December 14, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this week’s note finds you well. Sunday promises to be another wonderful day at Peachtree Road as we continue our preparations for the coming of Christ and Christmas. We will continue our series entitled “The Wonder of Christmas” as we reflect upon “Love: Treasuring Christ.” This season floods our minds with a host of wonder-full memories: singing Christmas carols by the piano with friends, lighting candles during “Silent Night” in a dark church, and the homecoming of family members who live far away. Of course, there are other memories that conjure up past hurts and even current disappointments that can make Christmas depressing or lonely. To all of us in this season, Christmas angels show up to remind us that God loves us and is with us. So, with the shepherds we hear this good news and begin to move to celebrate it. I hope you will join us on Sunday as we sing, celebrate, and give thanks.

Over the last two weeks, I have found our special evening services to be helpful. The children led us in “The Great Tree Lighting” service, and last week we were blessed by the “Many Moods of Christmas” concert. The Chancel Choir, accompanied by members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgia Boy Choir, offered a concert that has become an Atlanta tradition for the season. I ran into so many people at the reception from other towns who made the trip into the city just for this concert. It was a beautiful event. Let me remind you of two more opportunities coming up this week at Peachtree Road:

  • Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir – Friday and Saturday, December 14 and 15, at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. The Georgia Boy Choir is our ensemble in residence, and this concert is their biggest event of the year. You will be mesmerized by the transcendent Georgia Boy Choir sound as they perform sacred classics, Christmas carols, and all your holiday favorites in our magnificent sanctuary. You may purchase tickets through their website.
  • Carols by Candlelight – Sunday, December 16, at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary. This “come as you are” service features a journey through the lessons and carols of the season and is led by the talented members of our church’s music ministry. We will conclude by singing together by candlelight. While this service is relatively new (it was introduced about ten years ago), it has become a favorite, and I hope to see you there.

Finally, let me offer a word of encouragement about your giving. I am grateful for your support of Christmas Kindness. Your generosity has enabled us to successfully fund this ministry for this year and begin making plans for next year. Hundreds of families were helped and will have a joy-filled Christmas because of you. Thank you. We now are turning our attention toward the Christmas Eve Offering. This year’s special offering is being designated to purchase water filters for those living in the Kabazi region of Kenya. One $40 water filter can provide clean water and good health to a family for up to 10 years. I hope you will come on Christmas Eve prepared to give generously as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

The most convenient way to give to the ministry of Peachtree Road is through the church’s app or website. However, there may be an even better way for many of you in this season. I was talking with a member earlier this week who didn’t realize the church could receive a stock transfer. There can be significant tax advantages to making gifts of appreciated securities to the church. Stocks, bonds, or other publicly traded securities are gratefully received. Please check with your financial advisor to see if this will be beneficial to you. If you need help, please contact your broker or Raymond Reynolds at the church.

Thank you for your all you do to support the ministry of Peachtree Road. I look forward to worshiping with you and serving with you this week!

Bill