Cokesbury Digest – 8/11/2021

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, regular in-person worship remains canceled until further notice. Drive-in and Lawn services streamed via Facebook Live will continue. Plans regarding the safe return to in-person worship are currently on hold due to the covid-19 resurgence now taking place.

A devotion for today
Psalm 23 (I Am Not Alone) – The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Opportunities to Reconnect
– Pastor Gayle Porias
We are living in very unusual times. This past year and a half have brought heartache, grief, anxiety, stress, fear, anger, isolation and loneliness.  In this post-vaccine era as we seek to re-launch our ministries at Cokesbury, I see many opportunities to re-connect with each other and re-connect with the community around us. 
As a church we will be discerning God’s purpose for us in this new season.  “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfils his purpose for me.” Psalm 57:2.
I invite you to hope and dream with me by pondering and then responding to these three questions: 
1. What do you wish Cokesbury would have? 
2. What do you wish Cokesbury would do?  
3. What do you hope Cokesbury would become?
Please send your responses to my email at or mail them to the church.  I am looking forward to hearing from you. 
May the love of God watch over and protect us; may the light of Christ reveal and illuminate the path; May the power of the Holy Spirit carry us forward into this new season.

Worship Services (weather permitting – inclement weather will move worship to online only):
 – Sunday, August 15th, 
10am: Drive-In, Lawn, and Online,
 – Sunday, August 22nd, 
10am: Drive-In, Lawn, and Online,
 – Founders’ Day Sunday, August 29th, 
10am: Drive-In, Lawn, and Online
We are holding expanded outdoor worship. You may bring lawn chairs for the area by the main parking lot under the trees (above the pavilion) or remain in your car for the service. Worship will be streamed online via 
Facebook Live and posted later on YouTube.
In sunny weather, those with lawn chairs please park your car closer to the church or in the Flea Market parking area, to allow those who remain in their cars to park closer to the worship service area.
In overcast weather, the worship area may be set up under the entry portico and parking will need to be adjusted accordingly.
In rainy weather, the worship area will be set up inside the Narthex and 
streamed online.

Prayer Requests and Hospitality:
The Cokesbury UMC Prayer Group meets weekly at the church on Mondays at 5:30pm in the church Fellowship Hall – all are invited to join and participate!
Please send or share all prayer concerns with Pastor Gayle so we may give each concern prayerful attention. 
August Birthdays:

John Ivy (8/01),
Jaelyn McCormick (8/01),
Ronnie Carter (8/01),
Dave Woodman (8/11),
Emmett Wright (8/24),
Barbara Woods (8/27),
Melanie Blair (8/29)
August Anniversaries:
Harry and Mary Jane Fizer (8/03),
Ed and Barbara Horne (8/15),
Kyle and Peggy Keen (8/27),
Don and Peggy Dorton (8/29)
Continuing prayers and concerns for: Eunice Bonner, Deirdre Dorsey, Mary Jane and Harry Fizer, Jane Foster, Kathy French, Kyle Keen, Marian Benson Ivy, Mary Jewell, Ellen Kuvasko, Cheryl Petitt, Rev Gayle Porias, Mark Young

Please continue your mitigation efforts as the coronavirus Delta variant has gained a foothold and infection rates have risen dramatically recently. It has become the dominant strain in new infections, appears to be about 200% more transmissible than the original strains, delivers a higher viral load, and daily infection rates are approaching 70,000. This trend is expected to continue and whilee it is particularly infectious among those not yet fully vaccinated, vaccinated individuals are also at some risk for mild infections and for transmitting the virus to others. Overall, new daily coronavirus cases are above last summer’s 2nd wave levels.
The CDC issued 
updated guidance on 7/27 recommending masks be worn by all individuals in indoor public spaces for higher risk areas (“Substantial” or “High”). Prince William county is currently in the “Substantial” risk category, an increase from last week’s “Moderate” level. Fairfax county remains at the “Moderate” level while Stafford is at “Substantial” and Spotsylvania county is at the “High” risk level. The four
All of Virginia is now in Open Season vaccine eligibility. Every Virginian 12 and older is eligible for vaccination and pre-registration is no longer required.
Many local retailers offer vaccinations, so please see this page for current availability. You can input a zip code and distance to find locations.
Visit this page if you need a record of your COVID-19 vaccination record.
For more information, please visit:Prince William County COVID-19 Testing Site
Prince William County Coronavirus Site
Virginia Coronavirus Site
CDC Coronavirus Site

ACTS (Action in Community Through Service) has many volunteer opportunities available. Please visit their website for more information.
Visit Volunteer Prince William for local volunteer opportunities.

Spotlight Recipe: Easy Skillet Meatloaf
Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
• 2 large eggs,
• 1/4 cup whole or 2% milk,
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce,
• 1/2 cup fine dried breadcrumbs,
• 1 tablespoon olive oil,
• 1 1/2 cups diced onion,
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt,
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper,
• 3 cloves garlic, minced,
• 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, preferably ground sirloin,
• 8 ounces ground pork,
• 1/3 cup barbecue sauce,

: Preheat the oven to 350F,
2: In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and Worcestershire sauce. Then, add the breadcrumbs and stir until fully combined,
3: Over medium-high heat, heat the oil in a cast-iron skillet. Once hot, add the onion, salt, and pepper until the onions are tender (about 15 minutes). Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant,
4: Once slightly cooled, add the onion mixture to the egg mixture. Add in the beef and pork until combined (you may need to use your fingers). Transfer the meatloaf back to the skillet and press it evenly into the skillet,
5: Bake the meatloaf for 25-30 minutes, until meat thermometer reads 165F,
6: Once cooked through, remove the skillet from the oven and turn on the broiler. Brush the meatloaf with barbeque sauce, and broil for about 3 minutes. Allow the meatloaf to cool slightly before serving.
7: Enjoy with a green salad, crusty bread, and a glass of southern sweet tea.

Please consider these ways that you can support the church right now: 
 1) Support Cokesbury with Your Financial Gifts, Time, Talent, and Witness,
 2) Share Information About Cokesbury,
 3) Contact Someone from Cokesbury,
 4) Share Your Ideas with The Pastor,
 5) Pray. Pray. Pray.

Reminders and Links:
Keep an eye on Cokesbury UMC’s Facebook page and website for periodic updates and items of interest.
  – The worship message is streamed online every Sunday at 10am on Facebook. You can find previous worship messages there as well.
Cokesbury UMC Facebook Page
Worship Services – YouTube
Time of Prayer – YouTubeCokesbury UMC Web Site
Common Lectionary Daily Readings
For Tithes and Offerings:

 – Join us for Sunday Worship,
 – Online via Cokesbury’s PayPal page,
 – Via mail to Cokesbury UMC, 14806 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22191,
 – Via the mail slot next to the upstairs door at the church.
If you shop at Amazon, please use our AmazonSmile access link to direct a portion (0.5%) of the price of eligible sales to Cokesbury UMC (it will not change the prices you pay): 

Bird Feeder Pond Cam– Live bird feeder cam in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.
Create in Me & Have Thine Own Way – Sounds Like Reign

God be with you til we meet again,
Eunice and Walter
Cokesbury UMC Church Council Co-Chairs
Volume 2.18 – 8/11/2021