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G Chat April 9, 2020

GENERAL INFORMATION
Please prepare to join us on Easter Sunday morning for beautiful music, worship, and communion. We are in unusual times, so in this circumstance, we will share communion as we shelter in. Before you open the worship video, bring a candle and lighter, a glass of liquid (it does not need to be grape juice and it can be wine), and some form of bread or cracker that we can share together. I will ask a blessing over the elements and we will share communion in spirit. I look forward to this special Easter time with you!

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

Dana West, granddaughter of Larry

Smith

The Paulus Family, in-laws of Ernie &

Brenda Haines

Joann, sister of Sandy Cavender

Terri Cannon, friend of Jean Raines

Dorothy Croft, Mike Croft’s mother

Bob Brown, Pat Harkins brother

Jill, friend of Carol Ross
 ONGOING

Stan Smith, Marcia Smith’s husband

Jerry Freeman

Roger Harkins

Darius Allen, Marie Allen’s son

Cera Carter

Mick Moore

Jake Thomas, brother-in-law of Lorraine

Burt

Pastor Wayne Ellis & Family

Jones Family, Howard & Margie, etal

Glenn Etheridge (Pastor)

See Homebound below.

Prayers for one another and our country for comfort, peace, freedom from anxiety, depression and fear. May God surround us and protect us during this difficult time.


Daily devotionals continue. If you are not receiving one, notify Velda at veldagraydon@me.com to have your name added.

CHURCH COUNCIL CHAIR, DON COBB SHARES VITAL NEWS WITH YOU:

I hope this finds you safe and well. To minimize “cabin fever”, GET OUTSIDE! God’s creation is at it’s best!

The purpose of this communication is to update those of you who are not aware of the effort underway to assist our Childcare financially while closed.

With the leadership of Pastor Lisa, a team was organized to pursue the overhead cost of CC through a new program called Payroll Protection Program (PPP).

The application for this assistance has been completed to SBA through Truist Bank locally.

Briefly, initially, this is a loan, but if all conditions are met, like rehiring employees, the loan becomes a grant, which means NO payback! What a blessing!

Time was of the essence, so the application was made without Trustee or Council approval. However, this package will be forwarded to everyone for review and vote ASAP. *

Please join me in thanking God for our leaders in these times! Continue to be safe in God’s Love. Don

*UPDATES

  • As of Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 2:45, of a possible 16 voting members, I have received 9 approvals. Since this represents a majority, I declare that Church Council has approved the PPP loan application.)
  • The Committee on Finance Approved the application as of Wednesday, April 8th.
  • The CCCC Board voted to accept the loan application on April 9th.

From Pastor Lisa: It takes a village!

While we proceeded in the application for the PPP loan, our banker advised us to move quickly, so we did. We did keep our chairs of the Church Council, Trustees and Child Care Board, as well as our District Superintendent informed. Your team of Vivian Snyder, Nancy Vermilyea (Finance); Don Cobb (Council); Marcia Smith (Accountant) and I worked together, as best we could, considering our “stay home” mandate. We ask for your prayers to have BB&T approve the loan/grant so we are blessed with funding CCCC salaries for 8 weeks.

Add a praise and thank you to all who helped us complete this challenging but amazing opportunity.

Thankful, humbled and amazed at our strong community!

Love, Pastor Lisa

OUTREACH UPDATE

Our annual Outreach Dinner/Auction will be here before we know it. It is scheduled for Saturday, August 15, 2020. Our theme this year is A Southern Picnic. I know it will be a fun, nostalgic evening!

While you are at home during this time, you may come across some really neat, like-new items that you would like to donate for our auction. Many of you have the talent for seeing the hidden beauty in something and are able to do some work on it to make it shine!

Let’s work together to make this a successful event to benefit our missionaries, the Houles, the Haddens, and Caleb.

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE REPORT

God tells us not to worry and do not be afraid. He asks us to trust Him and allow Him to do his work. He has touched your hearts where your treasure is. Easter is coming and Jesus is ALIVE! He is alive!!! May God bless you!

 

FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT

April 5 – April 11, 2020 | Budget Funds

*Monthly projected Budget = $21,158

Actual Budget Funds for this week = $4,372.30

Other donations to various Programs/Outreach $214.90

*The Conference Board of Pension will cover the church portion of Healthflex insurance for April, May and June ($1,250 monthly)
 


NURTURE
Cokes Care Team Phone Tree – We hope that you have received a call from our phone tree team.

We will continue to keep in touch with you! We want to make sure you are well and check-in to see if there is a specific need we can meet. With your help, we will continue to build a Directory to make available to the membership. Questions? Contact Pastor Lisa at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org or 770-598-5066.

 
 
INTERGENERATIONAL, YOUTH, & CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP

In Inter-generational and Youth Ministry, the Sunday School Class completed the Lenten study on “The Way of Prayer.” The week’s lesson was on “Scriptural Prayer.” Participants were given a guide to be used at home to lead them through Lectio Divina (heart prayer with Scripture). The focus passage was Matthew 21:1-11, telling the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Our Youth Group and their families held a 3-minute prayer vigil on April 1st. Through texts, participants were prompted to begin and end our collective prayer time. We prayed for the multitude of healthcare workers and their families who are giving of themselves and sacrificing daily, to address the needs of others suffering from the virus. Also, on Sunday, we held our first Zoom Youth Group Gathering. It was so great for all of us to “see” each other and share with one another through technology. On our phones and computers, we were able to meet virtually (looking at each other’s faces in what are known as “Brady Bunch” squares). We prayed together, held a scavenger hunt (everyone had 5 minutes to run through their house and find a favorite snack, an item in the shape of a cross, and something that brings them joy, then come back and show it to the rest of us), studied the Scripture, had a small group discussion, and discussed ways that we could serve others in the days ahead.

God is at work all around us! May we hold each other by heart and lift each other by prayer as we journey together, yet apart!

COKES CHAPEL CHILDCARE CENTER:

In keeping with Governor Kemp’s directive, the Childcare Center continues to remain closed at this time. Opening date will be determined by best practices from the Governor and other advice from the State Health Department.

 

 

 
Show our Shut-ins some Love!  A note from you would brighten their day and make a difference.  You don’t even have to “know” them, just sign the card, “your Coke’s Chapel Family”.
 
Consider sending one card each week to rotate through the list, and let the Cokes Chapel love shine out!
 
Marie Allen 355 Millard Farmers Industrial Blvd. Apt. 212 Newnan, GA 30263
Jerry Freeman 28 Sweetwater Place, Sharpsburg, GA 30277-1882
Jerry & Del Lenox 45 Soliel Ct. Sharpsburg, GA 30277-2307
Mick Moore 4661 Highway 34E, Sharpsburg, GA 30277-3509
Merlene Smith 25 Newnan Lakes Blvd.c/o Benton House Newnan, GA. 30263
Claudette Schunk 519 Perkins Rd. Apt. 222 Palmetto, GA. 30268-2365
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren 14 Hampshire Ln   Newnan, GA 30265-6058
 


G Chat April 2, 2020

WHAT ABOUT CHURCH & EASTER:
 
A LETTER FROM BISHOP SUE:
 
Dear Friends,
 
Yesterday we sent out our first weekly update for the LaGrange District. Already, it seems that weekly is not often enough. 
 
The Bishop and Cabinet seek to clarify the expectation for worship and church gatherings in this season of physical distancing. To be clear, each church is directed not to gather on the church property for meetings or services. This is the urging and expectation, which includes drive-in church, parking lot church, or garden church gatherings. We are following our Government Officials’ orders in order to save lives.
 
The Rev. Sky McCracken from Memphis shared a word with his congregation–it is a good representation of our perspective. See the very short message in the link below.
 
Note: Online worship is still encouraged, with the gold standard (and safest option) being a simple, at home posting— prayer and message, with perhaps some music added, if possible.
 
  https://www.facebook.com/618791164/posts/10158253472661165/?d=n 
 
Bishop Sue Halpert-Johnson
 
A NOTE FROM PASTOR LISA:

We will continue our worship as we have been.  We are learning to streamline our worship parts so there is only one click.    You may connect through Cokes Chapel Facebook or the church-wide email with the link provided.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
 
The North Georgia Conference has rescheduled the Annual Conference to August of 2020. 
 
The General Conference has been rescheduled for 2021. 
 


IN OUR HEARTS & PRAYERS:

CURRENT
Dana West, granddaughter of Larry
      Smith
The Paulus Family, in-laws of Ernie &
      Brenda Haines
Joann, sister of Sandy Cavender
Terri Cannon, friend of Jean Raines
Dorothy Croft, Mike Croft’s mother
Bob Brown, Pat Harkins brother
Peggy Blackmon, sister of Paul Snyder
Jill, friend of Carol Ross
 
ONGOING
Stan Smith, Marcia Smith’s husband
Jerry Freeman
Roger Harkins
Darius Allen, Marie Allen’s son
Cera Carter
Mick Moore
Jake Thomas, brother-in-law of Lorraine
      Burt
Pastor Wayne Ellis & Family
Jones Family, Howard & Margie, etal
Glenn Etheridge (Pastor)

Prayers for one another and our country for comfort, peace, freedom from anxiety, depression, and fear.  May God surround us and protect us during this difficult time.
 
SEE BELOW FOR OUR HOMEBOUND LIST
 


DAILY DEVOTIONALS

Daily devotionals continue if you are not receiving one, notify Velda at veldagraydon@me.com to have your name added.
 
YOUR STORIES
How are we experiencing this current pandemic?  This spot is reserved for you to share experiences, thoughts with our community.  Be mindful that we are wishing to encourage one another.
 
Send your story to Pastor Lisa at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org today.  We are all in this together!  Let’s share the light of Christ with one another!
 

 

 
COMMITTEE ON FINANCE REPORT
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!  Easter is coming. What a wonderful time of the year.  We can celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of life everlasting.  As a community of believers, during this time prior to Easter, we give with our hearts…”for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 NIV  So many of you understand how special it is to give back as part of your worship whether you are in God’s house or not.  Thank you for your generosity.   
As information regarding the use of stimulus funds comes from the Federal government, the Committee on Finance, along with other programs areas, are working to determine if we as a church/childcare center meet the eligibility requirements.  We will keep you informed.
 
It is important to recognize two blessings that have come our way:  
1. The bank agreed to defer the Childcare mortgage payment for April, May and June 
2. The UMC Conference has agreed to pay the church portion of the Pastor’s Healthcare benefit for April, May and June.  
 
FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT FOR MARCH, 2020
Mar 1-Mar 31, 2020 | All Funds
Monthly projected Budget = $22,408
Actual Budget Funds $27,395.00 Cash + Parsonage Rental $1000 = $28,395  
 
Your generosity and God’s guidance will direct us through this time!  God Bless our ministry work!
 



NURTURE
Cokes Care Team Phone Tree – We hope that you have received a call from our phone tree team. 
 
We will continue to keep in touch with you!  We want to make sure you are well and check-in to see if there is a specific need we can meet.  With your help, we will continue to build a Directory to make available to the membership.  Questions?  Contact Pastor Lisa at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org or 770-598-5066.
 


 

INTERGENERATIONAL, YOUTH, & CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP:
In Inter-generational and Youth Ministry, time has been invested in continuing connections.  The Inter-generational Sunday School Class continues at home with the Lenten study on “The Way of Prayer.”  This week’s lesson on “Praying with Our Bodies” was adapted to provide participants with at-home prayer activities to engage a new or further understanding of this way of prayer.  Youth were prayed for and communicated with personally, via technology.  Furthermore, a lot of time has been spent investigating ways to offer opportunities for online learning and gathering.  I have attended online Zoom meetings and webinars, gathering ideas and instruction for how we might best meet “together” while honoring social distancing in the days to come.  Finally, on Wednesday, April 1 at noon, our Youth Group will be holding a 3-minute prayer vigil for our healthcare workers and their families.  Through texts, the youth will be prompted to begin and end our collective prayer time.
God is at work all around us!  May we hold each other by heart and lift each other by prayer as we journey together, yet apart!     
      


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.
 


 
OUTREACH UPDATE
The corona virus is causing a few changes in some of our outreach projects.
 
– Meals on Wheels of Coweta is delivering all meals for the week on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Therefore, our team will not be delivering our Friday route until further notice.
 
– Our April 28th packing day at Backpack Buddies has been canceled.  They are still providing the food but are working with a different schedule and procedure during this time.
 



COKES CHAPEL CHILDCARE CENTER:
 
In keeping with Governor Kemp’s directive, the Childcare Center will remain closed at this time.  Opening date will be determined by best practices from the Governor and other advice from the State Health Department. 
 
 

 
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 30277-1 882
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. 30263-5791
Claudette Schunk 519 Perkins Rd. Apt. 222 Palmetto, GA. 30268-2365
Joyce Taylor 152 Riva Ridge Ln   Newnan, GA 30263-6713
Al Warren 14 Hampshire Ln   Newnan, GA 30265-6058
 
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