There Is Nothing Like Christmas at Peachtree Road!

December 22, 2021

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

Merry Christmas! As I write these words, we are just hours away from our Christmas Eve celebration! The church has been buzzing with excitement as members of the flower guild, altar guild, usher teams, hospitality volunteers, children’s choir moms, and pageant helpers all have been making their final preparations for the big day. The church is at its most beautiful, and I am grateful to all who have helped. There is nothing like Christmas at Peachtree Road UMC!

I am looking forward to worshiping with you today as we welcome anew Christ into our lives:

12:00 noon – First Communion of Christmas
4:00 pm – Family Candlelight and Pageant
6:00 pm – Family Candlelight and Pageant
8:00 pm – Festival of Lessons and Carols
10:30 pm – Festival Choral Eucharist

Each service is distinctive, and we hope you will select the time that is most helpful to you and join us for the celebration. Earlier this week, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms instituted an indoor mask mandate for the city of Atlanta, and that includes us here at Peachtree Road UMC. Therefore, you are encouraged to wear your mask when you enter the building. If you do not have one, we will offer one to you for your protection and the protection of others. Some of you may be traveling during this season or may choose to not attend one of our Christmas Eve services in person, and we invite you to join us by livestream here. Let others know of this opportunity to experience the pageantry of our celebration of God with us.

Again this year, our Christmas Eve Offering is designated for our effort to provide clean water in Kenya. Over the last five years, you have been a significant part of an effort to give the gift of clean water to thousands of families. You literally have changed their lives! This Christmas Eve we will have the opportunity to do it again. Our special offering will be used to purchase water filters for families living in the Njoro region of Kenya. This is an area that has been devastated by water-borne disease. The water is plentiful, but it is not clean. Children are dying at an alarming rate, and their parents cannot do anything about it. But you can do something. You can provide them with a life-giving water filter! Each filter costs $50 and lasts approximately 10 years. Please help by giving generously today here. Thank you in advance for your gift.

Speaking of giving, as we come to the end of the year, I encourage you to help us finish 2021 well by fulfilling your pledge to the operating budget. If you have been blessed this year and would like to make an extra gift to the church’s ministry, please know that we would be humbly grateful to receive that gift. Please mail your check prior to December 31, or give online through the church’s website here. Thank you for your extraordinary faithfulness.

Finally, I remind you that we will have only one service on Sunday, December 26. It will be at 11:15 am in the sanctuary, and our associate minister Rev. Geoff Beakley will be preaching. You are invited to join your friends at Peachtree Road UMC for the continuation of our Christmas celebration either in person or online here.

I look forward to seeing you Friday as we light candles and remember the promise: “Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it.” That is our hope, and that is the source of our joy.

Merry Christmas!


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