June 11, 2021
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope you are well. Let me begin this week’s message by sharing the good news that our associate minister Carolyn Stephens is getting married this evening (Friday, June 11)! She and Anthony Drummer are preparing to say their vows to one another, and we are pleased for them. I especially am excited about welcoming Anthony to the Peachtree Road family and invite you to pray for God’s blessings to be upon them as they begin a new life together as husband and wife.
Speaking of associate ministers, earlier this week our staff and a group of lay leaders had an opportunity to onboard our incoming associate minister Josh Miles. The onboarding experience for United Methodist ministers was created by our own member Claire Bowen and served to help us develop a deeper connection with Josh very quickly. Let me just say, he’s going to be a great leader at Peachtree Road! He starts on Sunday, July 11, but I invite you to begin praying for him now.
On Sunday, June 11, we will continue our worship series of messages entitled: “Leaving the Ark.” Each Sunday we are considering the story of Noah in Genesis and discovering lessons for life in a post-pandemic world. Last week we learned that the first thing Noah did upon leaving the ark was to build an altar and offer thanksgiving to God. The last year has been especially disorienting for all of us, but our faith can guide us to a re-orientation that is characterized by spiritual growth. It begins with the simple act of centering ourselves in prayer and thanksgiving. As mentioned last week, we will conclude each Sunday by praying the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. In fact, I hope you will join me in memorizing it, praying it daily, and living it.
This week we will turn to the second message in our sermon series – “Fruitful Intentions.” God commanded Noah and his family to “be fruitful and multiply.” What does it mean for us to intentionally set out to live fruitful lives? We will consider that question on Sunday. If you are in town, I hope you will join us in the sanctuary at either 8:30 am or 11:15 am. If you are traveling, remember to watch through the livestream of the service onSundays at 11:15 am or later in the week through the church’s website.
Last week our second campus, The Westside Table, had its first “in-person” worship service at Round Trip Brewing. Over 70 persons made a reservation to attend, and we are ecstatic about this new beginning. The Westside of Midtown is an under-served but fast-growing part of our city, and this second campus gives us an opportunity to have a greater impact in the name of Christ. Daniel Ogle is the campus pastor and Amy Little leads the worship team. We are in the process of recruiting about 50-75 persons from Peachtree Road who will volunteer to be “missionaries” to the Westside for about 18 months. If this is something you might be interested in doing, please contact Daniel Ogle firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be aware of these opportunities for the coming days:
- COVID-19 Vaccine – through our partnership with CORE, the Phizer vaccine will be available here on our campus for the next 2 Saturdays – June 12, and June 19. The primary target is students, but anyone can register here.
- New Member Class – if you are interested in becoming a member of Peachtree Road, please join us this Sunday, June 13, for a new member class. This session, hosted in the Hospitality Suite at 10:00 am, will help you learn more about this great church and the community. For more information, contact Rev. Elizabeth Byrd at 404.240.8227 or email@example.com.
- Family Bible Olympics – parents are invited to join in the fun of this summer’s Sunday morning offering for elementary children. FBO is for children who have completed kindergarten through the 5th grade and a parent and meets each Sunday at 10:00 am either on the soccer field or in the gymnasium for a time of answering Bible questions and relay games. There are snacks and plenty of water. No registration is required. Just show up and enjoy the fun.
- Dogwood Gift Shop – the gift shop is open each Sunday in June from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm. Drop by to pick up a Father’s Day gift, wedding gift, or summer party need. You can shop online at www.thedogwoodshop.org and also in-person Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. All proceeds benefit Peachtree Road’s global missions programs.
I look forward to worshiping with you Sunday (either in person or online) as consider ways of living intentionally fruitful lives.
Grace and peace,