Move Forward with Intentionality

May 28, 2021

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

Today marks the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend, and I hope you are well. In keeping with the reason for this holiday, during Sunday’s worship services, we will pause to remember those who have given their lives in service to our country by placing a wreath at the altar in their memory. I remind you that, if you have been fully vaccinated, masks are optional. We continue to offer two worship services in the sanctuary (8:30 am and 11:15 am) in addition to the online service at 11:15 am. If you are worshiping online this week, please know that we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion, so you will want to prepare bread and wine at home prior to the beginning of the service. I hope you will join us for worship at Peachtree Road this Sunday.

Speaking of worship, let me share with you our sermon theme for next month: “Leaving the Ark: Lessons from Noah for Life in a Post-Pandemic World.” With the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, the spread of the virus is in steep decline, and life is returning to some sense of normalcy. However, there is no question things will be different in the future. What lessons have we learned and what resources have we gained in the last year? Next month, we will turn to the story of Noah for guidance:

June 6 | Genesis 8:13-20 | “First, We Are Thankful”
June 13 | Genesis 9:1-7 | “Fruitful Intentions”
June 20 | Genesis 9:8-17 | “A New Beginning with God”

I hope you will join us each week as we reflect upon the best way to move forward in our lives with intentionality. Also, consider inviting a friend to join you.

Two of the Sundays in June will be special celebrations that I would like for you to mark on your calendar:

  • Founder’s Day (June 6) – On June 7, 1925, at 11:00 am, the first public worship service of Peachtree RoadMethodist Church was held in a partially completed chapel that had a roof and floor but no walls. (That’s a pretty good metaphor for what Peachtree Road has always been – “a church without walls!”) Bishop UVW Darlington was the preacher for the service. The church had organized in May with 19 founding members and on June 7, 20 new members joined, more than doubling the membership to 39. From those humble beginnings our church has grown to become one of the largest in Methodism with an influence felt around the world. We will take the time to celebrate on that day, and I hope you will make your plans to participate in the celebration.
  • Celebration of Freedom (June 27) – We have been targeting this Sunday for a number of months as a time to come back together for a Peachtree Road celebration of God and country. 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 sing “God Bless America.” To cap off the morning’s celebration, we will join together for a picnic with delicious food and warm fellowship in Grace Hall and outside at picnic tables. This is a Sunday you will not want to miss!

Let me call to your attention several opportunities in the coming days:

  • COVID-19 Vaccine – through our partnership with CORE, the Pfizer vaccine will be available here on our campus for the next 4 Saturdays –May 29, June 5, June 12, and June 19. The primary target is students, but anyone can register by using the link at prumc.org/vaccines.
  • Hospitality Ministry – 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. 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 help us welcome folks to our campus on Sundays, please respond here.
  • Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – we are praying for peace in the Middle East in these days and looking forward to a group from Peachtree Road traveling through the land of the Bible next year. About 30 folks already have signed up for our pilgrimage set for March 7-18, 2022, and we would love to have you join us. Please reach out to me or Jamie Jenkins (jamiej@prumc.org) for more information, or attend an upcoming meeting on May 30 or June 2.

Finally, at last Monday’s meeting, the Administrative Board adopted a resolution expressing its gratitude for the ministry of Don Harp and sympathy to his family upon his death. I have attached the resolution here for you to see.

I remain grateful for your support of the ministry of Peachtree Road in so many ways. Please call on me if you need me.

Grace and peace,

Bill

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