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G Chat March 25, 2021

                                                  

                                         Virtual Worship
 ** See special notice about In-Person worship below

 

Worship Service provided through G-Chat (register on website to receive this communication or visit our website cokeschapel.org

 
          Sunday, March 28, 2021
 –  Palm Sunday 

               
                  Sermon:     
“Living in the Moment”

              Scripture:     Mark 11:1-11

 

                In-Person Worship Resumes 
 

                             Easter Sunday, April 4 with

                    Sunrise Service at 7:14 a.m. followed by

                       10:00 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary!

Church Council voted to return to In-Person worship on Sunday, April 4. Below is a summary of the proposal and how we determined to return to in-person worship.

Summary of proposal to Church Council:
Status: Coweta Co. in the Orange level. 

New Variable:  as more people are vaccinated, the risk has changed. CDC’s new guidelines for fully vaccinated. following a two week period after 2nd shot, include: ability to go without a mask but are physically distanced; in public, still wear mask; adhere to other preventions, I.e.: hand washing, social distancing for high risk persons.  Avoid medium to large gatherings.  For further info: cdc.gov.

Agreed Action: begin in-person Worship with Easter Sunrise service at 7:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. blended worship in the Sanctuary.  We will still follow the guidelines set by Church Council that include sanitizing stations, no handouts, singing, etc..  We will make efforts to limit our time inside, and open doors for ventilation, weather permitting.  No singing. A worship video will be provided for the home bound. 
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We will continue to support and reach out to those who are unable to attend in person due to various circumstances to provide worship.

 

                     

                
          New Series Starting April 11th – “Resurrection Appearances”

                    Sundays, April 11th, 18th, 25th and May 2nd

There is the hinge point for each of us – where we have known the presence of the Lord, even though we can not see.  Delight in the beginning appearances that Jesus had with various disciples, and sometimes adversaries.  What can we learn from these encounters?  How does Jesus appearing in our life transform our spiritual life and living the gospel message?
Join us, invite a friend and let us enjoy our return to in-person worship!

 

 THIS SATURDAY . . . 
  

 

     Saturday, March 27th 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

              Cokes Chapel Parking Lot

                  Only $5 per vehicle!!!

Everyone is invited to come get your car

sparkling clean while supporting our youth.

 

Saturday, March 27 – 9 am to 1 pm Youth Fundraiser Carwash
Sunday, March 28   – Virtual Worship – Palm Sunday
                                  – 9:30 am Inter-generational Sunday School via Zoom
Wednesday, March 31 – 5:00 pm Prayer Team
Friday, April 2 – 7:00 pm Good Friday Service via Zoom
Sunday, April 4 – 7:15 am Sunrise Easter Service – IN PERSON 
                           – 10:00 am Easter Sunday Worship IN PERSON in Sanctuary
Monday, April 5 – 11:00 am – Staff Meeting
Wednesday, April 7 – 5:00 Prayer Team

Sunday, April 11 – 8:40 am Intergenerational Sunday School  – IN PERSON 
                           – 10:00 am Worship in Sanctuary
Wednesday, April 14 – 5:00 Prayer Team
Thursday, April 15 – 10:00 am UMW Meeting
Sunday, April 18 – 8:40 am Intergenerational Sunday School  
                           – 10:00 am Worship in Sanctuary
                           –  TBD Butterfly Garden Construction
Monday, April 19 – 11:00 am – Staff Meeting
Wednesday, April 21 – 5:00 Prayer Team
                                    – 6:30 Childcare Board Meeting
Sunday, April 25 – 8:40 am Intergenerational Sunday School  
                           – 10:00 am Worship in Sanctuary
                           –  TBD Butterfly Garden Construction
Monday, April 26 – 11:00 am – Staff Meeting
Wednesday, April 28 – 5:00 Prayer Team
                                    – 6:30 Childcare Board Meeting
                                    – 7:00 Church Council Meeting

 

 

Updates are currently being made to the church directory.  We will be emailing the final version out and will have copies to distribute at church on Easter Sunday.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to help buy gifts for Newnan Rehab and Nursing Center’s Easter party.  The activities director expressed her appreciation when we delivered over 100 little gifts to the Center. 

Our April meeting will be Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 10am in the Fellowship Hall.  

   

 

Growing Our Faith…

Financial Snapshot for March, 2021
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $21,783

Actual operating funds collected as of March 24th: $11,837.28
Donations to the Ryan T. Giles Memorial were gifted to the Cokes Chapel General Fund.  Donations received in March were $500 as of March 24, 2021

Matthew 6:25-34  NIV

Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Thank you for supporting Cokes Chapel!  We are honored you would bless us with your generosity!   

Nancy Vermilyea, Finance Chair

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

 

MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL & YOUTH MINISTRY, March 24, 2021:  
 
In Inter-generational Ministry, we are continuing our church-wide Lenten Study. The class is gathering via Zoom on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 am throughout the Lenten season.  Each week, we are exploring how forgiving others and asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christians.  Last Sunday we studied Matthew 18:23-35, while focusing on the concept of offering forgiveness. We discussed what blocks us emotionally from offering forgiveness and how God will help us live into God’s expectation that we are to forgive others as we have been forgiven.  This week we will be discussing the concepts of reconciliation and restoration while studying Luke 7:36-47.
 
Coming up in Youth Ministry, this Saturday, March 27th is our Youth Fundraiser Car Wash!  Everyone is invited to drop by the church Worship Center parking lot between 9:00 am-1:00 pm on Saturday.  Last Sunday, the youth gathered to make posters and solidify our plan for the event.  

The Car Wash is part of the Cokes Chapel “Lenten Service Journey.”  For only $5, you can get your car sparkling clean just in time for spring!  Donations are also appreciated!  Please drop by and help out our youth!
 
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)
 
 


 

Trustees have been busy while we have all been away since March 2020 to March 2021:
The Sanctuary roof and decking over the choir room and nursery were replaced due to a leak and the ceiling tiles were replaced. In anticipation for Easter, the carpet and pew cushions were cleaned last week by Rainbow Restoration, the pews have been polished and the burnt lightbulbs have been replaced.
      
  

The Parsonage had repairs and caulking work done to secure its doors, screens and blinds, repair appliances, and pump the septic.
  

Throughout the property, hazardous trees and limbs were cut down and removed anywhere that the roof lines were threatened, or exits were blocked, at the Parsonage and Fellowship Hall. Two downed trees were removed, one in the unknown’s cemetery and one behind the Fellowship Hall where the shed was damaged, which has also been repaired and the FH septic was pumped. Trustees have donated a new vacuum at the FH and cleaning supplies for the buildings.
The trustees held their annual Incorporation meeting in January, modified the church’s two loans by paying off the Sunday School house loan and renewing the Childcare Building loan with a Fixed 3.75% rate, fully amortized, so the church debt will be paid off, in full, in 9 years.
Coming soon, Trustees renewed their commitment to support the childcare, the largest childcare in Coweta County, by approving expansion of the laundry room and commercial upgrades to the kitchen.
A memorial butterfly garden organized by the youth will soon be added, UMW will be planting flowers at the Sanctuary, volunteers will soon be power washing the building, and spreading more mulch soon.
Trustees closed 2020 under budget for the year and so far for 2021 have maintained zero spending, except for the buildings’ utilities and lawncare. God is Good.  Cokes Chapel is ready for you all to come on in. God be Praised.

The Prayer Team has returned to meeting in person.  We will be meeting at 5:00 pm on Wednesday nights in the Fellowship Hall.  If the Fellowship Hall is in use we will meet in the Eubanks Classroom.  Please join us!
 

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
*please help us keep our prayer list updated by contacting Pastor Lisa or Debbie Carter to add or remove names.  Current usually remains on the prayer list for 2 weeks unless you advise us. Ongoing Prayer list is for long term prayer needs.

CURRENT
Maggie Rivers, Floyd Collins cousins granddaughter
Dena Butler, Jackie Simpson, work associate’s wife

ONGOING PRAYERS
Jane, sister of Tica Spake
Stephanie (friend of Floyd Collins)
Margie Jones Family – daughters Betsy & Nancy, grandson Eric & son-in-law
The Prince Family (friends of the Cox Family)
Hugh & Jeanine Giles
Kaye Beam
Paul Snyder
Elaine Lassiter
JoAnn (Sandy Cavender’s sister)
Richard Harkins (brother of Roger Harkins)
Nancy Lenard
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 

Let us join in prayer together:  
Lord, in these recent warm, golden days, we are reminded that change comes. Change in seasons, change in life.  We are thankful for Your unchanging presence.  During this season of preparation for celebrating Your resurrection, we seek change with boldness. We pray that each day we will seek after You and your wisdom.  May we come humbly before you, remembering Your great sacrifice made in love, turning towards you in heart and mind, allowing the Holy Spirit to shape us anew.
As we entrust ourselves to You, we also pray Your Holy presence be with all those in need of comfort, healing, reconciliation for Your glory and the building of the Kingdom of God.
 Lord, we love and worship You alone.  Amen

 
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
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren c/o Benton House 25 Newnan Lakes Blvd.   Newnan, GA 30263
 
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G Chat March 18, 2021

                                                  

                                         Virtual Worship
 ** See special notice about In-Person worship below

 

Worship Service provided through G-Chat (register on website to receive this communication or visit our website cokeschapel.org

 
          Sunday, March 21, 2021
 – Fifth Sunday in Lent 

               
     Sermon:     
“No Question About It: His Death Would Give Life”

    Scripture:     John 12:20-33

                     
                
                         Lent series:  No Question About It! 

Sundays, through March 21 virtual worship at cokeschapel.org

Growing in faith is a life-task.  We face uncertainty every day, whether in our personal life, in our relationships with others, with decisions and circumstances that require our best, faithful response.  Who do you turn to?  How can we do our level best to respond in ways that will please God and honor Jesus Christ?  

Let’s look to the Word these next forty days of Lent, for direction, comfort, and spiritual teaching that will provide focus, clarity and joy in knowing we are walking in God’s will.  No Question about it – there are answers in God’s Word!  

                          **In-Person Worship Resumes   

                             Easter Sunday, April 4 with
                    Sunrise Service at 7:14 a.m. followed by
                       10:00 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary!

Church Council voted to return to In-Person worship on Sunday, April 4. Below is a summary of the proposal and how we determined to make changes to in-person worship.

Summary of proposal to Church Council:
Status: Coweta Co. in the Orange level. Our presumption was that when the county went to Yellow risk level, we would return to in-person worship, as well as other activities on campus, such as small groups, Sunday School, committee meetings, etc.

New Variable:  as more people are vaccinated, the risk has changed. CDC’s new guidelines for fully vaccinated (following a two week period after 2nd shot include: ability to go without a mask but are physically distanced; in public, still wear mask; adhere to other preventions, I.e.: hand washing, social distancing for high risk persons.  Avoid medium to large gatherings.  For further info: cdc.gov.

Agreed Action: begin in-person Worship with Easter Sunrise service at 7:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. blended worship in the Sanctuary.  We will still follow the guidelines set by Church Council that include sanitizing stations, no handouts, singing, etc..  We will make efforts to limit our time inside, and open doors for ventilation, weather permitting.  No singing. A worship video will be provided for the home bound. 
——
We will continue to support and reach out to those who are unable to attend in person due to various circumstances to make worship and the Cokes Community available.

 
    

 

     Saturday, March 27th 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

              Cokes Chapel Parking Lot

                  Only $5 per vehicle!!!

Everyone is invited to come get your car

sparkling clean while supporting our youth.

 

Thursday, March 18 – 10:00 am UMW Meeting followed by lunch out together
Sunday, March 21   – Virtual Worship
                                 – 9:30 am Inter-generational Sunday School via Zoom
                                 – 12:00 pm Trustee Meeting in Fellowship Hall
                                 – 5:00-6:30 pm Youth Group @ Youth House
Wednesday, March 24 – 5:00 pm Prayer Team  

                                                   – 7:00 pm Church Council Zoom Meeting
Saturday, March 27 – 9 am to 1 pm Youth Fundraiser Carwash
Sunday, March 28   – Virtual Worship
                                  – 9:30 am Inter-generational Sunday School via Zoom
Wednesday, March 31 – 5:00 pm Prayer Team
Friday, April 2 – 7:00 pm Good Friday Service via Zoom
Sunday, April 4 – 7:15 am Sunrise Easter Service – IN PERSON 
                           – 10:00 am Easter Sunday Worship IN PERSON in Sanctuary

 

 

The Hadden Journey in South Dakota

This week our Lenten service focus is on Amanda and Matt Hadden in South Dakota and their mission at the Chanku Waste Ranch. The Hadden’s serve the indigenous people of that area.  Amanda is the granddaughter of Sandy and Pete Cavendar. 

See your Lenten packet for ideas of things you can do for the Haddens and their three children.  Above all other – continue to pray for them and their work in South Dakota.

Our March meeting will be Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 10am in the Fellowship Hall.  
Please wear a mask to protect those who have not been vaccinated.  We plan to meet together for lunch after the meeting at Big Joes next to Captain D’s.  Everyone welcome!  We plan to eat outside if weather permits.  If members need tax forms, contact Betsy.
If you go forth in Love you will find your Peace.  Vivian Snyder, Secretary
   

 

Growing Our Faith…

Financial Snapshot for March, 2021
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $21,783

Actual operating funds collected as of March 17th: $8,832.28
Donations to the Ryan T. Giles Memorial were gifted to the Cokes Chapel General Fund.  Donations received in March were $500 as of March 17, 2021

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17 NIV

Thank you for supporting Cokes Chapel!  We are honored you would bless us with your generosity!   

Nancy Vermilyea, Finance Chair

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

 

MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL & YOUTH MINISTRY, March 17, 2021:  
 
In Inter-generational Ministry, we are continuing our church-wide Lenten Study. The class is gathering via Zoom on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 am throughout the Lenten season.  Each week, we are exploring how forgiving others and asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christians.  Last Sunday we studied Luke 23:32-43, while focusing on the need for repentance. We discussed what is required of a true apology which includes humble admission of wrong and avoids defense of oneself.  Such an apology often requires help from God to lead us to the place of a contrite heart. This week we will be discussing the concept of offering forgiveness while studying Matthew 18:23-35.
 
Coming up in Youth Ministry will be a Youth Fundraiser Car Wash on Saturday, March 27th!  Everyone is invited to drop by the church Worship Center parking lot between 9:00 am-1:00 pm on the 27th. For only $5, you can get your car sparkling clean just in time for spring!  The Car Wash is part of the Cokes Chapel “Lenten Service Journey.”  
 
Also in Youth Ministry, the youth will be meeting at the Youth House this Sunday, March 21st from 5:00-6:30 pm to prepare for the car wash. We will organize our plan and paint signs for the event!
 
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)
 


 

Next meeting scheduled March 21, 2021, 12:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall 

The Prayer Team is returning to meeting in person this week.  We will be meeting at 5:00 pm on Wednesday nights in the Fellowship Hall.  If the Fellowship Hall is in use we will meet in the Eubanks Classroom.  Please join us!

 

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
*please help us keep our prayer list updated by contacting Pastor Lisa or Debbie Carter to add or remove names.  Current usually remains on the prayer list for 2 weeks unless you advise us. Ongoing Prayer list is for long term prayer needs.

CURRENT
Maggie Rivers, Floyd Collins cousins granddaughter
Dena Butler, Jackie Simpson, work associate’s wife

ONGOING PRAYERS
Jane, sister of Tica Spake
Stephanie (friend of Floyd Collins)
Margie Jones Family – daughters Betsy & Nancy, grandson Eric & son-in-law
The Prince Family (friends of the Cox Family)
Hugh & Jeanine Giles
Kaye Beam
Paul Snyder
Elaine Lassiter
JoAnn (Sandy Cavender’s sister)
Richard Harkins (brother of Roger Harkins)
Nancy Lenard
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 

Let us join in prayer together:  
Lord, in these recent warm, golden days, we are reminded that change comes. Change in seasons, change in life.  We are thankful for Your unchanging presence.  During this season of preparation for celebrating Your resurrection, we seek change with boldness. We pray that each day we will seek after You and your wisdom.  May we come humbly before you, remembering Your great sacrifice made in love, turning towards you in heart and mind, allowing the Holy Spirit to shape us anew.
As we entrust ourselves to You, we also pray Your Holy presence be with all those in need of comfort, healing, reconciliation for Your glory and the building of the Kingdom of God.
 Lord, we love and worship You alone.  Amen

 
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
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren c/o Benton House 25 Newnan Lakes Blvd.   Newnan, GA 30263
 
Copyright © 2021 Cokes Chapel UMC, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you have given your email address to our church office and we now consider you family!

Our mailing address is:

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4096 Lower Fayetteville Road, Sharpsburg, GA

SharpsburgGA 30277



G Chat March 13, 2021

DON’T FORGET TO MOVE YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ON SUNDAY, MARCH 14TH
                                                                    

                                                  Virtual Worship
      ** See special notice about In-Person worship below

Service provided through G-Chat (register on website to receive this communication) or 
Visit our website cokeschapel.org

   Sunday, March 14, 2021 – Fourth Sunday in Lent (UMCOR Sunday)

               
     Sermon:     
“No Question About It: Jesus Loves Me”

    Scripture:     John 3:14-21.    

                     
                
                         Lent series:  No Question About It! 

Sundays, through March 21 virtual worship at cokeschapel.org

Growing in faith is a life-task.  We face uncertainty every day, whether in our personal life, in our relationships with others, with decisions and circumstances that require our best, faithful response.  Who do you turn to?  How can we do our level best to respond in ways that will please God and honor Jesus Christ?  

Let’s look to the Word these next forty days of Lent, for direction, comfort, and spiritual teaching that will provide focus, clarity and joy in knowing we are walking in God’s will.  No Question about it – there are answers in God’s Word!  

 

                          **In-Person Worship Resumes   

                             Easter Sunday, April 4 with
                    Sunrise Service at 7:14 a.m. followed by
                       10:00 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary!

This week, your Church Council received a proposal to return to In-Person worship on Sunday, April 4.  We received 9 votes of Yes, and 3 not responsive. The majority rules! A portion of the proposal below is a brief explaination of why we are returning to in-person worship and events and how we will conduct in-person gatherings. 

Abbreviated proposal to Church Council:   If you would like to see the full document, please reach out to Pastor Lisa.
Status: Coweta Co. in the Orange level. Our presumption was that when the county went to Yellow risk level, we would return to in-person worship, as well as other activities on campus, such as small groups, Sunday School, committee meetings, etc.

New Variable:  With a vaccine being rolled out, as more and more people are vaccinated, the risk has changed for gatherings.  

On March 8, CDC sent out information for those who are fully vaccinated (following a two week period after 2nd shot).  Guidelines include the ability to sit without a mask if you are physically distancing; in public, still wear mask; still adhere to the other preventions of hand washing and social distancing for the sake of other high risk persons.  Avoid medium to large gatherings.  For further info: cdc.gov.

Proposal:  to plan now to begin in-person Worship with Easter Sunrise service at 7:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. blended worship in the Sanctuary.  We will still follow the guidelines set by Church Council that include sanitizing stations, no handouts, singing, etc..  We will make efforts to limit our time inside, and open doors for ventilation if weather permits.  Choir and band will either video record their music or live stream it from another location (not yet sure this option will occur). A worship video will be provided for the home bound. 
——
We will continue to support and reach out to those who are unable to attend in person due to various circumstances to make worship and the Cokes Community available.
*for details on risk: Visit globalepidemics.org and Coweta County Health department, countyindicatororeport.s3.amazonaws.com provides the details of the current risks.  

 
 


Sunday, March 14   – Daylight Saving Time Begins – Time to Spring Forward
                                  – 
Virtual Worship
                                  – 9:30 am Inter-generational Sunday School via Zoom
Wednesday, March 17 – 5:30 pm Prayer Team
                                       – 6:30 pm Childcare Board Meeting
                                       – 7:00 pm Outreach Meeting
Thursday, March 18 – 10:00 am UMW Meeting followed by lunch out together

Sunday, March 21   – Virtual Worship
                                 – 9:30 am Inter-generational Sunday School via Zoom
                                 – 12:00 pm Trustee Meeting in Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, March 24 – 5:30 pm Prayer Team

                                                   – 7:00 pm Church Council Zoom Meeting
Saturday, March 27 – 9 am to 1 pm Youth Fundraiser Carwash
Sunday, March 28   – Virtual Worship
                                  – 9:30 am Inter-generational Sunday School via Zoom
Wednesday, March 31 – 5:30 pm Prayer Team

 

From Worship and Pastor Lisa:     Video Camera needs operators ….

The camera is in hand – God just needs a few willing hands to operate it!  We are on a learning curve in using this gift to the best of its ability and ours!  
If you would like to become part of the team that provides a vital growing ministry to our church and communityplease reach out to Pastor Lisa right away. Text me at 770-598-5066 or email me at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org.


We are having an Outreach meeting Wednesday, March 17th, 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  We have a lot of planning to do!  We have a great team of folks who love to serve, and we would just love to have you join us. Please plan to be there on the 17th – we will spread out and wear masks!
 
 
This week’s focus in service is the Houles, our missionaries in Thailand.  David and Allie are amazing and are really making a difference with their ministry.  Get to know them better as you read the attached blog and then subscribe to receive it regularly.  (Please do not forward or publish the photos below. Thank you!)
 

Planning for the Future

One of the biggest projects we started last year was doing a special training that we call “Planning for the Future.” We have now taught it to all of the older kids at every Blessing Center. Since many of our Blessing Center kids are now entering high school, Allie, Ploy and I wanted to focus on creating resources to help prepare them for the real world.
Most of the older kids had never made goals before. They had no experience in creating goals or developing any sort of a plan to reach them. Coming from America, we were taught very early how to plan and I think everyone had to use a planner in high school. I remember how adults would constantly ask us, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We even had advisors in our schools that would help us to make goals and pick the right learning track to reach those goals. We were also blessed to have wonderful parents who had experience with this and could help guide us.
Here, children have never even seen a planner a before! It is just not a planning culture, so much so that the kids don’t even know when they will have school breaks. They usually find out just a couple days before the summer break starts. Some of our Blessing Center kids told us that they have never had anyone ask them what they wanted to be when they grew up and so they had never even thought about it before. This is unfortunate because the way the education system is set up, children don’t have much time before they must make important decisions about their future.
By 9th grade children must find a school and choose a specific track to learn, and if they don’t choose wisely, they will seriously limit their future job opportunities. Because Blessing Center Pattaya is located in a slum district, the local school does not go past 9th grade. If our students want to continue high school or go to a vocational school, they must apply to a school in another part of the city, be accepted, and then pay for tuition, books, uniforms, as well as find their own transportation to this school which may be far away from their home. These sorts of things are exactly what Blessing Center scholarships help with to make sure that these kids can stay in school and out of the sex and drug trade.
The issue of not knowing what track to learn is worsened by the fact that the schools don’t have anyone that can take the time to sit down with the kids to recommend what classes they should take to become whatever they are interested in. This means that the responsibility falls on the child and their family. However, because most of the children in our program come from poor families where the parent or guardian has only finished somewhere between 4th to 9th grade, these children don’t have a family member who can help guide them.
So, to help make sure these kids would not fall through the cracks, we worked with Ploy to create a series of lessons to help them. In the training, Ploy used this scripture to show why they need to plan for the future and not just react to the next step in front of them:

Luke 14:28-30 (NIV)

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

During the training, we taught the teenagers the importance of planning and how God gives us wisdom in how we should live our lives. We taught them the difference between a job and a hobby. We taught them about the different learning track options and how it affects the career they can get. We taught them about how education is an investment and shared with them about our experiences doing these same things when we were teenagers. They were particularly excited to hear Ploy share about how she chose a learning track, took out student loans, and went on to university. Ploy has taken on the role as an Advisor to these kids and she serves as a wonderful role model for them to look up to. Ploy has helped them to choose the right schools to apply to and the appropriate track to learn. She has also helped our teens who want to go to university by finding which exams they need to prepare for and by finding scholarships for them to apply for. And so, by the end of the 3-day course, all of our students had created a plan with the career they wanted and listed out the steps they needed to take in order to get that career.
We believe that this training has been a blessing to all of the kids. It has helped them to see the importance of planning, to feel empowered to work towards the career they want, and to see that God loves them and wants good things for them. We talk a lot about how Blessing Center keeps these kids out of trafficking, but I don’t want you to forget that it also helps them to take a step out of poverty. All of our kids get more education and better job prospects than their parents or guardians had.
God blessed us with the opportunities for our education, and I am so thankful that now we get to use this knowledge and experience to bless kids in Thailand. The work that we do here would not be possible without your prayers and support. Thank you so much for being a part of this ministry.
 
David and Allie Houle

 

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Our March meeting will be Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 10am in the Fellowship Hall.  Please wear a mask to protect those who have not been vaccinated.  We plan to meet together for lunch after the meeting at Big Joes next to Captain D’s.  Everyone welcome!  We plan to eat outside if weather permits.  If members need tax forms, contact Betsy.
If you go forth in Love you will find your Peace.  Vivian Snyder, Secretary
   

 

Growing Our Faith…

Financial Snapshot for March, 2021
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $21,783

Actual operating funds collected as of March 3rd: $3,137.28
(Financial Update not available this week.  Will update next week.)
Donations to the Ryan T. Giles Memorial were gifted to the Cokes Chapel General Fund.  Donations received in March were $500 as of March 3, 2021

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17 NIV

Thank you for supporting Cokes Chapel!  We are honored you would bless us with your generosity!   

Nancy Vermilyea, Finance Chair

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

 


MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL & YOUTH MINISTRY, March 10, 2021: 
 
In Inter-generational Ministry, we are continuing our church-wide Lenten Study. The class is gathering via Zoom on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 am throughout the Lenten season.  Each week, we are exploring how forgiving others and asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christians.  Last Sunday we studied passages from Matthew 5 and 7, while focusing on the need for honesty within ourselves. We discussed the struggle of engaging our own inner thoughts and emotions, and recognized that with God’s help and personal honesty, we can stretch our hearts toward forgiveness.  This week we will be discussing the concept of repentance while studying Luke 23:32-43.
 
Coming up in Youth Ministry will be a Youth Fundraiser Car Wash on Saturday, March 27th!  Everyone is invited to drop by the church Worship Center parking lot between 9:00 am-1:00 pm on the 27th to get your car sparkling clean just in time for spring!  The Car Wash is part of the Cokes Chapel “Lenten Service Journey.” 
 
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)
 


 

Trustees did not meet in February. Next meeting scheduled March 21, 2021, in the Fellowship Hall 

 

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
*please help us keep our prayer list updated by contacting Pastor Lisa or Debbie Carter to add or remove names.  Current usually remains on the prayer list for 2 weeks unless you advise us. Ongoing Prayer list is for long term prayer needs.

CURRENT
Maggie Rivers, Floyd Collins cousins granddaughter
Dena Butler, Jackie Simpson, work associate’s wife

ONGOING PRAYERS
Jane, sister of Tica Spake
Stephanie (friend of Floyd Collins)
Margie Jones Family – daughters Betsy & Nancy, grandson Eric & son-in-law
The Prince Family (friends of the Cox Family)
Hugh & Jeanine Giles
Kaye Beam
Paul Snyder
Elaine Lassiter
Julie (friend of Pat Harkins)
JoAnn (Sandy Cavender’s sister)
Richard Harkins (brother of Roger Harkins)
Nancy Lenard
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 

Let us join in prayer together:  
Lord, in these recent warm, golden days, we are reminded that change comes. Change in seasons, change in life.  We are thankful for Your unchanging presence.  During this season of preparation for celebrating Your resurrection, we seek change with boldness. We pray that each day we will seek after You and your wisdom.  May we come humbly before you, remembering Your great sacrifice made in love, turning towards you in heart and mind, allowing the Holy Spirit to shape us anew.
As we entrust ourselves to You, we also pray Your Holy presence be with all those in need of comfort, healing, reconciliation for Your glory and the building of the Kingdom of God.
 Lord, we love and worship You alone.  Amen

 
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
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren c/o Benton House 25 Newnan Lakes Blvd.   Newnan, GA 30263
 
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Virtual Worship

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Sunday, February 28, 2021, Second Sunday in Lent
               
     Sermon:     “No Question About It: Jesus Establishes Our Priorities”

    Scripture:     Mark 8:31-38

Why Virtual? On December 9, 2020, Cokes Church Council determined in-person worship will be paused until Coweta County’s risk is lower. As of Thursday, February 25, Coweta County is ranked “Orange” risk level*.  We intend to return to in-person worship, abiding with Covid guidelines, when we reach Yellow Level.  Keep your prayers going and masks on, sanitizing so we can gather again soon!

*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. 

                     
                
                     A New Lent series:  No Question About It! 

Sundays, through March 21 virtual worship at cokeschapel.org

Growing in faith is a life-task.  We face uncertainty every day, whether in our personal life, in our relationships with others, with decisions and circumstances that require our best, faithful response.  Who do you turn to?  How can we do our level best to respond in ways that will please God and honor Jesus Christ?  
Let’s look to the Word these next forty days of Lent, for direction, comfort, and spiritual teaching that will provide focus, clarity, and joy in knowing we are walking in God’s will.  No Question about it – there are answers in God’s Word!  

*A few Lenten Journey bags are still available at the pavilion to support your intention to grow spiritually throughout Lent.

And more opportunities to grow….

 
 

Sunday, February 28 – Virtual Worship
                                    – 9:30 am – Inter-generational Sunday 
                                    – Youth “In-Person” Outside Event @ Line Creek
Monday, March 7  – 11:00 am  Zoom Staff Meeting
Wednesday, March 10 – 5:30 pm Prayer Team

Sunday, March 14   – Daylight Saving Time Begins
                                  – 
Virtual Worship
                                  – 9:30 am Inter-generational Sunday School via Zoom
Wednesday, March 17 – 5:30 pm Prayer Team
                                      – 6:30 pm Childcare Board Meeting
                                      – 7:00 pm Outreach Meeting

Sunday, March 21   – Virtual Worship
                                 – 9:30 am Inter-generational Sunday School via Zoom
                                 – 12:00 pm Trustee Meeting in Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, March 24 – 5:30 pm Prayer Team

                                      – 7:00 pm Church Council Zoom Meeting
Sunday, March 28   – Virtual Worship
                                  – 9:30 am Inter-generational Sunday School via Zoom
                                  – 12:00 pm Trustee Meeting  
Wednesday, March 31 – 5:30 pm Prayer Team

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN in Action!!

We have completed the “Blessing Bag” project. The bags were delivered to Bridging the Gap on Tuesday afternoon.  They were delighted to have them. We hope that about 50 disadvantaged/homeless people will receive the blessings contained in each bag.  Being the hands and feet of God helps those who most importantly are in need: but, it is a way we can do exactly what God asks us to do.  
Others were given to Pastor Lisa and Jack for distribution when in Atlanta, to the homeless that they regularly encounter.  
Thank you each for your support of this kind way of showing God’s love. 

“‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”  Matthew 25:35-40

Our March meeting will be March 18, 2021, at 10 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Please wear a mask to protect those who have not been vaccinated.  We plan to meet together for lunch after the meeting at Big Joe’s next to Captain Ds.  We plan to eat outside if the weather permits. 

If members need tax forms, contact Betsy.   

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

From Worship and Pastor Lisa:     Video Camera needs friends….
Cokes Chapel recently was awarded a grant for a state-of-the-art Video Camera for worship and church ministry communications.  

The camera is in hand – God just needs a few willing hands to operate it!  We need a few people who geek out (translation – really love!!) to work with video, sound, and recording.  We are on a learning curve in using this gift to the best of its ability and ours!  
If you would like to become part of the team that provides a vital growing ministry to our church and communityplease reach out to Pastor Lisa right away. Text me at 770-598-5066 or email me at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org.

UPPER ROOM  Copies of the March/April Upper Room are available for pick-up in the tub under the pavilion. 

The Jubilee Singers
     In the summer of 1986, almost 35 years ago, a group of men and ladies from Cokes Chapel UMC began going to what was then called Beaulieu Nursing Home in Newnan every Wednesday morning to visit with the residents there.  Soon they began singing hymns with them out of the old Spiritual Life hymnal – and so began the Jubilee Singers.
     We have continued our visits all these years, using the same little book, and singing a lot of the old favorites.  During our weekly visits to what is now Newnan Hospital Nursing and Rehab Center, we recognize residents’ birthdays with cards and songs, and we often give out little gifts on special holidays.  The residents always enjoy the stories and jokes we share with them, and often they have stories to share with us. 
     Because of the pandemic, we have not been to the Nursing Home in almost a year.  We miss these visits so much, as do the residents.  To stay in touch during this hard time, we took cards at Christmas and on Valentine’s Day. 
New Opportunity: for Easter, we have offered to help with the treats and gifts for their Easter Party If you would like to be a part of this project, please drop a small check made out to Cokes Chapel UMC, designated for Jubilee Singers (or cash) in an envelope labeled “Jubilee Singers” in the mail slot at the office – or give to Betsy Bagley or Brenda Hanes. 
 

 

Growing Our Faith…

No available financial update this week.  Final February totals will be included in next weeks update.

Financial Snapshot for February, 2021
Monthly projected operating funds needed: $21,783

Actual operating funds collected as of February 17th: $13,727.30

Special Homeless Offering – this Sunday, February 28th.
 
The North Georgia Housing and Homeless Council provides capital and operational grants to organizations throughout the North Georgia Conference that are serving our brothers and sisters in need.
 
By contributing to the Homeless Offering, you are directly supporting ministries and agencies serving those experiencing homelessness and poverty in communities across our state. These organizations might include housing programs, food pantries, and other feeding programs, Habitat for Humanity houses, and many other programs in communities large and small.
 
100% of the Homeless Offering goes to ministries serving persons experiencing poverty. Please prayerfully consider supporting this important work.  Please be sure and designate your giving to the Homeless on your check, and the amount if included in your regular giving.
 
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17 NIV

Thank you for supporting Cokes Chapel!  We are honored you would bless us with your generosity!   

Nancy Vermilyea, Finance Chair

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

 

MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL & YOUTH MINISTRY, Feb. 24, 2021: 
 
In Inter-generational Ministry, a church-wide Lenten Study began on Sunday, February 21st.  The class is gathering via Zoom on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 am throughout the Lenten season from February 21 through March 28th.  Our focus during this Lenten journey is on the topic of forgiveness.  Using Marjorie Thompson’s book, Forgiveness: A Lenten Study, we are exploring how forgiving others and asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christians.  Last Sunday we studied the “Parable of the Prodigal Son” found in Luke 15 and discussed “Who needs forgiveness?” and “Is forgiveness an individual or communal affair?”  This Sunday we will be studying Psalm 51 and 139 and discussing how forgiveness involves self-examination.
 
In Youth Ministry, we will be gathering in-person for a hike at Line Creek this Sunday, February 28th.  This will be a time for our young people to fellowship and engage God through the gift of God’s creation.
 
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)
 


 

Trustees did not meet in February. Next meeting scheduled March 21, 2021, in the Fellowship Hall 
 

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
*please help us keep our prayer list updated by contacting Pastor Lisa or Debbie Carter to add or remove names.  Current usually remains on the prayer list for 2 weeks unless you advise us. Ongoing Prayer list is for long term prayer needs.

CURRENT
Dena Butler, Jackie Simpson, work associate’s wife
Mandy, CCCC pre-K teacher
Kaye Beam
Jane, sister of Tica Spake
David (nephew of Diane Johnson)
Stephanie (friend of Floyd Collins)
Margie Jones Family – daughters Betsy & Nancy, grandson Eric & son-in-law
The Prince Family (friends of the Cox Family)
Hugh & Jeanine Giles

ONGOING PRAYERS
Paul Snyder
Elaine Lassiter
Julie (friend of Pat Harkins)
JoAnn (Sandy Cavender’s sister)
Sally Jones (mother of Carol Ross)
Richard Harkins (brother of Roger Harkins)
Betsy, daughter of Margie Jones
Nancy Lenard
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

Let us join in prayer together:  Lord, we continue to pray for one another and for our country.  We lift up the leaders of our nation to God, asking for divine guidance, wisdom and a deep desire for peace. We entrust all those we continually remember to You for care, nurture and healing. Teach us to look to You first, to listen and seek Your presence in all things.
May we find peace in placing our faith, hope and trust in You.  Yours is the power to heal, comfort and bring eternal assurance of all things.  Amen

 
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
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren c/o Benton House 25 Newnan Lakes Blvd.   Newnan, GA 30263
 
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