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G Chat December 10, 2020

Return to On-Line Worship

This Sunday, December 13th

Church Council met  Wednesday night, December 9th.  After reviewing current Covid risks, we determined in-person worship will be Paused until Coweta returns to Yellow Risk level.

A Note from Pastor Lisa:
This is a difficult decision.  Not one of us would choose to stop in-person worship. This is our high holy season. Christ came to bring us salvation, teaching us how to live a life that reflects God in us.

For now, showing love is about caring for one another.  We can do this best by not contributing to the spread of Covid.   If we all do our part by eliminating risky gatherings, wearing masks, sanitizing, washing hands and a vaccine does it’s part, we will see this horrible time recede in impact on every aspect of life.

Visit globalepidemics.org and Coweta County Health department, countyindicatororeport.s3.amazonaws.com provides the details of the current risks. Please use the above links to get more information. 

Worship  –  Sunday, December 13th – On-Line service provided through G-Chat. Visit our website cokeschapel.org to register for Sunday worship and Communications through G-Chat
                          
Sermon:     “Finding Joy in Our Discouragements”  
                          Scripture:    Luke 1:5-7

A New Series begins in January

 

A World in Search of Hope

Explore how our faith and the story of Jesus speaks a powerful message of Hope to us in this strange and wonderful time.  We can name the strange – lets learn to name the wonderful that is beneath the surface. Sundays,  January 10th, 17th and 24th.

Cokes Chapel receives Grant from the NGUMC

We just received an email that began with “Congratulations! We are pleased to announce that your application for a NGUMC Technology Grant for $ 2,500. has been confirmed and awarded!”

With over 155 applications received, we are very thankful for this opportunity to upgrade worship services with a new Video Camera and an additional wireless lavaleir for worship use.  This equipment will make for better sound recording, much clearer pictures, and other assets to improve our recording of not just worship but other programs and events.  We will order and begin using this gift as soon as possible!

special thank you to Velda Graydon for providing a video camera for our use in worship for many, many moons!  Thank you to Keith Simpson for lending his expertise and knowledge of all things musical/equipment in selecting just the right camera and microphone.  

Thanks be to God for provisions of a grant offered by our Conference that will bless our on-line ministry in many ways!  

Sharing Good News is so fun!! Pastor Lisa

 

 
                                                                                  
                                                               

Advent Series  “Rediscover Christmas” Jesus came to earth that first Christmas in one of the darkest times in history…and He’s still the light in our night now! The season looks different this year, but this series on the themes of Advent (Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love), will help us discover the certainty of God’s love in uncertain times.  It’s the perfect time to ReDiscover Christmas in a new light!

A Complementary daily devotional is available just for you! download available here: https://cdn.outreach.com/Download/getfile.aspx?DigitalContentid=956&DigitalContentItemID=2712&email=jndlkd@comcast.net&ticketguid=8e83b89b-00ac-4d98-908a-873fe0863e4f

 

 


Sunday, December 13  – 3rd Sunday of Advent
                                       – 8:45-9:45 am –  Advent Study 
                                       – 10:00 am – Worship on-line
                                       –  5:00 pm – Prayer Partners, VIA ZOOM
Monday, December 14  – 12:00 pm – Staff Meeting, VIA ZOOM
Wednesday, December 16 – 5:30 pm –  Prayer Team
Sunday, December 20  –  4th Sunday of Advent
                                         – 8:45-9:45 pm – Advent Study  
                                         – 10:00 am – Worship on-line 
                                         – On-Line Special Presentation:  “Lessons and Carols” by                                                                                                                                                         LaGrange College Choral Group
                                         – 5:00-7:30 pm – Youth Christmas Party
Monday, December 21 – No Staff Meeting
Wednesday, December 23 – 5:30 Prayer Team
Thursday, December 24 – 7:00 pm – Christmas Eve Service
                                 –  Plans in Process for onsite worship outside. More to follow!                                                
Friday, December 25 – CHRISTMAS DAY
Sunday, December 27 – 1st Sunday After Christmas

                                      – 10:00 am – Worship on-line
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED 12/28/2020-1/3/2021
Monday, December 28 – No Staff Meeting
Wednesday, December 30 – 5:30 Prayer Team
Thursday, December 31 – NEW YEAR’S EVE

Cokes Chapel will be showing a 60 minute special musical presentation on-line:  “Lessons and Carols”, a gift from LaGrange College Choral Group, on December 20th.  Look for more info to come.

 

Thanksgiving Gifts
Thanks to the loving, caring spirit of Cokes Chapel, we provided very generous Kroger gift cards to ten families in our community.  These gifts helped our friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner! 
 
Angel Tree
Our congregation provided 20 gifts for children whose names were given to us by the ChildCare Center staff. We are now in the process of collecting gifts for eleven children in our community.  These gifts will be delivered the week before Christmas.  Thank you to everyone who has helped make Christmas even more special for these children.
Kristin invites church members to drop in and pray over the Christmas gifts that both the Church and Child Care Center have collected for families in need in our community on Thursday, December 10, from 10 to 4 in the Worship Center  

Cokes Chapel members and the Cokes Chapel Child Care Center combined efforts to provide gifts through our Angel tree program.  Together we helped 28 families and 66 children thru Christmas in Coweta (Bridging the Gap). The CCC donated gift cards totaling $1250. 

Also, we are pleased to announce that we have received a $55,500 grant from the State to be spent between now and June for Childcare needs. 
Growing Our Faith…
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $20,400
Actual operating funds collected as of December 9th: $9,762.29

Current giving statements and a letter will be sent out in the next week. If you do not get your information by email, we will mail membership their information.  If you are aware of someone who does not get email, please let Brenda Minter at the office know so we can keep information flowing.
Peace,
Pastor Lisa

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

MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL & YOUTH MINISTRY, December 2 and 9, 2020: 
 
In Inter-generational Ministry, the Inter-generational Sunday School class has begun a four week study for the Advent season.  Each week the study, Behold: Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent, encourages participants to pay close attention to the meaning of the season by focusing on a single word, reflecting on Scripture texts, and trying various forms of prayer such as praying with images, silent prayer, prayer beads, and compline (night prayer). 
 
Also in Inter-generational Ministry, Prayer Partners will gather for our final time as a group on Sunday, December 13th via Zoom.  In this gathering, participants will learn more about how acts of service and creative expression can be a form of prayer.  During the meeting, each person will be given the opportunity to share time with their partner in a “breakout room.”
 
In Youth Ministry, our annual Youth Christmas Party will take place on Sunday, December 20th from 5:00-7:30 pm.  This will be a time for our youth to celebrate with one another the joy of the Christmas season through fellowship and fun and games, while responsibly attending to safety protocols for such gatherings. 
 
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! 
 
Happy Advent!
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 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 & PRAYERS
 CURRENT
Elaine Lassetter
Judy, extended family of Donna Collins
Pat Harkins brother 
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)
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

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.

We extend our prayers to Cheryl Reed (daughter) and family on the passing of Claudette Schunk on Monday, December 7.  Cheryl reported that Claudette passed peacefully.  Claudette will be cremated and will be interred with her husband, Lee, at the Veterans Cemetery in Dixon, CA at a later date.  There will be no funeral service at this time.  To remember Claudette, you might sing or listen to her two favorite songs; “Rock of Ages” and How Great Thou Art”.

If you wish to send Cheryl a card, her address is: 357 Jim Starr Road,  Newnan, GA. 30263

Please remember Ron and Deborah Wilder in the recent passing of his sister, Linda Rigdon, recently of Roberta, GA.  She had suffered with a long illness.  While her death was not unexpected, the family is holding a place of grief in her absence.  The family will gather in Roberta on Thursday for visitation and Friday for a funeral.  Please remember this family during this season of grief.  

If you wish to send Ron and Deborah a card, their address is: 34 Scenic Hills Drive,  Newnan, GA 30265

In this time of Advent, we pause to pray for those who have recently lost loved ones.  We pray that God’s holy mercy will shine on each mourner, bringing warmth and peace.  May Linda and Claudette Rest In Peace, and Rise in Glory.  

 

 
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
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 December 3, 2020

                          IN-PERSON WORSHIP 
      returns this Sunday, December 6, 10:00 a.m.

Worship    Sunday, December 6th – Second Sunday of Advent   
                          
Sermon:     “Finding Peace in Our Struggles”

                          Scripture:    Luke 2:8-20

To Light a Candle
This year our Advent season started out unexpectedly.  Worship on-line was the order of the day due to covid.  In spite of the adjustment, something wonderful happened!  Velda did herself proud with the visuals and we had a wonderful Advent Wreath lighting.   I hope you were able to watch the McCallie-Kimball family do the scripture readings and light our first candle.  It is always a special time when we have families to lead us in preparing for Christmas with the Advent Wreath.  Over the years I can remember people of all ages;  single, married, widowed and friends who have come before the congregation to herald – the time is near for the birth of Christ!

Each family makes an imprint in our spirits, as we listen, watch and attend to their words.  Some of the best times come as little ones light the candle and we all hold our breath until it catches the wick.  It’s harder for the little ones to reach up, to see where to put the lighter.  That could also be a reflection of our efforts to reach the spirit of preparation as we reach beyond our daily lives.  The hardships of this season due to Covid, the missed family gatherings and church special events and the circumstances of the world make it ever so hard to see where the light is.  

I get the sense that God is watching us, just as we watch our “littles” light the candle.  With holy patience and great love, God gazes down on us, urging us to reach just a bit further, to stretch our souls to connect to the coming Light of the World.  Every time we catch the love of God and see the flame glow we are bringing the message of Advent, Emmanuel, to the world.  

God’s Spirit is a moving wind, a quiet rustle, a silent night, and a light that conquers darkness.  Catch the love that comes in the form of a little baby boy, who came to truly bring hope, peace, joy and love to all humankind.  Share the love and light a candle as we prepare for this Holy Night.
See you Sunday!
Pastor Lisa

 

 
                                                                                  
                                                               

Advent Series  “Rediscover Christmas” continues as we remember: Jesus came to earth that first Christmas in one of the darkest times in history…and He’s still the light in our night now! The season looks different this year, but this five-week series on the themes of Advent (Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love), will help us discover the certainty of God’s love in uncertain times.  It’s the perfect time to ReDiscover Christmas in a new light.

A Complementary daily devotional is available just for you! a downloadable ReDiscover Christmas Advent Reading will provide 30 daily devotions.  Just click on the link below, and then click on second line listed “Advent Reading Plan” to receive your daily devotional packet. https://cdn.outreach.com/Download/getfile.aspx?DigitalContentid=956&DigitalContentItemID=2712&email=jndlkd@comcast.net&ticketguid=8e83b89b-00ac-4d98-908a-873fe0863e4f

 

 


Sunday, December 6   2nd Sunday of Advent
                                       –  8:45-9:45 am – Advent Study VIA ZOOM
                                       –  10:00 am in Sanctuary – In-Person Worship Returns 
Monday, December 7  – 12:00 pm – Staff Meeting, VIA ZOOM
Wednesday, December 9 – 5:30 pm –  Prayer Team, Fellowship Hall
                                           – 7:00 pm –  Church Council, Fellowship Hall
Sunday, December 13  3rd Sunday of Advent
                                       – 8:45-9:45 am –  Advent Study – In-Person 
                                       – 10:00 am – Worship in Sanctuary 
                                       – 5:00 pm – Prayer Partners, VIA ZOOM
Monday, December 14, 12:00 – Staff Meeting, VIA ZOOM
Wednesday, December 16 – 5:30 pm –  Prayer Team, Fellowship Hall
Sunday, December 20    4th Sunday of Advent
                                         – 8:45-9:45 pm – Advent Study – In-Person
                                         – 10:00 am Worship in Sanctuary – 4th Sunday of Advent
                                         – On-Line Special Presentation:  “Lessons and Carols” by                                                                                                                                                         LaGrange College Choral Group
                                         – 5:00-7:30 pm – Youth Christmas Party, Worship Center
Monday, December 21 – No Staff Meeting
Wednesday, December 23 – 5:30 Prayer Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, December 24 – 7:00 pm – Christmas Eve Service – In-Sanctuary
Friday, December 25 – CHRISTMAS DAY
Sunday, December 27 – 1st Sunday After Christmas

                                     – 10:00 am Worship in Sanctuary 
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED 12/28/2020-1/3/2021
Monday, December 28 – No Staff Meeting
Wednesday, December 30 – 5:30 Prayer Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, December 31 – NEW YEAR’S EVE

Note For All Building Users:  Church Council Guidelines for Covid protocol remain in place for social distancing, masks and sanitary cleaning practices following gatherings.

Cokes Chapel will be showing a 60 minute special musical presentation, “Lessons and Carols”, a gift from LaGrange College Choral Group, on December 20th.  Look for more info to come.

 


Backpack Buddies Need Our Help

Between mid-March and the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, Backpack Buddies was able to provide over 23,000 weekend bags to families in need. Before the shut down in March, they had hit a record high of serving bags to just under 1,300 students. The goal is to add more students in need.

Typically, this is the time of year that they hold their annual silent auction dinner to help raise money for Backpack Buddies. Because of Covid, the event will not take place.  They would like us to help them reach their year-end goal to raise $25,000 by December 31st.  These funds will allow Backpack Buddies to continue to serve our current students as well as add other students that are in need of additional food over the weekend and school breaks.
 
You can make a year-end donation online at www.backpackbuddiesga.org/give-1 or by mailing a check to Backpack Buddies at 96 Werz Industrial Blvd., Newnan, GA 30263. Together we can make a difference and help those in need “because hunger doesn’t take the weekend off”.
 


From our Child Care Director:  Kristin invites church members to drop in and pray over the Christmas gifts that both the Church and Child Care Center have collected for families in need in our community on Thursday, December 10, from 10 to 4 in the Worship Center
  
Growing Our Faith…
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $20,400
Actual operating funds collected as of November 30: $19,248.29

As we give thanks in this season, I am mindful and thankful for each of you, your faithful giving and serving, your prayers and presence as you are able.  To God be the Glory!  Come and Behold Him!  At work in us for the world!
Peace,
Pastor Lisa

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

MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL & YOUTH MINISTRY, December 2 and 9, 2020: 
 
In Inter-generational Ministry, the Inter-generational Sunday School class has begun a four week study for the Advent season.  We gathered via Zoom on Sunday, Nov. 29th and focused on how the Advent season is a time of “expectancy,”  anticipating the coming of the Christ Child once again.  On Sunday, Dec. 6th, the class lesson will be sent in video form.  We will be gathering in-person prior to worship on Sunday mornings, Dec. 13th and 20th, from 8:45-9:45 am in the Youth House.  Each week the study, Behold: Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent, encourages participants to pay close attention to the meaning of the season by focusing on a single word, reflecting on Scripture texts, and trying various forms of prayer such as praying with images, silent prayer, prayer beads, and compline (night prayer). 
 
Also in Inter-generational Ministry, Prayer Partners will gather for our final time as a group on Sunday, December 13th via Zoom.  In this gathering, participants will learn more about how acts of service and creative expression can be a form of prayer.  During the meeting, each person will be given the opportunity to share time with their partner in a “breakout room.”
 
In Youth Ministry, our annual Youth Christmas Party will take place in the Worship Center on Sunday, December 20th from 5:00-7:30 pm.  This will be a time for our youth to celebrate with one another the joy of the Christmas season through fellowship and fun and games, while responsibly attending to safety protocols for such gatherings. 
 
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! 
 
Happy Advent!
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.  


Dear Pastor Lisa & Members of Cokes Chapel UMC
Thank you for your support of Wellroot Family Services through your increased give of $325 to the Amazing Grace offering!  While the pandemic may  have changed many things in our lives, it has NOT changed the need for loving, nurturing homes for children and youth in foster care.  Your Amazing Grace gift gives home to these precious children, and we are so grateful!  God bless you.  
Peace, April McGlothin-Eller, Director of Community Development

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 & PRAYERS
 CURRENT
Elaine Lassetter
Judy, extended family of Donna Collins
Pat Harkins brother 
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)
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

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 November 25, 2020

                                     One more Sunday
                  NO IN-PERSON WORSHIPNOV. 29TH

In June, 2020, Cokes Chapel Church Council approved Guidelines for Covid.  We are mandated to notify you of a known COVID exposure.  Per guidelines, this is notice that a person who attended worship on Sunday, November 15, subsequently tested positive for COVID.   In accordance with the Guidelines, we will NOT hold in-person worship this Sunday, Nov. 29.  A recorded worship service will be sent for our first Advent Sunday.  Look for special guests who will bring us our Advent reading!

Please keep our member and others who are suffering whether due to Covid or other circumstances in your prayers.  Remember those who are serving, caring and healing the sick.  

We all recognize that exposure is a potential at all times, whether at church, the grocery store or even as we get together as families.  Church throughout history has met and survived through many challenges.  With prayer, faith and our eyes on Christ, we will join the triumphant band of those who carry the banner forward of faith.  
We expect to resume in-person worship on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 10:00 in the sanctuary.

Praying for good health and peace,
Pastor Lisa

 

 
                                                                                  
                                                                         

Advent Series begins Sunday, November 29th . . .  “Rediscover Christmas” 
Advent is a time to prepare our hearts to celebrate the coming of the true light of the world, Jesus Christ. But this season isn’t Christmas as usual. We’ve been through what is perhaps the most difficult year we can remember, and we know there are challenges looming ahead. The good news is—Jesus came to earth that first Christmas in one of the darkest times in history…and He’s still the light in our night now! The season looks different this year, but this five-week series on the themes of Advent (Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love), will help us discover the certainty of God’s love in uncertain times. It’s the perfect time to ReDiscover Christmas in a new light.

A Complementary daily devotional is available just for you! a downloadable ReDiscover Christmas Advent Reading will provide 30 daily devotions based around the Advent themes of hope, love, joy, and peace. 
Download your devotional now, so you will be ready on December 1 to prepare your heart and spirit for remembering the birth of our Lord and Savior!  Just click on the link below, and then click on the second line listed “Advent Reading Plan” to receive your daily devotional packet.  

https://cdn.outreach.com/Download/getfile.aspx?DigitalContentid=956&DigitalContentItemID=2712&email=jndlkd@comcast.net&ticketguid=8e83b89b-00ac-4d98-908a-873fe0863e4f

 

Worship Information

Sunday, November 29th – First Sunday of Advent  
Sermon:     “Finding Hope in Our Uncertainties”
Scripture:    Luke 2:22-38
​On-line worship will be sent out by Velda to those on the G-Chat mail list.  To register, go to our website cokeschapel.org and subscribe on the opening page to receive G-Chat.

Thursday, November 26 – THANKSGIVING DAY
Sunday, November 29 – 1st Sunday of Advent
                                       – 8:45-9:45. Advent Study Begins, VIA ZOOM
                                       – ONLINE  Worship 
Monday, November 30 – 12:00 pm, Staff Meeting, Pavilion/Fellowship Hall
                                       – 5:30 pm, Charge Conference – via Zoom.
                                          Contact Pastor Lisa for link to join.
Sunday, December 6   2nd Sunday of Advent
                                       –  8:45-9:45 – Advent Study VIA ZOOM
                                       –  10:00 am in Sanctuary – In-Person Worship Returns 
Monday, December 7  – 12:00  Staff Meeting, Pavilion/Fellowship Hall
Sunday, December 13  3rd Sunday of Advent
                                       – 8:45-9:45 Advent Study – In-Person 
                                       – 10:00 am Worship in Sanctuary 
Monday, December 14, 12:00 – Staff Meeting, Pavilion/Fellowship Hall
Sunday, December 20    4th Sunday of Advent
                                         8:45-9:45 Advent Study – In-Person
                                      –  10:00 am Worship in Sanctuary – 4th Sunday of Advent
                                      –  Youth Christmas Party
Monday, December 21 – 12:00 pm Staff Meeting, Pavilion/Fellowship Hall

Note For All Building Users:  Church Council Guidelines for Covid protocol remain in place for social distancing, masks and sanitary cleaning practices following gatherings.

 

CHARGE CONFERENCE

Charge Conference is Monday, November 30th at 5:30 pm via ZOOM.  A video invite will be sent to all leadership.  
Please contact Pastor Lisa if you would like an invitation,


Christmas Angel Tree – UPDATE

Due to the cancellation of worship services for the next two weeks, we will not have the actual Angel Tree set up in the narthex.  However, we still have many special children that need our help, so we will adapt and get it done.
If you would like to provide one or more gifts, please email Betsy Bagley as soon as possible and tell her two things:  Boy or Girl, Toy or Clothes.
Betsy will then send you the information and instructions on getting the gifts to the church.
Please participate, and help make Christmas extra special for these precious children!
ebbagley@gmail.com


From our Child Care Director:  Kristin invites church members to drop in and pray over the Christmas gifts that both the Church and Child Care Center have collected for families in need in our community on Thursday, December 10, from 10 to 4 in the Worship Center
  
Growing Our Faith…
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $20,400
Actual operating funds collected as of November 24: $20,013.29

Happy Thanksgiving from Finance!   
We are truly grateful for your faithful generosity. You help to keep ministries of this little white church running.  Thank you!

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


MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL & YOUTH MINISTRY, NOVEMBER 24, 2020: 
 
In Inter-generational Ministry, starting this Sunday, November 29th, the Inter-generational Sunday School class will begin a four-week study for the Advent season!  We will be gathering via Zoom and/or through video technology on Sundays, Nov. 29th and Dec. 6th.  We plan to gather in-person prior to worship on Sunday mornings, Dec. 13th and 20th, from 8:45-9:45 am.  We will be using the book Behold: Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent, by Pamela Hawkins. The 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). 
 
In Youth Ministry, a Zoom Youth Group gathering was held last Sunday with a focus on giving thanks.  We began with a fun video game of “Nailed It or Failed It: Deep Fried Turkey Edition!”  The lesson covered a discussion of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and how we might rejoice and give thanks in all circumstances, even when things are not as we have expected them to be. 
 
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! 
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
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

Pat Harkins brother 
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

SYMPATHY
Our deepest sympathy to Tica and Ken Spake on the passing of her mother, Lucille Singleton on Wednesday, November 18.  May the comfort of Christ surround the family and find peace in our Lord’s promise of eternal life that is now Ms. Lucille’s.
If you wish to send a card to the Spake’s their home address is 161 Jeb Stewart Drive, Newnan, GA 30265-2118

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 November 19, 2020

   NO IN-PERSON WORSHIP ON NOV. 22ND OR 29TH

In June, 2020, Cokes Chapel Church Council approved Guidelines for Covid.  In it, we are mandated to notify you of a known COVID exposure.  Per guidelines, this is to notify you that a person who attended worship on Sunday, November 15, subsequently tested positive for COVID.   

In accordance with the Guidelines, we will NOT hold in-person worship Sunday, Nov. 22 and 29.  We plan to provide a recorded worship service for each Sunday.

I am sure that you find this information distressing.  We delight in one another’s company, and enjoy our worship time together. I was looking forward to returning to the pulpit Sunday.  So, while our anticipations to gather will be on hold for a bit, I confidently hold on to the truth: that we remain bound together in heart and spirit as the body of Christ.  

Please keep our member in your prayers for a quick and easy recovery.  Remember others who are also serving, caring and healing the sick.  We all recognize that exposure is a potential at all times, whether at church, the grocery store or even as we get together as families.  Church throughout history has met and survived through many challenges.  With prayer, faith and our eyes on Christ, we will join the triumphant band of those who carry the banner forward of faith.

Praying for good health and peace,
Pastor Lisa
 

 
                               FINAL WEEK TO REGISTER!
            You are invited to join us for this ADVENT STUDY!

 
                                                               
 
Sunday Mornings, November 29th-December 20th
 
PLEASE NOTE:  The first and second weeks of the study (Nov. 29 and Dec. 6) will take place via Zoom and/or through video technology. Starting on Sunday, Dec. 13, this is planned to be an in-person gathering.  When meeting in-person, all church guidelines per COVID protocol, including social distancing and mask wearing, are required.

STUDY DESCRIPTION:
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
 

Advent Series coming November 29th . . .  “Rediscover Christmas” 
Advent is a time to prepare our hearts to celebrate the coming of the true light of the world, Jesus Christ. But this season isn’t Christmas as usual. We’ve been through what is perhaps the most difficult year we can remember, and we know there are challenges looming ahead. The good news is—Jesus came to earth that first Christmas in one of the darkest times in history…and He’s still the light in our night now! The season looks different this year, but this five-week series on the themes of Advent (Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love), will help us discover the certainty of God’s love in uncertain times. It’s the perfect time to ReDiscover Christmas in a new light.

One of the most valuable pieces of this series is the downloadable ReDiscover Christmas Advent Reading Plan. This 30-day journey REDISCOVER CHRISTMAS PLANNING GUIDE 4 REDISCOVER CHRISTMAS PLANNING GUIDE 5 includes daily devotions for the four weeks leading up to Christmas based around the Advent themes of hope, love, joy and peace. Following is the link to access the devotional series.  Click on the second line listed in the download “Advent Reading Plan” to receive the daily devotional packet.  

https://cdn.outreach.com/Download/getfile.aspx?DigitalContentid=956&DigitalContentItemID=2712&email=jndlkd@comcast.net&ticketguid=8e83b89b-00ac-4d98-908a-873fe0863e4f

 

“At the Table with Bishop Sue,” Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson talks with Rev. Bill Britt about stewardship, generosity, and giving. Rev. Britt is a gifted leader and serves as pastor of Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta. 

Sit in on At the Table with Bishop Sue “Frustration” Discussion provided by Clicking on the podcast here:  https://www.ngumc.org/podcast

Worship Information

Sunday, November 22nd – Online at 10:00 am 
Sermon:     “Thankfulness with Staying Power”
Scripture:    Psalm 100
 
 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

Thursday, November 19 – CANCELLED – UMW Women’s Holiday Celebration – 11:30 am – Fellowship Hall
Sunday, November 22  – ONLINE – Worship – 10:00 am 
                                        – CANCELLED – UMW Old Fashioned Bake Sale – 9:45 am Drop off / 10:45-11:15 am Sale
                                        – CANCELLED – Hanging of the Greens – 2-4 pm
                                        – VIA ZOOM – Youth Activity – 5:00-7:00 pm 
Monday, November 23 – CANCELLED – Staff Meeting – 12:30 – Pavilion/Fellowship Hall
Thursday, November 26 – THANKSGIVING DAY
Sunday, November 29 – VIA ZOOM – 8:45-9:45 – Advent Study Begins
                                       – ONLINE  Worship – 10:00 am 
Monday, November 30 – CANCELLED – 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.

 


Christmas Angel Tree – UPDATE

Due to the cancellation of worship services the next two weeks, we will not have the actual Angel Tree set up in the narthex.  However, we still have many special children that need our help, so we will adapt and get it done.
If you would like to provide one or more gifts, please email Betsy Bagley as soon as possible and tell her two things:  Boy or Girl,        Toy or Clothes.
Then she will send you the information and instructions on getting the gifts to the church.
Please participate, and help make Christmas extra special for these precious children!
ebbagley@gmail.com

  

“Growing Your Faith through GENEROSITY”–  1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. I would like to suggest that you read then re-read this scripture from 1 Corinthians. Visualize yourself as part of the Apostle Paul’s community of believers.  With only these few words, what was Paul’s message?
 
Finance passed a negative budget for 2021.  That budget will go to Church Council for approval.  Finance settled on a negative budget based on projected expense from program chairs verses the projected income for 2021 and extenuating circumstances.  Finance reached this decision after much discussion based on the following:
1.  Both loans, Childcare and Youth House, are in the process of renewal which will change the financial landscape once completed.  
2.  We have been in a pandemic since March 2020 which has resulted in a decrease in attendance.
3.  Projected income was very difficult to determine for 2020 including the loss of rent for both the parsonage for 4 months and the childcare center for three months.
4.  The church has not been able to recover from the $25K+ funds spent in 2019 for unbudgeted expenses i.e. HVAC units. 
5.  Lastly, the art of compromise did not appear as an option at this point.
 
Growing Our Faith…
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $20,400
Actual operating funds collected as of November 18: $18,428.29

Finance is truly grateful for your faithful generosity. You help to keep ministries of this little white church running.  Thank you!
 
Visit our website: cokeschapel.org to give regularly or make a one time gift.
                        

UMW thanks you for your donations to the Bake Sale on Sunday, November 15th.  The Bake Sale scheduled for November 22 has been cancelled.  


MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL & YOUTH MINISTRY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020: 
 
In Inter-generational Ministry, this is our FINAL WEEK OF REGISTRATION for our upcoming ADVENT STUDY!  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 via Zoom and/or through video technology on Sundays, Nov. 29th and Dec. 6th.  We plan to gather in-person prior to worship on Sunday mornings, Dec. 13th and 20th, 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 we will read from Luke 4 and study about how Jesus brought a new message to the people but continued to follow many of the same traditions and worship from the past.  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 Youth Ministry we will be gathering this Sunday, via Zoom, in lieu of our previously scheduled in-person gathering.
 
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

Pat Harkins brother 
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

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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