April 28, 2017
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope this note finds you well. This Sunday promises to be a special day at Peachtree Road as we celebrate Confirmation Sunday. Over the course of the last nine months, over 80 sixth graders have participated in this spiritual formation class. They attended a retreat at Camp Glisson in the early fall, have been meeting weekly since then, and have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. I am grateful to Mia Dunkel, Mary Fletcher Higdon, Daris McCullough, Ellen Marbut, and Scott and Tasha Whitehead for their leadership with this outstanding group.
In recent weeks, each member of the class and their parents have been meeting with me and other members of our clergy and youth staff to talk about confirmation and their spiritual growth. On Sunday morning during the sanctuary worship services, we will celebrate with them as they make a profession of faith in Christ and join the church. I hope you will join us.
The title for this Sunday’s message is “Remember Who You Are,” and I will be preaching on those familiar words from I Peter:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – I Peter 2:9
This letter was written to encourage new Christians to claim their identity and live into that identity. I look forward to reflecting upon the impact of this passage on our church with you.
In recent weeks, a number of folks have relayed to me how much the teaching of Dr. Manfred Hoffmann meant to them. For nearly 20 years, Manfred was our “Theologian in Residence” here at Peachtree Road, and his courses on the Bible, theology, and Christian history helped many of us grow in our faith. I am pleased to announce that Peachtree Road is establishing a lecture series in his memory. The inaugural Manfred E. Hoffmann Lecture is set for Sunday evening, October 29, 2017, here at the church. The date is especially significant. It is Reformation Sunday and commemorates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany. I especially am delighted that Dr. Jonathan Strom, Professor of Church History and Associate Dean of the Faculty and Academic Affairs at Candler School of Theology, has accepted our invitation to offer the inaugural lecture. Dr. Strom is a Lutheran scholar and fills the position Dr. Hoffmann held for many years on the Candler faculty. If you would like to make a contribution to support the annual lecture series, please make your check payable to Peachtree Road and mark it in memory of Manfred Hoffmann or give through the church website.
I am grateful for your support of Peachtree Road in so many ways and look forward to seeing you Sunday. If I may be of help to you in any way, please do not hesitate to call on me.