December 6, 2019
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope you are doing well. At the close of this note I have some important information about parking and traffic for upcoming special evening services. However, I want to begin this week by letting you know about three opportunities coming up this Sunday:
- “Looking for Jesus” – we will continue with our series of messages this Advent season as our search for Jesus leads us to walk with the wise men. Last week we were introduced to them as they led us to King Herod. Through our encounter with Herod we acknowledged that there is evil in our world and that our faith does not insulate us from experiencing the effects of that evil. However, our faith does remind us that we have the light of Christ within us, and that light overcomes the darkness. This week our journey through Advent leads us to an encounter with the wise men. Their spiritual yearning brought them to Judea even though they had never heard of Jesus. I wonder how many come our way looking for Jesus? And do we welcome them and include them? I look forward to thinking with you about the wise men this Sunday.
- Many Moods of Christmas – This year we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Many Moods of Christmas! This is Peachtree Road’s “can’t miss” Atlanta holiday tradition and is set for this Sunday evening at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary. This year’s concert features music from Handel’s Messiah as well as traditional carols by the Peachtree Road Chancel Choir, the Georgia Boy Choir, members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, soloists, Oliver Brett at the organ, and Scott Atchison directing. This is a great time to invite friends, neighbors, and co-workers to experience Peachtree Road with you, so feel free to invite others. We are expecting a full house, so get your complimentary tickets and plan to arrive early to enjoy the beautiful music. You may call 404-266-2373 for ticket availability.
- Christmas Kindness – Each December, Peachtree Road is privileged to host Christmas Kindness. We provide a shop full of new coats, household items and toys so the working poor of our city may select gifts for their families with dignity at no cost to them. A special offering will be held for this favorite outreach program on December 8 but you may give any time online. $15 or $30/child’s gift, $50/ small appliance, $100/four coats, $240/Christmas for a family, $1000/Christmas for four families. Learn more here.
Also, let me thank you for your generous giving throughout 2019 and offer you some encouragement concerning some financial matters.
- Annual Budget – the business office has let me know that we need an offering of $1.6 million during December to finish the year on budget. While that sounds like a daunting task, that amount is a little more than the average we have received during December in previous years. I encourage you to make every effort to fulfill your pledge. If you are in a position to help us meet all of our commitments by making an extra gift, your church would be most grateful. Appreciated stock may be the most convenient way you can give, and we would receive your gift with gratitude. Please contact Roger Laney in the business office for assistance. Know that your church is grateful for your generosity.
- “All In!” 2020 Pledge Campaign – to date, we have received 662 pledges for a total of $4.25 million. In addition, we are receiving recurring gifts from approximately 500 households of $3.5 million. This brings our campaign total so far to $6.77 million. This is outstanding. We still would like to hear from 600 more households and need approximately $700k to fully support our proposed 2020 budget of $7.5 million. If you have not turned in your pledge card or made a recurring gift commitment for next year, please help us today here. We are grateful for all of your support.
- Parsons Cup Final Standings – throughout the fall we had some friendly competition between our adult Sunday School classes to see which one would have the highest percentage of households pledging or making recurring gifts to the church’s 2020 operating budget. We are pleased to announce that this year’s winner is the Abundant Life class with 83% of its members pledging. The Timothy Class, last year’s winner, was a close second at 82%, and Chapters and New Beginnings were right behind them at 80%. We are grateful for the effort made in each of our 21 adult Sunday School classes.
Finally, let me offer a word about traffic and parking for our upcoming special services. The city is having trouble with the traffic light at West Shadowlawn and Peachtree. On occasion, the light malfunctions and does not turn green for those turning left onto Peachtree Road. We plan to have our security officer at that intersection to help you make the turn, but, if you get caught at that light and it does not turn green for you, please look for a way to make a right turn on red and work your way back. We are sorry for any inconvenience you may experience. Also, we ask that you please avoid parking at Trader Joe’s. They have been very good neighbors to us, and we do not want to fill their lot with folks who are coming to worship at Peachtree Road and then Trader Joe’s shoppers cannot park to get into the store. I am grateful for your cooperation. We are working to make a parking deck on East Paces Ferry along with a shuttle service to the church available on Christmas Eve for our evening services and will share those details closer to the date. Certainly, you may find it helpful to carpool with your friends and neighbors or use Uber/Lyft for all of our special services. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
I am grateful for you and look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
PS – Please note there will not be a midweek prayer service at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 11. Please join us for the last midweek prayer service for this year on Wednesday, December 18.