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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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G Chat 4-16-2020

GENERAL INFORMATION
Cokes Chapel has TURNED a CORNER!  Last week YouTube let us know that our Cokes site had 507 minutes of viewing – 8.5 hours in March!  We had 507 likes and 16 shares!
 
What this means is that our ministry to you and others is reaching new levels of engagement on our online presence.
 
While “sheltering in” has presented challenges, I am thankful for this new potential we – you and I! – are experiencing in online ministry.  Keep it up!  Better yet, invite others to join you.  When you share posts, devotionals, listen to the worship and invite others by sending to them, you are helping spread Christ’s love.  Together we will come through this time even stronger and with new vision for what we can do for Christ.
 
CHRIST IS RISEN!
We love our traditions at Cokes Chapel. The flowering of the cross is one we hold dear.  Easter people, continue to look back for the good and look forward in hope to the new things God is doing!

“Thank you to Ernie and Brenda Hanes for flowering the cross and Cindy and Craig Cox for the picture.  The cross will be left to enjoy throughout the week.”  
 

 


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

CHURCH COUNCIL CHAIR, DON COBB SHARES VITAL NEWS WITH YOU:

I hope this finds you safe and well. To minimize “cabin fever”, GET OUTSIDE! God’s creation is at it’s best!

The purpose of this communication is to update those of you who are not aware of the effort underway to assist our Childcare financially while closed.

With the leadership of Pastor Lisa, a team was organized to pursue the overhead cost of CC through a new program called Payroll Protection Program (PPP).

The application for this assistance has been completed to SBA through Truist Bank locally.

Briefly, initially, this is a loan, but if all conditions are met, like rehiring employees, the loan becomes a grant, which means NO payback! What a blessing!

Time was of the essence, so the application was made without Trustee or Council approval. However, this package will be forwarded to everyone for review and vote ASAP. *

Please join me in thanking God for our leaders in these times! Continue to be safe in God’s Love. Don

*UPDATES

  • As of Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 2:45, of a possible 16 voting members, I have received 9 approvals. Since this represents a majority, I declare that Church Council has approved the PPP loan application.)
  • The Committee on Finance Approved the application as of Wednesday, April 8th.
  • The CCCC Board voted to accept the loan application on April 9th.

From Pastor Lisa: It takes a village!

While we proceeded in the application for the PPP loan, our banker advised us to move quickly, so we did. We did keep our chairs of the Church Council, Trustees and Child Care Board, as well as our District Superintendent informed. Your team of Vivian Snyder, Nancy Vermilyea (Finance); Don Cobb (Council); Marcia Smith (Accountant) and I worked together, as best we could, considering our “stay home” mandate. We ask for your prayers to have BB&T approve the loan/grant so we are blessed with funding CCCC salaries for 8 weeks.

Add a praise and thank you to all who helped us complete this challenging but amazing opportunity.

Thankful, humbled and amazed at our strong community!

Love, Pastor Lisa

OUTREACH UPDATE

Our annual Outreach Dinner/Auction will be here before we know it. It is scheduled for Saturday, August 15, 2020. Our theme this year is A Southern Picnic. I know it will be a fun, nostalgic evening!

While you are at home during this time, you may come across some really neat, like-new items that you would like to donate for our auction. Many of you have the talent for seeing the hidden beauty in something and are able to do some work on it to make it shine!

Let’s work together to make this a successful event to benefit our missionaries, the Houles, the Haddens, and Caleb.

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE REPORT

Committee on Finance – Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loan team is still waiting on a reply to our application submitted on Palm Sunday.  To say the least we are anxious about the outcome. Our Childcare Center is a vital part of our ministry right HERE in this community.  The key is to trust God to put us in a financial position to open the center, take care of our staff and provide a loving secure place for our children.  

Finance would once again like to acknowledge the generosity of this community of believers.  Thank you for your support of on-line re-occurring giving.  Velda has been so instrumental in the on-line process and we appreciate her efforts.  We know many of us have to be poked and prodded to do something that is out of our comfort zone…at this point with shelter in place, it does make sense.  However, if you are not on-line to give, you can put your tithe/donation in door slot at the church office.  Someone usually checks once a day.  Or you might prefer to put it in U.S. mail, either way we appreciate your kindness and the love you show for this little church that is truly HOLY GROUND. 

FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT

April 1 – April 30, 2020 | Budget Funds

*Monthly projected Budget = $21,158 (reduced by $1,250)

Actual Budget Funds Collected = $10,407

Other donations to various Programs = $450

*The Conference Board of Pension will cover the church portion of Healthflex insurance for April, May and June ($1,250 monthly)


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’ encounter with the disciples on the Emmaus Road (Luke 24:13-35).  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 will hold another Zoom Youth Group meeting this Sunday, April 19th.  This is a great opportunity for our youth to use technology as a way of gathering together for fellowship, fun, learning, and service.  In the area of service, the youth will be reaching out to those in the church and community who are in need of extra encouragement through a card and calling ministry.  If you or someone you know are in need of a little extra encouragement at this time, 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
 

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

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
 

SYMPATHY

Sympathy to Micheal Ross’ brother, Terri, and extended family, on the passing of Micheal’s niece, Tori, on Saturday, April 11th. 

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.

ONGOING

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)

 
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 9, 2020

GENERAL INFORMATION
Please prepare to join us on Easter Sunday morning for beautiful music, worship, and communion. We are in unusual times, so in this circumstance, we will share communion as we shelter in. Before you open the worship video, bring a candle and lighter, a glass of liquid (it does not need to be grape juice and it can be wine), and some form of bread or cracker that we can share together. I will ask a blessing over the elements and we will share communion in spirit. I look forward to this special Easter time with you!

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

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

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.


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

CHURCH COUNCIL CHAIR, DON COBB SHARES VITAL NEWS WITH YOU:

I hope this finds you safe and well. To minimize “cabin fever”, GET OUTSIDE! God’s creation is at it’s best!

The purpose of this communication is to update those of you who are not aware of the effort underway to assist our Childcare financially while closed.

With the leadership of Pastor Lisa, a team was organized to pursue the overhead cost of CC through a new program called Payroll Protection Program (PPP).

The application for this assistance has been completed to SBA through Truist Bank locally.

Briefly, initially, this is a loan, but if all conditions are met, like rehiring employees, the loan becomes a grant, which means NO payback! What a blessing!

Time was of the essence, so the application was made without Trustee or Council approval. However, this package will be forwarded to everyone for review and vote ASAP. *

Please join me in thanking God for our leaders in these times! Continue to be safe in God’s Love. Don

*UPDATES

  • As of Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 2:45, of a possible 16 voting members, I have received 9 approvals. Since this represents a majority, I declare that Church Council has approved the PPP loan application.)
  • The Committee on Finance Approved the application as of Wednesday, April 8th.
  • The CCCC Board voted to accept the loan application on April 9th.

From Pastor Lisa: It takes a village!

While we proceeded in the application for the PPP loan, our banker advised us to move quickly, so we did. We did keep our chairs of the Church Council, Trustees and Child Care Board, as well as our District Superintendent informed. Your team of Vivian Snyder, Nancy Vermilyea (Finance); Don Cobb (Council); Marcia Smith (Accountant) and I worked together, as best we could, considering our “stay home” mandate. We ask for your prayers to have BB&T approve the loan/grant so we are blessed with funding CCCC salaries for 8 weeks.

Add a praise and thank you to all who helped us complete this challenging but amazing opportunity.

Thankful, humbled and amazed at our strong community!

Love, Pastor Lisa

OUTREACH UPDATE

Our annual Outreach Dinner/Auction will be here before we know it. It is scheduled for Saturday, August 15, 2020. Our theme this year is A Southern Picnic. I know it will be a fun, nostalgic evening!

While you are at home during this time, you may come across some really neat, like-new items that you would like to donate for our auction. Many of you have the talent for seeing the hidden beauty in something and are able to do some work on it to make it shine!

Let’s work together to make this a successful event to benefit our missionaries, the Houles, the Haddens, and Caleb.

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE REPORT

God tells us not to worry and do not be afraid. He asks us to trust Him and allow Him to do his work. He has touched your hearts where your treasure is. Easter is coming and Jesus is ALIVE! He is alive!!! May God bless you!

 

FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT

April 5 – April 11, 2020 | Budget Funds

*Monthly projected Budget = $21,158

Actual Budget Funds for this week = $4,372.30

Other donations to various Programs/Outreach $214.90

*The Conference Board of Pension will cover the church portion of Healthflex insurance for April, May and June ($1,250 monthly)
 


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 and Youth Ministry, the Sunday School Class completed the Lenten study on “The Way of Prayer.” The week’s lesson was on “Scriptural Prayer.” Participants were given a guide to be used at home to lead them through Lectio Divina (heart prayer with Scripture). The focus passage was Matthew 21:1-11, telling the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Our Youth Group and their families held a 3-minute prayer vigil on April 1st. Through texts, participants were prompted to begin and end our collective prayer time. We prayed for the multitude of healthcare workers and their families who are giving of themselves and sacrificing daily, to address the needs of others suffering from the virus. Also, on Sunday, we held our first Zoom Youth Group Gathering. It was so great for all of us to “see” each other and share with one another through technology. On our phones and computers, we were able to meet virtually (looking at each other’s faces in what are known as “Brady Bunch” squares). We prayed together, held a scavenger hunt (everyone had 5 minutes to run through their house and find a favorite snack, an item in the shape of a cross, and something that brings them joy, then come back and show it to the rest of us), studied the Scripture, had a small group discussion, and discussed ways that we could serve others in the days ahead.

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!

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.

 

 

 
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 April 2, 2020

WHAT ABOUT CHURCH & EASTER:
 
A LETTER FROM BISHOP SUE:
 
Dear Friends,
 
Yesterday we sent out our first weekly update for the LaGrange District. Already, it seems that weekly is not often enough. 
 
The Bishop and Cabinet seek to clarify the expectation for worship and church gatherings in this season of physical distancing. To be clear, each church is directed not to gather on the church property for meetings or services. This is the urging and expectation, which includes drive-in church, parking lot church, or garden church gatherings. We are following our Government Officials’ orders in order to save lives.
 
The Rev. Sky McCracken from Memphis shared a word with his congregation–it is a good representation of our perspective. See the very short message in the link below.
 
Note: Online worship is still encouraged, with the gold standard (and safest option) being a simple, at home posting— prayer and message, with perhaps some music added, if possible.
 
  https://www.facebook.com/618791164/posts/10158253472661165/?d=n 
 
Bishop Sue Halpert-Johnson
 
A NOTE FROM PASTOR LISA:

We will continue our worship as we have been.  We are learning to streamline our worship parts so there is only one click.    You may connect through Cokes Chapel Facebook or the church-wide email with the link provided.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
 
The North Georgia Conference has rescheduled the Annual Conference to August of 2020. 
 
The General Conference has been rescheduled for 2021. 
 


IN OUR HEARTS & PRAYERS:

CURRENT
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
Peggy Blackmon, sister of Paul Snyder
Jill, friend of Carol Ross
 
ONGOING
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)

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.
 
SEE BELOW FOR OUR HOMEBOUND LIST
 


DAILY DEVOTIONALS

Daily devotionals continue if you are not receiving one, notify Velda at veldagraydon@me.com to have your name added.
 
YOUR STORIES
How are we experiencing this current pandemic?  This spot is reserved for you to share experiences, thoughts with our community.  Be mindful that we are wishing to encourage one another.
 
Send your story to Pastor Lisa at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org today.  We are all in this together!  Let’s share the light of Christ with one another!
 

 

 
COMMITTEE ON FINANCE REPORT
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!  Easter is coming. What a wonderful time of the year.  We can celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of life everlasting.  As a community of believers, during this time prior to Easter, we give with our hearts…”for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 NIV  So many of you understand how special it is to give back as part of your worship whether you are in God’s house or not.  Thank you for your generosity.   
As information regarding the use of stimulus funds comes from the Federal government, the Committee on Finance, along with other programs areas, are working to determine if we as a church/childcare center meet the eligibility requirements.  We will keep you informed.
 
It is important to recognize two blessings that have come our way:  
1. The bank agreed to defer the Childcare mortgage payment for April, May and June 
2. The UMC Conference has agreed to pay the church portion of the Pastor’s Healthcare benefit for April, May and June.  
 
FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT FOR MARCH, 2020
Mar 1-Mar 31, 2020 | All Funds
Monthly projected Budget = $22,408
Actual Budget Funds $27,395.00 Cash + Parsonage Rental $1000 = $28,395  
 
Your generosity and God’s guidance will direct us through this time!  God Bless our ministry work!
 



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 and Youth Ministry, time has been invested in continuing connections.  The Inter-generational Sunday School Class continues at home with the Lenten study on “The Way of Prayer.”  This week’s lesson on “Praying with Our Bodies” was adapted to provide participants with at-home prayer activities to engage a new or further understanding of this way of prayer.  Youth were prayed for and communicated with personally, via technology.  Furthermore, a lot of time has been spent investigating ways to offer opportunities for online learning and gathering.  I have attended online Zoom meetings and webinars, gathering ideas and instruction for how we might best meet “together” while honoring social distancing in the days to come.  Finally, on Wednesday, April 1 at noon, our Youth Group will be holding a 3-minute prayer vigil for our healthcare workers and their families.  Through texts, the youth will be prompted to begin and end our collective prayer time.
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!     
      


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.
 


 
OUTREACH UPDATE
The corona virus is causing a few changes in some of our outreach projects.
 
– Meals on Wheels of Coweta is delivering all meals for the week on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Therefore, our team will not be delivering our Friday route until further notice.
 
– Our April 28th packing day at Backpack Buddies has been canceled.  They are still providing the food but are working with a different schedule and procedure during this time.
 



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

 
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 30277-1 882
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. 30263-5791
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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