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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  

https://vimeo.com/ngumc
 
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.
 
https://www.ngumc.org/covenant-prayer

 

Virtual Worship

Service provided through G-Chat (register on website to receive this communication) or 
Visit our website cokeschapel.org

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
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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.
                        


MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL & YOUTH MINISTRY, January 6, 2021: 
 
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,
Kim

PRAYER TEAM

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.  
 

IN OUR HEARTS & PRAYERS
*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.
CURRENT
Pat Harkins brother and sister in law
Ralph Hammond (brother-in-law of Michael Ross)
Burt Taylor

ONGOING PRAYERS

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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December 31, 2020 G Chat

As we look to finish this year, 2020 is almost behind us.  That is good news for us all!  However, the changing of the calendar is not going to change our circumstances, much as we would wish that!  We still have a way to go with overcoming this pandemic.  It has been a challenge that we have struggled with, prayed about, sought answers, and asked many more.

As people of faith, God gives us the hope we need for today and for tomorrow. The scripture above reminds us of God’s good plan, one that we do not have to create, but follow.  In our hopes, plans, and desires for 2021, I pray you will join me in seeking God’s will, trusting in God’s promise, and looking always to the good that will come with God’s will.

Happy New Year in the Lord – we can trust that 2021 will be a good one in the Lord!
Love and peace,   Pastor Lisa 

                               Virtual Worship

Service provided through G-Chat (register on our website to receive this communication) or 
Visit our website cokeschapel.org

Sunday, January  3, 2021
                     
                          Sermon:     “When There Are No Words”
                                          Transcending our circumstances with God’s help

                          Scripture:  Romans 8: 26-39 
  

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, December 31,  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 in January

 

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.

 
 

  
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED 12/28/2020-1/3/2021

Thursday, December 31 – NEW YEAR’S EVE
Sunday, January 3 – Virtual Worship
Monday, January 4 – 11:00 Zoom Staff Meeting

 

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 gift 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.

Cokes Chapel members and the Cokes Chapel Child Care Center combined efforts to provide gifts through our Angel tree program.  Together we helped 28 families and 66 children thru Christmas in Coweta (Bridging the Gap). The CCC donated gift cards totaling $1250. 
  
Growing Our Faith…

Monthly projected operating funds needed: $20,400
Actual operating funds collected as of December 22nd: $12,607.29*
*These numbers are incomplete due to Holiday and Illness. We hope by next week we can provide an updated number for you.

The following MOTION passed council on Dec 6, 2020 – To approve the 2021 budget as it stands. Cokes will function on a negative budget until after the loan renewal.  Finance will then revisit the current budget to make any necessary changes. The motion was approved.

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

 

PRAYER TEAM

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.  
 

IN OUR HEARTS & PRAYERS
*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.
CURRENT
Pat Harkins brother and sister in law
Ralph Hammond (brother-in-law of Michael Ross)
Burt Taylor

ONGOING PRAYERS

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 Blair and Velda Graydon on the death of his mother, Belle Graydon.  

Sympathy to Micheal Ross and family on the passing of his Uncle Elmer.

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
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren 14 Hampshire Ln   Newnan, GA 30265-6058
 
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December 24, 2020 G Chat


                               Virtual Worship Services

                 

           Thursday, December 24th – Christmas Eve Service

Virtual Worship – service provided through G-Chat (register on website to

receive this communication) or Visit our website cokeschapel.org
                         

                          Sermon:     “Finding Christ in Our Christmas”  

                          Scripture:    Luke 2:10-14

                            Sunday, December 27th
 

Virtual Worship – service provided through G-Chat (register on website to receive this communication) or Visit our website cokeschapel.org

                          Sermon:     “Leaving the Manger and into the World”  
                          
Why Virtual? Church Council met on December 9th, and reviewed increase in Covid risk.  They determined in-person worship will be Paused until Coweta’s risk is lower.  
As of Wednesday, December 16, Coweta County is at the RED* level of Risk.

A Note from Pastor Lisa:
This is a difficult decision however we believe you, your safety, and community safety is of utmost importance.  We are working hard to bring meaningful Virtual Worship to you.  I hope you will log in to cokeschapel.org and join us each Sunday!  We have a Special virtual service planned for Christmas Eve!  

*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 in January

 

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.

Grant from the NGUMC

The NGUMC Technology Grant for $ 2,500. awarded to Coke has now been received!
We have placed an order for a cam-corder that does everything we could ever imagine.  Look for the launch of this new system that will improve both visual and sound!

special thank you to Velda Graydon for providing a video camera for our use in worship for many, many moons!  Velda continues to play a vital role in bringing our virtual worship to you.  Please notice the wonderful clips, visuals that she adds to the worship.  Thank you to Keith Simpson for lending his research, expertise and knowledge!

Thanks be to God for provisions from our Conference that will bless our on-line ministry in many ways!  Sharing Good News is so fun!! Pastor Lisa

 

 
                                                                                  
                                                               

Advent Series  “Rediscover Christmas”  Concludes on Christmas Eve.  While this season is vastly different this year, Jesus Christ remains the same.  We pray that this series following the Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love will have helped us discover the certainty of God’s love in uncertain times. 

 

 


Thursday, December 24 – 7:00 pm – Virtual Christmas Eve Service   SEE INFO ABOVE TO PARTICIPATE!  Friday, December 25 – CHRISTMAS DAY
Sunday, December 27 – 1st Sunday After Christmas

                                      – 10:00 am – Virtual Worship 
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED 12/28/2020-1/3/2021
Monday, December 28 – No Staff Meeting
Wednesday, December 30 – 5:30 – No Prayer Team
Thursday, December 31 – NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

Angel Tree

Our congregation provided 20 gifts for children whose names were given to us by the ChildCare Center staff. We are now in the process of collecting gifts for eleven children in our community.  These gifts will be delivered the week before Christmas.  Thank you to everyone who has helped make Christmas even more special for these children.

Cokes Chapel members and the Cokes Chapel Child Care Center combined efforts to provide gifts through our Angel tree program.  Together we helped 28 families and 66 children thru Christmas in Coweta (Bridging the Gap). The CCC donated gift cards totaling $1250. 

Also, we are pleased to announce that we have received a $55,500 grant from the State to be spent between now and June for Childcare needs. 
Growing Our Faith…

Monthly projected operating funds needed: $20,400
Actual operating funds collected as of December 22nd: $12,607.29

The following MOTION passed council on Dec 6, 2020 – To approve the budget as it stands. Cokes will function on a negative budget until after the loan renewal.  Finance will then revisit the current budget to make any necessary changes. The motion was approved.

“BEHOLD a child is born and His name shall be IMMANUEL!  Immanuel with an “I” is a transliteration of the original Hebrew word composed of “Immanu” (with us) and El (God), while Emmanuel with an “E” is a transliteration of the Greek “Emmanouel” (emphasis in the source.​​​​Is it Immanuel or Emmanuel? Biblical Meaning and Significance (christianity.com)

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

 

PRAYER TEAM

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.  
 

IN OUR HEARTS & PRAYERS
 CURRENT
Paul Snyder
Belle Graydon, (mother of Blair Graydon)
Elaine Lassetter
Judy, extended family of Donna Collins
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)
Larry & Debbie Carter
Betsy, daughter of Margie Jones
Nancy Lenard

ONGOING PRAYERS
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
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren 14 Hampshire Ln   Newnan, GA 30265-6058
 
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G Chat December 17, 2020

It just won’t be Christmas without YOU!! See Part 1 and Part 2
Big plans are in the works for Christmas Eve VIrtual Worship, with Christmas hymns accompanied by a visual “walk through” the decorated sanctuary.  Lay Leader, Larry Carter will warm our spirits towards this sacred time with prayer.  Melissa and Cadence Tyner will do our Advent reading. We know little Cadence’s smile will warm our hearts! A special music selection leads into a reflection from of scripture from Pastor Lisa.
      Now here is the good part: 
As the Praise Band brings Silent Night, traditionally we sing and light candles together. 
Where YOU come in (Part 1)
       TASK: Take a “Selfie” photo of you and anyone else you wish, holding a candle.  
       Send to: Veldagraydon@me.com
Velda will create a slide show of your photos to watch during Silent Night. We will get to see each other!!  
Then, following the Benediction we have another chance to bring your wishes to one another: 
YOUR PART! (Part 2) send a short video of greetings!  While together for your “Selfie”,  
        TASK:  RECORD a One Sentence Greeting to your Cokes family.  Please keep this brief – a “Merry Christmas!”  Or “we love you!”.        
        Upload your video here:  https://www.cokeschapel.org/christmas-eve-videos/
        Velda will piece video’s together so we can enjoy one another!

Please note: deadline for all photos/videos is Saturday, December 19

Christmas will still be Christmas, for Jesus Christ will come!  Christmas Eve will surely be brighter if everyone will send their photos/recording.  We miss one another!  If you don’t have the capability to take a photo or video, check with family.  May this Christmas Eve remain in our hearts and in our memory as one we spent together in spite of restrictions, in the love and strength of God who loves us!
Pastor Lisa

P.S. Sending your photo and video sooner than Saturday, December 19 will be a great help.  You might even find a gold star in your crown! 

                                                                                                                              


                                Virtual Worship

Sunday, December 20th

Worship  –  Sunday, December 20th – service provided through G-Chat (register on the website to receive this communication) or Visit our website cokeschapel.org
                          Sermon:     “Finding Love in Our Differences”  
                          Scripture:    John 4:7-16

Why Virtual? Church Council met on December 9th, and reviewed the increase in Covid risk.  They determined in-person worship will be Paused until Coweta’s risk is lower.  
As of Wednesday, December 16, Coweta County is at the RED* level of Risk.

A Note from Pastor Lisa:
This is a difficult decision however we believe you, your safety, and community safety is of utmost importance.  We are working hard to bring meaningful Virtual Worship to you.  I hope you will log in to cokeschapel.org and join us each Sunday!  We do have something special planned for Christmas Eve and need YOU!  See below for this week’s information and invitations to join us!

*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 in January

 

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.

Grant from the NGUMC

The NGUMC Technology Grant for $ 2,500. awarded to Coke has now been received!
We have placed an order for a camcorder that does everything we could ever imagine.  Look for the launch of this new system that will improve both visual and sound!

special thank you to Velda Graydon for providing a video camera for our use in worship for many, many moons!  Velda continues to play a vital role in bringing our virtual worship to you.  Please notice the wonderful clips, visuals that she adds to the worship.  Thank you to Keith Simpson for lending his research, expertise, and knowledge!

Thanks be to God for provisions from our Conference that will bless our on-line ministry in many ways!  Sharing Good News is so fun!! Pastor Lisa

 

 
                                                                                  
                                                               

Advent Series  “Rediscover Christmas”  Concludes on Christmas Eve.  While this season is vastly different this year, Jesus Christ remains the same.  We pray that this series following the Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love will have helped us discover the certainty of God’s love in uncertain times. 

 

 


Sunday, December 20  –  4th Sunday of Advent
                                         – 8:45-9:45 pm – Advent Study  
                                         – 10:00 am – Virtual Worship 
                                         – On-Line Special Presentation:  “Lessons and Carols” by                                                                                                                                                         LaGrange College Choral Group
                                         – 4:00-6:30 pm – Youth Christmas Party – Youth House Outside Area / Fellowship                                                                                                       Hall & Pavilion in case of rain


Monday, December 21 – No Staff Meeting
Wednesday, December 23 – No Prayer Team Meeting 
Thursday, December 24 – 7:00 pm – Virtual Christmas Eve Service   SEE INFO ABOVE TO PARTICIPATE!            Friday, December 25 – CHRISTMAS DAY
Sunday, December 27 – 1st Sunday After Christmas

                                      – 10:00 am – Virtual Worship 
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED 12/28/2020-1/3/2021
Monday, December 28 – No Staff Meeting
Wednesday, December 30 – 5:30 – No Prayer Team
Thursday, December 31 – NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

Thanksgiving Gifts
Thanks to the loving, caring spirit of Cokes Chapel, we provided very generous Kroger gift cards to ten families in our community.  These gifts helped our friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner! 
 
Angel Tree
Our congregation provided 20 gifts for children whose names were given to us by the ChildCare Center staff. We are now in the process of collecting gifts for eleven children in our community.  These gifts will be delivered the week before Christmas.  Thank you to everyone who has helped make Christmas even more special for these children.

Cokes Chapel members and the Cokes Chapel Child Care Center combined efforts to provide gifts through our Angel tree program.  Together we helped 28 families and 66 children thru Christmas in Coweta (Bridging the Gap). The CCC donated gift cards totaling $1250. 

Also, we are pleased to announce that we have received a $55,500 grant from the State to be spent between now and June for Childcare needs. 
Growing Our Faith…
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $20,400
Actual operating funds collected as of December 16th: $11,297.29

The following MOTION passed the council on Dec 6, 2020 – To approve the budget as it stands. Cokes will function on a negative budget until after the loan renewal.  Finance will then revisit the current budget to make any necessary changes. The motion was approved.

“BEHOLD a child is born and His name shall be IMMANUEL!  Immanuel with an “I” is a transliteration of the original Hebrew word composed of “Immanu” (with us) and El (God), while Emmanuel with an “E” is a transliteration of the Greek “Emmanouel” (emphasis in the source.​​​​Is it Immanuel or Emmanuel? Biblical Meaning and Significance (christianity.com)

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

MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL & YOUTH MINISTRY, December 16, 2020: 
 
In Inter-generational Ministry, the Inter-generational Sunday School class will be wrapping up our four-week Advent study.  We gathered via Zoom last Sunday, as we will again this Sunday. Our final week will focus on the word “promise,” anticipating the promise of the Christ Child once again this Christmas.  We will also have the opportunity to reflect upon Scripture text from 2 Samuel 7 and God’s never-ending, unconditional grace.  If you are interested in participating in this Zoom Sunday School gathering on December 20th from 9:00-10:00 am, please contact Kim at kim.reindl@gmail.com.  No prior participation, nor preparation, is required. 
 
Also in Inter-generational Ministry, our Prayer Partners gathered for a final time as a group on Sunday, December 13th via Zoom.  Participants learned about how acts of service and creative expression can be a form of prayer.  As participants complete their partnerships, they are being asked to practice “action prayer” by doing something special for their prayer partner this month.
 
In Youth Ministry, our annual Youth Christmas Party will take place outdoors at the Youth House (rain plan under the pavilion) on Sunday, December 20th from 4:00-6:30 pm.  This will be a time for our youth to celebrate with one another through fellowship, food, and fun and games.  We are excited to be together while practicing safe and responsible protocol, as we experience the joy of the season!
 
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! 
 
Happy Advent!
With love,
Kim
(Kim Reindl, Director of Inter-generational, Youth & Children’s Discipleship; kim.reindl@gmail.com)


BUILDING USE AND ENTRY

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.  

PRAYER TEAM

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.  
 

IN OUR HEARTS & PRAYERS
 CURRENT
Paul Snyder
Belle Graydon, (mother of Blair Graydon)
Elaine Lassetter
Judy, extended family of Donna Collins
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)
Larry & Debbie Carter
Betsy, daughter of Margie Jones
Nancy Lenard

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