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G-Chat – August 31, 2016

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Join Pastor Lisa for a 2 evening class,
Sunday, September 11 and 18th from 4-6 pm
in the Contemporary Worship Center. Learn Methodist history, a little bit about John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, some history and policy, and ways that Cokes Chapel is living out the commission to make disciples for Jesus Christ. Each week, our leadership will join us to share about their area of ministry so you can begin to discern the way that you can connect.

Following this class, we will have a “Joining Sunday” on September 25 for those who are ready to make a commitment to serving Christ through Cokes. Members are also welcome to sit in and learn too!

Please notify Barbara or Pastor Lisa at the church office, office@cokeschapel.org so that we have enough printed materials for everyone. See you there!


The 11:00 Worship service needs Sound Technicians with experience for stage set-up and running of sound during rehearsal and the church service, including

-A knowledge (or willingness to learn) of the mixing/EQ process -knowledge of sound equipment (what is needed and how to set up)

Morning tasks include:

-pre- check equipment to assure all is working properly before

worship & able change out as necessary

-knowledge of live streaming helpful

Contact : megcmcmullan@gmail.com

Live Streaming

We’re now streaming the 11 contemporary service. The link will be on our FB page and website. But for ease of use, here it is as well:


Wednesday Night Supper
Wednesday, September 14th
5:30 to 7pm in Fellowship Hall
Watch for tickets!

Shepherd’s Pantry can use the following items:
Egg noodles
Canned fruit
Canned vegetables 
Thank you!

The church office will be closed on Monday, September 5th due to the Labor Day holiday.  Everyone have a fun and safe weekend!

G-Chat – August 24, 2016


 We are LOOKING FOR a few good VOLUNTEERS!

The 11:00 Worship service needs Sound Technicians with experience for stage set-up and running of sound during rehearsal and the church  service, including 

-A knowledge (or willingness to learn) of the mixing/EQ process 

-knowledge of sound equipment (what is needed and how to set up) 

Morning tasks include: 

-pre- check equipment to assure all is working properly before worship & able change out as necessary 

-knowledge of live streaming helpful


The church family is hosting a game and cookout for our youth today, Sunday, August 28th at 6:00.  We’ll have a great meal and some really fun games.  An evening planned just for our youth!


A Bible Study group will begin meeting Thursday, September 8th in the evenings at the Youth House!  The group is studying the book of John.  Don Harman is the leader of this group and invites everyone who might be interested to attend.  For additional information, contact drharman@live.com

An article from the North Georgia Conference —


Victories Piling Up

By Doug Thrasher

I attended worship at Little River UMC recently to visit with one of our new pastors in the District, Dr. Gale Siebert.

They were serving Holy Communion that day and in her homily Gale spoke to the scripture, “Come to me all you (as opposed to the Southern “all y’all”) who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:29) She also spoke a little regarding the phrase, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:30) I really appreciated her pastoral preaching and truly felt as if I had come to the person, Jesus, in whom I could find rest for my soul. (Yes, DSs have souls.)

But, what arrested me and got me to pondering while Communion was being served was the next verse: “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:31)

I found myself thinking about the yoke. A yoke is usually a wooden instrument that joins two oxen or horses together in order for them to work in tandem to accomplish some task that an animal would not normally do by itself. Here, Jesus says to us to take His yoke upon us, which means to me that Christians are to take the second side of the yoke, Christ being in the other side. It means that we are doing a work in tandem with Jesus, our strength and His strength together, to accomplish a task that we would not normally do by ourselves — make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

But, here’s the kicker. We’re not supposed to do this work by ourselves. We are yoked to Jesus through the Holy Spirit.

I played Church League Basketball for many years. One year, we had two guys who were each 6’7” or taller that joined the church and played for our team. We went undefeated that year. I also learned something — basketball is a different game when you’ve got the big men on your team.

In Jesus Christ we are yoked to the “Big Man.” He makes it easy. He makes the burden light. We simply need to work beside Him, and we’ll see the victories piling up!

Rev. Doug Thrasher is District Superintendent of the Atlanta Roswell District. You may contact him at doug.thrasher@ngumc.net.

G-Chat August 17, 2016



Luthersville Senior Center is one of the charitable organizations that Cokes Chapel sponsors on a regular basis.  Although the name might be familiar to many in our congregation, it is most likely that the majority do not know exactly what our role is or what the Center is all about.  


For many years, our volunteers went to Luthersville on a regular basis, delivering items of clothing, food, and other needs to the Center.  In most recent years, we have provided money for food to be purchased for the meals prepared for these senior citizens. 


This past week, Pastor Lisa and several members made the trip to Luthersville to see what actually takes place on a day to day basis. 


When we arrived, bringing food for the day’s meal, we were greeted by two of their volunteers, and taken into the kitchen where they prepare lunch for the elderly three days a week.  The first thing we noticed was no air conditioning in the kitchen or in the cafeteria area where they serve the meals.  (This is an old school that has been converted to serve many functions.  Luckily, we were informed that the City Council has recently approved funds to air condition these rooms!!  – However, too late for the 90 plus degree days we have been experiencing.)


Our next stop was the activity room (air conditioned, yea!!!) where all types of events take place.  We were introduced to approximately 20 ladies who make up their quilting group; these quilts are not made with a sewing machine – but every stitch is by hand.  There were probably 10 to 15 quilts completed, some ready to take to the Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay, GA to sell.  Proceeds from these quilts go toward the operation expenses of the Center.  We gathered around the table with the ladies who were having their daily devotion, and listened to some beautiful testimonies.   While sitting around the table, Pastor Lisa was given some quilting squares and a needle and thread – we thought we would have to leave her there, she was so caught up in the pure delight of sewing (one of her favorite pastimes.)

More seniors arrived as we prepared to have lunch with these dear ladies.  We learned that they come to the Center three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9-2, to participate in different activities, but mainly for companionship and support.  One lady told us that she had experienced four deaths in her family in the past year, and if it were not for the support of her friends at the Center she did not know how she could have survived.
We came away that day knowing that we had received a true blessing from these dear ones.  Cokes Chapel’s acts of kindness toward this group has impacted many lives and continues to do so.  So when you give your communion offering on Sunday mornings, please remember that part of it is supporting Luthersville’s efforts to provide for their elderly citizens.
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Announcements August 10


The church has planned a covered dish fellowship next Sunday, August 14th which will follow the 11:00 service in the Contemporary Worship Center. This time has been planned in order to give Pastor Lisa another opportunity to spend some time getting to know more of the congregation. So plan to bring along a favorite dish to share and have lunch with church friends!

The Lunch Bunch Group will be meeting at The Tomato House, 42 Main Street, Senoia GA at 11:30 next Thursday, August 11th. Please sign up on Sunday if you would like to attend so that reservations can be made ahead of time. For more information or to RSVP, call Gail Brooke at 770-328-9986.
During the month of July, we enjoyed special weekly church-wide gatherings! Continuing this opportunity of fellowship and refreshments, the Hospitality team will host a monthly gathering on the third Sunday of the month from 10:30-10:55 a.m. under the awning. We encourage you to come a bit early to church or at the end of your Sunday School time to enjoy fresh-baked cookies and beverages and visit with others in our Cokes Chapel family. If you have other ideas or would like to be part of the Hospitality Team, please let Pam, Caren or Jennifer know. We hope you will join us for these occasions.
YOUTH DIRECTOR SEARCHYour staff Parish Relations Committee is actively seeking our next Youth Director. Advertisements have been placed in a number of areas that connect to people who are either in seminary, or are related through the North Georgia conference to youth and teaching ministries.

Our goal is to find just the right person to bring their gifts and graces to this opportunity to build a relationship and begin a new chapter in their faith journey. 

If you have someone who may be interested, please ask them to contact us with a resume and recommendations at spryouth@cokeschapel.org.
Do you wish to participate in serving communion for 9 or 11 o’clock worship? Pastor Lisa is asking all who want to take part in serving to attend this one day class at 10:10-10:45 in the Sanctuary. This will also be the format to train for communion setup/clean up if you wish to be a communion steward. Sign up for the class so that we have enough materials for each person by calling the church office or by emailing Barbara at office@cokeschapel.org.
Do you want to transform the world? Let’s start with us! What the World Needs Now … Kindness & Love may oftentimes seem just too hard to reach for, but kindness often make for viral news – because so little can take on such gravity in our hearts. Kindness is the key to introducing the way of Christ. Love may seem to forward, to false, but living with kindness bridges the gap. Considerations on kindness: the source of it; the strength in it; the witness of it. Join us for three weeks of “Kindness – A Way Forward” beginning August 14th
Meat Loaf
Green Beans
Cabbage Casserole
Relish Tray (tomatoes, onions, peppers)
The UMW will be selling tickets for this event & there is a sign up sheet in the Pre-School.  Adults $5/Children $3