July 21, 2017
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope you have had a good week.
Sunday promises to be another great day in worship as we continue our “Summer in the City” services. Julie Schendel will be preaching this week as we continue to focus upon “Summer Psalms.” This Sunday we turn our attention to one of the most-beloved biblical passages of all time — Psalm 100. No doubt you have quoted this psalm of praise on numerous occasions:
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
The psalmist encourages us to sing praises to God. Did you know that science has discovered a connection between singing and better health and well-being? Seriously, neurological studies have shown that when you sing, your brain releases endorphins and oxytocins, hormones that work together to relax your brain and relieve stress and anxiety. And here’s the best part: you don’t even have to be a good singer to reap the rewards! Just make a joyful “noise!” Amazing. So, one of the best things you can do for your own mental health is to show up at Peachtree Road on Sunday mornings, pick up a hymnal or put on a choir robe, and sing praises to God! It’s certainly worth considering.
Speaking of singing, not only will you have the opportunity to sing some of my favorite hymns (To God Be the Glory, ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus, and Revive Us Again) and hear the Chancel Choir, but we also will be blessed by the singing of our own Amy Little as a soloist. Do you need something to encourage you and get you seeing life from a new perspective? Then join us as we “come into His presence with singing” this Sunday.
Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your generous giving to Wesley Woods as a part of the Mother’s Day Offering. To date, your offering of $25,685 represents the largest amount contributed by one church in our Annual Conference, and I am grateful. If you were in the sanctuary that Sunday, you heard incredibly moving testimonies of how Wesley Woods makes a difference in the lives of older adults living in our communities (even some from our own church). They spoke of how Wesley Woods has given them a sense of belonging that helps to overcome the loneliness so many experience at this stage of life and provides meaning to their lives. If you have not had an opportunity to contribute yet, you may do so through the month of August by giving online.
Finally, I am pleased to announce the addition of two new persons to our church staff:
Bob Brinson, who joined Peachtree Road on Palm Sunday one year ago, is our new preferred caterer. If you have not had a chance to sample Chef Bob’s cooking the last two weeks, I invite you to drop by Grace Hall on a Sunday morning and enjoy the delicious breakfast he has prepared.
Deb Knott is our new events coordinator. She started last week and is the one you will want to talk with about scheduling the use of our church space.
I look forward to having you meet these two. We welcome them to the Peachtree Road family.
As you travel in these last days of summer, I encourage you to stay connected to your church family by worshiping online or viewing the service later in the week. Thank you for your support in so many ways.
See you Sunday as we worship together and make a joyful noise!