February 8, 2019

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. Last Sunday was Youth Sunday here at Peachtree Road, and our students led us well in worship – their enthusiasm was contagious, and 12 of our seniors offered inspirational testimonies of how their faith has grown through their participation in this ministry. (You may view their testimonies here.)

As I mentioned at the close of the 11:15 am service, each year I generally hear two comments from folks after Youth Sunday:

  1. “You better watch out. They’re going to take your job!” Well, that’s actually the point. Our mission as a church is to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Our goal is to train and equip our youth to reach a new generation for Christ. I pray each year that one or more of them will hear God’s call upon their lives and become an ordained minister in the church. We want them to take our place!
  2. “I want my child to grow up to be like those youth!” Each year we have families with young children visit on that Sunday or happen to see the youth service online and then join Peachtree Road. They want us to help them raise their children. Our youth program is one of the important entry points into the ministry of Peachtree Road.

It was a wonderful morning! I am grateful to our director of youth ministries Chris Mucha and his staff team of Ryan Holder, Grace Nadeau, and Caroline Paris as well as their volunteer leaders for all they do. If you were unable to be present and would like to contribute to the special offering for our youth ministry, you may give here. Thank you for your support.

I hope you will be in church Sunday as we talk about “Fishing in Deeper Waters.” In preparation for the message, I encourage you to read the story of Jesus’ encounter with some fishermen who became his first disciples — Luke 5:1-11. We will talk about their longings in life and Jesus’ invitation to them to launch out into the deep. As we later approach the altar to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion, I want each of us to consider what it means personally to move into deeper waters. If you cannot be with us Sunday morning, I encourage you to participate in worship by livestream at 11:15 am or join us in the Moore Chapel at 5:00 pm for Sundays @ 5.

Let me briefly lift up several other opportunities coming up this Sunday:

Great Day of Service Kick-off – our 27th annual Great Day of Service is set for Saturday, March 23, and on Sunday our Great Day co-chair Michael Chiock will kick-off registration for this year’s event with a word of encouragement.

Scout Sunday – at the 11:15 am service, we will celebrate our scouting ministry here at Peachtree Road. We will recognize all of our Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and scout leaders. Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the ministry of scouting.

Reception for Nicole Marane – this Sunday marks our associate organist and associate music director Nicole Marane’s last worship service with us. She has resigned to take the position of organist and music director at Sandy Springs UMC, and we are proud of her. She will be in the narthex following the morning worship services, and you are invited to join me in wishing her well and thanking her for 11 years of faithful service.

Congregational Luncheon and Chili Cook-off – Our first congregational luncheon of the year is set for this Sunday from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm in Grace Hall. The menu is chili and all the fixings, and you are invited to join your friends in a time of warm fellowship as we enjoy the offerings of some of our famous cooks as they attempt to prevail in this year’s cook-off.

Sponsor a Child – for the last 20 years, Peachtree Road has given to provide love and support for thousands of children in the nation of Georgia. Beginning this Sunday, each of us will have an opportunity to give the $365 needed to provide for a child for the coming year. Come to Grace Hall to learn more and to sponsor your child for 2019.

Finally, in news from the Finance Committee, we are in the process of wrapping up our “All In!” pledge campaign for the operating budget for 2019 during the month of February. To create some fun competition, we have created the Parson’s Cup award that will go to the Sunday School Class with the highest percentage of pledgers. At the present time the Timothy Class is in the lead with 74% of its members pledging, but they have competition. If you have already turned in your pledge card for this year, thank you! We are grateful for your support. If you have not pledged yet, please do so by February 28. The silver cup will be presented next month to the winning class. In case of a tie, the cup will go to the first class that reaches 100%. Thank you for your help. (To see the current Parson’s Cup standings, follow this link.)

I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Bill

PS – I commend to you the March 15-16 retreat to Lake Lanier featuring Ron Greer and based on his book Now That They Are Grown. Ron expertly will help you learn to successfully parent your adult children. For more information and to register follow this link.