The Healing Power of Kindness

July 23, 2021

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. Sunday promises to be another good day in worship here at Peachtree Road as we bring our “Summer in the City” services to a close. Our theme for the month of July has been “At the Movies,” and each week we have considered the biblical themes found in some of our favorite films. I don’t know about you, but I have found this to be a fun series. We have reflected upon the eternal battle between good and evil in “Independence Day,” the power of hope in “The Shawshank Redemption,” and the beauty of unity in the midst of diversity in “Remember the Titans.” (Our new associate minister Josh Miles preached last Sunday and did a marvelous job of inspiring us. If you were unable to watch last Sunday’s service, you may find the link here.) These themes are especially important today as we come out of the pandemic.

Now, there is one more movie and one more lesson for us to consider: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” This film came out a couple of years ago and is based on the inspiring true story of an encounter between Fred Rogers (better known as Mr. Rogers from his children’s television show) and a reporter assigned by Esquire Magazine to interview him. Sunday we will reflect upon the healing power of kindness – something that seems to be in short supply these days.

Immediately following the services, you are invited to a time of fellowship in front of the church. Lemonade and individually wrapped cookies will be served under the trees. Please join us Sunday either in person at 8:30 am or 11:15 am, or online at 11:15 am here.

If you have not seen the movie yet (or would like to see it again with your friends from Peachtree Road), we invite you to join us for a “Film Night” this Friday in Grace Hall. Fellowship begins at 6:30 pm with cookies and popcorn, and the movie will follow at 7:00 pm. (Please note dinner will no longer be offered.) You may register here and join in the fun of this summer fellowship opportunity for the whole family.

Please remember that we will have a brief Called Church Conference in the sanctuary this Sunday, July 25, at 10:00 am. The sole purpose of the conference is to vote on the Trustees’ plan to construct two new parsonages on property the church currently owns on West Shadowlawn Avenue. A packet containing information about this project was emailed earlier this week, and you may find a link to the information here. Every full member of Peachtree Road is invited to attend and vote. (The conference will not be livestreamed and there will be no opportunity to vote remotely.)

With “Fall Kick-off Sunday” right around the corner, I am excited to highlight some new ministry opportunities that are set to be launched:

Beginning on Sunday, September 12, we plan to launch a new worship service at 10:00 am in the Moore Chapel. This new service will give parents an option to worship while their children participate in Sunday School, and it will create the opportunity for us to start even more adult Sunday School classes without needing to construct more rooms – we will be able to re-use space at either 8:30 am or 11:15 am. We also plan to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion every Sunday at this service.

Westside Table – beginning on Sunday, September 12, our second campus (known as the Westside Table) will begin to hold worship services each Sunday at 11:00 am in space we are renting at Roundtop Brewery on the Westside of Midtown. This is an under-served but fast-growing part of our city, and this second campus gives us an opportunity to have a greater impact in the name of Christ. Daniel Ogle is the campus pastor, and Amy Little leads the worship team. We are in the process of recruiting about 50-75 persons from Peachtree Road who will volunteer to be “missionaries” to the Westside for about 18 months. If this is something you might be interested in doing, please contact Daniel Ogle at danielo@prumc.org.

I am looking forward to the fall and the new schedule as we welcome you back to Peachtree Road and prepare to offer the grace of God through Jesus Christ to many others. Please know that I am praying for you and ask that you will pray for us as we seek God’s guidance in the days to come.

Grace and peace,

Bill

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