July 12, 2019

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you have had a good week. As you read these words I am preparing to preach for the next week at Salem Camp Meeting in Covington, Georgia. Founded in 1828, this is the 191st year folks have been gathering here for a time of worship and spiritual renewal. For generations, families have stayed in “tents” for the week at this campground. Worship in the open-air tabernacle occurs twice each day (11:00 am and 7:30 pm), and I am looking forward to the week ahead. I especially am looking forward to the last night, Friday, July 19, when our Chancel Choir will be singing to close out the week. Please follow this link for a schedule of events and feel free to join us at Salem Camp Meeting!

Sunday promises to be a good day in worship here at Peachtree Road. We will continue “Summer in the City” as we sing some of our favorite Gospel songs, hear heart-warming special music, and feel our spirits renewed. Carolyn Stephens will be preaching the second message in our “Christianity 101” series – “Growing in Christ.”

Whenever someone asks me to tell them what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, I respond that a disciple is someone who “knows Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, is growing in Christ through prayer and Bible study, is serving Christ in outreach to others, and is sharing Christ through word and deed.” During the month of July our messages are going into greater detail on each of these characteristics. To prepare yourself for this week’s message, please reflect upon the scripture lesson from Acts 4:23-31 and especially that last verse:

When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.
Acts 4:31

I remind you that lemonade and cookies will be served in front of the church immediately following Sunday’s services, and you are invited to enjoy the refreshments with your church family. If you will be out of town, be sure to tune into the service through the livestream on the church app or website at 11:15 am.

As we move through the summer months, I want to solicit your help . Now is the time that I begin my planning for next year. We are blessed here at Peachtree Road to worship in sacred spaces designed to remind us that we are in the presence of God. Just entering the sanctuary, the Moore Chapel, or Heritage Hall fills you with a sense of awe and reverence. And the music you hear stirs your soul and draws us together. I also want the messages you hear to be helpful and relevant to your life. Therefore, let me hear from you. Please use the following link to write down your top three sermon suggestions for the coming year. It could be a theological question you have, a biblical character you want to learn about, or a contemporary issue with which you are dealing or need some clarity. I will be taking suggestions on the website for the next two weeks (through July 28). Thank you for your help.

Did you know that summer is one of the busiest times for moving companies as folks relocate from one city to another? You may have new persons in your neighborhood or workplace who are looking to get connected with others. Moving is a stressful experience, and it especially is helpful to find a new spiritual home as soon as possible. Therefore, I encourage you to reach out to newcomers and invite them to Peachtree Road. Also, if you see an unfamiliar face in worship, remember what it was like when you were new here – speak to them, introduce yourself, and welcome them to worship. If you or someone you know is interested in making Peachtree Road their new church home, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Finally, I do encourage you to stay connected to your church family through the church’s app or website during these summer months. Thank you for your support in so many ways. If we can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to call on us.

See you soon!

Bill