Offering April 19, 2020

 

The offering time is a very vital part of worship that we are missing by watching the sermon and worship songs online.  But you can continue giving to the Lord’s work by setting up a deduction from your checking account automatically. The process is very simple.  There are two forms you can click on 1. our Tithes and Communion form and 2. the Special offering form.  

Here are some brief explanations about where your offerings are used for the Glory of God.

Tithes/General Budget – These offerings are the main income that takes care of our utilities, our apportionments (projects and missions supported by The United Methodist Church) and our staff’s salaries.  Our staff is still working from home to help keep the church alive and to help keep us tied together online, virtually.

Communion – Our communion offering taken up every week is split up between our Needy family fund for those in our immediate community in need. It is also shared with Luthersville Food Pantry and One Roof.  These funds are very important now that so many have lost their income by not being able to work from home.  There is a drop-down titled FUND that allows you to pick Budget or Communion.

Special Offerings – There are several funds that we have to give to.  Our Children and Youth, our missions, our music ministry and other special offerings you want to help support.  There is a drop-down titled FUND that allows you to pick where you want your special offering applied.

Passing the plate ONLINE!  Below is a picture of what it looks like to give online.  You need your checking account number and routing number to easily set up your giving. 
I am here to help you online or even set up your account! I love you all and can’t wait for us to be able to give to the Lord in His House in the future, but I give thanks to Him for giving us the options to continue our stewardship online.  Please contact me by replying to this message if you need any help at all!
-Love, Velda


Pass the Plate ONLINE

The offering time is a very vital part of worship that we are missing by watching the sermon and worship songs online.  But you can continue giving to the Lord’s work by setting up a deduction from your checking account automatically. The process is very simple.  There are two forms you can click on 1. our Tithes and Communion form and 2. the Special offering form.  

Here are some brief explanations about where your offerings are used for the Glory of God.

Tithes/General Budget – These offerings are the main income that takes care of our utilities, our apportionments (projects and missions supported by The United Methodist Church) and our staff’s salaries.  Our staff is still working from home to help keep the church alive and to help keep us tied together online, virtually.

Communion – Our communion offering taken up every week is split up between our Needy family fund for those in our immediate community in need. It is also shared with Luthersville Food Pantry and One Roof.  These funds are very important now that so many have lost their income by not being able to work from home.  There is a drop-down titled FUND that allows you to pick Budget or Communion.

Special Offerings – There are several funds that we have to give to.  Our Children and Youth, our missions, our music ministry and other special offerings you want to help support.  There is a drop-down titled FUND that allows you to pick where you want your special offering applied.

Passing the plate ONLINE!  Below is a picture of what it looks like to give online.  You need your checking account number and routing number to easily set up your giving. 
I am here to help you online or even set up your account! I love you all and can’t wait for us to be able to give to the Lord in His House in the future, but I give thanks to Him for giving us the options to continue our stewardship online.  Please contact me by replying to this message if you need any help at all!
-Love, Velda
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Tithes & Offerings 4-5-2020

The offering time is a very vital part of worship that we are missing by watching the sermon and worship songs online.  But you can continue giving to the Lord’s work by setting up a deduction from your checking account automatically. The process is very simple.  There are two forms you can click on 1. our Tithes and Communion form and 2. the Special offering form.  

Here are some brief explanations about where your offerings are used for the Glory of God.

Tithes/General Budget – These offerings are the main income that takes care of our utilities, our apportionments (projects and missions supported by The United Methodist Church) and our staff’s salaries.  Our staff is still working from home to help keep the church alive and to help keep us tied together online, virtually.

Communion – Our communion offering taken up every week is split up between our Needy family fund for those in our immediate community in need. It is also shared with Luthersville Food Pantry and One Roof.  These funds are very important now that so many have lost their income by not being able to work from home.  There is a drop-down titled FUND that allows you to pick Budget or Communion.

Special Offerings – There are several funds that we have to give to.  Our Children and Youth, our missions, our music ministry and other special offerings you want to help support.  There is a drop-down titled FUND that allows you to pick where you want your special offering applied.

Passing the plate ONLINE!  Below is a picture of what it looks like to give online.  You need your checking account number and routing number to easily set up your giving. 
I am here to help you online or even set up your account! I love you all and can’t wait for us to be able to give to the Lord in His House in the future, but I give thanks to Him for giving us the options to continue our stewardship online.  Please contact me by replying to this message if you need any help at all!
-Love, Velda


Passing the Plate ONLINE

Online Membership Management

Cokes Chapel maintains an online membership management account with a company called Realm.  As we have investigated the best financial practices during this time of “sheltering in” we have learned that you can give your tithe online with this program at no extra cost to us!  Currently, we absorb fees when giving is done through PayPal and independently from Vanco.

Below is a button that will take you to a simple way to change your tithe to give through Realm.  All you will need to do is to enter your routing number and account number off of your check. The online giving process is very secure.  You can navigate to their security page to learn more.  https://legal.acst.com/data-security-measures 

Once you click the button below, you will see options for Giving Once or Giving Multiple Donations.  During this uncertain time, we are learning the importance of recurring givers.  By selecting the “Multiple Donations” button, you can choose to give from once a month to weekly.  We pray you will consider giving regularly so Cokes funds are not impacted if you are absent, traveling or as in this case, unable to be together for worship. 

 

I am willing to help you start giving through Realm, or do it for you.  There is a form I can send you to give me authority to schedule your payments online.  If you have given by check, I can do your entry for you. Most of you know that I currently enter your donations weekly. Download that form by clicking here.

Even though our facilities are shut down, staff and utilities are still active, expenses are ongoing.  We will be publishing giving in the G-Chat until we are able to worship together.  At that time giving information will return to the weekly Worship Bulletin. We are grateful to the many who have continued to give and hope this option will make it easier and safer to give regularly!  Even though we cannot be together in person your support of Cokes means so much to so many.   

You should already be set up to access the Realm program. If you are asked for a ‘new’ password, let me know and I can send you login information.  As new accounts are established they will be merged with all your existing records. This system even allows you to upload a photo and verify your address and family information. Hello, new Directory!! We plan to start communicating with all the congregation through this program! 

Adapting to the Realm program is a work in progress – so bear with us, pray for us as we accomplish this task. Click on the button and help by keeping Cokes offerings regular.  Thank you for your support!  If you need anything at all, please reply to this message and I’ll try to help!

Love and miss you all!
Velda 🙂

ONLINE GIVING
 


Keeping you in the loop

Good Afternoon Cokes Chapel congregation,

As Chairperson of the Committee on Finance

I WILL BE THE FIRST:

….to say I enjoy writing our check on Sunday morning.

….to tell you I enjoy dropping that check in the plate.

NOW I WANT TO BE THE FIRST:

….to say that I would rather give online than see our church struggle in this time of uncertainty.  We need this church!

….to say I feel curiously free after signing up to have my giving addressed by Vanco.

….to say, try it, you might like it! If not, you can cancel or change your giving mode at any time.

….to say, in a week that we have not missed a step in our stewardship to the work of Christ at Cokes Chapel.

I hope you will pray and consider becoming part of the First Timers for Faithful Stewards of God’s money.


Listed below are several different ways to continue tithing:

….on-line giving is available by going to the church website at www.cokeschapel.org. Select the “Giving” tab, and go to the bottom of the page: select either Donate through “Vanco” or “Paypal” (most people select Vanco).  Once you have selected Vanco or Paypal, enter your personal information.  You should know there is a small fee charged to the church.

If you need assistance, contact Velda Graydon by text at (678) 770-8135 or email at veldagraydon@me.com.

 

…. consider adding Cokes Chapel to your bill pay list through your bank.

 

….drop your tithe by the church office on Monday-Wednesday between 10 AM – 2 PM or put your tithe in the mailbox to right of the office door. Brenda will be in the office during those times. I will be willing to meet you at the office if you need to drop your tithe off at another time.  My number is 770-304-6863.

 

….contact Bob Hatch at 770-696-8683.  He has agreed to be the “pony express” for those of you who do not want to get out or cannot get out.


Current Year-to-Date financial snapshot:

Monthly Projected Budget $22,408.00

 

January General Funds $18,909.00 + $1000 rental + $921.95 Childcare Tithe = $20,830.95 total

 

February General Funds $23,234.78 + $1000 rental + $778.47 Childcare Tithe = $25,013.25 total

 

March to date $19,425.00 general funds.

 

Thank you for your generosity.  Without you, we cannot be the hands and feet of God. God is with us and He will never leave us. AMEN

 

Vivian Snyder, Finance Chairperson

3-19-20 



North Georgia Annual Conference 2017

North Georgia Annual Conference 2017 from Larry Carter, Lay Leader

The United Methodist Church is a Connectional Church and is a very large body of Believers Worldwide.  Globally, there are more than 11-million Methodists in the movement founded by John Wesley and early Methodists.  The UMC is organized much like our government and is divided into geographical areas each with their own boundaries and internal structure.  Cokes Chapel was “planted” in 1833 by Bishop Thomas Coke, sent to the New World by John Wesley.  Cokes Chapel UMC is situated in the LaGrange District of the North Georgia Conference.  The North Georgia Conference contains more than 800 churches, 1,300 clergy and 360,000 lay members.  We are a medium sized church and connected to the larger body.

Every year, the North Georgia Annual Conference gathers clergy and lay delegates together to worship, discusses and decides on policy issues, votes on prospective changes to the Book of Discipline (our votes are made known to the General Conference), hear various reports from the members of the body and enjoy fellowship.  We hear reports from the various ministries and the business of the church.  We honor those clergy and spouses who passed the previous year with a Service of Remembrance.  We hear the retiring clergy give their retirement speeches (and most continue to work for the Kingdom as long as they live).  We witness the Ordination and Commission of Clergy as they vow to serve wherever they are sent.  We witness the clergy assignments and send them off to their new charges.

The NGAC enjoys relationships with a number of organizations, such as the Candler School of Theology, the Gammon Theological Seminary and others including LaGrange College.  There is also an active camp and retreat ministry including Glisson Camp and Grow Day Camp (in which we participate locally).  There is just too much information to present in this blog so I hope and pray you will visit www.ngumc.org and learn what Methodism in North Georgia is all about.

The Annual Conferences are presided over by a Bishop and we are thrilled to have as our bishop the first female in the 151 year history of conferencing in North Georgia.  Bishop Sue Halpern-Johnson is a very real person who challenges all of us to Show Your Work (which was the theme of the conference).

I don’t want to ramble and am not a church historian.  I am simply honored and humbled to be chosen to be a lay delegate from Cokes Chapel to the Annual Conference.  From Cokes, we sent Pastor Lisa Dempsey, Deacon Kim Reindl, Lay Leader Larry Carter and Prayer Team Leader Debbie Carter (as guest).  There are around 3,000 United Methodist from all over North Georgia who descend on Athens every year, stay in the hotels, dine in the restaurants and spread the Love that God has for us.

I’ve visited the conference web site and picked a few pictures for a slideshow displayed below.  Enjoy.  Feel free to ask any question(s) you may have.

 


Blog from Keith Simpson

By Keith Simpson
 

JUST DO IT

I was struggling to come up with a name for this blog when Jackie reminded me of an old sports apparel company’s slogan that was “Just Do It”. A perfect title. Jackie comes through again. Just do it!

To me, this slogan means just do the right thing all the time. I know that it’s easier said than done, but I know I strive to do just that. It means to me, do it regardless who or if anyone is looking. Remember God is watching. In the military, we call it integrity. It’s one of the leadership values the Army expects its leaders to have. In the military, integrity is one of the most important values leaders and soldiers need to have and use always. We depend on every soldier and leader to just do the right thing, all the time. My life depended on the integrity of the soldiers who worked on the aircraft I flew. I trusted their integrity while maintaining the aircraft. All the other pilots, in turn, trusted that I would have integrity that everything that I signed off as fixed was actually fixed and I had properly tested or flown the aircraft. We all depended on each other. It was a life or death trust and we took it seriously.

There is one instance that comes to mind. I was stationed at FT Bragg, NC. I and a couple of my crew chiefs were working particularly late that evening. 12 hour work days were the norm in Army Aviation, not an exception. The two crew chiefs were working on different aircraft, trying to get them fixed so I could test fly them and have them ready for an early mission the next day. We were all going on our 13th or 14th hour of work and the guys were getting tired, as expected. One young Sergeant came over to me with this look of fear in his eyes.  He said, “Sir I screwed up big time”. I was expecting some catastrophic news about the aircraft he was working on. He proceeded to explain to me how he accidentally dropped a washer and a nut down between the aft fuel cell (rear gas tank) and the aircraft frame and he couldn’t find them. By the look on his face, he thought I would be upset and start raising Cain. He looked so dejected and he actually told me he was sorry he had let me down because that aircraft wouldn’t be flyable the following morning. We had to find that hardware because the aircraft would be grounded until we did. Instead of getting mad, I told him instead how proud I was that he did the right thing and brought it to my attention. INTEGRITY. That young man did the right thing without hesitation. No one would have known had he decided to keep it a secret. (Until it eventually punctured the fuel cell).

The next morning that soldier stood in front of everyone and received a Commanders Coin and a 4-day pass. I explained to the formation what he had done and how he used integrity even when no one was looking. He had also shown courage in the face of adversity. Now he had that proud look instead of the scared look. Often and usually, the right thing is not the easy thing. Moral courage and integrity.

We never know who or if anyone is watching us. Other people may look up to you without you even knowing. We all have two choices to make when a difficult situation arises; do the right thing or not. I was reminded of this again this past Sunday that someone is always watching. What you do may have a lasting effect on someone, especially children and teens. They look up to us whether we know it or not. Just one action could leave an indelible mark on someone.

Here’s my example of someone making an impression on me. In the early 70’s, while I was a young teenager, my family and I were watching tv. There was one commercial (before DVRs were ever dreamed about), that was about littering. There was an old, Native American Indian standing on the side of the road with a big tear running down his face. There were litter and trash all over. The message was not to litter and that has stayed with me my entire life. I can still close my eyes and see that man with the big tear running down his face.

As a Christian, we have a moral obligation to God, ourselves and others to “Just do it”. We can show the world, one person at a time, what right looks like.

As usual, I’ll leave you with some scripture. God Bless you all.

Psalm 7:8,10. Let the Lord judge the people. Judge me, oh Lord according to my righteousness and according to my integrity. My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.
 
Proverbs 10:9.Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes the crooked paths will be found out.
 
I Chronicles 29:17.I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent.


Memorial Day Blog from Keith Simpson

Blog Memorial Day 2017 from Keith Simpson
 
Why do we celebrate Memorial Day? Obviously for the cookouts and get together’s, right? Not really and we all know that. Memorial Day was widely observed in 1868. The celebration commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War. The proclamation was made by General John A. Logan. Directly following the proclamation, participants decorated the graves of over 20,000 graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers.
 
After World War I, the day became a celebration to honor all who died in all of America’s wars. Memorial Day became an official holiday in 1971.
 
President Ronald Reagan is credited with reviving Memorial Day and the practice of honoring it. President Reagan gave one of his most famous speeches at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 1986. I will print the first few lines but I encourage you to look up the speech and read it. It’s very powerful. It begins with “Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember”. The speech is one I recommend everyone reading. It’s a moving speech outlining some of the great feats of courage by America’s ordinary men and women.
 
Memorial Day is special to me and to many of my friends and I know to countless others. Some of my friends get a little agitated when someone comes up to them on Memorial Day and thanks them for their service. The reason is Memorial Day is to honor and remember our fallen. Nov 11 every year is Veterans Day. That is a holiday that honors all of America’s veterans whether they are still on active duty, retired or just served a couple of years. That’s what I call “My Holiday”.
For me, Memorial Day brings those memories of my friends that gave their lives in the service for this great country. They willingly paid the ultimate price. It’s an emporia day for me. It brings tears as I sit and write this. Tears for my fallen friends. Men that left moms and dads without a son. Men who left wives with no husband and left children with no dads. They did it willingly. I will say that over and over. They did it for people they would never meet. They did it for Democrats, Republicans, independents, liberals, conservatives, supporters of the wars and the protesters. They even did it for the people who hurled insults at them and called them names. What those people don’t realize is freedom is not free. They get to protest and disagree with things because of those men and women who defend those freedoms and gave their lives for it.
 
I have snapshots of these men in my head. When I close my eyes, I can see them. Smiling faces, some not smiling or just doing what they did. Every day when they went out and climbed into those aircraft, they did it willingly, never knowing if today was the day. Even if they could have known somehow, they would have done it anyway. They loved being soldiers, they loved being Apache Pilots and Kiowa Pilots and they loved their country. They also loved their families dearly. We owe them so much. We owe their families so much. Memorial Day is that day to pay a little of that debt.
This coming Monday, please take just a few moments to remember all those men and women who gave all. Be with your families, have the BBQ, go to the lake and all the other things you can do on this holiday weekend. By doing all those things, you are honoring them because, without the sacrifices of so many, none of us would have the lives we have and the freedoms we have.
 
In closing, if you ever get the chance to go to Washington, DC and Arlington National Cemetery. Visit the tomb of the unknowns and the changing of the guard. If you’re not moved, you can’t have a heart. It’s sobering to look across Arlington at the simple white crosses that mark each grave and the enormity of it. It’s ok to thank veterans for their service but when you do that, just keep in mind who we are really honoring. I miss every one of my friends.
Of course, I will leave you with some scripture. Have a happy, safe Memorial Day weekend and if you’re able, come to the 10:10 service at the Cokes Chapel flagpole. Thank you and God Bless!
 
1 Corinthians 16:13. Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
 
Proverbs 10:7. The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot.
 
John 15:13. Greater love has no one than this, that one day lay down his life for his friends.
 


Ministry Moment from Bridget Adamson

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated the teachers of Cokes Chapel Childcare Center.  Teacher Appreciation Week was held May 1st-5th.  During this week we take time to recognize and thank our teachers for all their hard work and dedication.

I would like to take a moment and tell you about my teachers.  We currently have 25 teachers on staff.   17 of those teachers have been with us for 1 year or more!  We have 2 teachers on staff that have been with us for 8 years. Our teachers work a combined two week period of 1, 611.48 hours!  Plus countless additional hours that don’t make the time card! 

Over half of our staff have degrees, certifications or are currently working on them.  We have a very talented group of ladies here!  5 of our teachers are High School Interns working under the Work/Study program through the local High Schools.  This program allows the student to gain job experience while attending school.  Congratulations to Kate-Lynn, Ce’Nadra, Katie, Kaelin and Destynee!

Our teachers are kind, caring, dedicated, hardworking and loyal.  Come by and meet them if you have a chance.  You’ll be glad you did!

 
Bridget Adamson
Director


Blog from Keith Simpson

 

Attending church or worshipping at church?

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now so I decided to write about it. Are we worshipping just because we are physically present at church? For me, there is a big difference. It also pertains to me when I’m playing music.

Jackie was the driving force behind me coming back to church. I had walked away from the church, (not necessarily God),
when I was in my early 20’s. I let the actions of a group of people get in between me and the church. Notice I didn’t say God again. I have always kept my basic beliefs in God and His power, love, forgiveness and grace. I guess you could say I kept those beliefs inside of me but didn’t acknowledge them in public. I guess I didn’t think it fit my image I had created for myself as this big, bad Apache Helicopter pilot that had no fear of anyone or anything. As corny as it sounds, I thought I was almost bigger than life.
Boy, could I have been

any more wrong? So, fast forward to 2011. Jackie, her Grandmother (Abuela) and Alexandra had found this little gem of a church with the name of Cokes Chapel. She would mention that they were going to church and I would politely nod and go on about my business. One day I felt I should join them. I had all my walls up to combat all of the “do gooders” I was sure to meet. Funny thing is I didn’t run into any that day but instead just a lot of warm, friendly smiles, hellos and glad you could make it. Needless to say, I was caught a bit off guard, but in the best of ways. After that day, church became a little bit more regular in my life.

Here is where my title for this blog comes into play. I was finally attending church but was I worshipping? I will say not really. I was there physically but mentally I would drift in and out of the service. It remained this way for a while. I would pay attention to the message that Pastor John was delivering but I didn’t let the walls down so the Holy Spirit could work.  I truly believe the Holy Spirit is always present but we are left to decide for ourselves if we let him in. I went on like this for a while.

Jackie kept mentioning we should try the Contemporary Worship service but I wouldn’t agree to it. I would see everyone coming out wearing shorts, jeans, sandals or whatever and I just couldn’t get past it. Remember, I was raised going to a Baptist church with my grandmother. I’m not sure she could have ever handled shorts at church, but that’s a different blog. Jackie kept nudging ever so lightly because she knew if she pushed too hard I would not come at all. (Not saying that was right for me to do but I’m being honest). I just couldn’t imagine what was going on. Drinking coffee, in shorts and watching video clips and a live band??? What is this? Remember- I had no idea what a contemporary service was or really anything about it. Just because we label something doesn’t mean that other folks like me know what it means. Keep that in mind for a later discussion!

Finally, the day came and we went to the contemporary worship service. I was completely mesmerized by everything that was happening. I had a nice cup of coffee and listened to the band play. I was in awe of Pastor Mark on stage delivering the message. The stage was decorated to fit the message set and he was energetic walking all over the stage. We watched clips from a movie to enhance the message and it was amazing. I was like, “Wow, this is cool.”
 
Now because I was in awe of everything I was seeing and experiencing and I was in church, I had to be involved in worshipping, right?  WRONG!  I was physically there but I still wasn’t really worshipping. When the band was playing, I was playing parts in my head instead of listening and worshipping with the music.  I was thinking about how I would change the song and what guitar fills I could insert and on and on. Again, I was there, but only physically. Soon after that
I began playing in the Worship Band. Surely, I had to be worshipping now, right? Nope, wrong again. I was up there trying to figure out what the heck we were playing because I hadn’t really heard most of the songs before and I was trying to find my place in the group. Even after we would sit down, I often thought about what I played incorrectly and how to make it better and everything but putting all my focus on the message.
 
Now we fast forward a few more months. I was getting a little more comfortable with the music and settling into the routine. It was around this time that I started to believe that Pastor Mark was preaching to me every week. How did he do that? Obviously, he wasn’t directing the message at me but he sure was getting through. He now had my attention and finally, I think I began to worship God. The Holy Spirit was at work in me! I listened to both the songs and the message.  All the stage props and movie clips were my focus at first but now they complemented the message. They raised my interest in the word.
 
Sometimes we never really know what brings people into a church or what triggers their interests to return. All the things I mentioned above might just seem silly or not needed in a church. I thought they were all just cool props at first but then I started to get excited to see what Bobby had dreamt up for the stage for the coming Sunday. Then I got involved helping with the staging, peaking my interest in that work. I realized that if this was connecting with me, I’m sure it can connect with younger people too. We live in a visual world, so naturally, it should spill over to church! Even though they may be stage props, they help grab people’s attention, but it’s still the Pastor who has the task to bring the message.  Teaching should be multi-faceted, energetic and interesting enough to keep people’s attention.

Finally, I was really worshipping. I was immersing myself in the music and I was really listening to the message and letting it all in. I actually looked forward to the next Sunday because I couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say to me. He was just preaching to me, right?  Obviously, that’s not the case but I often wonder if other people feel the same way? Are they letting the message “talk to them” or are they just attending?

I certainly hope that everyone who comes to church or watches it via Livestream or watches other services on TV, take in the message and let the Holy Spirit into your heart. The Holy Spirit is always there, wanting us to let him in and touch our heart. A short conversation I had with Kim comes to mind. We were discussing something and I started to tear up and get a little emotional. I apologized to her but her words back to me really stuck. She said, “It’s okay Keith, that’s the Holy Spirit at work in your heart”. WOW! Being filled with the Holy Spirit can bring tears, it can bring shouts or any number of things. That thought is always with me now.

This Sunday, try clearing your mind and opening your heart. Take in all the sounds, scenes and everything that’s happening and let the Holy Spirit come in and cleanse your soul and guide you along life’s path. If we let ourselves be led by God, there is no telling where we may go or what we may do or accomplish.  I see people sometimes checking their phones and doing other things. Those really are distractors that take your focus away from the sermon. I encourage everyone to come to church with an open mind and heart, ready to let in the Holy Spirit and not come just to be seen or heard. (I’m certainly not trying to call anyone out, but if the shoe fits….).  Remember I’ve been that person just sitting there, not inviting the Holy Spirit into my heart.

I am so thankful that Jackie gently prodded me along the way. I am amazed and thankful for the journey I’m now on and excited to see where I’m headed. I feel so blessed that God put Jackie in my life. Together with God’s guidance, we can set the example for Alexandra. It has been amazing already to watch her grow spiritually and I am positive God has great things in store for her. I hope all who read this will join me on this amazing journey with Jesus at the wheel. Cokes Chapel is at a crossroads. We have a unique opportunity with our Church. Pray for Vision 11, that we allow God to lead us in making Cokes Chapel truly be a place for all of God’s children. Together with the help from our Lord, let’s set our church on fire (for the Lord).

 May God bless each one of you, our country and our church.

As usual, I will leave you with some scripture.

Keith

 

Isaiah 23:13. NIV

 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught

John 4:23-24 NIV

23-Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24-God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”