In 2017 Cheryl Jane (CJ) Walter and her husband, David Range, are celebrating thirty-eight years of marriage, thirty- six years in the ordained ministry, and thirty-four years of parenthood. Co-pastoring twenty years in Jamaica and Ireland allowed her to combine marriage, ministry and motherhood (and David, fatherhood) into a seamless whole while their two boys were young. CJ and David have been serving separately at Cokesbury UMC (Margate) and Miramar UMC (Miramar) for the past twelve years. Son Micah lives in New Jersey with his wife, Jessica, and daughter, Emily. Benjamin, the younger son, lives in Florida The family enjoys travel, reading aloud, and extending hospitality with great conversation around the dinner table. Cokesbury and the family kindly supported CJ through completion of the Doctorate of Ministry degree in Leadership Excellence at Wesley Theological Seminary in 2015. Her focus of study was on cultivating a united, intentionally diverse leadership in the church. Being a witness to the transforming love of Jesus in the lives of people—including her own—is what gives Pastor CJ great joy.
Whether you are a visitor passing through, someone seeking to know more about Jesus, or a neighbor looking for a faith community, we are grateful for the opportunity to join you on your journey. By the grace of God we embody the gospel as imperfect people learning how to live well with life's daily challenges, conflicts, and opportunities. People often remark that they felt at home as soon as they came to Cokesbury. Our heart for God's kingdom is much greater than our numbers would suggest because people here want to make a difference locally and globally. Your story is part of God's vital conversation concerning the healing of the world. May God bless you abundantly with grace and wisdom as you discern if this is the community through which to serve God and grow in your faith.
GALS (God’s Angels, Loving Servants) meet the first Saturday of every month. They support efforts for mission, ministry and fellowship. The inter-generational GALS meet their goals through both playful and serious gatherings such as picnics, hosting speakers on subjects such as fraud, Arts & Crafts Shows and numerous events throughout the year.
Our Men's Group meets bi-monthly on Saturdays at 9:00am and is open to all ages and stages of life and faith. The sessions will be led by Rev. Rich Updegraff. Numerous topics and bible study will be discussed as well as engaging in community projects.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
Adult Sunday School is held in the Bowman Library on Sundays at 10:45am
Prayer Warriors meet every Wednesday at 4:30pm in the Church Sanctuary . All our prayer warriors keep the concerns before the Lord and confidentiality is respected.
Bible Study Groups meet on Wednesdays at 10:00am and 6:00pm in the Bowman Library
GETTING TO KNOW US
Mission and Vision
Cokesbury’s Mission: Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the World.
Our Vision: God has called us
...to Welcome all people: loving & praying for the community;
...to Nurture & introduce people of all ages to Jesus through meaningful & positive experiences;
...to Equip believers for ministry;
...to Serve in the community & the larger world through the church.
Nursery Attendant - Ke'Shena Johnson
Children's Coordinator - Joan Martin
Pastor - Dr. Rev. Cheryl Jane (CJ) Walter
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN A WORSHIP SERVICE?
WHO IS WELCOME?
You are! Whether you are a visitor passing through, someone seeking to know more about Jesus, or a neighbor looking for a faith community we are grateful for the opportunity to join you on your journey. Cokesbury is for people who come alone, with a friend or family. By the grace of God we embody the gospel as imperfect people learning how to live well with life’s daily challenges, conflicts and opportunities.
HOW DO I DRESS?
People often remark that they felt at home as soon as they came to Cokesbury. From suits and dresses to shorts and t-shirts everyone is welcome to dress as they feel comfortable.
HOSPITALITY AND GREETING
When you enter the church greeters are located just inside the doors of the church to welcome everyone. The greeters have bulletins which list our order of service and important information about programs and events at the church. The greeters are there to assist our visitors in any way. If you have questions please feel free to ask our greeters. Sit where you like: there are no assigned seats.
9:30am SUNDAY SERVICE
The 9.30 gathering is a casual contemporary service with a live band and a mix of modern music and classic favorites. During Praise Time we encourage everyone to join their voices in offering praise to the Lord! Everyone is welcome to praise God as they desire. Some stand, clap and lift their hands to the Lord. Others prefer to sit and listen. There is no one way to offer praise so you are invited to offer yourself in praise as you feel comfortable.
11:00am SUNDAY SERVICE
Communion is served the first Sunday of each month.
At 11.00 the experience is more formal, traditional worship with a choir, organ music and traditional hymns. There is a children’s message during the 11 o’clock service. Children may attend worship or Children’s Church during the service. The nursery is always open for pre-k and younger.
5:30 pm SATURDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Our new service will be engaging and interactive for all ages. We will share dinner, coffee-style house music that you can sing along with, a short sermon, and round table discussion on topics. This is not your traditional "set in stone" structure service. This service is a great way to engage and feel comfortable talking about faith and how to apply that faith to your everyday life whatever your age group.
Groundskeeper - Phil Gough
Music Director - Delbert Bailey
The Nursery is located in Room 8 of the Classroom Courtyard. Our attentive, background checked nursery attendants are there about fifteen minutes before worship begins to welcome little ones ages 4 and under. Older children and youth have age-appropriate programs that begin after they have had the opportunity to join the adults for opening praise of worship. While child care is available to all parents, those who want their children to stay with them throughout the service are welcome to do so.
Ministry Intern - Scott Didriksen
Church Admin - Linda Sue Goedke
Treasurer - Diane Witcofski