May 17, 2019

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are doing well. Many of you were present last Sunday for our Mother’s Day worship services. If you were here, you heard Carolyn Roper, a resident of the Wesley Woods retirement community, share how Wesley Woods plays a vital role in the quality of the lives of the residents of that community. Then, we received a special offering to benefit the benevolent fund of this ministry as they provide financial assistance to some who have outlived their resources. I am so grateful for your support, and, if you have not had an opportunity to give toward the special offering, I invite you to contribute online here. Thank you for your generosity.

This upcoming Sunday promises to be a wonderful day at Peachtree Road as we celebrate Senior Recognition Day. At the 11:15 a.m. service in the sanctuary, our high school graduates and their families will be our special guests as we celebrate with them this significant milestone in the lives. It is always a joy when the seniors come to the pulpit, introduce themselves, and tell us what their plans are for the next year. Their parents, grandparents, and loved ones beam with pride, and we as a congregation rejoice with them.

The message for the day is entitled “The House Wisdom Built,” and we will reflect upon Proverbs 9:1-6 and the seven pillars that provide the firm foundation for an abundant life:

  • Purpose
  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Genuineness
  • Faithfulness
  • Generosity
  • Respect

After the message, our graduating seniors will introduce themselves and share their plans for the coming year. I hope you will be present to support them.

Also, at the close of the 11:15 a.m. in the sanctuary, we will commission two mission teams from our church – a group heading to Belize and another going to the nation of Georgia. With these teams and the senior high youth mission team leaving shortly for Belize, we will have 127 Peachtree Road members in the mission field during the month of June. The members of our mission teams are sharing the light of Christ in transformational ways, and I hope you will be present Sunday to help us show our appreciation for them and to pray for them as they become ambassadors of Christ in the coming days.

I certainly want to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous giving to this year’s Lenten Offering. As of this week, you have given over $324,000! I am grateful that so many of you sacrificed and set aside an amount during that season to give to others. Our giving will bless the lives of others through seventeen agencies with whom we partner in ministry. Thank you for your help.

It is with a heaviness in my heart that I write to let you know Mimi Brunson is leaving our staff as the director of evangelism and hospitality. Mimi and her family are preparing to move to San Diego where her husband Tommy begins new responsibilities with his company. Peachtree Road will miss the Brunsons! I have asked our associate minister Daniel Ogle to take on leadership in the area of evangelism as we look for ways to strengthen this ministry in the days to come.

Finally, let me remind you that the Dogwood Gift Shop will close for the season after Wednesday. As you know, the proceeds from gifts bought at the Dogwood go to support global outreach. As an added treat, the gift shop will be featuring Darden’s Delights – Pies with a Purpose as a part of its final Sunday. If you are not familiar with this business of Peachtree Road’s own Glass family, I invite you to take a look at their website (www.dardensdelights,com) and plan to drop by to secure your pie and make a difference in the lives of others. Thank you for your support.

I am grateful for your participation in the ministry of Peachtree Road. Your daily prayers, regular presence in worship, generous giving, and acts of kindness and service are deeply appreciated.

See you Sunday!

Bill