Grateful Joy and Prayers

September 24, 2021

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. Let me begin on a joyous note. Our associate ministerJosh Miles is getting married tonight, Friday, September 24. Many of you know his bride-to-be Emily Rivers – she was an intern for us a few summers ago when she was a student at Candler School of Theology. Josh and Emily will exchange their marriage vows this evening in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and I wanted you to know so you could offer a prayer for them today. Congratulations, Josh and Emily!

On another note, our associate minister Elizabeth Byrd is set to begin her maternity leave next week. We are excited for her and her husband Phillip as they prepare to welcome their daughter into the world very soon. Thank you for remembering Elizabeth in your prayers in the coming days.

I am looking forward to Sunday as we bring our series “Bridging the Gap” to a close. I recently heard Leonard Sweet suggest that we now live in a “well” curve world instead of a “bell” curve world. He was making the point that the middle (which used to be the strength of our communities) is disintegrating because of the divisions (economic, political, racial, social, and theological) that exist in our communities. This month we have been challenged to bridge the gaps that separate us from each other and to live into the unity for which we pray through Christ. In Sunday’s message I will challenge us to build bridges and then get over them. I hope you will join us in person at one of the services (8:30 am* in the sanctuary, 10:00 am in the chapel, 11:15 am in the sanctuary, or 5:00 pm in the chapel) or online through the church website.

On Monday, September 27, we are delighted to welcome New York Times bestselling author Latasha Morrison to Peachtree Road. She will speak at 6:30 pm about how we, as followers of Jesus Christ, can work towards bridging the gap with our brothers and sisters of different ethnicities. This is a perfect way for us to conclude a month-long emphasis on hospitality and reconciliation, and I encourage you to attend this free event Monday evening in the sanctuary. Please register here.

Let me offer an update on our two new worship offerings:

  • The Westside Table – this is our second campus located on the Westside of Midtown, and Daniel Ogle is the campus pastor. They held the first of what will now be weekly services at Round Trip Brewing Company last Sunday with 66 persons in attendance. This represents an excellent beginning to a ministry that will help folks in a fast-growing part of our city to experience the grace of God we have found here at Peachtree Road. Please continue to pray for this new campus on the Westside.
  • 10:00 am in the Moore Chapel – this new service features incredible music by our choirs, the intimacy of the Moore Chapel, and weekly celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We are pleased with the first two Sundays and believe this can serve a significant need in our church. If you would like to preview the service before you attend in person, it is being livestreamed through our website. We would love to see you Sundays at 10:00 am.
*A word about the early worship service at 8:30 am – we are continuing to evaluate the effectiveness of this time and may change it back to 8:45 am in the near future. We are considering the length of the services and want to make sure we have enough time between them. Thank you for your feedback. We will update you as decisions are made.

Finally, I wanted to let you know that I will be participating again this year in the Covenant House Sleep Out. Many of you know that Covenant House is one of our partner agencies and seeks to help homeless youth by providing them with shelter and a network of support to give them the resources they need to thrive in life. I will be sleeping outside with other executives from our community on Thursday, November 18, to raise awareness and funds for this important ministry. I hope you will consider making a financial gift toward this effort, and I will share information about how you can do that in the near future. Please follow this link to learn more about Covenant House: www.covenanthousega.org.

I am grateful for your faithfulness in so many ways to Christ and the ministry of Peachtree Road. During this fall season, I hope you will find your place with us!

Grace and peace,

Bill

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