Heart and Life

August 27, 2021

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. Last Sunday was a good day as we promoted elementary children to the next grade of Sunday School, welcomed sixth graders to the Confirmation Class in the Harp Student Center, and celebrated the return of several adult Sunday School classes to campus here at Peachtree Road. In addition, we experienced an inspiring time of worship, heard heavenly music from our choir, and enjoyed fellowship around the tables in Grace Hall at a barbeque luncheon. I am grateful for those who wore masks and observed physical distancing throughout the day, and our gathering seemed to represent a small step toward a more normal routine. I hope you are finding ways to stay healthy in the midst of this most recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases and are keeping those dear to you safe as well. Together, and with God’s help, we will get through this time!

On Sunday we will bring our August series entitled “Methodists Believe…” to a close. About 200 years ago, a revival movement swept across this country, and the result was a great spiritual awakening. People invited Christ into their lives and began to form churches at an incredible rate. Methodist circuit riders were especially effective during that time, and almost overnight churches began to spring up in every village and town along the American frontier. Of the Methodist churches started during that movement, today 85% of them have a membership of less than 100 and an average worship attendance of less than seventy-five. What happened? I am sure that a number of factors contributed to the decline, but the author of the book of Revelation might say: “…you have abandoned the love you had at first.” (Revelation 2:4) During these August services, we have been remembering that which makes our relationship with Christ vital and reclaiming our “first love.” This week we come to the close of this series by remembering that Methodists believe in “holiness of heart and life.” I hope you will make your plans to join us in person in the sanctuary at 8:30 am or 11:15 am (the wearing of masks is recommended) or online at 11:15 am through the livestream at www.prumc.org.

Fall Kick-off Sunday is set for September 12, and we will launch several new initiatives in hospitality on that day. Not only are you encouraged to attend worship, but we also hope you will invite a friend, neighbor, or relative to join you as we begin an emphasis on hospitality. All are welcome at Peachtree Road as we consider ways we are “Bridging the Gap” with our neighbors.

Please make note of our new Sunday worship schedule beginning September 12:

8:30 am – Sanctuary
10:00 am – Moore Chapel (Communion Service)
11:15 am – Sanctuary
5:00 pm – Moore Chapel (Communion Service)

A quick note about the timing of the services – since the worship services now are scheduled back-to-back-to back on Sunday morning, each is set to end thirty minutes before the next begins to give our worship leaders an opportunity to greet folks between services and catch their breath. Those worshiping at the 8:30 am time are encouraged to enjoy breakfast, coffee, and a time of fellowship in Grace Hall before heading to Sunday School. We will continue to monitor the timing of the services and adjust as needed. Thank you for your understanding.

Also, we are nearing the launch of in-person worship at our second campus. TheWestside Table is set to offer in-person weekly worship beginning September 19, at 11:00 am at Roundtop Brewery on the Westside of Midtown. This is an under-served but fast-growing part of our city, and this second campus gives us an opportunity to have a greater impact in the name of Christ. Daniel Ogle is the campus pastor, and Amy Little leads the worship team. We are in the process of recruiting about 50-75 persons from Peachtree Road who will volunteer to be “missionaries” to the Westside for about 18 months. If this is something you might be interested in doing, please contact Daniel Ogle at danielo@prumc.org. On September 12, I will issue an invitation at the close of worship for those who will help us launch the new campus to come to the altar for a prayer of blessing. This will mark a significant new beginning for our church.

Finally, let me share three upcoming opportunities with you:

  • Become a member of Peachtree Road UMC – a special joining Sunday is set for September 12, 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 Elizabeth Byrd at elizabethb@prumc.org.
  • Fall Bible Study – study is one of the ways we grow in our relationships with Christ and one another. No matter how much or how little you already know the scriptures, spending time in study can be transformational. I invite you to register now for one of our fall studies.
  • Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – a group from Peachtree Road will be traveling through the land of the Bible March 7-18, 2022, and we would love to have you join us. We already have over 30 registered for this pilgrimage, but we still have room for you! Please reach out to me or Jamie Jenkins at jamiej@prumc.org for more information.

Thank you for your faithfulness in so many ways. I hope to see you soon. Please call on me if I may be of help to you in any way.

Grace and peace,

Bill

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