Bill Britt preaching smiling green stole Easter

Weekly Messages to the Congregation

Fire, Wind, and Renewal
I wanted to begin this week’s note with some good news. Earlier this month, our beloved member Claire Yancey celebrated her 100th birthday. She has joined the most exclusive club in our church – the centennial club! I know that you join me in wishing her a happy birthday. She is hoping to be in church with us on Sunday!  Speaking of Sunday, it promises to be an eventful day in the life of the church:
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Faithful Presence, Enthusiastic Witness
Last Sunday was a great day at Peachtree Road UMC as we celebrated Mother’s Day. It warmed my heart to see so many families worshiping together as we paused to give thanks to God for those in our lives who have loved us and nurtured our faith. As a part of our worship service last week, we received a special offering for Wesley Woods, a ministry started by Methodists in the North Georgia Conference to provide for the needs of elderly persons who have outlived their financial resources. Wesley Woods communities offer residential services as well as health care, rehabilitation, nursing home care, and specialized care for those suffering with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
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Honor, Service and Making a Difference
Of course, this Sunday is Mother’s Day. I understand that $20.7 billion will be spent honoring mothers this holiday weekend – gifts, flowers, cards, and meals. It’s amazing what this day of recognition has become, especially when you consider how it all started. Ann Reeves Jarvis was a member of Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. She taught Sunday School, organized other women in her church to work for better sanitation in her community, volunteered at the local hospital, and worked to support young mothers.
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How Blessed We Are
I also hope you know how blessed we are here at Peachtree Road UMC. Over the last few weeks, we have blessed the 51 babies who have been born to members of our congregation within the last year, confirmed the faith of 58 youth, celebrated the 70th birthday of The Preschool at Peachtree Road UMC, and offered a blessing upon the 54 seniors set to graduate from high school later this month. These all are signs of a vital church!
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About Bill

Bill Britt has served as the senior pastor of Peachtree Road since June, 2008.  He is a native of Thomaston, Georgia, and a graduate of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida (Bachelor in Arts), Candler School of Theology of Emory University (Master of Divinity), and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio (Doctor of Ministry).

His previous appointments include Ebenezer UMC in Forsyth (1981-1984), associate minister at Trinity-on-the-Hill UMC in Augusta (1984-1988), Trinity UMC in Cartersville (1988-1997), and the First UMC in Athens (1997-2008).

Bill and his wife Wendie have two children, Sara and Will.  Sara is married to Diogo Pereira and they have two children, Lidia and Lucas.  Will is married to Gina Kim.  Bill enjoys playing golf, reading, and annual family vacations at the beach.