The Blessings We Enjoy

April 9, 2021

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. If we have learned nothing else in the last year, we have learned this lesson: do not take a single day of life for granted. Last Sunday, I made that observation at the close of our Easter worship services. Was I referring to the opportunity to worship together in our beautiful sanctuary? Was I thinking about the gift of being able to lift our voices with one another to triumphantly sing “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!”? Was I reflecting upon the fellowship we enjoyed as many of us saw each other for the first time in a year (at least the part that wasn’t covered by a mask)? Well, as you can imagine, all of those things and more were on my mind. I hope we will not take the blessings we enjoy at Peachtree Road, in the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and in this great nation for granted. As we emerge from the pandemic, we will need each other more than ever.

Let me begin this week’s note by thanking so many of you for joining us online for an incredible Easter service last Sunday. We had a little over 1,000 in the sanctuary at two services and thousands more watched our celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ online. I especially am grateful to our audio-visual team of Darrell Osborne, Deshon Reid, and John Thurman. Week-in and week-out they do a phenomenal job behind the scenes of helping folks who physically cannot be on our campus on Sunday morning find their place spiritually in our sanctuary for worship. I am grateful for this wonderful team.

Thank you for your generous contributions to our Lenten Offering. Even though we were unable in worship to shine the spotlight on some of our ministry partners to let you know the difference they are making in the lives of others, you faithfully set aside a financial gift as an offering to support them. Thank you for your generosity. We do not have a final number to share with you, but I understand you already have given over $132,000. Thank you for that. If you have not had an opportunity to give, it certainly is not too late! You may contribute by sending your check made payable to Peachtree Road UMC and marked for “Lenten Offering” or through the church app or website. Please help us give the new life we celebrate at Easter to others who need it so badly.

I really am looking forward to worship this Sunday as we celebrate Baby Day. At the 11:15 am service, parents whose children were born between March 1, 2019 and February 28, 2021 will be honored during 11:15 am worship, and we will offer a prayer of blessing upon these children. Please be sure to check our online lists of new babies (2020and 2021).

Finally, here are two health-related opportunities offered through our church:

  • Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic – have you been able to get an appointment to get your COVID vaccine? If not, Peachtree Road can help. CORE has designated Peachtree Road as a Pfizer Vaccine Clinics site and will be offering the first vaccine on our campus on Saturday, (April 10). You will need to make an appointment and may do so here.
  • Our campus will be the site for a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, April 27. The drive is taking place in the Harp Student Center, and appointments are available between 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.

Thank you for your support in so many ways. It is a privilege to serve this great church. Please do not hesitate to call on me if I may be of help to you in any way.

Grace and peace,

Bill

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