August 20, 2021
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope you are well. Let me begin this week’s note by acknowledging the events of the past week.
- We continue to hear reports of a spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases in our county – over 300 per day! Despite our best efforts, the virus continues to be a real threat to the health of the most vulnerable in our community.
- We have seen the heartbreaking images from Haiti of the devastation caused by a massive earthquake that registered 7.2 on the Richter scale. The death toll has reached nearly 2,000, and it is estimated that 1.2 million lives have been impacted, including 540,000 children. (I will mention the opportunity to give to relief efforts at the close of this note.)
- We were shaken by the images from Afghanistan as military helicopters ferried workers from the American embassy to the airport in Kabul and transport planes took off with desperate Afghans holding onto the wheels of the aircraft. We are grateful for the efforts of all who served the last 20 years in that region to protect Americans from terrorism and pray for those left behind in these uncertain times.
I don’t know about you, but I need to be in church Sunday. I need to draw near to God in worship and hear words of comfort from the scriptures. I need to sing hymns that remind me of the promises of God who never leaves us or forsakes us. I need to be in prayer with others who share our common faith in God who works in the midst of life’s tragedies to bring healing and restoration. On Sunday, I need to be in worship!
We will continue our series of messages on Methodist beliefs by remembering that “Methodists Believe…in Heaven.” I hope you will make your plans to participate either in person in the sanctuary at 8:30 am or 11:15 am or online at 11:15 am – www.prumc.org.
Sunday also is Promotion Sunday here at Peachtree Road. Our elementary children will be promoted to the next grade of Sunday School, the youth ministry will welcome new sixth graders to the Harp Student Center, and many of our adult classes will begin meeting again in person. This will be a special day as we gather together in worship, hear “heavenly music” by our choir, and enjoy a fellowship luncheon of barbeque and all the fixings provided at no charge to the congregation by the church. Make your plans to join us.
Fall Kick-off Sunday is September 12, and we will launch several new initiatives in hospitality on that day. Not only are you encouraged to attend worship, but we also hope you will invite a friend, neighbor, or relative to join you as we begin an emphasis on hospitality. All are welcome at Peachtree Road as we consider ways we are “Bridging the Gap” with our neighbors.
Please make note of our new worship schedule for the fall:
5:00 pm – Moore Chapel (Communion Service)
12:00 noon – Moore Chapel
In addition, I remind you that our second campus known as the Westside Table is set to launch in-person weekly worship on September 19, at 11:00 am in space we are renting at Roundtop Brewery on the Westside of Midtown. This is an under-served but fast-growing part of our city, and this second campus gives us an opportunity to have a greater impact in the name of Christ. Daniel Ogle is the campus pastor, and Amy Little leads the worship team. We are in the process of recruiting about 50-75 persons from Peachtree Road who will volunteer to be “missionaries” to the Westside for about 18 months. If this is something you might be interested in doing, please contact Daniel Ogle at email@example.com. On September 12, I will issue an invitation at the close of worship for those who will help us launch the new campus to come to the altar for a prayer of blessing. This will mark a significant new beginning for our church.
Finally, let me mention two outreach opportunities:
- Relief Efforts for Haiti – on Sunday we will receive a special offering for the United Methodist Council on Relief (UMCOR). This is the best way to provide assistance to those who are suffering, and 100% of your dollar will reach those in need. Make your check payable to Peachtree Road and mark it for UMCOR, give online through our church’s website (select Natural Disaster – Haiti Relief), or on the church app. Thank you for your prayer-filled gifts.
- Red Cross Blood Drive – on Thursday, August 26, our campus will be the site for the Red Cross Blood Drive from 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. You can make your appointment here or contact Haley Gerlofs with the Red Cross if you have questions. Blood supplies are low in our community and your help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for all you are doing in these challenging days. I am grateful for your faith in Christ, your hope for the future, and your love for others. God be with you!
Grace and peace,