May 4, 2018
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope you are doing well. I also hope you realize just how blessed we are here at Peachtree Road. For those looking for evidence of God’s blessings upon us, last week was “Exhibit A.”
- On Saturday evening, our children’s choirs, under the direction of Kathy Fletcher, presented their spring musical “Step Right Up!” The student center was filled with family members and friends as our five children’s choirs came together to put on quite a show. We have so much talent in our church, and I am grateful to Kathy and her team of volunteers who lead our children’s music program.
- At the same time as the children’s musical, Grace Southworth, one of our Associate Youth Directors, was getting married in in a beautiful ceremony in the sanctuary. Grace grew up here at Peachtree Road, is a graduate of Candler School of Theology, and now works with our youth. She is now Mrs. Grace Nadeau, and we look forward to welcoming Zach and Grace back to church very soon.
- On Sunday morning, we had the privilege of confirming the faith of 94 sixth graders and welcoming them into the full membership of the church. The presence of children and youth is one important indicator of a vital congregation. Another indicator is a church filled with people who are dedicated to helping children and youth grow spiritually. Many of the members of this year’s class were baptized at the altar of this sanctuary, received their Bibles as third graders at that same altar, and were mentored by a host of adults from their time in the nursery through preschool, Sunday School, as well as the Confirmation Class. We indeed are blessed!
I really am looking forward to this Sunday as the celebration continues. This week is Music and Arts Sunday here at Peachtree Road. Allow me to highlight several parts of the day:
- Our worship services in the sanctuary at 8:45 am and 11:15 am will incorporate music and praise from our children, youth, and adult choirs as well as congregational singing that will make you think you’re already in heaven. I will be preaching a message entitled “In the Beginning God Sang,” and we will reflect upon the power of music to our faith. As a part of the services, the combined choirs will premiere a new arrangement of “This Little Light of Mine,” composed by Mack Wilberg, director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and commissioned in honor of Scott Atchison on his 35th anniversary as our director of music and organist.
- At the 8:45 am service, we will recognize members of our Peachtree Road Needlepoint Guild and dedicate the six recovered pulpit chairs. We are grateful for the generosity of an anonymous donor and the exquisite design painted by JP Sligh of Labors of Love. The center designs feature the cross and crown (representing Christ’s royalty and sacrificial death) and dove (representing the Holy Spirit). Amazingly, 41,400 feet of wool was used in the project upholstered by Corn Upholstery, Inc., and our volunteers committed over 8,200 hours to stitching 1,386,060 stitches. They will be dedicated Sunday morning to the glory of God, and we will express our appreciation to our needlepoint team: Mindy Bean, Alleen Bratton, Nancy Caldwell, Collier Collier, Beth Culp, Rick Emery, Helen French, Marsha Grout, Mary Janet Harden, Rhonda Hickson, Kathy King, Angela Price, Nancy Rank, Susan Sawyer, Alma Scroggins, Kim Thiessen, and Linda Zimmerman.
- At the 11:15 am service, we will honor Linda Young, Director of The Preschool at Peachtree Road, who is retiring after 30 years, 21 as Director. We are delighted to have Linda and members of her family present with us for this time of recognition as well as former Preschool board members, teachers, and families who have been a part of this ministry over the last three decades.
- A congregational breakfast will be served from 9:30 am until 11:00 am Sunday in Grace Hall. This year, our fine arts display in Grace Hall will feature artwork from our own preschoolers, children, youth, and adults, and Mary Carpenter will be “live painting” during the services (her pieces from Sunday will be auctioned off at the UMW’s Southern Summer Sampler later this year).
Finally, let me make you aware of three opportunities for outreach and spiritual growth:
- Sponsor a Child – you have an opportunity to change a child’s life through this outreach ministry. Your gift of $330 provides the essentials of food, clothing, education, and medical care for an entire year for a child living in the nation of Georgia. Plan to drop by Grace Hall between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm to see pictures of the children, learn more about this vital ministry, and sponsor a child.
- Mary Grace and Miss Mavis Trunk Show – the Dogwood Gift Shop is sponsoring a trunk show this Sunday from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm. You are encouraged to drop by the Dogwood to meet jewelry designer Mary Grace Easterling and famed folk art knitter and fiber art specialist Miss Mavis. You just might find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, and remember – all proceeds go toward global outreach.
- Journeys of Paul Informational Meeting – you are invited to come join your friends from Peachtree Road on a spiritual pilgrimage next year (April 23-May 3, 2019) to Greece and Turkey to follow in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. Jamie Jenkins is offering two informational sessions to help you learn more about the trip – Sunday, May 6, 12:30 pm in A101 or Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 pm in B118. Please prayerfully consider joining us on this fascinating journey.
I am excited about the impact our church’s ministry continues to have in our community and around the world. Come, be a part of the ministry and invite others to come with you. Thank you for all you do in the name of Christ. I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we sing and celebrate!