Fellow Members of Cokesbury UMC, On Monday, March 23, our District Superintendent, Kip Gilts, asked to speak to the Church Council of our church. We would like to share some news from that meeting. 1) Kip indicated that the Conference cabinet has decided that it’s time for Pastor Mark Pedersen to be moved to a new appointment. Therefore, Pastor Mark will be leaving Cokesbury in late June. We wish Pastor Mark and his family the best as he moves forward in his career! 2) Christway Community Church, a new church with a strong Hispanic membership was formed about 5 years ago with seeding from Friendswood UMC. They chartered as a separate church in May, 2014. Christway, currently meeting in Friendswood UMC facilities, has grown to the point where they are looking for a permanent home. Their initial investigation led them to consider moving to property near Beamer and Hughes. This site is about 1.5 miles from Cokesbury UMC. 3) As the District Superintendent began to profile our church for a new appointment, he noticed some very important items: a. The pastoral characteristics identified by the Cokesbury Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) matched the strengths of the Christway pastor. b. The demographics of the community surrounding Cokesbury are approximately 39% white, 39% Hispanic, 11% black, with other mixed ethnicities also living in the area. c. Growth is expected to continue with largely the same demographic breakdown. 4) Kip initiated discussions with both the Cokesbury SPRC and the Christway SPRC. He asked us to consider a merger of the two churches into a single body of Christ. Both committees indicated an interest in pursuing that concept. 5) Kip met separately with the Church Council of both entities on March 23. The result was an overwhelmingly positive decision by both councils to proceed with discussions about a possible merger. Those discussions will now involve the whole membership of each church (see 8 below). 6) One additional piece of information is available at this time. Artie Cadar is the current pastor for Christway. He would be appointed as the Senior Pastor of the merged church, should the individual churches decide to pursue this course of action. Furthermore, a new Associate Pastor would be assigned by the Conference to serve the merged church. The Conference has also indicated that they will be able to help offset some of the cost of these two appointments. 7) A committee of 3 people from Cokesbury and 3 people from Christway have been asked to meet starting next week to work out the details of a proposed merger. 8) The Church Councils are targeting April 12 as the date for a Town Hall meeting to answer questions and discuss the merger amongst the membership of each church. May 4 is targeted as the date for Church Conferences, where the entire membership of each body will vote on the merger. Any such merger would require majority approval from both churches. This is a summary of the data presented and voted on at the Council meeting. Please be aware that as soon as more information is available, it will be shared with the church membership. This certainly appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Cokesbury and Christway. Please join us as we pray that God will enter into our discussions and open our hearts to the right decision for both churches. We covet your continued prayers on this issue. Thank you, Laura Bradley Chuck White Darrel Raines Church Council Chair SPRC Chair Lay Leader
Welcome to Cokesbury United Methodist Church of Houston, Texas!
We are so glad that you have chosen to be a part of the Cokesbury experience! We invite you to take some time and check out all that we have to offer.
Cokesbury is a family-oriented, neighborhood church that strives to meet you wherever you are in your Christian walk. You’ll find worship experiences, classes, activities and programs for children, families, youth, young adults, seniors, and singles. And even with all these offerings, we’re still small enough that you can easily find your place in the church family. There’s room for you here; to make new friends, to make unique contributions, and to make a difference. Come as you are – however you are – and join us in bringing glory to the one and only Savior, Jesus Christ! There’s joy waiting for you at Cokesbury United Methodist Church.
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We begin each Wednesday evening with a catered meal at 5:30 PM. Starting at 6:00 PM the program modules will begin. Two modules will be ongoing and do not require signing up to attend.
The first is a Tutorial/Homework session for children and teenagers. The other is games for all ages.
The second two modules are going to be of limited duration. The first two classes will be “bible Study for Dummies” and “Country Western Dancing Lessons”. These classes do not require any special skills to join, but will be limited in how many people can attend.
We have a whole list of other classes that we want to offer following these. The list of classes offered will depend on the number of people interested in taking the class.
At 7:00 pm we will wrap things up and send people home or to the other music activities within Cokesbury.
This exciting new event is the result of a decision by the Church Council to focus all of our energies on a single ministry for this year. You and your family are invited to attend every Wednesday evening as we eat, fellowship and learn together.
Holy Week is a special time in the life of Cokesbury United Methodist Church each year. During this special week, Cokesbury joins Christians around the world in preparing for the season of Easter. During the week, special services are held from Sunday to Sunday in which Christians remember the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are unique worship services that begin at 7 P.M. each evening.
On Maundy Thursday we will remember the Last Supper that Jesus had with his Disciples.
On Good Friday we will be having a unique worship experience called “The Service of Shadows”.
On Easter Sunday we have three worship experiences.
Sunrise Service Easter Morning
Sunrise on Easter morning is a joyous experience for people and pets alike! We have a “Pet Friendly” Sunrise service out in front of the church at 7:00 A.M. (please bring your lawn chairs).
A light breakfast with pastries, fruit, juice and coffee is served in The Commons area after the service.
Easter Morning “He Has Risen” Services are held in the Sanctuary at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
We pray that you will add these events to your calendars and make plans to attend these Holy Week experiences.
Cokesbury’s Annual Community
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4th
10 am – Noon
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