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G Chat March 6, 2020

Easter Hydrangeas
We will be decorating our church with hydrangeas on Easter Sunday.  If you would like to purchase one of these beautiful flowers in honor of or in memory of someone, please fill out the signup sheet in the narthex or Worship Center. Then put $20 cash or check – made out to Cokes Chapel UMW – in the provided envelope and place in the collection plate.  The deadline for ordering hydrangeas is March 29, 2020.

Reminder:  Town Hall meeting on the future of the UMC here in North Georgia and beyond, with Bishop Sue on Sunday, March 29, at Fayetteville First UMC 3:30


All men are invited to our new United Methodist Men’s Group!! 
The UMM are hosting breakfast on Saturday, March 14th at 8:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.  We will have breakfast, do a bit of business, and most exciting – we are fortunate to have Louis Johnson, President of the North Georgia Conference of UMM as our guest speaker.  I promise that you won’t get bored! Questions? Cliff Seyler at cliffcfc14@gmail.com or 252-562-3077.
 
 


MARCH 22, 2020 is UMCOR SUNDAY.  If your heart leads you give, please write UMCOR in the memo of your check/or envelope.
UMC congregations take part in a special offering, providing for United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) ministry. UMCOR alleviates human suffering around the world in disaster relief/supplies, disaster risk reduction, health, and humanitarian development. This annual offering covers the cost of administration so 100% of giving to a specific UMCOR project, like the hurricane that hit Puerto Rico.  Your sacrificial gift makes a difference!


Women’s Lunch Bunch
 will be going to Barnstormer’s Grill on Thursday, March 12th.  The bus will be leaving the church parking lot at 10:30 am.  Questions contact Vivian Snyder at 770-304-6563.


Outreach:  The Outreach Committee requests pop-top ravioli cups for the Backpack Buddies.  Drop donations in the Narthex or Worship Center.  Monetary donations designated for Backpack Buddies will also be accepted.  Please contact Jessica Askew at jaskew40@att.net with any questions.
 


Labyrinth Update:
Despite the rain, progress is being made! Jackson Smith and the planning team wish to thank you for your support and donations in constructing and funding our prayer labyrinth.  As progress is made, we are able to project a cost of $ 3,000.00.  To date, Cokes family and others have given $ 1,200. in donations. This is phenomenal!  Your generosity is deeply appreciated. Thank you.
 
If you have not yet given to the Prayer Labyrinth project and wish to support its construction and supplies, you may write the check/donate cash to Cokes Chapel UMC and designate on the memo line of the check or envelope “Labyrinth” to assure your gift is credited to the proper place.

Prayer Labyrinth First Use! Our Prayer labyrinth will be ready on Good Friday, Friday, April 10 for a walk.  Integrating prayer into the Friday service will enhance our reflections and preparation for Easter Sunday.  The Worship will be set up with stations that will allow you to read, reflect and stop to remember Holy Week at different points, including the Prayer Labyrinth.  This inaugural use of the prayer walk can open our spirits to a richer experience on Easter morning!
 


 
Church Work Day – Saturday, April 4thjoin your church family for a church-wide beautification day.  The congregation is asked to donate flower packs and help plant.  You may also contribute to the cost of loads of dirt or mulch to get ready for Easter.  Kevin Beam will help with planting.  Designate checks to “outdoor flowers”.  We will be starting at 8:00 am.  Wear gloves and work boots.  Bring your own shovel, rake or wheelbarrow. 



G Chat February 28, 2020

We will continue to do blood pressure checks the 1st Sunday of each month in the acolyte/communion room after worship.  Stop by THIS SUNDAY!

Trustees have scheduled two Church Workdays:
Saturday, March 7thjoin your church family for outdoor spring cleaning.  Starting at 8:00 am we will pick up garbage, debris, do power-washing, wood-chipping and/or burn.  Congregation, Scouts, and Youth are asked to pitch in to get ready for Easter!  Wear gloves, and bring your own work tools, rake, shovel, weed wacker, wheelbarrow and cheerful spirit.
 
Saturday, March 21stjoin your church family for a church-wide beautification day.  The congregation is asked to donate flower packs and help plant.  You may also contribute to cost of loads of dirt or mulch to get ready for Easter.  Kevin Beam will help with planting.  Designate checks to “outdoor flowers”.  We will be starting at 8:00 am.  Wear gloves and work boots.  Bring your own shovel, rake or wheelbarrow. 


Outreach:
The Outreach Committee is requesting donations of pop-top ravioli cups for the Backpack Buddies food drive.  Donations may be dropped off in the Narthex or Worship Center.  Monetary donations designated for Backpack Buddies will also be accepted.  Please contact Jessica Askew at jaskew40@att.net with any questions.


Boy Scouts
The Boy Scouts would like to share that the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come. 
 
Scouting programs will continue.  Regular unit meetings and activities, other Scouting adventures and countless services projects will continue at Cokes Chapel.
 
For additional information see www.BSArestructuring.org.

Labyrinth Update:
Jackson Smith has begun the installation of our Prayer Labyrinth.  It is located outside the Worship Center, on your left, facing the building. Our labyrinth will add a new ministry dimension to our church and community.  It will also be registered with the National Labyrinth Society.  Building a labyrinth is a costly project.  Your donations would be greatly appreciated.  Any unused funds will be donated to Cokes Chapel. Please designate funds by writing “labyrinth” in the memo section of the check or on the envelope. I am very excited about this project because of its uniqueness and benefit to the church and the community.  Thank you so much for helping me accomplish my goal!   
Yours in Christ, Jackson Smith

If you are interested, join us on Monday, March 3rd at 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall for a labyrinth planning meeting.  We will discuss the Grand Opening and fundraising.  Questions contact Pastor Lisa

 
Our New United Methodist Men’s Group is off to a great start!
Our next meeting is a breakfast meeting on Saturday, March 14th at 8:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.  We will have breakfast, do a bit of business, but the most exciting part of the meeting will be our speaker!  We are fortunate to have Louis Johnson, President of the North Georgia Conference of United Methodist Men coming.  I promise that you won’t get bored!  He will help us to get started the right way!  Questions?  Contact Cliff Seyler at cliffcfc14@gmail.com or call him at 252-562-3077.

A note from the Finance Committee:

GENERAL FUNDS are those funds donated to the church for general operating costs including payroll, programs, insurance (i.e. buildings, workers comp) mortgages (Youth House, CCCC building, bus lease), capital improvements (i.e. HVAC), maintenance repairs, utilities, plus other smaller expenses.

Currently, we have a number of aging buildings and support the utilities for three buildings (utilities run $12,000 annually).  All the Cokes ministries require your faithful and generous donations.  Keeping the lights on and maintaining repairs is as important to our ministries as providing Holy Communion…it is all part of worshipping our Savior, Jesus Christ.