G Chat February 11, 2021

A Special Invitation to grow in Faith and Action

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson continues with the weekly Wesley Covenant prayer 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.

Week 6: So Be It

https://vimeo.com/509543707   This week Bishop Sue is joined by her friend and colleague Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey. Bishop Harvey serves the Louisiana Annual Conference and is President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops. They discuss the next lines of the Covenant Prayer: And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.”

Conversation Partners
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey

Focus Lines of the Prayer
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.”

So Be It: Our Call to Action
Hold each other more tenderly and love each other as people claimed by God. 

Related Scripture
Isaiah 43




Virtual Worship

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Sunday, February 14, 2021
     Transfiguration Sunday
     Sermon:     “Behold the Son”

    Scripture:     Mark 9:2-9

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 Thursday, February 11,  Coweta County has moved to the Orange* Risk level.

*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. 


Ash Wednesday* begins our season of Lent on Wednesday, February 17
                 A New Lent series:  Lent: No Question About It! 
Sundays, February 21- March 21 virtual worship at cokeschapel.org

Growing in faith is our life time task.  We face uncertainty every day, whether in our personal life, in our relationships with others, with decisions and circumstances that require our best, faithful responses.  Who do you turn to?  How can we do our level best to respond in ways that will please God and honor Jesus Christ?  
Let’s look to the Word these next forty days of Lent, where we can find direction, comfort, and spiritual teaching that will provide focus, clarity and joy in knowing we are walking in God’s will.  No Question about it – there are answers in God’s Word!  

*Read below about our Lenten Journey bag now available, including: Your Ash Wednesday worship bulletin, materials for worship as well as other opportunities for you to grow spiritually throughout the Lenten season.

And more opportunities to grow….

REGISTER NOW for Our Online Lenten Study!


“Forgiveness: A Lenten Study”

Last Week to Register – By Friday, February 12th

This is a church-wide study! EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

         Sunday Mornings      9:30-10:30 AM         via ZOOM

Begins Feb. 21st-March 28th

Forgiving others and humbly asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christian believers. Lent, a time to reflect on our Christian journey, is an appropriate time to deepen our understanding and practice of forgiveness. In six brief chapters, we will address such questions as the following:

  • Is forgiveness a Christian duty under all circumstances? Or are there situations when Christians do not need to forgive?
  • Is forgiveness a matter between individuals, or is it meaningful only in the context of communities?
  • Is forgiving the best route to healing for the injured?
  • How do we get past emotional barriers to real forgiveness?

With clarity, insight, and sensitivity, this book is the perfect resource for examining both our ability to forgive and our own need for forgiveness.
From “Forgiveness,” Back Cover
TO REGISTER:  Contact Kim Reindl at kim.reindl@gmail.com
BOOK COST:  $11.00; Please Register by Feb. 12th to be included in the book order.  Otherwise, you may purchase your book independently from online book sellers.

Missing Bible Study and fellowship?  
Join us each week for ONLINE Sunday School!

Everyone is welcome!  Please join the Inter-generational Sunday School Class
Sunday Mornings, 9:30-10:30 AM
Via Zoom: Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84276399302?pwd=M3Vsb1RHL2lmYlptTi94RGF3QkZTUT09
Our winter focus is “Hope.”  We will begin our study on Forgiveness next week. Questions? Contact Kim Reindl at kim.reindl@gmail.com
We hope to “see” you this Sunday!



Now thru Tuesday, February 16th – Pick up Lenten Journey Bags under the Pavilion

Saturday, February 13 – 9:00-3:00  Boy Scout Food Drive @ Cokes Chapel Pavilion
Sunday, February 14   – Virtual Worship 
                                     – 9:30 am  Inter-generational Sunday School via Zoom
Monday, February 15  – President’s Day – Church Office Closed – No Staff Meeting
Wednesday, February 17                                                                                                  
                            – ASH WEDNESDAY 
video available all day – cokeschapel.org
                                     – 12:00 pm – Virtual Worship, those able invited to join together virtually
                                     – 5:30 pm Prayer Team
Sunday, February 21   – Virtual Worship
                                     – 9:30 am Inter-generational Sunday School via Zoom
Monday, February 22  – 11:00 am  Zoom Staff Meeting
Wednesday, February 24 
                                     – 5:30 pm Prayer Team
                                     – 7:00 PM Church Council Zoom meeting
Sunday, February 28 – Virtual Worship
                                     – 9:30 am – Inter-generational Sunday                                                                                               – Youth “In-Person” Outside Event – TBD

Video Camera needs friends….
Cokes Chapel recently was awarded a grant for a state-of-the-art Video Camera for worship and church ministry communications.  The camera is in hand – God just needs a few willing hands to operate it!  We need a few people who geek out (translation – really love!!) to work with video, sound and recording.  We are on a learning curve in using this gift to the best of its ability and ours!  
If you would like to become part of the team that provides a vital growing ministry to our church and communityplease reach out to Pastor Lisa right away. Text me at 770-598-5066 or email me at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org.


UPPER ROOM – Copies of the January/February Upper Room are available for pick-up under the pavilion.  Large print copies have arrived and are available now.

Plan Your Lenten Journey Now:

Dear Church Family, 
In this time of sheltering in, your Worship Team is providing an interactive Lenten opportunity.  You are loved, missed and an important part of Cokes Chapel!  Your worship team planned, wrote, sorted and packed over 70 Lenten bags for church and childcare. 
In each Lenten Journey Bag are suggestions for the spiritual disciplines of prayer; scripture memorization; fasting; serving (don’t miss the Journey around the World!!); repentance and worship. ​ 
Each Journey bag has: 

  • weekly suggestions in each spiritual discipline for practice and growth
    • Ash Wednesday Bulletin with items for Wednesday Feb. 27th virtual worship, including 2 fabric lent crosses, a candle, an olive wood cross and communion.
    • If you need more than the 2 fabric crosses included, extra Crosses are inside containers.

Pick Up your Journey Bag* today, then begin your Lenten Journey 
Wednesday, February 17 for Ash Wednesday Virtual Worship
6 am through evening at cokeschapel.org.  
We encourage those able to gather virtually at noon to worship as a community.
Finally, join Pastor Lisa weekly on Mondays for a Lenten video reflection.
We pray that you will take part in this season of preparation in ways that allows Easter to be more meaningful and joyous in every way!

Your Worship team,
Brenda Hanes, Vivian Snyder, Ann Navin, Arianna Smith, Carma McCallie and Pastor Lisa.   Special thank you to Velda for the design and printing of materials!

*Lenten Journey Bag is now available for pick up at the Pavilion in the blue tub. If you need a delivery to your home, please text Pastor Lisa (770) 598-5066 to arrange for a drop off.

Blessing Bags

The ladies of the UMW would like to thank everyone who contributed items for the “blessing” bags.  You were so generous, as always, and we have now completed our needs.  We will meet again soon and prepare the bags for distribution.  Hopefully these bags will help people in need in our community and surrounding areas.  Thanks again and everyone stay safe until we can once again be together.
God Bless –
Sherba Peek

Update on our missionaries  —  

 – Allie and David Houle in Thailand – We will keep you updated about the Houles’ quest to adopt a little girl in an orphanage in Pattaya.  Prayers are needed as the adoption process in Thailand can be exceptionally long and complicated.

  – Amanda and Matt Hadden in South Dakota – In a recent blog, concerning their community, Matt said, “Next year we will be diving into new aspects of ministry through the medical program that we have been building and developing. We have great plans to pick back up with the summer camp, jails, meals, children’s discipleship and vocational ministries, and whatever else He allows us to open back up.”

  – Caleb and Eva Earle – The young couple married January 3rd and are now living in Tennessee.  They are hoping to have the necessary paperwork completed by April and can then work to get back to Italy.


The Scouts of Troop 2193 and Pack 2293 invite you to join them in a 

Drive-Through Food Drive to Benefit Bridging the Gap

Please Donate Non-Perishable items on:
Date:         Saturday, February 13, 2021

Location:  Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church
                  4096 Lower Fayetteville Road
                  Sharpsburg, GA 30277

Time:         9 AM to 3 PM



Growing Our Faith…

Financial Snapshot for February, 2021
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $21,783

Actual operating funds collected as of February 3rd: $10,547.30

Malachi 3:10 NIV
10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Thank you for supporting Cokes Chapel!  We are honored you would bless us with your generosity!   

Nancy Vermilyea, Finance Chair

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




Dear Valued Customer,
CM CARES® Foundation is offering 25 scholarships of $2,500 each to religious scholars — and we’re asking for your assistance to spread the word!
The CM CARES Religious Scholars program supports full and part-time graduate and doctoral students who are committed to ministry as a career. Scholars of all faiths are encouraged to apply.

  • 25 scholarship winners will each receive $2,500 to help pay for tuition, fees, books or other costs of attending school full-time during the 2021-22 academic year. 
  • The application period runs February 9 through April 6, 2021, so students should apply as soon as possible. Winners will be announced in June.
Please share this information with students, staff, and faculty as well as with your contacts at other institutions of higher learning that offer advanced degrees in theology, ministry or other religious fields of study. 
Please share this information with students, staff, and faculty as well as with your contacts at other institutions of higher learning that offer advanced degrees in theology, ministry or other religious fields of study. 
                     Scholarship applications must be submitted by April 6, 2021
On behalf of the entire Church Mutual® family, thank you. The CM CARES Religious Scholars program can make a real difference in the lives of deserving students, ensuring that your faith continues to flourish for future generations.
Sincerely,Richard V. Poirier

President and CEO

Church Mutual Insurance Company


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.

The Prince Family (friends of the Cox Family)
Hugh & Jeanine Giles

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

Sympathy to the Bomba Family on the loss of Kelly’s father, William Loyd Odom on February 3, 2021.

Sympathy to our extended Cokes family through the Scouting ministry, as we pray for the Neundorfer family on the passing of Oscar Neundorfer. In past years, Oscar had served in many capacities with the Cokes Chapel Scouting, from Den leader in the Cub Scouts to Assistant Scoutmaster for the Troup. We remember in gratefulness his life, and give thanks for God’s accompaniment in this loss.

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. Lord we trust in you alone for our every need.  Teach us in these coming days of Lent to look to you first, to listen to you and seek your presence in all things.
Remind us to seat our faith, hope and trust in You.  Yours is the power to heal, comfort and bring eternal assurance of all things.  May God surround, protect and reveal Your healing presence.  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 c/o Benton House 25 Newnan Lakes Blvd Newnan, GA. 30263
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren c/o Benton House 25 Newnan Lakes Blvd.   Newnan, GA 30263
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