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G Chat May 14, 2020

BUILDING USE AND ENTRY
Cokes Chapel Childcare is now using the Worship Center for rooms to accommodate our social distance requirements.
Due to our Child Safety Policy, until further notice, Monday-Friday, no entry allowed through the worship center doors between 6:00am and 6:30pm.  No exceptions.
Should you need to access to Worship Center, please check in through the CCCC office to gain entry.

We continue to abide by the guidelines we were given from our Bishop on returning to worship on June 28.  On return, we will follow the CDC and health professionals instructions for safe distancing, wearing masks and other actions that will provide the best environment for us to gather.  Look for more information to follow on this and other developments as we explore the potential for Drive-in Worship.

Please continue to pray and care for one another, our neighbors and community as you so often do.  If I can be of support, please let me know by email ldempsey@cokeschapel.org or phone 770-598-5066.

Love and peace,
Pastor Lisa

 


WORSHIP INFORMATION

Continue to join us each week on Cokes Chapel Facebook for Sunday morning worship!  You will receive an invitation by email with a link to connect!

“Psalms   A Place to Find Our Voice” 
A Four Week Series begins this Sunday

Psalms is my go-to book of the Bible.  Within the poetry and worship the words help us express how we are feeling.  God desires for us to know ourselves so we can know God. Naming our feelings before God can be our best opportunity for righting our spirits and healing for our souls.  

Isn’t God good?  Join us in discovering God with us in all times!  Series will run on Sundays, May 17, 24, June 7 & 14.

This Sunday, May 17 kicks off the series
Scripture  Psalm 13 “Speaking Our Pain”

OUTREACH

Allie and David Houle are our missionaries serving in Thailand.  In addition to their responsibilities with Blessing House, they have also been teaching English, making it possible to obtain work visas instead of the education visas.  However, the language school is closing, and their work visas with not be renewed.

Here is a an excerpt from their recent blog:

We are asking you to pray for us as we are exploring our options and applying for visas. Much of Thailand is still closed because of coronavirus, so going through this process right now will be challenging. We are thankful for all of your support, and because of your support, we have been able to help and feed the families of the children sponsored here as they struggle through unemployment. Please keep us in your prayers, and we will make sure to keep you up to date. Thank you.  

 A link to donate can be found at davidandallieinthailand.blogspot.com  Be sure to designate The Houles on the dropdown under Designated Giving.
 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE REPORT

Committee on Finance:

We would, once again, thank you for your kindness, faithfulness and generosity.  We experience blessings each and everyday of our lives.  God has continued to bless us with your tithes and offerings even in the middle of pandemic.  Please continue to pray for God’s church and His guidance through these trying and changing times.  If God is with us, who can be against us.  Amen

Financial Snapshot for May:

Revised projected monthly adjusted income needed   $18,571.14

Total May funds (so far) deposited to General Funds   $15,677.30


TRUSTEES

Cokes Chapel works hard to maintain our facilities as well as provide for our spiritual care.  Thank you for continuing to watch over our building and grounds as we shelter—in.  All to the glory of God!

NURTURE 

This past week, our team of callers. started reaching out to our community. 

Our goal Is to keep in touch! We pray that you will find this contact meaningful.  As we contact you, we will also take a minute to update any contact information for our records.  As calls are completed, we will begin to ask you for a photo, as we prepare for printing an updated directory.  Questions? contact Kelly at (678) 378-0538 or erbom@netzero.net.
 

 INTERGENERATIONAL, YOUTH, & CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP

In Inter-generational Ministry, the Sunday School Class will continue “at home” learning this week by exploring the story in Acts 3 of Peter and John as they continue to extend the invitation for others to join this radical new community. (Acts 3:1–4:22). The lesson focuses on how the Holy Spirit empowers us to have confidence to proclaim and live out our faith.
 
If you would like to be included in the email list and receive the lesson each week, please contact Kim Reindl at kim.reindl@gmail.com.  Each lesson includes commentary to help enlighten your study, questions for thought and reflection, as well as an optional activity that can be done at home with children and/or youth. 
 
In Youth Ministry, we will hold another Zoom Youth Group meeting on Sunday, May 17th.  As has become our “new normal,” this will be a time of games, sharing, prayer, and learning.  We will continue an exploration of God’s greatest commandment (Mark 12:28-30).  This week we will focus on what it may mean to love God with our hearts (i.e., emotions). 
 
Finally, as the school year is drawing to a close, we are planning ways to recognize and celebrate our seniors.  We are encouraging YOU, the Cokes Chapel family, to reach out to our graduates through a congratulatory note or card.  Please see additional information, including names and addresses of our graduates, in this issue of the G-Chat.  
 
God is at work all around us!  May we hold each other by heart and lift each other by prayer as we journey together, yet apart! 
With love,
Kim
Director of Inter-generational, Youth & Children’s Discipleship
kim.reindl@gmail.com 

Graduate Recognition Cards/Notes:
 
During this time of social distancing, it’s not difficult to imagine how anticlimactic and disappointing this graduation season must be for many of our Graduating Seniors.  The anticipated rites of passage, such as senior class gatherings with peers, celebrations with family and friends, and even “walking” to receive that hard earned diploma at a graduation ceremony, are not possible this year.
 
Our Graduating Seniors need our love and support at this important time in their lives.  Our young people need to know that they are surrounded by a faith family that is here to lift them up, even when circumstances are difficult and unexpected. 
 
YOU, the Cokes Chapel family, are being invited to share a simple note or card of love and encouragement with our Graduating Seniors as an expression to them of what it means to be held by a faith community.  It does not matter whether or not you know these young people personally.  What matters is that they feel God’s love for them through this simple but meaningful gesture of love and kindness.
 
If you would like to send a card or note to our Graduates, their names and addresses are included below.
 
Thank you, faith family, for wrapping words of love and encouragement around these young people as they venture forth into a new stage of life!—Kim Reindl (kim.reindl@gmail.com)
 
Graduating Seniors (High School Graduates): 

Owen Collins

(Family: Joel Collins, Floyd & Donna Collins)
295 Westminister Village Blvd.
Sharpsburg, GA  30277
 
Hannah Ferrell
(Family: Mike Kimbell & Carma McCallie)
35 Briandwood Drive
Newnan, GA  30265
 
Raven Ferrell
(Family: Mike Kimbell & Carma McCallie)
35 Briandwood Drive
Newnan, GA  30265
 
Malcolm Stewart
(Family:  Sherralyn & Josh Stewart)
1481 Roberts Drive SE
Mableton, GA  30126


The CCC re-opened to children last week on 5/4/2020, but we have never really been closed! Staff had been working on professional improvement and keeping the CCC clean and ready to go. Week 2 has 50 children attending the CCC and some news to share!

The State of Georgia has given us a grant in the amount of $30,106. This amount was based on our enrollment prior to shutdown. The state has placed restrictions on how the money can be spent, but the CCC can easily accommodate those restrictions. Also, the Payroll Protection Grant, that the CCC received last month, is currently being used to cover payroll. 

We are following state guidelines for group assembly with only 10 persons in a classroom, so every square inch of the CCC is being used to maximize enrollment capacity! We have a class in the lunch room, and we are seeking approval from the state to use the Worship Center for an additional classroom. We expect to get this approved shortly and for the new classroom to begin next week. Appropriate signage will be posted to restrict entrance into the Worship Center. 

Starting June 1, with easing of state mandates, the CCC will be able to accommodate 20 people to a room. This will increase potential enrollment to 180. We expect that parents will start to return their children to the day care as jobs return and work shifts from home based back to office. Also, we expect new clients as one local daycare has shut its doors permanently. 

The CCC appreciates the continued support of the Cokes Chapel congregation! We are thankful for the return of our children and look forward to more each week!

Please pray for our bookkeeper, Marcia and her husband, Stan. Stan is in chemotherapy. 

Yours in service, 
Arianna 

A NOTE
From Marie Allen: “Thank you for your cards, calls to me during this time.  A Youth called me! Each contact means so much to me. I love and miss my Cokes family!”
 

PRAYER TEAM

Cokes Chapel Prayer Team is praying for all of 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 & PRAYERSCURRENT

Nancy Lenard
Billy Plummer, nephew of Jimmy Parham
Ann Navin
Van Askew
John Harrison, brother of Jason Harrison
Mike Monts, brother of Jennifer Hickman
Carlene, sister-in-law of Sandy Cavender
Rachel, daughter of Lorraine & Paul Burt
Dana West, granddaughter of Larry Smith
The Paulus Family, in-laws of Ernie & Brenda Haines
Joann, sister of Sandy Cavender
Terri Cannon, friend of Jean Raines
Dorothy Croft, Mike Croft’s mother
Bob Brown, Pat Harkins brother
Jill, friend of Carol Ross

ONGOING PRAYERS

Jim & Lara McCarthy and Jim’s mother Joyce
Stan Smith, Marcia Smith’s husband
Jerry Freeman
Roger Harkins
Darius Allen, Marie Allen’s son
Cera Carter
Mick Moore
Jake Thomas, brother-in-law of Lorraine
      Burt
Pastor Wayne Ellis & Family
Jones Family, Howard & Margie, etal
Glenn Etheridge (Pastor)

 

See Homebound below.

Prayers for one another and our country for comfort, peace, freedom from anxiety, depression and fear. May God surround us and protect 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
Claudette Schunk 519 Perkins Rd. Apt. 222 Palmetto, GA. 30268-2365
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren 14 Hampshire Ln   Newnan, GA 30265-6058
 


G Chat May 6, 2020

The North Georgia Conference has said that we may consider offering Drive-In Worship.  We are now making plans to give this a try!  In order to do so safely, we must follow the guidelines below: 
 
  • Coordinate with your local law enforcement or emergency management agency. 
  • Utilize volunteers or signage to direct parking. 
  • Everyone, including volunteers, staff, and clergy, must follow social distancing guidelines at all times. 
  • No one should leave vehicles for any reason. 
  • No bathroom facilities.  
  • No playground.
  • Park every other spot
  • No one exchanges anything. 

Finally, weather could cause a change in plans for outdoor worship. We will also continue to offer on-line worship each week.  More on a date for this to come!

ALSO We are also forming a Health and Wellness team that will work together to create a safe environment, that includes signage, decisions about cleaning/sanitizing stations, and assist in the return to worship that includes safe practices for everyone.

Are you interested in taking part in this team?  I would deeply appreciate it, if you have an interest in helping prepare for our return to worship, contact me at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org or cell 770-598-5066.

We continue to abide by the guidelines we were given from our Bishop on returning to worship on June 28.  On return, we will follow the CDC and health professionals instructions for safe distancing, wearing masks and other actions to provide us with the best environment for gathering. 

Please continue to pray and care for one another, our neighbors and community as you so often do.  If I can be of support, please let me know.  Long distance hugs and prayers for your safety and health.  
Pastor Lisa
 

       

             

WORSHIP INFORMATION
Continue to join us each week on Cokes Chapel Facebook for Sunday morning worship!  You will receive an invitation by email with a link to connect!
Coming this Sunday:  “Making A Place ”  John 14:1-7 

TRUSTEES      SAFETY IN ALL PRACTICES    
One of our trustees, Lee Harrison, is part of the team that is providing oversight of our buildings in our absence.  In the past week, Lee has found the Sanctuary left open twice (unlocked) on his rounds.  Having a key is a privilege and a responsibility.  If you make entry to any of our facilities, PLEASE re-lock the doors you unlock.  If you find a door unlocked, lock it, and notify a Trustee.
 Thank you for caring for the place we call home, our sacred spaces.
 
Cokes Chapel works hard to maintain our facilities as well as provide for our spiritual care.  All to the glory of God!

 
SENIOR RECOGNITION for our High School and College Graduates!
Sunday, May 24th we will recognize our graduates.  If you or your family has a graduate, please email Kim Reindl at kreindl@cokeschapel.org or kim.reindl@gmail.com to find out what information is needed. Families: the DEADLINE for turning in this information is May 10th!
 

As we start May and face at least another month of time without actively participating in our Outreach activities, we look for ways to be helpful.  Of course reaching out to others with calls, cards, and prayers are important.  However, some Cokes Chapel folks are wanting to give financially since they can’t get out and actually go help. Two of the local Outreach ministries that we work with, Backpack Buddies and Meals on Wheels of Coweta are facing financial challenges now as they serve our community. They would appreciate any help we can give.
If you would like to donate to either of these and need the address, please contact Betsy Bagley. 
Let’s continue to pray for all our Outreach ministries and our missionaries, the Houles, the Hadden’s, and Caleb Earle.

All donations are used to buy food for hungry children in our county.  Any amount of food or monetary donation is greatly appreciated.  Thank you in for partnering with us!
Current list of food needs:

  • Ramen Noodles
  • Canned Soup
  • Ravioli (both pop-top and cans; may be any pasta meal in a can)
  • Grits or Oatmeal Packets
  • Small Boxes of Cereal (individual servings)
  • Individual Cracker Packages (peanut butter, cheese, etc.)
  • Small plastic jars of Peanut Butter (16 oz)
  • Mac-n-Cheese boxes
  • Water Bottles

 
            
COMMITTEE ON FINANCE REPORT

On Sunday, May 14, 2020 is designated Wesley Woods Sunday throughout the North Georgia Conference.  Your giving will support the work of Wesley Woods and the older adults as we care for this older adult community throughout the year with this Mother’s Day special offering. Please note on your giving envelope or online the portion that you are giving to this worthwhile ministry to the aging.

The Committee on Finance did not meet in April and will not meet in May unless the need arises.  As of today we are able to keep the lights on, pay other outstanding expenses and salaries. We have been blessed surely by a generous, loving and merciful God.  He hears our prayers and knows our needs even before we ask. 
THANK YOU GOD!  Amen
 
Financial Snapshot for May 1 – May 31:
Revised projected monthly adjusted income needed – $18,571.14
Total May funds (so far) deposited to General Funds – $12,972.30


NURTURE
Cokes Care Team Phone Team is re-booting our efforts.  We learned that the start of the calling tree complicated by the many changes that the pandemic created for us.            
       
This week, Kelly Bomba is reaching out to our callers.  She will confirm assignments and ask them to start again. 

We could use one or two more callers.  If you are willing to be part of this nurturing team, please contact Kelly at (678) 378-0538 or erbom@netzero.net.

Our goal is to keep in touch because we care about you! I pray that you will find this contact meaningful.  Help us keep your information updated and as that occurs, we will be able to print a current directory.  Thank you for being the loving heart of Christ!  Pastor Lisa 

 INTERGENERATIONAL, YOUTH, & CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP

In Inter-generational Ministry, the Sunday School Class will continue “at home” learning this week by exploring the story of the new community in the book of Acts (Acts 2:42-47; 6:1-7). The lesson focuses on the understanding that following in the way of Christ is about right relationship with God and one another (Luke 16:19-31).  In Acts, Luke shows us that shared life within community is not without conflict.  Emphasizing that conflict in itself is not a sign of trouble; it is a community’s response to conflict that reveals its spiritual health.
 
If you would like to be included in the email list and receive the lesson each week, please contact Kim Reindl at kim.reindl@gmail.com.  Each lesson includes commentary to help enlighten your study, questions for thought and reflection, as well as an optional activity that can be done at home with children and/or youth. 
 
In Youth Ministry, our youth held a Zoom Youth Group meeting on Sunday, May 3rd.  Along with games and a time of sharing and prayer, we also began an exploration of God’s greatest commandment (Mark 12:28-30).  We focused on what it may mean to love God with our minds or thoughts.  Finally, as the school year is drawing to a close, we are exploring ways to recognize and celebrate our seniors.  Look for information, starting next week, on how you can reach out to our graduates through a congratulatory note or card.  Thing are very different for this year’s senior class and we want to make sure that the Cokes Chapel family encourages them with our love.  (If you have a graduating High School or College Senior that has been connected to the Cokes Chapel family, please contact Kim Reindl at kim.reindl@gmail.com). 
 
God is at work all around us!  May we hold each other by heart and lift each other by prayer as we journey together, yet apart! 
With love,
Kim
(Kim Reindl, Director of Inter-generational, Youth & Children’s Discipleship; kim.reindl@gmail.com)

The Childcare Center opened on Monday, May 4, with limited numbers of children so that we will be able to maintain best practices issued from the State Health Department.  Parents are beginning to return to work and depend on us.  We appreciate your prayers for our staff, children, and families.

The Childcare Board reports that they had a great start, with 30 children.  We are thankful for our dedicated Director, Kristin McCoy and Assistant Director, Amber Moore, as well as our teachers.  Continue to pray for the ministry of Cokes Chapel Childcare Center.

 

PRAYER TEAM

Cokes Chapel Prayer Team is praying for all of 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 & PRAYERSCURRENT

Van Askew
John Harrison, brother of Jason Harrison 
Mike Monts, brother of Jennifer Hickman
Delores Ruegge, mother of Brenda Minter
Ann Navin
Cera Carter
Carlene, sister-in-law of Sandy Cavender
Rachel, daughter of Lorraine & Paul Burt
Dana West, granddaughter of Larry Smith
The Paulus Family, in-laws of Ernie & Brenda Haines
Joann, sister of Sandy Cavender
Terri Cannon, friend of Jean Raines
Dorothy Croft, Mike Croft’s mother
Bob Brown, Pat Harkins brother
Jill, friend of Carol Ross

ONGOING PRAYERSJim & Lara McCarthy and Jim’s mother, Joyce
Stan Smith, Marcia Smith’s husband
Jerry Freeman
Roger Harkins
Darius Allen, Marie Allen’s son
Cera Carter
Mick Moore
Jake Thomas, brother-in-law of Lorraine
      Burt
Pastor Wayne Ellis & Family
Jones Family, Howard & Margie, etal
Glenn Etheridge (Pastor)

SYMPATHY
 
We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to Carma McCallie on the passing of her younger sister, Amy Chaney, on Tuesday, May 5.  She leaves behind parents, siblings, and a son, Micheal, who is 10. 
 
In our grief, we share a common faith.  May our faith uplift and hold this family during this difficult time of loss.
 
Love and peace,
Pastor Lisa
 
If you wish to send a card, her address is:  Mrs. Carma McCallie – Kimbell,
35 Briandwood Drive, Newnan, GA 30265
 

See Homebound below.

Prayers for one another and our country for comfort, peace, freedom from anxiety, depression, and fear. May God surround us and protect 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 Cokes 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
Claudette Schunk 519 Perkins Rd. Apt. 222 Palmetto, GA. 30268-2365
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren 14 Hampshire Ln   Newnan, GA 3026
 
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