COKESBURY NEWS

JULY 2020

Love Knoxville: Neighboring Experience – This summer, during our Love Knoxville: Neighboring Experience, we’ll be talking about race and privilege during the month of July. We’ll be learning from Tanisha Baker, a Knoxville native and the Director of Programming and Analytics for Project GRAD Knoxville. She is passionate about her calling to educate and elevate others through education, professional development, and community outreach. The Love Knoxville: Neighboring Experience will include 3 pre-recorded sessions from Tanisha and a live Zoom call to wrap up the series. Additional content helping us learn more about race and privilege will be delivered via email. Register Now.

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South Campus Midweek Worship

Traditional worship music and a message from one of our pastors. Weekly at 7 pm

Love Knoxville Highlights

Ways we can continue to serve one another and our community while engaging in social distancing. Posted weekly to Instagram and Facebook

Recovery at Cokesbury Worship

Weekly at 7 pm.

I WANT TO HELP

WAYS TO SERVE

 Be a good neighbor – One of the biggest ways we can serve one another during this time is by following community recommendations.  Even during this time of social distancing, you can still check on your community through phone, texting, email, and video conferencing.  Now is an important time to pray for our community and our neighbors around the world.

Share a message of Unrelenting Hope
We have notecards featuring the artwork from our sermon series Unrelenting Hope available on the North Campus on weekdays between 10 am and 3 pm while supplies last. Stop by and pick up a pack of five cards, and share Hope with friends, relatives, neighbors, frontline workers, and more.

Encouragement for Susannah’s House MomsSusannah’s House continues to serve moms in recovery and their children each day. We would love to encourage them in their recovery journey by sending cards! Please mail a note of encouragement to: Susannah’s House, 923 Dameron Ave, Knoxville, TN 37921.

Phone Ministry – Our phone ministry enables us to reach out and stay connected to the hundreds of families we typically serve in person each month. Please sign up here if you are interested in serving.

CAC – Mobile Meals has resumed daily meal delivery. Call the Office on Aging at 865-524-2786 and ask for Mobile Meals.

CAC – Connecting Hearts program – focuses on isolated seniors with no support system. Donations of items such as tuna, soup, cereal, peanut butter, toilet paper, paper products, water, etc.

Volunteer East Tennessee has a variety of COVID-19 related serving opportunities.

United Way and Alliance for Better Nonprofits has created a COVID-19 fund to support organizations offering relief in our community.

 

I NEED HELP

Manna House – Manna House has Take Out food bags available for pick up on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 9 am to 11 am. Drive to the Manna House entrance at 9919 Kingston Pike and a volunteer will bring a bag to you. 

Hope Connection is an outreach ministry to low-income families that seeks to build relationships that lead to financial stability and overall well-being. By first building a relationship, we are able to better understand each individual’s situation and focus on creating lasting change in their quality of life. Currently our process is being conducted over the phone.  Call our offices (693-0353) M-Th 8:30a-12:30p to schedule an appointment.

 

Community Resources – Tennessee 211 is a resource available to our community at any time, but is especially helpful during this time when resources are changing daily. When you call, you’ll get a real person, one who is trained to help you sort out your needs, and then give you phone numbers and addresses of the closest places where you can get help. Simply dial 211 in your phone to reach someone who can direct you.  

 

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JUNE 2020

UPDATES 6/30/2020

Join us for OUTDOOR WORSHIP on July 5! We’ll gather in the parking lot on the North Campus at 6 pm for worship. Charles Maynard will share a message of hope, and we’ll have music from our friends Jonathan and Wendy. Bring your lawn chairs!

We are asking all attendees to park in the gravel lot or behind the building on the North Campus. Family groups will be required to sit 6 feet apart. Masks are recommended.

We will collect items for Wesley House. Bring canned vegetables, canned meat, diapers, baby wipes, or cereal, and drop them in the truck when you arrive. Thank you for loving our community in this way!

We will also take up a special offering for the Bob Lewis Love Your Neighbor Fund. You can also give online to support our Hope Connection ministry.

We will also have our regularly scheduled online worship at 10 am, 11:15 am, and 5 pm! Join us online, in person, or both.

UPDATES 6/15/2020

We’re excited that Recovery at Cokesbury will resume meeting at the North Campus on Thursdays beginning June 18.

6:45 pm – Worship center opens to view live-stream of the service

8 pm – Groups: Men’s Chemical Dependency, Women’s Chemical Dependency, Men’s Codependency, Women’s Codependency, Men Seeking Sexual Integrity

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Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 5. We’ll have an outdoor worship service in the North Campus parking lot (weather permitting).

UPDATES 6/13/2020

Love Knoxville: Neighboring Experience – This summer, during our Love Knoxville: Neighboring Experience, we’ll be talking about race and privilege during the month of July. We’ll be learning from Tanisha Baker, a Knoxville native and the Director of Programming and Analytics for Project GRAD Knoxville. She is passionate about her calling to educate and elevate others through education, professional development, and community outreach. The Love Knoxville: Neighboring Experience will include 3 pre-recorded sessions from Tanisha and a live Zoom call to wrap up the series. Additional content helping us learn more about race and privilege will be delivered via email. Register Now.

UPDATES 6/8/2020

This summer, we all have a chance to reach out with the message of Jesus. While we won’t have “regular” worship services in June or July, Cokesbury will be offering tons of opportunities to keep us connected. We love you, and we know that God is at work in and through this amazing group of believers!

For a full schedule of Recovery groups and instructions on how to get involved, click here.

Invite a few folks over to watch online worship with you, start a watch party on Facebook, or send the link to a friend. This is a great time to invite someone new to Cokesbury!

We are working on plans for gathering as a church family to watch worship on a screen outside! Stay tuned for more details!

Now is the perfect time to dig into your Bible as an individual, family, or Small Group! Make sure you’re subscribed to receive our Daily Bible Reading plan, and check out Bible 101 to learn more about where the Bible comes from and how to read it.

UPDATES 6/5/2020

Bible 101 – If you would like to learn more about the Bible as well as how to read the Bible, this study is for you! You can do this 4 session study on your own, with your own group, or on Monday evenings beginning June 8th at 7 pm Rev. Charles Maynard will be leading a virtual group. 

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Activities & Supplies for Nursing Homes Nursing homes are serving the elderly and vulnerable in our community, and they are still very isolated. We have talked with three nursing homes in our area, and we have a wish list of items they need right away. Select a location below to help out!

Ben Atchley State Veteran’s Home

 

Summit View of Farragut

 

Westmoreland Health and Rehabilitation Center

Share a message of Unrelenting Hope
We have notecards featuring the artwork from our sermon series Unrelenting Hope available on the North Campus on weekdays between 10 am and 3 pm while supplies last. Stop by and pick up a pack of five cards, and share Hope with friends, relatives, neighbors, frontline workers, and more.

MAY 2020

UPDATES 5/18/20

Summer Camp Kits
Camp In The Community is a free day camp for children in poverty. CITC normally takes the summer camp experience into a community for one week, but this summer, they are sending Camp home for five weeks! It will take a ton of supplies to recreate summer camp in the homes of more than 1,000 campers, so we are helping them with an Amazon Wish List.

Healthy Relationships
We have checked in with folks from the Cokesbury family to see how they are coping with quarantine. So far, we’ve talked to parents with young kids, parents of kids with special needs, and parents with teenagers at home. Don’t miss this Tuesday at 8 pm on Facebook! We’ll talk with Mark Beebe about maintaining healthy relationships in an anything-but-normal environment.

UPDATES 5/1/20

We’re sure you’re keeping tabs on the news, and you have heard that this weekend, you can dine-in at a restaurant, get your hair cut, and have the chance to touch that t-shirt before you buy it. One thing you won’t be able to do? Return to our buildings. 
 
Not yet, anyway. 
 
We want to be back together. But more than that, we want to continue loving you and loving our neighbors by maintaining social distance. And we just can’t do that in our worship and kids’ ministry spaces. 
 
So we’ll continue worshiping online together. We’ll continue sharing mental health tips, ways to engage in service, and family game night ideas on social media. We’ll continue laughing and learning with our kids and students teams on video. Our groups will continue to meet virtually. Our staff team will remain available via phone call and email to join in ministry with you. Manna House will continue to operate our Take-Out services. 
And newly available this week, Meeting Jesusa bible study facilitated by Charles Maynard. This New Testament study of the life of Jesus was offered last spring, and this encore version has been updated and optimized for use during quarantine. You can access all of the materials here.
We love you. We miss you. We can’t wait to be together again. Thank you for helping us love each other and our community!

APRIL 2020

UPDATES 04/20/2020

Catch Up on our services! If you have missed one of our weekly worship opportunities, you can always catch the replay. Our North Campus and South Campus pages include the most recent service, and you can click the menu button in the top left corner of the video player to check out older services. You can find Recovery messages at recoveryatcokesbury.com, and you can catch up on the Student Ministry show at cokesbury.tv/Students and the latest Cokesbury Kids lessons at cokesbury.tv/Kids

Let us know how we’re doing! Look for the blue bar at the bottom of this webpage to let us know what you think about the content we’ve been offering during quarantine. Have ideas on what you’d like to see from us? Share that with us, too! As always, you can reach out to us via email, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

UPDATES (4/13/2020)

Encouragement for Susannah’s House MomsSusannah’s House continues to serve moms in recovery and their children each day. We would love to encourage them in their recovery journey by sending cards! Please mail a note of encouragement to: Susannah’s House, 923 Dameron Ave, Knoxville, TN 37921.

New Sermon Series – There is so much going on–not only in our community, but also in our world. Sometimes we can feel completely overwhelmed by it all. Yet Jesus invites us all to walk in a unique hope. Because of who Jesus is, Jesus has given us an unrelenting hope. Join us as we begin a special series this weekend that explores how to have a faith in uncertain times.

Yard Signs  Even during social distancing, community is not canceled! We told you about our yard signs to spread hope around town, and we ran out! But don’t worry, we are ordering MORE!. Keep an eye on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to be notified when we have more signs available for you to pick up. In the mean time, keep an eye out for the signs all over town. Snap a picture when you see one, and share it with us!

MARCH 2020

3/23/2020

We’ll be worshiping online-only through April 5. We are closely monitoring the situation and will reevaluate our practices for gathering together every two weeks. We will continue to offer North Campus worship on Sundays at 10 am, 11:15 am, and 5 pm. South Campus mid-week worship will be available Wednesdays at 7 pm, and Recovery at Cokesbury worship on Thursdays at 7 pm. 

Watch Online

We are sharing scriptures, bright news, and tons of ideas on our social media channels: Instagram, Twitter, and FacebookBe sure to also follow Cokesbury Students for additional content and entertainment from our student team! Share, retweet, comment, and tag your people to help spread more light online. Let’s not waste the opportunity to engage with people in new ways.

In accordance with the Knox County Safer At Home order, our offices will be closed to outside visitors for the next two weeks. You can still reach out to us by phone at 865-693-0353 or by email at cokesbury@cokesbury.tv. You can also reach out to specific staff members. Our staff directory is located here.

Thank you for continuing to give. Your gifts are changing lives now more than ever. We’re still feeding hungry people through Manna House. We’re still ministering to lonely people through our content creation. We’re still sharing the hope of Jesus!

3/18/2020

As we live into this temporary version of “normal” we want to provide you with content and resources to stay connected and growing even while we are apart. Online worship is available at the links below. Other content will be available on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). Here’s what you can expect:

SUNDAYS: Live worship online, 10 am, 11:15 am, and 5 pm. You can also listen to our 10 am service live on News Talk 98.7 FM in the Knoxville area.

MONDAYS: Church-wide email update

TUESDAYS: Tips for mental health in trying times

WEDNESDAYS: Live devotion & worship online, 7 pm

THURSDAYS: Live Recovery worship online, 7 pm

FRIDAYS: Game night ideas for your family

SATURDAYS: Content for your kids

We may not be together in person right now, but we are not alone! As a church body, we continue to serve people in need. When there are immediate ways you can support these efforts, we will share those on social media, so be sure you’re connected with us! You can give online to help ensure that we are able to continue to provide content and resources during this season. Keep reaching out to friends and neighbors to stay connected. We love you all!

UPDATED OPERATING HOURS (AS OF 3/20/2020)

Manna House Food Pantry will be open for take out Tuesda

IMPORTANT UPDATES (3/13/2020)

Part of our purpose as a church is to be a leader in our community. In order to be a role model during this season, we will not be gathering for in-person services and programming for the next two weeks, beginning March 15th.

However, worship services will be offered online. Please join us at 10 am Sundays and 7 pm Thursdays for worship online. Also, please make sure you connect with us on social media so you can stay up-to-date. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

While these may feel like uncertain times, we are called to “fear not”. We need to be responsible, love our community, and care for one another. During this time:

  • We will love our neighbors by protecting our neighbors.
  • We will stay in touch with each other and keep growing in our faith.
  • We will keep the faith and trust God!

 

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE GENEROSITY

Thank You for your faithful giving to God’s work at Cokesbury, and your incredible generosity. Your gifts equip us to love people into a relationship with Jesus to change the world. To give to Cokesbury Church or to view 2020 giving, click here.

CONTACT US

MAILING ADDRESS:
9919 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922

Office Hours:
Our office is currently being staffed Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 1 pm. You are always welcome to contact us via email or phone.   

Email Us
(865) 693-0353