March 9, 2018
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope this note finds you well. I am looking forward to being back with you this Sunday for worship. Last week, Wendie and I, along with about 25 others from Peachtree Road, participated in a Civil Rights Heritage Tour to Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma, Alabama, and the tour culminated in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the 53rd anniversary of what has become known as “Bloody Sunday.” It was a good experience, and I will share with you something I learned about the relationship between compassion and forgiveness on Sunday.
And, speaking of compassion, we will continue our Lenten emphasis on “Compassion” this week, and Susan Bixler will spotlight the ministry of Habitat for Humanity. The sermon title for this week is “Forgiven and Forgiving” and you are encouraged to read Numbers 21:4-9 in preparation for the message. It is a strange story about a bronze snake being placed on a pole and folks being healed when they look up at it. However, the spiritual truth this story reveals is both powerful and freeing. Also, at the close of the 11:15 am service in the sanctuary, we will offer a blessing upon the Kenya mission team that is preparing to deliver water filters to those living in the Rongai region of that country. I hope you will be present Sunday and will consider inviting someone to worship with you.
I do want to give you a “heads up” about next Sunday, March 18. At the 11:15 am worship service, we will welcome the Voices of Hope Choir to Peachtree Road. The choir is made up of women from the Lee Arrendale State Prison and is under the direction of Chaplain Susan Bishop. The women will be singing preservice music in the sanctuary from 11:00 am until 11:15 am and will sing an additional piece during the service. You may be aware that Peachtree Road has a rich history in prison ministry. For over a decade, our church has served our incarcerated brothers and sisters through mentoring, tutoring, and leading support groups and Bible studies. In addition, through our Women’s Initiative, we have fostered the reunification of mothers and children through parties and special events. We also host an annual reunion where returning citizens gather to share their experiences and success stories. This is just another way members of Peachtree Road are living out Christ’s commandment to live a life of compassion. I know it is the back-end of spring break for many families, but I hope you will mark March 18 on your calendar and plan to attend.
Finally, let me remind you of several more opportunities for spiritual growth and service:
- If you have not signed up yet for the 26th annual Great Day of Service, please do so today. Serving is at the heart of compassion here at Peachtree Road, and there is a place for you and your family on the Great Day. Come join us! You may register online here.
- Participate in our “Give Up 2 Give” campaign. As you “give something up” for Lent, take the money you have saved and give it toward our Lenten offering which will support the 16 agencies we partner with to provide food, shelter, education, and support in our community. I am challenging every person who attends one of our Easter services to give $1.50 a day for 40 days ($60 total) toward the offering to help us reach our goal. Your sacrifice will change your life for the better, and your gift will change Atlanta for the better! You may start giving now through the church app or online here.
- Are you interested in learning more about our Methodist roots? Come join us for this summer’s Wesley Methodist Heritage Tour to England! The deadline is looming, and we still have a few spots open for this summer’s tour. Our Chancel Choir has the honor of being the Choir in Residence at Westminster Abbey, and this tour will coincide with their time in London. So, in addition to visiting the sites of significance to our history, we will have the opportunity to hear our church’s choir sing in a cathedral that is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. Wendie and I invite you to join us on this pilgrimage to the land of Wesley. For more information, please contact Jamie Jenkins.
- In this year of prayer, you are encouraged to participate in Peachtree Road’s Holy Week Prayer Vigil. We have set aside 48 hours from 12:01 am on Thursday, March 29, until 11:59 pm on Friday, March 30, for prayer. Please sign up here for one or more of the time slots during those holy days and pray.
- The Dogwood Gift Shop opens for the spring season this Sunday. You are invited to drop by and see the new items available. As always, all proceeds will benefit the global outreach of the church.
Let me close this note by asking, “What are you praying for today?” Consider adding that request to one of the prayer walls (physical and virtual) here at the church. At the end of the year, we will look back and see what God has done!
PS – This Sunday marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour as you head to bed on Saturday night so you will not be late for church on Sunday!