We Are Abundantly Blessed

November 25, 2021

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

Happy Thanksgiving! I am writing you on this Thursday morning to wish you a wonderful holiday and express my gratitude for your faithful support of the ministry of Peachtree Road. As was clearly evident last Sunday, we are abundantly blessed!
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  • We were blessed by the work of the Flower Guild – the arrangements of cornucopia on the altar and flowers in the narthex area were stunning!
  • We were blessed by the spirit-lifting arrangement of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” offered by the Chancel Choir and Doxology (accompanied by the Atlanta Brassworks and Festival Orchestra)
  • We were blessed to welcome new members into the active membership of Peachtree Road UMC
  • We were blessed by the delicious meal of turkey and dressing prepared by Chef Bob and the warm fellowship in Grace Hall following worship
  • We were blessed by the Advent Workshop that took place in Grace Hall later that afternoon, helping us prepare for the upcoming season

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In short, we were blessed last Sunday! Not coincidentally, our commitment campaign theme for this year is “Blessed!” We are celebrating God’s blessings upon our lives in this season, renewing our commitment to Christ through the ministry of Peachtree Road UMC, and praying for God’s continued blessings into the future. On Sunday, those who were present for worship turned in commitment cards, and they were placed on the altar as we prayed for God’s blessing upon each family. Our campaign has gotten off to a good start. We have received 240 pledges for $2.2 million and 40 commitments to recurring gifts for $270k for a total of 380 commitments for $2.47 million.

This is an excellent start toward our goal to fully support next year’s budget. We are hoping to be able to reward our staff with raises after salary freezes the last two years and cuts last year. We also anticipate the return of global mission trips and travel to the Holy Land. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you have not made your commitment yet, please take the time to do that this weekend. The most convenient way is to pledge or make a recurring gift may be online through the church app or website. Please know that every commitment is important and helps our ministries of worship, nurture, outreach, and witness go forward. I am grateful for your faithfulness.

I hope you are planning to join us for worship this Sunday as we begin the season of Advent. This is a season in which we look backwards and forwards at the same time as we celebrate the coming of Christ. Our theme for the season is “Hope Is on the Way!”

November 28 | Matthew 24:36-44 | Being Ready in Uncertain Times
December 5 | Matthew 3:1-12 | Life in the Meantime
December 12 | Matthew 11:2-11 | Do You See What I See?
December 19 | Matthew 1:18-25 | Follow Your Dream

This Sunday we begin Advent by acknowledging that no matter how much time we spend getting ready, the coming of Christ oftentimes catches us unprepared. We’ll talk about that on Sunday. Please join us for worship at 8:45 am, 10:00 am, or 11:15 am or online through the church website.

Please make your plans to join us Sunday evening at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary as the children lead us in the Great Tree Lighting service. The children do a wonderful job, and this festive service is the best way to begin the season with your church family.

If you are planning to attend the Georgia-Georgia Tech football game on Saturday, you are invited to attend the Tech Wesley Foundation (189 4th Street NW) tailgate partybetween 9 am and noon. Barbeque ribs and pulled pork will be served beginning at 11:00 am (no charge). Paid parking is available off Spring Street (then walk over the 5th Street bridge to Tech Wesley). Peachtree Road partners with Tech Wesley through our associate minister Geoff Beakley, director of the foundation. Enjoy the good food, fellowship, and football game

Finally, as you plan your year-end charitable giving, we remind you that the CARES Act allows deductions for cash donations of up to 100% of your 2021 adjusted gross income. For those who take the standard deduction, the bill allows for as much as $300 ($600 for married couples filing joint returns) in annual charitable contributions (cash or cash equivalents) to be directly subtracted from your gross income. If you have questions regarding making a contribution to Peachtree Road UMC, please contact Roger Laney in the business office at 404-240-8329 or rogerl@prumc.org

Thank you for your faith, hope, and love. I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we begin preparing anew for the coming of Christ.

Grace and peace,

Bill

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