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April 30, 2020 G Chat

We continue to abide by the guidelines we were given from our Bishop on returning to worship on June 28.  It seems a long, far way off to us all.  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 770598-5066.

Love and peace,
Pastor Lisa

 

SENIOR RECOGNITION
    Help Us Recognize Our High School & College Graduates! 
 
On Sunday, May 24th we will be recognizing our High School and College 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!

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:  “Day by Day ”  Acts 2:42-47.

 

OUTREACH
Cokes Chapel loves our Outreach and Missions activities and team work.  It is hard when we are not able to get together. Two of our local Outreach ministries that we work with, Backpack Buddies (see below for more information) and Meals on Wheels of Coweta are facing financial challenges now as they serve our community. 
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 Haddens, and Caleb Earle.

A note from Backpack Buddies:  All donations are used to buy food for hungry children in our county throughout the summer.  Any amount of food or monetary donation is greatly appreciated.  We say all the time, that whether it is one or ten or one hundred cans of ravioli, that is more than we had before.  Thank you in for partnering with us to help continue to feed hungry kids. 
Following is the 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

We hope all is well with each one of you and your families.  With the Bishop’s latest news to “stay in place” until June 28, we continue to encourage you to send your re-occurring tithes: by U.S. Mail at 4096 Lower Fayetteville Rd, Sharpsburg, GA 30277; via on-line giving (Velda will enroll you on Realms if you need her assistance at veldagraydon@gmail.com); or you can drop your tithe in the slot on the office door.  We check periodically to gather anything dropped in the door slot. 

Thank you so much for your generosity and your collective efforts to keep the lights on and pay the staff. God is still present and evident in our midst.  

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.

Financial Snapshot for April:
Revised projected budgeted expenses for April, May and June – $18,571.14
Total April funds deposited for General Funds – $18,782.30
Total April funds deposited for Special Funds – $1345.00
 


TRUSTEES
Even though we are not in our buildings, our Trustees are working to keep the buildings intact and checking on the systems and functions in each building.  Walkthroughs and spot checks are done by various Trustees through the week.  They are in the midst of addressing a leak in the church sanctuary, and having it replaced or repaired. They also have removed a tree that fell on the roof of our storage house behind the Fellowship Hall.   Thank you to our dedicated Trustees!

Cokes Chapel works hard to maintain our facilities as well as provide for our spiritual care.  All to the glory of God!

NURTURE
Cokes Care Team Phone Team is in the process of re-booting our efforts.  We learned that with all good intentions, the start of the calling tree was difficult.  The pandemic has complicated all our lives!            
       
Beginning the week of May 4, Kelly Bomba will be reaching out to our team of callers.  We will confirm assignments to call and begin 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 continues to be that we 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 with “at home” learning through Bible lessons re-written to be used by individuals and families at home.  As part of our focus on “Jesus Prepares the Community,” this week we will be exploring the story of Pentecost in the book of Acts (Acts 2:1-41).  This is the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which Luke considers to be a driving force of the disciples’ post-Easter mission.  If you would like to be included in this 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 Game Night on Sunday, April 26th.  We gathered online for a time of friendly competition!  The youth played a “Zoom In” game where they were challenged to identify pictures of objects at a very close distance, a game of “Truth or Lie” where each youth engaged in modified show and tell with a weird or unusual object from their home, and finally a game of “Guess Who?” where we each tried to match a little known fact with each of our participants.  It was great just to gather and have fun together!  Finally, our youth have started sending cards to members in our congregation and community who are on our hearts an in our prayers.  (If you or someone you know are in need of a little extra encouragement at this time and would appreciate a card from one of our youth, 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

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

 

 

 

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

Amy Chaney, sister of Carma McCallie
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 PRAYERS

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
 
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G-Chat April 23, 2020

Notes from our North Georgia Conference:

The 2020 North Georgia Annual Conference Session has been rescheduled in an effort to protect the health safety of all who attend. New dates have been set for August 28-30—a Friday through Sunday.

Bishop Sue and the Conference Cabinet reminded us as we wait out this time of sheltering-in: “to do no harm … and continue to urge churches not to gather through May 13, 2020.”

On Monday, April 27, the bishop and cabinet will offer more guidelines on how to evaluate and plan for re-opening our church facilities when the time comes that we can safely do so. 

 

 


Daily devotionals continue. If you are not receiving one, notify Velda at veldagraydon@me.com to have your name added.

TRUSTEES AND FINANCE announced this week that Cokes Chapel UMC has received the loan/grant for funding of the Cokes Chapel Childcare for 8 weeks of payroll and selected other expenses.  We are thankful and delighted to have this stimulus fund to maintain the employees and staff that make our Child Care the Best Ever!  
Giving praise and a prayer of thanksgiving for this momentous event in the history of Cokes Chapel.  
 
WORSHIP INFORMATION
 
Continue to join us each week on Cokes Chapel Facebook for Sunday morning worship!  You will receive an invitation and link to connect!
Coming this Sunday:  “Let’s Take a Walk!”  Luke 24: 13-35. Reflections on the road to Emmaus and our journey with Jesus.  
 
A note from your Pastor on Video recording for Worship:  
Thank you folks for bearing with an unschooled pastor who can’t quite figure out where to look or where the camera lens is, or how to relate to you when all I see is a picture of me talking while I preach.  God bless you for your patience and God help all us preachers as we turn it all over to the Holy Spirit and pray you find God in the midst of our learning curves.  You are missed and loved – how dear your faces are to me in my memory!  Pastor Lisa
 

OUTREACH UPDATE

Cokes Chapel folks love their Outreach missions, so it is hard when we are not able to get together.  We miss singing at Newnan Nursing and Rehab, delivering Meals on Wheels, visiting and serving Luthersville Seniors, packing bags for Backpack Buddies, and others. Until we are together again, what we can do is pray every day for these groups and for our missionaries, the Houles, the Haddens, and Caleb – for them to stay safe and healthy!
 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE REPORT

As we told you last week, we have been awaiting word on the Protection Payroll Program Loan/Grant.  This past Saturday we were notified that we will be awarded the funds and they are presently in the Childcare Banking Account.  Praise God!  The Church and Childcare leadership will begin to learn as much as they possibly can regarding how these can be used to satisfy the forgiveness of the loan.  Garnett Reynolds from Truist Bank (BB&T + Sun Trust) has been extremely helpful through this process with his guidance and encouragement.  We needed his help several times for guidance and he was quick to assist us.  

 

This past week we worked to revise the April, May and June budget and consider cash flow.  It was recommended that we take the first three months of the year and average both income and expenses.  Marcia Smith, bookkeeper, sent us a combined operating statement for the church to analyze.  The findings are below: 

INCOME – January – March

Total income $67,785.18  (monthly average of $22,595.06) 

Revised Projected monthly average of $22,595.06 General Funds (These funds were collected at church during normal times)

Other Income $00.00 for April, May and June (Rental parsonage $1000; rental CCCC $8052; CCC Tithe varies depending on profits/averages $566.80) 

Current total General Funds (budgeted) for April 1 – April 30, 2020 are $15,217.30

The Bank Account as of Tuesday at 5:11 PM = $94,402.42  

EXPENSES – January – March

Total expenses $72,478.92 (monthly average of $24,159.67)

    Minus Healthflex Insurance $1250 Conference Board of Pensions to cover church portion of Pastor’s Healthflex

    Minus YH Loan deferment $898.12 BB&T deferment of Loan (principle and interest varies)

    Minus CCC Loan interest $3440.41 Interest of CCC Loan (a Trustee budgeted expense)

Revised Projected Expenses $18,571.14 

If you would like copies of the Operating Statement for Jan-March or have questions, please contact me at vcsnyder@bellsouth.net

The committee will make every effort to keep you informed regarding the financial status of the church during these unusual times.  Please don’t forget to give.  The staff is still at work and the lights are still on. Not only can you give on-line, you can drop your tithe off at the church office through the NEW slot in the office door or you can send it by U.S. Mail.  Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness to keep God’s house alive and well.

If you go forth in LOVE, you will find your PEACE.


NURTURE

Cokes Care Team Phone Tree – We hope that you have received a call from our phone tree team.

We will continue to keep in touch with you! We want to make sure you are well and check-in to see if there is a specific need we can meet. With your help, we will continue to build a Directory to make available to the membership. Questions? Contact Pastor Lisa at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org or 770-598-5066.

 
 
INTERGENERATIONAL, YOUTH, & CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP

In Inter-generational Ministry, the Sunday School Class will continue with “at home” learning through Bible lessons re-written to be used by individuals and families at home.  This week we will be exploring Jesus’ final resurrection story in the gospel of Luke, where Jesus commissions the disciples and offers them God’s peace (Luke 24:36-53).  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.  If you would like to be included in this email list and receive the lesson each week, please contact Kim Reindl at kim.reindl@gmail.com.

In Youth Ministry, our youth held another Zoom Youth Group meeting on Sunday, April 19th.  It was great to “see” everyone through the gift of technology.  We were able to check-in with one another, pray together, have a “Bible Trivia” competition, study the Scripture and discuss the passage in small groups, and commit to a Card Ministry as a way to serve others in our congregation and beyond.   (If you or someone you know are in need of a little extra encouragement at this time and would appreciate a card from one of our youth, please contact Kim Reindl at kim.reindl@gmail.com).  This coming Sunday, April 26, the youth will have a Zoom Game Night where we will spend time playing games together online!  It should be an adventure!

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

COKES CHAPEL CHILDCARE CENTER:

In keeping with Governor Kemp’s directive, the Childcare Center continues to remain closed at this time. Opening date will be determined by best practices from the Governor and other advice from the State Health Department.

 

 

 

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

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 PRAYERS

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
 
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