May 26, 2017 Dear Peachtree Road Family, I hope this note finds you well as we approach Memorial Day weekend. In keeping with the reason for this holiday, during Sunday's worship services, our congregation will pause to remember those who have given their lives in service to our country by placing a wreath at the altar in their memory. Wendie and I will be away this weekend, and Julie Schendel will be preaching at the services on Sunday. I hope you are planning to be present. Of course, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer, and many of
May 19, 2017 Dear Peachtree Road Family, I hope you are doing well. I want to begin this week's note by letting you know about the deaths of two of our oldest members - Dan Yates and Ruth Hoover. Dan was 99 and Ruth may have been our oldest member at 102. These saints of the church have finished the race; they have kept the faith; and we are grateful for what they have meant to Peachtree Road. May they rest in peace and rise in glory! Many of you were present last Sunday for our Mother's Day worship services.
May 12, 2017 Dear Peachtree Road Family, I hope this note finds you well. Of course, this Sunday is Mother's Day. I understand that 20.7 billion dollars will be spent honoring mothers this holiday weekend - gifts, flowers, cards, and meals. It's amazing what this day of recognition has become, especially when you consider how it all started. Ann Reeves Jarvis was a member of Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. She taught Sunday School, organized other women in her church to work for better sanitation in her community, volunteered at the local hospital, and worked to support young
May 5, 2017 Dear Peachtree Road Family, I hope you are doing well. I also hope you realize just how blessed we are here at Peachtree Road. This past Sunday, we celebrated as members of this year's Confirmation Class came forward to profess their faith in Christ and join the church. We confirmed 88 students last Sunday - that's a lot of sixth-graders! Please join me in offering a prayer for these youth as they take the next step in their faith journey. You and I know the presence of children and youth is one important indicator of a vital
April 28, 2017 Dear Peachtree Road Family, I hope this note finds you well. This Sunday promises to be a special day at Peachtree Road as we celebrate Confirmation Sunday. Over the course of the last nine months, over 80 sixth graders have participated in this spiritual formation class. They attended a retreat at Camp Glisson in the early fall, have been meeting weekly since then, and have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. I am grateful to Mia Dunkel, Mary Fletcher Higdon, Daris McCullough, Ellen Marbut, and Scott and Tasha Whitehead for their leadership with this outstanding group.
April 21, 2017 Dear Peachtree Road Family, I hope you are having a great week. We now are living in the season of the year known as Easter. That's right. Our celebration in the church of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ continues for 50 days. Last Sunday was one of those mountaintop days here at Peachtree Road. When I got home from the Easter morning services, Wendie had a feast prepared for extended family (I think close to 30 people were in the house at one time!). After Sunday dinner, I sat down in a comfortable chair and