March 31, 2017
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the springtime weather. Sunday promises to be a good day here at Peachtree Road.
- In worship, we will continue with our series of messages around the theme “Breathe.” Many of you have gotten that distressing phone call that has sent you to the hospital to be with a loved one. I have heard the hours following a tragedy described in this way: “I feel like I am in a bad dream and just want to wake up so it can be over.” This week’s message focuses upon the death of Jesus’ friend Lazarus (John 11:1-45) and Jesus’ response. I hope you will be present Sunday morning as we ponder what it means to “breathe…when you’re caught in a nightmare.”
- Sunday also is the day we kick-off our “Sponsor a Child” mission emphasis. You may know of our ministry with children in the country of Georgia. Tamuna Grigolia is the one who coordinates our efforts to provide love and support for 350 children in five orphanages in the country of Georgia. She will be present with us Sunday to share a word of appreciation with you for your loving kindness and support. When you sign up to “Sponsor a Child” in Georgia, you will be providing for the needs of a child for an entire year. Thank you in advance for your generosity toward this ministry. Our mission team volunteers will be available in Grace Hall this Sunday morning to share stories and help with your sponsorship, or you may give online.
- Also, on Sunday evening you are invited to a special Lenten service in the sanctuary at 7:00 pm. The Passion of the Christ: the Musical Stations of the Cross is designed to help us remember and reflect upon the death of Christ on the cross. You are invited to participate in this very meaningful Lenten service.
Earlier this week, Beth Spencer and I had an opportunity to attend the international convention for Habitat for Humanity that took place here in Atlanta. We were guests for the keynote speech delivered by Jonathan Reckford, the CEO of Habitat. I was astounded by one statistic he shared: every 50 seconds work is started somewhere in the world on a new house built in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity. This ministry, started a little over 40 years ago, is making a difference in our world, addressing the housing needs of the world one family at a time. It is a joy to partner with this outstanding organization. This is on my mind today because Peachtree Road is in the finishing stages of a house being built for Uriel Daniel and her family – the 46th house this church has built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity! On Easter Sunday we will receive a special offering to help pay for this house. I hope you will join Wendie and me in giving generously toward this very worthwhile project. I appreciate your help.
I do not want to miss the opportunity to offer a word of appreciation for all who participated in last Saturday’s Great Day of Service. I am grateful to Beth Spencer, our director of local outreach, Susie Hubbard and Jo Hodges, the co-directors for this year’s event, and their team of volunteers who helped lead the 25th edition of the Great Day. I especially appreciate the efforts of the members of the steering committee and project captains who got us organized and heading out to the projects throughout the city. It was a wonderful day of service and fellowship. As a lover of good barbeque, I am grateful for Jef Wallace and his crew for the delicious barbeque pork they prepared on site! If you missed out on being a part of the Great Day this year, make your plans to be a part of it next year.
Finally, do you know someone who is looking for a church home? Peachtree Road is a wonderful place, and our gatherings on Sunday morning very much have the feel of a family reunion. Maybe you know someone who is in need of an extended family of faith to help support them, nurture them, and help them know the fullness of God’s love and grace. Why not invite them to join you here at Peachtree Road? Please contact Mimi Brunson to learn more about becoming a member and getting connected.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday!