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The Blessings of God

February 9, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. Last Sunday was Youth Sunday here at Peachtree Road, and our students led us well in worship – their enthusiasm was contagious, and several seniors offered inspirational testimonies of how their faith has grown through their participation in this ministry. Each year I hear from young couples who decide to join the church because of this service. They comment, “I want my child to grow up to be like those youth!” It was a wonderful morning! If you were unable to be present and would like to contribute to the special offering for our youth ministry, you may give here. Thank you for your support.

I hope you will be in church Sunday as we talk about “A Glimpse of Glory.” In preparation for the message, I encourage you to read the story of the Transfiguration found in Mark 9:2-9. We will talk about the Celtic idea of “thin places” – those moments when there is no discernible distance between heaven and earth. It is in the “thin places” that we are inspired and begin to see life from a different perspective. I hope you’ll join us Sunday as we reflect upon the presence of God in our midst.

In addition, we will celebrate three important Peachtree Road ministries:

Great Day of ServiceGreat Day of Service Kick-off – our 26th annual Great Day of Service is set for Saturday, March 24, and we will hear from this year’s Great Day co-chair Jo Hodges. Jo and her team have already been working for a number of months to make this year’s event one of the best ever. This Sunday each of us will be invited to be a part of this year’s Great Day. Wendie and I are planning to sign up this week, and I certainly encourage you to join us.

Scout Sunday – at the 8:45 am service, we will celebrate our scouting ministry here at Peachtree Road. If you are a Boy Scout, Girl Scout, or scout leader, you are welcome to wear your uniform to church and process into the sanctuary with the scouts. We will recognize the troop our church sponsors and several scouts who have earned their “God and Me” badge. Join us as we celebrate the ministry of scouting.

Nicaragua Mission Team – at the close of the 11:15 am service, we will commission those heading out next week on a mission trip to Nicaragua. Members of the team will be present as we thank them for their willingness to serve and pray for them as they as they prepare to leave.

Looking ahead, I want to let you know about several more opportunities coming up in the coming weeks:

Ash Wednesday – Our journey through the 40-day season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. You are encouraged to observe this day as a time of fasting and prayer and join us for one of our services.

Ron Greer CompassionRon Greer Forum – We are pleased to have Ron Greer as our spiritual guide during Lent. His new book entitled The Path of Compassion: Living with Heart, Soul, and Mind will serve as our resource for this season. Ron will speak at a forum in the sanctuary on Sunday, February 18, at 10:00 am. I encourage you to attend. The Path of Compassion will be available at the Dogwood shop on that day, where Ron will sign copies after the forum.

Lenten Offering – This year’s Lenten Offering will be used to support the agencies and ministries with whom we partner in the Greater Atlanta area to make a difference in the lives of others. You are encouraged to give something up during this season (I plan to give up sweets) and give the money you estimate you would have spent on what you are giving up to this offering.

Manfred Hoffmann Lecture – Dr. Jenny McBride of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago will be our featured speaker this year. You are invited to attend on Sunday evening, March 11, in Grace Hall as she offers a lecture entitled “Lenten Repentance as the Church’s Public Witness.” Please join us as we remember and give thanks for Manfred’s ministry in our midst. You may register for the dinner here.

Finally, as you prepare yourself for daily prayer, I invite you to consider, “What am I praying for today?” Then, consider adding that request to one of the prayer walls (physical and virtual) here at the church during Lent. At the end of the year, we will look back and see what God has done!

I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Bill

PS – Last week, as I listened to our youth share their testimonies, I was struck by the words of gratitude they expressed for those who have loved them, mentored them, and helped them to grow. It occurred to me that the joy we all experienced last Sunday was the by-product of their expressions of gratitude. Do you want more joy in your life? Then, be more grateful for the blessings of God – the gift of each new day, family, friends, faith, and opportunities to serve. I know I am grateful for you!

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