I hope this note finds you well as we begin the month of June. Wendie and I have just returned from several days at the beach. It was good to be away, but I really am looking forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. This week we are celebrating Founder’s Day here at Peachtree Road.
On June 7, 1925, the first public worship service of Peachtree Road Methodist Church was held in a partially completed chapel that had a roof and floor but no walls. (Even from its founding, Peachtree Road has been a church without walls, reaching out into the community to share the love, mercy, and grace of God with others.) And our church was born. I love history. I love the stories that come from our history. They remind us of our identity and inspire us to be the people we have been called to be. On Sunday we worship with hearts filled with gratitude. We remember those who founded our church and give thanks for their faith, hope, and courage:
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
History is a great teacher, and I look forward to celebrating our history with you on Sunday. In the message I will talk about the two types of churches I encountered in Europe during my travels as a student (museums and lighthouses) and point the way forward for Peachtree Road as we begin our 94th year in Buckhead. You may want to read the scripture lesson before the service (Mark 2:23-3:6). The message is entitled “First Things First.” I hope you are planning to be with us.
If you are unable to be present on Sunday morning, I remind you that we offer three options for worship:
- Live Stream of the 11:15 am service in the sanctuary – this may be accessed through the church app or the church website.
- Sundays @ 5 on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 pm in the Moore Chapel – this is a casual “come-as-you-are” service that welcomes everyone for a time of worship.
- “Video on demand” of the 11:15 am sanctuary service – you may locate past services for viewing through the church app or through the website usually by Tuesday afternoon each week.
These may not bring you the same spiritual benefit as being present with others for worship, but they are great ways to stay connected to your church family.
On Sunday we will introduce Emily Rivers as our Candler School of Theology Summer Intern for 2018. Emily is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a graduate of Appalachian State University, and has completed her first year at Candler. You will enjoy getting to know Emily as she will be a welcome addition to our church this summer. I hope you will be present to greet her and welcome her to Peachtree Road. Also, Emily will be leading a yoga class each Wednesday evening from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm in Heritage Hall, starting June 6. You are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from her.
Finally, I remind you that 2018 continues to be a “year of prayer” for our church, and I want to encourage you to join me in prayer for the following this weekend:
- Our ministry intern Elizabeth Byrd is being commissioned tonight by the Mississippi Annual Conference and will be appointed to Peachtree Road as an associate minister.
- Our mission team in the nation of Georgia
- Doxology, our youth choir under the direction of Kathy Fletcher, is traveling home today from their tour of Seattle and the northwest.
- Our young adult mission team in Belize
- Our Kingdom Journey pilgrims traveling in the Holy Land