Summer in the City

July 8, 2022

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. I know it’s the summer and many of you are spending time away from the city on weekends, but I hope you will plan to worship with us some during the month of July as we celebrate Summer in the City. We intentionally have planned for these services to be less formal with inspirational special music and familiar hymns. In fact, the three hymns we are singing Sunday are three of my favorites from the old Cokesbury Hymnal we used in my youth:

  • There’s Within My Heart a Melody
  • Love, Mercy, and Grace
  • Grace Greater Than Our Sin

I don’t plan on needing a hymnal this week! At the close of the services this month, you are invited to join your friends on the front lawn of the church for lemonade and cookies. I believe the warmth in the shadow of the trees will be exceeded by the warm fellowship, and I hope you will join us.

This Sunday also marks the beginning of our July series of messages entitled “At the Movies with Disney.” Each week we are considering a different Disney movie and the theological themes we find in them. This week’s movie is “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (some consider it the most overtly Christian movie Disney has ever made). I hope you will take the time to watch the movie and familiarize yourself with Victor Hugo’s cast of characters including Quasimodo, Esmerelda, Frollo, and Phoebus. We also will reflect upon Jesus’ story of the two men who went up to the temple to pray (Luke 18:9-14) and consider that old adage: “Looks can be deceiving.” I hope you will worship with us in person at one of our services at 8:45 am, 10:00 am, or 11:00 am or online at

Did you know that the Peachtree Road UMC Chancel Choir is getting set to go to Ireland? They have been invited to be the choir in residence at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin the week of August 1-7. There, they will be leading daily worship in that historic church and sharing the good news about Jesus Christ in song. They will be offering a concert on Sunday, July 17, at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary, and I hope you join me for this preview of the music they will be sharing.

Finally, let me offer a word of gratitude for your generous support of the church’s ministry, especially during these days of economic uncertainty. We are pretty much “on track” with our giving through the first half of the year, but inflation is wreaking havoc with the budget! Thank you for your faithfulness in this important part of Christian discipleship! Please know we are grateful for every gift we receive. You can give four different ways:

  • Through the Church Web Site or App – just click the amount you would like to give, the cause you would like your gift to support from the menu of options, and whether you would like for this to be a recurring gift or a one-time gift. It’s that easy! Just follow this link. (Note: the church pays a surcharge of 2% on all credit card gifts, so giving by automatic withdrawal enables your gift to go further.)
  • Stock Donation or Wire Transfer – all of the information you need to make a stock gift is found on the website, or you may contact Roger Laney at
  • Check – make your check payable to Peachtree Road UMC and send it to the church at the following address:

Peachtree Road UMC
Attn: Business Office
3180 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA, 30305

  • Planned Gift – you can join the hundreds of other families who have signed up to leave a financial legacy to Peachtree Road UMC through the John Wesley Society. Planned gifts can be made by anyone in any phase of life. Your gift is invested and never touched. The earnings from the gift provide support for the ministry of the church. To learn more about the opportunity to give a gift of a bequest in a will, offer a gift of securities or property, or set up a Charitable Remainder Trust, please contact our financial controller Roger Laney at

Again, thank you for your generous support. Your giving is changing lives and our community.

I hope that you will enjoy these days with loved ones. Please stay safe and call me if you need me.

Grace and peace,


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