A Wonderful Celebration

July 2, 2021

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. Let me begin by thanking all who helped make Freedom Sunday a grand celebration. It was wonderful to see so many folks in church as we sang patriotic hymns, honored our veterans, and offered prayers for our nation. The music was especially moving as we welcomed folks back to the choir, and I noticed more than a few tears as Timothy Miller led us in singing “God Bless America.” The fried chicken served at the luncheon following the service was delicious and the fellowship at the tables made for a special day. Thank you to all who made the celebration possible.

While we’re on the subject of celebrations, let me remind you that our “Party on Peachtree” in front of the church is set for tomorrow, (July 3) and Sunday (July 4) from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. We will gather out front to enjoy a time of fellowship as we cheer on the tens of thousands of runners as they sprint/jog/walk past our church as a part of the Peachtree Road Race. The church bells will be ringing, so come and spend the early hours of the holiday with your church family. Reminder: we will only have one service Sunday (11:15 am), and I hope you will join us either in the sanctuary or online here.
First, let me take a moment to look ahead. I really am looking forward to Sunday’s worship service. Of course, July means “Summer in the City” here at Peachtree Road. During this month, you are encouraged to dress “comfortably” for worship. Our services are a bit more casual, and lemonade and cookies are served each week in front of the church at the close of worship.

During the month we will offer a fun series of messages entitled “At the Movies.” Each week we will highlight a different favorite movie and reflect upon the biblical themes we find in them:

July 04 . Galatians 5:1 . Independence Day
July 11 . Acts 9:1-22 . Shawshank Redemption
July 18 . I Corinthians 3:1-9 . Remember the Titans

July 25 . Luke 10:25-37 . A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Not only were each of these a box office success, but they also offered a positive message for the way we should live. We plan to offer a couple of “movie nights” at the church complete with popcorn and soft drinks as we view two of these films together in Grace Hall.

We begin the series this Sunday, July 4, and consider the 1996 summer blockbuster “Independence Day.” It’s the story of the people of earth banding together to confront the attack by aliens from outer space. Please note that we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the close of Sunday’s service. If you will be worshiping from home, please prepare to have your own bread and wine available. I look forward to worshiping with you “At the Movies” each Sunday in July!
Finally, I want to share with you some information about our church’s ministry of hospitality. Over the course of the last year, our lives have been disrupted in significant ways, and safety rightfully has been our number one priority. Now that we are coming to the end of the of the pandemic, we have an opportunity to reach out to our neighbors and help folks who are yearning for spiritual community. However, the pandemic has depleted the numbers in many of our hospitality ministries:
  • Ushers
  • Ambassadors
  • Acolytes
  • Altar Guild
  • Flower Guild
  • Sanctuary Guild
In addition, we are looking to add two new groups of greeters:
  • Parking Lot Greeters
  • Pew Greeters
We will be recruiting persons for these teams during the month of July and offering a general training event in hospitality on Sunday, August 15, from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. The training event will include a box lunch, and we hope to record it for others to watch later. If you are interested in joining the hospitality ministry of Peachtree Road, please let us know by emailing our associate minister Elizabeth Byrd here.
We will be reaching out to our neighbors and inviting them to Peachtree Road in September and want to be ready to offer them a warm and gracious welcome. Thank you for your help.
Finally, the second of our monthly summer preview services for Westside Table (our second campus located on the Westside of Midtown) is set for this Sunday, July 4, at Roundtrip Brewery at 11:00 am. Daniel Ogle and his team would love to see you there.
Many of you will be away this holiday weekend and I pray that you will travel safely. As always, if you are unable to worship in person at Peachtree Road, I encourage you to stay connected to your church family by worshiping online at www.prumc.org at 11:15 am or downloading the service later in the week through the church website.
Grace and peace,
Bill

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