Guard Your Heart and Minds in Jesus Christ

January 14, 2022

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. According to the health care professionals with whom I have talked, this week should mark the peak of COVID cases of the Omicron variant sweeping through our city, and we could begin seeing a significant drop in reported cases beginning next week. That would be welcome news!

When you think about it, 2021 turned out to be a pretty good year for our community – the Atlanta Hawks had an inspiring playoff run that nearly landed them in the NBA Finals, the Atlanta Braves won the World Series in baseball, and the Georgia Bulldogs won the National Championship in college football in an epic battle with another Southern powerhouse, Alabama. The successes of our local teams do have a positive emotional impact on our community, and it has been a fun ride. More importantly, our church has had a very good year. We are still awaiting final numbers, but our church continues to be a flagship church for Methodism as your generosity enabled us to more than meet our budget and your participation in worship, study, and outreach has led to the transformation of thousands of lives. Thank you! I look forward to sharing more details with you next week.

On Sunday we will continue with our series entitled What Keeps You Up at Night? Each week we are considering the stresses on our lives that rob us of restful sleep and searching the depths of our faith for help that brings peace, God’s peace. This week we will be talking about present worries and reflect upon his counsel to the church:

“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

I hope you will join us in person this week for worship. We are keeping a watchful eye on the weather. At this point, they are predicting a “wintry mix” on Sunday morning that will turn into mainly snow in the afternoon. We are planning for the church to be open for all services, but I encourage you to check the website for updates this weekend. Of course, all services will be available by livestream through the church’s website at www.prumc.org/livestream.

Speaking of this weekend, I remind you that our youth are out on their annual ski retreat. I encourage you to pray for their safe travels and an enjoyable weekend in Snowshoe, West Virginia.

Let me remind you that, as we continue our emphasis upon mental health this month, the “One Lamb Initiative” team has prepared several opportunities:

  • Prayer Service for Healing – on the 4th Sunday of each month, Peachtree Road UMC will be offering a prayer service, led by our ministerial staff, in the Moore Chapel at 5:00 pm. Please know that you are not alone in your struggle, whatever it might be. Your ministers and fellow Christians want to pray earnestly for you and for your healing. You are invited to join us for the first prayer service on Sunday, January 23, at 5:00 pm.
  • Mental Wellness Sunday Forum – this forum with special guest Lynn Garson originally scheduled for January 23, is now set for Sunday, March 6. More information will be available closer to the date.
  • A Conversation about Depression – the conversation with Jamie and Lena Jenkins originally scheduled for January 23, is now set for Sunday, March 27. More information will be available closer to the date.
Finally, if you are interested in becoming a member of Peachtree Road UMC, we have a special joining Sunday set for January 23, and we would love to help you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ and find avenues of service to others through this great community of faith. If you would like to learn more about the steps in becoming a member, please contact our associate minister Josh Miles at joshm@prumc.org.

Please know that I am grateful for you. May God bless you and keep you in these days.

Grace and peace,

Bill

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