The Future of the Church is Bright!

April 29, 2022

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. Let me begin this week’s note by encouraging you to pray for Scott Atchison, our director of music and organist. Scott’s mother Jo Atchison died last Sunday at the age of 95. A memorial service for Jo, who was known for her love of family and Georgia Tech athletics, will be held on Friday, May 6, at 11:00 am at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. Please remember Scott and his family in your prayers.

Last Sunday was a great day at Peachtree Road UMC:

  • We honored Martha Christopher upon her retirement as director of children’s ministries after 32 years. In case you missed it, we presented Martha with a commissioned art piece by Mark Boomershine that she can display in her home. That piece also is being done as a larger mural for the Loft at the church for our children’s ministry. As I said Sunday, Martha’s life has produced so much of the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control), and we are grateful for her leadership these many years.
  • We also were pleased to welcome this year’s Confirmation Class. It happened during a special service at 10:00 am in the sanctuary in a meaningful time of worship for our sixth graders and their families. Fifty students made a profession of faith in Christ and joined the church, and it was so wonderful to have them together at one time. They began their Confirmation experience with a retreat to Camp Glisson, and, for the last 8 months, they have met every Sunday morning for study, participated in break-out groups, and grown in their faith. I am so grateful for our associate youth director Mary Allred and the lay leadership team that led this experience. The future of the church is bright.
  • We also celebrated Baby Day at Peachtree Road UMC last Sunday at the 11:15 am service. The names of babies born within the last year were called, and we honored them and their families with a blessing. It was a day to remember as we celebrated with over 40 families.

This Sunday also promises to be a wonderful time of worship as we celebrate the ministry of Music and Arts here at Peachtree Road. Our church is known for “heavenly music,” and musicians will be spread throughout the sanctuary as we highlight their talents and contributions to our worship. The Atlanta Brassworks, Peachtree Carillon, our children’s choirs (Cherub Choir, Covenant Choir, Celebration Singers), Doxology Youth Choir, and Chancel Choir will share music with us, and international concert organist David Briggs will offer special music on the organ. You are invited to attend and lend your voice as we celebrate the gift of music in our church.

Following worship, you are invited to a luncheon in Grace Hall. The menu includes pasta primavera with roasted vegetables and grilled chicken. There will be no charge for the meal (if you would like to leave a donation to defray costs, an offering basket will be available). Please join us for a delicious meal and warm fellowship with your friends from Peachtree Road UMC.

The Dogwood Gift Shop is hosting an open house this Sunday from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm. You are invited to stop by for a glass of lemonade or tea while you shop for a Mother’s Day or Graduation gift. All proceeds benefit global missions, including relief efforts for folks in Ukraine.

Finally, to close out a glorious day, you are invited to join us for a presentation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. David Briggs has been the artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City for the last five years, and he will play his own transcription of the symphony on our organ and will be accompanied by the Chancel Choir for the finale “Ode to Joy.” We look forward to welcoming many from our community for this concert and hope you will join us. This concert is sponsored by Peachtree Road UMC’s Friends of Music, and there is a suggested donation of $15. You will be inspired!

One of our major ministry initiatives here at Peachtree Road UMC is mental health, and the month of May has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. As a part of this emphasis, our church is offering some resources to help destigmatize mental health concerns and enable others to develop social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being:

  • Under Pressure for Youth and Parents – Sunday, May 1, 5:00 – 7:30 pm. You may get more details and register here.
  • One Lamb Presents “Food and Mental Health: Life Lessons from an Eating Disorder Therapist” – Tuesday, May 10 at 12 noon. You may get more information here.
  • One Lamb Presents “Twenty/20 with Taylor Wesley” for young adults – Sunday, May 15, 5:30 pm. More details are available here.

Thank you for your faithfulness in so many ways. Please call on me if ever I may be of help to you.

Grace and peace,

Bill

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