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August 27, 2020 G Chat

                            Worship Information

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Sunday, August 30th,  Scripture – Matthew 16:21-28
                                       Sermon – “Give it Over”

PLANNING TO JOIN US FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP?

Reminder – 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.  A 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 now available for pickup at the Pavilion.  A box marked “Upper Room” holds the newest edition in regular and large print.  Stop by and pick your daily devotional now!  It is one way we can all remain in the same heart and prayer life as we share the same readings daily as a community.

Saturday, August 29 – 9:30 – 4:30 – Virtual Electronic Annual Conference 
Sunday, August 30 – 9:00 AM – Parking Lot “drive in” Outdoor Worship – arrive early 8:30 for parking
Monday, August 31 – 9:30 AM – Staff Meeting @ Pavillion
Tuesday, September 1 – 10:00 AM – Bible Study by Zoom contact Pastor Lisa        ldempsey@cokeschapel.org
Sunday, September 6 – 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. 

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE REPORT

 
Financial Snapshot for August:
Income needed for projected budget:  $20,400.00
Income collected after 4th Sunday:      $21,282.30
 
Finance wants to say thank you for being the most generous community a church could hope to have. Thank you for your commitment and your generous donations.  We could not have continued our ministry without your show of faith and gratefulness to God for His bountiful gifts.  Winston Churchill stated it like this, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Amen

Special Offering:  This Sunday, August 30, we will receive offerings to support Wesley Woods. Wesley Woods makes up a huge part of the North Georgia Annual Conference’s ministry for older adults.  Each year churches have made an offering on Mother’s Day for those who need financial assistance to reside in one of the ten Wesley communities.  Because of the pandemic, this year’s offering was delayed until August. Please plan to contribute to this outreach opportunity.  Most of those who reside in one of the Wesley Woods communities need some financial assistance annually.

Cokes Chapel will receive offerings this Sunday, August 30 to send to Wesley Woods.  You may give online by designating your offering by clicking on the button that reads “special offering”, as well as drop your gift in the Office door mail slot, or in the offering plate Sunday.  Caring for others is our privilege and joy through Wesley Woods ministry!

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
                        


MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL & YOUTH MINISTRY, August 26, 2020: 
 
In Inter-generational Ministry, as we seek to open ourselves to God’s teaching through all the ages and stages of life, we will be offering a Fall focus on prayer.  Please look for more information to come in the weeks ahead!  This will be an opportunity for youth and adults to partner together to both learn about and practice prayer!
 
 In this week’s Inter-generational Sunday School lesson, we will read about the prophet Deborah in Judges 4:1-16.  The lesson focuses on how we can learn from Deborah about how God uses leaders who display wisdom, fairness, humility and a cooperative spirit . If you would like to be included in the email list and receive this lesson, please contact Kim Reindl at kim.reindl@gmail.com.  Each lesson includes commentary to help enlighten your study, questions for thought and reflection, as well as an optional activity that can be done at home with children and/or youth. 
 
Finally, in Youth Ministry, along with our coming focus on prayer, we are also developing plans to prepare youth for Peer Ministry Leadership.  Our hope is to equip young people with tools to be the loving presence of Christ in their relationships and within their spheres of connection.  Adult leadership training is currently underway. 
 
God is at work all around us!  May we hold each other by heart and lift each other by prayer as we journey together, and apart! 
With love,
Kim
(Kim Reindl, Director of Inter-generational, Youth & Children’s Discipleship; kim.reindl
@gmail.com)


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
Richard Harkins (brother of Roger Harkins)
Howard & Margie Jones
Caroline Huckaby
Leigh Cunningham (daughter-in-law (James) of Cornelia)
Judy Cunningham (daughter-in-law (Mike) 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 & Family 
Jones Family, Howard & Margie, etal
Glenn Etheridge (Pastor)

   

Prayers for our children and youth as they resume their school education, for teachers and parents who are guiding and supporting this new kind of learning.  Continue to pray for one another and for our country for comfort, peace, freedom from anxiety, depression and fear. May God surround us and protect 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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G Chat August 20, 2020

Dear Church family,
  
This week, I received this letter about Cokes Chapel’s ministry at the Child Care Center.  I can think of no better way to say…. the church is alive, at work serving our community, meeting the needs of families!  Read this….  
 
Good Morning, 
I hope you are all doing fine in this unusual time but REAL time!  So many of us are getting tired for being inside and dealing with the abnormality of the situation.  I am being a bit stubborn about calling this the “new” normal.  I pray it is not a “new” normal.  

I am writing this to tell you a praise story.  I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Childcare Center last Friday after I spoke with Keith about the Kick-Off of the Virtual Program they are offering to assist parents who MUST work.  Childcare offers parents a safe, loving environment for their children at $20 a day.  It is an amazing program offered to this community.  We, the church, are helping so many little people struggle through these times…picture a precious little girl named Emery, she is a first-grader.  She sits at her little cubby, that Childcare has created for each child, trying desperately to understand her schedule (with limited reading skills) this “new” way of learning. Her little tiny finger hits keys on her computer and listens with her headset to her teacher in a “meeting” where she sees other students in her class on her screen. Then her screen goes dark…nothing.  She raises her hand for help.  Someone comes to help, not her teacher, not her Mother, not an older sibling, basically, a stranger, for now, who is kind and trying to help her get back to her meeting with her teacher who has valuable information about her assignments. By the end of the day, Emery is in tears and wants her Mother.  I am telling you this story because you have not had the pleasure of seeing OUR childcare staff do what they do best…take care of God’s most precious gifts… OUR children.  How blessed Coke Chapel United Methodist Church is to have a ministry like this one.   Lol, Vivian Snyder

Say a prayer for all the teachers, children, our staff, and our fearless director Kristin McCoy, and her team including Amber, Mandy, and Ansley.  

Worship continues at the pavilion Sundays, 9 am.**  Whether you worship on-line with us, or you choose to join us at the pavilion on Sunday’s, I pray you will know God’s presence in our worship.  

In Christ,
Pastor Lisa

**in case of rain, or questions regarding if in-person outdoor worship will be held, refer to the cokeschapel.org website for announcements.  An email will be sent out through Church Wide Mail Chimp to announce rain or other changes.  Be sure you are signed up for our communications!

                            Worship Information


LIVING A TRIUMPHANT LIFE

Daily living with Jesus can provide us with what we need, all the time!  We are all looking for ways to be strong and faithful in these times of pandemic health challenges, broken race relations, and economic uncertainty.  God speaks through stories of Jesus, revealing love, compassion, giving us words to draw on for coping with our fears, giving new life to our faith and witness.

Jesus’ words and ways give us courage and hope in Christ.  Plan now to join us in August for some God-given strength, becoming the triumphant believers’ Christ intends us to be!

Sunday, August 23rd,  Scripture – Matthew 16:13-20
                                       Sermon – “Anointed by Jesus”

PLANNING TO JOIN US FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP?

Reminder – 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.  A 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 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 now available for pickup at the Pavilion.  A box marked “Upper Room” holds the newest edition in regular and large print.  Stop by and pick your daily devotional now!  It is one way we can all remain in the same heart and prayer life as we share the same readings daily as a community.

Thursday, August 20 – 6:30 PM – Finance Committee Meeting @ Front Porch of Church (weather permitting)
Sunday, August 23 – 9:00 AM – Parking Lot “drive-in” Outdoor Worship – arrive early 8:30 for parking
Monday, August 24 – 9:30 AM – Staff Meeting @ Pavillion
Tuesday, August 25 – 10:00 AM – Bible Study by Zoom contact Pastor Lisa        ldempsey@cokeschapel.org
Sunday, August 30 – 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 the use of the pavilion and assure your use is placed on the office calendar and on-line calendar. 

 

           


This is an excerpt from a blog by Thailand NOW (August 3, 2020)

Please read this and pray that Allie and David will be able to get their new visas without any more issues.

ALLIE & DAVID HOULE    
Last month we asked you to pray for Thailand NOW missionaries David and Allie Houle, who serve as Field Directors for the Blessing Home Centers in Thailand.

 
Every missionary must have a long term visa so they can legally stay in the country, and David and Allie had employment visas through teaching part-time at a language school near Blessing Home in Pattaya.  But the language school went out of business in March, an economic victim of the COVID crisis.  And when the language school closed, their work permits and visas were canceled.  The Thai government gave all foreigners in Thailand amnesty until July 31 to either leave the country or obtain a new visa.  So Allie and David chose to start their own translation business, called Peachtree Translating (you can tell they are from Georgia), which would enable them to obtain a work permit and visas to be able to stay in the country.

They hired a prominent law firm in Pattaya that specializes in this kind of situation, and they began the process.  But because of COVID, everything slowed down and the process has taken longer than expected.  And then just two weeks ago, they found out that the lawyer they hired gave wrong advice and they would need to resubmit new documents and start over again.  They would not have enough time to meet the deadline.  If they could not meet the deadline, they would need to leave the country and would not be able to get back until the COVID crisis is over in the States.

So we ended up praying that the amnesty would be extended by the Thai government.  For many days Thai government officials were saying that the amnesty would not be extended.  This made us pray more fervently.  Then last week the Thai government announced that they would extend the amnesty through September 26.  We give praise to the Lord that David and Allie have more time for this process.  Please continue to pray for them.

Cornerstone UMC at 2956 Sharpsburg McCollum Road is hosting a Drive-Thru drop off for the food pantry at I-58 Mission located in Senoia, GA.  The drive-thru drop off will be held on August 22, 2020, from 10 AM to 12 PM.  See the link below for items they are requesting and more information if you are interested in helping with this need.

https://mcusercontent.com/463f056e4b84ed1e5bd128bbc/files/749acb85-f490-4ffa-8282-e0e2283f06f7/i_58_Mission_Donation_Drive.docx

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE REPORT

Finance will have the August meeting Thursday evening (8/20) at 6:30 on the front porch of the church (weather permitting). These are open meetings.  If you plan to attend, please give me a heads up so we can arrange space for social distancing.
 
Financial Snapshot for August:
Income needed for projected budget:  $20,400.00
Income collected after 3rd Sunday:      $20,397.00
 
God loves a cheerful giver.  He is certainly happy today.  Thank you for your generosity.  Your gifts help us to keep the lights on.  We should all be very grateful.  Please take this opportunity to bow your head and tell God “Thank You” for generous hearts at Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church.  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.

                        


MINISTRY MESSAGE:  INTER-GENERATIONAL & YOUTH MINISTRY, August 19, 2020: 
 
In Youth and Children’s Ministry, as our young people began the 2020-2021 School Year, we sought to support and encourage them, especially since they are facing many continuing challenges through virtual learning and limited or altered engagement with friends and teachers.  As a way of blessing our young people and letting them know that their church family is lifting them in prayer, we surprised them with “Blessing Signs” in their front yards. 
 

 
 
As a congregation, we ask that you please remember in prayer our youth and children, as well as their teachers, school administrators, and parents.  We ask for God’s guidance, strength, wisdom, and love, as everyone seeks to live into the days ahead.
 
In this week’s Inter-generational Sunday School lesson, we will read about the call of the prophet Samuel as it is found in 1 Samuel 3:1-21.  The lesson focuses on how we, like Samuel, must learn how to recognize and follow God’s voice. If you would like to be included in the email list and receive this lesson, please contact Kim Reindl at kim.reindl@gmail.com.  Each lesson includes commentary to help enlighten your study, questions for thought and reflection, as well as an optional activity that can be done at home with children and/or youth. 
 
God is at work all around us!  May we hold each other by heart and lift each other by prayer as we journey together, and apart! 
With love,
Kim
(Kim Reindl, Director of Inter-generational, Youth & Children’s Discipleship; kim.reindl@gmail.com)


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
Howard & Margie Jones
Caroline Huckaby
Leigh Cunningham (daughter-in-law (James) of Cornelia)
Judy Cunningham (daughter-in-law (Mike) of Cornelia)
Craig Cox
Larry & Debbie Carter
Noah Sweatman (grandson of Edel White)
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, a 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 & Family 
Jones Family, Howard & Margie, etal
Glenn Etheridge (Pastor)

   

Prayers for our children and youth as they resume their school education, for teachers and parents who are guiding and supporting this new kind of learning.  Continue to pray for one another and for our country for comfort, peace, freedom from anxiety, depression, and fear. May God surround us and protect 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