 12:30 – Fellowship Hall
                                       – Charge Conference Meeting – 5:30 – via Zoom

Note For All Building Users:  Our guidelines from Church Council regarding Covid still remain in place for social distancing, masks and sanitary cleaning following use.

Leaders and Committee Chairs – please remember to contact Brenda in the office at office@cokeschapel.org or request meeting space and assure there will be no conflict of use.  Please do not announce meetings without clearing date and time with the office.


Old Fashioned Bake Sale THIS SUNDAY! – Nov. 15th and 22nd

Our United Methodist Women are sponsoring an Old Fashioned Bake Sale to fund their ministry coffers. Whether you make something for the sale or purchase something one of these Sundays, you can be assured that the funds will go towards the mission and ministry of Cokes Chapel.
Mark your calendar, strike off “preparing desserts for Thanksgiving” or other family gatherings during the holidays!  
If you wish to contribute your “famous” or “favorite” home made dessert, please contact Ann Navin right away so we can get an idea of the various goodies!  call Ann or text at 678-469-5851

Christmas Angel Tree

Our Angel Tree for 2020 will be up in the narthex on Sunday, November 22nd.  Please choose a tag/tags from the tree to provide a Christmas gift for a child in our community.  Due to the virus, our Cokes Chapel worship service attendance is significantly smaller.  Please keep this in mind and help with as many of these children’s gifts as possible.
It is very important that you remember to sign your name on the clipboard sheet so we will know who has each child’s tag.
You will find additional instructions on the back of each tag.  The gifts are due at least by December 6th  (by Nov. 29th would be even better!)  If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Bagley. ebbagley@gmail.com 
Thanksgiving Baskets

We will again be helping people in our community to have a special Thanksgiving dinner.  Due to the corona virus and our desire to keep everyone safe, we are going to provide gift cards to families.  They will use the grocery cards to buy their own food, and it will not be necessary for our folks to spend so much time in stores.
HOW to participate: To donate money to purchase gift cards for food, please give funds to Caroline Huckaby or Betsy Bagley.  If you prefer to write a check to the church, be sure to designate “Thanksgiving Food” on the “for” line on your check.  

HAPPY FALL YA’LL – The UMW Annual Holiday Luncheon will be on Nov 19th at 11:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall.  All ladies of the church are invited to come and celebrate the food, friends and fun around the tables.  The luncheon menu will be lasagna, salad, rolls, dessert and drinks.  Be sure to bring a holiday gift to exchange in the fun-filled UMW way!  ($10.00 gift limit) We will look forward to seeing you. 

OLD FASHIONED BAKE SALE – Immediately after worship on Sunday, November 15th & November 22nd  – The UMW is sponsoring a bake sale that will offer the “best of the best” home made desserts and goodies (cakes, pies, candy and cookies) for you to take home.  Great for freezing for Thanksgiving, or just to enjoy the fall season.  Items will be carefully wrapped and labeled.  All proceeds will go to the various charitable organizations UMW currently supports!  After worship step across the street to the Fellowship Hall to pick out something yummy!

Prayer Team has resumed and everyone is invited!  We are meeting on Wednesday nights at 5:30 pm.  We will be meeting in the Sanctuary for the month of November.  We would love for you to attend!  If you would like to join us for a “drop-in” to ask for a prayer request, to be prayed with, or to be prayed for, we would love to have you!  No commitment necessary!  Stop by and join us for prayer!  Everyone try to arrange your schedule to attend, if you aren’t there we will miss you.  We will wear masks and social distance. 

Stewardship is utilizing and managing all the resources (our time, talents and resources) that God provides for the glory of God and the betterment of His creation. Being a faithful generous steward is a choice you make.  We are never more like God than when we give. Seek and understand the character of God.
Growing Our Faith…
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $20,400
Actual operating funds collected as of November 11: $12,947.29
Thank you… for God loves a cheerful giver and it is truly more blessed to give than to receive.  
Seek and know the character of GOD!  AMEN
Finance met on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.  
1. We will continue to make deposits on Wednesday until the end of the year.  
2. Trustees are working to renew the Childcare loan and the loan on the Youth House.  The bank currently gives a timeline for completion of February-March.  
3. We are waiting on Congress to make some final decisions regarding applying for forgiveness of the Cares Act funds (Payroll Protection Program) 
4   We will present the 2021 budget to Church Council at their next meeting at the end of the month. 

Visit our website: cokeschapel.org to give regularly or make a one time gift.

In Inter-generational Ministry, registration for our upcoming ADVENT STUDY is underway!  Starting on Sunday, November 29th everyone is invited to join the Inter-generational Sunday School class as we engage in a four week study for the Advent season!  We will be gathering in-person prior to worship on Sunday mornings, November 29-December 20, from 8:45-9:45 am.  The study focuses on a different word each week (i.e., Expectancy, Preparation, Faith, Promise) and is based in Scripture reading and prayer.  Please see additional information in this G-Chat.  To register, please contact kim.reindl@gmail.com.
Inter-generational Sunday School is continuing with “at home” lessons until the beginning of Advent on November 29th.  This week we will be beginning a new unit focused on places of worship, which, as found in the Scripture, can be simple, impromptu altars in response to unexpected meetings with God, or meticulously planned and constructed buildings.  This Sunday we will read about how our faith fathers, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Samuel, all built altars to God as ways to commemorate encounters with God.  If you would like to be included in the email list and receive this “at home” lesson, please contact Kim Reindl at kim.reindl@gmail.com.  Each lesson includes Bible facts to help enlighten your study, questions for thought and reflection, as well as opportunity for spiritual practice. 
In Inter-generational and Youth Ministry, Prayer Partners met via Zoom last Sunday, November 8th for the second of our monthly Zoom gatherings.  We explored the ancient Christian practice of how to pray through visualization and the imagination (i.e., praying without words).  This was a new way of prayer for most of the participants.  Several noted that being able to pray for oneself and others through visualization (i.e., picturing a person being held in the light of God’s love, or imaging Jesus walking with you or holding you in the midst of pain or struggle), offered a sense of freedom and comfort.   Prayer Partners were also given time together in “breakout rooms to talk and share prayer praises and concerns.”
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)


Worship Center Activities: Our Child Safety Policy does not allow for entry through the Worship Center doors due to the Child Care Center program, from Monday-Friday, from 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.  


Pat Harkins brother 
Ralph Hammond (brother-in-law of Michael Ross)
Burt Taylor
Julie (friend of Pat Harkins)
JoAnn (Sandy Cavender’s sister)
Jerry Chappell  (father of Nadja Williamson)
Allan and Nancy Kinnard (son and DIL of Margie Jones)
Sally Jones (mother of Carol Ross)
Richard Harkins (brother of Roger Harkins)
Leigh Cunningham (daughter-in-law (James) of Cornelia)
Craig and Cindy Cox
Larry & Debbie Carter
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
Mick Moore
Pastor Wayne Ellis, Robin & Family 
Jones Family, Howard & Margie, etal

Continue to pray for one another and for our country for comfort, peace, freedom from anxiety, depression and fear. May God surround, protect and bring us assurance of God’s almighty hand with 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 357 Jim Starr Road, Newnan, GA 30263
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren 14 Hampshire Ln   Newnan, GA 30265-6058
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