Change and Gratitude

February 25, 2022

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. Let me begin this week’s note with some news about changes coming to our church staff. After over 32 years working at the church in some capacity or another, Martha Christopher has announced her retirement, effective March 31, 2022, as the Director of Children’s Ministries here at Peachtree Road UMC. She began working with The Preschool in 1989, became the church’s Associate Director of Children’s Ministries in 1992, and has served as our Director of Children’s Ministries since 1997. Just imagine the thousands of children’s lives she has impacted over the years! Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for Martha’s leadership, but we will try in the days to come as she prepares for the next chapter in her life.

In other news, I am pleased to announce that Jordan Black has accepted our invitation to be our new Director of Children’s Ministries. Jordan is no stranger to our leadership team. She first joined our staff as the Associate Director of Children’s Ministries in 2011, left for three years to help run the Matthew Initiative (a children’s ministry founded by her mother), and then rejoined us last August. Jordan knows Peachtree Road UMC, and I am confident that she has all the qualifications needed to lead this important ministry into the future. She will assume the reins of leadership on April 1, 2022.

Please join me in a prayer of gratitude for these two women – for their faith in Christ, their hopes for the future, and their love for families with children.

I hope that you are planning to join us on Sunday for worship as we consider a message entitled “A Glimpse of Eternity” based on Jesus’ Transfiguration. Peter, James, and John had accompanied Jesus onto a mountaintop for a time of prayer when they caught a vision of Jesus in all his glory and in conversation with Moses and Elijah. It is a vision that will sustain them in the days to come, just as our “glimpses of eternity” do for us. I encourage you to read the scripture lesson for this message before Sunday – Luke 9:28-36. If you cannot be with us in person at 8:45 am, 10:00 am, or 11:15 am, I encourage you to participate through the Livestream of those services here.

You also are invited to join us for lunch this Sunday, February 27 in Grace Hall. Chef Bob is preparing lasagna, and we will be serving from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Come join your friends at Peachtree Road UMC for warm fellowship and a delicious meal.

This week we will receive our annual Sponsor a Child special offering to help break the cycle of generational poverty in the country of Georgia and support a program designed to prove year-round food, medical care, educational opportunities for 300+ children. Your gift of just $1 a day ($365 for the year) will give hope to a child living in the poorest, rural areas of that country. You may discover more information here and sign up to sponsor a child and transform his or her life.

On Sunday evening we will offer a Prayer Service for Healing at 5:00 pm in the Moore Chapel. The service will be led by Rev. Josh Miles and will feature, hymns, scripture readings, a message, and a time for prayers of intercession. Please know that you are not alone in your struggle, whatever it might be. We want to pray earnestly for you and for your healing and wholeness. Please join us this Sunday evening and invite someone you know who is in need of prayerful support.

I remind you that the season of Lent begins on Wednesday, March 2 with our Ash Wednesday services and options for receiving the imposition of ashes:

• Imposition of Ashes — 6:30 am until 10:00 am in the Red Parking Lot
• Midday Service — 12:00 noon in the Moore Chapel with Rev. Julie Wright preaching
• Imposition of Ashes — 12:30 pm until 1:00 pm in the Moore Chapel
• Family Service — 5:00 pm in the Moore Chapel with Rev. Josh Miles preaching

• Evening Service — 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary with Rev. Carolyn Stephens preaching

Please join us as we prepare to observe a holy Lent.

Finally, let me briefly lift up several other opportunities for the coming days:

  • Habitat for Humanity Project – you may be aware that our church is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for Atlanta educator Tiffany Barron and her daughter. Teams from the church will be working each Saturday until April 30, from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and provide proof of vaccination. Contact Beth Spencer (beths@prumc.org) to sign up or get more information.
  • Season of Service – each year, during the season of Lent, 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 when we come together through a Season of Service. Join us once again to help others as the body of Christ in a renewed and relevant way. For more information, click here.
  • Have you registered for Connect-PRUMC yet? Once you are registered, you will be connected to over 1100 of your fellow Peachtree Road members. Please help us get you fully integrated into this new digital community of our church by accomplishing these three simple tasks:
  • Upload a photo of yourself and update your contact information
  • Review your privacy settings
  • Complete our feedback form
  • Written instructions to help you with these can be downloaded here: www.prumc.org/connect. For further assistance, you may contact Lisa Huni at connect@prumc.org or 404.240.8223.
Mental Wellness Forum – you are invited to join the Family Builders Class for an educational forum on Sunday, March 6, at 10:00 am in Heritage Hall featuring noted mental health advocate, author, and Atlanta attorney Lynn Garson. She will describe her journey from major clinical depression and thoughts of suicide to recovery, as well as offer caregiving insight and hope for the future.Thank you for being a blessing to others. I hope to see you in person this Sunday in worship.

Grace and peace,

Bill

 

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