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G Chat November 5, 2020

       
      “In-Person” Worship in our Sanctuary

Sundays, 10:00 am! As we return to indoor worship, we continue to social distance, wear masks and provide sanitizer in consideration of one another’s health safety.  Thank you for abiding by these guidelines!  For those who remain sheltered in, worship will be videotaped and uploaded for you sometime Sunday afternoon. 

 
  You are invited to join us for this ADVENT STUDY!
 
                                                               
 
Sunday Mornings, November 29th-December 20th
 
 
During the season of Advent we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas.  Enter Advent this year with an attitude of curious expectancy and trustful anticipation.
 
As the holidays approach, it is easy to become consumed by busyness.  If you desire a time to slow down and focus on the true meaning of the season, join us for a four week study, “Behold! Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent,” by Pamela Hawkins.  This study encourages participants to linger for a while and pay close attention to the meaning of the season as you focus on a single word each week, pray beautiful prayers and hymn texts, and try various forms of prayer such as praying with images, silent prayer, prayer beads, and compline (night prayer).

Behold the season with new eyes, new ears, a new heart, and a sense of new possibilities. Let this study encourage and help you behold the “news of great joy,” Christ the Lord, who is coming to make all things new!
 
When:  Sunday Mornings, November 29, December 6, 13, and 20
Time:  8:45-9:45 am (Before Worship)
Who:  Everyone!  This is a class for Adults, Youth, and Children
Leader:  Kim Reindl
Book Cost & “At-Home” Option: $14 with Optional Book; FREE without a book
(The book, “Behold! Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent,” by Pamela Hawkins, provides a guide for weekly class time and optional daily Scripture reading and prayer.)
To Register:  Email Kim at kim.reindl@gmail.com; Please indicate whether
or not you would like to purchase a copy of the book
Registration Deadline:  Sunday, November 22
 
 

Cokes Chapel is considered one of many small UMC in North Georgia.  Take time to listen to our District Superintendent Susan Landry in dialogue with Bishop Sue and our district Lay Leader.  We are fortunate to have such gifted leaders for our benefit and God’s glory.  
Sit in on At the Table with Bishop Sue “The Small Church” Discussion provided by Clicking on the podcast here:  https://www.ngumc.org/podcast

Worship Information

Sunday, November 8th in the Sanctuary 10:00 am – Rev. Joe Watson
Sermon:     Walking on Sunshine
Scripture:  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  
 
God’s provision for deceased believers in the future is an assurance of God’s care for all believers in the present.       
 We continue to maintain our Covid guidelines of social distancing, wearing masks, as well as other items you can read about here:  https://www.cokeschapel.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Worship-Guidelines-for-Individuals.pdf
https://www.cokeschapel.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Guidelines-for-Individuals.pdf

From your pastor:
Dear community, I will be on vacation from November 1-21.  Filling the pulpit on these 3 Sundays will be Kim Reindl, our All Saints service, on November 1.  On November 8 and 15, Reverend Joe Watson, a retired elder in the UMC will be leading worship.  Reverend Watson was recommended by our District Superintendent Susan Landry.  In case of pastoral concerns, please contact Larry Carter at 770-871-0051.

I will be back in the pulpit on Sunday, November 22, and “rair’in” to go for our Advent season.  God has good plans for Cokes Chapel!  As we all anticipate the beginnings of the Christmas season and the birth of our Savior, may each of you find moments of rest and renewal also. I am thankful that I serve a church that supports my need for rest and renewal, and am grateful for you!
Love and peace, Pastor Lisa

Sunday, November 8  – Worship – 10:00 am – in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot
                                      – Pastor Lisa on vacation through Nov. 20
Wednesday, November 8 – Prayer Meeting – 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Sunday, November 8  – Worship – 10:00 am – in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot
Wednesday, November 11 – Prayer Meeting – 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Sunday, November 15  – Worship – 10:00 am – in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot
                                          – UMW Old Fashioned Bake Sale – 9:45 am Drop off / 10:45-11:15 am Sale
                                          – Trustee Meeting – 12:00-2:00 pm – Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, November 18 – Prayer Meeting – 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Thursday, November 19 – UMW Women’s Holiday Celebration – 11:30 am – Fellowship Hall
Sunday, November 22  – Worship – 10:00 am – in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot
                                        – UMW Old Fashioned Bake Sale – 9:45 am Drop off / 10:45-11:15 am Sale
                                        – Hanging of the Greens – 2-4 pm
                                        – Youth Labyrinth Activity – 5:00-7:00 pm – Youth House & Labyrinth Area
Monday, November 23 – Staff Meeting – 12:30 – Pavilion/Fellowship Hall
Thursday, November 26 – THANKSGIVING DAY
Sunday, November 29 – Sunday School Resumes – 8:45-9:45 – Advent Study Begins
                                       – Worship – 10:00 am – in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot
Monday, November 30 – Staff Meeting – 12:30 – Fellowship Hall
                                       – Charge Conference Meeting – 5:30 – via Zoom

Note For All Building Users:  Our guidelines from Church Council regarding Covid still remain in place for social distancing, masks and sanitary cleaning following use.

Leaders and Committee Chairs – please remember to contact Brenda in the office at office@cokeschapel.org or request meeting space and assure there will be no conflict of use.  Please do not announce meetings without clearing date and time with the office.

 

Just a hint – Something Special is coming! – Sunday, Nov. 15 and 22

Our United Methodist Women are sponsoring an Old Fashioned Bake Sale to fund their ministry coffers. Whether you make something for the sale or purchase something one of these Sundays, you can be assured that the funds will go towards the mission and ministry of Cokes Chapel.
Mark your calendar, strike off “preparing desserts for Thanksgiving” or other family gatherings during the holidays!  
More to come – but if you wish to contribute your “famous” or “favorite” home made dessert, please contact Ann Navin right away so we can get an idea of the various goodies!  call Ann or text at 678-469-5851

Allie and David Houle, our missionaries in Thailand, have been going through a very tense time, fearing they would not get their visas to remain in Thailand.  Here is some good news we received from them about their visas and about the young man Red that we have been helping get some much-needed dental work.
 
Good News! We got our 1 year visa!

 

Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support! We now have our work visa through October of 2021, which means we will not have to leave the country for at least another year. Leaving the country would be extremely difficult during this time, so we are so thankful we are able to continue to live, work, and serve God in Thailand. We are always thanking God that we have this opportunity to serve God here. We were told by many people that completed the visa without leaving the country would be impossible, but God made a way! Thank you for your prayers!

Also, thank you for all the donations for Red’s teeth! He has already had 2 appointments with the dentist here in Pattaya and we have 2 more visits to go. We will give you more updates on his progress next month!

 

Allie and David Houle
Thailand Now
To give: Qgiv or Paypal


Thanksgiving Baskets

We will again be helping people in our community to have a special Thanksgiving dinner.  Due to the corona virus and our desire to keep everyone safe, we are going to provide gift cards to families.  They will use the grocery cards to buy their own food, and it will not be necessary for our folks to spend so much time in stores.
HOW to participate: To donate money to purchase gift cards for food, please give funds to Caroline Huckaby or Betsy Bagley.  If you prefer to write a check to the church, be sure to designate “Thanksgiving Food” on the “for” line on your check.  

I-58 Drive Thru Food Drive
                                                                  When: November 7th
                                                                  Time: 9am – 12pm
                                                                  Where: Cornerstone UMC 
                                                                  2956 Sharpsburg McCollum RD
                                                                  Newnan, GA 30265
                                               
As Thanksgiving and Christmas is vastly approaching, the needs of our community are increasing daily.  The i-58 mission needs your help to provide essential items to help families during these very tough times we are dealing with.  We are all in this together.  With your loving support, we can help families be fed during the holiday season.  Let us be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ!
 
Much Needed Food Items at the i-58 Mission:
Baked Beans, Green Beans, Great Northern Beans, Spaghetti Sauces, Noodles, Ramon Noodles, Pop Tarts, Kidney Beans, Peanut butter, Jelly, Breakfast items (Grits, cereal or oatmeal), Mac-N-Cheese, Chef Boyardee, Small bags of chips, Diced Tomatoes, Pintos, Spam, Vienna’s, can chicken, Instant Potatoes, Stuffing, Corn, Soups, Etc.…
 
Other Items Needed: 
Toilet Paper, Feminine Pads, Depends, Shampoo, Paper Towels, Diapers and pull ups, Toothpaste, and baby wipes

HAPPY FALL YA’LL – The UMW Annual Holiday Luncheon will be on Nov 19th at 11:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall.  All ladies of the church are invited to come and celebrate the food, friends and fun around the tables.  The luncheon menu will be lasagna, salad, rolls, dessert and drinks.  Be sure to bring a holiday gift to exchange in the fun-filled UMW way!  ($10.00 gift limit) We will look forward to seeing you. 

OLD FASHIONED BAKE SALE – The UMW is sponsoring a bake sale that will offer the “best of the best” home made desserts and goodies for you to take home on Sunday, Nov. 15 and 22.  Great for freezing for Thanksgiving, or just to enjoy the fall season.  Items will be carefully wrapped and labeled.  All funds will go to the mission and ministry God calls us to.  It’s a win=win for us all!

Prayer Team has resumed and everyone is invited!  We are meeting on Wednesday nights at 5:30 pm.  We will be meeting in the Sanctuary for the month of November.  We would love for you to attend!  If you would like to join us for a “drop-in” to ask for a prayer request, to be prayed with, or to be prayed for, we would love to have you!  No commitment necessary!  Stop by and join us for prayer!  Everyone try to arrange your schedule to attend, if you aren’t there we will miss you.  We will wear masks and social distance. 

Growing Your Faith Through GENEROSITY

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples,” (1 Chronicles 18:8).
 
Ever wonder why this time of the year is set aside for thanksgiving? It certainly did not start as a religious holiday when the Pilgrims along with the native Indians sat around a table and “broke bread” together.  However, over the years, through the efforts of a woman who lobbied the Lincoln Congress to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, Lincoln declared it a holiday in 1863.  
 
In his recognition, Lincoln said, “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow – citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.    It was obvious from Lincoln’s words, it was to be a day to give thanks to Almighty God.
(https://carm.org/thanksgiving) 
 
Later during the Great Depression; and, in an attempt to extend the Christmas shopping time as an economic move, Franklin Roosevelt declared the 4th Thursday in November as the official date for Thanksgiving.  
 
Where does your gratitude lay?  Family, friends, time, talents and the resources you have been given.  Gratitude in an inward emotion of the outward gifts that God has given each one of us. Rejoice and be grateful.  
                       
                                                             

Growing Our Faith…
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $20,400
Actual operating funds collected as of November 4th: $9,592.29
Thank you for God loves a cheerful giver and it is truly more blessed to give than to receive.  AMEN
 
Matthew 6: 21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Thank you for your heartfelt generous contributions.

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


MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL & YOUTH MINISTRY, NOVEMBER 4, 2020: 
 
In Inter-generational Ministry, registration for our upcoming ADVENT STUDY is underway!  Starting on Sunday, November 29th everyone is invited to join the Inter-generational Sunday School class as we engage in a four week study for the Advent season!  We will be gathering in-person prior to worship on Sunday mornings, November 29-December 20, from 8:45-9:45 am.  The study focuses on a different word each week (i.e., Expectancy, Preparation, Faith, Promise) and is based in Scripture reading and prayer.  Please see additional information in this G-Chat.  To register, please contact kim.reindl@gmail.com.
 
Inter-generational Sunday School is continuing with “at home” lessons until the beginning of Advent on November 29th.  This week’s lesson explores the covenant through Jesus as found in Luke 22:14-20.  If you would like to be included in the email list and receive this “at home” lesson, please contact Kim Reindl at kim.reindl@gmail.com.  Each lesson includes Bible facts to help enlighten your study, questions for thought and reflection, as well as opportunity for spiritual practice. 
 
In Inter-generational and Youth Ministry, Prayer Partners will meet via Zoom on this Sunday, November 8th for the second of our monthly Zoom gatherings.  We will be exploring the ancient Christian practice of how to pray through visualization and the imagination (i.e., praying without words).  After a short time of learning, prayer partners will be invited into breakout rooms with one another and given the opportunity to talk and share prayer praises and concerns “face to face” through technology. 
 
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
(Kim Reindl, Director of Inter-generational, Youth & Children’s Discipleship; kim.reindl@gmail.com)


Dear Cokes Chapel UMC –
Thank you all for the amazing outpouring of support for our Fall Festival.  The candy and other goodies were just perfect.  Thank you all for being there to always help out with any of our needs!   
Love, Cokes Chapel Childcare Center


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 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

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)
Craig and Cindy Cox
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
Glenn Etheridge (Pastor)

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
Claudette Schunk 357 Jim Starr Road, 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 October 29, 2020

         
      “In-Person” Worship in our Sanctuary

Sundays, 10:00 am! As we return to indoor worship, we continue to social distance, wear masks and provide sanitizer in consideration of one another’s health safety.  Thank you for abiding by these guidelines!  For those who remain sheltered in, worship will be videotaped and uploaded for you sometime Sunday afternoon. 

 
Church work is always evolving!  One decision made at our Zoom Annual Conference was to consolidate the 12 districts into 8.  Cokes Chapel is now part of the Southwest District.  Our District Superintendent is still Rev. Susan Landry.  The District office is now located in Griffin to accommodate the 130 churches in the district. 

Take a moment to look over the decision and map.  I am thankful for the Bishop and conference for consolidating the districts, lowering our costs of operation and grateful that we have a District Superintendent that knows Cokes and cares for us!

Map and details:
https://www.ngumc.org/district-restructure

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday night!!!

Worship Information

Sunday, November 1st in the Sanctuary 10:00 am – All Saints Sunday
                                   Scripture:   1 John 3:1-3                       

 We continue to maintain our Covid guidelines of social distancing, wearing masks, as well as other items you can read about here:  https://www.cokeschapel.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Worship-Guidelines-for-Individuals.pdf
https://www.cokeschapel.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Guidelines-for-Individuals.pdf

From your pastor:
Dear community, I will be on vacation from November 1-21.  Filling the pulpit on these 3 Sundays will be Kim Reindl, our All Saints service, on November 1.  On November 8 and 15, Reverend Joe Watson, a retired elder in the UMC will be leading worship.  Reverend Watson was recommended by our District Superintendent Susan Landry.  In case of pastoral concerns, please contact Larry Carter at 770-871-0051.

I will be back in the pulpit on Sunday, November 22, and “rair’in” to go for our Advent season.  God has good plans for Cokes Chapel!  As we all anticipate the beginnings of the Christmas season and the birth of our Savior, may each of you find moments of rest and renewal also. I am thankful that I serve a church that supports my need for rest and renewal, and am grateful for you!
Love and peace, Pastor Lisa

Sunday, November 1  – Daylight Savings Time – Turn your clocks back on Saturday night!!!  
                                     – Worship – 10:00 am – All Saints Day, in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot.                                                     – Pastor Lisa begins vacation through Nov. 20
Wednesday, November 4 – Prayer Meeting – 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Wednesday, November 4 – Finance Committee Meeting – 6:30 pm – Fellowship Hall
Sunday, November 8  – Worship – 10:00 am – in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot
Wednesday, November 8 – Prayer Meeting – 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Sunday, November 8  – Worship – 10:00 am – in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot
Wednesday, November 11 – Prayer Meeting – 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Sunday, November 15  – Worship – 10:00 am – in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot
                                          – UMW Old Fashioned Bake Sale – 9:45 am Drop off / 10:45-11:15 am Sale
                                          – Trustee Meeting – 12:00-2:00 pm – Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, November 18 – Prayer Meeting – 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Thursday, November 19 – UMW Women’s Holiday Celebration – 11:30 am – Fellowship Hall
Sunday, November 22  – Worship – 10:00 am – in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot
                                        – UMW Old Fashioned Bake Sale – 9:45 am Drop off / 10:45-11:15 am Sale
                                        – Hanging of the Greens – 2-4 pm
                                        – Youth Labyrinth Activity – 5:00-7:00 pm – Youth House & Labyrinth Area
Monday, November 23 – Staff Meeting – 12:30 – Pavilion/Fellowship Hall
Thursday, November 26 – THANKSGIVING DAY
Sunday, November 29 – Sunday School Resumes – 8:45-9:45
                                       – Worship – 10:00 am – in the Sanctuary & by radio in the parking lot
Monday, November 30 – Staff Meeting – 12:30 – Fellowship Hall
                                       – Charge Conference Meeting – 5:30 – via Zoom

Note For All Building Users:  Our guidelines from Church Council regarding Covid still remain in place for social distancing, masks and sanitary cleaning following use.

Leaders and Committee Chairs – please remember to contact Brenda in the office at office@cokeschapel.org or request meeting space and assure there will be no conflict of use.  Please do not announce meetings without clearing date and time with the office.

 

Just a hint – Something Special is coming! – Sunday, Nov. 15 and 22

Our United Methodist Women are sponsoring an Old Fashioned Bake Sale to fund their ministry coffers. Whether you make something for the sale or purchase something one of these Sundays, you can be assured that the funds will go towards the mission and ministry of Cokes Chapel.
Mark your calendar, strike off “preparing desserts for Thanksgiving” or other family gatherings during the holidays!  
More to come – but if you wish to contribute your “famous” or “favorite” home made dessert, please contact Ann Navin right away so we can get an idea of the various goodies!  call Ann or text at 678-469-5851


Thanksgiving Baskets
We will again be helping people in our community to have a special Thanksgiving dinner.  Due to the corona virus and our desire to keep everyone safe, we are going to provide gift cards to families.  They will use the grocery cards to buy their own food, and it will not be necessary for our folks to spend so much time in stores.
HOW to participate: To donate money to purchase gift cards for food, please give funds to Caroline Huckaby or Betsy Bagley.  If you prefer to write a check to the church, be sure to designate “Thanksgiving Food” on the “for” line on your check.  

I-58 Drive Thru Food Drive
                                                                  When: November 7th
                                                                  Time: 9am – 12pm
                                                                  Where: Cornerstone UMC 
                                                                  2956 Sharpsburg McCollum RD
                                                                  Newnan, GA 30265
                                               
As Thanksgiving and Christmas is vastly approaching, the needs of our community are increasing daily.  The i-58 mission needs your help to provide essential items to help families during these very tough times we are dealing with.  We are all in this together.  With your loving support, we can help families be fed during the holiday season.  Let us be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ!
 
Much Needed Food Items at the i-58 Mission:
Baked Beans, Green Beans, Great Northern Beans, Spaghetti Sauces, Noodles, Ramon Noodles, Pop Tarts, Kidney Beans, Peanut butter, Jelly, Breakfast items (Grits, cereal or oatmeal), Mac-N-Cheese, Chef Boyardee, Small bags of chips, Diced Tomatoes, Pintos, Spam, Vienna’s, can chicken, Instant Potatoes, Stuffing, Corn, Soups, Etc.…
 
Other Items Needed: 
Toilet Paper, Feminine Pads, Depends, Shampoo, Paper Towels, Diapers and pull ups, Toothpaste, and baby wipes

HAPPY FALL YA’LL – The UMW Annual Holiday Luncheon will be on Nov 19th at 11:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall.  All ladies of the church are invited to come and celebrate the food, friends and fun around the tables.  The luncheon menu will be lasagna, salad, rolls, dessert and drinks.  Be sure to bring a holiday gift to exchange in the fun-filled UMW way!  ($10.00 gift limit) We will look forward to seeing you. 

OLD FASHIONED BAKE SALE – The UMW is sponsoring a bake sale that will offer the “best of the best” home made desserts and goodies for you to take home on Sunday, Nov. 15 and 22.  Great for freezing for Thanksgiving, or just to enjoy the fall season.  Items will be carefully wrapped and labeled.  All funds will go to the mission and ministry God calls us to.  It’s a win=win for us all!

Prayer Team has resumed and everyone is invited!  We are meeting on Wednesday nights at 5:30 pm.  We will be meeting in the Sanctuary for the month of November.  We would love for you to attend!  If you would like to join us for a “drop-in” to ask for a prayer request, to be prayed with, or to be prayed for, we would love to have you!  No commitment necessary!  Stop by and join us for prayer!  Everyone try to arrange your schedule to attend, if you aren’t there we will miss you.  We will wear masks and social distance. 

Growing Your Faith Through GENEROSITY

Scripture says, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also
reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

 
In the last several weeks we have focused on the parable below:
 
A wealthy man was preparing to leave on a trip when he learned of a family that had suffered a great loss and was nearly destitute. He had compassion on them but was pressed to depart so he called for his son and gave him a check, saying: “I am leaving on a trip and I have compassion for the family who has suffered such a loss. Please take this check, keep what you need for your own expenses and give the remainder to this family as a gift from me. If you are still in need, tell me. Remember, I love you and will always take care of you.”  After the father departed, the son cashed the check, then he took the funds and…How will the parable end?
 
In week 1 the son considered the things he didn’t have but wanted.  He bought what he wanted then he pridefully gave what was left to the family.  His father, upon his return, was disappointed that his son didn’t trust him.  The moral with this ending is we are never more like God than when we give. Seek and understand the character of God.
 
In week 2 the son grew frustrated by his father’s request. He would be obedient, but not joyful. He took his portion and delivered the remainder to the family in need. Seeing how appreciative the family was for the generous gift, the son accepted the praise and honor for his gift…he never told them the gift was from his father.  When the father returned and learned of his son’s actions, he was sad. “While you gave a good amount, your heart was not right. Why, when I gave to you so selflessly, did you keep the glory for the gift for yourself?”  The moral with this ending is we glorify God when we give in his name. Seek and understand the character of God.
 
In week 3 the son did as his father asked. He took just just what he needed, then took even some of that and added it to the amount to be given to the family. Then joyfully, he gave the amount to the family in need. The family rejoiced and wanted to tell everyone of his generous gift. He told them the gift was from his father who was compassionate and kind. It was his father’s generosity they should praise, and not himself, for he was only being an obedient son. When the father returned and learned of his son’s actions, he was pleased. “Well done, son. Because you have been faithful with what I provided, I will entrust you with much more so that the world may experience my generosity through you.”
The Scripture teaches us giving in God’s name blesses both the giver and receiver: “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)
And, giving rewards us with God’s continued provision for us to steward.  In Luke 6:38 it is written “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  
Giving allows us to experience the fullness of the life God created us to live. “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Tim. 6:17-19)  The moral with this ending is we experience the life that is truly life as we give selflessly, joyfully, freely and with a heart to glorify God.                             
                                                             

Rodin, Scott Dr. R, (2018, April17-19, The Outcome Conf, Dallas, TX) A Generosity Parable/How will you write your story’s ending? Retrieved from https://outcomesmagazine.com/a-generosity-parable/

Growing Our Faith…
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $20,400
Actual operating funds collected as of October 21st: $20,393
Thank you for God loves a cheerful giver and it is truly more blessed to give than to receive.  AMEN
 
The next finance meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  

Matthew 6: 21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Thank you for your heartfelt generous contributions.

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

MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL, YOUTH & CHILDREN’S MINISTRY, October 28, 2020: 
 
In Youth Ministry, last Sunday we began our “Praise Pop-Ins” (i.e., “We praise God for you!;” 1 Corinthians 1:4-9), as a way of offering love and encouragement to members of the Cokes Chapel family who may be experiencing difficult or challenging times.  This is an opportunity for small groups of youth (2-4 youth) and accompanying adults (2-3 adults) to serve by using their gifts and talents in loving outreach to others in community.  For our October “Pop-Ins” we visited two houses.  The Pop-In Team remained outside at a safe distance while offering conversation, Scripture reading, music, prayer, and a blessing.  Recipients were also gifted with care packages that included baked goods and artwork from the youth.  Additional “Praise Pop-In” Teams will be making visits in November and December.   
 
In Inter-generational Ministry, Prayer Partnerships are continuing as youth and college age young adults have been partnered with adults in our congregation, praying for each other daily while communicating prayer needs and celebrations on a weekly basis.  Inter-generational Sunday School is continuing with “at home” lessons until the beginning of Advent on November 29th, when we will begin gathering again in-person with the start of an Advent Study. This week’s at home Sunday School lesson continues our focus on covenant with the story of Ezra reading the Instruction Scroll to the people as found in Nehemiah 8:1-12.  If you would like to be included in the email list and receive this “at home” lesson, please contact Kim Reindl at kim.reindl@gmail.com.  Each lesson includes Bible facts to help enlighten your study, questions for thought and reflection, as well as opportunity for spiritual practice. 
 
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
(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 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

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)
Craig and Cindy Cox
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
Glenn Etheridge (Pastor)

Sympathy to the family of Jace Williamson who passed away on 10/15/2020.

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
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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