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The Spirit of Our Easter Faith

April 6, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are having a great week. Let me begin this week’s note by sharing my gratitude for your generosity toward our “GiveUp2Give” Lenten Offering. Many of you gave up something during the forty days of Lent as a spiritual discipline in order to make more room for Christ in your life. You also set aside a financial gift as an offering for Easter Sunday. I am pleased to report that, as of this morning, you have given over $330,000 toward this offering which will benefit the 16 agencies with whom we partner to make a difference in the community. As I mentioned in my message in my sermon last Sunday, the world’s a better place because the people of Peachtree Road didn’t say, “We don’t do compassion!” Thank you for your generous giving toward the Lenten offering. If you did not have an opportunity to give last Sunday, it is not too late. You may contribute by giving through the church app or here.

Last Sunday was one of those mountaintop days here at Peachtree Road. Our celebration of Easter actually began early on Sunday morning in the columbarium with our sunrise service. We gathered in the darkness as Carolyn Stephens read the Easter story from the Gospel according to John. Julie Schendel took light from the fire burning in front of the fountain, lighted the Christ Candle, and led the procession to the chapel as members of the choir led us in singing. That service set the tone for the day as we experienced the unparalleled joy of Easter. I appreciate the work of the Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Ushers, Handbell Choir, Chancel Choir, and Atlanta Brassworks. Because of their efforts, there’s no place like Peachtree Road on Easter!

One of my minister friends and I were comparing notes on Monday morning and he said, “My Easter sermon must have been really powerful because several folks told me they thought it would last them until Christmas!” Well, I hope many of those who worshiped with us on Easter will not wait until Christmas to come back because we have some great opportunities coming up:

April 8 The Georgia Boy Choir, under the direction of David White, will fill our choir loft this Sunday and lead us in music at both the 8:45 am and 11:15 am services in the sanctuary. We are blessed to have this talented choir as our ensemble in residence here at Peachtree Road. I invite you to get to the sanctuary early as they will be offering pre-service music.
April 15 – We will be the host church for a Youth Choir Festival featuring the Wesleyan Youth Choir from the First United Methodist Church in Athens as well as our own Doxology Youth Choir here at Peachtree Road. They will be singing at the morning services in the sanctuary. I am grateful to Kathy Fletcher for arranging this festival.
April 22 – Our annual Baby Recognition will take place at the 11:15 a.m. service in the sanctuary. Our United Methodist Women will help us recognize all the babies who were born in the last year and whose parents are members of the church. We will pause to offer a blessing upon them.
April 29 – On the last Sunday of the month, members of this year’s Confirmation Class will have an opportunity to make a profession of faith in Christ and join Peachtree Road as full members. Due to the size of the class, we will receive these youth at both services in the sanctuary. This is a high moment in the life of our church each year, and I am grateful to Daris McCullough and Grace Southworth and their team of adult and youth volunteers who lead the class.

 

As you can see, the month ahead promises to be an exciting time at Peachtree Road. Let us continue in the spirit of our Easter faith and join together in worship and service. Thank you for your support of this great church’s ministry!

Bill

PS – What are you praying for these days? Please keep the church and its ministry in your daily prayers. At the end of the year, we will look back and see what God has done!

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