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Novemeber 23, 2018 G Chat

 HANGING OF THE GREENS THIS SUNDAY!!!
3:00 Make our Lights Shine! Come and help decorate the sanctuary and worship center for Advent
5:00 Chili Supper enjoy fellowship and hearty meal together
 
LUTHERSVILLE SENIOR CENTER VISIT
Thursday, Dec. 6TH 9:30 am Luthersville Senior Center Join us as we journey to our favorite group for our meal and fellowship.  We will have music, laugher, a meal together and fun!  Questions? Contact the church office or Betsy Bagley.
 
CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
You Are Invited! Wanda Moore opens her home to the women of Cokes Chapel each year for the Christmas holidays. On Thursday  Dec. 13th at 11:30am bring a covered dish or dessert to share.  All women of the church are encouraged to join in the fun & fellowship.  Don’t forget to bring a friend! Questions contact Wanda at (770) 253-5921.
 
HAPPENING SOON!
Lighting of the Nativity Our new crèche will be placed & lit on the front lawn, starting a tradition of gathering to sing, pray and offer Christ to all who drive past Cokes. This year-long project was a combined effort of members and our Boy Scouts! 
 
Sunday, Dec. 16, 5:00 pm, Christmas Cantata in the Sanctuary- Special music begins at 4:45 pm.
 
Monday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
 7:00 pm in the Worship Center
 9:00 pm in the Sanctuary
 
CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE
There are Angel Trees in the narthex and the Worship Center.  Choose a tag/tags from one of the trees to provide a Christmas gift for a child in our community.  It’s very important to sign your name on the clipboard sheet so we will know who has each child’s tag.  You will find additional instructions on the back of each tag.  The gifts are due by Dec. 9th.  If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Bagley, ebbagley@gmail.com.

FINAL RECOLLECTION UPDATE
Sunday, Nov. 14 was our final study and visioning.  It was an important day to bring all our work and community together to focus was on “What Must We Do?”
 
Our goal as a whole group was to discern two Action Steps into which God is calling us.  After hearing each class’ suggestions, commonalities were identified.  Out of those commonalities, two final action steps were agreed upon and adopted. 
 
The Outcome of our Study are these two action steps:
 
1) Develop and implement a plan for intentional outreach to the Cokes Chapel Childcare Center, to include building on existing actions/activities through: 
·         Inviting adults to existing youth programs in place with Childcare children;
·         Encourage wider participation in Prayer Team, as they continue monthly prayers for individual classes / families / teachers;  
·         Develop intentional adult volunteer presence in the Childcare Center during the week to assist as needed; and
 
2) Develop and implement a plan for combining our Worship Services, to include additional offerings for Bible Study and Prayer on Sunday mornings and other times.
 
Several people volunteered to serve on teams develop and implement these action steps. All are welcome to join in!  Please contact Pastor Lisa or Kim if you are interested. Look for upcoming meetings to begin following the Christmas season.
 
Thank you all for the participation and prayer that has led us this far!  Many have not been able to go all sessions, but there were 50 in attendance at this final session. As we work together to live into these actions, we trust God to guide us in the days ahead.  We are truly grateful to God and to one another for this experience that we have shared!
Kim Reindl and Pastor Lisa
 
WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING   All are invited! 
Every Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 pm,
Fellowship Hall


G Chat November 16, 2018

THANKSGIVING BASKETS WILL BE ASSEMBLED  on Monday, Nov. 19th at 8:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us for this fun preparation to share with others! The Outreach Team gives a big THANK YOU to all who contributed for the Thanksgiving   Baskets.  
 
SUNDAY IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO ORDER!!
In honor of or in remembrance of a loved one.  Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex and Worship Center.  The poinsettias are $10 each.  Make checks payable to the Cokes Chapel UMW.
 
HANGING OF THE GREENS (traditional decorating our worship spaces)
Sunday, Nov.  25TH
 A Special Cokes Day!
3:00 Make our Lights Shine! Come and help decorate the Sanctuary and worship center for Advent
5:00 Chili Supper enjoy fellowship and hearty meal together
 
LUTHERSVILLE SENIOR CENTER
Thursday, Dec. 6TH
9:30 am
Luthersville Senior Center
Join us as we journey to our favorite group for our meal and fellowship.  We will have music, laugher, a meal together and fun!  Questions? Contact the church office or Betsy Bagley.
 
YOU ARE INVITED
Wanda Moore opens her home to the women of Cokes Chapel each year for the Christmas holidays. On Thursday  Dec. 13th at 11:30am bring a covered dish or dessert to share.  All women of the church are encouraged to join in the fun & fellowship.  Don’t forget to bring a friend! Questions or directions, contact Wanda at (770) 253-5921.
 
FINAL RECOLLECTION UPDATE – WEEK 8
As we met for our final session, it was truly amazing to see how God brought so many things together.  This week our focus was on “What Must We Do?”  Our goal as a whole group (all four classes together) was to discern two Action Steps into which God is calling us.  After hearing and reviewing each class’ suggestions, commonalities among the suggestions were identified.  Out of those commonalities, two final action steps were agreed upon and adopted.  Those two action steps are:
 
1) Develop and implement a plan for intentional outreach to the Cokes Chapel Childcare Center, to include building on existing actions in place by: 
·         Inviting adults to existing youth programs in place with Childcare children;
·         Encourage wider participation in Prayer Team, as they continue monthly prayers for individual classes / families / teachers;  
·         Develop intentional adult volunteer presence in the Childcare Center during the week to assist as needed; and
2) Develop and implement a plan for combining our Worship Services, to include additional offerings for Bible Study and Prayer on Sunday mornings and other times.
 
Several people volunteered to serve on teams in order to best develop and implement these action steps. All are welcome to join in!  Please contact Pastor Lisa or Kim if you are interested.
 
Thank you all for the participation and prayer that has led us this far!  As we work together to live into these actions, we trust God to guide us in the days ahead.  We are truly grateful to God and to one another for this experience that we have shared!
 
Kim Reindl and Pastor Lisa
 
OPTIONS FOR GIVING
1. ONLINE GIVING   Visit ww.cokeschapel.org
· Click on Giving (Two options: Vanco or Paypal)
2. DONATE BY PHONE—Scan the picture below:
When you scan this barcode-like QR code image with a smartphone’s QR decoder, it will instantly  connect you to the mobile version of your web page. Try it yourself! To individuals who are familiar with QR codes, it will provide a quick and easy way to access your web page without having to type out a long web address and locate your link.
 
If you have questions about giving, please feel free to ask our staff, visit our website, or come by the office and we will be happy to help.


November 9, 2018 G Chat


COMBINED WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY 9:00 AM CELEBRATION

We will celebrate our Stewardship Campaign and Recollection study this Sunday at 9:00 am in the Sanctuary.  This service will be full of music and celebrating our church family!  There will be a Covered Dish luncheon after so bring your sides that don’t need too much fuss and we’ll have plenty!  See you SUNDAY!

COKES CHILDCARE  FUND-RAISER
The childcare will have a fund raising “fun run” TODAY  Friday, Nov. 9th to benefit Cokes Childcare and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation collect. With your sponsorships, we will be able to provide each child with a t-shirt for participating.
 
THANKSGIVING FOR NEEDY
The Missions Team
is collecting donations to provide Thanksgiving Baskets to less fortunate families in the area.  We need your help!  Our Super Shopper team will begin collecting food with your monetary donations. You may donate funds to Larry or Caroline Huckaby, Betsy Bagley or Nancy Vermilyea.
  

ORDER YOUR POINSETTIAS NOW
In honor of or in remembrance of a loved one.  Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex and Worship Center.  The poinsettias are $10 each and need to be ordered no later than Sunday, Nov. 18th.  Make checks payable to the Cokes Chapel UMW.
 
WEEKLY RECOLLECTION UPDATE
Weekly “Recollection” Update, Week 7—This week we met together as a whole group one place at the same time.  Our focus for the week was “What is Our Vision?”  Throughout the week, folks were to read Scripture passages and reflect on God’s vision for their lives.  When we gathered as a whole group Sunday morning, everyone sat in class groups.  Each class brainstormed, based on what they had done together in the first six weeks, and came up with a vision statement for the church.  Each vision statement included three elements: 1) adjectives defining our congregation, 2) the group’s definition of Christian community, and 3) how our strengths and our calling as a congregation combine to form God’s vision for us.  Each class shared their statement and then we discussed the themes or commonalities among all the statements. 

The final vision statement created for the congregation, which seeks to honor what God has brought to our attention through the work of the classes, is as follows:  “Because we have identified ourselves to be generous, caring, and loving people of God, and because we believe that God’s call for us is to reach out to others in the community and beyond, we believe that God’s vision for the future of our congregation is for us to unite as God’s people through prayer, obedience, relationship, and humility, so that we may grow the Kingdom of God through proactive outreach that honors diversity and ministry that crosses societal boundaries.”
 

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November 2, 2018 G Chat

CHARGE CONFERENCE!
The Charge Conference will be held on Monday, Nov. 5th at 7:00pm at Cornerstone, UMC. All are welcome to attend.
 
 
LUNCH BUNCH HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
The Annual Ladies luncheon will be Thursday  Nov. 8th in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30am.  Bring a dish to share and a $10 (or less) gift to exchange in our Gift Swap.
 
If you did a secret sister, you can reveal that from now until then. New secret sisters will be drawn for those who wish to participate.
 
All women of the church are invited and encouraged to come share in the fun & fellowship.  Don’t forget to bring a friend!
 
 
COKES CHILDCARE  FUND-RAISER

The childcare will have a fund raising “fun run” on Friday, Nov. 9th There will be a short track in the parking lot and the field as well as other fun activities.
 
This event will benefit Cokes Childcare and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (25%) from pledges and donations students collect.
 
If any church member, parents, grandparents, etc.  would like to participate or volunteer, a sign-up sheet is located on the resource table in the Childcare lobby. With your sponsorship of $50 or more we will be able to provide each child with a t-shirt for participating.
 
 
The Missions Team will be collecting donations to provide Thanksgiving Baskets to less fortunate families in the area.  We need your help!  Our Super Shopper team will begin collecting food with your monetary donations.  You may donate funds to Larry or Caroline Huckaby, Betsy Bagley or Nancy Vermilyea.
 
 
ORDER YOUR POINSETTIAS NOW.
In honor of or in remembrance of a loved one.  Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex and Worship Center.  The poinsettias are $10 each and need to be ordered no later than Sunday, Nov. 18th.  Make checks payable to the Cokes Chapel UMW.
 

 Weekly “Recollection” Update, Week 6 This week in our Recollection Study we focused on “Who Are We Called to Be?”  Throughout the week, participants were asked to think about their definition of the word “Christian.”  They were encouraged to not only define the term with words, but also through hymns, songs, stories, and art, that depict for them the meaning of the word “Christian.”  In class, small groups discussed what it means to be a Christian community (i.e., the Church).  We read Scripture passages and shared stories that exemplify Church.  Then together, each small group created their own definition for Christian community.
 
The responses created, continue to reveal to us the ways that God has been at work both in and through the people of Cokes Chapel.  We are being reminded and affirmed that we are an adaptable congregation that cares deeply for one another, as expressed through our generosity and faithfulness.
 
 
PANTRY ITEMS NEEDED
Cereal                                    Egg noodles
Bag rice                                 Bag dried beans
Spaghetti sauce                   Crackers
 
 
WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING
All are invited!  Every Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Return Shoebox date Nov. 11th
Once again, we will participate in Operation Christmas Child, a program sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse that delivers Christmas shoeboxes to children around the world.  Boxes are now available for pick-up in the Narthex and Worship Center.
 
Please plan to take one or more boxes and return them by   November 11th.  Instructions for packing are included in each box. Questions? Contact Brenda Hanes at  (770) 251-1857 brenda.hanes@yahoo.com.
 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
 

Date Service Location Study Location
Sun. Nov. 4 9:00am Combined  
Sanctuary
10:00am Recollection Combined Study WC
Sun. Nov. 11 9:00am Combined  
Sanctuary
10:00am Recollection Combined Study WC
Sun. Nov. 11 11:45am   Celebration! Covered Dishes Meal. All welcome to attend. WC

 
 
THANK YOU CORNER
 
Thank you to the MANY who came out to make this the best turn-out for the kids of the Childcare Center, the Community, and our Church! All those trunks were FUNTASTIC!
 
It was “Scary” on Halloween, but thanks to the many who came to HELP BACKPACK BUDDIES fill weekend meal bags for kids in our community.  Our prayer – No child hungry!
 
Also, thank you to each of you who donated throughout October to Backpack Buddies with funds, juice boxes, and cases of Chef Boyardee.  In total, with all groups/churches involved, we delivered 750 bags (Cokes Chapel provided 250 bags) on October 31st!