Offering A Warm and Gracious Welcome

July 1, 2022

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. Let me begin by thanking all who helped make Freedom Sunday a grand celebration. It was wonderful to see so many folks in church as we sang patriotic hymns, honored our veterans, and prayed for our nation. The music was especially moving as we welcomed new persons to the volunteer choir, and I noticed more than a few tears as Will Green led us in singing “God Bless America.” The fried chicken served at the luncheon following the service was delicious and the fellowship at the tables made for a special day. Thank you to all who made the celebration possible.

While we’re on the subject of celebrations, let me remind you that our “Party on Peachtree” in front of the church set for Monday, (July 4) from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. We will gather out front to enjoy a time of fellowship as we cheer on the tens of thousands of runners as they sprint/jog/walk past our church as a part of the Peachtree Road Race. The church bells will be ringing, so come and spend the early hours of the holiday with your church family.

Now, let me take a moment to look ahead. Of course, July means “Summer in the City” here at Peachtree Road. During this month, you are encouraged to dress “comfortably” for worship. Our services are a bit more casual, and lemonade and cookies are served each week in front of the church at the close of worship.

During the month we will offer a fun series of messages entitled “At the Movies.” Each week we will highlight a different favorite Disney movie and reflect upon the biblical themes we find in them:

July 10 | Luke 18:9-14 | The Hunchback of Notre Dame
July 17 | Matthew 25:35-40 | Pocahontas
July 24 | I Corinthians 1:26-31 | Aladdin
July 31 | Genesis 49:9-19 | Lion King

Not only were each of these successful family movies, but they also offered a positive message for the way we should live. I hope you will plan “movie nights” for your family to watch the movie of the week and then join us in worship as we talk about them on Sunday. Please spend the month of July with us.

This Sunday, July 3, marks the continuation of our commemoration of Independence Day in America that we began last Sunday. The sermon is entitled “From Ordinary to Extraordinary!” As I have prepared for this message, I found myself encouraged and gained a strategy for dealing with my own feelings of helplessness in our divided world. Please consider reading the tenth chapter of Luke, especially verses 1-20 in preparation for Sunday. Also, note that we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the close of Sunday’s service. I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday.

Thank you to those who participated in last week’s special offering to benefit Atlanta area retired African Methodist Episcopal Church clergy who no longer are receiving payments on their pensions. If you missed the opportunity, there is still time. You may make your check payable to Peachtree Road UMC and mark it for AME Retirees Fund or give online here. Thank you for your generosity.

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 this list to receive more information as it becomes available, or contact Jamie Jenkins at jamiej@prumc.org.

Here is some information about our church’s ministry of hospitality. Over the course of the last two years, our lives have been disrupted in significant ways. Now is the time for us to rebuild this ministry so we can warmly welcome folks who are yearning for spiritual community:

• Ushers
• Ambassadors
• Acolytes
• Parking Lot Greeters

• Altar Guild
• Flower Guild
• Sanctuary Guild
• Pew Greeters

We will be recruiting persons for these teams during the month of July and offering a general training event in hospitality in August. If you are interested in joining one of these hospitality teams, please let us know by emailing our associate minister Elizabeth Byrd at elizabethb@prumc.org. We will be reaching out to our neighbors and inviting them to Peachtree Road in September and want to be ready to offer them a warm and gracious welcome. Thank you for your help.

Many of you will be away this holiday weekend, and I pray that you will travel safely. As always, if you are unable to worship in person at Peachtree Road, please stay connected to your church family by worshiping online on Sundays at 8:45 am, 10:00 am, 11:15 am, Wednesdays at 12:00 noon, or downloading the service later in the week through the church app or website. Thank you for your faithful support.

Grace and peace,

Bill

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