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Our Journey Through Lent

March 10, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. This week I want to begin by sharing some good news with you. On Monday afternoon, our associate minister Leslie Watkins met with the Board of Ordained Ministry of the North Georgia Annual Conference for her interview and passed with flying colors! She has been approved by the Board for ordination as a deacon in full connection at the meeting of the Annual Conference in June. This marks a major step in Leslie’s journey into the ministry, and we are so proud of her. I knew you would want to know so you could share in her joy.

On Sunday we will continue our Lenten series entitled “Breathe.” This week we will reflect upon the nighttime encounter between Nicodemus and Jesus as recounted in the third chapter of John’s Gospel. Years ago, I went to hear my preaching professor Dr. Fred Craddock speak at a conference. As usual, his message was both inspiring and thought provoking. It also stirred some questions in me. Afterward, I waited until everyone had greeted him and left, and then I pulled him aside and asked my questions. In my imagination, I think that’s the way it was with Nicodemus. He heard Jesus teach, was impressed, and then went to him privately to ask his questions. To whom do you go when you have important questions to ask? And what would you ask? We’ll consider those questions this Sunday morning in our services.

On Sunday evening, the music ministry of Peachtree Road will present A Requiem for the Living – a worship experience dedicated to all who have suffered due to worldwide terrorism. This service of hope and remembrance is set for 7:00 pm in our sanctuary, and participants will be treated to the inspirational music of composer Dan Forrest. Participants also will have the opportunity to reflect upon words of comfort and assurance from the scriptures, offer prayers of intercession on behalf of all who suffer, and light candles of hope at the close of the service. In addition, we will hear a testimony from Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, who witnessed a terrorist attack last year in an airport in Istanbul, Turkey. This promises to be a remarkable service, and I hope to see you here on Sunday evening.

Of course, Peachtree Road’s 25th Annual Great Day of Service is fast approaching. The date is set for Saturday, March 25, and over 700 persons already have signed up for the day of outreach. (I am signed up to work at Covenant House!) We will begin the morning with a time of worship in the Student Center, and then we’ll be sent out into the community to work side-by-side as we share our faith, hope, and love in tangible ways. Later, we are invited back to the church for an old-fashioned barbeque lunch. This is a fun and important part of our Lenten journey each year, and I am grateful to all who already have signed up. If you have not already done so, please register today and join us.

Two items for your prayers this week:

  • The Kenya Mission Team left yesterday morning for the islands of Lake Victoria in Kenya and will return on March 19. While there, they will work with Start with One Kenya to deliver the water filters purchased with the money you gave last Christmas Eve. Thanks to your generosity, clean water will be provided to thousands of households living on the islands of Lake Victoria. Please pray for the team members: Greg Adams, Edith Barnes, Mack Barnes, Jeanna Brannon, Kelsey Bilthouse, Ed Bilthouse, Jan Bilthouse, Aubrey Clayton, Julia Clayton, Norman Findley, Anne French, Robert French, Guy Fulwieler, Louis Fulwieler, Ed Hamlin, Catherine Inabnit, Kyle Jenks, Workman Meeks, Bob Nelson, Campbell Schnebly, Clint Smith, and Jeff Upshaw.
  • The Youth Search Process is nearing the completion of its work. We are in the final stage and hope to make an offer in the very near future to one of the outstanding candidates the search team has identified. It has been an exciting process, and I am grateful to the search team: Daris McCullough (chairperson), Matt Nelson, Adam Pannell, Katherine Reed, Erica Ross, Billie Summerour, and Scott Whitehead and our youth staff team of Luke Massee, Grace Southworth, and Ashely Zimmerman. They have led us well during this time of transition. Please pray especially for this process in the next two weeks.

Finally, let me close by reminding you that Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday. Set your clock forward one hour in order to arrive for worship and Sunday School on time.

Thank you for all you are doing as disciples of Jesus Christ. See you at church Sunday!

Bill

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