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G Chat September 9, 2020

Something to Look Forward To!        
 
This tops any breaking news of the day, is richer than the best Ice Cream flavor of the month, and better for the soul than we can imagine!

What could that be?  Well, it is a combination of things:  First is the joy of seeing a project move from construction to completion.  Mix in the awareness that the Holy Spirit was in the midst of our Visioning in January and February of 2019 to bring about the idea of Cokes having a Prayer Labyrinth surfaced March of 2019.  A treat for the soul as the Holy Spirit revealed used our Youth, Jackson Smith, and his Eagle Scout project and interest in labyrinth’s to build one for Cokes and community use.

Better for the soul than we can imagine – each of the sightings of God in this journey, and now the potential that this labyrinth has for the soul life it can foster.  By taking a walk, listening, reflecting, and praying, God comes near in profound ways.

Anticipation is one of the best spirit builders I know.  Anticipate with me, our October offerings of Zoom Labyrinth “gatherings” that prepare you for a personal labyrinth walk each week of October, beginning the week of Oct. 5.  There will be DAY and EVENING zoom gatherings that complement your individual weekly walk.  Sign-ups for zoom gatherings begin next week, Sept. 17.

The Holy Spirit is hovering, touching, and directing us forward.  Let us continue in faithful prayer and practice, remaining in step with the unfolding Kingdom of God with us.  While this is a hard time, it is also a time when the purpose and love of God are being revealed.  Just look.  See.  Embrace.  Souls in harmony with God are such a beautiful outworking of God’s presence!

Like I ended last week – This is the Good News!  Plan now to be part of this moving and dynamic time in which we are in touch with God in personal and life-affirming ways. I call that fun!  
Peace, Pastor Lisa    

Worship Information

Sunday, September 13th, Scripture – Psalm 86:11-17
                                            Sermon – “When Opposition Rises”
On-line and in-person worship occur each week.  The in-person begins at 9:00 am at the pavilion.  Should there be rain, you will receive an email by 8:00 am on Sunday.  You may bring your own seat for social distancing.  

PLANNING TO JOIN US FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP?
 we are now worshipping outside at the Pavilion across the street from the sanctuary. 

Thank you for continuing to show hospitality and concern for one another by adhering to our guidelines of social distancing, wearing masks until seated in your chair, as well as other items you can read about below. Bring: Waiver (see below); masks; seating of your choice; umbrella for shade; bug spray; hand sanitizer.  Finally, bring your heart ready and seeking God!

If you are new to Drive-in Worship and have not filled out an Individual worship Waiver below, Please print and fill It in and bring it with you to Drive-In Worship.  We take your health seriously!  With your help, we will maintain records of attendance should we be required to notify you.  Your participation in bringing the Waiver, safe distancing, masks on, etc. will allow us to keep one another out of harm’s way during this pandemic. Let’s do our best!

Please click on the following link to print the Worship waiver:
https://www.cokeschapel.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/COVID-19-Acknowledgement-and-Compliance-Waiver-for-Worship-1.pdf
for further information on Health guidelines:
https://www.cokeschapel.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Worship-Guidelines-for-Individuals.pdf
https://www.cokeschapel.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Guidelines-for-Individuals.pdf

BIBLE STUDY RESUMES!  We are now meeting by Zoom, a live, online computer-based source designed so we can see and hear one another – our first meeting was wonderful!  We are currently completing the book of Mark, with each study a “stand-alone” discussion.  Tuesdays, 10:00 am, bring your bible and prepare for a great learning discussion.  Led by Pastor Lisa.  Interested? Contact Lisa at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org to get your invitation. 

UPPER ROOM DEVOTIONAL  SEPTEMBER edition now available for pickup at the Pavilion from the box marked “Upper Room”.  Pick up your daily devotional today!  This is one way we can remain in the same heart as we share the daily readings together.

Sunday, September 13 – 9:00 AM – Parking Lot “drive in” Outdoor Worship – arrive early 8:30 for parking
Monday, September 14 – Staff Meeting 9:30 AM – Pavillion
Tuesday, September 15 – 10:00 AM – Bible Study by Zoom contact Pastor Lisa … ldempsey@cokeschapel.org
Wednesday, September 16 – 6:30 PM – Childcare Board Meeting – Fellowship Hall/Pavillion
Thursday, September 17 – 6:30 PM – UMW Meeting – Fellowship Hall/Pavillion TBD
Sunday, September 20 – 9:00 AM – Parking Lot “drive in” And Pavilion Worship – arrive early 8:30 for parking
Sunday, September 27 – 9:00 AM – Parking Lot and Pavilion worship – Special Musical service 
Monday, September 28 – 6:30 PM – Finance Committee Meeting – Fellowship Hall/Pavillion
Tuesday, September 29 – 10:00 AM – Bible Study by Zoom contact Pastor Lisa … ldempsey@cokeschapel.org
Wednesday, September 30 – 6:30 PM – Church Council Meeting – Fellowship Hall/Pavillion

Notice:  Pastor Lisa will be on vacation, Sunday, Sept. 20 – Sept 27.  In case of a pastoral need, please contact Larry Carter at 770-871-0051 or LarryCarter30263@charter.net

Note For All Building Users:  Our guidelines from Church Council recommend meeting outside at this time.  Please reserve the Pavilion for your meetings or gatherings through the church office, wear masks and practice social distancing until we advise of a change. 
As we return to gatherings and meetings please remember to contact Brenda in the office to clear use of the pavilion and assure your use is placed on the office calendar and on-line calendar. 

 


For many years our Jubilee Singers have been visiting the residents at Newnan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center every week.  We sing, visit, share an inspirational or funny story, pray, and often give little gifts.  
Due to the virus, we have not been able to go to the Center since the middle of March.  We want our friends to know how much we miss them.  If you would like to help, please write an encouraging card/note to a resident.  Leave it unsealed, and bring it to church any Sunday, to UMW Sept. 17th, or to the church office mail slot. You can sign your name if you’d like, but also please include that you are from Cokes Chapel.  Please give your cards to Betsy Bagley or Brenda Hanes. Thank you for helping bring some joy to these sweet people.

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE REPORT

Financial Snapshot for September: 
Income needed for projected budget:  $20,400.00
Income collected as of September 9, 2020: $7867.29
 
We will start the budget process for 2021 this week.  Please pray for God’s guidance and discernment regarding our church next year and in the future.  As always we appreciate your faithfulness and generosity.  God is good all the time!  Amen

Important news:  Trustees and Finance are now preparing Cokes Chapel to renew our loan for the Child Care Center and Youth House.  The bank will review our financial picture and other aspects of the church.  At this time, particularly, it is important to reflect consistent, stable giving.  

Click on this at our website: cokeschapel.org to view ways to give a one time gift, or regularly
                        

Your Communion offering at work:
A Special note of thanks:
  A heartfelt thank you to Cokes Chapel for assisting in payment on my car note.  I am a single parent, working, and find it difficult to make ends meet.  Your generosity made a difference in my month and in my ability to go to work. Thank you!


BUILDING USE AND ENTRY

Reminder:  Cokes Chapel Childcare is now using the Worship Center for classrooms to accommodate our social distance requirements.

Due to our Child Safety Policy, until further notice, Monday-Friday, no entry allowed through the worship center doors between 6:00 am and 6:30 pm.  No exceptions.  Should you need to access the Worship Center, please check in through the CCCC office to gain entry.  

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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

Allan and Nancy Kinnard (son and DIL of Margie Jones)
Dee Ruegge (mother of Brenda Minter)
Sally Jones (mother of Carol Ross)
Richard Harkins (brother of Roger Harkins)
Howard & Margie Jones
Caroline Huckaby
Leigh Cunningham (daughter-in-law (James) of Cornelia)
Craig Cox
Larry & Debbie Carter
Bob Caldwell, father of Lorraine Burt
Bill Carter, brother of Sandy Cavender
Van Askew
Mike Kimball
Betty, sister of Carole Smith
Dylan, grandson of Carole & Larry Smith
Mitchell Flynn, Sr., father of Mickey Flynn
Betsy, daughter of Margie Jones
Nancy Lenard

ONGOING PRAYERS

Jim Pelot, friend of Dempsey’s
Jeff Kemmerer (Sherrie Kemmerer’s husband and Sandra Oliver’s son-in-law)
Stan Smith, Marcia Smith’s husband
Jerry Freeman
Roger Harkins
Cera Carter
Mick Moore
Pastor Wayne Ellis, Robin & Family 
Jones Family, Howard & Margie, etal
Glenn Etheridge (Pastor)
 

Prayers for our children and youth as they resume school, for teachers and parents who are guiding and supporting this new kind of learning.  Prayers for our Child Care staff and families for continued health, protection and assistance in their daily school process.  Continue to pray for one another and for our country for comfort, peace, freedom from anxiety, depression and fear. May God surround, protect and bring us assurance of God’s almighty hand with us during this difficult time.

 
Show our Shut-ins some Love!  A note from you would brighten their day and make a difference.  You don’t even have to “know” them, just sign the card, “your Coke’s Chapel Family”.
 
Consider sending one card each week to rotate through the list, and let the Cokes Chapel love shine out!
 
Marie Allen 355 Millard Farmers Industrial Blvd. Apt. 212 Newnan, GA 30263
Jerry Freeman 28 Sweetwater Place, Sharpsburg, GA 30277-1882
Jerry & Del Lenox 45 Soliel Ct. Sharpsburg, GA 30277-2307
Mick Moore 4661 Highway 34E, Sharpsburg, GA 30277-3509
Merlene Smith 25 Newnan Lakes Blvd.c/o Benton House Newnan, GA. 30263
Claudette Schunk 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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September 4, 2020 G Chat

        

I am sure you feel like I do, that fall has arrived much too quickly!  Where has the summer gone? I have heard that “time flies when you are having fun”… having fun yet?

Well, I am glad you asked!  Yes I am!  I pray that you also are finding moments and times of fun, of laughter, of delight and joy.  

Are you wondering about my fun?  My fun is planning our fall!  September is always a productive month as we prepare for leadership for 2021, and as we reflect on our plans and look to the 2021 budget.  These are important parts of who we are and what we want to accomplish for the Lord in the next year.  If you are called to serve or assist in the ministry planning for the coming year, I pray you will hear the affirmations from us and God in our search of leadership, and say yes.

And there is more fun!  Brian and Jackson Smith are putting the finishing touches on our new Labyrinth, located to the left of the Worship Center.  Jackson’s vision for a prayer labyrinth is meeting us where we are in our spirits!  We need prayer in this time of unrest and pandemic life!

Both Kim and I are are working in concert to offer a full compliment of experiences on prayer for October.

Look for some special opportunities as we hold a Blessing and Dedication of the Labyrinth soon.  Kim is hard at work in creating some amazing fresh ideas for  Intergenerational/Youth ministry that work with the “sheltering-in” circumstances.  I will be hosting a number of Zoom class/experiences that launch you to take your own walk every week in October.  Finally, I hope to have a Special Worship Service to conclude the month of Prayer that makes space for us to name our losses and griefs, concluding with a walk to give each time to be silent and walk the Prayer Labyrinth.

This is the Good News!  Plan now to be part of this moving and dynamic time in which we are in touch with God in personal and life affirming ways. I call that fun!  
Peace, Pastor Lisa    

Worship Information

Sunday, September 6th,   Scripture – Isaiah 55:10-13
                                            Sermon – “Hope in Desperate Times”

PLANNING TO JOIN US FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP?
 we are now worshipping outside at the Pavilion across the street from the sanctuary. 

Thank you for continuing to show hospitality and concern for one another by adhering to our guidelines of social distancing, wearing masks until seated in your chair, as well as other items you can read about below. Bring: Waiver (see below); masks; seating of your choice; umbrella for shade; bug spray; hand sanitizer.  Finally, bring your heart ready and seeking God!

If you are new to Drive-in Worship and have not filled out an Individual worship Waiver below, Please print and fill It in and bring it with you to Drive-In Worship.  We take your health seriously!  With your help, we will maintain records of attendance should we be required to notify you.  Your participation in bringing the Waiver, safe distancing, masks on, etc. will allow us to keep one another out of harms way during this pandemic. Let’s do our best!

Please click on the following link to print Worship waiver:
https://www.cokeschapel.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/COVID-19-Acknowledgement-and-Compliance-Waiver-for-Worship-1.pdf
for further information on Health guidelines:
https://www.cokeschapel.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Worship-Guidelines-for-Individuals.pdf
https://www.cokeschapel.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Guidelines-for-Individuals.pdf

BIBLE STUDY RESUMES!  We are now meeting by Zoom, a live, online computer based source designed so we can see and hear one another – our first meeting was wonderful!  We are currently completing the book of Mark, with each study a “stand alone” discussion.  Tuesdays, 10:00 am, bring your bible and prepare for a great learning discussion.  Led by Pastor Lisa.  Interested? Contact Lisa at ldempsey@cokeschapel.org to get your invitation. 

UPPER ROOM DEVOTIONAL  SEPTEMBER edition now available for pickup at the Pavilion from the box marked “Upper Room”.  Pick up your daily devotional today!  This is one way we can remain in the same heart as we share the daily readings together.

Sunday, September 6 – 9:00 AM – Parking Lot “drive in” Outdoor Worship – arrive early 8:30 for parking
Monday, September 7 –  LABOR DAY – office closed
Tuesday, September 8 – 10:00 AM – Bible Study by Zoom contact Pastor Lisa … ldempsey@cokeschapel.org
Sunday, September 13 – 9:00 AM – Parking Lot “drive in” Outdoor Worship – arrive early 8:30 for parking

Note For All Building Users:  Our guidelines from Church Council recommend meeting outside at this time.  Please reserve the Pavilion for your meetings or gatherings through the church office, wear masks and practice social distancing until we advise of a change. 
As we return to gatherings and meetings please remember to contact Brenda in the office to clear use of the pavilion and assure your use is placed on the office calendar and on-line calendar. 

 


News on the Stotlers!

At the end of 2019 Elliott and Katherine Stotler announced that they were ending their time of service with TMS Global in South Africa.  Since then, they have been waiting for God to reveal to them their new opportunity to serve.
Just this month, Elliott has embarked on a new ministry role as Executive Director of Venezuela Now.  As of now, he will be based in Atlanta. When travel to Venezuela is opened up, there will probably be more direct involvement with the people and ministries there.
We will soon send out an update on the Stotlers’ story . . . 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE REPORT

Financial Snapshot for August: 
Income needed for projected budget:  $20,400.00
Income collected after 5th Sunday:      $20,967.00

 
Thank you for your generosity and kindness.  Matthew 6:19-21 tells us to store up our treasures, not here on earth, but in  heaven for they will last for eternity…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Amen

Important news:  Trustees and Finance are now preparing Cokes Chapel to renew our loan for the Child Care Center and Youth House.  The bank will review our financial picture and other aspects of the church.  At this time, particularly, it is important to reflect consistent, stable giving.  

Click on this at our website: cokeschapel.org to view ways to give a one time gift, or regularly
                        

Your Communion offering at work:
A Special note of thanks:
  A heartfelt thank you to Cokes Chapel for assisting in payment on my car note.  I am a single parent, working, and find it difficult to make ends meet.  Your generosity made a difference in my month and in my ability to go to work. Thank you!


There will be no UMM meeting on September 12th or for the foreseeable future. After talking to several men, we have decided that because of the threat of COVID-19, we will not be meeting until it is safe for us to do so. 


BUILDING USE AND ENTRY

Reminder:  Cokes Chapel Childcare is now using the Worship Center for classrooms to accommodate our social distance requirements.

Due to our Child Safety Policy, until further notice, Monday-Friday, no entry allowed through the worship center doors between 6:00 am and 6:30 pm.  No exceptions.  Should you need to access the Worship Center, please check in through the CCCC office to gain entry.  

,

PRAYER TEAM

Cokes Chapel Prayer Team is praying for all of you. Your requests, concerns, and praises are important to us. Please let us know if you need anything or have a special prayer request. I am available and happy to pray with you by telephone or just be a listening ear. Please join us in daily praying for God to heal our world. Claim it in the powerful name of Jesus Christ and give thanks to God for all things. Contact Debbie at DebbieCarter30263@charter.net or 678-233-4980.  
 

IN OUR HEARTS & PRAYERSCURRENT
Sally Jones (mother of Carol Ross)
Richard Harkins (brother of Roger Harkins)
Howard & Margie Jones
Caroline Huckaby
Leigh Cunningham (daughter-in-law (James) of Cornelia)
Craig Cox
Larry & Debbie Carter
Bob Caldwell, father of Lorraine Burt
Bill Carter, brother of Sandy Cavender
Wanda Moore
Van Askew
Mike Kimball
Betty, sister of Carole Smith
Dylan, grandson of Carole & Larry Smith
Mitchell Flynn, Sr., father of Mickey Flynn
Betsy, daughter of Margie Jones
Nancy Lenard

ONGOING PRAYERS

Jim Pelot, friend of Dempsey’s
Jeff Kemmerer (Sherrie Kemmerer’s husband and Sandra Oliver’s son-in-law)
Stan Smith, Marcia Smith’s husband
Jerry Freeman
Roger Harkins
Cera Carter
Mick Moore
Pastor Wayne Ellis, Robin & Family 
Jones Family, Howard & Margie, etal
Glenn Etheridge (Pastor)

   
Sympathy to the Cunningham family, on the passing of Judy (Mike) Cunningham’s mother, Barbara Robertson. Judy said, “is in her eternal home now.  She is free from disease and is rejoicing in heaven with daddy and her loved ones!  We will miss her but know she is in a happy place!“. We give thanks for Barbara’s life and witness of the family in this time.  
 

Prayers for our children and youth as they resume school, for teachers and parents who are guiding and supporting this new kind of learning.  Prayers for our Child Care staff and families for continued health, protection and assistance in their daily school process.  Continue to pray for one another and for our country for comfort, peace, freedom from anxiety, depression and fear. May God surround, protect and bring us assurance of God’s almighty hand with us during this difficult time.

 
Show our Shut-ins some Love!  A note from you would brighten their day and make a difference.  You don’t even have to “know” them, just sign the card, “your Coke’s Chapel Family”.
 
Consider sending one card each week to rotate through the list, and let the Cokes Chapel love shine out!
 
Marie Allen 355 Millard Farmers Industrial Blvd. Apt. 212 Newnan, GA 30263
Jerry Freeman 28 Sweetwater Place, Sharpsburg, GA 30277-1882
Jerry & Del Lenox 45 Soliel Ct. Sharpsburg, GA 30277-2307
Mick Moore 4661 Highway 34E, Sharpsburg, GA 30277-3509
Merlene Smith 25 Newnan Lakes Blvd.c/o Benton House Newnan, GA. 30263
Claudette Schunk 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
 
Copyright © 2020 Cokes Chapel UMC, All rights reserved.
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4096 Lower Fayetteville Road, Sharpsburg, GA

SharpsburgGA 30277

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