September 14, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you doing well. It was good to see so many of you back in church last Sunday as we kicked-off the fall season here at Peachtree Road. I really am looking forward to this Sunday for at least three reasons:

  • We are continuing with our “Fruitful” series in worship as we consider the fruit of the Spirit as outlined in Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia. This week we will focus upon the fruit of “peace.” While we are lifting up each fruit as a quality we aspire to produce in our lives, in my studies I have been curious about the seeds we need to plant in order to produce that particular fruit. For example, last week we learned that a sense of wonder and a sense of gratitude are two seeds that produce joy in our lives. On Sunday we will talk about that which leads to peace, and I encourage you to prepare for the message by reading Philippians 4:4-7.
  • Bishop Larry Goodpaster, Bishop in Residence at Candler School of Theology, also will be with us on Sunday to offer the first of four educational forums over the course of the next month on the essentials of prayer. Bishop Goodpaster will speak Sunday morning in the sanctuary at 10:00 am on the topic “Prayer: An Expression of Life.” This is an exceptional opportunity to learn about the important role prayer can play in your life as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  • On Sunday morning at the 8:45 am service, we will present Bibles to our third graders. This is one of those holy moments in the life of our church as we celebrate with the 100+ children we have on roll in the third grade, give them their first Bible, and begin to teach them how to use this book of our faith. I will challenge them to memorize ten particular passages in the next year, and we will celebrate with nine fourth graders who have accomplished that feat. Then, Porter Brunson, one of our third graders, will come forward to read our scripture lesson for the day. This will be an inspiring Sunday.

At Wednesday’s Midweek Prayer Service, we remembered in prayer the victims of the terrorist attacks seventeen years ago on September 11, 2001. We vow never to forget them. We also prayed for those who are in the path of Hurricane Florence. We anxiously have been preparing for the arrival of this very dangerous storm, and the weather service is forecasting devastating floods for the southeast in its wake and especially in communities along the Carolina coastline. I encourage you to take a moment right now and pray as well. Also, if you would like to help those who will be affected by the storm, I encourage you to give to our special offering on Sunday. Your $40 contribution would provide a backpack with a water filter for a family so they can have clean water. When the flood waters surge, the sewers overflow, and all fresh water becomes contaminated. Since there also is no electricity, many folks cannot boil their water, and drinking water is almost unavailable. The Uzima filter changes that circumstance and literally saves lives. We also will send money to the United Methodist Council on Relief. Please make your check payable to Peachtree Road, mark it for “Florence Relief” or give through the church app or online. Thank you for your generosity.

Finally, let me remind you of two upcoming opportunities:

  • The annual “A Just Cause” golf outing is right around the corner. This fun event is set for Monday, October 22, at Druid Hills CC, and all proceeds will benefit Covenant House of Georgia. Covenant House is so much more than a shelter. This wonderful ministry provides a bed and a meal for homeless and trafficked youth and helps them find hope and help for their future. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this outing, please fill out the online registration form at or contact Diane Scanlan for more information.
  • Jamie Jenkins and I are making plans to lead a group on a Journeys of Paul tour early next year. We will visit many of the sites we have read about in the New Testament’s account of Paul’s missionary journeys: Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, Thessalonica, and many others. The trip is set for April 23-May 3, 2019, and a number from our congregation already have signed up. We still have room for more and would love to have you join us. Time is running short to get the early registration discount, so please contact Jamie for more information or to register.

As we move through the season, I hope you will find your place at Peachtree Road. And, if I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to let me know.

See you Sunday!