July 9, 2021
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope you are well. On Sunday, July 11, we will publicly introduce our new associate minister Josh Miles and welcome him to Peachtree Road. Josh arrived ready for work on Tuesday morning and is beginning to find his way around our church campus and meeting people. He is an outstanding young man. (I have known him and his family for nearly 25 years!) One of the first traits you will see in Josh is his passion for Christ, and I want to warn you that it is contagious! We all will benefit from his ministry and leadership with us. I hope you will make a special effort to attend one of the services on Sunday and welcome him to Atlanta. By the way, he will be preaching in the sanctuary a week from Sunday, July 18, at both 8:30 am and 11:15 am, so spread the word!
Also, this Sunday we will continue our July series of messages entitled “At the Movies.” Each week we are considering the theological themes we find in some of our favorite movies. Last week (appropriately for the date) our movie was “Independence Day.” While the movie is not overtly religious, we acknowledged the universal struggle between good and evil at the center of the film and remembered the words of the Apostle Paul:
“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12
We give our thanks to God for the grace and freedom given to us to choose goodness and to allow our Lord to work in us and through us in these days. This week we will reflect upon the theological themes found in “The Shawshank Redemption” which is considered by many to be one of the best movies of all time. It certainly is one of my favorites. Tim Robbins plays the role of Andy Dufresne, a banker falsely convicted of murder and serving two life-terms, along with “Red” Redding, who is played masterfully by Morgan Freeman. I remind you that this is an “R-rated” movie and is intended for mature audiences with scenes that are not appropriate for adolescents and younger children. Please join us Sunday in person at either 8:30 am or 11:15 am or online (www.prumc.org) at 11:15 am as we worship and celebrate God’s redeeming work.
Thank you for your generous support of the church’s ministry, especially during the months of the pandemic. At the beginning of this year, we made some adjustments to the operating budget by eliminating four staff positions and, through six months, we are pretty much “on track” to support all of our ministry plans for the year. I am grateful for your faithfulness to this important part of Christian discipleship and encourage you to continue with your generosity. We recently completed a conversion of our online giving system to Pushpay and believe you will find it easier to give than ever before. For example, you now can give four different ways:
- Through the Church Website – just click the amount you would like to give, the cause you would like your gift to support from the menu of options, and whether you would like for this to be a recurring gift or one-time gift. It’s that easy! Just follow this link: www.prumc.org/give. (Note: the church pays a surcharge of 2% on all credit card gifts, so giving by automatic withdrawal enables your gift to go further.)
- Stock Donation or Wire Transfer – all of the information you need to make a stock gift is found on the website, or you may contact Roger Laney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Give by Check – make your check payable to Peachtree Road UMC and send it to the church at the following address:
Peachtree Road UMC
attn: Business Office
3180 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA, 30305
- Planned Gift – you can join the hundreds of other families who have signed up to leave a financial legacy to Peachtree Road UMC through the John Wesley Society. Planned gifts can be made by anyone in any phase of life. Your gift is invested and never touched. The earnings from the gift provide support for the ministry of the church. To learn more about the opportunity to give a gift of a bequest in a will, offer a gift of securities or property, or set up a Charitable Remainder Trust, please contact our financial controller Roger Laney at email@example.com.
Again, thank you for your generous support. Your giving is changing lives and our community.
Finally, on behalf of our district superintendent at the request of the church’s Board of Trustees, we have been authorized to hold a Called Church Conference in the sanctuary on Sunday, July 25, at 10:00 am for the purpose of voting on the Trustees’ plan to construct two new parsonages on property the church currently owns on West Shadowlawn Avenue. A packet containing information about this project will be emailed to you soon. Please mark this date on your calendar and plan to be present for the brief church conference.
I know many of you are out of town during this month and pray that you have safe travels. Enjoy these days with loved ones, stay safe, and call me if you need me.
Grace and peace,