Cokes Chapel supports Welcome House

Blessings by the basketful

by W. Winston Skinner

alt

Photo by W. Winston Skinner

Among the members at Cokes Chapel guiding the church’s outreach to Community Welcome House are, from left, front, Kaylee Moore, Kathy Schumacher, Mark Jordan; back, Amanda Bryant, Jayme Cruz, Brenda Hanes, Freda Abraham, Madeline Cruz, Mike White, Esther Lyons, Crystal Bishop, Kathy Awbrey, Wanda Moore; not pictured, Abe Abraham, Cynthia Myers, Patty White. 


As Mother’s Day is celebrated today in Coweta County, some moms continue to struggle.

Community Welcome House reaches out to women who are suffering from abuse at the hands of a husband or boyfriend. The residents at Welcome House will have a little more to smile about this Mother’s Day thanks to volunteers from Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church.

Members at the historic, rural church in Sharpsburg have prepared Blessing Baskets for the women at Welcome House.

“We wanted to help make Mother’s Day special for those who might find it hard to celebrate this year,” said Kathy Schumacher, the event coordinator.

“Many women arrive at Welcome House with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. We, who have so much, wanted to show them that we care about them – and for them to have a little joy on Mother's Day," she added. Schumacher heads Cokes Chapel’s mission team and recommended the church’s involvement in the project.

Welcome House was founded in 1990 to provide emergency transitional housing for women who are victims of domestic violence.

Annually, Welcome House fields hundreds of calls from women needing help.

“Sadly, domestic violence continues to be extremely pervasive today and it affects people at all levels of society. I was shocked when I read the statistics about the number of women and children who are seriously injured or killed every year,” Mark Jordan, pastor at Cokes Chapel, said.

“We wanted to offer simple blessings that many not in crisis might take for granted. These simple things become luxuries, and we wanted to let these families know that they are not forgotten this Mother’s Day,” Jordan said.

The congregation was asked to support Welcome House families by contributing towels, toiletries, gift cards and various other items in an effort to make their stay at Welcome House more comfortable.

The collected items were sorted and then placed into plastic laundry baskets for delivery.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support we’ve received for this project,” Jordan said. “The Bible tells us to be the church in the world, and at Cokes Chapel, we take this charge seriously.”

For more information on ways to assist families living at Welcome House, call 770-304-0966 or visit www.communitywelcomehouse.org .



More Local

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. SECRET SERVICE UNDER FRESH SCRU ... Read More


Ga. college smoking ban goes into effect Wednesday

ATLANTA (AP) — A rule smoking ban at all University System of Georgia campuses is scheduled to go into effect this week. The Universit ... Read More


Coweta's middle school volleyball championship game postponed

Coweta’s middle school volleyball championship game has been postponed amid questions on one school’s eligibility. “The Co ... Read More


10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PRO-DEMOCRACY RALLIES SPREAD IN H ... Read More


Arguments to begin in Atlanta test cheating trial

ATLANTA (AP) - Opening statements are set to begin Monday in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators ... Read More

Deadline approaching for Coweta CERT course

Instructors are getting ready to teach the sixth CERT – Community Emergency Response Team – class in Coweta County, and they are ... Read More