Love God With All Your Heart

October 8, 2021

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. I really am looking forward to Sunday as we continue our series entitled “Under Pressure.” This week we will be talking about “Caring for Yourself” as we reflect upon Jesus’ words in answer to the question about which commandment in the law is the greatest:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind…And, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 22:37, 39

Sometimes we get so busy and distracted that our lives become a whirlwind of activity and the pressure builds up. Getting back to the basics oftentimes is a good first step toward relieving that pressure. I look forward to us thinking for a few minutes about the basics on Sunday, and I hope you will participate in one of our services – 8:45 am, 10:00 am, 11:15 am or 5:00 pm. I remind you that each of these is available by livestream through our church website. Please join us for worship this week.

Everybody I know seems to be feeling under pressure in some way these days, and our church’s One Lamb Mental Health Initiative has us uniquely positioned to help. Do you feel stressed almost to a breaking point? Then I encourage you to take advantage of some of the resources being offered this month:

  • Awaken to Wholeness Women’s Retreat – Saturday, November 6, from 9:00 am until 2:30 pm. In this special retreat for women, the authors of The Hidden Life Awakened and special guest leaders will help participants reflect upon how they can experience spiritual transformation and live as God designed us – wholehearted and well-balanced. You may register for this retreat here.
  • Sunday Conversations – in the coming weeks, we are hosting “Sunday Conversations” with three of our wisest pastors here at Peachtree Road. These informative opportunities for dialogue will take place Sunday evenings at 5:30 pm in the church’s Hospitality Suite. Ron Greer will introduce the One Lamb Initiative mental health ministry on October 17, Larry Adams will lead a discussion on coping with anxiety on October 24, and Jamie and Lena Jenkins will share their experience in finding the resources needed to overcome depression on January 23, 2022. All are welcome at each and no registration is necessary.
  • Sunday Forum – On Sunday, October 17, Peachtree Road member and licensed clinical social worker Martha Tate will lead a forum in Heritage Hall at 10:00 am on the topic “Awakening to Wholeness: Mind, Body, and Spirit.” Come learn how to move to a life of love, hope, and encouragement through your faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Wellness Class – Wellness Wakeup: Breath, Stretch, Pray with Ann Strader, a certified yoga instructor and integrative health coach takes place on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in the Harp Student Center. Register here.
  • An Evening with William Cope Moyers – Sunday, November 14, in the sanctuary at 5:30 pm. The One Lamb Initiative is pleased to bring Moyers, the vice president of public affairs and community relations for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, to speak to our community about his personal experience in dealing with addiction and recovery. We hope you will join us for this impactful part of our emphasis on the importance of mental health. Register here.

As you can see, through the One Lamb Initiative, our church is actively offering the resources folks in our community need to cope with the pressure of living under stress. Just remember, almost every person you meet is going through something. Be patient with one another and recommend these resources to those you know who are struggling. Help us continue to be a “Good Shepherd” church.

Finally, let me remind you of two opportunities for this week:

  • Falcons Tailgate Party – the Atlanta Falcons are playing the New York Jets this week in London, and the game is set to kick off Sunday at 9:30 am. The game will be on the big screen in Grace Hall as we serve a complimentary boxed tailgate breakfast. You are welcome to join your fellow Peachtree Road members to enjoy the game.
  • Wellroot Special Offering – Wellroot, formerly known as the United Methodist Children’s Home, was started over 150 years ago by the Methodists of the North Georgia Conference to care for children in our communities. Sunday, we will give in support of foster parents and help provide a safe place for children. Please give generously to this very worthwhile ministry. You may make your check payable to Peachtree Road UMC and mark it for “Wellroot” or give through the church website. Thank you for your support.
Thank you for all you are doing to help transform the lives of others by offering them the grace of God through Jesus Christ. It is a privilege to worship and serve with you through the ministry of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church!

Grace and peace,

Bill

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