July 19, 2019

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you have had a good week. As you read these words, I am preparing to preach the final message of the 191st gathering of Salem Camp Meeting in Covington, Georgia. It has been a good week. I really never had observed the camp meeting experience first hand, but being here this week has given me a genuine appreciation for what camp meetings bring to the life of a Christian. Hundreds of folks have been here for the week living in “tents” and participating in a daily ritual of morning devotionals at 7:30 am, Bible study classes at 9:30 am, worship twice each day at 11:00 am and 7:30 pm, with plenty of time for fellowship, food, and family in the afternoon and evenings. This daily ritual for one week has helped participants press the “reset” button in their lives and establish a new rhythm, remembering that which is most important. I am grateful for the Seasoned Saints from Peachtree Road who attended the Tuesday morning service and for those from the Chancel Choir who are coming to sing tonight as a part of the closing service. I appreciate their presence and the prayerful support of many of you this week. It has been a spiritually enriching time.

Certainly, I am looking forward to worshiping with many of you this Sunday at Peachtree Road. It promises to be another good day as we continue our “Summer in the City” services. Our focus this month is “Christianity 101” and, as a part of this emphasis, we are considering what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. You know my definition. A disciple of Jesus Christ is someone who:

…knows Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
…is growing in Christ through prayer and Bible study
…is serving Christ in outreach with others
…is sharing Christ through our words and deeds

This week our associate minister Elizabeth Byrd will be preaching on what it means to serve Christ, and I encourage you to read Matthew 25:34-40 in preparation for the message. We will reflect upon what Christ means when he says, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Of course, immediately following the services, you are invited to a time of fellowship in front of the church. Lemonade and cookies are being served under the trees. If you will be out of town, I do encourage you to worship with us online through the church app or website or join us in the Moore Chapel at 5:00 pm for Sundays @ 5. As I mentioned earlier, I look forward to being with you Sunday at Peachtree Road.

On another note, I want to issue a final invitation for you to join me on our spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land in February of 2020. There are still a few spots available, but the deadline to register is drawing near. Have you ever imagined yourself wading in the Jordan River, floating upon the Sea of Galilee, or walking the streets of Jerusalem? I promise you that this experience will change the way in which you read the scriptures and deepen your faith. The dates are February 15-26, 2020, and I invite you to prayerfully consider joining us. For more information, please reach out to Jamie Jenkins at JamieJ@prumc.org.

Finally, I remind you that I am soliciting your suggestions for next year’s sermons. If you have not already done so, please send your suggestions by clicking here between now and July 28.

As you vacation during these last weeks of summer, I encourage you to stay connected to your church family. I hope to see you Sunday as we worship together and talk about trees and their fruit.

Bill