April 15, 2022
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope you are well. Let me begin this week’s note by thanking all who participated in worship on Palm Sunday at Peachtree Road UMC. It was an emotional experience to see the sanctuary filled to capacity again after so long — the first time we’ve had over 1,000 people in the sanctuary for a service since December of 2019! We ran out of worship bulletins, ran out of room on the steps for all of our new members, and ran out of food at the luncheon in Grace Hall. You exceeded all our expectations! The energy you brought to the church campus made it a Palm Sunday to remember. Thank you and welcome back!
- Community Good Friday Service – the service will be held today at noon at Wieuca Road Baptist Church. We will worship with members from the Cathedral of Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, New Hope African Methodist Episcopal, Peachtree Presbyterian, and Second Ponce de Leon Baptist, as well as Wieuca Road Baptist in this service. Dr. Rich Kannwischer, Senior Pastor of Peachtree Presbyterian, will be the preacher for the service, and I invite you to join us for this particularly meaningful time of worship as we reflect upon Christ’s death on the cross.
- Good Friday Prayer Vigil – the vigil is ongoing throughout the day until midnight tonight. You are encouraged to honor this holy day with 30 minutes of intentional prayer and mediation in your home or a location of your choice. You may register here to participate.
Of course, on Easter Sunday we will gather to celebrate the Resurrection – God’s decisive act in our lives that conquers sin and death. This will be the first opportunity we have had to participate in an all-out celebration of Easter in three years, and we really need Easter this year! We need the message of hope in the midst of great uncertainty. The service will feature a joyous procession as we sing “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” stirring anthems by the Chancel Choir Staff Singers accompanied by the Atlanta Brassworks and the grand organ, and the singing of “The Hallelujah Chorus” to close the service. We will offer four services on Sunday:
- Sunrise Service – 6:30 am beginning in the Columbarium
- Easter Festival Worship — 8:15 am, 9:45 am, and 11:15 am in the Sanctuary
Several Notes to Remember:
Time changes – please note the change in times for the first two services in the sanctuary. The change is for this Sunday only and is designed to help us provide time for turnover in the parking lots and seating in the sanctuary.
Childcare – a nursery will be provided for children ages Pre K and younger at the services in the sanctuary. Our regular elementary classes will not meet, and children in kindergarten through 5th grade are encouraged to celebrate Easter with their families in worship.
Complimentary Continental Breakfast – after the Sunrise Service, breakfast will be offered in Grace Hall for worshipers from 7:00 am until 8:15 am.
Online Worship – if you are unable to attend one of our Easter services in person, I certainly hope you will join members of your church family at Peachtree Road online here. All services will be broadcast live.
Two Opportunities to Give:
- Easter Cross of Flower Cuttings – covering the cross in front of the church with flowers is an Easter tradition that is enjoyed by our whole community. It is a stunning symbol of the Resurrection that testifies to our faith in Christ. This year we are asking you to participate by bringing your fresh-cut flowers, greenery, and flowering branches to the front of the church on Saturday, April 16, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Drive up in front of the church (on Peachtree), and volunteers will receive your cuttings. Thank you for your participation in this Easter tradition!
- Building a Better Atlanta through the Lenten Offering – in recent years, we have been designating the Lenten Offering to provide financial support for some of our ministry partners here in the Greater Atlanta community. As you can imagine, our partners have been particularly hard hit during the last two years (at a time when the need is even greater than ever before). Your gift will help a child to have food to eat; a veteran struggling with addiction to find hope and help; a single dad trying to raise his family to have a place to call home; and a single woman to receive a job and life skills that will restore her self-esteem. I challenge each of you to give a gift of $100 or more to the offering. Please join us in supporting our vision of a better Atlanta. You may make your check payable to Peachtree Road UMC and mark it for the “Lenten Offering” and mail it to the church office or give online through the church app or the website here. Thank you for your generous support. Together, we are changing lives!
Finally, please consider inviting others to worship with you this Sunday. Recent surveys of Americans have found that even as COVID concerns are receding in much of the country, new anxieties brought on by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and economic inflation have left people searching for something to anchor their lives. They are looking for a reminder that “the worst thing is never the last thing.” They need the inspiration of Easter. Think about someone who might need to hear that good news and encourage them to worship with you at Peachtree Road UMC.
Thank you for all you are doing. Thank you for your participation in worship, your fervent and regular prayers on behalf of others, your compassionate service and acts of kindness to strangers, and your generous sharing of your resources in the name of Christ. I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday as we celebrate together the Resurrection.
Grace and peace,