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G Chat September 27, 2019


TONIGHT – Friday night, Sept. 27,

            6:00 -7:30 pm This is Your Time!  Explore the labyrinth on your own.

            You will be provided a basic “exploration” handout for walking.

            Meet Dr. Rhodes who will be around if you have questions. 

No ticket necessary!


Saturday morning, Sept. 28,

            8:30 am gather for a hot and cold breakfast spread prepared just for you

            9:00 Dr. John Rhodes, Prayer Labyrinth

                        concluding with the opportunity to walk the canvas Labyrinth. 



ONE OF OUR OWN IN NEED  Mark Hanes and his family (Brenda & Ernie Hanes’ son), lost their home in this horrific fire.  The family are all fine but have lost everything.  Mark recently had surgery on his ankle and surely God helped them escape the fire.  Mark has insurance but won’t replace everything.  They have not asked for help, but friends have set up a GoFundMe account if anyone would like to help. Just click on the link below. Please keep Mark and the kids in your prayers. 

Do you consider Cokes Chapel your home? If you said “Yes!” then this note is for you! Your faith community depends on everyone to take part – as Christians, we are called to worship, serve, give and witness for Jesus Christ.  Those four things make up how we are able to be effective and do our best for the Lord.
If you haven’t yet turned in your 2020 Stewardship cards, the deadline is this Sunday, Sept. 29.  Returning this information will allow us to plan better on every front.  Won’t you help make our goal of increasing participation in Stewardship 2020?
Please, return your cards to the box marked with the logo, or drop off at the office.  Thank you for being the church!
 Pastor Lisa and Stewardship/Finance committees
peanut butter                              jelly (grape, apple)
canned meat                               canned milk
cereal/oatmeal                            egg noodles
spaghetti sauce                          tomato sauce
canned fruit                                 canned peas
bag rice                                       dry beans
Thank you to all who have already helped restock our pantry! We have had 4 guests in the last few weeks!

A Reflection on Our Talents

As I’ve listened to Pastor Lisa’s sermons these past few weeks, I have been inclined to search my heart even more than usual, meaning more than her sermons usually cause me to search my heart.
It amazes me that there is something for everyone in every one of her sermons.  And for that, we give praise to God!  Today, her sermon took me back to one of Pastor John’s Disciple Bible Studies in which he asked each of us to share with the class what we felt our unique Gift or Talent is.  Now think about that.  Most of us, on the spur of the moment, would say we really don’t have any talent.  But truthfully, each person does have something special.
As we prayerfully search our hearts during this season of Stewardship, let us thank God for all we have and all Cokes Chapel is able to do with our monetary offerings, our special Gifts, and our Talents.  Remember the loaves of bread and the fish mentioned in John 6: 1-13? Whatever we have: earthly riches, a special gift of doing a certain thing, or being a certain way unique unto yourself, a special ability, like loving Math or English, or cooking, nurturing, entertaining, speaking, hugging, singing, teaching, praying…  the list goes on and on.  Whatever we have is from God, and whatever we give, God will multiply like the loaves and fish and use it to grow His Kingdom.  Whatever we give, we give knowing God will bless us abundantly if we give from the heart and out of love for Him.
Margie Jones

October 6th – 120/60? Check your blood pressure. Stop by the Sacristy/Worship Room off the Sanctuary between 10:10 to 10:50 am and let one of our caring nurses check your BP.  Cokes cares about you! Questions? Speak to Pastor Lisa, Elaine Lassetter, Karen Seyler, or Ann Navin.


September 13, 2019 G Chat

Important Calendar Notes!
Outreach will be taking lunch to our Luthersville Seniors on Thursday, Sept. 19th.  We need a few items to fill out our menu, if you can provide a dessert or drinks, please sign up in the narthex or contact Betsy at ebbagley@gmail.com or 770-301-2577. If you would like to join us, be at the church at 9:30 to ride the bus. All are welcome!

UMW (United Methodist Women) will meet Monday Morning, September 15th at 10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall. All ladies are invited!

UMW will host a Wednesday Night Covered Dish on September 18th at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  All are welcome!

Sept. 29th 
 Meet in the Middle, 5th Sunday
        9:00am    Sunday School TBD by each class
      10:30am    Sanctuary One worship service with Old Time Gospel singing followed by
      11:45am    Cover dish lunch & surprise dessert in the Worship Center.  Having Good times &  Making Good memories!
Have You Picked Yours Up? Your Stewardship Service and Giving envelope for 2020 is available today. Please take these home; pray and then return your cards by Sunday, Sept. 29. A box is in each worship center or drop off at the Church Office. Your participation allows us to plan and have a better understanding of our finances for 2020.
God depends on your hands, heart and giving to do the ministry of Cokes Chapel.  We have done so much with God’s help and your support!  I can only imagine what we can do in 2020. We are thankful for you! 
Pastor Lisa, Stewardship and Finance Committee

From Jennie Underwood for the Todd family:
Thank you so much for your prayers and the cards you sent my family.  We are also grateful to those who provided food and served the family after the funeral.  It allowed us time to visit with family we hadn’t seen in a while.  I so appreciate your generosity and love.  Mama (Lib Todd) loved Cokes Chapel and you showed your love very well.


Riddle me this…
What flies without wings, and can be measured but never seen?
We all have the same amount of hours in a day, a week, a year- but how we choose to use our time varies.  Some of us are constantly on the go while others are bored and looking for new challenges. Some of us complain about not having enough time while others lament they have too much time on their hands.  But one universal truth is that the time we are given is a gift from God and He has given each of us the ability to determine how we spend it.
“Time management” is a buzz phrase we hear often.  How we manage our time not only determines how successful we become but it can define our morals, values, and who we are.  Some of our time has to be spent doing the necessary parts of life:  tending to our homes and jobs.  Some of our time is spent taking care of our families and enjoying friends and loved ones.  And hopefully, every now and then we manage to carve out a little time for ourselves, to reflect and recharge.  But what about time devoted to doing God’s work?  There are so many ways we can give time back to God, like volunteering for church programs, helping with community groups and projects, or spending time with those who are sick or lonely.
God has given us this time- how will you choose to use it?        * Carma McCallie, J.D.
Prayer Labyrinth coming soon!
Friday, Sept. 27 night, 6-7:30 Open Walk
Saturday, Sept. 28,
8:30 gather for coffee,           light pickups in the Worship Center  
9:00, Dr. John Rhodes*
*About Our Guest Speaker… John began his involvement with Labyrinths in 1998. By 2001, John was trained and certified as a facilitator by The Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress at Grace Episcopal Cathedral and studied under Robert Ferre, one of the world’s foremost labyrinth builders.
For all John’s accomplishments, my greatest delight is his gracious and genuine manner of kindness and openness as he teaches.  John has always held my attention in any setting, especially as he shares his knowledge on labyrinths.
Get your tickets today Brian Smith, Lynda Hawkins, for Dr. Rhodes Saturday presentation.  Donation is $ 5.00 

UMCOR on the ground! UMCOR agency will partner with Methodists in the Bahamas to meet basic needs for survivors and those who are suffering following Hurricane Dorian. The Grand Bahama & Abaco Islands were decimated.
If you would like to contribute to this fund, please make checks payable to Cokes Chapel UMC (or place cash) in an envelope located on the back of the pews.  On the bottom of your check or the front of the envelope, please designate  Bahama Relief Fund #4390.  Thank you for giving to help those suffering.


Can Walking Help My Prayer Life?

Walking is something most of us do without thinking… which can get us into trouble sometimes!  We need to pay attention to where we are stepping!

A Prayer labyrinth provides some “givens” that allow us to walk with confidence, without concern of getting lost or stumbling.  We know there is limited space, places to stop and rest, reflect, and that we will return to where we began.  No fear!

Being released from base distractions frees our mind from bodily concerns, allowing our mind to engage spiritually.  Our physical being is set aside, so that our mind may more easily remain with words of scripture, a prayer or word, even an ongoing conversation with God. 

Mindful focus as we walk allows our body to engage in a way that nullifies distractions for me…  my mind is given fully to the presence of God at the moment in whatever way God chooses as I listen, wait, speak or pray.  Sometimes the background worship music is part of the release from daily distractions, as soft music closes out the normal sounds. 

However, it happens with you, walking the path provides a rhythm that opens a “Safe Haven” to my soul.  I can count on the settling and focus that comes as I join body, mind, and spirit in an effort to come close to God, listen, worship, and receive.

When I depart, there is a difference.  Sometimes it is a peace, sometimes it is an assurance of being with the Beloved, sometimes it is a Word, a new perspective, but every time, I depart with the knowledge that I have intentionally made space for God.  I know that God honors the effort we make.

Walking a prayer labyrinth can make a difference in our prayer life, in our spiritual life and in the life of discipleship.  Won’t you take a walk with God?

Pastor Lisa

August 30, 2019 G Chat

Cokes Chapel Office and the Childcare Center will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2ndfor the Labor Day Holiday.
THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST Check your blood pressure.   Stop by the Accolyte Room off the Sanctuary between 10:10 – 10:50am and let one of our attentive nurses check your BP.  Cokes cares about you!
Mark your Calendar now!
Prayer Labyrinth weekend coming Cokes Chapel
Another part of the Vision to grow disciples!  Sept. 27 & 28 (Friday & Saturday).  There will be a time for walking, praying & learning from guest speaker, Dr. John Rhodes, past President of the Labyrinth Society. 
Contact Pastor Lisa (770) 598-5066 with any questions.
Other Important Calendar Notes!

September 29th  Meet in the Middle, 5th Sunday
One worship service at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary with Old Time Gospel singing followed by a cover dish lunch and surprise dessert!  Sunday School 9:00am TBD by each class; Good times!  Good memories!
Sept. 15th Cokes Chapel UMC  will solicit donations for  ‘2019 Amazing Grace Offering’ Wellroot Family Service formerly known as The United Methodist Children’s Home.  

What is this? SNEEK PEEK!
Your Stewardship and Finance committee is planning ahead for Cokes Chapel’s year 2020. Please pray as we all gather our spirits, resources and dreams to prepare for what God will have us use for ministry in 2020. 
You make a difference!

A Prayer Labyrinth for Cokes is Coming!  Cokes Chapel is beginning a new opportunity for developing a prayer life that we want you to know about! This interest came from the many discussions in our recent Vision process.  By God’s design, the visual interest was companioned with the interest of one of our youth, Jackson Smith.  Jackson will be pursuing the construction of our prayer labyrinth as an Eagle Scout project.



What is a Prayer Labyrinth and What is it Not?  A prayer labyrinth is a path which leads, by a circuitous route, to the center of a design and back out again. A labyrinth’s route has only a single path. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth is designed for ease of navigation, and it is impossible to get lost within one. A labyrinth is not a maze!
A prayer labyrinth facilitates prayer, meditation, and opportunities for spiritual growth. Labyrinths have a long history in many cultures spanning at least 3,500 years.  These were used by different cultures for worship, dance and even in Scandinavia as traps for trolls to keep fishermen safe.
Our Prayer Labyrinth follows the tradition that arose out of the Middle Ages as Christians sought ways to connect with God. Prayer Labyrinths have been used in Catholic Churches for centuries. They can be set as indoor or outdoor walks.  Our contemporary Christian use has seen a resurgence of labyrinths as we are finding that its history has offered a meaningful way to pray.
Cokes Chapel will be offering this prayer labyrinth for both the members and the community as a way to have individual space to pray, to find sacred meaning in the walking in a pattern which releases the mind to meditate and reflect. Our prayer labyrinth will be a unique and meaningful addition to our offerings in order to grow in faith and life.  Look for more to come each week in your announcements!

Sunday School Classes: Cokes Chapel leadership is committed to growing disciples for Jesus Christ. Seek out a class, and new offerings to come! 
10:10am:                    Location
Eubanks Class            Front room of
Fellowship Class         Fellowship Hall
                                    across street
Intergenerational         After-School Rm
                                    Worship Ctr

You are invited to join our Prayer Warriors in prayer, every Wednesday at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall or Eubanks Room.  Questions?  Contact Debbie Carter at debbiecarter30263@charter.net or Lorraine Burt at lburt1960@att.net

August 23, 2019 G Chat

Cokes Chapel Office and the Childcare Center will be closed on Monday, September 1st for the Labor Day Holiday.
SEPTEMBER 1ST Check your blood pressure.
Stop by the Sacristy/Worship Room off the Sanctuary on Sunday, September 1st  between 10:10 – 10:50 am and let one of our caring nurses check your BP.  Cokes cares about you! Questions? Speak to Pastor Lisa, Elaine Lassetter, Karen Seyler, or Ann Navin.

Disciple Live!
 Classes start the first week in September
Your newly trained facilitators: Don Cobb & Jack Dempsey (Wednesday daytime class); Lynda Hawkins & Lisa Dempsey, (Thursday evening class) are eager to begin!

The Trustees Meeting has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 8th at 12:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall.
Prayer Labyrinth weekend coming Cokes Chapel
Another part of the Vision to grow disciples!  September 27 & 28 (Friday & Saturday), we will be hosting a with time for walking, praying & learning from guest speaker, Dr. John Rhodes, past President of the Labyrinth Society. 
Contact Pastor Lisa (770) 598-5066 with any questions.

September 29th, Meet in the Middle, 5th Sunday
Plans are for one worship service at 10:30 am, followed by a cook out and surprise dessert!   Come for some old-time gospel singing and good time fun!