It was interesting to note that all who spoke Sunday grew up here at Peachtree Road UMC. They were baptized in this sanctuary. They received their Bible as a third grader as they knelt at the altar and learned to use it in Ed Hamlin and Jay Christopher’s Sunday School class. And they stood before us as members of the Confirmation Class, made a profession of faith in Christ, and joined the church. When their journey began at the baptismal font, we prayed for them and hoped that a spiritual foundation would be laid in their lives upon which they could build a relationship with Jesus Christ. We believed that a life built upon the solid rock of Christ would enable them to thrive even when the inevitable storms of life came upon them. On Sunday, we witnessed the answer to our prayers! I am grateful to our director of youth ministries Chris Mucha and his assistants Mary Allred and Ryan Holder as well as youth choir director Kathy Fletcher and the many volunteers who have given of their time to help guide our children and youth. If you would like to contribute to the special offering for our youth ministry, it’s not too late, and you may give here. Thank you for your support.
Please join us on Sunday for worship as we consider one of Jesus’ most difficult lessons: “Love your enemies.” I know. It’s difficult to love folks who seem to make it their mission in life to defeat you and say untrue things about you. However, Jesus was not playing around when he gave this command. He understood what was at stake. Our Christian faith is dependent upon understanding and living out these words. I encourage you to read the scripture passage for this message before Sunday (you will notice that the “Golden Rule” is a part of Jesus’ teaching on this subject) – Luke 6:27-38. If you cannot be with us Sunday morning at 8:45 am, 10:00 am, or 11:15 am, I encourage you to participate through the Livestream of those services at prumc.org.
Let me briefly lift up several other opportunities for the coming days:
- Habitat for Humanity Project – you may be aware that our church is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for Atlanta educator Tiffany Barron and her daughter. We will be working each Saturday, February 26 through April 30, from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and provide proof of vaccination. Contact Beth Spencer (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up or get more information.
- Season of Service – each year, during the season of Lent, we are pleased to offer meaningful opportunities for persons of all ages and abilities to reach out and make a difference in the lives of others. Just like the ripples on a pond created when a stone hits the water, your service will have a far-reaching impact on our community when we come together through a Season of Service. Join us once again to help others as the body of Christ in a renewed and relevant way. For more information, refer to the following link.
- Have you registered for Connect-PRUMC yet? Over 1,000 of your fellow Peachtree Road UMC members have registered to connect to this new digital community of the church. Our communications department is working to help folks get fully integrated. It really is easy to register. Instructions are here. Once you are registered, please help us by logging into your personal profile here and doing three simple tasks:
- Find a list of sign-up forms on Connect-PRUMC
- Send us feedback on our “Suggestion Form”
- Volunteer for a project through the “Season of Service Form”
This will be the best way to sign up for events in the coming days at Peachtree Road UMC. Also, if you have not updated your contact information or uploaded a picture of yourself/family for the directory, please do that today. For further assistance, contact Lisa Huni at email@example.com or 404.240.8223.
Finally, thank you for your generous giving to the ministry of this great church. Without your financial support, this great church could not accomplish all of the life-transforming work we are doing. We do not take your giving for granted. If you have not made a pledge or signed up for a recurring gift, you may do so here. Please know that you are making a difference in the lives of thousands of children, youth, and adults both in Atlanta and around the world.
Thank you for being a blessing to others. With the steep decline in COVID cases in our community, I hope to see you in person this Sunday in worship.
Grace and peace,