• on Friday, February 7, 2020

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth and Learning

February 7, 2020

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 eleven seniors offered inspirational testimonies of how their faith has grown through their participation in this ministry. Each year I hear from young couples who decide to join the church because of this service. They comment, “I want my child to grow up to be like those youth!” It was a wonderful morning! 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.

This weekend promises to be full of opportunities for spiritual growth and learning:

  • Now That They Are Grown – One of the most difficult struggles with which all parents eventually have to deal is how to nurture adult children while encouraging independence and maturity. It is a difficult balance to strike. On Saturday, February 8, Ron Greer will address this important topic at a workshop for parents in the Hospitality Suite from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. You are invited to register and attend this helpful forum.
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  • Enemies of the Mind: Depression – On Sunday, February 9, Rev. Jamie Jenkins will be preaching in our worship services and offering a word of hope and help to those who may be struggling with depression. I imagine there is not a single one of us who hasn’t been touched in some way by depression. Either we have dealt with it ourselves, or we have a loved one who has struggled with it. Jamie is a gifted pastor and will offer a message that will touch your heart. Please invite someone you know to come with you this Sunday.
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  • One Lamb Initiative – during this month in which we are emphasizing maximizing mental health, I want to make you aware of a new initiative in our community. You remember Jesus’ story of the shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep grazing on the hill to go in search of the one lost lamb. The One Lamb Initiative is a newly formed effort to provide and share support in the area of mental health for families that are in crisis. If you would like to be a part of the initial catalyst group or find out more information about One Lamb, reach out to Peachtree Road member Diane Moffett at themoffettfamily@gmail.com.
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  • Great Day of Service Kick-off – our 28th annual Great Day of Service is set for Saturday, March 21, and on Sunday we will hear from this year’s Great Day co-chair Allison Ahern. Allison and her team have already been working for a number of months to make this year’s event one of the best ever. This week, each of us will be invited to be a part of this year’s Great Day. Wendie and I are planning to sign up this week, and I certainly encourage you to join us. You also may sign-up online. Plan now to be a part of this year’s Great Day.
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  • Sponsor a Child – at the close of worship on Sunday you will have the opportunity to hear a word of gratitude from Salome, a resident of the country of Georgia. You know of our work with the children of that country, and she will be here on Sunday to say “thank you.” You also are invited to meet her in Grace Hall and pledge to sponsor at least one child in the coming year, providing them with the love and support they need to thrive. Come see the faces of these children, meet mission team members who go to Georgia on our behalf, and learn how you can make a difference.

Finally, last week as I listened to our youth share their testimonies, I was struck by the words of gratitude they expressed for those who have loved them, mentored them, and helped them to grow. It occurred to me that the joy we all experienced last Sunday was the by-product of their expressions of gratitude. Do you want more joy in your life? Then, be more grateful for the blessings of God – the gift of each new day, family, friends, faith, and opportunities to serve. I know I am grateful for you!

Bill

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