More Than a Few Good Men

June 17, 2022

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. As we approach Father’s Day, like many of you, I have been thinking about my dad this week. He died over 16 years ago, and I miss him every day. I miss his witty sayings (“There are fleas that come with every dog, Bill”) and his calm encouragement. He didn’t live to see his grandchildren marry and have children of their own, but he is present every day in our memories. I have been thinking about other “good men” (former pastors, coaches, and teachers) who have also been influential in my life. On Sunday, we take time to remember them and give thanks to God for their faith and the examples they set for us. I hope you will worship with your friends at Peachtree Road UMC this Sunday (either in person at 8:45 am, 10:00 am, or 11:15 am or online at Rev. Elizabeth Byrd will be preaching, and the oldest father and the newest father present will be recognized at each service. Happy Father’s Day to you and your family.

Would you like to hear some of the best young organists in the world perform? Then come to the sanctuary this afternoon and/or evening to hear the finalist recitals for the inaugural Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition. This competition features 6 gifted organists who have come to play our sanctuary’s grand Mander organ. These young organists come from South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Poland, and Italy, and the recitals will be performed today (Friday, June 17) at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 8:00 pm. The announcement of the winners and a reception will take place at the church later this evening, and we invite you to join us in person or by Livestream here for this inaugural competition. We are grateful to the Stephens family for this generous gift.

Please mark your calendar for our annual Celebration of Freedom on Sunday, June 26. In a return to tradition, we will sing patriotic hymns, honor our veterans, pray for our nation and world, and give thanks for God’s many blessings. And, yes, Timothy Miller will be with us to lead us in singing “God Bless America” at the close of the service. (If you would like to join the volunteer choir for that day, a one-time rehearsal is being held Wednesday evening June 22. To join the choir for this special Sunday, please contact Ruth Sommerville at To cap off the day of celebration, we will join together for a picnic featuring fried chicken and all the fixings in Grace Hall. This is a Sunday you will not want to miss!

Are you interested in becoming a member of Peachtree Road UMC? A special joining Sunday is set for June 26, and we would love to help you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ and find avenues of service to others through this great community of faith. If you would like to learn more about the steps in becoming a member, please contact our associate minister Josh Miles at  Opportunities to Enrich Your Life:

  • Journeys of Paul Cruise – Jamie Jenkins and I will lead a group to visit many of the sites the Apostle Paul visited on his missionary journeys: Athens, Corinth, Philippi, Ephesus, Thessalonica, and others. The trip is set for October 23-31, 2023, and the unique feature of this cruise is that it will be a “United Methodist only” trip. We are joining with Adam Hamilton and members of Church of the Resurrection UMC in Kansas City, Davis Chappell and folks from Brentwood UMC in Nashville, Bishop Bill McAlilly, and members of the Tennessee Annual Conference to sail on a chartered Azamara small ship to explore the life and journeys of Paul. Please add your name to the list here to receive more information from Jamie Jenkins as it becomes available.
  • Hospitality Ministry – as I mentioned two weeks ago in worship, one of our goals as we approach the fall is to ramp up our ministry of hospitality. We want to invite our neighbors to join us for worship and to welcome them with the warmth we all have experienced here at Peachtree Road UMC. As we look to enhance our ministry of hospitality, we want to add parking lot greeters and pew greeters to our teams of ushers and ambassadors. If you are interested in volunteering once a month to be a greeter, usher, ambassador or join one of our worship guilds and help us welcome folks to our campus on Sundays, please respond here.
Finally, our campus will be the site for a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, June 22. The drive is taking place in the Harp Student Center, and appointments are available between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. You can make your appointment here, or contact Haley Gerlofs at the Red Cross if you have questions. Blood supplies are low in our community and your help would be greatly appreciated.

I am grateful for all you do to help our church be a beacon of light to the community. If you would like to talk with me about any concerns you may have, please do not hesitate to call me.

Grace and peace,


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