May 18, 2018
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope you are doing well. I know many of you were present last Sunday as we celebrated Mother’s Day here at Peachtree Road. If you were not here, I encourage you to go to the church website to hear Mr. Joe Giordano, a resident of the Wesley Woods retirement community, share how Wesley Woods plays a vital role in the quality of his life. His heartfelt words of gratitude touched us all. Later in the service, we received an offering to benefit the benevolent fund of this ministry as they provide financial assistance to some who have outlived their resources. If you have not had an opportunity to give toward the special offering, I invite you to contribute through the church app or online here. Thank you for your generosity.
This upcoming Sunday promises to be a great day here at Peachtree Road as we celebrate Pentecost and recognize the 100+ members who have recently completed Disciple Bible Study (at the 8:45 am service) as well as those graduating from high school (at the 11:15 am service). Also, at the close of the 11:15 am service, we will commission those preparing for mission trips to Belize and the country of Georgia. The message for the day is entitled “Breathe in the Spirit,” and we will reflect upon John’s account of Jesus bestowing the Holy Spirit upon his disciples. We’ll spend a few minutes considering John Wesley’s encouragement to the early Methodists to “breathe in God’s grace and breathe out good works.” I hope you will be with us for worship this week.
Last Monday evening our Administrative Board met, and I wanted to give you a quick look at some of the highlights of the meeting:
- Beth Spencer reported on the great success of the Lenten Offering. As a result of the generosity of so many in our church, we have written checks totaling $335,000 to our partner agencies who are transforming lives here in the community.
- Carolyn Stephens introduced the 2017 Impact Report that was mailed out electronically Tuesday morning. I encourage you to read it over and get a good sense of the length and depth and breadth of the ministry of Peachtree Road. Copies of the report also are available in the kiosks at the church.
- Brad Milsaps gave the first quarter financial report and announced that your giving exceeded projections by $145,000. In addition, Brad reported that the annual financial audit has been completed with everything in order.
- Lauren Race informed Board officials that the Endowments and Memorials Committee had met, and the current endowment balance is now over $2.6 million. The committee awarded gifts totaling $118,000 to a number of projects including an expansion of the church’s prison ministry, a new initiative in evangelistic outreach beyond the walls of our church, and several capital improvements to address safety and security needs around the church.
It was a helpful and very informative meeting, and I am grateful for the leadership of our Administrative Board members.
Thank you for your faith in Christ and your support of Peachtree Road – your daily prayers for her ministry, regular presence in worship, generous giving, and acts of kindness and service in her name are deeply appreciated.
See you Sunday!
PS – The color for Pentecost is red. I encourage you to wear red to church this Sunday as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit into our lives!