Gratitude in the Moment
    At the close of worship last Sunday, I made the announcement that we are planning to make provision for in-person worship on a limited basis beginning Sunday, October 4. We have seen marked improvement in the number of new cases of COVID-19 in our community and have learned a great deal about how to mitigate the risks of being together in worship.
    Center Your Life in Christ
      Do you remember where you were 19 years ago today? I don’t think any of us will ever forget the day our world was brought to a complete stop by the attacks of that fateful morning. We remember and give thanks for the lives of those who died that day and especially for those who died trying to help others. Our world is a different place because of that day.
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      Study, Enrichment, & Support
        As one member suggested in a note to me: “I hope you are staying positive and testing negative!” I want to begin this week’s message on a sad note by letting you know of the death of Karen Greer, the wife of Ron Greer who is the director of the Pastoral Counseling Center here at Peachtree Road. Karen was an extraordinary person who served as one of our church’s ambassadors each Sunday and was blessed with a double-portion of the spiritual fruit of loving-kindness. We will miss her light. Please remember Ron and family in your prayers.
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        Grateful for Your Prayers
          I hope this note finds you safe and well. At the close of this note, I want to share several important updates from Monday evening’s Administrative Board meeting. First, I want you to know how much I am looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday. We are bringing our series of messages entitled “Grace for Every Time of Need” to a close.
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          Connected to God’s Grace
            I hope you are well. I want to begin this week’s note by announcing the death of two of our finest members. Bob Hunter was a long-time member of Peachtree Road who served as the chair of the Administrative Board in 1977. He and his wife Barbara have been members for nearly 60 years and have been very faithful in their support of the church’s ministry. Randall Rollins also was a long-time member. He and his wife Peggy joined Peachtree Road over 40 years ago, and they have enthusiastically supported every good cause championed by this church ever since. I have no words to describe how much I will miss these two saints of the church. Please remember their families and dear friends in your prayers.
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            Into the Household of God
              I hope you are well. This has been a really good week around the church. For me it began last Sunday with the incorporation of the baptism of the daughter of Liz and JR Wright into our Sunday morning service. Though we have baptized a number of children during the days of the pandemic, this was the first in the midst of the online worship service since mid-March. I was delighted to baptize Elizabeth Holt and know that you all were there with us – affirming your faith along with the family and welcoming “Birdie” into the household of God. It just felt good…a sense of normalcy returning.
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              Respond to God’s Grace
                I hope you are well. Let me begin this week’s note by informing you of a change on our Youth staff. Grace Nadeau, one of our associate directors, has accepted a position with the Gwinnett County Public Schools as a high school Spanish teacher and will be leaving our staff. Grace grew up here at Peachtree Road, is a product our church’s youth ministry, and married her husband Zach in our sanctuary.
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                Recognize the Presence of God
                  I hope this note finds you well. This Sunday, August 2, we will kick-off a new sermon series entitled “Grace For Every Time of Need.” You have heard me talk about a lesson I learned early in my ministry – there are things that we want and then there are things that we really want. For example, what we want is independence, good health, and safety and security for our loved ones. However, what we really want is God.
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                  Give Fully to God
                    I hope this note finds you well. Thank you for your faithfulness in so many ways. You have continued to stay connected to the ministry of Peachtree Road throughout the summer through worship, Zoom prayer groups, Bible studies, and outreach opportunities, and I am grateful for you.
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                    A Gift From God
                      I hope you are doing well on this hot summer day. I want to begin this week’s note by telling you how much I miss seeing you. Each Sunday morning I step into the pulpit to preach, look into the camera on the front wall of the balcony, and imagine seeing your faces on the other side of that lens.
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                      Christ is Our Solid Rock
                        I hope you have had a good week. I know the outside temperature, the humidity, and the calendar suggest this is July; however, in many ways it just doesn’t feel like summer. My life has a certain rhythm to it. Usually, I move from through the days of Lent to a glorious celebration of Easter to special times like Confirmation Sunday, seeing my mother on Mother’s Day, and watching the parade of veterans on Freedom Sunday.
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                        God Is at Work
                          I hope this note finds you doing well. Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and I hope you will have a wonderful day with loved ones. As we come to the 244th anniversary of the founding of our nation, I want you to know that I am more hopeful than ever before about our future.
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                          Return to the Essentials of Our Faith
                            I hope this note finds you well. This Sunday is our annual Celebration of Freedom Sunday. While we will not be gathering in-person for the service, we will have the opportunity to sing patriotic hymns, hear inspirational music from our choir, and give thanks for our veterans through segments taken from last year’s celebration.
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                            Give Thanks and Rejoice
                            I hope this note finds you well. As I mentioned in the sermon last Sunday, it almost feels like we are living in the midst of a perfect storm. Three months ago, we were hit by a hurricane of a health crisis. Then, another storm appeared on the horizon and headed toward us in the form of an unprecedented economic and unemployment crisis.
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                            Adapting to Change
                              I hope this note finds you well. Earlier this week it hit me. The new decade of the 20’s is less than six months old and already we have dealt with more crises and strife than we would hope to encounter over the next 10 years! As a result, our ability to adapt to change and deal with adversity has been challenged like no time in my 39 years as a pastor.
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                              Offer Your Presence and Compassion
                              I hope this note finds you well. Let me begin with an apology to all who tuned in to watch last Sunday’s service on livestream at 11:15 am. There was a network error that caused the system to crash, and I understand viewing was impossible. I am grateful to our dedicated AV team who did record the service, and it is available in its entirety here. This is a critical time in the life of our community, and I encourage you to set aside about fifty minutes this weekend to watch the service, hear the beautiful music, join in the liturgy and prayer, and consider the message of the day. By the way, the network problem has been repaired, and we are ready for Sunday!
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