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Out of The Ashes
March 18, 2022
The weather is not going to cooperate after all.
 
We are looking at tentative dates in April and will continue to keep you updated.
 
Sorry to postpone!
Greetings, beautiful people of God!
 
My name is Andrew Bilbrey, but everyone calls me Drew.  Since 2020 I have served as worship leader for the 9:30 Contemporary Service at Cokesbury Church. These last two years have been a challenge to say the least, with the global pandemic, hurricane damage to the church, moving AV/sound equipment, rebuilding stage, wiring, planning, and much more. It has been extremely rewarding serving during these last two years, and I look forward to many more.
 
I have been married to my beautiful wife Jenny for 18 years.  Together we raised three children who are now adults - Victoria, Halie, & Branden. We are best known as Pop Pop and Mimzie to 4 grandchildren - Aiden, Catelyn, and Nova, whom we see nearly every day, and Alana, who lives in Minnesota.  Many of you know Aiden as you see him in the church weekly. He loves church, enjoys being part of the congregation and loves music. Catelyn and Nova come with us often as well. We often find Aiden and his sisters playing church in our back yard, and they argue over who will be the pastor and who will be the worship leader. It is awesome to witness this and watch my grandchildren become closer to Jesus and learn to serve Him.
 
If you have ever attended our 9:30 service in person or online, you know, I have the awesome privilege of serving with many talented musicians. I could not lead worship without this amazing team: Paul on bass, Craig on bass and electric guitar, Dean on acoustic guitar, Leah on drums, vocals and piano, Mike on the harmonica, William on electric guitar, Nolan on drums and vocals, Sarah on vocals and Rob that fills in on drums from time to time. They are in my daily prayers, and I love them very much. 
 
We desire to lead the congregation with a heart of worship and not performance. It is all about the worship and praise to our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that the music lifts hearts to our Lord and brings Christ to people and people to Christ. 
 
I was driving to work today, and a Mercy Me song came on Spotify. I was touched and it brought me to tears. I was thinking about my personal challenges with family, work, church, current world events, gas prices, inflation, etc. Through the gift of this song, I was reminded of how much my Lord loves me, and that He is still on the throne no matter what!
 
How great is Your Love, so much higher than the heavens, with faithfulness that reaches the sky.
 
Be exalted oh God, and let your Glory reign.
 
Let it reign, let it reign, let it reign. 
 
 
Love always,
 
Drew
 
Calling on Readers and Room Decorators! 
Dear Cokesbury,
We have a fantastic upcoming event for our community and our children’s center. We would love for you to come and join us. Starry Story Night is a time for families to come together, have dinner, and enjoy storytime on Wednesday the 30th as we celebrate March as National Reading Month.  

We are inviting three readers and three room decorators to help make this event a success. Each reader will pick an age-appropriate book (we have some in the Children’s Center Library), and each room decorator will help decorate your room and bring your book to life. This event will be fun! 

Please, give Genevieve a call at the church office or send her an email at genevieve@cokesburychurch.com to let her know to count you in! 

Don't forget to invite a family, RSVP for dinner here, and join us for Starry Story Night.

Pastor Sheila
 
Watch an important update about General Conference from Bishop Graves
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This week at Cokesbury

If you'd like a printable calendar of upcoming March/April events,
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Sign up here for Pastor Sheila’s churchwide Lenten Study: Witness to the Cross.

Sunday School and small groups will also discuss the study. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom info.

Please remember this is a hybrid meeting, both online and in-person, and you may attend either way and any given class. In-person meetings, masks highly encouraged, will take place in Room 402.

Gathering for all meetings will begin at 5:30 PM, and the sessions will start at 5:45 PM.

Upcoming Events

Calling all Cokesburians!

We need your help to get the campus ready for spring! Jobs big and small; everything helps! Join us on the 2nd or reach out to Mina for more information
Potato Bar tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online here (then picked up at the door) or purchased from a CWU member in the Atrium on Sundays
March 20, 27, & April 3
Our Annual Cokesbury Kids Egg-stravaganza Hunt is on after service on Palm Sunday! We can't wait to see all of our families!
Our Annual Super Sale for missions returns inside this year!

Please start setting aside your good, reusable items to donate. We're unable to accept: analog TVs, encyclopedias, large entertainment centers, or mattresses.

Items will be accepted in the Atrium, Mon, April 25 - Thurs., April 28, from 8AM - 5PM, and on Fri., April 29, 8AM - 12PM. Limited storage is available for large items that cannot be held until April 25.

Volunteers are needed in all departments beginning Sunday, April 24. 

Tell your friends and neighbors, and plan to join us for a fun week of service and fellowship.

For more information, call Frances Wilkinson: (850)-712-8762
Please continue to pray for our staff member, Sheree Scott. Sheree is currently not working as she focuses 100% on treatment and recovery.

Please continue to contact the church office with your needs.
 

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