Be True to the Faith

March 25, 2022

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. I am looking forward to worshiping with you this Sunday as we continue our Lenten series “Following Jesus.” We already have followed Jesus to the banks of the Jordan River where we have witnessed his baptism, into the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan, and onto the mountaintop where he taught his disciples to bless the lives of others. This week we will overhear Jesus as he continues his Sermon on the Mount by teaching the disciples what it means to be authentic and to be true to the faith. The word you hear so much these days when folks criticize Christians is “hypocrite.” I want us to think about that together on Sunday. Please read Matthew 6:1-18 in preparation, and I hope to see you in person for one of our services: 8:45 am, 10:00 am, or 11:15 am. If you are unable to make it, please worship online through our Livestream.

Please join us in the Moore Chapel on Sunday for a prayer service as we intercede on behalf of the people in war-torn Ukraine. During this time of worship, we will read words from the psalms, sing hymns to God, and pray for the people of Ukraine and its leaders, the people of Russia and its leaders, and for God’s peace to reign on earth, as it does in heaven. The service is set for this Sunday, March 27, at 5:00 pm. Together we will lift our voices to God as we offer prayers of intercession for our brothers and sisters in those nations.

Let me also thank you for your financial gifts in support of United Methodist churches in Kyiv and Lviv. They are sheltering and feeding people and helping get many out of harm’s way. We are partnering with Mt. Pisgah UMC in this effort, and you may see a video they have produced that highlights this work here. Also, it is not too late to give. You may make your check payable to Peachtree Road UMC and mark it for “Disaster Relief: Ukraine.” You also may give online here. Thank you for your generous support.

During the season of Lent, we as a congregation annually commit ourselves to service and giving:

  • Season of Service –we are pleased to offer meaningful opportunities for persons of all ages and abilities to reach out and make a difference in the lives of others. Just like the ripples on a pond created when a stone hits the water, your service will have a far-reaching impact on our community. Join us once again to help others in a Season of Service. For more information, click here.
  • Lenten Offering – our special offering this season is designated for some of our ministry partners here in the Greater Atlanta community. As you can imagine, these helping agencies have been hit hard during the last two years (at a time when the need is even greater than ever before). Your giving will help a child have food to eat; a veteran struggling with addiction to find hope and help; and a single parent trying to raise a family to have a place to call home. I challenge each of you to give a gift of $100 or more to the offering this year. Please join us in supporting our vision of a better Atlanta. You may give online through the church app or thewebsite. Thank you for your generous support. Together, we are changing lives!

I also want to invite you to A Conversation about Depression. The event, sponsored by our church’s One Lamb Initiative, is scheduled for this Sunday, March 27, at 5:30 pm in the Hospitality Suite. Jamie and Lena Jenkins will lead a conversation about depression in the hope that participants will learn to recognize the signs of depression in themselves and others, know when and how to ask for professional help, and discover some tools for taking care of themselves and others who are struggling with anxiety and depression. Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn and grow in the area of mental health.Are you interested in becoming a member of Peachtree Road UMC? – a special joining Sunday is set for April 10, and we would love to help you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ and find avenues of service to others through this great community of faith. If you would like to learn more about the steps in becoming a member, please contact our associate minister Elizabeth Byrd at elizabethb@prumc.org.

Finally, I wanted to mention that the Dogwood Gift Shop is sponsoring the Camille and Company Trunk Show this Sunday from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm. You are invited to drop by the Dogwood and discover the beautiful new items for spring. As always, your purchase will support our global mission projects.

I hope to see you this Sunday at Peachtree Road UMC as we worship and pray together.

Grace and peace,

Bill

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