All Are Welcome

January 28, 2022

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. It was good to see so many folks in person last week for worship! Though it was cold here in Atlanta, there was a warm spirit present in our worship services as we sang our hymns, joined our hearts in prayer, and allowed God’s Holy Spirit to draw us together. I found myself humming our closing hymn “Wonderful Words of Life” all Sunday afternoon and especially enjoyed welcoming new members into our congregation. We’ve made a good start to the year!

This Sunday we will bring to a close our series entitled What Keeps You Up at Night? Each week we have been considering the things that cause us great stress and rob us of restful sleep. We also have been searching the depths of our faith for inspiration that brings peace. We already have discussed past regrets, present anxieties, and future worries. This week we will add financial stress to the list. After all, it may be the most common source of anxiety in our lives. In preparation for the message, I encourage you to read the parable about the rich man (Luke 12) and what Jesus had to say about the relationship between money and anxiety. We’ll talk about it on Sunday, and I hope you will join us either in person at 8:45 am, 10:00 am, or 11:15 am, or online by Livestream.

At the close of this week’s services in the sanctuary, we will install the 2022 Administrative Board. This is the decision-making body for the church, and our new chairperson is Bonnie Copeland. During the closing hymn on Sunday, members of the Board will be invited to approach the altar rail, and we will offer a blessing upon them as they begin a new year leading our church. The Board’s first meeting is set for Monday evening, and a list of its members is available here.

In keeping with our emphasis on mental health and well-being, 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 via Zoom. For more information contact Susan Thigpen (thigpensusan@gmail.com) or Diane Sitton (ldasitton@gmail.com). Registration closes on February 13.

Last Wednesday we launched our church’s new digital ministry entitled Connect-PRUMC. This is the online community of Peachtree Road UMC and will enable you to interface with our church database and engage with your fellow members and all our ministries. An email was sent to you on our behalf by CCB (Church Community Builder) and invited you to register by selecting a username and password if you had not already done so. That registration is the first step in giving you access to this digital community. Please do not block or unsubscribe to CCB as this will be the primary interface for much of our ministry communications with you going forward.

As I mentioned last week, I am very excited about the possibilities this new tool opens up for us as a church. You will be able to:

  • Manage the communications you receive from the church
  • View your giving statement and manage your giving
  • Help us develop a digital pictorial directory

If you do not have an existing login and did not receive an email on January 26, please click this link to get started. For assistance, please contact our database manager Lisa Huni (404-240-8223 or lisah@prumc.org.) This represents a giant step forward for us in our ability to stay connected and care for one another. Please join our online community today.I am grateful for your wonderful support in so many ways. Please call on me if I can be of help to you in any way.

Grace and peace,

Bill

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