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:
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!
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!