A note from Pastor Lisa February 1, 2017

 

A Sign of Hope

On a cool, windy morning last week, I hurried into the office.  In the last few weeks, small beginnings of daffodils someone planted, who knows how many years ago, began peeking out of the ground.  By early afternoon that same day, a first bud had presented its full beauty. 

I paused to enjoy the sight, reveling in the wonder that within a short time, this bright statement of promise could go from a sheltered bud to a shining statement of seasons yet to come. A hint of spring!  Hope!

It just so happened this was a day I needed to be reminded that God is always at work, generating hope, promise,
and change.  Sometimes that change is done in my heart, sometimes that promise is all I need to remember, and yes, sometimes I need to trust that while I might not see it, God is at work preparing, creating and ultimately revealing the good plan for all God’s creation.
 
Do you ever need to be reminded of hope?  Are there days when you long to see God’s affirmation?  Look outward, listen
for
 the song of God’s great love in the stories of one another, in the very movement of seasons, in worship, prayer, serving, and giving.  Look inward and listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Honor the growth and new life that is at work in you through Jesus Christ. God has a part of each of these holy works. 

Yes, you are a holy work in progress. 

Join me this Sunday in worship at 9 or 11 for more on grace. Folks, sanctification is more than just a word – its a way of life, it represents the disciples  journey of hope, promise, and wonder!  Yes, grace is amazing! 

Peace, Pastor Lisa

Acts 20.32

And now I commend you to God and to the message of his grace, a message that is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all who are sanctified.



Pastor Blog January 26

 
 
A World of Difference!
 

I am proud to serve Cokes Chapel because you make a difference each day for Jesus Christ. 

I am so thankful to serve a church that has paid 100% of your apportionments in 2016!  When we pay our missional askings, the funds from every Methodist church around the world are combined and channeled through United Methodist schools, agencies, missionaries and ministries of the church for missional work in the name of Jesus Christ all around the world.

Just think about it – your faithful giving is used by God not just in Sharpsburg, Georgia, but to ease suffering, give hope, and bring the message of salvation to folks in languages we don’t speak, in countries that we may never visit.  On behalf of the faithful giving, children are given food, education, and hope for a better life now, and in eternity.  Talk about getting a bang for your buck!! Go to the general UMC website http://www.umcgiving.org/ministry-articles/the-world-service-fund to see more details of what you are doing with your giving.

Your giving 100% of our missional askings for 2016 is a tremendous accomplishment to celebrate as a church!  WooHoo! Thank you for your faithful giving and generous spirit. 

Love, Pastor Lisa



Pastor’s Blog 1-5-16

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A Reflection on Time

 the-road-not-taken

The change to 2017 marks a time of attention for us –  we spend some time reflecting on the past year, and hopefully even more time praying, listening and planning for the direction that God will have us take.  Of course, without God leading things get more complicated as we try to do what we think is right, is most needful, most important.  I invite you to consider where you will put your time in 2017 and how you will let God lead you in 2017!

Winnowing down our spiritual focus for 2017 can have a two pronged approach:  one, consider what your personal spiritual focus will be for the year.  Second, consider how you will corporately take part at Cokes to make disciples for Jesus Christ.  In truth, both are intimately connected to one another.  How you commit, nurture and develop in your personal spiritual life reflects in your outward actions.  Daily as you seek transformation in the most simple of thoughts and responses, and more broadly as you join with others at Cokes to do more together than we can individually.

Connections:  ours with God, with our own spiritual life and growth, with others who can support and guide us in faith and life, and together as we remain focused on making disciples for Jesus Christ.

We are a missional church, planted in 1833 in a community that is still growing, still needful of the hope and grace of the gospel, in a world that desperately needs that same Truth as balm for every pain, hurt, and fear.

What will God do with your commitment to personal spiritual growth this year?  Suggestion:  many folks are beginning to pick a “Word” as the focus for their year.  Pray about your Word for 2017 and listen to what God will lead you to.

What will God do with your commitment to the corporate work of discipleship through Cokes Chapel this year?  Suggestion:  just as you may select a Word for 2017, would you pray and select an Area of ministry for 2017?  An hour or so a week in a specific area* from every member can revolutionize our effectiveness for Jesus Christ.

May this year of our Lord be all that is intended for His Glory and honor!  If I can support you in discernment, or God is giving you inspiration for our ministry please reach out to me.  I am here to serve you!  ldempsey@cokeschapel.org or 770.253.6052. 

Peace, Pastor Lisa
 

*If you haven’t yet returned our 2017 Service Opportunities, please click here for a list of ministry areas.  Print it, fill it out and drop it in the offering plate Sunday, or mail to the office.  Your ministry leaders need your support to fulfill the Word God is forming in us for 2017!

 
 

This Sunday plan to be in worship as we take part in the historical Wesley Covenant Service and remember our baptism.  All for the glory of God in 2017!

 
 



A note from Pastor Lisa February 1, 2017

 

A Sign of Hope

On a cool, windy morning last week, I hurried into the office.  In the last few weeks, small beginnings of daffodils someone planted, who knows how many years ago, began peeking out of the ground.  By early afternoon that same day, a first bud had presented its full beauty. 

I paused to enjoy the sight, reveling in the wonder that within a short time, this bright statement of promise could go from a sheltered bud to a shining statement of seasons yet to come. A hint of spring!  Hope!

It just so happened this was a day I needed to be reminded that God is always at work, generating hope, promise,
and change.  Sometimes that change is done in my heart, sometimes that promise is all I need to remember, and yes, sometimes I need to trust that while I might not see it, God is at work preparing, creating and ultimately revealing the good plan for all God’s creation.
 
Do you ever need to be reminded of hope?  Are there days when you long to see God’s affirmation?  Look outward, listen
for
 the song of God’s great love in the stories of one another, in the very movement of seasons, in worship, prayer, serving, and giving.  Look inward and listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Honor the growth and new life that is at work in you through Jesus Christ. God has a part of each of these holy works. 

Yes, you are a holy work in progress. 

Join me this Sunday in worship at 9 or 11 for more on grace. Folks, sanctification is more than just a word – its a way of life, it represents the disciples  journey of hope, promise, and wonder!  Yes, grace is amazing! 

Peace, Pastor Lisa

Acts 20.32

And now I commend you to God and to the message of his grace, a message that is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all who are sanctified.



Pastor Blog January 26

 
 
A World of Difference!
 

I am proud to serve Cokes Chapel because you make a difference each day for Jesus Christ. 

I am so thankful to serve a church that has paid 100% of your apportionments in 2016!  When we pay our missional askings, the funds from every Methodist church around the world are combined and channeled through United Methodist schools, agencies, missionaries and ministries of the church for missional work in the name of Jesus Christ all around the world.

Just think about it – your faithful giving is used by God not just in Sharpsburg, Georgia, but to ease suffering, give hope, and bring the message of salvation to folks in languages we don’t speak, in countries that we may never visit.  On behalf of the faithful giving, children are given food, education, and hope for a better life now, and in eternity.  Talk about getting a bang for your buck!! Go to the general UMC website http://www.umcgiving.org/ministry-articles/the-world-service-fund to see more details of what you are doing with your giving.

Your giving 100% of our missional askings for 2016 is a tremendous accomplishment to celebrate as a church!  WooHoo! Thank you for your faithful giving and generous spirit. 

Love, Pastor Lisa



Pastor’s Blog 1-5-16

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A Reflection on Time

 the-road-not-taken

The change to 2017 marks a time of attention for us –  we spend some time reflecting on the past year, and hopefully even more time praying, listening and planning for the direction that God will have us take.  Of course, without God leading things get more complicated as we try to do what we think is right, is most needful, most important.  I invite you to consider where you will put your time in 2017 and how you will let God lead you in 2017!

Winnowing down our spiritual focus for 2017 can have a two pronged approach:  one, consider what your personal spiritual focus will be for the year.  Second, consider how you will corporately take part at Cokes to make disciples for Jesus Christ.  In truth, both are intimately connected to one another.  How you commit, nurture and develop in your personal spiritual life reflects in your outward actions.  Daily as you seek transformation in the most simple of thoughts and responses, and more broadly as you join with others at Cokes to do more together than we can individually.

Connections:  ours with God, with our own spiritual life and growth, with others who can support and guide us in faith and life, and together as we remain focused on making disciples for Jesus Christ.

We are a missional church, planted in 1833 in a community that is still growing, still needful of the hope and grace of the gospel, in a world that desperately needs that same Truth as balm for every pain, hurt, and fear.

What will God do with your commitment to personal spiritual growth this year?  Suggestion:  many folks are beginning to pick a “Word” as the focus for their year.  Pray about your Word for 2017 and listen to what God will lead you to.

What will God do with your commitment to the corporate work of discipleship through Cokes Chapel this year?  Suggestion:  just as you may select a Word for 2017, would you pray and select an Area of ministry for 2017?  An hour or so a week in a specific area* from every member can revolutionize our effectiveness for Jesus Christ.

May this year of our Lord be all that is intended for His Glory and honor!  If I can support you in discernment, or God is giving you inspiration for our ministry please reach out to me.  I am here to serve you!  ldempsey@cokeschapel.org or 770.253.6052. 

Peace, Pastor Lisa
 

*If you haven’t yet returned our 2017 Service Opportunities, please click here for a list of ministry areas.  Print it, fill it out and drop it in the offering plate Sunday, or mail to the office.  Your ministry leaders need your support to fulfill the Word God is forming in us for 2017!

 
 

This Sunday plan to be in worship as we take part in the historical Wesley Covenant Service and remember our baptism.  All for the glory of God in 2017!