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PRUMC Men of Impact

Our mission and purpose is to enable the men of PRUMC to grow as Disciples of Jesus Christ and equip them to make an “impact” for Christ where they live, work, and play.  Matthew 28:19

IMPACT: Innovative, Missional, Purposeful, Accountable, Collaborative, and Transformative

  • Innovative: We’re taking what Jesus taught us about disciple-making and bringing it into the 21st century.  2 Timothy 2:2
  • Missional: We encourage the faithful men of Christ to be the continuing voice, hands, and feet of Christ in the world.  Luke 4:18-19
  • Purposeful: Our love and enthusiasm for Christ gives us the determination and intentionality to love God and neighbor as ourselves.  Colossians 3:23
  • Accountable: Our ministry is founded on scripture, emulates the structure of early Methodism, and promotes holy living and outreach.  Proverbs 27:17
  • Collaborative: Our ministry comprises purposeful relationships that are empowered by the Holy Spirit to guide us as one mind and heart to fulfill the mission of the church.  John 14:26
  • Transformative: Our hope is a life transformed by the grace of God as the inner and outer life are aligned in right relationship with God, self, neighbor, and creation.  Galatians 2:20

Jesus extends the invitation for us to be “Fishers of Men,” in essence, we’re all called to be in the business of Disciple-Making.  How will you make an IMPACT?  Matthew 4:19

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Matt Westmoreland

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Events:  Men’s Breakfast with Matt Westmoreland

Men’s Breakfast with Matt Westmoreland
Thursday, February 8, 6:45 am, Heritage Hall

Member of PRUMC and Atlanta City Council Matt Westmoreland will deliver an uplifting and inspirational message.  Save the date!  Registration coming soon to prumc.org/events.

RSVP Coming Soon

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Fellowship, Bible Studies & Accountability Groups

Wednesday Morning Coffee  |  Wednesdays, 7:00 am, C105
Wednesday Morning Coffee is a casual mid-week gathering of men to encourage one another in the faith.  Each weekly fellowship discussion is topical and no preparation is necessary.  Come as you are.  For more information, contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

Wednesday Lunch  |  Wednesdays, 12:00 pm, Grace Hall
You’re invited to lunch and fellowship at the “Men’s Ministry’s Table.”  Come as you are and look for Geoff Beakley.  For more information, contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

Bible Study with Dr. Ken Boa  |  Fridays, 7:00 am, C106
A men’s Bible study that helps uncover the timeless wisdom of Christ and equips men to apply it to their daily lives.  No preparation necessary.  Come as you are.  For more information, contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

CLC Accountability Groups  |  CLC is a men’s organization that is commited to training Christian leaders. Groups are comprised of 12 men who follow a proven curriculum to grow as leaders for Christ in the church, at home, and in the community.  For more information about PRUMC’s CLC groups, please contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

Short Term & Long Term Bible Study
Studying God’s word can be transformative!  Challenge yourself to deepen your faith.  We offer many topics, course lengths, facilitators and class levels. Visit www.prumc.org/bible-study for complete details and registration, or or contact Geoff Beakley to discuss at geoffb@prumc.org.

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Outreach & Mission

In Matthew 4:19 Jesus extends the invitation for us to be “Fishers of Men.”  All disciples of Jesus Christ are in the business of disciple making, and we encourage you to consider forming an accountability group or Bible study of your own for the men of PRUMC.   Please contact Geoff Beakley to discuss the possibilities at geoffb@prumc.org.

Mission Trips
Please contact Anne French, our director of global missions at annef@prumc.org.

Local Outreach
Please contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

Trinity House
We support Trinity Community Ministries by hosting meals for men in recovery.  For more information, click here.  To learn more about hosting a dinner, contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

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  • John Ethridge is All In!

Annual Campaign

All In Annual Campaign
November 5-19, 2017

Join us in this final week of our annual campaign to support the ministries of this great church!  Your pledge strengthens the programs and builds the community of PRUMC.  Please prayerfully consider how you will shape our church in 2018.  Every promise builds our future and every pledge counts.  With your support in 2016, we were able to:

WELCOME 215 new members into our church family.

PARTNER with community churches to create an adult respite care program.  (Watch for the launch in early 2017.)

DELIVER 26,000 water filters to Kenyans in need, giving 130,000 more people access clean water.

OFFER 36 classes EACH Sunday for over 500 children, carefully nurturing the faith of our youngest ones.

These are just a few ways your generosity takes shape for the ages and stages of our congregation and community.  Will you be “all-in” with us?  You can now find information on the 2018 Church Budget, a schedule of giving opportunities, budgeting tools and an online pledge form on our All In web pages.  You can make your pledge online, through the PRUMC app, or by using the All-In pledge cards in the church kiosks.

If you have questions about your pledge, or would like to discuss options or concerns, please contact the Business Office at 404.240.8329 or giving@prumc.org.  Thank you for your continued support!  This year’s annual campaign will wrap up this Sunday, November 19 at our Harvest Sunday celebration – a time when we give thanks for our many blessings.  We hope you will join us for festival worship and be our guest for our traditional Thanksgiving luncheon.

 

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11.12.17 | We Are Thankful for the Church

Sanctuary Friends

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We Are Thankful For the Church
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Rev. Bill Britt

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On Sunday, we continued our fall stewardship series entitled “All In” by reflecting upon our gratitude for the church that has nurtured our faith.  We wrestled with the question, “Why should I join the church?”  That is a question many of our young people are asking today.  Certainly, our broken and hurting world needs the church and the grace of God it offers.

This week, let us reflect upon what the church has done for us and express our gratitude by being “all in” through the ministry of Peachtree Road.

  • The Longest Night

How Long, O Lord?

Yesterday we heard words of inspiration and encouragement from Matt Westmoreland during the worship services as he reflected upon the transformation in children’s learning we are witnessing as a result of our church’s partnership with Hollis STEM Academy: “Hope without truth is fantasy, but truth without hope is failure. It’s only in those moments when you are able to confront truth at its harshest and hope at its most powerful, that you believe dramatic change is possible.”

I thought of those words later in the day when I heard the news reports about a deadly mass shooting in a Texas church.  We wonder, “How long, O Lord?”  And we pray.  And we hope with a hope in the powerful name of Christ for a day when violence will be no more.

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11.05.17 | We Are Thankful for All the Saints

All Saints Day

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FEAST OF ALL SAINTS
We Are Thankful
For All the Saints
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Rev. Bill Britt

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On Sunday, we began our fall stewardship series entitled “All In” by reflecting upon our gratitude for our saints and the lessons they have taught us.  One of my “saints” was my grandfather who loved to garden.  He taught me about hard work and planting the right seeds in good soil.

The “Beatitudes” are the seeds Jesus encourages us to plant and nurture deep within our souls so that our lives may produce the good fruit that characterizes the life of a saint.  And the good news is that we who are baptized already are saints.

This week, practice gratitude by giving thanks to God for those saints in your life each and every day.

10.29.17 | The Greatest Commandment

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The Greatest Commandment
Rev. Carolyn Stephens

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Archimedes, one of Greek’s leading mathematicians and scientist, after studying the principles of how a lever works said, “Give me a place to stand and I will move the world.”  What can we, who are followers of Christ, stand on to change our world as we know it today?  Love!  When asked what is the greatest commandment, Jesus replied “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your minds.”  And then went on to say, “And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”  If all our actions and responses are from a place of love, if love is the place on which we stand in how we treat each other, then indeed we will move the world.

  • Bill Britt and Sanctuary Windows

Bill Britt: Proud of Our Church

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October 27, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I want to begin this week’s note by letting you know how proud I am of our church.

Earlier this week, the “Carry the Torch” luncheon was held at the World Congress Center to raise awareness and funds to help address the problem of homelessness here in Atlanta.  Peachtree Road was recognized as one of two “Platinum Sponsors” of the event, and I saw members of our church throughout the room.  Jack Hardin, co-chair of the Regional Commission on the Homeless, spoke to the assembled crowd, and he later asked me to express his personal appreciation to you for all that you are doing to help make homelessness in our community “rare, temporary, and non-recurring.”

Most of us here at Peachtree Road care about those who are homeless, but we may not know how to help. Today, I want to offer three suggestions:

  • First, I encourage you to buy a ticket to see the newly-released movie “Same Kind of Different As Me.”  This true story of an art dealer from Fort Worth whose friendship with a homeless man named Denver changed his life and brought him fulfillment will inspire and encourage you to “carry the torch” in our community.  (We do have about 30 vouchers for the movie at the church that are available on a first-come-first-served basis. They expire November 5.)
  • Second, please join us in supporting our partnerships with agencies such as Action Ministries, Buckhead Christian Ministry, Covenant House, Jerusalem House, and Trinity Community Ministries as a volunteer or financial contributor.
  • Finally, contact our director of local outreach, Beth Spencer, to find our what you can do.

Please know how grateful I am for all that you have done to help to make a difference in the lives of thousands of men, women, and children in our community.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” to the door of Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and set in motion the events that led to church reformation and the creation of the Protestant Church. Our celebration includes:

  • A community “Reformation Concert” on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm in our sanctuary – the concert will feature over 200 voices from 8 churches, and admission is free.
  • Sunday morning worship in our sanctuary — the services will begin with the signing of Martin Luther’s famous hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” and our associate minister Carolyn Stephens will be preaching.
  • The Inaugural Manfred E. Hoffmann Lecture — this event in Grace Hall will honor our long-time “Theologian in Residence” Manfred Hoffmann, and our guest lecturer is Jonathan Strom, a Lutheran scholar at Candler School of Theology.

Finally, let me share with you some highlights from last Monday’s Administrative Board meeting:

  • We introduced a new church app.  If you have not downloaded it yet, go to your app store, search for PRUMC, and click to get it. The church app will keep you connected to your church family and offer you convenient ways to watch past worship services, register for events, offer your prayer requests, and pledge and give to support our ministries.
  • Ann French updated us on the impact of our efforts to provide water filters to families in Kenya. Amazingly, the data shows a 90%  reduction in water-borne diseases; a 93% reduction in money spent to treat water-borne diseases; a 95% reduction in the number of days children are missing school; and a 96% reduction in number of days adults are missing work!
  • Beth Spencer let us know that a local company has created a “Go Fund Me” page for its employees to support Christmas Kindness. They also are inviting their corporate clients to participate and have pledged that whatever is given will be matched. In addition, the company has signed employees up to volunteer at Christmas Kindness. They are hoping to raise $20,000 for this ministry.

These are exciting days. You are making a difference both here in Atlanta and around the world. Thank you for all you are doing!  I look forward to seeing you Sunday.  If you can’t make it to the church, I hope you will join us online at 11:15 a.m. here.

See you Sunday!

Bill

 

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  • Disaster Relief Response

How We Are Responding

Part of PRUMC’s call to mission is to aid in long-term recovery efforts for disaster relief.  These past few months have seen incredible storm damage resulting in inhumane living conditions.  We are helping by teaming up with agencies to provide food, clean water, temporary shelter, hygiene and other critical needs.  Thank you PRUMC for your generous response to these critical needs.  To date, funds and items have been distributed in the following ways.

Puerto Rico – 5000 UZima water filters

UMCOR – $21,658 direct storm victim aid

BCM – $10,000 direct evacuee aid

SERV International – $5000 of UZima water filters

Florida – $4000 chain saws, batteries, lights

St. Thomas – $3000 UZima water filter back packs

If you would like to donate to PRUMC’s disaster relief efforts, click the button below and choose “OTHER” to designate  your gift.  Thank you.

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From NBC News:  Puerto Ricans at Risk of Waterborne Disease Outbreaks in Wake of Hurricane Maria

 Waterborne illnesses are on the rise in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria — and health professionals fear the storm’s aftermath could unleash an epidemic on the devastated island.

The death toll from the storm rose to 51 on Tuesday, with the two latest victims dying of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease usually spread by contact with contaminated water, Puerto Rico Public Affairs Secretary Ramon Rosario told The Associated Press.

Authorities are investigating an additional 74 suspected cases of the infection as well, he said, and at least one previous death was attributed to the disease.

“It’s going to be higher — it’s like a perfect storm for leptospirosis, ” said Llamara Padro-Milano, a nurse who returned last week from a relief trip to Puerto Rico with the American Federation of Teachers. “People are going to get sick and suffer.”

A spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to NBC News on Wednesday that they had received a shipment of specimens from the U.S. territory and were currently analyzing them at their laboratory in Atlanta for signs of leptospira, the bacteria that causes the disease.

The disease is transmitted via exposure to the urine of infected animals, but humans are most commonly infected by coming in contact with contaminated water, especially through skin abrasions and the nose, mouth and eyes, according to World Health Organization.

On Thursday, a group of nurses with the union National Nurses United who participated with the trip slammed the federal government’s response to the hurricane in a news conference with Democratic lawmakers.

“Door to door the nurses assessed and found people who may die before food, water and medicine can reach them,” said Cathy Kennedy, vice president of the nurses’ union.

The group released a report Thursday that concluded “the response to the crisis in Puerto Rico from the U.S. federal government has been unacceptable for the wealthiest country in the world.”

The report called a series of measures to address the crisis, including expanding the use of air drops to provide relief supplies, additional personnel and financial resources, as well as an extension for filing disaster relief claims with FEMA.

The over 70 suspected incidents of leptospirosis in just a month would represent a major spike: A total of 729 cases of the disease were reported from 1990-2014 to the Puerto Rico Department of Health, according to a 2016 study in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases; of those cases, 78 were fatal. However, the study warned that leptospirosis was underreported or misdiagnosed as dengue.

The disease has a wide range of symptoms including high fever, headache, chills, vomiting and diarrhea, but some may have no symptoms at all, according to the CDC. Leptospirosis is treated with antibiotics, but without treatment it can lead to kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure and death, according to the CDC.

“People are forced to sleep on dirty mattresses,” Padro-Milano said. “If you have no place to wash your hands and you don’t have [hand sanitizer] how are you going to protect yourself?”

“The best that we can do was to teach people how to protect themselves the best way we knew how,” she said.

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers who was in Puerto Rico earlier this month, said she was “alarmed” by conditions she saw on the ground, and that mudslides, a devastated infrastructure and destruction throughout the island had created a breeding ground for contamination.

Image: People collect mountain spring water, after Hurricane Maria hit the island, in Corozal
Alvin Baez / Reuters file
“I’ve never seen the effects of a disaster in the United States of America like this,” she said.

“You had dead animals and you had debris in streams,” she added, “so the sanitary conditions were terrible, and so you see a level of contamination as a result of this that’s terrible.”

She said the AFT union was coordinating with nonprofits and others to bring water filtration systems and purification devices to households and community-based groups in Puerto Rico through a project called Operation Agua.

Padro-Milano said nurses were encountering many cases of conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, because residents often did not have clean water to wash their hands. And mold from houses damaged by rain and floodwaters was contributing to respiratory conditions and diseases, she said.

A quarter of the island’s population still lacks access to running water as of Wednesday, according to authorities, but the areas that do have water are not evenly distributed.

While 87 percent of the metro area and 88 percent of the south have access to running water, only 46 percent of the north, 68 percent of the west and 77 percent of the east had access, according to a government website.

10.22.17 | A Life Worth Living

Jamie High Five

The Good Life Sermon Series
A Life Worth Living
Rev. Bill Britt

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On Sunday, we explored the simple truth that the road we travel determines our destination.

We considered the prodigal son – how he thought the “good life” was “out there” and went in pursuit of it.  In his immaturity, he pursued a life of self-indulgence.  Later, he realized his error and decided to swallow his pride and return home.

We observed that the prodigal son took two steps to get on the right road toward home: repentance and courageously being vulnerable.  We learned to pray two prayers to help stay on the right road:

“Lord, help me to see trouble coming a long way off and give me the courage to act self-lessly today.”

The John Wesley Covenant Prayer:

I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will.  Rank me with whom you will.
Put me to doing.  Put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by you and laid aside by you, exalted for you or brought low for you
Let me be full.  Let me be empty. Let me have all things. Let me have nothing.
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, blessed and glorious God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
You are mine and I am yours.  So be it.
Let this covenant made on earth be ratified in heaven.  Amen.

 

Weekly Announcements

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Sunday, November 19

Congregational Thanksgiving Luncheon
Sunday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm,  Grace Hall
Details here.

Many Moods Tickets Available
Details here.

Dogwood Gift Shop Open
Sunday, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Lower Level Sanctuary
Details here.

Advent Workshop:  A Christmas Story
Sunday, November 19, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Grace Hall
Details here.

ALL IN Annual Campaign
Join us to support the ministries of this great church.
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Worship

Services & Guilds

December Sermon Series
A Christmas Story with Rev. Bill Britt
Sundays, December 3 – 24
8:45 & 11:15 am, Sanctuary
Details here.

New Worship Preview Service
Sunday, December 17, 11:15 am, Heritage Hall
Details here.

The Longest Night Prayer Service
Thursday, December 21, 7:00 pm, Moore Chapel
Details here.

Christmas Eve Worship Services
Sunday, December 24, 2017
11:15 am, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 & 10:30 pm
Details here.

Music & Arts

Evening Childcare for PRUMC Christmas Concerts
Childcare available for ages 4 and younger.
Details here.

The Great Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 3, 5:30 pm, Sanctuary
Details here.

Christmas with The Georgia Boy Choir
December 15 & 16, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Details and tickets here.

Carols by Candlelight
Sunday, December 17, 5:30 pm, Sanctuary
Details here.

The Many Moods of Christmas
Sunday, December 10, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Details here.

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Serve

Local Outreach

Christmas Kindness Local Outreach
December 2 – 6, 2017
Details here.

Christmas Kindness Special Offering
Sunday, December 3, 8:45 & 11:15 am
Details here.

Christmas Kindness Open House
Sunday, December 3, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Harp Ctr
Details here.

Global Missions

Dogwood Gift Shop Open
Sundays, Mondays & Wednesdays
Details here.

E. Newton Trunk Show
Sun, Dec 3 and Wed, Dec 6, The Dogwood Shop
Details here.

Water for Kenya Forum with Bill & Chat Coble
Sunday, December 10, 10:00 am, Heritage Hall
Details here.

Water for Kenya Christmas Eve Offering
Sunday, December 24
Details here.

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Learn

Speakers & Forums

Water for Kenya Forum with Bill & Chat Coble
Sunday, December 10, 10:00 am, Heritage Hall
Details here.

Classes

Winter Studies Coming to PRUMC
Course details and registration coming soon.
Jan 4    Faithful by Adam Hamilton
Jan 4    Introduction to the Enneagram
Jan 7    Margin by Richard Swenson
Jan 21    John by Adam Hamilton
Feb 26    The Way by Adam Hamilton

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Give

Annual Campaign

ALL IN Annual Campaign
November 5 – 19, 2017
Details here.

Other Giving Opps

Christmas Kindness Local Outreach Offering
Sunday, December 3
Details here.

Water for Kenya Christmas Eve Offering
Sunday, December 24
Details here.

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Connect

Children & Families

Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant
Rehearsals:  December 17, 9:45 & 12:15 pm
Details here.

Kid’s Worship
Sunday, December 17, 11:15 am, The Loft
Details here.

Holiday Nursery Schedule
Details here.

Sunday Nursery Volunteers Needed
Details here.

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The Preschool

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Sports & Recreation

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Youth

Advent Outreach Project for Safehouse
Sunday, December 3, 10:00 am, Heritage Hall
Details here.

Middle School “Christmas Morning” Party
Sunday, December 10, 5:00 pm, Harp Center
Details here.

High School “Classy Christmas” Party
Saturday, December 16, 7:00 pm, Harp Center
Details here.

PRUMC High School Ski Trip
January 12 – 15, 2017
Details here.

Young Adults

Young Adult Christmas Party
Saturday, December 2, 7:00 pm, Moss Home
Details here.

Young Adult Christmas Brunch with Bill Curry
Sunday, December 17, 10:00 am, Hospitality Suite
Details here.

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Adults

Wednesday Seasoned Saints
12:00 pm lunch, 1:00 pm program, C104
Details here.

Adult T’ai Chi Classes
Thursdays, 1:00 pm, D316
Details here.

Holiday Lights of Hope at Hobgood Park
Thursday, December 7, 4:00 pm departure
Details here.

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Men

Wednesday Morning Coffee
Wednesdays, 7:00 am, C105
Details here.

Wednesday Lunch
Wednesdays, 12:00 pm, Grace Hall
Details here.

Men’s Breakfast with Matt Westmoreland
Thursday, February 8, 6:45 am, Heritage Hall
Details here.

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  • PRUMC...there's an app for that!

Download the New PRUMC App!

We are excited to announce the new PRUMC app and improved giving platform!  With the app, you will be able to easily access sermons, events, prayer requests, online giving and more – all on your mobile device.

Visit your phone’s app store, search “PRUMC” and download – or simply click the quick links below.  Be sure to “allow notifications” to receive updates and reminders. 

More features are in development so look forward to increased engagement in the coming months!

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  • Jamie High Five

This Sunday @ PRUMC

The Greatest Commandment
Rev. Carolyn Stephens

Worship Bulletin PDF
11:15 am Live Webcast

8:45 am
Traditional Worship  |  Carolyn Stephens

9:00 am
Chapel Communion  |  Julie Wright

11:15 am
Traditional Worship  |  Carolyn Stephens

5:00 pm
Sundays @ 5  |  Carolyn Stephens

On this day
Turkey Drive
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10.15.17 | Dealing with Depression

The Good Life Sermon Series
Dealing with Depression
Rev. Bill Britt

This past Sunday, our message focused upon the difficult topic of depression.

We observed that, in the church, we’re not very comfortable talking about mental illness. There seems to be a stigma about admitting you struggle with depression or any other mental illness. Occasionally, someone will say, “I’m a Christian; I’m not supposed to be depressed.” That’s nonsense. You might as well say, “I’m a Christian; I’m not supposed to have heart disease or diabetes or cancer.” The brain is an organ in the body, and it is just as susceptible to illness as any other organ.

The prophet Elijah knew something of the condition as we discovered in I Kings 19. He discovered the importance of taking care of himself and staying connected with God who especially is present in the silence of our lives.

You may know somebody who is depressed – someone who’s dealing with pain, disappointment, or loss. Ask them how they’re doing. Listen to them. Be with them. Pray for them. And, when the time is right, tell them, “You are not alone. God is in the silence.” And encourage them to get help. The “good life” in Christ is for everybody.

10.08.17 | Aging and Changing Roles

Bill Baptism

The Good Life Sermon Series
Aging and Changing Roles
Rev. Bill Britt

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Are you currently helping to care for your children or grandchildren and your aging parents? If so, you are a part of the “sandwich generation.” It can be a stressful place to live.

By both teaching and example, Jesus encourages us to live the good life in relationship with our parents. First, he encourages us to live out the 5th commandment: “Honor your father and your mother.” Jesus also invites us to expand our definition of family and include others in our concern and care.

Someone has suggested there are three stages in life and each last approximately 25 to 30 years. The first stage is dominated by answering the question, “Where do you go to school?’ The second stage is dominated by answering the question, “Where do you work?” The third stage is spent answering the question, “What difference are you making in the world?” Those living in the third stage have the greatest resources of time, knowledge, and financial means they have ever had. Those in the third stage are invited to serve well.

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10.01.17 | Divine Intimacy

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The Good Life Sermon Series
Divine Intimacy
Rev. Bill Britt

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Have you ever been in a relationship with someone and wanted it to go to a deeper level, but the other person didn’t? Maybe you were in college and wanted the person you were dating to love you and spend the rest of your lives together, but he or she just wasn’t that into you. She respects you. He is polite to you. You remain good friends, but there is no deep sense of intimacy.

Now, imagine the one who wants the intimate relationship is God, and we are the ones who just aren’t that into God. We are polite to God, respectful, and nice. However, there is no intimacy. As a result, we are missing out on “the good life” and not experiencing all of our joy.

This week we are invited to take our cue from the woman we encounter in Luke 7:36-50 and experience intimacy with the Lord. She shows us to develop the kind of relationship that sustains us through all the times of our life.

An Evening with Dan Cathy

An Evening with Dan Cathy

Faithful Steward and Positive Influence with Dan T. Cathy
Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 pm, Grace Hall

Join us for a very special evening as we welcome Dan T. Cathy, CEO and Chairman of Chick-fil-A and the Chick-fil-A Foundation. At the heart of this successful leader is a humility and willingness to lead by example, endearing him to his colleagues and contemporaries. Mr. Cathy will share how experiences can lead to understanding and gratitude, generosity and purpose. We hope you can join us. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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Experience All Your Joy

September 29, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are doing well. I really am looking forward to Sunday’s worship services as we continue our fall series “The Good Life.” This week we will spend some time thinking together about the topic of “intimacy” Sociologists have discovered the search for intimacy is one of the primary searches of life. Ironically, in our day and time, a great many people run from intimate relationships. Some of those persons even attend churches. They might talk a lot, or they may talk very little. These persons will never allow you to go deep. They live life at the surface. They do not trust others easily. Many have been hurt and are unwilling to trust again. As a result, in the words of the poet Khalil Gibron, they “never experience all of their joy.” This Sunday I am going to talk about helping folks experience “all of their joy” in a message entitled “Divine Intimacy.” I encourage you to read the text for the sermon in advance – Luke 7:36-50.

Sunday also is World Communion Sunday. Christians from around the world will gather at the Lord’s Table to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Think about that for just a moment. As we extend our hands to receive the bread and drink from the cup, we are joining with Christians from around the world in partaking of the grace of God on this day. We here in Atlanta become a link in a chain that circles the globe. I hope you will make a special effort to be present as we feast at the Lord’s Table.

Of course, as has become our tradition on the first Sunday in October, we will offer a “Blessing of the Animals” service at 5:00 p.m. You are invited to bring your pets to the church for a fun time of worship. This service celebrates the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. We will gather in the sanctuary, sing praises to God, and approach the altar with our pets for an individual blessing of each animal. In the past, participants have brought their dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, fish, and birds to receive a blessing. You also may choose to bring photos of your pets if it is difficult for the animal to attend the service (it’s pretty difficult to load up a horse and bring it to church!). I hope you’ll take advantage of this community-wide service. And why not invite a friend to join in the fun?

Let me remind you of two opportunities coming up in the next few days:

Evening with Dan Cathy – we are delighted to welcome Dan Cathy, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Chick-fil-a, to Peachtree Road for an evening of inspiration this Tuesday, October 3, at 6:00 pm in Grace Hall. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, and Dan will speak at 7:00 pm. This event is a fund-raiser for our ministry with those living on the Westside. It is not too late to purchase a ticket. You may purchase a table or individual ticket by clicking on this link. I can’t wait to welcome Dan to Peachtree Road and hear his words of encouragement. Please join me for this event sponsored by our Men’s Ministry,

A Just Cause – we are a little over a week away from our first annual “Just Cause” Peachtree Road golf outing. This event, set for Monday, October 9, at the Druid Hills Country Club, will benefit “Our Westside Story,” our church’s ongoing revitalization project with our partners on the Westside. There are a few spots for individuals. If you are interested in participating, we would be delighted to have you join us. To register, please contact our tournament director Ryan Bush at ryan@hkgolfproductions.com.

Finally, let me remind you again of our upcoming Annual Charge Conference. On Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 pm, our district superintendent Dr. Bernice Kirkland will be present to preside at our annual charge conference in Grace Hall. This year we will welcome the members of St. John UMC as they also participate in their charge conference at the same time. During this brief meeting, we will have the opportunity to share our reports and vote on new leaders for the coming year. You are invited to attend.

Please call on me if I can be of help to you. See you Sunday!

Bill

9.24.17 | Alchohol: Playing with Fire

Ministers in Sanctuary

During this season, we are considering “The Good Life” – those aspects that contribute to it or detract from it. This week, we spent some time thinking about the role alcohol plays in our culture. We asked the question, “Can Methodists drink?” Well, the answer to that question is the answer to another question: “Can Methodists dance?” And the answer is “Some can; some can’t!”

In his letter to the church in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul encouraged followers of Christ “do not get drunk with wine…but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:15-20)

On the one hand, we affirmed that wine was used by Jesus as a metaphor for the abundant life; and, on the other hand, we acknowledged that temperance historically has been a major emphasis in the Methodist Church. (After all, Thomas Welch, the founder of Welch’s Grape Juice, was a Methodist!)

This message is not about judgment. This is a time for grace. If you think you may have a problem, seek help! Our faith offers an alternative to being drunk with wine – be filled with the Holy Spirit. Let us hear the song of the ages, the one sung by that great cloud of witnesses, encouraging us to live “the good life.”