January 7, 2021 G Chat

A Special Invitation to grow in Faith and Action
We have a unique opportunity to start our new year out with this invitation. I have always found the Wesley Covenant Prayer meaningful and inspiring.  This weeks’ conversation partners are Rev. Dr. Byron Thomas and his wife, Duwana.  Byron was truly the strongest mentor I had as I moved into ministry.  I know we will benefit from his wisdom.  I hope you will take part in this each week as we start our New Year out with purpose and prayer!  Pastor Lisa

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson invites North Georgia United Methodists to spend time and living Wesley’s Covenant Prayer together. You’re invited to join weekly conversations on the North Georgia Conference Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ngaumcat 6:30 pm on Mondays or watch the videos here on this page or on Vimeo at www.vimeo.com/NGUMC.

You are encouraged to print the prayer and put it on your refrigerator, tape it to your mirror, frame it and display it on your dresser or bookshelf, or post it anywhere it will serve as a reminder to pray and ponder our covenant with God. Find several printable PDF versions below:

Week 1: No Longer My Own, But Thine  

Conversation Partners
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, DuWanna Thomas (president of North Georgia’s Black Methodists for Church Renewal), and Rev. Dr. Byron Thomas (pastor at Ben Hill UMC in Atlanta and chair of the North Georgia Conference General Conference Delegation).

Focus Line of the Prayer
I am no longer my own, but thine.

So Be It: Our Call to Action
This year may we grow in Christ and magnify God as never before. 

Breath Prayer
As you breathe in: Father, your will, not mine.
As you breathe out: Keep us as one. Let us be your body.

Your Thoughts
Would you like to share your thoughts on this line of the Covenant Prayer with Bishop Sue? Email CovenantPrayer@ngumc.org.


Virtual Worship

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Sunday, January  10, 2021
     Sermon:     “In This I Hope!”

    Scripture:  Romans 10:5-15

Why Virtual? Church Council met on December 9th, and reviewed the increase in Covid risk.  Council determined in-person worship will be Paused until Coweta’s risk is lower.  
As of Wednesday, January 7,  Coweta County remains at  RED* level of Risk.

*Visit globalepidemics.org and Coweta County Health department, countyindicatororeport.s3.amazonaws.com provides the details of the current risks. Please use the above links to get more information. 

A New Series begins this Sunday


A World in Search of Hope

Explore how our faith and the story of Jesus speaks a powerful message of Hope to us in this strange and wonderful time.  We can name the strange – lets learn to name the wonderful that is beneath the surface. Sundays,  January 10th, 17th and 24th.



Sunday, January 10 – Virtual Worship
Sunday, January 10 – 9:30 Inter-generational Sunday School Class Resumes via Zoom
Monday, January 11 – 11:00 Zoom Staff Meeting

Sunday, January 17 – Virtual Worship


We continue to support our three missionary families:   Allie and David Houle;  Amanda and Matt Hadden; and Caleb Earle.  We were not able to have our Dinner/Silent Auction in August because of covid limitations. 

Please consider donating to our missionary fund to help meet our pledges to these three families until we are able to have some fundraisers.  A one-time donation or once-a-month gifts would be appreciated.  Designate donation for “Missionaries” when you give.

Have a wonderful 2021 and help our missionaries as they serve!

Again, thank you for supporting the 20 gifts for children and additional gifts for eleven children in our community.  Thank you to everyone who has helped make Christmas even more special for these children.

Growing Our Faith…

Financial Snapshot for December, 2020
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $20,400

Actual operating funds collected as of December 31st: $22.962.29
Financial Snapshot for January, 2021
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $21,783

Actual operating funds collected as of January 6th: $1,535.00

Cokes Chapel UMC Finance Committee would like to thank the congregation for their faithful reoccurring contributions during this unusual year that we shall remember as the year of the great Covid pandemic when we had to close the doors of our beautiful little church.  Many of us have struggle to make sense of all the different rules and regulations this event has created for us personally and collectively.  We have struggled as our close community of believers have succumbed to worship on-line, perhaps attend another church, or unfortunately not worship at all.  The Bibles tells us God is good even in the bad times…trust Him.  We have heard it many times, that God has always taken care of us and, in my experience, He has!  
As new leadership takes over this committee, we should continue to trust God with His infinite wisdom and goodness to take care of His church even in the bad times.  We hope that this new year will bring us hope in the future, peace in our hearts, joy of Jesus Christ on our faces  and, the greatest of these, love within our hearts. Immanuel!   Amen  
Vivian Snyder, outgoing Finance Chairperson
If you go forth in LOVE, you will find your PEACE.

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

In Youth Ministry, our annual Youth Christmas Party was held outdoors at the Youth House on Sunday, December 20th.  We gathered around the campfire and enjoyed a fabulous meal (thanks to Jackie Simpson, Arianna Smith, and Carma McCallie), while playing games like detecting Christmas carol and movie names through emojis, peppermint stack contests (family table groups competing against each other), Christmas trivia, and a luminary treasure hunt!   We were grateful to be able to adapt our annual gathering in such a way as to honor the need for safe practices while still allowing us to celebrate the joy of the season together!
Youth Christmas Party Pictures: (Held OUTDOORS at the Youth House; December 20, 2020)

In Inter-generational Ministry, the Inter-generational Sunday School class will resume weekly classes via Zoom starting this Sunday, January 10th from 9:30-10:30 am.   Each week we will study a passage of Scripture through reading, reflection, and discussion, as well as engage in spiritual practices together in this virtual gathering.  These Zoom Sunday School classes will continue until we are able to gather again for in-person worship.  If you are interested in participating in this Zoom Sunday School class, please contact Kim at kim.reindl@gmail.com.  No prior participation, nor preparation, is required.
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,


Cokes Chapel Prayer Team is praying for 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.  

*please help us keep our prayer list updated by contacting Pastor Lisa or Debbie Carter to add or remove names.  Current usually remains on the prayer list for 2 weeks unless you advise us. Ongoing Prayer list is for long term prayer needs.
Pat Harkins brother and sister in law
Ralph Hammond (brother-in-law of Michael Ross)
Burt Taylor


Paul Snyder
Elaine Lassiter
Julie (friend of Pat Harkins)
JoAnn (Sandy Cavender’s sister)
Sally Jones (mother of Carol Ross)
Richard Harkins (brother of Roger Harkins)
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

Let us join in prayer together:  Lord, we continue to pray for one another and for our country.  We lift up the leaders of our nation to God, asking for divine guidance, wisdom and a deep desire for peace. Be with the people of this nation who are looking to our leaders to provide for needs, and may they be met with compassion and generosity.  In this season of transition for out country, may we be the guide and example of a country that honors democracy and strives for peace.
Lord, while there are leaders and decision makers of our nation, help us to seat our faith, hope and trust in You.  All else is but a passing moment, like chaff that is cleared from the grain, so that You will be known. Only You are have the power through willing hearts to bring hope and peace.  May God surround, protect and reveal Your healing presence in these times.  Amen.

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
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren 14 Hampshire Ln   Newnan, GA 30265-6058
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