Our Faith Can Lead Us

June 4, 2021

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. Many of you now are beginning a summer routine, and, after the last fifteen months, you deserve a time to relax and recharge. The question with which many of us wrestle now that the pandemic is receding is, “How are you handling your re-entry anxiety?” I recently read an article by Elizabeth Bernstein in which she suggests the goal in re-entry is to intentionally plan for life to be “better” after the pandemic – not just focused upon surviving, but thriving.

That’s what I want us to do in the next few weeks in worship through a series of messages entitled: “Leaving the Ark.” Each Sunday we will consider the story of Noah in Genesis and discover lessons for life in a post-pandemic world. We will wrestle with questions many of us are asking in these days. How have we changed in the last year? What have we learned? What gifts have we discovered that enrich our lives? What new perspectives have we gained for life? How can we move forward with intentionality? I look forward to the next three weeks as we gain a perspective of what we have been through and discover how our faith can lead us to a better future.

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”

If you are in town, I hope you will join us each week. If you are traveling, remember to watch through the livestream of the service on Sundays at 11:15 am or later in the week through the church’s website.

This Sunday also is Founder’s Day here at Peachtree Road. Our church was founded in 1925, and held its first public worship service on June 7. I love history. I love the stories that come from our history, and I love the way the past informs both the present and the future. Our history reminds us of our identity and inspires us to be the people we have been called to be. On Sunday we worship with hearts filled with gratitude and remember those who founded our church:

Mrs. E.H. Wood
Mr. Guy H. Wood
Miss Ruth Wood
Miss Mary Wood
Mrs. M.T. Salter
Dr. and Mrs. F.D. Salter
Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Andoe
Mrs. L.H. Seymour
Miss Caroline Seymour
Mrs. Eva Miller
Mrs. J.C. Henderson
Mrs. Elizabeth Walker
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Respess, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Cofer
Miss Josephine Cofer

Our associate minister Elizabeth Byrd will be ordained an elder in full connection at the Service of Ordination and Commissioning that will take place on Saturday, June 5, at 10:00 am. We are proud of Elizabeth and will be honoring her at the morning worship services on Sunday. You may watch the ordination service here: www.ngumc.org/AC2021.

At the close of Annual Conference, when Bishop Haupert-Johnson “fixes” the appointments, we will receive Josh Milesas a new associate minister here at Peachtree Road. I have known Josh for most of his life and can’t wait for you to meet him and get to know this dedicated servant of the Lord. He will be onboarded with our staff and a lay leadership team next week and then join us on July 1. I encourage you to begin praying for him now.

Finally, let me call to your attention a couple of opportunities in the coming days:

Westside Table In-Person Worship – on Sunday, June 6, our second campus that is being planted on the Westside of Midtown will hold its first in-person worship service at Round Trip Brewing (1279 Seaboard Industrial Blvd) at 10:30 am. Our associate minister Daniel Ogle will be preaching and the worship team is led by Amy Little. You are invited for worship and to stay for lunch by the Southern Grace Kitchen Food Truck. You can register to attend here.

COVID-19 Vaccine – through our partnership with CORE, the Pfizer vaccine will be available here on our campus for the next 3 Saturdays – June 5, June 12, and June 19. The primary target is students, but anyone can register here.

I hope to see you Sunday as we seek to make a new beginning and live out our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Grace and peace,

Bill

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