May 5, 2017
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope you are doing well. I also hope you realize just how blessed we are here at Peachtree Road. This past Sunday, we celebrated as members of this year’s Confirmation Class came forward to profess their faith in Christ and join the church. We confirmed 88 students last Sunday – that’s a lot of sixth-graders! Please join me in offering a prayer for these youth as they take the next step in their faith journey.
You and I know the presence of children and youth is one important indicator of a vital congregation. Another indicator is a church filled with people who are dedicated to helping children and youth grow spiritually. Many of the members of this year’s class were baptized at the altar of this sanctuary, received their Bibles as third graders at that same altar, and were mentored by a host of adults from their time in the nursery through preschool, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, as well as the Confirmation Class. Sunday not only was a day on which we confirmed the faith of these sixth graders but also a time we reaffirmed our own faith and rededicated ourselves to making disciples of Jesus Christ. We indeed are blessed!
Earlier this week we welcomed Chris Mucha, our new Youth Director. Chris is an exceptional leader, loves Christ, and is committed to helping youth and their families grow as Christian disciples. He hit the ground running and is an outstanding addition to our staff team. He and his wife Ashley have a ten-year-old son Dayton, and I look forward to you meeting them on Sunday. Please pray for the Muchas as they begin this new chapter of their lives here at Peachtree Road.
I really am looking forward to this Sunday’s worship services in the sanctuary. They are designed to help us celebrate Music and Arts here at Peachtree Road. Our preacher for the services will be Rev. Barbara Day Miller, Associate Dean Emerita of Worship and Music and Associate Professor Emerita in the Practice of Liturgy and Music at Candler School of Theology. I have known Barbara for many years and served with her in the planning of worship at Annual Conference for several years. She has helped us design a service of worship this Sunday at Peachtree Road that will incorporate music and praise from our children, youth, and adult choirs as well as congregational singing that will make you think you’re already in heaven. Breakfast will be served from 9:00 am until 11:00 am in Grace Hall. Many of the professional artists in our congregation will be displaying their works, and you are invited to spend some time with them. In addition, you are invited to participate in a silent auction of Mary Carpenter’s “live” Easter paintings in Grace Hall with the proceeds benefiting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. I hope you will join us this Sunday.
Finally, Wendie and I invite you to travel to England with us in the summer of 2018 to explore our Methodist heritage – July 24-August 2. Our Chancel Choir has the honor of being the Choir in Residence at Westminster Abbey the first week in August next year, and this tour will coincide with their time in London. So, in addition to visiting the sites of significance to our history, we will have the opportunity to hear our church’s choir sing in a cathedral that is steeped in more than a thousand years of history and has been called the “parish church of the world.” We hope you will consider joining us and other members of our church family on this pilgrimage to the land of Wesley. For more information, please contact Jamie Jenkins.
I am excited about the impact our church’s ministry continues to have in our community and around the world. Come, be a part of the ministry and invite others to come with you. Thank you for all you do in the name of Christ. I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we sing and celebrate!