June 30, 2017
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
Last Sunday was a remarkable day here at Peachtree Road, and I am so grateful to all who had a hand in its planning and coordination. The annual “Celebration of Freedom” service is a favorite of many in our congregation, but I thought this year’s was especially meaningful.
I am grateful to Nicole Marane, the Atlanta Brassworks, and the members of the volunteer choir for the wonderful music offered on Sunday. We were delighted to welcome an outstanding number of new members to Peachtree Road, and I hope you will make an effort to get to know them. We also were delighted to welcome our new associate minister Rev. Carolyn Stephens to our church family, and I am confident she will have a great impact on our ministry. And, once again, we were blessed to have Timothy Miller close our services by leading us in singing a prayer for our nation: “God Bless America.”
For many, the most emotional moment came when our veterans marched into the sanctuary during the singing of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” We are grateful for their service to our country, and the tribute you offered them Sunday was most appropriate. Each year I am moved by the fact that there are persons who no longer are with us for this tribute. I really missed seeing some of our veterans who have been a significant part of the parade in years past — including Nolan Bell in his dress uniform, leading the procession. We are grateful for each of these men and women. I appreciate the leadership provided in the service by our members Jennifer Evans (US Navy E6) and Ken Carroll (US Navy Lt. Colonel). It was a good day at Peachtree Road.
This Sunday promises to be a good day as well as we kick-off our Summer in the City sermon series. This year’s theme is “Summer Psalms.” We will be focusing upon a different psalm each week as we join together in singing some of our favorite, familiar hymns. You are encouraged to come casually dressed and enjoy lemonade and cookies out front immediately following the services.
July 2 | Psalm 23 | The Lord is my shepherd | Bill Britt
July 9 | Psalm 27 | The Lord is my light and my salvation… | Julie Schendel
July 16 | Psalm 32 | Blessed is the one... | Carolyn Stephens
July 23 | Psalm 100 | Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth | Julie Schendel
July 30 | Psalm 121 | I lift up my eyes to the mountains… | Carolyn Stephens
Also, this Sunday we will be introducing Rev. Geoff Beakley as our student pastor here at Peachtree Road. Many of you already know Geoff and his wife Leigh. Geoff is currently a full-time student at Candler School of Theology and will be serving with us part-time working in the ministry areas of worship, pastoral care, men’s discipleship, and scouting. I hope you will be present Sunday to welcome him formally to our ministerial staff.
Finally, let me remind you about our “Party on Peachtree” Tuesday morning, July 4. Please join us in front of the church from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. as we cheer on the 70,000 participants in this year’s Peachtree Road Race. If you are running the race, swing by and let us greet you and encourage you. This is a fun event and all are invited to be a part of it.
Thank you for your prayerful support of Peachtree Road and its ministry in this community. These are exciting times as we continue to grow into the dream God has for us. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve with you!