Prayers and Hope

March 11, 2022

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. As I write these words, I am in the Holy Land with a group from Peachtree Road following in the footsteps of Jesus. We already have worshiped in the church of the Nativity (the church built on the site on which tradition claims Jesus was born), remembered our baptism as we waded into the Jordan River, and ascended the mountain near Jericho on which many believe Jesus spent the forty days during which he was tempted by Satan. Today and during this weekend, we are touring Nazareth and the region around Galilee where Jesus spent much of his ministry. Our pilgrimage to the Holy Land has gotten off to a great start, and we covet your prayers as we travel. I look forward to sharing more about it when we get home.

Let me begin this week’s note by sharing with you the good news that our associate minister Geoff Beakley has been approved for ordination as an elder in full connection when the North Georgia Annual Conference meets in June of this year. Thank you for your support for Geoff and his wife Leigh as they have been on this journey. Geoff has been spiritually nurtured by this church. You helped him hear his call to ordained ministry, supported him when he left a very successful career with Siemens to enroll in seminary at Candler School of Theology, and responded positively to him as he has joined our leadership team at Peachtree Road UMC as one of our associate ministers. Geoff is thriving in his roles serving on our pastoral care team, leading our Men’s Ministry, and directing the Wesley Foundation at Georgia Tech. He is a gifted minister, and we celebrate with him this milestone on his journey. Please join me in congratulating Geoff.

Last week we began our Lenten journey with the theme of “Following Jesus.” During these forty days, we are walking with Jesus on his way to Jerusalem. Last Sunday we found ourselves at the banks of the Jordan River witnessing Jesus’ baptism and remembering our own baptism. Through baptism God claims us as His sons and daughters and proclaims that He is pleased with us. That is an affirmation that stays with you and can make a difference in the way you see life in general and yourself in particular.

This week our journey will lead us into the wilderness where we will witness Jesus’ temptation by Satan. Our associate minister Josh Miles will be preaching at all services Sunday morning, and I encourage you to be present at one of our services: 8:45 am, 10:00 am, or 11:15 am. If you are unable to make it in person, please worship online through the Livestream of one of the services at www.prumc.org/livestream.

Many of you know that one of our major initiatives for this year is mental health. Our One Lamb Initiative group is leading the way in providing resources for us that can be of great help. I am pleased to recommend a virtual seminar that is being offered by the United Methodist Church entitled “First Aid for Mental Health: See the World Through the Eyes of Others.” This is a live, no-cost training opportunity for all United Methodists that is designed to help us create a supportive environment for folks we care about who are struggling with mental health. Attendees will learn how to identify and understand mental health challenges with empathy and without judgment. The training is offered in two sessions:

  • Session 1 – March 17
  • Session 2 – March 23 or March 24

For more information and to register, visit the First Aid for Mental Health event page atwww.wespath.org/r/firstaidmh.

Many of you have asked how you can help folks in war-torn Ukraine. We are partnering with Mt. Pisgah UMC in Alpharetta to provide financial assistance to United Methodist churches in Kyiv and Lviv as they offer food, shelter, and transportation to those fleeing the conflict. We also are connecting to a United Methodist pastor in Kharkiv, one of the most devastated areas to date, to understand their needs. The humanitarian crisis continues to escalate, but your gifts can make a difference in the lives there. Please make your check payable to Peachtree Road UMC and mark it for “Disaster Relief: Ukraine” or give online here: www.prumc.org/give.

In addition, I want to invite you to a prayer service to intercede on behalf of folks in Ukraine set for Sunday, March 27, at 5:00 pm in our chapel. I believe prayer can make a difference and encourage you to join us for this special time of worship and prayer. Thank you for your help.

Finally, I remind you of the Season of Service. Each year, during the season of Lent, we are pleased to offer meaningful opportunities for persons of all ages and abilities to reach out and make a difference in the lives of others. Just like the ripples on a pond created when a stone hits the water, your service will have a far-reaching impact on our community. Join us once again to help others in a Season of Service. For more information, visit: www.prumc.org/the-season-of-service.

Thank you for making the commitment to follow Christ. I hope you will join your friends for worship this Sunday at Peachtree Road UMC.

Grace and peace,

Bill

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