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G Chat February 28, 2020

We will continue to do blood pressure checks the 1st Sunday of each month in the acolyte/communion room after worship.  Stop by THIS SUNDAY!

Trustees have scheduled two Church Workdays:
Saturday, March 7thjoin your church family for outdoor spring cleaning.  Starting at 8:00 am we will pick up garbage, debris, do power-washing, wood-chipping and/or burn.  Congregation, Scouts, and Youth are asked to pitch in to get ready for Easter!  Wear gloves, and bring your own work tools, rake, shovel, weed wacker, wheelbarrow and cheerful spirit.
 
Saturday, March 21stjoin your church family for a church-wide beautification day.  The congregation is asked to donate flower packs and help plant.  You may also contribute to cost of loads of dirt or mulch to get ready for Easter.  Kevin Beam will help with planting.  Designate checks to “outdoor flowers”.  We will be starting at 8:00 am.  Wear gloves and work boots.  Bring your own shovel, rake or wheelbarrow. 


Outreach:
The Outreach Committee is requesting donations of pop-top ravioli cups for the Backpack Buddies food drive.  Donations may be dropped off in the Narthex or Worship Center.  Monetary donations designated for Backpack Buddies will also be accepted.  Please contact Jessica Askew at jaskew40@att.net with any questions.


Boy Scouts
The Boy Scouts would like to share that the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come. 
 
Scouting programs will continue.  Regular unit meetings and activities, other Scouting adventures and countless services projects will continue at Cokes Chapel.
 
For additional information see www.BSArestructuring.org.

Labyrinth Update:
Jackson Smith has begun the installation of our Prayer Labyrinth.  It is located outside the Worship Center, on your left, facing the building. Our labyrinth will add a new ministry dimension to our church and community.  It will also be registered with the National Labyrinth Society.  Building a labyrinth is a costly project.  Your donations would be greatly appreciated.  Any unused funds will be donated to Cokes Chapel. Please designate funds by writing “labyrinth” in the memo section of the check or on the envelope. I am very excited about this project because of its uniqueness and benefit to the church and the community.  Thank you so much for helping me accomplish my goal!   
Yours in Christ, Jackson Smith

If you are interested, join us on Monday, March 3rd at 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall for a labyrinth planning meeting.  We will discuss the Grand Opening and fundraising.  Questions contact Pastor Lisa

 
Our New United Methodist Men’s Group is off to a great start!
Our next meeting is a breakfast meeting on Saturday, March 14th at 8:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.  We will have breakfast, do a bit of business, but the most exciting part of the meeting will be our speaker!  We are fortunate to have Louis Johnson, President of the North Georgia Conference of United Methodist Men coming.  I promise that you won’t get bored!  He will help us to get started the right way!  Questions?  Contact Cliff Seyler at cliffcfc14@gmail.com or call him at 252-562-3077.

A note from the Finance Committee:

GENERAL FUNDS are those funds donated to the church for general operating costs including payroll, programs, insurance (i.e. buildings, workers comp) mortgages (Youth House, CCCC building, bus lease), capital improvements (i.e. HVAC), maintenance repairs, utilities, plus other smaller expenses.

Currently, we have a number of aging buildings and support the utilities for three buildings (utilities run $12,000 annually).  All the Cokes ministries require your faithful and generous donations.  Keeping the lights on and maintaining repairs is as important to our ministries as providing Holy Communion…it is all part of worshipping our Savior, Jesus Christ.

 



G Chat February 21, 2020

THIS SUNDAY:
Housing & Homeless Offering:
Cokes Chapel UMC will collect the North Georgia Conference Housing and Homeless Offering on February 23rd.  100% of this offering goes to ministries serving our neighbors experiencing poverty.  See insert for more information. 
Please prayerfully consider supporting this important work on February 23rd.

Ash Wednesday
Plan on joining us for Ash Wednesday services this Wednesday, February 26th at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
 
Cokes Chapel Childcare Center Volunteer Opportunity:
The Childcare Center is looking for members of the congregation and/or community to come speak to the children about their current and/or past jobs.  The children love to interact and ask questions. There are various opportunities and time slots available the weeks of February 24th-28th and March 2nd-6th.  If you’d like to volunteer to speak to the children.  Contact kmccoy@cokeschapelchildcare.com or call the office at 770-253-6414.
 


Outreach:
The Outreach Committee is requesting donations of pop top ravioli cups for the Backpack Buddies food drive.  Donations may be dropped off in the Narthex or Worship Center.  Monetary donations designated for Backpack Buddies will also be accepted.  Please contact Jessica Askew at jaskew40@att.net with any questions.


Carma McCallie and Mike Kimbell invite their
Cokes Chapel family to join them on Saturday,
February 29, 2020 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon
as they exchange wedding vows.  Reception
immediately following in the Contemporary
Worship Center.

 
To the congregation from Committee on Finance:
Designated Funds are funds set aside from the General Fund for a specific use or purpose, such as our current Labyrinth project. 
 
If you are designating funds to a special group (i.e. Youth Ministry), event (i.e. Angel Tree), memorial fund (i.e. John Hagen memorial stone), mission (i.e. Missionaries) or special offering (i.e. new carpet or landscaping), you MUST write the title of the group, event, mission, etc. at the bottom of your check or designate the funds with title written on the front of an offering envelope with your check or cash inside.  All funds that are not designated will go into general funds and used for the operation of our ministries.
 
Boy Scouts
 The Boy Scouts would like to share the following information from their national organization with the church family.
 
Today, the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come. 
 
It is important to know that Scouting programs will continue.  Regular unit meetings and activities, other Scouting adventures and countless services projects will take place as usual.
 
For additional information see www.BSArestructuring.org.

Labyrinth:

Dear friends,
My name is Jackson Smith.  I am a Life Scout working toward my Eagle Scout rank.  A big step in this process is the Eagle project, and I am looking for help to complete it. 
My project is building a prayer labyrinth at Cokes Chapel UMC in Sharpsburg GA.  A prayer labyrinth is a form of meditation through movement.  It is a winding path that as you get closer to the center, you get closer to God.
This prayer labyrinth will add a new worship ministry to our church and community.  It will also be registered in the National Labyrinth registry with the Labyrinth Society.  However, building the labyrinth is a large and fairly costly project.  This is where you can help.  I am seeking monetary donations to help me build it.  Any amount would be greatly appreciated, and unused money, if any, will be donated to Cokes Chapel.  Please send checks or cash to:
                                              Cokes Chapel UMC
                                              4096 Lower Fayetteville Rd
                                              Sharpsburg, GA 30277
 
Write “labyrinth” in the memo section of the check and it will go into a designated church holding account. 

I am very excited about this project because of its uniqueness and benefit to the church and the community.  Thank you so much for helping me accomplish my goal, even if it’s just by giving me your time. 
                                             

Yours in Christ,                                                                                                                 
Jackson Smith

P.S.  If you have an interest in labyrinths, you can find where one is located near you at labyrinthlocator.com.  It is a worldwide registry of labyrinths.