Responding to God’s Blessings

October 22, 2021

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. Are you feeling under pressure these days? If you are, please know that you are not alone. A recent survey conducted among 1,000 Americans discovered:

  • 78% of Americans feel major stress every week (women more than men)
  • Mondays and mornings are the most stressful times of the week
  • Money is the top stressor for Americans, followed by work and physical health issues
  • Depending upon your age, the person who stresses you out the most is either your boss or spouse
  • 44% of Americans claim the pandemic has been the most stressful time in their entire life

Our faith reminds us that Jesus is the Great Physician who heals those who are sick – physically, mentally, and spiritually. Our faith also reminds us that our Lord empowers the church to be a wellness center where people come to find hope and help and grow healthy souls. We will bring our “Under Pressure” series on mental health to a close on Sunday with a message entitled “Come Apart So You Don’t Come Apart.” It is based upon Jesus’ words to his disciples:

“Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. – Mark 6:31

I hope you will participate in one of our services this Sunday – 8:45 am, 10:00 am, 11:15 am, or 5:00 pm. I remind you that each of these is available by livestream through our church website. Please join us for worship this week.

I also encourage you to join us for a Sunday Conversation with Larry Adams. Our church’s One Lamb Initiative is sponsoring a series of Sunday conversations at 5:30 pm in the church’s Heritage Hall, and this week retired pastoral counselor Larry Adams will lead a conversation on anxiety. You are invited to attend the Sundays @ 5 worship service in the Moore Chapel with Rev. Josh Miles preaching and then join the group downstairs for the conversation. All are welcome and no registration is necessary.

Next week we will begin a four-week emphasis on living out our faith as Christian disciples. The thrust of the emphasis will focus upon our response to God’s blessings in our lives. You will be encouraged to make a financial commitment toward next year’s operating budget either through a pledge or recurring gift. Please look for the information sent to you each week and prayerfully consider your role in the ministry of Peachtree Road UMC.

Finally, let me remind you of three upcoming opportunities:

  • Covenant House Sleep Out – many of you know that Covenant House is one of the local agencies with whom our church partners to help homeless youth. This ministry seeks to provide young adults with shelter and a network of support to give them the resources they need to thrive in life. In an effort to help raise awareness and funds to support this ministry, I will be sleeping outside with other pastors, rabbis, and business executives from our community on Thursday, November 18. To support my effort, you may give here, through the church’s website, or make your check out to Peachtree Road UMC and marked for “Covenant House Sleep-Out.” Thank you for your support.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive – on Thursday, October 28, our campus will be the site for the Red Cross Blood Drive from 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. You can make your appointment here or contact Haley Gerlofs with the Red Cross if you have questions. Blood supplies are low in our community, and your help would be greatly appreciated.
  • Become a member of Peachtree Road UMC – a special joining Sunday is set for November 21, and we would love to help you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ and find avenues of service to others through this great community of faith. If you would like to learn more about the steps in becoming a member, please contact our associate minister Leslie Watkins at lesliew@prumc.org.

Thank you for your faith in Christ, hope in the future, and love for one another.

Grace and peace,

Bill

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