February 4, 2022
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope you are well. If you were not able to worship with us last week, I encourage you to go back and view the service. Particularly, I would want you to watch the inspiring testimony offered by Jeff Upshaw (linked here). I very much appreciated the way he began:
“I love this church. I really do. I know it’s not perfect, but I love it anyway…”
Jeff later quoted a line from the movie Jerry Maguire where Tom Cruise says to Renee Zellweger, “You complete me.” He made the point that, in many ways, Peachtree Road UMC completes him. Many of us can relate to that sentiment. Jeff’s testimony was such a powerful reminder that God’s transforming work is accomplished in many of our lives through this great church. As I reflected upon Jeff’s testimony, another line from Jerry Maguire came to my mind: “You had me at ‘Hello.’” He certainly had me at “I love this church. I really do.” Thank you, Jeff, for sharing your faith with us last Sunday.
This Sunday we will consider Jesus’ call to the disciples, and I encourage you to prepare for the message by reading Luke 5:1-11. The title of the message is “Launching Out Into Deeper Waters,” and we will focus upon Peter’s encounter with Jesus. You may sense a parallel to your life. As a part of Sunday’s services, we will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Those worshiping in the sanctuary and chapel will receive the prepackaged bread and grape juice (gluten-free) per our COVID protocols, and those of you worshiping online will want to prepare bread and wine in advance so we can celebrate together. I hope you will choose to join us in person at 8:45 am, 10:00 am, or 11:15 am. All services will be livestreamed as well (www.prumc.org/livestream).
Earlier this week, the Administrative Board met for the first time this year. It was chocked full of exciting news, and we:
- Viewed a presentation by Tom Cook on the organization of the United Methodist Church
- Learned that we ended the year with a surplus of $211,000 on a budget of $6.75 million
- Celebrated the reception of 134 new members (78 on profession of faith)
- Noted that we now have 8,168 members (an increase of 86 over last year)
- Adopted an operating budget for 2022 of $7.05 million
- Heard a report concerning Connect-PRUMC – our new digital community
- Received updates on start of construction on 2 new parsonages (early March)
- Approved expenditure of $320,000 from proceeds from endowed funds to be used for deferred maintenance projects on the church campus
- Prayed for one another, our church’s ministry, and the community
As you can see, it was an eventful meeting, and I am grateful to our chair Bonnie Copeland for her leadership.
I referenced Connect-PRUMC above. This new ministry is a virtual way for you to engage with other members and church ministries, and I encourage you to be an active participant. We already have 725 families registered, and your participation will further enable us to create a vibrant online community that will keep us connected in new ways. Our communications department will provide you with weekly homework assignments to help you get to know the many available features of Connect-PRUMC. Instructions are available at www.prumc.org/connect. This week’s homework assignment:
- View your personal profile
- Update your contact information
- Upload a photo of yourself
As an added convenience of this new digital community, your financial giving statement is now available at Connect-PRUMC. You can view and download your statement byclicking here. Once logged in, select the “My Giving” menu item and the “Schedules/History” tab. If you would prefer to receive your statement by mail, please contact Roger Laney at 404.240.8239 or email@example.com.
The One Lamb Initiative at Peachtree Road is working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to offer an eight-week course entitled Family2Family. This educational program is for families or significant others of people with a diagnosis of a mental health concern. Through a combination of lectures and interactive presentations, attendees will discover coping and problem-solving skills, self-care tips, crisis management, treatment options, and other helpful resources. The course meets each Sunday from 2:00 pm until 4:30 pm beginning February 13 and concluding on April 3. It is available in person on our campus as well as online by Zoom. For more information contact Susan Thigpen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Sitton at email@example.com. Registration closes on February 13.
Finally, congratulations to our own Bishop Woodie White. He recently was honored by the state of Georgia with the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery Civil Rights Award given during the state’s 37th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration of Service. This award is given annually to an outstanding individual or organization in recognition of his or her unwavering advocacy for leadership development in the fight for civil rights. If you know Bishop White, you know this award is richly deserved. He and his wife Kim are a treasured family here at Peachtree Road UMC.
Thank you for the generous sharing of your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.
Grace and peace,