• on Friday, November 12, 2021

Leading Us to a Life of Joy

    November 12, 2021

    Dear Peachtree Road Family,

    I hope this note finds you well. Earlier this week Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms shared the good news that the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations here in Atlanta have dropped significantly in recent weeks, and in response she has dropped the city-wide mask mandate. This really is good news and represents another step forward as we move toward the end of the pandemic that has gripped our world for the last 20 months. While a mask-mandate no longer exists in Atlanta, we still want to keep one another safe. Therefore, we are suggesting that masks for those who are fully vaccinated are optional. Per guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who are not fully vaccinated and are over 2 years of age should wear masks when on the Peachtree Road UMC campus. Also, if you are not feeling well or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please refrain from attending church and plan to worship with us online. Thank you for helping us keep one another safe.

    On Sunday we will continue our series entitled “Gracious Living.” Each week we are considering how gratitude unlocks a spirit of generosity in our lives and leads us to a life of joy. This Sunday’s scripture lesson invites us to consider the Apostle Paul’s words to the Ephesians:

    “In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:35

    “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – this Sunday we will focus upon how living out that teaching can lead to a life of joy and peace. I hope that you will join us at one of our services (8:45 am, 10:00 am, or 11:15 am) or for the livestream of one of those services through the church’s website.

    Speaking of this Sunday, I do want to encourage you to attend the William Cope Moyers Event this Sunday evening at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary. Our church’s One Lamb Initiative is proud to sponsor an evening with William Cope Moyers, vice president of public affairs and community relations for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. He has played a key role in the creation of the newly formed Addiction Alliance of Georgia – a partnership between Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Emory Healthcare that aims to advance addiction-related clinical care, education and research. On this special evening, Moyers will share his personal story of the devastation that addiction brought to his life and the peace that came with his decision to remain in recovery. Please plan on joining us for this complelling event as part of our emphasis on the importance of mental health. There is no charge for the event, and you may register here.

    This year’s giving commitment campaign entitled “Blessed” will culminate with the consecration of our lives on Harvest Sunday, November 21, as we present ourselves to God and renew our covenant through the ministry of Peachtree Road UMC. I want to encourage you to consider doing three things in preparation:

    • Take a moment to offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for seeing us through the days of this pandemic. It has been a long and difficult two years.
    • Make a decision to support Peachtree Road’s operating budget with a pledge or recurring gift of at least $10 per week more than this year throughout 2022. You would be surprised how far your gift of an additional $520 for the year will go in the ministry of this great church. Like the loaves and the fish, our Lord blesses them and multiplies them to make a difference in the lives of thousands.
    • Go to the church’s website and make your commitment before next Sunday. This faithful gesture really helps our Finance Committee plan for the future.
    If each of us does his or her part, our church will continue to be the beacon of light and source of hope our Lord has called us to be. Thank you for your faith in Christ, hope in the future, and love for others.

    Finally, let me make you aware of two more opportunities to help others:

    • Covenant House Sleep Out – many of you know that Covenant House is one of the local agencies with whom our church partners to help homeless youth. This ministry seeks to provide young adults with shelter and a network of support to give them the resources they need to thrive in life. In an effort to help raise awareness and funds to support this ministry, I will be sleeping outside with other pastors, rabbis, and business executives from our community next Thursday, November 18. To support my effort, you may give here, through the church’s website, or make your check out to Peachtree Road UMC and marked for “Covenant House Sleep-Out.” Many of you already have given in support of this ministry, and we have raised over $7,000 for homeless young adults. Thank you for your support!
    • This week we are receiving a special offering for our annual Turkey Drive. Your gift will provide a Thanksgiving meal to the families served through Hollis Innovation Academy, Agape, and the Cascade UMC Thanksgiving Basket Outreach Project. Your gift of $40 will provide a full turkey dinner for an entire family. You may give on Sunday by making your check payable to Peachtree Road UMC and marked for “Turkey Drive” or give through the church app or website.
    Thank you for all you do. Let us continue to love one another with the love of Christ.

    Grace and peace,

    Bill

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