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December 21, 2018 G Chat

We hosted our Christmas Party for the Angel Tree families on Saturday in the Worship Center.  The “angels” had a great time decorating Christmas cookies and a gingerbread house.  The collapse of the heavily-decorated gingerbread house  did nothing to diminish the excitement and fun!  The parents collected gifts while the kids enjoyed refreshments, Christmas music, and making new friends.   A special thank you to Jackie Simpson, for coordinating the party, and to all the others, who volunteered to help entertain the children, and provide refreshments.  Cokes Chapel helped make Christmas extra special this year for eighteen children, in our community, by providing  gifts and a fun day.  Thank you for your generosity and love during this joyful season!

Our Office administrator, Gail Stone had surgery this past Wed., and will be out of the office for a period of time recovering. The church office will be closed until January 3, 2019. Should you have a need for access to the office, contact Pastor Lisa or Larry Huckaby.
Help bag and light the luminaries on Christmas Eve  Join us filling the bags at 9am on Monday, December 24, and/or return at 6:00pm to help light them in time for the Candlelight Services

All are invited!  Wednesday’s, 5:30-6:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
COWETA COUNTY MEALS ON WHEELS program delivers meals to elderly homebound people in need. We have had a Cokes Chapel Meals on Wheels team composed of 10 to 12 members since 2008. Our team delivers the prepared meals to clients on one of the routes each Friday. Each person on our team is only needed to deliver about one Friday per month. Please consider joining our team as we serve the elderly of our community.  You will make a difference in their lives, and you will also receive a blessing! If you are interested, or would like more information, contact Betsy Bagley.(770)301-2577 or ebbagley@gmail.com

Women’s Retreat Invitation
 – March 1-3, 2019
Cokes Chapel women are invited to join Harmony Grove UMC Women’s Retreat, at Methodist retreat center Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Theme: Peace~~ Locating God in our Daily Lives
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14: 27
Jesus promises to give us peace. We also know that at times it is difficult to find peace or maintain it. The news of the day unsettles us, the call from the doctor alarms us, the day to day challenges of navigating life can make us feel frayed and at odds with this promise.  Pastor Lisa will lead this retreat in which we will explore what Jesus intends for us through His promise of peace; talk about some of the barriers we encounter in maintaining peace; and finally, practice ways to increase our peace on a daily basis.
I look forward to our discoveries in God’s Word and the fellowship that will renew us for a stronger daily walk in Christ that draws us closer to Him and to one another. God has good in store for us!

To assure your place, make your reservations now by filling out the registration form by going to harmonygroveumc.com and click on Ladies Retreat.  To view accommodations, click on the Lambuth Inn.  Reservation forms will be available at the church. 
Reservations are limited, so make yours now.  Questions?  Call Lisa Dempsey (770) 598-5066 or retreat coordinator Kathy Davis at kandjdavis325@gmail.com.  Deadline is January 27.  
I hope you will join me!
Pastor Lisa

December 7 2018 G Chat

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?  Our new crèche is placed & lit on the front lawn of the Sanctuary.  We are starting a tradition of gathering to sing, pray and offer the love of Christ to all who drive past Cokes. This year-long project was a combined effort of some of our church members and our Boy Scouts!

We enjoy giving to those we love at Christmas!  Have you ever thought about what you might give to Jesus in honor of His birth? Of all the gifts we shop for, this can be one of our most joyful actions – giving to Christ.
In keeping with this thought, we are offering “Gold Boxes” for you to pick up and pray about. Your giving to Christ’s church will help us end our year strong.  You are invited to return your “Gold Box” during the hymn following the Advent reading. If you have a small child or grandchild, please allow them to take part in this sweet remembrance.
Your church thanks each of you for your generous giving all year round.  A Gold Box gift is a way for all of us to say thank you to God, a way of acknowledging God’s gift of Jesus Christ for us.
Pick up your Gold box and return it with your gift inside during Christmas season.
CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE  Thank you for your support of the Angel Trees.  The gifts are due by Dec. 9th.  The families that will receive your generous gifts will know of God’s love through you.
ANGEL TREE PARTY To complete the circle, Cokes is hosting a Christmas Party for the Angel tree families on Saturday, Dec. 15th at 2:00pm.  The children will be entertained in the Worship Center and parents will drive around and pick up gifts while the children play.
Would you like to help with sugar cookies to decorate? With other refreshment or with serving? Contact Jackie Simpson at (770) 856-6092 or Betsy Bagley ebbagley@gmail.com.
Card from Cokes Chapel Childcare Center:  Dear Cokes Church Family.  Thank you so much for helping with our Thankful Breakfast ©.  It is great to have such support behind the scenes.  We know we can always count on y’all to help out when we need you.  Thanks.

Sunday, December 9th from 3-5:00pm
Contact Kristin McCoy at (770) 253-6414 or email kmccoy@cokeschapelchildcare.com

WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING   All are invited! 
Every Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 pm,
Fellowship Hall
You Are Invited! Wanda Moore opens her home to the women of Cokes Chapel each year for the Christmas holidays. On Thursday  Dec. 13th at 11:30am bring a covered dish or dessert to share.  All women of the church are encouraged to join in the fun & fellowship.  Don’t forget to bring a friend! Questions? Contact Wanda at (770) 253-5921.
Sunday, Dec. 16, 5:00pm, Christmas Cantata in the Sanctuary- Special music begins at 4:45 pm.
All ages welcome.  Join the youth to go Christmas caroling right after the Cantata.
Monday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
 7:00pm in the Worship Center
 9:00pm in the Sanctuary
Sunday, Dec. 30, 9:00am, One Worship Service, Sanctuary
QUILT OF VALOR Congratulations to Howard Jones on his presentation of a Quilt of Valor, pieced and quilted by Jo Dennin.  We appreciate his service to our country.
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
If you wish to know more about Quilts of Valor or submit a name, you may call (404-790-4831, or go to their website at www.qovf.org or contact our local chapter at cowetacountyquiltsofvalor@gmail.com to learn more.