September 21, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. Last Sunday was a wonderful day at Peachtree Road as we worshiped together in great number and spirit. Some of the highlights included:

  • Presenting Bibles to our third graders and then hearing Porter Brunson, one of our third graders, read the scripture lesson for the day
  • Reflecting upon the fruit of peace in our lives and a discovering the Apostle Paul’s formula that helps prepare our souls for peace
  • Giving generously to assist those in the Carolinas who have suffered through Hurricane Florence (if you were not here last Sunday and would like to contribute, please give through the church app or online through the church website
  • Hearing Bishop Larry Goodpaster teach us about prayer

It was a good day! I really am looking forward to worshiping with you this upcoming Sunday as we continue our “Fruitful” series of messages based on the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5. This week we will consider the fruit of “Patience.” Unfortunately, in our society of instant gratification and “I want it now!” this fruit seems in short supply. However, the psalmist has a word of encouragement for us this week:

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! -Psalm 27:14

Over the years I have learned there are different ways of waiting. I hope you will join us Sunday as we consider what it means to wait on the Lord.

Sunday also is a day on which we will receive a special offering to benefit the United Methodist Children’s Home. By now, you have received a letter from me outlining the need for this ministry that was started nearly 150 years ago by the Methodist people of the North Georgia Conference. In our worship services this week we will hear from a young man who is a foster parent trained by the Children’s Home. He will share with us how the Children’s Home is making a difference in the lives of thousands of children and how we can help support their efforts. I hope you will join Wendie and me in giving toward this important ministry. Certainly, you may give today to the Children’s Home through the church app or online. Thank you for your generous support.

I remind you that the second of our four educational forums on prayer is set for this Sunday evening in the Moore Chapel at 6:30 pm. This week’s teacher is Dr. Ellen Shepard, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology at Candler School of Theology. She will be teaching on the topic “Prayer: An Expression of Hope.” If you are looking for some help to grow deeper in your relationship with Christ through prayer, I strongly encourage you to take advantage of these forums.

Speaking of prayer, I remind you of the Mid-Week Prayer Services here each Wednesday at 12:00 noon. These thirty minute services offer a time of spiritual refreshment as participants join together in prayers of intercession for our community, state, nation, and world. You are invited to come as you are, and I encourage you to bring someone with you who might find this a helpful time in his or her life.

Finally, let me remind you that the fall is stewardship season here at Peachtree Road. Over the course of the next few weeks, you will hear words of testimony and encouragement from fellow members of Peachtree Road as we make our pledges to the 2019 operating budget of the church. Your giving sustains our ministries of worship, nurture, outreach, and witness, and helps us care for our facilities. You will be receiving a letter from me in the very near future, and I hope you will make the commitment to support your church with your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness for the next year. Please know that I am grateful for your continued support. (You may wish to make your pledge now through the church app or website.) Thank you for your attention to this important spiritual matter.

As you can see, these are busy times at Peachtree Road. Thank you for your service to Christ through this great church. If I may be of help to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

See you Sunday!