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  • Lent 2018: Compassion

Compassion: Empowering Love

“And a voice came from heaven: You are my son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11).

There is no feeling comparable to knowing that we are loved. If we can think back to when we were children and what it felt like when our parents told us they love us, or said or do something that expressed their love for us, we will remember the pride and affirmation we felt in those times. Or even as adults when others express and show their love for us; it does something to our hearts and minds that becomes like a fuel to us and makes us more fully aware of our self-worth and abilities.

Jesus went to the Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist. When he came out of the water, God affirmed the Divine’s love for him, telling him that he is loved, and how please the Divine One is with him. In the wilderness, although the Tempter tested Jesus, the presence of the Holy Spirit with him must have been a present reminder that God loved him, and that God was with him. I believe that empowered him even in the midst of being tested. Afterwards Jesus went out to do ministry in the power of the Spirit.

I wonder often how many people need to know that they are loved? How many need to hear the words and witness the actions of love shared with them repeatedly? What would our homes, communities, cities, and even the world be when compassion is shown? I think we would see a better world, a more compassion and just world.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. Throughout the season of Lent as we focus on compassion, let us express it both in words and actions.

The First Week of Lent
February 18-24
Carolyn Stephens

  • Bill Britt

Our Path of Compassion

February 16, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. Earlier this week we began the forty-day season of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Our theme for this season is “Compassion” and we are using Ron Greer’s new book entitled The Path of Compassion: Living with Heart, Soul, and Mind as our congregational resource. After reading the book, Bishop Will Willimon wrote this endorsement:

“Ron teaches us how to be more compassionate in a time when that Christian virtue is in short supply among us.”

The events in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday were a sobering reminder that we live in a broken world. Some counselors have suggested these tragedies are occurring so frequently that many have developed “compassion fatigue.” This probably is a natural defense response that enables us to endure and move forward with our lives, but we cannot allow endurance to lead to indifference. Therefore, I encourage each of you to read this book during Lent and discover the blessing of living with heart, soul, and mind. Ron will be speaking at a forum on Sunday at 10:00 am in the sanctuary, and signed copies of the book will be available for purchase in the narthex and Dogwood Gift Shop. All proceeds will be used to purchase water filters for Kenya.

There are a couple of elements in our Lenten worship services each Sunday that have deep meaning to our faith:

Immediately following the processional hymn, we will participate in a prayer of confession, which is in keeping with the penitential mood of the season. As we approach God in worship, we acknowledge our sins, ask for mercy, and accept God’s forgiveness.

After the prayer of confession and words of pardon, we will be led by the choir in singing “Kyrie Eleison.” This is an ancient hymn dating back to the early days of the church, and the words are a transliteration of the Greek words “Lord, have mercy.” Christians throughout the centuries have sung these words as a prayer of penitence.

In addition to weekly worship, I do invite you to consider practicing several spiritual disciplines during the season of Lent:

Fast – I will be practicing the Wesley Fast during this season by fasting at least one day each week. My goal is to not eat solid food from supper one day until supper the next day. John Wesley advocated fasting to the early Methodists as a way of remembering who we are and whose we are. Food does not sustain us. God sustains us. I certainly commend fasting to you as a discipline to help you to hear Christ’s voice more clearly.

Pray – The season of Lent especially is a season of prayer. I encourage you to set aside regular time each day for prayer. Our church has constructed prayer walls (physical and virtual) throughout the campus to share with you the needs of others and encourage you to pray. I remind you that we have designed 2018 as a year of prayer. When you wake up, ask yourself, “What am I praying for today?” Then, consider adding that request to one of the prayer walls here at the church. At the end of the year, we will look back and see what God has done!

Give – This year’s Lenten Offering will be used to support the 16 agencies and ministries with whom we partner in the Greater Atlanta area to make a difference in the lives of others. You are encouraged to give something up during this season (I have given up my Diet Cokes, sweet tea, and desserts) and to give the money you estimate you would have spent on what you are giving up to this offering. I already have saved about $12, and it’s just the third day! We are calling this campaign “give up 2 give Lenten offering” and I hope you will join us.

Serve – In addition to “giving something up” for Lent, how about “taking something on” during this season? What if you added something to your regular week this season and intentionally looked for ways to do something for others? Certainly, one way to serve is to join your friends at Peachtree Road for the 26th Annual Great Day of Service. Wendie and I already have signed up, and I encourage you to do so today.

Finally, let me remind you to register for the Manfred Hoffmann Lecture. Dr. Jenny McBride of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago will be our featured speaker this year. You are invited to attend on Sunday evening, March 11, in Grace Hall as she shares the church’s role in offering hope and redemption in the world. This will be a very timely lecture, and I hope you will attend. Please join us as we remember and give thanks for Manfred’s ministry here at Peachtree Road. You may register for the dinner here.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we begin to tune out the noise of the world, tune into the voice of the Lord, and “breathe” in the Spirit together.

Bill

PS – A number of you asked me to share the Francis Bacon quote I shared at the end of last week’s services. Here it is:

It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong.
It’s not what we read but what we remember that makes us wise.
It’s not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich.
It’s not what we preach but what we practice that makes us Christian.

  • Ron Greer Speaks on Compassion

Ron Greer Speaks on New Book: Compassion

The Path of Compassion: Living with Heart, Soul, and Mind
Sunday, February 18, Peachtree Road UMC

Ron Greer Forum  |  10:00 am, Sanctuary
Ron Greer Book Signing  |  11:00 am, Dogwood Shop

Ron Greer, Director of PRUMC’s Pastoral Counseling Service, is highly regarded professionally and personally and is a trusted friend to many at Peachtree Road.  He has shared the wisdom of his life experiences in earlier books on grief, integrity and parenting, and now considers the complexities of compassion in his newest publication.

Ron Greer’s new book, The Path of Compassion, explores the awareness of God’s grace within us and our need to share that grace.  How can we best channel our empathy to help others while deepening our human response to care?  The answer is a synergy of heart, soul and mind that creates compassion.

There is a growing need for healing in our divisive world and The Path of Compassion is both a call and a guide to make a difference through caring — and in doing so, become all that we are meant to be.  When we are able to live and love with compassion, we “reclaim the image of God” within us.

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One cannot read a page of The Path of Compassion without at least one ‘Aha’ moment, a profound lesson in etymology, or outright tears of empathy. The volume is beautifully written. As great as Ron’s past works have been, this is his best yet!

Bill CurryBill Curry, Retired NFL player, head football coach, and author

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Weaving stories, scripture, and substantial theological depth throughout The Path of Compassion, Ron Greer offers nourishment and wisdom to deepen our faith and strengthen our witness to Christ’s presence among us.

Jan LoveDr. Jan Love, Dean, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

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Ron Greer Speaks on Compassion
  • Youth Sunday

The Blessings of God

February 9, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. Last Sunday was Youth Sunday here at Peachtree Road, and our students led us well in worship – their enthusiasm was contagious, and several seniors offered inspirational testimonies of how their faith has grown through their participation in this ministry. Each year I hear from young couples who decide to join the church because of this service. They comment, “I want my child to grow up to be like those youth!” It was a wonderful morning! If you were unable to be present and would like to contribute to the special offering for our youth ministry, you may give here. Thank you for your support.

I hope you will be in church Sunday as we talk about “A Glimpse of Glory.” In preparation for the message, I encourage you to read the story of the Transfiguration found in Mark 9:2-9. We will talk about the Celtic idea of “thin places” – those moments when there is no discernible distance between heaven and earth. It is in the “thin places” that we are inspired and begin to see life from a different perspective. I hope you’ll join us Sunday as we reflect upon the presence of God in our midst.

In addition, we will celebrate three important Peachtree Road ministries:

Great Day of ServiceGreat Day of Service Kick-off – our 26th annual Great Day of Service is set for Saturday, March 24, and we will hear from this year’s Great Day co-chair Jo Hodges. Jo and her team have already been working for a number of months to make this year’s event one of the best ever. This Sunday each of us will be invited to be a part of this year’s Great Day. Wendie and I are planning to sign up this week, and I certainly encourage you to join us.

Scout Sunday – at the 8:45 am service, we will celebrate our scouting ministry here at Peachtree Road. If you are a Boy Scout, Girl Scout, or scout leader, you are welcome to wear your uniform to church and process into the sanctuary with the scouts. We will recognize the troop our church sponsors and several scouts who have earned their “God and Me” badge. Join us as we celebrate the ministry of scouting.

Nicaragua Mission Team – at the close of the 11:15 am service, we will commission those heading out next week on a mission trip to Nicaragua. Members of the team will be present as we thank them for their willingness to serve and pray for them as they as they prepare to leave.

Looking ahead, I want to let you know about several more opportunities coming up in the coming weeks:

Ash Wednesday – Our journey through the 40-day season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. You are encouraged to observe this day as a time of fasting and prayer and join us for one of our services.

Ron Greer CompassionRon Greer Forum – We are pleased to have Ron Greer as our spiritual guide during Lent. His new book entitled The Path of Compassion: Living with Heart, Soul, and Mind will serve as our resource for this season. Ron will speak at a forum in the sanctuary on Sunday, February 18, at 10:00 am. I encourage you to attend. The Path of Compassion will be available at the Dogwood shop on that day, where Ron will sign copies after the forum.

Lenten Offering – This year’s Lenten Offering will be used to support the agencies and ministries with whom we partner in the Greater Atlanta area to make a difference in the lives of others. You are encouraged to give something up during this season (I plan to give up sweets) and give the money you estimate you would have spent on what you are giving up to this offering.

Manfred Hoffmann Lecture – Dr. Jenny McBride of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago will be our featured speaker this year. You are invited to attend on Sunday evening, March 11, in Grace Hall as she offers a lecture entitled “Lenten Repentance as the Church’s Public Witness.” Please join us as we remember and give thanks for Manfred’s ministry in our midst. You may register for the dinner here.

Finally, as you prepare yourself for daily prayer, I invite you to consider, “What am I praying for today?” Then, consider adding that request to one of the prayer walls (physical and virtual) here at the church during Lent. At the end of the year, we will look back and see what God has done!

I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Bill

PS – Last week, as I listened to our youth share their testimonies, I was struck by the words of gratitude they expressed for those who have loved them, mentored them, and helped them to grow. It occurred to me that the joy we all experienced last Sunday was the by-product of their expressions of gratitude. Do you want more joy in your life? Then, be more grateful for the blessings of God – the gift of each new day, family, friends, faith, and opportunities to serve. I know I am grateful for you!

  • Puerto Rico Team

Hurricane Maria Relief

In September of 2017 Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. In response to a potentially deadly cholera outbreak resulting from the hurricane, PRUMC sent 2,000 Uzima water filters to the people living in the mountains of this territory. The relief was immediate and many lives were saved.

Check out the brief video below where a local volunteer discusses the series of “God moments” that lead him to working with Peachtree Road in providing clean water.

  • Bill Britt

Overflowing with Good News

February 2, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. Last Sunday we concluded our series on “The Power of Prayer,” but I want you to know that our season of prayer will continue. During Lent, you will be invited to participate in a time of fasting and prayer on Ash Wednesday, a prayer vigil on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, and to make use of the prayer walls that will be stationed around the church campus. We want prayer to undergird everything we do this year and to lead us in living with compassion each and every day. Thank you for your support of this emphasis on prayer.

Sunday is Youth Sunday, and our students will be leading us in worship. They will be present in great number, and several will speak to us about their faith. I am grateful to our youth director Chris Mucha and his leadership team of Ryan Holder, Grace Southworth, and Ashley Zimmerman. They, along with a host of volunteers, do an amazing job to help our middle and high school students grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your support of our students.

By the way, if you are looking for a time to worship Sunday evening before the Super Bowl, I invite you to the Sundays @ 5 service at 5:00 pm in the Moore Chapel. I will be preaching at this “come as you are” service and would love to see you there. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:30 pm, and I promise to have you on your way no later than 5:45 pm.

In church news, the Administrative Board held its first meeting of the year this past Monday evening. Elizabeth Layne is this year’s chairperson, and I was very pleased with the large turnout by our officials, the spirit of excitement in the room, and the good news that was shared:

  • Beth Spencer helped us celebrate the impact of our local outreach ministry in December through Christmas Kindness. We partnered with 30 agencies to provide hope and help to 706 families composed of 950 adults and 1222 children. She also looked ahead to the special Lenten offering that will support our partner agencies and the 26th annual Great Day of Service on Saturday, March 24.
  • Bill and Chat Coble, our missionaries to Kenya, let us know that Peachtree Road mission teams are set to deliver water filters to thousands of households in the Rongai region of Kenya in the very near future. Your generous giving will make it possible for these families to avoid the water-borne diseases that have plagued their lives.
  • Chris Mucha reported that the senior highs are coming off a fantastic ski retreat earlier in the month, and the middle school youth are preparing to participate in the upcoming “Renovatus” retreat (check out this video to discover the top six reasons to go on the retreat).
  • Carolyn Stephens reminded us that our alternative worship service at 11:15 am began anew in January. It has been renamed “The Road,” has a new music team, and meets in Heritage Hall. Attendance has been strong for the first four weeks.
  • The “Committee of 100” offered its recommendations for the coming three years and the report can be viewed here.

In addition, Brad Milsaps, the chair of the Finance Committee, reported that our giving last year was exceptional. For example, consider these statistics:

  • $170,000 to Christmas Kindness
  • $272,000 on Christmas Eve to the clean water initiative in Kenya
  • $4,018,000 toward retiring our debt
  • $6.88 million toward the 2017 operating budget
  • $818,000 prepaid in December toward the 2018 operating budget

Our total giving for the year to the operating budget, capital, and outreach exceeded $12 million, and we ended 2017 with a surplus of approximately $170,000 to the operating budget. Thank you for a wonderful year.

As you can read, the Administrative Board meeting was overflowing with good news. I invite you to pray for your church in these days and resolve to be a part of this exciting ministry.

Finally, as you prepare yourself for daily prayer, I invite you to consider, “What am I praying for today?” Then, consider adding that request to one of the prayer walls (physical and virtual) here at the church. At the end of the year, we will look back and see what God has done!

I look forward to seeing you Sunday at Peachtree Road!

Bill

PS – I wanted you to know that the Preschool will be building a new Creative Play Space and STEM lab. They have begun fundraising efforts. We support their efforts, and we applaud them for their dedication to enhancing their students’ educational growth. To learn more about the new space and how you can help, please go to https://www.thepreschool.org/creative-play-space-stem-lab/.

  • Rongai Update

Transformative Grace

“Grace transforms us into something more than we were before.”

This Lent we are focusing on Compassion and studying the beautiful ideas and words of Ron Greer. Ron writes, “Compassion begins with grace, for there is its source and inspiration.” Because we have received grace from God and from others, we are much more able to give it freely. The more compassionate we are, the more our souls are filled to overflowing with something we need to share.

As we consider this, we are so happy to share a living example of the compassion of Peachtree Road. This Christmas, you shared the grace of God once again with the people of Kenya. Thanks to you, we are able to blanket the people of Rongai with health and love in the name of Christ. We exceeded our goal of $240,000 and collected $270,861 to provide life-saving water filters to a third region in Kenya. Over 140,000 people’s lives will be transformed, and we thank you. We are grateful for the continued support, compassion, and grace you offer to our church and world community.

  • Bill Walking with Bible

Walking in Prayer

January 26, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are doing well. Here at Peachtree Road, we have spent the last few weeks evaluating the year that has just concluded and making plans for the months ahead. A part of the evaluation process is looking at the data, and I want you to know 2017 was a very good year. Consider these statistics:

Membership – 7895 (+101)
Average Worship Attendance – 1664
Persons Joining – 269
Persons Joining on Profession of Faith – 115
Giving to Budget — $6,896,818
Giving to Outreach – $1.1 million
Giving Toward Debt Retirement — $4,089,526

These numbers reflect an excellent year in ministry; however, I must admit they do not adequately convey the faith, hope, and love of the people of Peachtree Road. For example,

…during the season of Lent, many of you spent time in prayer and self-examination as we emphasized the theme of “Breathe!” Over the course of those forty days, we remembered that when temptations come our way, when life hasn’t turned out like we had hoped, or when we feel like we are living in a nightmare, we can “breathe” because the Lord is always with us. In addition to special worship services and opportunities for prayer and sacrificial living, we built our 46th house in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity and joined with 1000+ of our fellow members in the 25th annual Great Day of Service.

…during the fall, we focused upon what it means to live “The Good Life” in the name of Christ and discovered new ways to grow deeper in God’s grace. We considered what the Bible has to say to us as we wrestle with real life issues such as financial stress, addiction, depression, and caring for aging parents. Together we discovered what it means to live a life worth living.

…finally, as we brought the year to a close, we committed ourselves to being “All In!” at Peachtree Road. Your generous support of Christmas Kindness where folks in our community received warm winter coats, small appliances, a Bible, and a child’s toy and the Christmas Eve offering to fund the purchase of water filters for folks living in the Rongai region of Kenya were extraordinary!

Now is the time for us to look forward, and Sunday promises to be a great day at Peachtree Road. This week marks the conclusion of our January series of messages entitled “The Power of Prayer.” We will be talking about “Praying at the Table,” and I hope you will be present.

In my study of prayer, I came across the concept of “prayer walking.” This discipline is defined by Steve Hawthorn and Graham Kendrick as “praying on-site with insight.” I like that. Certainly, few people prayer-walked more than Jesus. He prayer-walked by himself, with his disciples, all night long, and before important decisions and crucial events.

Leonard Sweet has suggested that when Jesus taught his disciples the prayer we call the Lord’s Prayer, his intention was not for them to pray it but to live it – to walk it every day. Archbishop of Canterbury Ramsey once was asked, “How long do you pray every day?” He replied, “For one minute.” Unimpressed, his interviewer responded, “That’s not very long.” The Archbishop replied, “No, but it takes me an hour to prepare for that minute.” Sweet’s point is that in order for our lives to become the “The Lord’s Prayer” for even one minute, we may need to spend twenty-three hours and fifty-nine minutes in prayer-walking preparation. Many of our most significant spiritual experiences are associated with walks.  Some of us have gone on weekend retreats called the “Walk to Emmaus.” Others have participated in a march on city hall. I know of a church in Brooklyn whose members walk the streets of their neighborhood every Palm Sunday to claim it for Christ. On Good Friday in Jerusalem, pilgrims come from all over the world to walk the way of the cross along the Via Dolarosa. I commend “prayer walking” to you. I hope you will be in worship Sunday as we bring this series to a close.

Finally, Sunday also will be the day we install the 2018 Administrative Board. This is the decision-making body of our church, and this year’s chairperson is Elizabeth Layne. At the close of the worship services on Sunday, I will invite members of the Board to come to the altar rail, and we will offer a blessing upon them as they begin a new year leading our church. Their first meeting is set for Monday evening, and a list of Board members is available here.

I am grateful for your wonderful support in so many ways. Please call on me if I can be of help to you in any way. See you at church Sunday!

Bill

PS – I remind you that Jack Mitchener, our Artist in Residence and Assistant Organist, will offer an organ recital on Tuesday, January 30, in the sanctuary at 7:00 pm. You may learn more about Jack here and are invited to attend.

  • Jack Mitchener

Jack Mitchener Organ Recital

Jack Mitchener Organ Recital
PRUMC Artist in Residence and Assistant Organist
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Jack Mitchener has been praised for playing that is technically brilliant, yet expressive and poetic.  According to The American Organist, “Mitchener brings music to life with his supple rhythmic control, clear phrasing, energy, and sensitivity.”  He will play a recital that demonstrates the full resources of the Mander organ at PRUMC. Featured works will be Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E minor (‘Wedge’) and Franck’s Choral in B minor.  Other composers included will be Handel, Saint-Saëns, Messiaen, Dupré and Ropartz.  The second half of the recital will be devoted to French music.

Jack joined the PRUMC Music Ministry in July 2017 as the new Artist-in-Residence and Assistant Organist.  He is the primary musician for the 9:00 am Communion Service.  He is also Professor of Organ, University Organist, Chairman of the Keyboard Department in the Townsend School of Music, and Director of the Townsend-McAfee Institute of Church Music at Mercer University in Macon.

$15 suggested concert donation/$5 suggested for students.

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Jack joined Peachtree Road in July 2017 as our Artist in Residence and Assistant Organist. He is the primary musician for our 9:00 am Communion Service and assists in our Sunday traditional services and concerts.  As a new member of the Music Ministry, we asked Jack to answer a few questions about himself and his career in our Staff Spotlight!

Scott called me late last February because he desperately needed to find someone to accompany the choir on a challenging anthem.  I was available and agreed to play.  I was thrilled and amazed at the glorious sound of the choir!  It was a very pleasant experience for me.  About two months later, Scott called to ask if I would be interested in serving as Artist in Residence.  My wife, Julia, and I thought about this a lot and decided it was a sign that we needed to move to Atlanta.

sts took me to visit some of the other churches in the area.  The Mander organ was still somewhat new and we stopped by to see and hear it.  I still remember being in awe of this spectacular place!

It’s huge!  This church is unique in offering such a large and versatile music program.  It’s exciting to be a part of it.  And it’s really quite unusual to see a church with so many organs!

I get up very early to help get my kids ready for school.  I then leave early to battle the traffic on I-75 south to Macon.  I am a professor at Mercer University and make a regular commute to Macon.

I began working here in July, so I still feel somewhat new.  There are so many events, so I find it challenging to choose a favorite.  However, I was overwhelmed by all of the services and concerts in preparation for Christmas.  And I enjoyed the Blessing of the Animals earlier in the fall.  Also, I am really impressed with the multitude of activities and programs for youth at PRUMC.  My son is 7 and is having fun playing basketball in the Harp Center.

It seems obvious, but I truly love the Mander organ in the sanctuary.  This is an extraordinary instrument that has great power, but also very subtle and delicate sounds.  It has a tremendous dynamic range and is a joy to play.

I love teaching and performing.  I experience highlights every day when I see students excel after hard work.  As a performer myself, I have been fortunate to play concerts in some notable venues.  Two that remain favorites are the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.  I also have very fond memories of a recital in an abbey church in Zwetl, Austria.  The organ dates back to 1736 and the concert was lit by candlelight.  Of course, there also was that recital in Raleigh, NC when all of the lights literally went out as I was playing!

I grew up in an ecumenical family: my mother was Roman Catholic and my father had parents who were Presbyterian (his father) and Baptist (his mother).  So he chose to be a Methodist! The Roman Catholic church requires those who marry non-Catholics to baptize and rear their children in the Catholic faith.  Even though my seven siblings and I were raised as Catholics, we also attended my father’s Methodist church for services, youth events, Scouts, and choirs, among other things.  I, along with several of my siblings, chose to become an Episcopalian.  But I have always felt at home in the United Methodist Church!

I’ve just finished The Road to Character by David Brooks and have started What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather.  I read a lot of non-fiction, but I do enjoy a good mystery by P.D. James.  John Updike is one of my favorite authors and I love A Prayer for Owen Meany.  Julia and I were hooked on Downton Abbey and have just discovered The Crown.  We love great English dramas!

I spend as much time as possible with my wife, Julia, and my two children, Sanders and Margaret.  They are growing up so fast that I can hardly believe it.  I also practice the organ a lot, enjoy reading and taking long walks.

Two things:
1)  Be like a duck: let whatever troubles you roll off your back.
2)  When it’s time to do something, don’t go in slowly one foot at a time – dive right in!

  • Bill Praying

Greatness Graciously Placed

January 19, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well.  I also hope you were able to stay safe and warm during the winter storm that rolled through our state on Tuesday evening. This already has been one of the most interesting winters those of us from the South have ever experienced! Temperatures are set to reach 60 degrees by Sunday, and I am looking forward to that!

And speaking of Sunday, I am looking forward to being with you for worship as we continue our series on “The Power of Prayer.” I discovered my favorite metaphor for prayer over forty years ago in a book entitled Wellsprings of Wisdom. It was mentioned in an account entitled “The Vital Link.”

A spider built his web in a barn, high up among the rafters, where he started by spinning a long, thin thread attached to the end of one of the beams. With this thread still attached to him, the spider jumped off the beam and spun out more thread on the way down, until he reached the place he planned as the center of his web. From the center he spun out other threads like the spokes of a wheel, attaching each of them to the walls and other places. Finally he had an exquisitely made web that helped him catch many fine fat flies. But he grew fat and lazy and vain.

One day he was admiring the web he had spun and noticed the long fine thread he had first spun from the top beam and said, “I wonder what that is for? I can’t imagine why I ever put it there – it doesn’t catch any flies.” And so on a sudden impulse, he broke it. But as a result the whole wonderful web collapsed. The spider had forgotten that the one thread – the link to the strongest beam above – supported the whole web. It is very much the same when a person breaks the link with God.

Prayer is that vital thread that links us with God. It keeps our relationship with God growing and vital. This week we will be talking about the importance of persevering in prayer, and I hope you will join us as we continue the journey toward a deeper relationship with Christ.

And, while I’m on the subject of prayer, I want to solicit your prayers. Next Saturday morning, January 27, the Committee of 100 will meet in Grace Hall from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm to prayerfully envision the future of Peachtree Road. The “Committee of 100” consists of 100 laypersons in our church who meet once a year to consider Peachtree Road’s progress in ministry over the last year, offer a critical look to our goals for the coming two years, and recommend new initiatives for the third year out. This way, we always have a dynamic three-year plan in place. We have set several goals for ourselves to be achieved by the year 2025, when we will celebrate our 100th anniversary as a church:

  • Average Worship Attendance of 2500
  • Annual Giving to Outreach of $2 million
  • No Indebtedness
  • Develop an Endowment of $10 million
  • Expanded Ministries with Children and Youth
  • Expanded Space for Recreation
  • Send 30 Young Adults into Full-time Ministry in the United Methodist Church

Obviously, these are seven ambitious goals, but they reveal a church with a firm belief that its best days are still ahead of us. These estimates represent where we believe Christ calls us to be. The “Committee of 100” will meet to form a roadmap to help us reach the destination we have envisioned. Please pray for them as they work next Saturday, and I look forward to sharing the results with you at a later time.

You may not know the name Gutzon Borglum, but you probably are familiar with his work. He is the artist who worked on Stone Mountain and Mount Rushmore. In his lifetime, he created many sculptures that epitomize the great figures of American history including several sculptures of Abraham Lincoln. Probably the most famous of these is one in which he sculpted the head of Lincoln out of a six-ton block of marble. This “Head of Lincoln” can be found in the Rotunda in the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

While Borglum was sculpting Lincoln’s face from the massive piece of stone, some friends visited him in his studio. The couple’s five year-old daughter, gazing in wonder at the marble block, tugged on Borglum’s pants and asked, “Is that Abraham Lincoln?” Borglum smiled and answered, “Yes, it is.” The little girl then furrowed her brow and wondered, “How did you know he was in there?”

I think that describes a part of the mission of the church. God has placed greatness in each of us, and the church helps bring it out. I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we praise God, pray for one another and our world, and allow Christ to bring out the greatness graciously placed in each of us.

Bill

  • Matt Westmoreland

Men’s Breakfast with Matt

Men’s Breakfast with Matt Westmoreland
Thursday, February 8, 6:45 – 8:00 am, Heritage Hall

Share an inspired morning with other men of Peachtree Road as PRUMC and Atlanta City Council member Matt Westmoreland shares an uplifting message and experience.  He’ll discuss the impact PRUMC has had on his life and how it influenced his decision to serve our community – first on the Atlanta Board of Education, and now on the Atlanta City Council.

Matt’s message will conclude with a time of Q&A.  All men are encouraged to attend and invited to bring a friend.

I was born and raised in Atlanta, and went to Morningside, Inman and Grady.  My parents taught me to work hard in public school, to serve my community, and to get involved at my church – a place I return every Sunday to sit alongside my grandmom.

I am a son of this city. I love Atlanta. I want to continue my work to help build an equitable, inclusive, and diverse Atlanta for all who call this incredible city home.

Matt WestmorelandMatt Westmoreland, Member of PRUMC & Atlanta City Council

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RSVP Here

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Jack Mitchener Organ Recital

Jack Mitchener

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Jack Mitchener Organ Recital
PRUMC Artist in Residence and Assistant Organist
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Jack joined the PRUMC Music Ministry in July 2017 as the new Artist-in-Residence and Assistant Organist.  Jack is the primary musician for the 9:00 am Communion Service.  He is also Professor of Organ, University Organist, Chairman of the Keyboard Department in the Townsend School of Music, and Director of the Townsend-McAfee Institute of Church Music at Mercer University in Macon.

$15 suggested concert donation/$5 suggested for students.

 

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Great Things Are Happening

January 12, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. I realize some of you may be out of town for the upcoming holiday weekend, and I want to give you an update on what is happening at your church.

On Sunday, we will continue our series of messages on the power of prayer. Last week we made a good beginning as we considered Jesus’ baptism. According to Luke, after his baptism, Jesus spent time in prayer, and, as he was praying, the heavens opened, the Spirit descended, and a voice proclaimed, “You are my beloved Son. With you I am well pleased.” According to Luke, prayer was the great essential in Jesus’ life. With that in mind, I have declared 2018 to be a year of prayer here at Peachtree Road. We will provide you with resources to help you grow in prayer, guidance on how to pray, and opportunities to join others in prayer. My hope is that our regular participation in prayer will lead us to a life of compassion with others and a celebration of God’s abundant grace in our midst. This week we will consider the disciples’ request of Jesus: “Lord, teach us to pray.” I look forward to worshiping with you Sunday.

Monday is a day set aside for the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Some of you are aware that our own Bishop Woodie White is nationally known for writing an annual “Birthday Letter to Dr. King.” As a young pastor in the early 1960’s, Bishop White was active in the Civil Rights movement. In fact, he once was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi and fined $1,000 for trying to worship at St. Luke’s Methodist Church. Nearly 30 years later he was invited to be a guest preacher in that church. Though we have made progress, the Dream still remains unrealized. I hope we will keep that in mind as we reflect this weekend and consider what we can do to fulfill the promise of this great nation.

Speaking of the Civil Rights Movement, I want to remind you of the opportunity we are offering members of our church this spring. You are invited to join me on a Civil Rights Heritage Tour with members of Peachtree Road and other Methodists from our community. The tour is set for Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, and we will travel from Atlanta to Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery. Together, we will tour the places where the history of the movement was lived out and hear from those who lived through the events – the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, “Bloody Sunday” on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, and the site where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery. A good number from Peachtree Road already have signed up for this tour. If you would like more information about the tour, please contact my assistant Jane Ogle (janeo@prumc.org) by next Friday, January 19, to let me know of your interest.

Finally, let me share some really good news with you that I learned this week:

  • Our Christmas Eve offering totaled over $260,000! Your generous gifts will be used to buy water filters for those living in the Rongai region of Kenya. Please know that you have given the gift of life and hope to thousands of families living in that area. Thank you for letting the light of Christ shine through you!
  • Your giving to Christmas Kindness made it possible for our church to provide warm coats, small appliances, and Christmas toys to hundreds of families in our community. You generously gave $166,000 and helped fully fund this ministry that brought Christmas joy to so many. Thank you!
  • Welcome home to those from our church who participated in our end-of-the-year Family Mission Trip to Nicaragua. I am hearing that many wonderful things were accomplished on this trip, and I am grateful to Chris and Julie Lee for their leadership. Thank you to these parents who took their children to Nicaragua: Allyson and Jim Maske, Bob Ward, Jim and Bridgett O’Donnell, Daris and Noel McCullough, Thomas and Mikki Hawkins, Gayle Cummings, Tom and Mary Howard, Graves Bell, and Nanette and Jeff Nicholson. Please join me in thanking these ambassadors of Peachtree Road who went on our behalf to be the hands and feet of Christ in Nicaragua.

2017 was an outstanding year here at Peachtree Road, and this year is full of promise. Come, be a part of the great things that are happening at this great church.

Bill

PS – If you have not yet had an opportunity to fill out an Every Member in Ministry commitment card, I have included the link here for your convenience.

02.14 | Ash Wednesday

Worship with us on Ash Wednesday.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Ash Wednesday
The Greatest Commandment
Worship Bulletin PDF
11:15 am Live Webcast


7:00 am – 9:00 am

Imposition of Ashes in the Moore Chapel

11:00 am  – 1:00 pm
Imposition of Ashes in the Moore Chapel

5:00 pm
Family Service |  Rev. Julie Schendel

7:00 pm
Evening Service  |  Rev. Julie Schendel
The Imposition of Ashes and Litany of Penitence
The PRUMC Chancel Choir & Chamber Singers
Music by Fleming and Byrd
Scott H. Atchison, conductor

Full of Hope and Promise

January 5, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. As we begin a new year together, I hope you have had time to rest and worship and evaluate your plans for the coming year. These days are full of hope and promise. As you prepare for worship this year, I encourage you to look back over the past year and write down three blessings for which you are grateful. Being thankful is the seed you plant when you want more joy in your life. Also, while you’re making a list, write down one thing you’re hoping and praying for in the coming year, and bring that hope with you to church this Sunday.

Speaking of coming to church, this Sunday we are set to kick-off a new sermon series designed to help you make a good start to the New Year – The Power of Prayer:

January 7  |  Luke 3:21-22  |  Prayer — The Great Essential
January 14  |  Luke 11:1-4  |  Lord, Teach Us to Pray
January 21  |  Luke 11:5-23  |  Praying with Perseverance
January 28  |  Luke 24:28-35  |  Praying at the Table

Each Sunday in January we will consider the power of prayer in Jesus’ life as outlined in the Gospel of Luke. We will begin with Jesus’ baptismal experience. At the close of this week’s services, you will have the opportunity to come forward to touch the water and remember your baptism. This is one of my favorite services of the year and helps me make a good beginning in worship.

Also, after touching the water and remembering your baptism, you will have an opportunity to turn in your Every Member in Ministry commitment card (the online version is linked here). It is my prayer that every member of Peachtree Road will make a commitment to serve in at least one area of the church’s ministry this year. Thank you in advance for your support of our church’s ministry in 2018.

I do remind you of our regular worship schedule for the year:

8:45 am – Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
9:00 am – Service of Holy Communion in the Moore Chapel
11:15 am – Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
11:15 am – The Road Worship in Heritage Hall
5:00 pm – Sundays @ 5 Worship in the Moore Chapel

As always, if you are away from Peachtree Road on a Sunday, you may watch the 11:15 am traditional service in the sanctuary on livestream through your church app or online. Please stay connected to your church family.

You may see a few people you don’t know in church this Sunday – “New Year’s Resolutions” folks who have decided to make finding a church home a priority for the year; some Georgia Bulldogs fans who made some promises during double-overtime of last Monday night’s Rose Bowl (you know who you are!); and out-of-town guests who are in Atlanta for the big game. Look for folks you may not know, greet them warmly, and welcome them to Peachtree Road this week.

Finally, I want to invite you to join me on a Civil Rights Heritage Tour with members of Peachtree Road and other Methodists from our community. The tour is set for Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, and we will travel from Atlanta to Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery. Together, we will tour the places where the history of the movement was lived out and hear from those who lived through the events – the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, “Bloody Sunday” on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, and the site where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery. I would like for at least 25 from Peachtree Road to join me on this tour. We need to register this month, and I would like to hear from you by January 19. Please contact my assistant Jane Ogle (janeo@prumc.org) to let me know if you are interested in joining us.

This year holds great promise for our ministry. I pray that you will experience the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit as we walk this journey together. See you Sunday!

Bill

Introduction to the Enneagram

The Road Back to You

Introduction to the Enneagram
Thursdays, Jan 4 – Mar 8,  9:30 am, C205

Learn about your motivations and views; increase compassion, communication and understanding.
Taught by Emily Wingfield.

$75 includes materials.

RSVP Here

Christmas Offering – Gift of Life

This Christmas, we have chosen Rongai as PRUMC’s 2018 recipient of “Water for Kenya.”  Our Christmas Eve offering will provide the entire region with enough water filters to eradicate the water-borne disease there.  Help create another miracle this Christmas.  A $40 filter can provide a family with clean water for up to 10 years.  Donate any time online or through our app, or at our Christmas Eve worship services on December 24.  Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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Make Another Miracle:  Rongai 2018

This Christmas, PRUMC will celebrate three years of winning the fight for clean water in Kenya.  Our special offering will provide the region of Rongai with enough water filters to eradicate water-borne disease there.  This year, over 90,000 people will experience a new way of life with the health provided by UZima clean water filters.  Our previous efforts have seen a 90% reduction in water-borne disease and the money spent on its treatment.  Consequently, this has dramatically reduced the number of days missed from school and work.   Help create another miracle this Christmas!  A $40 filter can provide clear, clean water for up to 10 years.  Donate any time online or through our app, or at our Christmas Eve worship services on December 24.  Thank you and Merry Christmas!

$40 = 1 family / 1 filter
$80 = 2 families / 2 filters
$200 = 5 families / 5 filters
$480 = 12 families / 12 filters
$1000 = 25 families / 25 filters

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02.25 | Never Beyond the Reach of Grace

Worship with us each Sunday. All are welcome.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018
Never Beyond the Reach of Grace
Romans 4:13-25  
Worship Bulletin PDF
11:15 am Live Webcast


8:45 am

Traditional Worship  |  Rev. Bill Britt

9:00 am
Chapel Communion  |  Rev. Leslie Watkins

11:15 am
Traditional Worship  |  Rev. Bill Britt

11:15 am
The Road Alternative Worship  |  Rev. Julie Schendel

5:00 pm
Sundays @ 5  |  Rev. Julie Schendel


On this day

Kid’s Worship (1st – 5th)
UMKF

  • Christmas on Peachtree

Nothing Like Christmas Here!

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

Merry Christmas!  As I write these words, we are merely hours away from our Christmas Eve celebration.  The church is 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 the Christmas season at Peachtree Road!

I am looking forward to worshiping with you Sunday as we welcome anew Christ into our lives.  The services are as follows:

11:15 am – Christmas Service of Holy Communion
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.  The largest crowds attend the Family Candlelight and Pageant services at 4:00 pm and 6:00pm, and it is best to arrive early to find a seat for one of them.   I would encourage you to consider worshiping at the 10:30 pm Christmas Eve service.  This service includes beautiful music, the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, candle lighting, and offers the added feature of walking out of the sanctuary to the bells peeling at midnight on Christmas morning.  There’s just something wonderful about that experience!

More guests attend Peachtree Road on Christmas Eve than any other service in the year.  They come in search of God’s precious gifts of hope, peace, joy, and love – blessings we experience here on a regular basis.  I encourage you to seek out new faces at the service you attend, warmly welcome them, and encourage them to come back in the future.  Remember that person who first welcomed you to Peachtree Road and pay it forward!

If you are not able to worship at Peachtree Road in person this weekend, I remind you that our services will be livestreamed and available through the church app or online at prumc.org/webcast.  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 two years, you have been a significant part of an effort to give the gift of clean water to approximately 20,000 families.  You 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 Rongai region of Kenya. This is an area that has been devastated by water-borne disease.  The water is plentiful, but it is not clean. (See the video linked here: prumc.org/cleanwater.)  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!

We are partnering with “Start with One Kenya” to attempt to raise enough money to buy a water filter for all 12,000 households (90,000 people) living in that region.  The price of each filter (which has a life expectancy of 10 years) is $40, so we are participating in an effort to raise $480,000. The Peachtree Road goal for this effort is $240,000.  I believe this is possible! If every person worshiping at one of our five services gives the gift of at least one water filter, we will reach that goal!  I can think of no better way to honor Christ in this holy season than to give the gift of life.

You may give in one of several ways: make your check payable to Peachtree Road and mark it for “Water for Kenya.”  You also may place your cash or check in the envelope found in your pew or bulletin, give through the church app, contribute online through the church’s website (prumc.org/give), or visit one of our volunteers in the narthex after each service to give by credit card.  Thank you in advance for your gift.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we light candles in the midst of a dark sanctuary 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!

Bill

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Water for Kenya

03.04 | Stay in Bounds

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Stay in Bounds
Exodus 20:1-17 
Worship Bulletin PDF
11:15 am Live Webcast


8:45 am

Traditional Worship  |  Rev. Carolyn Stephens

9:00 am
Chapel Communion  |  Darren Hensley

11:15 am
Traditional Worship  |  Rev. Carolyn Stephens

11:15 am
The Road Alternative Worship  |  Rev. Julie Schendel

5:00 pm
Sundays @ 5  |  Rev. Julie Schendel

 

03.11 | Forgive Yourself as God Forgives

Sunday, March 11, 2018
Forgive Yourself as God Forgives
Numbers 21:4-9
Worship Bulletin PDF
11:15 am Live Webcast


8:45 am

Traditional Worship  |  Rev. Bill Britt

9:00 am
Chapel Communion  |  Rev. Leslie Watkins

11:15 am
Traditional Worship  |  Rev. Bill Britt

11:15 am
The Road Alternative Worship  |  Rev. Julie Schendel

5:00 pm
Sundays @ 5  |  Rev. Julie Schendel


On this day

Summer Camp Registration Begins
Hoffmann Lecture Series Dinner
Trinity Dinner

Soul Food for Young Adults

Soul Food for Young Adults

Soul Food for Young Adults
Tuesdays, January 9 – 30, 6:30 pm, C210

Soup, sandwiches and Bible study with Rev. Leslie Watkins.

RSVP Here
  • Advent Sanctuary

God’s Gift of Joy

December 15, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this week’s note finds you well. As I write these words, our journey through Advent is quickly coming to a close. Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, our time of preparation has been much shorter than normal.

On Sunday morning, we will bring our Advent series “A Christmas Story” to a close. Each week we have focused upon a character from some of our best loved Christmas stories and considered an important spiritual lesson for the season. From Miracle on 34th Street, Susan Walker helped us reflect upon the importance of watching in this season, and we learned that watching includes being fully awake and tuning our ears to listen for the voice of the Lord. George Bailey, the central character of It’s a Wonderful Life, taught us the importance of faithful waiting. It is important to live life fully while we are waiting for God’s kingdom to come in its fullness. In other words, we are to live faithfully “in the meantime.” This week we will conclude our series with a visit from the Grinch and reflect upon how Christmas changed him and helped him discover God’s gift of joy. Do you need more joy in your life? Then, I hope you will be present this Sunday morning.

Over the last two weeks, I have found our special evening Advent services to be helpful. The children led us in “The Great Tree Lighting” service, and last week we were blessed by the “Many Moods of Christmas” concert. The Chancel Choir, accompanied by members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Brass Works, and the Georgia Boy Choir, offered a concert that has become an Atlanta tradition for the season. I ran into so many people at the reception from other towns who made the trip into the city just for this concert. It was a beautiful event. Let me remind you of three upcoming opportunities at Peachtree Road:

Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir – Friday and Saturday, December 15 and 16, at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. The Georgia Boy Choir is our ensemble in residence, and this concert is their biggest event of the year. You will be mesmerized by the transcendent Georgia Boy Choir sound as they perform sacred classics, Christmas carols, and all your holiday favorites in our magnificent sanctuary. You may purchase tickets through their website. I hope to see you there!

Carols by Candlelight – Sunday, December 17, at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary. Our journey through the lessons and carols of this season will be led by our music ministry, and we will conclude by singing together by candlelight. This relatively new addition to our seasonal offerings has become a favorite for many members.

Longest Night Service — Thursday, December 21, 7:00 pm in the Moore Chapel. Rev. Larry Adams will speak at this moving service designed to help those of us who are struggling with loss during the holiday season. I find it helpful that during the week in which the nights literally are the longest of the year, we have an opportunity to worship God, to remember who we are, and to claim the hope that is offered to us through Christ. I invite you to attend this service, light a candle in the midst of the darkness, and realize that you are not alone – you are never alone!

Finally, let me offer a word of encouragement about our giving.

I am grateful for your support of Christmas Kindness. Your generosity has enabled us to successfully fund this ministry for this year and begin making plans for next year. Hundreds of families were helped and will have a joy-filled Christmas because of you. Thanks you. We now are turning our attention toward the Christmas Eve Offering. This year’s special offering is being designated to purchase water filters for those living Rongai region of Kenya. One $40 water filter can provide clean water and good health to a family for up to 10 years. I hope you will come on Christmas Eve prepared to give generously as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

The most convenient way to give to the ministry of Peachtree Road is through the church’s app or website. However, there may be an even better way for many of you to give in this season. I was talking with a member earlier this week who didn’t realize the church could receive a stock transfer. There can be significant tax advantages to making gifts of appreciated securities to the church. Stocks, bonds, or other publicly traded securities are gratefully received. Did you know you can transfer them directly to Peachtree Road UMC and receive a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the gift, including all the appreciation? Also, neither you nor the church will have to pay capital gains tax on the gift. I hope this is an avenue of giving you will consider. If you need help, please contact your broker or Raymond Reynolds at the church.

Thank you for your all you do to support the ministry of Peachtree Road. I look forward to worshiping with you and serving with you this week!

Bill

03.18 | God’s Invitation and Your Response

Sunday, March 18, 2018
God’s Invitation and Your Response
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Worship Bulletin PDF
11:15 am Live Webcast


8:45 am

Traditional Worship  |  Rev. Bill Britt

9:00 am
Chapel Communion  |  Rev. Julie Wright

11:15 am
Traditional Worship  |  Rev. Bill Britt

11:15 am
The Road Alternative Worship  |  Rev. Julie Schendel

5:00 pm
Sundays @ 5  |  Rev. Julie Schendel


On this day

Dogwood Shop Opens
Kid’s Worship (1st – 5th)
UMKF
Musical Stations of the Cross

High School Ski Trip

High School Ski Trip

PRUMC High School Ski Trip
January 12 – 15, 2017

We will head back to Snowshoe, West Virginia for a great weekend of skiing, devotions, and hanging out with your friends!

The trip is open to 9th – 12th  graders.

Cost is $650 with a deposit of $325 due at registration.

RSVP Here

Discover Hope

December 8, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are doing well. This Sunday promises to be an exciting day at Peachtree Road and I hope you are planning to be here with your church family.

  • A Christmas Story – on Sunday we will continue our advent series of messages focusing upon hope, peace, and joy. This week we will have the opportunity to meet the character George Bailey from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The most poignant line of the story for me comes when George laments to his guardian angel Clarence, “I suppose it would have been better if I’d never been born at all.” Have you ever felt that way? Sometimes life takes unexpected turns and leaves us disappointed and wondering why we’re here. In Sunday’s message, I want us to reflect upon George Bailey’s lament and allow the scriptures to point us toward a new perspective on life – one that helps us discover hope, peace, joy, and love even in the midst of life’s disappointments. If you know someone who might find that message helpful, invite them to worship with you this Sunday morning.
  • Water Filter Forum – the global outreach ministry of Peachtree Road is sponsoring an adult education forum this Sunday at 10:00 am in Heritage Hall. Bill and Chat Coble of Start with One Kenya (SWOK) will be with us to explain how the water filters we have helped purchase the last two years are changing the lives of thousands of Kenyans. Take a look at this video to learn more about our partnership. Once again this Christmas Eve, our special offering will be used to purchase water filters for folks living in Kenya – this time in the Rongai area. We are excited to partner with SWOK – your $40 contribution buys clean water for a household in that region for 10 years! You may even give now through the church app or online.
  • Many Moods of Christmas – the annual concert featuring the Peachtree Road Chancel Choir and members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is this Sunday evening at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. This event is one of those “can’t miss” holiday traditions in Atlanta and attracts a full house, so make your plans to come early and enjoy the beautiful music. This year’s program will feature music from Handel’s “Messiah.”

Also, let me thank you for your generous giving throughout 2017 and offer you some encouragement concerning some financial matters.

Annual Budget – the Finance Committee met earlier this week, and it was reported that we need an offering of $1.2 million during December to finish the year on budget. While that sounds like a daunting task, that is the average amount we have received during December the last three years. Giving statements went out earlier this week, and Wendie and I sent in our final payment to make sure our pledge for the year is paid in full. I encourage you to make every effort to fulfill your pledge. Certainly, the stock market has risen steadily this year, and you may be in a position to give appreciated stock as an extra gift. Know that your church would be grateful for your generosity.

Matching Gift Opportunity – earlier this fall we shared the good news that you have given gifts totaling $2 million toward our debt retirement effort. As a result of your generosity, we have received the matching gift that has helped us decrease the debt by half. We have turned our efforts toward raising the second $2 million in order to be eligible for a second matching gift. If you would like to give toward this effort, please let us know and mark your gift for “Debt Matching Gift.” With your help, we look forward to being debt-free in 2018!

“All In!” 2018 Pledge Campaign – to date, we have received 627 pledges for a little over $3.7 million for an average pledge of $5,900. The breakdown is as follows:

  • 188 pledges are the same as last year
  • 244 pledges have been increased over last year by $338,000
  • 57 pledges have been decreased from last year by $85,000
  • 133 pledges are new this year for $521,000

This represents a net increase of $774,000 over last year. Thank you to all who have pledged to next year’s budget. The key will be for us to hear from every member (especially those who pledged last year). Please let us hear from you as soon as possible so we can firm up our plans for outreach and ministry for next year.

Christmas Kindness – thank you for your generous giving toward Christmas Kindness last Sunday. The special offering was $29,000 and will be put to very good use purchasing winter coats, small appliances, and toys for families helped in cooperation with our partner agencies here in Atlanta. If you would like to contribute to the offering, please do so through the church app or the website.

Thank you for your attention to this information. I’ll see you in church Sunday morning and at the “Many Moods of Christmas” concert Sunday evening!

Bill

03.25 | Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018
The Cross: Journey to Compassion
Mark 11:1-11
Worship Bulletin PDF
11:15 am Live Webcast


8:45 am

Traditional Worship  |  Rev. Bill Britt

11:15 am
Traditional Worship  |  Rev. Bill Britt

5:00 pm
Sundays @ 5  |  Rev. Bill Britt


On this day

Graze & Greet Jerusalem the Donkey
Congregational Luncheon

United Methodist Kid’s Fellowship (UMKF)

United Methodist Kid’s Fellowship (UMKF)
A fellowship group for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders
Sunday, January 28, 5:00-6:30pm, The Loft (3rd floor Rollins Building)

Back by popular demand! We’ll kick-off the New Year with BINGO, complete with prizes and great competition! $5 per child (dinner included).

RSVP Here

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  • Advent Devotional

2017 Advent Devotional

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2017 Advent Devotional Desk Calendars
Now Available in the Dogwood Shop, Church Offices, and Online
Prepare your hearts for Christmas with a very special Advent Devotional written by youth, adults and staff of Peachtree Road. Daily readings express the season’s themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and Celebration. Each remind us of the coming of Jesus, the Light of the World. Take one home or follow along online, read daily and be blessed as you journey through the season.

Online Devotional

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03.26 – 03.29 | Holy Week

12:05 pm  |  Midday Service in Moore Chapel
Monday  |  Rev. Leslie Watkins
Tuesday  |  Darren Hensley
Wednesday  |  Rev. Julie Wright
Thursday  |  Geoff Beakley

  • Harvest Sunday at Peachtree Road

Harvest Sunday Encore

Enjoy this encore worship experience of Harvest Sunday featuring Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”  (At 56:50)

“The music alone will be worth your time.” – Rev. Bill Britt

A pdf of the November 19 worship bulletin is available here.

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03.29 | Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018
The Table: Remember
I Corinthians 11:23-26

Rev. Carolyn Stephens
Music by Handel and Lotti
Scott H. Atchison, conductor
On this evening, we begin three days of remembering the significant events preceding the death of Jesus Christ.

Habitat for Humanity Build

Habitat Build

Habitat for Humanity Build
Saturdays, February 17 – April 14

This spring the church will join together to build our 47th Habitat Home. No building experience is necessary – just a willing spirit! Our volunteers of all skill levels partner with Habitat house leaders to construct a home in 8 weekends (not including Easter weekend).

RSVP Here

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Men’s Ministries

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PRUMC Men of Impact

Our mission and purpose is to enable the men of PRUMC to grow as Disciples of Jesus Christ and equip them to make an “impact” for Christ where they live, work, and play.  Matthew 28:19

IMPACT: Innovative, Missional, Purposeful, Accountable, Collaborative, and Transformative

  • Innovative: We’re taking what Jesus taught us about disciple-making and bringing it into the 21st century.  2 Timothy 2:2
  • Missional: We encourage the faithful men of Christ to be the continuing voice, hands, and feet of Christ in the world.  Luke 4:18-19
  • Purposeful: Our love and enthusiasm for Christ gives us the determination and intentionality to love God and neighbor as ourselves.  Colossians 3:23
  • Accountable: Our ministry is founded on scripture, emulates the structure of early Methodism, and promotes holy living and outreach.  Proverbs 27:17
  • Collaborative: Our ministry comprises purposeful relationships that are empowered by the Holy Spirit to guide us as one mind and heart to fulfill the mission of the church.  John 14:26
  • Transformative: Our hope is a life transformed by the grace of God as the inner and outer life are aligned in right relationship with God, self, neighbor, and creation.  Galatians 2:20

Jesus extends the invitation for us to be “Fishers of Men,” in essence, we’re all called to be in the business of Disciple-Making.  How will you make an IMPACT?  Matthew 4:19

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Matt Westmoreland

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Events:  Men’s Breakfast with Matt Westmoreland

Men’s Breakfast with Matt Westmoreland
Thursday, February 8, 6:45 – 8:00 am, Heritage Hall

Member of PRUMC and Atlanta City Council Matt Westmoreland will deliver an uplifting and inspirational message.  Register below.

RSVP Here

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Camp Glisson Waterfall

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Events: Father / Child Camping Trip

Father / Child Camping Trip
Saturday, April 21, 11:00 am – Sunday, April 22, 11:00 am
Camp Glisson, Dahlongega, Georgia

Come join us with your son(s) and/or daughter(s) as we camp out at Camp Glisson in Dahlonega, GA. The combined Men’s Ministries of Peachtree Road UMC and Andrews Chapel UMC are hosting the first annual Father/Child Camping Trip at Camp Glisson.

All are welcome, even if you do not have camping equipment as we have much to share. We’ll spend our time playing games, eating meals, hiking, sitting around the campfire, and worshiping outdoors on Sunday morning. Want to camp more? Come out on Friday Evening, April 20 at 6:00 pm, if you’d like to camp for two nights.

$35 per person includes food for the weekend and camping fees. No camping experience required. We have some old hands who will help you through it all, including cooking. For more information contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

RSVP Here

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Fellowship, Bible Studies & Accountability Groups

Wednesday Morning Coffee  |  Wednesdays, 7:00 am, C105
Wednesday Morning Coffee is a casual mid-week gathering of men to encourage one another in the faith.  Each weekly fellowship discussion is topical and no preparation is necessary.  Come as you are.  For more information, contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

Wednesday Lunch  |  Wednesdays, 12:00 pm, Grace Hall
You’re invited to lunch and fellowship at the “Men’s Ministry’s Table.”  Come as you are and look for Geoff Beakley.  For more information, contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

Bible Study with Dr. Ken Boa  |  Fridays, 7:00 am, C106
A men’s Bible study that helps uncover the timeless wisdom of Christ and equips men to apply it to their daily lives.  No preparation necessary.  Come as you are.  For more information, contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

CLC Accountability Groups  |  CLC is a men’s organization that is commited to training Christian leaders. Groups are comprised of 12 men who follow a proven curriculum to grow as leaders for Christ in the church, at home, and in the community.  For more information about PRUMC’s CLC groups, please contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

Short Term & Long Term Bible Study
Studying God’s word can be transformative!  Challenge yourself to deepen your faith.  We offer many topics, course lengths, facilitators and class levels. Visit www.prumc.org/bible-study for complete details and registration, or or contact Geoff Beakley to discuss at geoffb@prumc.org.

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Outreach & Mission

In Matthew 4:19 Jesus extends the invitation for us to be “Fishers of Men.”  All disciples of Jesus Christ are in the business of disciple making, and we encourage you to consider forming an accountability group or Bible study of your own for the men of PRUMC.   Please contact Geoff Beakley to discuss the possibilities at geoffb@prumc.org.

Mission Trips
Please contact Anne French, our director of global missions at annef@prumc.org.

Local Outreach
Please contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

Trinity House
We support Trinity Community Ministries by hosting meals for men in recovery.  For more information, click here.  To learn more about hosting a dinner, contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

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Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 10:00 am, Sanctuary

Nicole Marane, organ
John Lemley, narrator
John Lawless, percussion

This unique and delightful concert for all ages tells the classic tale of young Peter through orchestral sounds on the organ that represent each of the characters. This is an incredible learning experience and church and community outreach. Tickets are $10/adults, $5/children ages 5-12, Under 5 free, Family maximum $20. For school and group rates, contact Nicole Marane at nicolem@prumc.org.

RSVP Here

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03.30 | Good Friday

Good Friday, March 30, 2018
Community Good Friday Service
12:00 pm, Christ the King Catholic Church
2699 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Rev. Mark Wilbanks of Wieuca Road Baptist Church preaching

On this day, Jesus willingly sacrificed himself for our sins.
We commemorate this crucial tenet of Christianity in worship with our faith community.

UMKF Pajama Party and Movie Night

UMKF Pajama Party

UMKF Pajama Party and Movie Night
February 25, 5:00pm- 6:30pm, The Loft- 3rd Floor Rollins Building
We are having a pajama Movie night! Come join us for pizza, popcorn and The Emperor’s New Groove. Don’t forget your sleeping bag!

RSVP Here

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The Hoffmann Memorial Lecture Series: Repentance as the Church’s Public Witness

The Hoffmann Memorial Lecture Series presents
Dr. Jennifer McBride, Associate Dean at McCormick Theological Seminar
Repentance as the Church’s Public Witness
Sunday, March 11, 5:30 pm, Grace Hall

During the season of Lent we are called to repent from our sinful ways and reflect upon our commitment to God. Join Dr. McBride as she shares the Church’s role in how we live out this call in the surrounding community to offer hope and redemption.

For more information, contact Julie Schendel at julies@prumc.org.

RSVP Here

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Young Adults Trip to Atlanta United Soccer Game

Atlanta United

Young Adults: Atlanta United Soccer Game
Sunday, March 11, 3:00 pm, Mercedes Benz Stadium
Join us as we watch Atlanta United take on DC United! We’ll meet at PRUMC at 3:00 pm to carpool or MARTA together. Tickets are $10.

RSVP Here

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  • John Ethridge is All In!

Annual Campaign

All In Annual Campaign
November 5-19, 2017

Join us in this final week of our annual campaign to support the ministries of this great church!  Your pledge strengthens the programs and builds the community of PRUMC.  Please prayerfully consider how you will shape our church in 2018.  Every promise builds our future and every pledge counts.  With your support in 2016, we were able to:

WELCOME 215 new members into our church family.

PARTNER with community churches to create an adult respite care program.  (Watch for the launch in early 2017.)

DELIVER 26,000 water filters to Kenyans in need, giving 130,000 more people access clean water.

OFFER 36 classes EACH Sunday for over 500 children, carefully nurturing the faith of our youngest ones.

These are just a few ways your generosity takes shape for the ages and stages of our congregation and community.  Will you be “all-in” with us?  You can now find information on the 2018 Church Budget, a schedule of giving opportunities, budgeting tools and an online pledge form on our All In web pages.  You can make your pledge online, through the PRUMC app, or by using the All-In pledge cards in the church kiosks.

If you have questions about your pledge, or would like to discuss options or concerns, please contact the Business Office at 404.240.8329 or giving@prumc.org.  Thank you for your continued support!  This year’s annual campaign will wrap up this Sunday, November 19 at our Harvest Sunday celebration – a time when we give thanks for our many blessings.  We hope you will join us for festival worship and be our guest for our traditional Thanksgiving luncheon.

 

Pledge Here

The Great Day of Service

Great Day of Service 2017

The Great Day of Service
Saturday, March 24, 2018, Atlanta

8:00 am
  Gathering and Breakfast
8:30 am  Holy Communion with Ron Greer
9:00 am  Small groups head out to service projects
11:00 am to 2:00 pm  Meet back at the church for an Old Fashioned BBQ!

The Great Day of Service is PRUMC’s annual community volunteer day.  At this favorite outreach event all ages put their faith in action as they serve those in need across Atlanta.  Each year during Lent nearly 1,000 church members and friends take this Saturday to make helping others a priority.  It is truly a great day of sharing our time and talents with the charitable agencies Peachtree Road supports.

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can… As long as you ever can.

RSVP Here

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11.12.17 | We Are Thankful for the Church

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We Are Thankful For the Church
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Rev. Bill Britt

Worship Bulletin PDF
Worship Service Video

Sunday Photo Gallery

Sermon Podcast (coming soon)
Sermon Video

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On Sunday, we continued our fall stewardship series entitled “All In” by reflecting upon our gratitude for the church that has nurtured our faith.  We wrestled with the question, “Why should I join the church?”  That is a question many of our young people are asking today.  Certainly, our broken and hurting world needs the church and the grace of God it offers.

This week, let us reflect upon what the church has done for us and express our gratitude by being “all in” through the ministry of Peachtree Road.

Father/Child Camping Trip

Camp Glisson Waterfall

Father / Child Camping Trip
Saturday, April 21, 11:00 am – Sunday, April 22, 11:00 am
Camp Glisson, Dahlongega, Georgia

Come join us with your son(s) and/or daughter(s) as we camp out at Camp Glisson in Dahlonega, GA. The combined Men’s Ministries of Peachtree Road UMC and Andrews Chapel UMC are hosting the first annual Father/Child Camping Trip at Camp Glisson.

All are welcome, even if you do not have camping equipment as we have much to share. We’ll spend our time playing games, eating meals, hiking, sitting around the campfire, and worshiping outdoors on Sunday morning. Want to camp more? Come out on Friday Evening, April 20 at 6:00 pm, if you’d like to camp for two nights.

$35 per person includes food for the weekend and camping fees. No camping experience required. We have some old hands who will help you through it all, including cooking. For more information contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

RSVP Here

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04.01 | Easter Day

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018
Running To Easter
John 20:1-18

Rev. Bill Britt Preaching

Worship Bulletin PDF
11:15 am Live Webcast


6:30 am

Sunrise Service  |  The Great Vigil

8:15 am
Festival Worship  |  Rev. Bill Britt

9:45 am
Festival Worship  |  Rev. Bill Britt

11:15 am
Festival Worship  |  Rev. Bill Britt

 

Winter Bible Studies

Winter Studies 2018

Winter and Short Term Studies

Join us for a new season of enrichment!  To date, classes include:  Faithful by Adam Hamilton, Margin by Richard Swenson, Deep Waters – Christianity:  What’s Next?, John by Adam Hamilton, and The Way by Adam Hamilton.

Complete details on the registration page.

RSVP Here
  • The Longest Night

How Long, O Lord?

Yesterday we heard words of inspiration and encouragement from Matt Westmoreland during the worship services as he reflected upon the transformation in children’s learning we are witnessing as a result of our church’s partnership with Hollis STEM Academy: “Hope without truth is fantasy, but truth without hope is failure. It’s only in those moments when you are able to confront truth at its harshest and hope at its most powerful, that you believe dramatic change is possible.”

I thought of those words later in the day when I heard the news reports about a deadly mass shooting in a Texas church.  We wonder, “How long, O Lord?”  And we pray.  And we hope with a hope in the powerful name of Christ for a day when violence will be no more.

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11.05.17 | We Are Thankful for All the Saints

All Saints Day

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FEAST OF ALL SAINTS
We Are Thankful
For All the Saints
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Rev. Bill Britt

Worship Bulletin PDF
Worship Service Video

Sunday Photo Gallery

Sermon Podcast (coming soon)
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On Sunday, we began our fall stewardship series entitled “All In” by reflecting upon our gratitude for our saints and the lessons they have taught us.  One of my “saints” was my grandfather who loved to garden.  He taught me about hard work and planting the right seeds in good soil.

The “Beatitudes” are the seeds Jesus encourages us to plant and nurture deep within our souls so that our lives may produce the good fruit that characterizes the life of a saint.  And the good news is that we who are baptized already are saints.

This week, practice gratitude by giving thanks to God for those saints in your life each and every day.

10.29.17 | The Greatest Commandment

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The Greatest Commandment
Rev. Carolyn Stephens

Worship Bulletin PDF
Worship Service Video

Sunday Photo Gallery

Sermon Podcast (coming soon)
Sermon Video

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Archimedes, one of Greek’s leading mathematicians and scientist, after studying the principles of how a lever works said, “Give me a place to stand and I will move the world.”  What can we, who are followers of Christ, stand on to change our world as we know it today?  Love!  When asked what is the greatest commandment, Jesus replied “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your minds.”  And then went on to say, “And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”  If all our actions and responses are from a place of love, if love is the place on which we stand in how we treat each other, then indeed we will move the world.

  • Bill Britt and Sanctuary Windows

Bill Britt: Proud of Our Church

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October 27, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I want to begin this week’s note by letting you know how proud I am of our church.

Earlier this week, the “Carry the Torch” luncheon was held at the World Congress Center to raise awareness and funds to help address the problem of homelessness here in Atlanta.  Peachtree Road was recognized as one of two “Platinum Sponsors” of the event, and I saw members of our church throughout the room.  Jack Hardin, co-chair of the Regional Commission on the Homeless, spoke to the assembled crowd, and he later asked me to express his personal appreciation to you for all that you are doing to help make homelessness in our community “rare, temporary, and non-recurring.”

Most of us here at Peachtree Road care about those who are homeless, but we may not know how to help. Today, I want to offer three suggestions:

  • First, I encourage you to buy a ticket to see the newly-released movie “Same Kind of Different As Me.”  This true story of an art dealer from Fort Worth whose friendship with a homeless man named Denver changed his life and brought him fulfillment will inspire and encourage you to “carry the torch” in our community.  (We do have about 30 vouchers for the movie at the church that are available on a first-come-first-served basis. They expire November 5.)
  • Second, please join us in supporting our partnerships with agencies such as Action Ministries, Buckhead Christian Ministry, Covenant House, Jerusalem House, and Trinity Community Ministries as a volunteer or financial contributor.
  • Finally, contact our director of local outreach, Beth Spencer, to find our what you can do.

Please know how grateful I am for all that you have done to help to make a difference in the lives of thousands of men, women, and children in our community.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” to the door of Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and set in motion the events that led to church reformation and the creation of the Protestant Church. Our celebration includes:

  • A community “Reformation Concert” on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm in our sanctuary – the concert will feature over 200 voices from 8 churches, and admission is free.
  • Sunday morning worship in our sanctuary — the services will begin with the signing of Martin Luther’s famous hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” and our associate minister Carolyn Stephens will be preaching.
  • The Inaugural Manfred E. Hoffmann Lecture — this event in Grace Hall will honor our long-time “Theologian in Residence” Manfred Hoffmann, and our guest lecturer is Jonathan Strom, a Lutheran scholar at Candler School of Theology.

Finally, let me share with you some highlights from last Monday’s Administrative Board meeting:

  • We introduced a new church app.  If you have not downloaded it yet, go to your app store, search for PRUMC, and click to get it. The church app will keep you connected to your church family and offer you convenient ways to watch past worship services, register for events, offer your prayer requests, and pledge and give to support our ministries.
  • Ann French updated us on the impact of our efforts to provide water filters to families in Kenya. Amazingly, the data shows a 90%  reduction in water-borne diseases; a 93% reduction in money spent to treat water-borne diseases; a 95% reduction in the number of days children are missing school; and a 96% reduction in number of days adults are missing work!
  • Beth Spencer let us know that a local company has created a “Go Fund Me” page for its employees to support Christmas Kindness. They also are inviting their corporate clients to participate and have pledged that whatever is given will be matched. In addition, the company has signed employees up to volunteer at Christmas Kindness. They are hoping to raise $20,000 for this ministry.

These are exciting days. You are making a difference both here in Atlanta and around the world. Thank you for all you are doing!  I look forward to seeing you Sunday.  If you can’t make it to the church, I hope you will join us online at 11:15 a.m. here.

See you Sunday!

Bill

 

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  • Disaster Relief Response

How We Are Responding

Part of PRUMC’s call to mission is to aid in long-term recovery efforts for disaster relief.  These past few months have seen incredible storm damage resulting in inhumane living conditions.  We are helping by teaming up with agencies to provide food, clean water, temporary shelter, hygiene and other critical needs.  Thank you PRUMC for your generous response to these critical needs.  To date, funds and items have been distributed in the following ways.

Puerto Rico – 5000 UZima water filters

UMCOR – $21,658 direct storm victim aid

BCM – $10,000 direct evacuee aid

SERV International – $5000 of UZima water filters

Florida – $4000 chain saws, batteries, lights

St. Thomas – $3000 UZima water filter back packs

If you would like to donate to PRUMC’s disaster relief efforts, click the button below and choose “OTHER” to designate  your gift.  Thank you.

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From NBC News:  Puerto Ricans at Risk of Waterborne Disease Outbreaks in Wake of Hurricane Maria

 Waterborne illnesses are on the rise in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria — and health professionals fear the storm’s aftermath could unleash an epidemic on the devastated island.

The death toll from the storm rose to 51 on Tuesday, with the two latest victims dying of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease usually spread by contact with contaminated water, Puerto Rico Public Affairs Secretary Ramon Rosario told The Associated Press.

Authorities are investigating an additional 74 suspected cases of the infection as well, he said, and at least one previous death was attributed to the disease.

“It’s going to be higher — it’s like a perfect storm for leptospirosis, ” said Llamara Padro-Milano, a nurse who returned last week from a relief trip to Puerto Rico with the American Federation of Teachers. “People are going to get sick and suffer.”

A spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to NBC News on Wednesday that they had received a shipment of specimens from the U.S. territory and were currently analyzing them at their laboratory in Atlanta for signs of leptospira, the bacteria that causes the disease.

The disease is transmitted via exposure to the urine of infected animals, but humans are most commonly infected by coming in contact with contaminated water, especially through skin abrasions and the nose, mouth and eyes, according to World Health Organization.

On Thursday, a group of nurses with the union National Nurses United who participated with the trip slammed the federal government’s response to the hurricane in a news conference with Democratic lawmakers.

“Door to door the nurses assessed and found people who may die before food, water and medicine can reach them,” said Cathy Kennedy, vice president of the nurses’ union.

The group released a report Thursday that concluded “the response to the crisis in Puerto Rico from the U.S. federal government has been unacceptable for the wealthiest country in the world.”

The report called a series of measures to address the crisis, including expanding the use of air drops to provide relief supplies, additional personnel and financial resources, as well as an extension for filing disaster relief claims with FEMA.

The over 70 suspected incidents of leptospirosis in just a month would represent a major spike: A total of 729 cases of the disease were reported from 1990-2014 to the Puerto Rico Department of Health, according to a 2016 study in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases; of those cases, 78 were fatal. However, the study warned that leptospirosis was underreported or misdiagnosed as dengue.

The disease has a wide range of symptoms including high fever, headache, chills, vomiting and diarrhea, but some may have no symptoms at all, according to the CDC. Leptospirosis is treated with antibiotics, but without treatment it can lead to kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure and death, according to the CDC.

“People are forced to sleep on dirty mattresses,” Padro-Milano said. “If you have no place to wash your hands and you don’t have [hand sanitizer] how are you going to protect yourself?”

“The best that we can do was to teach people how to protect themselves the best way we knew how,” she said.

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers who was in Puerto Rico earlier this month, said she was “alarmed” by conditions she saw on the ground, and that mudslides, a devastated infrastructure and destruction throughout the island had created a breeding ground for contamination.

Image: People collect mountain spring water, after Hurricane Maria hit the island, in Corozal
Alvin Baez / Reuters file
“I’ve never seen the effects of a disaster in the United States of America like this,” she said.

“You had dead animals and you had debris in streams,” she added, “so the sanitary conditions were terrible, and so you see a level of contamination as a result of this that’s terrible.”

She said the AFT union was coordinating with nonprofits and others to bring water filtration systems and purification devices to households and community-based groups in Puerto Rico through a project called Operation Agua.

Padro-Milano said nurses were encountering many cases of conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, because residents often did not have clean water to wash their hands. And mold from houses damaged by rain and floodwaters was contributing to respiratory conditions and diseases, she said.

A quarter of the island’s population still lacks access to running water as of Wednesday, according to authorities, but the areas that do have water are not evenly distributed.

While 87 percent of the metro area and 88 percent of the south have access to running water, only 46 percent of the north, 68 percent of the west and 77 percent of the east had access, according to a government website.

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight
Sunday, December 17, 5:30 pm, Sanctuary

Journey through Lessons and Carols from Advent to the celebration of Christmas, concluding with singing of carols by candlelight.  Choirs, Chorale and Carillon participate in this special service.

If you would like to join the Carols by Candlelight Choir please contact Nicole Marane at 404.240.8206 or nicolem@prumc.org.  Rehearsals begin in December.

No RSVP necessary. To join the Carols Choir click here.

10.22.17 | A Life Worth Living

Jamie High Five

The Good Life Sermon Series
A Life Worth Living
Rev. Bill Britt

Worship Bulletin PDF
Worship Service Video

Sunday Photo Gallery

Sermon Podcast (coming soon)
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On Sunday, we explored the simple truth that the road we travel determines our destination.

We considered the prodigal son – how he thought the “good life” was “out there” and went in pursuit of it.  In his immaturity, he pursued a life of self-indulgence.  Later, he realized his error and decided to swallow his pride and return home.

We observed that the prodigal son took two steps to get on the right road toward home: repentance and courageously being vulnerable.  We learned to pray two prayers to help stay on the right road:

“Lord, help me to see trouble coming a long way off and give me the courage to act self-lessly today.”

The John Wesley Covenant Prayer:

I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will.  Rank me with whom you will.
Put me to doing.  Put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by you and laid aside by you, exalted for you or brought low for you
Let me be full.  Let me be empty. Let me have all things. Let me have nothing.
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, blessed and glorious God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
You are mine and I am yours.  So be it.
Let this covenant made on earth be ratified in heaven.  Amen.

 

Weekly Announcements

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Sunday, November 19

Congregational Thanksgiving Luncheon
Sunday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm,  Grace Hall
Details here.

Many Moods Tickets Available
Details here.

Dogwood Gift Shop Open
Sunday, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Lower Level Sanctuary
Details here.

Advent Workshop:  A Christmas Story
Sunday, November 19, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Grace Hall
Details here.

ALL IN Annual Campaign
Join us to support the ministries of this great church.
Details here.

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Worship

Services & Guilds

December Sermon Series
A Christmas Story with Rev. Bill Britt
Sundays, December 3 – 24
8:45 & 11:15 am, Sanctuary
Details here.

New Worship Preview Service
Sunday, December 17, 11:15 am, Heritage Hall
Details here.

The Longest Night Prayer Service
Thursday, December 21, 7:00 pm, Moore Chapel
Details here.

Christmas Eve Worship Services
Sunday, December 24, 2017
11:15 am, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 & 10:30 pm
Details here.

Music & Arts

Evening Childcare for PRUMC Christmas Concerts
Childcare available for ages 4 and younger.
Details here.

The Great Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 3, 5:30 pm, Sanctuary
Details here.

Christmas with The Georgia Boy Choir
December 15 & 16, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Details and tickets here.

Carols by Candlelight
Sunday, December 17, 5:30 pm, Sanctuary
Details here.

The Many Moods of Christmas
Sunday, December 10, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Details here.

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Serve

Local Outreach

Christmas Kindness Local Outreach
December 2 – 6, 2017
Details here.

Christmas Kindness Special Offering
Sunday, December 3, 8:45 & 11:15 am
Details here.

Christmas Kindness Open House
Sunday, December 3, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Harp Ctr
Details here.

Global Missions

Dogwood Gift Shop Open
Sundays, Mondays & Wednesdays
Details here.

E. Newton Trunk Show
Sun, Dec 3 and Wed, Dec 6, The Dogwood Shop
Details here.

Water for Kenya Forum with Bill & Chat Coble
Sunday, December 10, 10:00 am, Heritage Hall
Details here.

Water for Kenya Christmas Eve Offering
Sunday, December 24
Details here.

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Learn

Speakers & Forums

Water for Kenya Forum with Bill & Chat Coble
Sunday, December 10, 10:00 am, Heritage Hall
Details here.

Classes

Winter Studies Coming to PRUMC
Course details and registration coming soon.
Jan 4    Faithful by Adam Hamilton
Jan 4    Introduction to the Enneagram
Jan 7    Margin by Richard Swenson
Jan 21    John by Adam Hamilton
Feb 26    The Way by Adam Hamilton

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Give

Annual Campaign

ALL IN Annual Campaign
November 5 – 19, 2017
Details here.

Other Giving Opps

Christmas Kindness Local Outreach Offering
Sunday, December 3
Details here.

Water for Kenya Christmas Eve Offering
Sunday, December 24
Details here.

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Connect

Children & Families

Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant
Rehearsals:  December 17, 9:45 & 12:15 pm
Details here.

Kid’s Worship
Sunday, December 17, 11:15 am, The Loft
Details here.

Holiday Nursery Schedule
Details here.

Sunday Nursery Volunteers Needed
Details here.

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Sports & Recreation

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Youth

Advent Outreach Project for Safehouse
Sunday, December 3, 10:00 am, Heritage Hall
Details here.

Middle School “Christmas Morning” Party
Sunday, December 10, 5:00 pm, Harp Center
Details here.

High School “Classy Christmas” Party
Saturday, December 16, 7:00 pm, Harp Center
Details here.

PRUMC High School Ski Trip
January 12 – 15, 2017
Details here.

Young Adults

Young Adult Christmas Party
Saturday, December 2, 7:00 pm, Moss Home
Details here.

Young Adult Christmas Brunch with Bill Curry
Sunday, December 17, 10:00 am, Hospitality Suite
Details here.

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Adults

Wednesday Seasoned Saints
12:00 pm lunch, 1:00 pm program, C104
Details here.

Adult T’ai Chi Classes
Thursdays, 1:00 pm, D316
Details here.

Holiday Lights of Hope at Hobgood Park
Thursday, December 7, 4:00 pm departure
Details here.

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Wednesday Morning Coffee
Wednesdays, 7:00 am, C105
Details here.

Wednesday Lunch
Wednesdays, 12:00 pm, Grace Hall
Details here.

Men’s Breakfast with Matt Westmoreland
Thursday, February 8, 6:45 am, Heritage Hall
Details here.

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  • PRUMC...there's an app for that!

Download the New PRUMC App!

We are excited to announce the new PRUMC app and improved giving platform!  With the app, you will be able to easily access sermons, events, prayer requests, online giving and more – all on your mobile device.

Visit your phone’s app store, search “PRUMC” and download – or simply click the quick links below.  Be sure to “allow notifications” to receive updates and reminders. 

More features are in development so look forward to increased engagement in the coming months!

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  • Jamie High Five

This Sunday @ PRUMC

The Greatest Commandment
Rev. Carolyn Stephens

Worship Bulletin PDF
11:15 am Live Webcast

8:45 am
Traditional Worship  |  Carolyn Stephens

9:00 am
Chapel Communion  |  Julie Wright

11:15 am
Traditional Worship  |  Carolyn Stephens

5:00 pm
Sundays @ 5  |  Carolyn Stephens

On this day
Turkey Drive
Hoffmann Lecture Series

10.15.17 | Dealing with Depression

The Good Life Sermon Series
Dealing with Depression
Rev. Bill Britt

This past Sunday, our message focused upon the difficult topic of depression.

We observed that, in the church, we’re not very comfortable talking about mental illness. There seems to be a stigma about admitting you struggle with depression or any other mental illness. Occasionally, someone will say, “I’m a Christian; I’m not supposed to be depressed.” That’s nonsense. You might as well say, “I’m a Christian; I’m not supposed to have heart disease or diabetes or cancer.” The brain is an organ in the body, and it is just as susceptible to illness as any other organ.

The prophet Elijah knew something of the condition as we discovered in I Kings 19. He discovered the importance of taking care of himself and staying connected with God who especially is present in the silence of our lives.

You may know somebody who is depressed – someone who’s dealing with pain, disappointment, or loss. Ask them how they’re doing. Listen to them. Be with them. Pray for them. And, when the time is right, tell them, “You are not alone. God is in the silence.” And encourage them to get help. The “good life” in Christ is for everybody.

Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24, 2017
All services webcast live here.  Complimentary childcare available at 4:00 & 6:00 pm services for ages 3 and under.

11:15 am
Christmas Service of Holy Communion
A celebration of the Eucharist.

4:00 pm
Family Candlelight & Christmas Pageant
Children’s choirs and Christmas pageant with nativity characters.

6:00 pm
Family Candlelight & Christmas Pageant
Children’s choirs and Christmas pageant with nativity characters.

8:00 pm
Festival of Lessons & Carols
PRUMC Chancel Choir and Brass herald in this most Holy Night.

10:30 pm
Festival Choral Eucharist
PRUMC Chancel Choir and Brass with a celebration of the Eucharist.

Join us! Or, watch our live webcast here.

10.08.17 | Aging and Changing Roles

Bill Baptism

The Good Life Sermon Series
Aging and Changing Roles
Rev. Bill Britt

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Worship Service Video

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Are you currently helping to care for your children or grandchildren and your aging parents? If so, you are a part of the “sandwich generation.” It can be a stressful place to live.

By both teaching and example, Jesus encourages us to live the good life in relationship with our parents. First, he encourages us to live out the 5th commandment: “Honor your father and your mother.” Jesus also invites us to expand our definition of family and include others in our concern and care.

Someone has suggested there are three stages in life and each last approximately 25 to 30 years. The first stage is dominated by answering the question, “Where do you go to school?’ The second stage is dominated by answering the question, “Where do you work?” The third stage is spent answering the question, “What difference are you making in the world?” Those living in the third stage have the greatest resources of time, knowledge, and financial means they have ever had. Those in the third stage are invited to serve well.

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10.01.17 | Divine Intimacy

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The Good Life Sermon Series
Divine Intimacy
Rev. Bill Britt

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Have you ever been in a relationship with someone and wanted it to go to a deeper level, but the other person didn’t? Maybe you were in college and wanted the person you were dating to love you and spend the rest of your lives together, but he or she just wasn’t that into you. She respects you. He is polite to you. You remain good friends, but there is no deep sense of intimacy.

Now, imagine the one who wants the intimate relationship is God, and we are the ones who just aren’t that into God. We are polite to God, respectful, and nice. However, there is no intimacy. As a result, we are missing out on “the good life” and not experiencing all of our joy.

This week we are invited to take our cue from the woman we encounter in Luke 7:36-50 and experience intimacy with the Lord. She shows us to develop the kind of relationship that sustains us through all the times of our life.

An Evening with Dan Cathy

An Evening with Dan Cathy

Faithful Steward and Positive Influence with Dan T. Cathy
Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 pm, Grace Hall

Join us for a very special evening as we welcome Dan T. Cathy, CEO and Chairman of Chick-fil-A and the Chick-fil-A Foundation. At the heart of this successful leader is a humility and willingness to lead by example, endearing him to his colleagues and contemporaries. Mr. Cathy will share how experiences can lead to understanding and gratitude, generosity and purpose. We hope you can join us. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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Experience All Your Joy

September 29, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are doing well. I really am looking forward to Sunday’s worship services as we continue our fall series “The Good Life.” This week we will spend some time thinking together about the topic of “intimacy” Sociologists have discovered the search for intimacy is one of the primary searches of life. Ironically, in our day and time, a great many people run from intimate relationships. Some of those persons even attend churches. They might talk a lot, or they may talk very little. These persons will never allow you to go deep. They live life at the surface. They do not trust others easily. Many have been hurt and are unwilling to trust again. As a result, in the words of the poet Khalil Gibron, they “never experience all of their joy.” This Sunday I am going to talk about helping folks experience “all of their joy” in a message entitled “Divine Intimacy.” I encourage you to read the text for the sermon in advance – Luke 7:36-50.

Sunday also is World Communion Sunday. Christians from around the world will gather at the Lord’s Table to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Think about that for just a moment. As we extend our hands to receive the bread and drink from the cup, we are joining with Christians from around the world in partaking of the grace of God on this day. We here in Atlanta become a link in a chain that circles the globe. I hope you will make a special effort to be present as we feast at the Lord’s Table.

Of course, as has become our tradition on the first Sunday in October, we will offer a “Blessing of the Animals” service at 5:00 p.m. You are invited to bring your pets to the church for a fun time of worship. This service celebrates the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. We will gather in the sanctuary, sing praises to God, and approach the altar with our pets for an individual blessing of each animal. In the past, participants have brought their dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, fish, and birds to receive a blessing. You also may choose to bring photos of your pets if it is difficult for the animal to attend the service (it’s pretty difficult to load up a horse and bring it to church!). I hope you’ll take advantage of this community-wide service. And why not invite a friend to join in the fun?

Let me remind you of two opportunities coming up in the next few days:

Evening with Dan Cathy – we are delighted to welcome Dan Cathy, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Chick-fil-a, to Peachtree Road for an evening of inspiration this Tuesday, October 3, at 6:00 pm in Grace Hall. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, and Dan will speak at 7:00 pm. This event is a fund-raiser for our ministry with those living on the Westside. It is not too late to purchase a ticket. You may purchase a table or individual ticket by clicking on this link. I can’t wait to welcome Dan to Peachtree Road and hear his words of encouragement. Please join me for this event sponsored by our Men’s Ministry,

A Just Cause – we are a little over a week away from our first annual “Just Cause” Peachtree Road golf outing. This event, set for Monday, October 9, at the Druid Hills Country Club, will benefit “Our Westside Story,” our church’s ongoing revitalization project with our partners on the Westside. There are a few spots for individuals. If you are interested in participating, we would be delighted to have you join us. To register, please contact our tournament director Ryan Bush at ryan@hkgolfproductions.com.

Finally, let me remind you again of our upcoming Annual Charge Conference. On Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 pm, our district superintendent Dr. Bernice Kirkland will be present to preside at our annual charge conference in Grace Hall. This year we will welcome the members of St. John UMC as they also participate in their charge conference at the same time. During this brief meeting, we will have the opportunity to share our reports and vote on new leaders for the coming year. You are invited to attend.

Please call on me if I can be of help to you. See you Sunday!

Bill

9.24.17 | Alchohol: Playing with Fire

Ministers in Sanctuary

During this season, we are considering “The Good Life” – those aspects that contribute to it or detract from it. This week, we spent some time thinking about the role alcohol plays in our culture. We asked the question, “Can Methodists drink?” Well, the answer to that question is the answer to another question: “Can Methodists dance?” And the answer is “Some can; some can’t!”

In his letter to the church in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul encouraged followers of Christ “do not get drunk with wine…but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:15-20)

On the one hand, we affirmed that wine was used by Jesus as a metaphor for the abundant life; and, on the other hand, we acknowledged that temperance historically has been a major emphasis in the Methodist Church. (After all, Thomas Welch, the founder of Welch’s Grape Juice, was a Methodist!)

This message is not about judgment. This is a time for grace. If you think you may have a problem, seek help! Our faith offers an alternative to being drunk with wine – be filled with the Holy Spirit. Let us hear the song of the ages, the one sung by that great cloud of witnesses, encouraging us to live “the good life.”

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I Hope to See You

September 22, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you have had a good week. This Sunday we will continue our fall series entitled “The Good Life,” as we focus upon the topic “Alcohol: Playing with Fire.” During this season we are thinking about those aspects of our lives that either contribute to or hinder our experience of the “good life” in Jesus Christ. You and I know folks who struggle with addiction, and this Sunday we will listen for the voice of the Lord speaking to us through the scriptures as we seek to help all around us live healthy, whole lives.

In addition to the sermon, we will offer a forum at 10:00 am in the Moore Chapel entitled, Real Recovery Experience. We’ll learn how to recognize the signs of addiction and what recovery truly looks like. If you know of someone who has a family member struggling with addiction, please invite them to worship and the forum this week. This promises to an important discussion, and I encourage you to attend.

And one more note about Sunday — the Reinhardt University Concert Choir will be joining us for worship this Sunday for the 11:15 am service. The group from this Methodist-related school in Waleska, Georgia will offer pre-service music and also provide an anthem. So, I invite you to come early, find a seat, and enjoy the beautiful music.

The fall is in full swing, and I share with you several places where you can find me in the coming days:

Groundbreaking for the Murray Cottage — this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm, we will celebrate the groundbreaking of a new parsonage for our church at 3201 West Shadowlawn Road. We are indebted to the Stuart and Eulene Murray Foundation for a generous naming gift and the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation for its generous gift to this project. These gifts make the construction of this new home possible, and the Murray Cottage will be used as a parsonage for one of our associate ministers. I will be there and invite you to join us for this brief ceremony in front of the property.

Evening with Dan Cathy — we are delighted to welcome Dan Cathy, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Chick-fil-a, to Peachtree Road for an evening of inspiration on Tuesday, October 3, at 6:00 pm in Grace Hall. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, and Dan will speak at 7:00 pm. This event is a fund-raiser for our ministry with those living on the Westside. You may purchase a table or individual ticket by clicking this link. I will be there and hope to see you.

Finally, let me mention three more events on the horizon:

Annual Charge Conference — On Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 pm, our district superintendent Dr. Bernice Kirkland will be present to preside at our annual charge conference in Grace Hall. This year we will welcome the members of St. John UMC as they also participate in their charge conference at the same time. During this brief meeting, we will have the opportunity to share our reports and vote on new leaders and a couple of financial matters. You are welcome to attend.

First Annual Manfred E. Hoffmann Lecture — For the last twenty years, we have been blessed to have Dr. Manfred Hoffmann as our “Theologian in Residence.” Manfred taught us, cultivated a desire to learn in us, and inspired us to grow in our faith. His death earlier this year has touched us deeply. To honor his memory, we have created a lecture series in his name. The first lecture is occurring on Sunday evening, October 29, 2017, at 6:00 pm for dinner and the lecture. Manfred’s successor on the faculty at Candler School of Theology, Dr. Jonathan Strom, will deliver the address. This is an especially appropriate date as that week we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. And, as a Lutheran scholar, Dr. Strom is the perfect person to deliver this inaugural lecture. We also hope to have some Reformation artifacts from Candler School of Theology’s Pitt’s Library on display. I hope you will mark the date on your calendar and make your plans to join me as we honor Manfred Hoffmann and grow in our faith. You may reserve your place by following this link.

Civil Rights Heritage Tour — members of Peachtree Road are joining with other Methodists from our community to tour the civil rights sites from Atlanta to Alabama. I invite you to join me on Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4 as we travel from Atlanta to Birmingham to Selma to Montgomery. Together, we will travel by bus to see the places where the history of the movement was lived out and hear from those who lived through the events – the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, “Bloody Sunday” on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, and the site where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery. I would like for at least 25 from Peachtree Road to join me on this tour next year. If you are interested in joining us, please email Jane Ogle to let us know your interest and we will be in touch on next steps for registration.

I am grateful for you and your participation in the ministry of Peachtree Road. Please call on me when you need me. I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Bill

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Finding Peace

September 15, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you doing well. The remnants of Hurricane Irma moved through the metro area earlier this week, and the clean-up process continues. Thank you for your generous giving the last two weeks to relief efforts in Texas and here in the Southeast. Your giving through UMCOR and Buckhead Christian Ministry is providing help to thousands of folks devastated by the hurricanes. If you would like to give toward the relief efforts, you may do so here by selecting “Other” from the Give To drop down menu and typing “BCM – Hurricane Relief” into the Memo field. Also, if you have been affected by the storm and need your church’s help, please let us know.

The fall season got off to a great start last Sunday as we heard incredible music by our Chancel Choir, the Atlanta Brass Works, and soloist Jamie Barton; welcomed 14 new members into our church family; and began our fall programing emphasis on “The Good Life.”

At the close of last week’s services, I shared some exciting news about the future of our church. You may remember that on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we learned that a family in our church had issued a challenge to the congregation. If we could raise $2 million during 2017 toward the retirement of our debt, that family would match it. Also, if we could raise another $2 million by the end of 2018 toward the retirement of the debt, they would match that as well. Last Sunday I announced that we have received over $1 million toward this effort and also have received several pledges that will be paid in the next few weeks that will put us over the $2 million mark for the year. Last Sunday we celebrated God’s many blessings upon the ministry of Peachtree Road and looked forward to the future with great hope. If you were unable to be present, we missed you and hope you will join us this week.

This Sunday, we will continue our series with a message entitled “Finding Peace in Your Finances.” Certainly, one of the great stressors in life can be financial. Owing money can have a suffocating effect on relationships and often robs us of the peace we seek. In worship we will reflect upon Jesus’ parable of the talents as we seek financial peace in our lives. Speaking of financial peace, Bill O’Shields will offer a crash course on Dave Ramsey’s famous “Financial Peace University” to learn about budgeting, reducing debt, and planning for the future. Bill is an excellent facilitator and his forum will begin at 10:00 am in Heritage Hall. If you know of someone who is struggling in this area, invite them to come to church with you this Sunday.

Let me offer two updates on ongoing projects of the Trustees:

  • New Sound System – over the course of the last six weeks, we have been in transition from the old sound system in the sanctuary, chapel, and narthex to a brand new system. The work is nearly complete, and you should experience a marked improvement in the next week. Thank you for your patience. The purchase of the new system was made possible by the sale of right of way property on Peachtree Road in front of the parking lot across West Shadowlawn.
  • Murray Cottage – groundbreaking for the church’s new parsonage for one of our associate ministers is set to take place on Sunday, September 24, at 2:00 pm. The location is the site of the house the church owns across West Shadowlawn next to the church parking lot. You may see plans for the new house here. This project is being funded by a grant from the Dobbs Foundation, a naming gift from the Murray Foundation, and proceeds from the sale of the church right of way mentioned earlier. You are invited to join us for the groundbreaking a week from this Sunday.

Finally, I do want to remind you that the Dogwood Gift Shop is now open for the season. All of the proceeds from sales go toward Global Missions and help us make a difference in faraway places like Kenya, the nation of Georgia, and Nicaragua. You are invited to drop by the Dogwood Sunday and see all the new items available for purchase. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Thank you for your support of Peachtree Road’s ministry. Your prayers on her behalf, your presence in worship, your generous gifts, and the offering of your time in service make all the difference in the world. I look forward to seeing you Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon!

Bill

12.03 | Hope: Miracle on 34th Street

Advent Worship at Peacthree Road

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Hope:  Miracle on 34th Street
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Worship Bulletin PDF
11:15 am Live Webcast

8:45 am
Traditional Worship  |  Bill Britt

9:00 am
Chapel Communion  |  Darren Hensley

11:15 am
Traditional Worship  |  Bill Britt

5:30 pm
The Great Tree Lighting

On This Day

Great Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 3, 5:30 pm, Sanctuary
Join us to begin the Advent season with all of PRUMC’s Children’s and Youth Choirs.  We’ll enjoy favorite carols in a special program and light the great Chrismon Trees in the Sanctuary!  Cap off the eveing with hot cocoa, homemade cookies and live Christmas music from Ridgeview Charter School’s Jazz Ensemble.  Free and open to the public.

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PRUMC Opening at Noon

PRUMC has power and will open at noon today – Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

We should be back to a normal schedule by tomorrow and will be sending along highlights and updates in our regular Wednesday e-blast.

Thank you!

09.17.17 | Finding Peace in Your Finances

Bill Shaking Hands

In Sunday’s sermon, we observed that finances can be one of the greatest stressors in our lives. We considered two lessons on the subject from Jesus’ “Parable of the Talents” (Matthew 25):

  1. Remember who God is — not harsh, judgmental, or demanding. Rather, God is generous and forgiving. God is a God of abundance.
  2. Remember who you are – you are a steward of the abundant resources of God.

When you feel the anxiety of financial stress, try this exercise: first, acknowledge to God your anxiety. Pray, “Lord, I am feeling vulnerable right now. Grant me strength and courage for the facing of this time.” Then, second, offer gratitude for something specific in your life: “Lord, I give you thanks for ___.” You will find your prayers of confession and gratitude will transform your anxiety into peace.

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Everybody Wants to Live It

September 8, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you doing well. This Sunday marks “Fall Kick-off” here at Peachtree Road. We are set to enjoy special music by internationally acclaimed singer Jamie Barton that promises to stir your spirit. She will sing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” At both the 8:45 am and 11:15 am services in the sanctuary, we will welcome new members to Peachtree Road as a part of a special joining day. In addition, you are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast and warm fellowship in Grace Hall from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. We also have an exciting announcement to make at the close of services this week. You will not want to miss hearing the good news as we kick-off the fall.

Our theme for this season is “The Good Life.” In his introductory note to one of the Bible’s most-beloved hymns (I Corinthians 13), the Apostle Paul called it “the more excellent way.” Through the centuries, songs have been composed and books have been written to depict it. The “good life” – everybody wants to live it.

During the coming weeks, we are going to focus upon living well. We will discuss what the Bible says about it and learn how to avoid that which robs us of it. A number of forums have been planned to give us handles of hope and help in living the good life. Here is a preview of what is to come:

September 10 | Genesis 35:9-15 | Integrity: Know Who You Are
September 17 | Luke 19:1-10 | Finding Peace in Your Finances
September 24 | Ephesians 5:15-20 | Alcohol: Playing with Fire
October 1 | I Kings 19:1-11 | Dealing with Depression
October 8 | John 19:25-27 | Aging and Changing Roles
October 15 | Luke 7:36-50 | Divine Intimacy
October 22 | John 10:7-10 | A Life Worth Living

We will begin the series by considering integrity. Some of you are familiar with Ron Greer’s book on integrity entitled If You Know Who You Are, You’ll Know What To Do. I think Ron phrases it perfectly because, in our culture, it is so easy to forget who you are, wander off your path, and answer to a different name. On Sunday we will take a look at the lives of Jacob (who became Israel) and Simon (who became Peter). We will consider how they claimed who God called them to be and experienced what we are calling “the good life.” It will be a good day as at Peachtree Road.

Thank you for your faithfulness in so many ways to the ministry of Peachtree Road. We are set for a wonderful fall season and I hope you will find your place with us!

See you Sunday!

Bill

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Weather Schedule Updates

Friday, September 8, 2017
Weather forecast is clear through Sunday.  Check back Sunday evening for delays or closings.

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Harvey Relief

Thanks to your generosity, PRUMC has sent donations in excess of $9,000 as well as $5000 worth of Uzima water filters to support UMCOR’s hurricane relief efforts.  These funds and filters will help those whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Harvey.  PRUMC will continue to receive donations toward sending a team and supplies to Houston in the near future.  Donate here, or contact Anne French at annef@prumc.org.

 

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09.10.17 | Fall Kickoff: Know Who You Are

Fall Kickoff

In Sunday’s sermon, we spent some time thinking about the importance of knowing who you are. As Ron Greer has observed in his book on integrity, “If you know who you are, you’ll know what to do.” We get into trouble when we forget who we are.

  • The Bible tells us who we are – In Matthew 16, Simon was given a new name (Peter) and told that he was a piece of the “Rock of Ages.” That is who we are as well. Remember that.
  • Jesus also gave Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven – the point of this commission is to unlock heaven’s gates and unleash God’s goodness on earth.

Invitation: In the midst of a tense political climate, episodes of ugly racism and bigotry, and terrible tragedies such as earthquakes and hurricanes, those of us in the church remember who we are and respond by unleashing God’s goodness on earth.

Coro Vocati

Come to the Woods: The Transformative Power of Nature
Coro Vocati
Sunday, October 15, 3:00 pm, Moore Chapel

John Dickson, conductor

Nature in all of its quiet reflection, unbridled spirit, and awesome grandeur will be explored through the writings of 3 naturalists:  Henry David Thoreau, Wendell Berry, and John Muir.  Through composer Jake Runestad’s vision, “Come to the Woods” is an invitation to communion with Nature; and this communion is a sacramental transformation of the human soul.

$15 suggested concert donation/$5 suggested for students.

09.03.17 | Get Behind Me

Julie Preaching

Peter was one of Jesus’ most faithful disciples, yet sometimes he still got it wrong.  In Sunday’s scripture, we hear how Peter went from being called the rock on which Jesus would build his church, to a stumbling block when he can’t handle the idea of Jesus facing suffering and death.  We are called to take up our cross and follow Jesus, even when we’re facing fear, pain, or uncertainty.  Just like Peter, Jesus forgives us when we get it wrong, but we can still put forth our best efforts to be disciples and make disciples by sharing the love of Christ and telling others about our faith.  It’s not always easy, but with the strength of Christ we can do hard things.

08.27.17 | Heaven

Bill in Sanctuary

Wesleyan Series
Heaven: The Beginning of Eternity
Rev. Bill Britt

Worship Bulletin PDF
Worship Service Video

In Sunday’s sermon, we spent some time thinking about heaven and focused upon two words — hope and home.

  • Hope — there is a future aspect of heaven with which we are all familiar (“When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be…”). However, there also is a present aspect to heaven (“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”) We literally pray for heaven to come upon earth, and there are times when our prayers are answered and we catch glimpses of it — in times of worship and especially in times of harmony and joy with others. In these days of cultural upheaval, let us pray more fervently and lean more intentionally into this present aspect.
  • Home — heaven is a place that has been prepared for each of us. It is our eternal home, and each of us has a homing device that calls us home. St. Augustine’s  words from his Confessions could be translated: “Our hearts are homeless and homesick until they find their home in You.”

Invitation: A place in heaven is prepared for you; there is plenty of room; have you made your reservation?

  • Dan Cathy at PRUMC

An Evening with Dan Cathy

Faithful Steward and Positive Influence with Dan T. Cathy
6:00 pm – Gathering
6:30 pm – Dinner served
7:00 pm – Dan T. Cathy, speaker

Join us for a very special evening as we welcome Dan T. Cathy, CEO and Chairman of Chick-fil-A and the Chick-fil-A Foundation. At the heart of this successful leader is a humility and willingness to lead by example, endearing him to his colleagues and contemporaries. Mr. Cathy will share how experiences can lead to understanding and gratitude, generosity and purpose. We hope you can join us. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

This event is a fundraiser for Our Westside Story – “Where Hope Meets Opportunity.”

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12.10 | Peace: It’s a Wonderful Life

Advent Worship at Peacthree Road

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Peace: It’s a Wonderful Life
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Worship Bulletin PDF
11:15 am Live Webcast

8:45 am
Traditional Worship  |  Bill Britt

9:00 am
Chapel Communion  |  Julie Wright

11:15 am
Traditional Worship  |  Bill Britt

7:00 pm
The Many Moods of Christmas

On This Day

The Many Moods of Christmas
Sunday, December 10, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
PRUMC Chancel Choir, Georgia Boy Choir, soloists, orchestra
Scott  Atchison, conductor

The PRUMC Chancel Choir, soloists and orchestra present their Christmas classic featuring Handel’s Messiah. Carols from the gallery will be sung by the Georgia Boy Choir before the concert.  This concert will open your hearts and souls to the miraculous story of Jesus’ birth.  Tickets are complimentary but necessary for seating.  Childcare available for ages 4 and younger by reservation only.  E-mail eveningchildcare@prumc.org to reserve by Wednesday, December 6.

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08.20.17 | Sanctifying Grace: The Heart of it All

Sunday Worship Photos

Sanctifying Grace:  The Heart of It All
Rev. Bill Britt

Worship Bulletin PDF
Worship Service Video

Sunday Photo Gallery

Sermon Podcast
Sermon Video

 

We live in a world of instant gratification. As a result, we pray to God for the perfect marriage, the perfect job, and the perfect church. However, we often are left disappointed because God is the original “fixer-upper.” God’s grace works in us to restore us to the luster God intended. In response, to the work of God’s grace in us, we are called to participate in the renovation of our lives:

  • The demolition phase — remove those things from our lives that hinder the light of Christ from shining upon us
  • The restoration phase — engage in those spiritual disciplines that will nurture the seeds of God’s grace planted in us (worship, prayer, study, fasting, and service

Invitation: Look through the attached “Every Member in Ministry” commitment card and find at least one area of the church’s ministry in which to participate. When a critical mass of those in the church come together, speak with one voice, and radiate the love of Christ, attitudes and lives in our world will change. This is why God raised up the people called Methodists. So, let us “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in us.” Amen.

08.13.17 | Justifying Grace: The Turning Point

Sunday Worship

Justifying Grace:  The Turning Point
Rev. Bill Britt

Worship Bulletin PDF
Worship Service Video

Sunday Photo Gallery

Sermon Podcast
Sermon Video

 

 

There are two parts to the equation in any relationship: an offer and a response. Justifying grace empowers us respond to God’s offer of love, forgiveness, and a relationship with God in two ways:

  • Repentance — John Wesley described repentance as “a change of heart from all sin to all holiness.” What hinders you and distracts you from fully experiencing God’s love and grace?
  • Faith — Wesley called faith “an unshaken assent to all that God hath revealed in Scripture.” Belief is a conscious decision to accept that the scriptures are true.

Invitation: We live in a broken world in which there is a gap between God’s intent and reality. Christ has come to close that gap and fulfill our prayer: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Therefore, we in the church must speak out against racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry, and violence. Especially those of us who are white must call our world to repent and believe the Gospel.

08.06.17 | Prevenient Grace: The Power to Begin

Sunday Worship

We all have a hunger deep inside us that can only be filled by a relationship with God. In our scripture reading (John 1:43-51), we learn two lessons:

  • God’s grace is prevenient. It comes to us before we ever do anything to earn it or deserve it. Our past failures do not disqualify us from being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  • When we accept God’s grace, we experience a purpose and meaning in life that empowers us to make a new beginning

Invitation: Once you have experienced the prevenient grace of God in your own life, be willing to share that grace with others who are hungering for that which will satisfy them and fill their soul..

  • Bill in Sanctuary

Stay Connected

September 1, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

As we head into the Labor Day weekend, I hope you are doing well. This holiday traditionally marks the end of summer and the beginning of the fall routine at Peachtree Road. I am aware that some of you may be reading these words as you make your tailgate preparations as you attend your favorite school’s opening football game. And still others of you are in the mountains or at the beach enjoying one more weekend away from the city. Please know we look forward to seeing you back in your place here at Peachtree Road very soon.

Last Sunday was a great day as we celebrated “Sunday Funday” here at Peachtree Road. Our elementary children participated in Promotion Sunday as they moved up a grade in Sunday School; the youth rolled out the new program year with an open house in the student center; and Grace Hall was buzzing with excitement as adults signed up for ministry and spiritual growth opportunities and enjoyed a delicious barbeque luncheon. By the way, did you get your Peachtree Road t-shirt last week? If not, please plan to pick one up next Sunday, September 10, at our Fall Kickoff. I am grateful to Mimi Brunson and her team for organizing such a wonderful way to bring the summer to a close. I also hope you have had an opportunity to read through the fall brochure that was mailed out last week. Jill Barnes and our communications team did a fantastic job of putting this beautiful offering together. This fall, we will be focusing upon “The Good Life” here at Peachtree Road, and we want you to be included in the ministry of the church.

I am away this weekend doing some study and writing for the next year. I am grateful for this time and especially appreciate the input many of you gave me a few weeks back concerning the spiritual questions and struggles you have and would like to hear addressed in messages next year. I am excited about what the Lord has in store for us in the coming months.

This Sunday promises to be a good day of worship as Julie Schendel preaches and we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. If you are away from Peachtree Road, I remind you that you can worship online at 11:15 am or later in the week through the church website. Either way, stay connected to your church family.

Thank you for your response last week to the flood victims from Hurricane Harvey. Your giving through the United Methodist Council on Relief (UMCOR) helps make a difference. The communities in the path of the storm still are in the emergency phase, and in this phase local emergency responders and community officials control the response. They will let us know what they need and when they need it, but right now the best responses are prayer for the people living in the devastated areas and gifts to UMCOR (Select U.S. Disaster Reponse, Advance #901670). You may also make a check payable to Peachtree Road and marked for UMCOR, or you may give online through the church website by selecting “Other” in the drop down menu and writing UMCOR in the memo line. In addition to our UMCOR designations, PRUMC is sending $5,000 to provide UZima water filters to the Houston community so they can access clean, healthy water. Thank you for your help.

Finally, let me remind you that next Sunday, September 10, will be a special joining day. If you are new to Peachtree Road or even if you have been attending for a while and have not joined yet, next Sunday would be a good day to formalize your relationship with the church and get involved. Please contact Mimi Brunson about this opportunity. This is an exciting time to be a part of this great church.

Please keep the ministry of Peachtree Road in your prayers in the coming days and call on me if you need me. I look forward to worshiping with you Sunday online.

Bill

07.30.17 | Blessed Assurance

Sunday Worship

In Psalm 121, the writer admits that his help is from the Lord God, who makes heaven and earth. The writer tells of God’s protective care, and of God’s faithfulness even in the face of evil, and that God will always watch over God’s own.

Today, we, too, can trust this same God to be with us when the storms of life come. Whatever we face in life, whatever comes our way, we can take hope in the truth and the reality that God is with us. God is faithful.

07.23.17 | Make a Joyful Noise

Sunday Worship

Psalm 100 is filled with joy and thanksgiving. Yet some days it’s a little hard to find that joy on our own. This Psalm reminds us of the importance of belonging to God and of belonging to each other so that we may help one another find joy. We are invited into an active relationship with God through several phrases: make a joyful noise, worship the Lord, come into his presence, know that the Lord is God, enter his gates with thanksgiving, give thanks, and bless his name. Let us find our belonging by actively being the church together with God.

NGCUMM Igniting Faith Retreat at PRUMC

Ignite

NGCUMM Igniting Faith Retreat at PRUMC
Friday, September 29, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 30, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

All men are invited to an exciting weekend retreat filled with meaningful worship and passionate music.  Guests and speakers include Rev. Donald Reed, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and Robin Cole, Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowl linebacker from the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Activities include a fish fry, worship, workshops and  a BBQ lunch.  Optional service opportunities and a golf outing will be offered as well.  $50 includes breakfasts and lunches.  For more information, contact Geoff Beakley at geoffb@prumc.org.

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  • Seraphic Fire

Seraphic Fire

Monteverdi:  Selva Morale et Spirituale
Seraphic Fire
Friends of Music sponsored concert of the season!
Sunday, October 22, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Patrick Dupré Quigley, Founder and Artistic Director

Don’t miss this year’s Friends of Music sponsored concert!  Hailing from South Florida, and led Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire brings top ensemble singers and instrumentalists from around the country to perform repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant and Baroque masterpieces, to Mahler and newly commissioned works by this country’s leading composers.  This program is described as Monteverdi’s “most significant anthology of liturgical works.” Hear Seraphic Fire in its element in this exhibition of the Italian Baroque style.

$25 General Admission, $15 Students.  Tickets at www.prumc.org.

Visit www.seraphicfire.org to learn more.

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  • Chris Gabriel

Illuminate Our Way

August 25, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you have had a good week. Monday was an exciting day as we experienced a solar eclipse in our part of the world for the first time in over 35 years. I have enjoyed seeing pictures of many of you on social media as you celebrated this astronomical phenomenon.

What will you remember most about the moments when the moon passed between the earth and the sun — the darkening of the sky, the drop in temperature, or the stillness of the moment? In answer to that question, I heard someone say, “It was the moment the sun came out of the shadow of the moon and light began to return to the earth.” I like that, and that is a good metaphor for what our faith teaches us about life. We go through times when shadows are cast all around us and it is difficult to see our way forward; however, our faith reminds us that the light of Christ shines in the darkness and illuminates our way. I hope you will remember that in these days.

I really am looking forward to Sunday. We are bringing our series of messages entitled “Wesley’s Message for Today” to a close. We have been talking about John Wesley’s teaching to the early Methodists concerning the grace of God, and this week we turn our attention to one final message: “Heaven: The Beginning of Eternity.” We will sing about heaven and focus for a few minutes upon Wesley’s teaching on heaven and eternal life. It will be a good day.

In fact, we are calling this week “Sun-day Fun-day.” In the education department, our children are celebrating “Promotion Sunday” and moving up to the next age level in Sunday School, and our church family is invited to a barbeque luncheon in Grace Hall from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. I hope you will come and enjoy a day of worship, fellowship, and a meal at the church as our guest this Sunday!

On another note, many of you have asked me what our church can do in the wake of the events that took place in Charlottesville a couple of weeks ago. Several United Methodist pastors from the Atlanta community got together earlier this week for lunch with Bishop Woodie White, and he invited us to take a civil rights heritage tour together. Our goal is to take 100 United Methodists (including members of Ben Hill, Cascade, Columbia Drive, Decatur First, Northside, Peachtree Road, and St. John) on a 2-day tour from Atlanta to Alabama to see the historic landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement. This will be an opportunity to hear from guides who were a there in 1965, see the sites, and meet the people who had a hand in changing history. The tour is set for March 3-4, 2018, and I am hoping a number of us from Peachtree Road will participate as we work toward that more perfect union envisioned by our founders. I look forward to sharing more details very soon.

Finally, let me remind you of two notes from last Sunday:

Chris Gabriel offered a ministry moment in which he passionately encouraged members of Peachtree Road to prayerfully consider participating in Disciple Bible Study this fall. He offered one of the best testimonies I have ever heard, and I want to share it with you here. If you are interested in signing up for Disciple, please do so online today. You’ll be glad you did.

We had a good response to the invitation for Every Member in Ministry last week and would like to include you in the work of Peachtree Road. Please use this link to find at least one area of our church’s ministry in which you would like to participate and sign up today. If every member of our church participates, we can provide a critical mass that can change our city.

Thank you for your support in so many ways. I look forward to seeing you Sunday for a “fun day!”

Bill

The Many Moods of Christmas

PRUMC Christmas Music Many Moods of Christmas

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The Many Moods of Christmas Concert

The Many Moods of Christmas
Sunday, December 10, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

PRUMC Chancel Choir, soloists, orchestra
Scott Atchison, conductor

The PRUMC Chancel Choir, soloists and orchestra present their Christmas classic featuring Handel’s Messiah.  Carols from the gallery will be sung by the Georgia Boy Choir before the concert.  This concert will open your hearts and souls to the miraculous story of Jesus’ birth.

Tickets are complimentary but necessary for seating.   Tickets are available Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm at the PRUMC Front Office in the Rollins Building, The PRUMC Dogwood Shop (Sunday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Monday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Wednesday, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm) or call 404.240.8212 for more information. Childcare available for ages 4 and younger by reservation only.  Email eveningchildcare@prumc.org to reserve.

Dessert reception sponsored by the PRUMC Friends of Music in Grace Hall following the concert.

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New Worship Preview Service

New Worship Preview Service

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New Worship Preview Service

New Worship Preview Service
Sunday, December 17, 11:15 am, Heritage Hall
Celebrate a family Christmas with favorite carols and meaningful message.  Rev. Julie Schendel and the PRUMC Worship Band will lead our final “preview” service of 2017.  Plan on joining us each week in 2018 as we bring a current, comfortable worship experience to Heritage Hall.

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  • Bill Praying

Lean Into God’s Vision

August 18, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you doing well. Last Sunday was an inspiring day in worship. From the hymns we sang to the prayers we prayed to the new members we welcomed to our reflection upon the scriptures, I sensed the presence of the Lord in our midst. At the close of the message, I offered some words about the heart-wrenching events we witnessed through the media over the weekend in Charlottesville. Earlier this week I shared a pastoral statement on our website that I include here:

We live in a broken world. The events of last weekend in Charlottesville have demonstrated that clearly. Every Sunday we pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” Yet, there is a gap between God’s vision of “peace and good will to all people” and the world in which we live. The church cannot be silent in these times. Racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry, and violence have no place in our society and must be confronted – especially by those of us who are white. By our words and deeds, let us lean more forcefully into God’s preferred future for us. Let us repent of our sins, pray that God will give us grace to believe the Gospel we have inherited, and work side-by-side for peace. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Since writing those words, I have been thinking of ways in which we can in fact “lean more forcefully into God’s preferred future for us.” I have been asking myself, “How can we best confront the racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry, and violence in our world? What prayers of repentance do we need to pray? Where are there opportunities for us to work side-by-side with others to model peace and harmony in our world?” I invite you to consider those questions in your own life and pray for your church leaders as we seek the Lord’s guidance to the answers for Peachtree Road. In the meantime, please reflect upon these words from Paul’s letter to the church in Rome: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21. I am grateful for your support.

We’ve been talking about grace in our services this month. Our theme for the series is “Wesley’s Message for Today.” As we have discovered, John Wesley’s message to the early Methodists is just as timely for us today as it was 300 years ago. We already have learned that God’s grace is prevenient – it is offered to us before we ever do anything to earn it or deserve it. God’s grace also is justifying – it enables us to respond to God and makes it possible for us to have a relationship with God. This week in worship, we will discover that God’s grace also is sanctifying – it enables us to grow spiritual roots that run deep in the soil of our faith so that our lives are nurtured and we produce the fruit of the Spirit. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship as we continue to learn what it means to grow in God’s grace.

Speaking of learning, each year at this time, I am reminded of the value of education in our lives. With all of our schools now in full swing, we want to encourage students and teachers in these early days of the new school year. This Sunday we will take time in our worship services to offer a blessing upon all students and teachers. If you are a teacher, school administrator, coach or student (elementary, middle, high, college, or grad school), please be present so we can pray for you.

Also on Sunday, at the close of the worship services, each of us will have an opportunity to become a part of our “Every Member in Ministry” emphasis. One of the ways we live out our faith here at Peachtree Road is by engaging in at least one area of ministry. And, as the title states, our goal is to have every member in ministry. There are a variety of opportunities for involvement from teaching to joining our hospitality team to helping with local projects or signing up for a global mission trip. There literally is an opportunity for every member of the church to find a place to serve. You can sign up this Sunday and present your commitment card as you leave worship. If you will not be present on Sunday, you may go online today and sign up to be one of our servant-leaders. Thank you for being “all in” at Peachtree Road.

Finally, I wanted to let you know about an upcoming deadline for next year’s Wesley Heritage Tour. Wendie and I are looking forward to going taking a group from Peachtree Road to England July 24-August 2, 2018 to explore the land where Methodism began. The trip is now less than a year away, and those who register by August 24 will save $125 per person. As an added bonus, we will have the opportunity to hear our own Peachtree Road Chancel Choir sing as the choir in residence at Westminster Abbey. You may contact Jamie Jenkins or pick up a brochure at the church for more information. We would love to share this time together. Come travel with us to England next year.

Thank you for your prayers for the ministry of Peachtree Road, your presence in worship, your generous gifts through the offering plate, and your service in the name of Christ. See you Sunday!

Bill

Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir

Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir

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Christmas with The Georgia Boy Choir

Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir
Friday & Saturday, December 15 & 16, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

David R. White, conductor

Our Ensemble in Residence since 2014, this concert is has quickly become a PRUMC and Atlanta family tradition!  The concert features all five levels of the Georgia Boy Choir, along with a professional orchestra, performing your favorite carols and songs to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.  Don’t miss Atlanta’s largest performance of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” with audience participation!

Tickets available at www.georgiaboychoir.org

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  • The Dogwood Gift Shop

The Dogwood Gift Shop Opens for Fall!

The Dogwood Gift Shop
Open Now through December 17

Sundays, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Mondays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm

The Dogwood Gift Shop brings gifts from local and global artisans to the heart of Buckhead.  This fall, we will offer a great new selection of Christian books and gifts, jewelry, beautiful pieces for your home like original art, pottery, handcrafts, and textiles, and whimsical toys and other items for children.  All proceeds benefit PRUMC missions, so come see our exciting new inventory and give the gift that gives twice!

12.24 | Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Worship at Peachtree Road

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Christmas Eve Worship Services
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Come join us and be filled with the glorious spirit of the season.  Celebrate the birth of our Savior with heavenly choirs and the proclamation of great news.  Be awed by the magnificence of this night and humbled by it’s significance.  All are welcome to come and rejoice!

Worship Bulletin PDF
Live Webcast – all services

11:15 am
Christmas Service of Holy Communion
A celebration of the Eucharist.

4:00 pm
Family Candlelight & Christmas Pageant
Children’s choirs and Christmas pageant with nativity characters.

6:00 pm
Family Candlelight & Christmas Pageant
Children’s choirs and Christmas pageant with nativity characters.

8:00 pm
Festival of Lessons & Carols
PRUMC Chancel Choir and full orchestra herald in this most Holy Night.

10:30 pm
Festival Choral Eucharist
PRUMC Chancel Choir and full orchestra with a celebration of the Eucharist.

All services will be webcast live here.  Complimentary childcare will be available at 4:00 & 6:00 pm services for ages 3 and under.  Our Christmas Eve offering will provide clean water to the Rongai region of Kenya.  You may make a gift through the PRUMC app, or online here.

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Carols by Candlelight

Advent Worship at Peacthree Road

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Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight
Sunday, December 17, 5:30 pm, Sanctuary

Carols by Candlelight Singers
Chamber Singers
Doxology Ensemble
Peachtree Carillon
Scott Atchison, Nicole Marane, Kathy Fletcher, conductors

Journey through Lessons and Carols from Advent to the celebration of Christmas, concluding with singing of carols by candlelight.  For those who are traveling at Christmas and wish to celebrate with loved ones here at home, this service is a meaningful and joyous way to celebrate Jesus’ birth.  All are welcome!  Invite a friend:  it may be the best gift you give.  Enjoy discounts at participating Buckhead restaurants following the service.  Childcare available for ages 4 and younger by reservation only.  Please e-mail eveningchildcare@prumc.org.

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Eve of the Nativity of our Lord

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Christmas Eve Worship Services

Christmas Eve Worship Services
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Come join us and be filled with the glorious spirit of the season.  Celebrate the birth of our Savior with heavenly choirs and the proclamation of great news.  Be awed by the magnificence of this night and humbled by it’s significance.  All are welcome to come and rejoice!

Worship Bulletin PDF
11:15 am Live Webcast

11:15 am
Christmas Service of Holy Communion
A celebration of the Eucharist.

4:00 pm
Family Candlelight & Christmas Pageant
Children’s choirs and Christmas pageant with nativity characters.

6:00 pm
Family Candlelight & Christmas Pageant
Children’s choirs and Christmas pageant with nativity characters.

8:00 pm
Festival of Lessons & Carols
PRUMC Chancel Choir and Brass herald in this most Holy Night.

10:30 pm
Festival Choral Eucharist
PRUMC Chancel Choir and Brass with a celebration of the Eucharist.

All services will be webcast live here.

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Forums and Speakers Announcements

Understanding Church Finances

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The Hoffmann Memorial Lecture Series presents
Dr. Jennifer McBride, Associate Dean at McCormick Theological Seminar
Repentance as the Church’s Public Witness

The Hoffmann Memorial Lecture Series presents
Dr. Jennifer McBride, Associate Dean at McCormick Theological Seminar
Repentance as the Church’s Public Witness
Sunday, March 11, 5:30 pm, Grace Hall

During the season of Lent we are called to repent from our sinful ways and reflect upon our commitment to God. Join Dr. McBride as she shares the Church’s role in how we live out this call in the surrounding community to offer hope and redemption.

Register below or at prumc.org/events.  For more information, contact Julie Schendel at julies@prumc.org.

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Educational Travel

Where in the World is Wesley?! U.K. Tour
July 24 – August 2, 2018

Discover the world of John Wesley on an exciting adventure “across the pond” next summer. Bill and Wendie Britt and Jamie Jenkins will lead a group throughout jolly Old England, from bustling London to the quaint countryside, July 24 – August 2, 2018.

With stops in York, Epworth, Bath, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Gloucester, Oxford and London, this trip is an excellent comprehensive tour of England. With each stop, our group will explore the region and learn fun facts about the life of Methodism’s founding father John Wesley. At the same time, the PRUMC choir will have the privilege of singing at the great Westminster Abbey! We will join them in the revered tradition of Evensong on July 31.

Say “O.K.” to the U.K and join us! Two optional extensions are offered and early registration discounts are available. For more information, email Jamie Jenkins at jamiej@prumc.org. Tally-ho!

All are welcome to learn about Wesley, the early Methodists and the sites on this tour in a fall series offered by Jamie on Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm from September 7 – October 5.

Tour Details Here
  • Bill Hugging Baptism

What We Do Matters

August 11, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you have had a good week. With schools beginning to open and summer coming to a close, I have seen more and more of you back at church. It’s good to be together again! I am looking forward to Sunday as we continue our series “Wesley’s Message for Today.” Last week, we considered John Wesley’s teaching concerning “prevenient grace.” We observed that there is a hunger within each of us that only can be satisfied by a relationship with God. Wesley reminded us that God offers God’s love, mercy, and grace even before any of us can do anything to earn it or deserve it. Therefore, our past failures do not disqualify us from being Christ’s disciples. And being a Christian disciple gives our lives meaning and purpose. That is really good news! We closed last week’s service with the chorus “Fill my cup, Lord” echoing in our ears.

This week we will build on this understanding of God’s grace and spend a few minutes thinking about justifying grace as the turning point in our lives. Our key verses for the message are Ephesians 2:8-10:

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Lots of people wonder (though they probably wouldn’t ask the question out loud): “What’s the least I can do to be saved?” Together we’ll wrestle with that question and explore Wesley’s teaching about how God’s grace works in our lives, and I’ll offer two good responses you can make to God’s amazing grace. It will be a good day.

I do want to make you aware of two opportunities for the coming week:

School of Congregational Development — the North Georgia Conference, Candler School of Theology, and Gammon Theological Seminary are co-hosting this event being held here at Peachtree Road. Over 500 clergy and laity from across our denomination are coming to Atlanta for three days of worship, fellowship, and learning best practices in ministry from some outstanding leaders. Our members have a unique opportunity to participate, and I offer you a special invitation to attend the keynote address that will be offered on Thursday, August 17, at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary by Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber. Nadia is a Lutheran priest and the author of the bestselling book Accidental Saints. She will speak and share about the ministry of her church (she is the founding pastor of Church for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado) to the least, the last, and the lost. She is a very provocative speaker, and you will be challenged and inspired by her at the same time. This is a rare opportunity to hear this outstanding prophet in our world today.

“Why God? Weekend” — Our youth in grades 7-12 are participating in a special “back-to-school” retreat next weekend here at the church entitled “Why God?” They will gather at the Student Center Friday, August 18, through Sunday, August 20 for a time of fun, fellowship, and wrestling with faith questions such as “Why is there evil in the world? Can science and faith coexist? How am I supposed to know God is real? Do we have a purpose in life?” I am grateful to Chris Mucha and our youth staff for organizing and leading this important time and hope you will encourage those in the church who have youth in these grades to register and get on board. These are exciting days in youth ministry.

Finally, I would ask that you remember the families of Robert Hill and Georgia Harris in your prayers. Georgia died just a few weeks before her 103rd birthday and had been a member of Peachtree Road for over 60 years. Robert was born and raised in this church and battled cancer until his death earlier this week at age 51. I invite you especially to remember his parents, Bob and Becky Hill. We will honor Robert’s life tomorrow at 11:00 am in the sanctuary, and Georgia’s memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm in the chapel.

What we do here matters. It makes a difference. Thank you for your prayers on behalf of the church, your presence in worship and Sunday School, your gifts in support of the ministries of this church, and your faithful, encouraging service in the name of Christ to those who are in need. I am grateful for you.

See you Sunday!

Bill

Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper

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Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper
Chancel Choir Fundraiser
Tuesday, February 13, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Grace Hall

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a tasty pancake supper, musical entertainment, face painting, photo booth and more. Proceeds benefit Chancel Choir residency in Westminster Abbey in July 2018.  Gluten Free pancakes available.  Enjoy a discount when you register online. $7 adults / $5 children under 12 ($8/$6 at the door).

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Georgia Boy Choir Festival Finale Concert

Georgia Boy Choir

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Georgia Boy Choir Festival Finale Concert
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

David R. White, conductor

PRUMC hosts the Ninth Annual Georgia Boy Choir Festival drawing more than 250 young men from across the United States together for a day and a half of music making.  The Festival culminates with a Grand Finale Concert featuring all five levels of GBC, local guest participants and visiting choirs.

Tickets at www.georgiaboychoir.org

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The Power to Begin

August 4, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. Wendie and I spent some time away last week in a cooler climate (very refreshing), but it is good to be back in Atlanta with you. Many of our local schools have started, and it’s time for us to gear up for the fall here at Peachtree Road.

On Sunday, we are kicking off a new series in worship designed to help you grow in your faith: John Wesley’s Theology for Today. We are Methodists and have inherited a rich tradition of scriptural holiness that has fueled spiritual renewal for nearly three centuries. I continue to find Wesley’s teaching to be a source of both inspiration and guidance and look forward to exploring with you his foundational ideas on how God’s grace works in our lives.

So, for the next four weeks, we will be considering the following:

August 6 | John 1:43-51 | Prevenient Grace: The Power to Begin
August 13 | Acts 11:25-34 | Justifying Grace: The Turning Point
August 20 | Philippians 2:12-13 | Sanctifying Grace: The Heart of It All
August 27 | Luke 24:50-53 | Heaven: The Beginning of Eternity

This Sunday’s message is entitled “Prevenient Grace: The Power to Begin.” Imagine a situation in which a person is hopelessly lost at sea. The person is filled with despair. There is nothing this person can do – the situation is hopeless. However, Wesley would want us to know that God breaks through into the hopelessness and offers hope and help. Are you struggling with despair in your own life? Do you know someone who feels like there is nothing he or she can do to overcome the hopelessness? This week’s message will come as an encouraging word – in the midst of our struggles, our Lord comes to us and offers us his grace and the power to make a new beginning. I hope you will join us for worship this week as we begin this important series of messages on grace and hope.

This Sunday also is Young Adult Sunday at Peachtree Road. We are blessed with a vibrant group of young professionals who actively participate in the ministry of our church. On Sunday we will have the opportunity to hear a word of testimony from two of them (Kirk Moss at 8:45 am and Mason Brannon at 11:15 am). Several others will assist in serving the Sacrament of Holy Communion this Sunday as we celebrate the ministry of young adults. If you are new to the community and have not found your place of connection yet, I encourage you to consider the young adult ministry at Peachtree Road. I am grateful to our associate minister Leslie Watkins for her leadership in coordinating this vital ministry.

Finally, let me mention two opportunities for growth in the coming weeks:

Disciple Bible Study – Many of you already have been a part of Disciple, but there is a new study out that is designed for those with a very busy schedule – Disciple Fast Track. Instead of the marathon run of 34 weeks of study with 2.5 hours each week of class time, the course has been streamlined – 12 weeks studying the Old Testament in the fall and 12 weeks in the spring studying the New Testament. Also, the class time has been shortened to 1.5 hours. If you have not taken Disciple before because of the time commitment, I would suggest you strongly consider Disciple Fast Track. And, even if you have participated in Disciple before, why not take a refresher course beginning this fall. To register, follow this link.

School of Congregational Development – The North Georgia Conference, Candler School of Theology, and Gammon Theological Seminary are hosting the School of Congregational Development here at Peachtree Road Thursday, August 17, through Saturday, August 19. The theme for this year’s school is “At the Lord’s Table,” and over 500 clergy and lay leaders from across the country have registered to attend. The sessions will include a number of plenary sessions and workshops designed to enrich the spiritual life of the local church. I wanted you to know about this event and to be in prayer for all who will participate. To learn more about the school, please follow this link.

Thank you for all you are doing through the ministry of Peachtree Road. I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we begin thinking about “John Wesley’s Message for Today.”

Bill

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Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf

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Peter and the Wolf
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 10:00 am, Sanctuary

Nicole Marane, organ
John Lemley, narrator
John Lawless, percussion

This unique and delightful concert for all ages tells the classic tale of young Peter through orchestral sounds on the organ that represent each of the characters. This is an incredible learning experience and church and community outreach. Tickets are $10/adults, $5/children ages 5-12, Under 5 free, Family maximum $20. Tickets available below and at www.prumc.org/events.  For school and group rates, contact Nicole Marane at nicolem@prumc.org.

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Blessed Assurance

July 28, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you doing well. Let me begin this note with a couple of congregational concerns. First, as announced last Sunday in worship, Mildred Wright, one of our oldest members at age 100, died. Her memorial service is set for Monday afternoon at 2:00 pm in the chapel. I invite you to remember her daughter Martha Carlock and family in your prayers. Also, the mother of Martha Christopher, our director of Children and Family Ministries, died peacefully yesterday afternoon after a long illness. Funeral arrangements have not been made yet. This has been a difficult week for these two greatly-loved member families, and I hope you will pray for them to experience the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit in their time of grief.

It has been lively at the church this week as we have been preparing for the start of the new school year. It may be hard to believe, but the Atlanta Public Schools are set to being this next week. Other schools in the community open in a couple of weeks, and the Peachtree Road Preschool year will begin shortly after that. Where did the summer go?

If you have been traveling this summer, you have been missed. We all know how it is when folks get together for a family reunion. Invariably, someone is not able to make it, and we lament that it’s just not the same when everybody isn’t there.  I certainly look forward to seeing everyone back at church during the month of August. I will be issuing a call in the early weeks of August to solicit help in some much-needed areas: recording and follow-up on worship attendance, pew shepherds during worship services on Sunday morning, and 30 hospitality teams to serve as the welcome committee for Fall Kick-off Sunday in September. Please be prepared to say “yes” when I issue the invitation.

As for this Sunday, we are set to bring our “Summer in the City” series to a close. During this month of July, we have been focusing upon some of our favorite psalms from the Old Testament. The singing has been lively, the fellowship has been warm and welcoming, and the messages have been inspirational. I have really appreciated the preaching of Julie Schendel and Carolyn Stephens these last three Sundays.

This week, Carolyn will be preaching on Psalm 121. You know the way it begins:

I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Biblical scholars believe this psalm was used by the ancient Israelites as they set out on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. They understood life is full of many dangers – from physical like disease, accident, war, and natural disasters to economic like recession, depression, unemployment, under-employment, suffocating debt, and theft to spiritual like doubt, sin, evil, and extremism. Therefore, at the beginning of a journey of faith, there is no more appropriate question to ask than, “…from where will my help come?”

Of course, you and I believe with the psalmist: “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” That’s the message Carolyn will be proclaiming this Sunday in worship, and I hope you will be present to sing and pray and meditate upon the blessed assurance that comes from faith in God. Special music this week will be offered by Jeanne Brown.

Wendie and I will miss being with you this week. Sunday is our wedding anniversary, and we will be out of town. It will mark the second Sunday we have not been present in worship at Peachtree Road this year, and it’s just not the same when we’re not with you. We look forward to being back next week. Call me if you need me.

Bill

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Rising Stars! Eastman Organists’ Recital

Rising Stars!  Eastman Organists’ Recital
February 27, 2018, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

We enter our third year of collaboration with the Eastman School of Music, the premier music school in the U.S. for organists.  We are proud to present Ivan Bosnar and Jacob Taylor, candidates for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance.  Come hear these extraordinary musicians!

$15 suggested concert donation/$5 suggested for students.

 

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Passion of the Christ: The Musical Stations of the Cross

Passion of the Christ: The Musical Stations of the Cross
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Scott H. Atchison, gallery organ
Zachary Fritsch-Hemenway, chancel organ
John Lemley, narration
Schola, antiphons

With origins dating back to the Middle Ages, the Stations of the Cross refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion.   Now a Lenten devotion, the object of the stations is to help the Christian faithful make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ.  Take this spiritual Journey with us and find the sacred in Gregorian chant, organ improvisation, the spoken word and candlelight.

$15 suggested concert donation/$5 suggested for students.

 

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Make A Joyful Noise

July 21, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you have had a good week.

Sunday promises to be another great day in worship as we continue our “Summer in the City” services. Julie Schendel will be preaching this week as we continue to focus upon “Summer Psalms.” This Sunday we turn our attention to one of the most-beloved biblical passages of all time — Psalm 100. No doubt you have quoted this psalm of praise on numerous occasions:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.

The psalmist encourages us to sing praises to God. Did you know that science has discovered a connection between singing and better health and well-being? Seriously, neurological studies have shown that when you sing, your brain releases endorphins and oxytocins, hormones that work together to relax your brain and relieve stress and anxiety. And here’s the best part: you don’t even have to be a good singer to reap the rewards! Just make a joyful “noise!” Amazing. So, one of the best things you can do for your own mental health is to show up at Peachtree Road on Sunday mornings, pick up a hymnal or put on a choir robe, and sing praises to God! It’s certainly worth considering.

Speaking of singing, not only will you have the opportunity to sing some of my favorite hymns (To God Be the Glory, ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus, and Revive Us Again) and hear the Chancel Choir, but we also will be blessed by the singing of our own Amy Little as a soloist. Do you need something to encourage you and get you seeing life from a new perspective? Then join us as we “come into His presence with singing” this Sunday.

Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your generous giving to Wesley Woods as a part of the Mother’s Day Offering. To date, your offering of $25,685 represents the largest amount contributed by one church in our Annual Conference, and I am grateful. If you were in the sanctuary that Sunday, you heard incredibly moving testimonies of how Wesley Woods makes a difference in the lives of older adults living in our communities (even some from our own church). They spoke of how Wesley Woods has given them a sense of belonging that helps to overcome the loneliness so many experience at this stage of life and provides meaning to their lives. If you have not had an opportunity to contribute yet, you may do so through the month of August by giving online.

Finally, I am pleased to announce the addition of two new persons to our church staff:

Bob Brinson, who joined Peachtree Road on Palm Sunday one year ago, is our new preferred caterer. If you have not had a chance to sample Chef Bob’s cooking the last two weeks, I invite you to drop by Grace Hall on a Sunday morning and enjoy the delicious breakfast he has prepared.

Deb Knott is our new events coordinator. She started last week and is the one you will want to talk with about scheduling the use of our church space.

I look forward to having you meet these two. We welcome them to the Peachtree Road family.

As you travel in these last days of summer, I encourage you to stay connected to your church family by worshiping online or viewing the service later in the week. Thank you for your support in so many ways.

See you Sunday as we worship together and make a joyful noise!

Bill

Fall Bible Studies 2017

Disciple

Bible Study is one of the greatest ways we grow in our discipleship with Christ and in our relationships with one another. This year there is something for everyone! I’ve often heard, “I can’t go to Bible study, I don’t know enough about the Bible.” Fear not…whether you’ve never really read the Bible or you’ve been taking classes for years, spending time studying God’s word can be transformative: increase your knowledge, develop the discipline of a daily or weekly routine, and learn more about God and one another. Sign up today for a short-term study to get your feet wet, or for a 36-week disciple class to dive right in! – Julie Schendel

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Disciple Courses

Disciple Sunday School
Remember Who You Are

Sundays, starting September 10, 10:00 am, B118

Lynn Henkel

This study intensive Sunday School class works through Disciple 3—Remember Who You Are. Class is ongoing but newcomers are welcome at the start of each new study.

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Disciple 1
Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study

Sundays, starting August 27, 6:00 pm, C104
Jeff Upshaw & Les Watters

Mondays, starting August 28, 6:30 pm, C106
Troy Nottingham & Jo Hodges

Whether you’ve never read the Bible or have studied it often and want to dive deeper, this 36 week class is a great way to develop the discipline of studying the Bible and using that knowledge to help you grow in your faith journey.

Click here to register.

Disciple 1
Fast Track

Sundays, starting August 27, 6:00 pm, B118

Mack Barnes & Shawn Perkins

For those whose schedules won’t quite allow 36 weeks of study in a row, try the Fast Track version for an abbreviated study with 12 weeks in the Fall for the Old Testament, a break for the winter holidays, and 12 weeks beginning in January for the New Testament. This is a great way to get your feet wet with Disciple.

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Disciple 2
Into the Word, Into the World

Mondays, starting August 28, 6:30 pm, C102
Gary Schneeberg & Leigh Beakley

Tuesdays, starting September 5, 6:30 pm, C102
Ross Daniel & Lynn Banks

33 weeks focusing on Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts, Disciple 2 teaches participants the transforming power of scripture and Bible study skills that take students deeper into the Word. Disciple 1 is a prerequisite to help you get the most out of this course.

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Disciple 3
Remember Who You Are

Sundays, starting August 27, 6:00 pm, C101

Alex Barfield, Sloan Dobrin, & Ben Saylor

Study the major and minor Old Testament Prophets and the New Testament Letters of Paul. This 32-week course will allow participants to discover the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. Disciple 1 is a prerequisite for the course, but Disciple 2 is not required.

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Jesus in the Gospels

Sundays, starting August 27, 6:00 pm, C106

Ed Hamlin

A 36 week Disciple favorite that connects the teachings of Jesus with the Judaic texts of the Old Testament. Discover Jesus in a new light by learning more about his roots in Judaism and how it all connects with Christianity. Participants must have completed Disciple 1 previously to get the most out of class.

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Invitation to the New Testament

Wednesdays, starting September 13, 6:00 pm, C104

Geoff Beakley

This 8-week short-term Disciple study looks at how the early church took ownership of and was shaped by the story of Jesus. Participants will discover how to develop as disciples and create communities of faith just like they did in the early church.

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Topical Courses

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace

Sundays, starting September 24, 6:00 pm, C208

Bill O’Shields, CPA and Chris Blackman, CPA & CFP

A 9-week, money-management course taught on DVD by America’s most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and much more.

***  Sign up and order your class materials HERE.

GriefShare

Tuesdays, starting September 19, 6:30 pm, C105

Carol Thurman & Lindley Small

If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, it may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. You’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. Grief Share meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.

Click here to register.

Journey Together
Exploring the Psalms

Wednesdays, starting September 6, 10:30 am, C104

Julie Wright

Throughout the Psalms, we encounter a beautiful spectrum of words used by the writers to demonstrate how God’s word impacts everything around us. The word of God is not merely something tied to some ephemeral spiritual realm. Rather, its purpose is to transform our daily lives and the ways in which we interact in the real world.

Click here to register.

Deep Waters
Knowing Our Neighbors: Building Bridges in a Volatile World

Wednesdays, starting September 13, 6:30 pm, C208

Julie Schendel

Join Deep Waters this fall for a forum series aimed at gaining a better understanding around how/what contemporary issues and movements are affecting those of other faiths. Drawing upon the expertise and experiences of Jewish and Muslim speakers, Candler and Emory faculty, and other experts in the field, the course will provide members with insights to analyze current events and issues as they relate to other religions and sociopolitical issues. We’ll explore ways we as Christians can promote tolerance, understanding, and peace, as well as inter-faith dialogue with our neighbors in the Atlanta community.

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Marriage Enrichment

Wednesdays, starting November 1, 6:30 pm, C207

Bill Britt

A 3-week marriage enrichment class helping couples grow (not fall) in love, make the relationship a priority, and avoid the pitfalls that rob the relationship of joy. Open to engaged couples, newlyweds, and long-term married couples.

Click here to register.

What is the Bible?

Thursdays, starting September 7, 9:00 am, C104

Julie Schendel

A study on Rob Bell’s newest book “What is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything.” Take a deeper look at the Bible you know and love, and discover how it’s more revealing, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined.

Click here to register.

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Short Term

Celebration of Discipline

Mondays, starting September 11, 8:30 am, C106

Carolyn Stephens

This 12-week study focuses on Richard Foster’s classic book “Celebration of Discipline.” Discover ways to become a stronger disciple of Christ through the inward, outward, and corporate disciplines such as fasting, simplicity, and celebration.

Click here to register.

The Religion Next Door
Exploring the Role of Christianity in the South

Mondays, starting September 11, 6:30 pm, C104

Darren Hensley

How can people of shared faith express such different and sometimes opposing outlooks on the issues of the day?  How does religion inform these views?  Using the Letters of Paul and insights from Southern literary figures, this five-week study will consider how religion affects everything from our social interactions, political views, and values to our perceptions, self-understanding, and identity.  Recalling our traditions and experiences, and through intentional self-reflection and discernment, we will examine ways to engage some of our most difficult cultural questions while claiming meaningful, faithful responses to them.

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The Road Back to You

Mondays, starting September 25, 9:30 am, C204

Leslie Watkins

A dynamic 5-week study on the ancient personality test, the Enneagram. Working through Ian Morgan Cron’s book “The Road Back to You” and the accompanying workbook, discover more about yourself and others as you learn about personality traits, driving factors, and how to reach your healthiest self.

Click here to register.

Margin
Relieving Overload

Tuesdays, starting September 12, 6:15 pm, C104

Ken Yarbrough

A 6-week study on the book by Richard Swenson. “Margin” is a class for people who buy a book on how to handle stress, then don’t have time to read it.  It is a practical guide and discussion of how to add reserves to your life and family.  Emotional reserves.  Physical reserves.  Financial reserves. Time reserves.  And most importantly, spiritual reserves.  If you yearn for relief from the pain and pressure of overload, “Margin” will teach you how to find relief.

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Wesley and the Early Methodists

Thursdays, starting September 7, 6:30 pm, B118

Jamie Jenkins

This 4-week study focuses on John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Discussion will revolve around the early Methodist Movement in England, as well as the historical sights that helped shape John Wesley and the birth of our denomination.

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Moses

Thursdays, starting September 21, 7:00 pm, C104

Deidra Harrell

This 6-week study focuses on Adam Hamilton’s newest book “Moses.” It doesn’t get much more dramatic: rescued baby, parting the Red Sea, leading his people out of Egypt…Moses’ life was one challenge after the next, but although he resisted God’s calling, by the end of his life he successfully fulfilled the role he was given. We’ll take a look at historical information, archaeological data, and biblical text, all while gaining a better understanding of Moses’ significance in our lives today and how we, too, can turn our reluctance into boldness.

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Falling Upward

Fridays, starting October 13, 10:00 am, C104

Claire Bowen

This 3-week study focuses on Richard Rohr’s book “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” In the first half of life, we are naturally and rightly preoccupied with establishing our identity. But, those concerns will not serve us as we grow older and begin to embark on a further journey.  Rohr offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life’s mysteries: how our failings can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth.

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Women

More Than Sparrows

Wednesdays, starting August 30, 9:30 am, H105-106

Sarah Crossman Sullivan

We are surrounded by love, kindness, compassion, opportunity, and hope. Yet in these blessings, fear, worry, doubt, and neglect seep in. Join us as we study scripture on how to cloak ourselves and each other in God’s love. We’ll study the Gospel of John.

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Morning Light
Conversations with God

Wednesdays, starting September 20, 10:00 am, B118

Gloria Gilley

Join this group to respond to biblical passages through though provoking questions as you experience a closer walk with Christ.

Click here to register.

Morning Light
All Things New

Wednesdays, starting September 20, 10:00 am, C208

Nancy Bell

Learn more about Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth and how God’s church can thrive in any and every circumstance.

Click here to register.

Morning Light
The Armor of God

Wednesdays, starting September 20, 10:00 am, C205

Bonnie Copeland

Join this class to use scripture to create an action plan to put on God’s armor to protect against daily battles we all face.

Click here to register.

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Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday
March 29, 2018, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Choral Eucharist
The PRUMC Chancel Choir
Music by Handel and Lotti
Scott H. Atchison, conductor

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Scott Conducting

Summer in the City Series
Make a Joyful Noise  |  Psalm 100

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11:15 am Live Webcast

8:45 am
Traditional Worship  |  Julie Schendel

9:00 am
Chapel Communion  |  Geoff Beakley

11:15 am
Traditional Worship  |  Julie Schendel

5:00 pm
Sundays @ 5  |  Julie Schendel

 

 

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Easter Day

Easter Day
April 1, 2018, Sanctuary

8:15 am Easter Worship
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The Resurrection of the Lord
Music by Near and Dirksen
The PRUMC Chancel Choir
The Atlanta Brassworks
The Peachtree Carillon

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The Lord is my Shepherd
Rev. Bill Britt

The reading of the 23rd Psalm is one of the most beloved passages in the entire Bible. I believe its power comes from the hope and comfort it communicates to us as we walk through life’s valleys.
Two observations:

  • “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”The psalmist understood that the valleys of life are a given. Life isn’t just enjoying yourself in green pastures, sitting at a feast at the family table, or overflowing cups of blessings. The valleys in life are inevitable.
  • The psalmist understood that the valley is not a destination. Rather, it is a passageway that we walk through.
    The interesting difference between “though” and “through” is the letter “r,” which in American Sign Language is represented by crossing your fingers. Of course, this sign predates ASL by many centuries. Early Christians used the sign in times of persecution to identify themselves as people of the cross – followers of Christ. We are invited to remember that it is Christ who is with us as we venture into life’s valleys, and it is Christ who enables us to move through them.

You probably know someone who is struggling in a valley this week. Look for a way to offer them an encouraging word. They are not alone. Christ is with them. That word might make all the difference to them.

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Pentecost

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Rivers of Living Water
Rev. Bill Britt

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See A Witness, Hear A Witness, Be A Witness
Rev. Julie Schendel

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Graduate Sunday

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We Have an Advocate
Rev. Bill Britt

We are in the season of transitions – graduations, weddings, confirmations, etc.  With each of these, the old passes away and something new begins. And that can be a source of anxiety for many, and Jesus understood that. While preparing his disciples for his own departure, Jesus said: “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever…” (John 14:16)

  • The Advocate the Father sends is one who walks alongside us as a counselor. Do you have someone like that in your life?
  • Jesus doesn’t just send us an Advocate. He sends us the Advocate – the Holy Spirit who brings to us an abundant life.
  • There is nothing you can say or do to prevent God from loving you.

This week, look for ways to declutter your life and create more room for the Holy Spirit to fill your soul. Exercise your spiritual muscles through worship, prayer, study, and service. You have an Advocate!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother’s Day

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You Never Walk Alone
Rev. Bill Britt

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Doxology Sunday

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Celebrate Life

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Day

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Fear and Great Joy
Rev. Bill Britt

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday

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When Death Draws Near… Breathe
Rev. Bill Britt

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

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When You’re Caught in a Nightmare… Breathe
Rev. Bill Britt

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

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When You’re Haunted by Your Past… Breathe
Rev. Bill Britt

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

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When Life Doesn’t Turn Out As You Had Hoped… Breathe
Rev. Bill Britt

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

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When You Don’t Know What To Do Next… Breathe
Rev. Bill Britt

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

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When Temptation Comes Your Way… Breathe
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

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Working Together As The Church
Rev. Bill Britt

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

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Reset Your Life – Develop A Holy Attitude
Rev. Bill Britt

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

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Reset Your Life – Following Jesus
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

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Reset Your Life – Find Your Life’s Purpose
Rev. Bill Britt

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Sunday, Janaury 8, 2017

Baptism of the Lord

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Plug in to the Spirit
Rev. Bill Britt

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Epiphany Sunday

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Long for the Right Things
Rev. Julie Schendel

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Christmas Eve, 2016

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  • Blessing of the Animals!

The Blessing of the Animals!

Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 1, 5:00 pm, Sanctuary
4:30 pm | Gathering on the Front Lawn
5:00 pm | Procession and Blessing in Sanctuary
Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis and love for all creatures on a beautiful fall day.  We will gather with our furry friends on the front lawn for lemonade (and water), and then process into the Sanctuary for our special service and pet blessing.  All God’s creatures are invited to receive a blessing from our ministers.

  • The Blessing of the Animals
  • The Blessing of the Animals
  • The Blessing of the Animals
  • Three Choirs Festival

Three Choirs Festival

Three Choirs Festival
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Georgia State University Singers, Deanna Joseph, conductor
University of Georgia Hodgson Singers, Dan Bara, conductor
Emory University Concert Choir, Eric Nelson, conductor

In its eighth year, this Festival has become a concert series favorite! These talented singers, from three very different schools, come together for a collaborative, diverse and inspiring musical exchange.  A stirring, combined performance of Susan La Barr’s setting of the poem Grace Before Sleep, provides a tender, thoughtful ending to this concert.

$15 suggested concert donation/$5 suggested for students.

  • Bill in Sanctuary

Blessed is the One

July 14, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you have had a good week. Let me begin this note by sharing with you the news that Dr. Spencer Brewer died at home earlier this week. Spencer joined Peachtree Road as a member of the Confirmation Class in 1936, and has been a faithful member for over 80 years. He was a gifted doctor, a vital member of the Timothy Sunday School Class where he led the singing each Sunday, and was one of the most joyful men I have ever known. A memorial service for Spencer will be held this Saturday, July 15, at 11:00 am in the Moore Chapel. Please remember his wife Nancy and their family in your prayers.

Sunday promises to be another great day in worship as we continue “Summer in the City.” Carolyn Stephens will be preaching for the first time as our new associate minister, and I hope you will make a special effort to come and hear her and get to know her and her passion for the church. We will continue our sermon series “Summer Psalms.” This week Carolyn will be encouraging us with words from Psalm 32, which is about the joy of forgiveness. :

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Carolyn’s message is entitled “Blessed Is the One…” You and I know how the burden of a broken relationship can weigh us down. The psalmist reminds us that there is forgiveness in the Lord:

“Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:6-7)

These words are good news we all need to hear. I hope to see you Sunday as we sing, pray, and reflect together.

As we move through the summer months, I want to solicit your help. Now is the time that I begin my planning for sermons in the coming year. We are blessed when we gather at Peachtree Road for worship with space that is designed to remind us that we are in the presence of God. Just entering the sanctuary or chapel fills us with a sense of awe and reverence. And the music we hear stirs our souls and draws us together. We also want the messages you hear to be helpful and relevant to your life. Therefore, I want to request that you take a moment to let me know your answers to the following questions:

What are you searching for most in life?
What is your greatest fear?
What are you struggling with right now – relationships, finances, or a health concern?
What is your most important faith question?

If you could take some time in the next couple of weeks to answer these and send the answers to the email address prumc@prumc.org, I would be grateful. I have set aside a few days around Labor Day to work on worship themes for 2018. Thank you in advance for your help.

Speaking of the future, let me encourage you to “save the date” for an upcoming event here at Peachtree Road. For the last twenty years, we have been blessed to have Dr. Manfred Hoffmann as our “Theologian in Residence.” Manfred taught us, cultivated a desire to learn in us, and inspired us to grow in our faith. His death has touched us deeply. To honor his memory, we have created a lecture series in his name. The first lecture is occurring this fall on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 6:00 pm for dinner and the lecture. I am pleased to announce that Manfred’s successor on the Candler School of Theology faculty, Dr. Jonathan Strom, will be delivering the address. We believe it is especially appropriate to hold this first lecture the week of the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. And, as a Lutheran scholar, Dr. Strom is the perfect person to deliver this inaugural lecture, and I hope you will mark the date on your calendar and make your plans to join us as we honor Manfred Hoffmann and grow in our faith.

I know many of you are traveling this summer. In fact, Wendie and I have just returned from four days at the beach! If you are unable to worship in person at Peachtree Road, I encourage you to stay connected to your church family by worshiping online or viewing the service later in the week through the church’s website. Thank you for your support in so many ways.

See you Sunday for Summer in the City!

Bill

  • Coro Vocati

Coro Vocati

Coro Vocati
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3:00 pm, Moore Chapel

This ensemble of professional singers presents their spring and fall concerts annually at PRUMC.  Don’t miss the unique musical journey that only Coro Vocati can provide!

$15 suggested concert donation/$5 suggested for students.  For more information, visit www.corovocati.com.

07.09.17 | My Stronghold

“Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” Voltaire’s quote seems to perfectly sum up Psalm 27 as we’re reminded that even in the midst of our enemies, we can sing praises to God.  Instead of turning to weapons, or walls, or words to protect us, let us remember to turn to the Lord as our light and our salvation.  Throughout our lives we will have both darkness and light within us, often at the same time. Yet it is the one we give strength to that eventually wins.  So let us spend some time in the Psalms, letting their words become familiar to us, so that we may recall them in times of need, crying out to the Lord in fear or in praise.  And let us choose light over dark, love over anger, and Christ over everything else.

  • Bill in Sanctuary

I See the Goodness of the Lord

July 7, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

The days of the summer are here, and I know many of you are enjoying time away with loved ones. While you may be away enjoying cooler climates on the weekends, I do want to keep you up with what is taking place at your church.

First, let me take a moment to look ahead. I really am looking forward to Sunday’s worship service. Of course, July means “Summer in the City” here at Peachtree Road. During this month, you are encouraged to dress “comfortably” for worship. Our services are more casual, and lemonade and cookies are served each week in front of the church at the close of worship. We also sing more during these services. In the bulletin we label them “Hymns We Love to Sing.” Now, I cannot deny it – I picked out the hymns we’re singing this week, and, yes, they are some of my favorites: “Love, Mercy, and Grace” (which was #153 in the old Cokesbury Hymnal) and “There’s Within My Heart a Melody.” I’m not planning on needing a hymnal this week! Our soloist for Sunday is Will Green and he will be singing “They Holy City” by Michael Maybrick.

Julie Schendel will be preaching this week as we continue our sermon series “Summer Psalms.” This week we will consider words from Psalm 27. I like the way the psalmist begins this song of triumph:

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

And I love the way it ends:

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Julie’s message is entitled “My Stronghold.” I believe this message could be just the tonic many of us need this week as we face trials and tribulations in our lives. In preparation for Sunday, I would encourage you to read the words over, let them sink into your spirit, and memorize several of the lines that really speak to you.

At the close of the 11:15 am service, we will commission the team members who are leaving for Nicaragua next week on the Family Mission Trip. I am grateful for these who have heard the call of the Lord, “Who will go for me and whom shall I send?” They have responded, “Here I am, Lord. Send me!” It will be a joy to send them off with God’s blessing on Sunday. I hope to see you Sunday as we sing, pray, and reflect together.

Next, looking back, last Tuesday we held our annual Party on Peachtree in front of the church. A good number of our members gathered from 7:00 am until 9:30 am to cheer on the 55,000 runners who ran in the Peachtree Road Race. I am grateful for those who helped organize this event. It was warm out there, but the heat and humidity did not dampen the enthusiasm of our members as they handed out bottles of water, cheered, and offered encouragement to race participants. I heard many of the runners express appreciation for the presence of our congregation out front, and you provided a good witness for the spirit of generosity of this church. Thank you for your participation. It was a good morning.

Finally, I want to encourage you to begin thinking about the fall and opportunities to engage in Bible study, prayer, and fellowship with others at Peachtree Road. We will be offering a number of classes (both short-term and long-term) beginning in September (including Disciple Fast Track – a shorter version of the popular Disciple Bible Study series for folks who already have a very busy schedule). Look for more details in the very near future.

I know many of you are traveling this summer. If you are unable to worship in person at Peachtree Road, I encourage you to stay connected to your church family by worshiping online at 11:15 am or watching the service later in the week.

See you Sunday for Summer in the City!

Bill

  • Westminster Abbey

Pilgrimage to England Preview Concert

Pilgrimage to England Preview Concert
PRUMC Chancel Choir
Sunday, June 3, 2018, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Scott Atchison, conductor

The renowned PRUMC Chancel Choir has been invited by the famed Westminster Abbey to sing daily services from July 30 through August 5, 2018. Come hear the music that will be performed in that historic space.

$10 tickets will be available here in 2018.

07.02.17 | The Lord is My Shepherd

Mimi Brunson

The reading of the 23rd Psalm is one of the most beloved passages in the entire Bible. I believe its power comes from the hope and comfort it communicates to us as we walk through life’s valleys.
Two observations:

  • “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”The psalmist understood that the valleys of life are a given. Life isn’t just enjoying yourself in green pastures, sitting at a feast at the family table, or overflowing cups of blessings. The valleys in life are inevitable.
  • The psalmist understood that the valley is not a destination. Rather, it is a passageway that we walk through.
    The interesting difference between “though” and “through” is the letter “r,” which in American Sign Language is represented by crossing your fingers. Of course, this sign predates ASL by many centuries. Early Christians used the sign in times of persecution to identify themselves as people of the cross – followers of Christ. We are invited to remember that it is Christ who is with us as we venture into life’s valleys, and it is Christ who enables us to move through them.

You probably know someone who is struggling in a valley this week. Look for a way to offer them an encouraging word. They are not alone. Christ is with them. That word might make all the difference to them.

  • Organ Pedals

Atlanta Summer Organ Festival

Atlanta Summer Organ Festival with Hector Olivera
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

The Atlanta Summer Organ Festival was established in 1995 to help increase classical music performances in the summer and PRUMC joined as a host in 2002. To this day, the festival continues the tradition of offering a series of wonderful venues for both established and talented rising your organists.  Most famous for his prodigious technical proficiency and charismatic stage presence, Mr. Olivera’s amazing effect on audiences has made many of the most sophisticated and demanding organ aficionados claim that Maestro Hector Olivera is “one of the greatest organists in the world today.”

$15 suggested donation. Dessert reception following.

  • Bill and Carolyn

A Good Day at Peachtree Road

June 30, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

Last Sunday was a remarkable day here at Peachtree Road, and I am so grateful to all who had a hand in its planning and coordination. The annual “Celebration of Freedom” service is a favorite of many in our congregation, but I thought this year’s was especially meaningful.

I am grateful to Nicole Marane, the Atlanta Brassworks, and the members of the volunteer choir for the wonderful music offered on Sunday. We were delighted to welcome an outstanding number of new members to Peachtree Road, and I hope you will make an effort to get to know them. We also were delighted to welcome our new associate minister Rev. Carolyn Stephens to our church family, and I am confident she will have a great impact on our ministry. And, once again, we were blessed to have Timothy Miller close our services by leading us in singing a prayer for our nation: “God Bless America.”

For many, the most emotional moment came when our veterans marched into the sanctuary during the singing of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” We are grateful for their service to our country, and the tribute you offered them Sunday was most appropriate. Each year I am moved by the fact that there are persons who no longer are with us for this tribute. I really missed seeing some of our veterans who have been a significant part of the parade in years past — including Nolan Bell in his dress uniform, leading the procession. We are grateful for each of these men and women. I appreciate the leadership provided in the service by our members Jennifer Evans (US Navy E6) and Ken Carroll (US Navy Lt. Colonel). It was a good day at Peachtree Road.

This Sunday promises to be a good day as well as we kick-off our Summer in the City sermon series. This year’s theme is “Summer Psalms.” We will be focusing upon a different psalm each week as we join together in singing some of our favorite, familiar hymns. You are encouraged to come casually dressed and enjoy lemonade and cookies out front immediately following the services.

July 2  |  Psalm 23  |  The Lord is my shepherd  |  Bill Britt
July 9  |  Psalm 27  |  The Lord is my light and my salvation…  |   Julie Schendel
July 16  |  Psalm 32  |  Blessed is the one...  |  Carolyn Stephens
July 23  |  Psalm 100 |  Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth  |  Julie Schendel
July 30  |  Psalm 121  |  I lift up my eyes to the mountains…  |  Carolyn Stephens

Also, this Sunday we will be introducing Rev. Geoff Beakley as our student pastor here at Peachtree Road. Many of you already know Geoff and his wife Leigh. Geoff is currently a full-time student at Candler School of Theology and will be serving with us part-time working in the ministry areas of worship, pastoral care, men’s discipleship, and scouting. I hope you will be present Sunday to welcome him formally to our ministerial staff.

Finally, let me remind you about our “Party on Peachtree” Tuesday morning, July 4. Please join us in front of the church from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. as we cheer on the 70,000 participants in this year’s Peachtree Road Race. If you are running the race, swing by and let us greet you and encourage you. This is a fun event and all are invited to be a part of it.

Thank you for your prayerful support of Peachtree Road and its ministry in this community. These are exciting times as we continue to grow into the dream God has for us. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve with you!

Bill

06.25.17 | The Heart of America

During this time of the year, we pause to give thanks to God for the blessings of life, honor our veterans, and pray for our nation. As we pray for America, we are encouraged to pray for the heart of our nation to be consistent with the heart of Moses:

  • Moses was a man of deep humility and compassion (Numbers 12:3). Our time is a time for humility and compassion. The waters ahead are deep and uncharted. We do not need arrogance or pride. We need quiet humility. May America’s heart be filled with humility and compassion.
  • Moses never gave up. In spite of opposition to his leadership and discouragement (Numbers 11:10-16), he persevered – standing up for righteousness, standing up for truth, and resting in the assurance that God was at his side. Our Lord is looking for people who will not grow weary in doing good.In the words of Winston Churchill, I feel we are walking with destiny. All of our past experiences have been preparing us for this hour and this time. God is with us. God encourages us. God leads us. With this in mind, we are ready to pray for our nation and world.

Too Wonderful!

June 16, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you doing well. The North Georgia Conference came to a close yesterday afternoon, and it was a good week of renewing acquaintances with friends and colleagues, worshiping with United Methodists from across the state, and conducting the business of the church. Our church was well represented, and I once again came to the realization of just how blessed we are here at Peachtree Road. The highlight of the Annual Conference was the ordination of Leslie Watkins on Wednesday night. The length and depth and breadth of our ministry set the pace for churches in North Georgia and beyond. I am grateful for you!

This Sunday, I will be preaching a message asking the question: “Is Anything Too Wonderful for the Lord?” Those words are a quote from Genesis 18 and were asked following the proclamation to Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child in their old age – they both were in their 90’s! At the announcement, Sarah laughed. There are times when you and I, too, break into laughter at the suggestion of something that seems ridiculously far-fetched. Well, as Abraham and Sarah learned, there is nothing that is too wonderful for the Lord. And that’s what I want us to think about this Sunday in worship.

Speaking of Sunday, I am sure you are aware it is Father’s Day. Did you know that the roots of Father’s Day have ties to the Methodist Church? In 1908, a Methodist church in West Virginia sponsored the nation’s first event in honor of fathers. The next year in Spokane, Washington, Sonora Smart Dodd (who was raised with five siblings by her widower dad) heard a sermon honoring mothers and wanted to do something similar for fathers. Dodd worked tirelessly to inspire Spokane to observe its first citywide Father’s Day in 1910. The observance spread nationwide, and the celebration continues this Sunday, June 19. I look forward to joining with you as we give thanks for the men in our lives who have inspired our faith.

Thank you for helping us send Matt Nelson off well. He preached a marvelous sermon last Sunday. (If you were unable to be in the sanctuary, I hope you will follow the link and listen to his thoughtful message inviting us to a “divine dance.”) I do encourage you to pray for Matt, Anne, Caleb, and Sarah as they prepare for their work at Hickory Flat UMC. We will miss them! We do look forward to welcoming our new associate ministers Carolyn Stephens and Geoff Beakley on June 25. They will be introduced at the morning worship services.

Of course, next Sunday (June 25) is our annual Celebration of Freedom Sunday. This is one of the most anticipated services of the year, and once again we will be singing patriotic hymns, honoring our veterans, and praying for our nation. I will be preaching on the topic “The Heart of America,” and we will reflect upon values found in the life of Moses that are at the core of who we are called to be as a nation. The service will conclude with Timothy Miller leading us in singing “God Bless America.” I hope you are planning to be present and encourage you to invite someone to come with you!

Finally, on a personal note, Wendie and I are grateful to be appointed to serve with you here at Peachtree Road for a tenth year. As I wrote earlier, this is an outstanding church, and we count it a privilege to serve with such wonderful staff and laity in this community. Thank you for your support in so many ways – prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness! We are blessed.

See you Sunday!

Bill

06.18.17 | Is Anything Too Wonderful for the Lord?

Is Anything Too Wonderful for the Lord?
Rev. Bill Britt

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Our scripture lesson for the day invites us to consider an encounter between Abraham and Sarah and the Lord in which the Lord promised them Sarah would bear Abraham a son and they would become the ancestors of many nations (Genesis 18:1-15).

Two observations:

  • Abraham and Sarah responded to the Lord’s promise with laughter (after all, they both were in their 90’s!). The Lord asked, “Why did you laugh? Is anything too wonderful for the Lord?” Abraham and Sarah appear to be very faithful and pious, but could it be that their laughter reveals that, while they believe in the Lord, they don’t really believe in his promise to them? They are not “all in.” What about you?
  • The Lord told Abraham and Sarah that he would visit them again the next year, and by then Sarah will have given birth to a son. If the Lord were to visit you this time next year, what new blessing would he find in your life?

I hope you will be “all in” with the Lord and that the gift of hope will overflow in your life, enabling you to be a blessing to others.

  • Bill in Sanctuary

Who We Are

June 9, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are doing well. I want to begin this week’s note by letting you know about the death of one of our oldest members – Georgia Harris. Had she lived one more month, Georgia would have been 102! This saint of the church has finished her race; she has kept the faith; and we are grateful for what she has meant to Peachtree Road. May Georgia rest in peace and rise in glory!

This Sunday, our associate minister Matt Nelson will preach his final sermon here at Peachtree Road at the 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services. He, his wife Anne, and their children Caleb and Sarah are preparing to move after Annual Conference to Hickory Flat UMC in Canton where Matt will be the senior minister. We are grateful for the tie that has bound us together with the Nelsons the last two years. A reception will be held immediately following both services, and I hope you will take the opportunity to personally speak to them and wish them well. It will be a good Sunday.

Speaking of Annual Conference, the 151st Session of the North Georgia Annual Conference is set for next week at the Classic Center in Athens. Peachtree Road will be well-represented. Matt Nelson, Julie Schendel, Leslie Watkins, Julie Wright, and I will serve as clergy delegates from our church while Merritt Bond, Claire Bowen, Susan Rinkowski, Grace Sanders, and Josh Stephens will serve as our lay delegates. Others present from Peachtree Road will include Tom Cook (Conference Chancellor), Katie Cook (Administrative Assistant for the Atlanta-Roswell District), Caleb Nelson and Clara Watkins (youth delegates at-large), Jamie Jenkins, Lindsay Geist, Mace Hall, and Darren Hensley who are clergy members of the North Georgia Annual Conference whose charge conference affiliation is Peachtree Road.

There are three important matters I commend to you for your prayers:

First, I invite you to pray for Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson as she presides over our Annual Conference for the first time. She has expressed her hope that this week delegates will catch a glimpse of what Bishop Robert Schnase describes in his book Seven Levers: “Imagine gathering lay and clergy from all the congregations together in one place to reconfirm who we are, what we do, and why it matters. Imagine high-quality worship, preaching, teaching, and service that clarify our common mission, connect us with one another, stimulate best practices, renew our spirits, and help us rededicate ourselves to Christ and to the people God calls us to serve.” Please pray for her as she leads.

Second, on Wednesday, June 14, Leslie Watkins will be ordained as a full-connection Deacon at the Service of Ordination and Commissioning. Leslie is our associate minister and provides leadership with our young adults and creation care team. The ordination service is a high and holy moment in the life of the Annual Conference. If you would like to watch online, the service will be broadcast on the Conference website at 7:30 p.m. I encourage you to offer a prayer for Leslie and her family on that special day.

Then, on Thursday, June 15, at 4:00 p.m., Bishop Haupert-Johnson will fix the appointments for ministers for the coming year. At that time, she will announce that Rev. Carolyn Stephens and Rev. Geoff Beakley will be coming to Peachtree Road as our new associate ministers. We look forward to welcoming Carolyn and Geoff on June 25 at the morning services.

It promises to be a good week.

Finally, I hope by now you have received the “Financial Update” newsletter that was mailed out earlier this week. It is a very informative piece, and I am grateful for all who had a hand in putting it together. Our Finance Committee wants to keep you informed concerning these important matters and to clearly communicate our plans for funding all of the vital ministries of the church. Please read it over and let us know if you have any questions or suggestions to improve our support for the ministry of Peachtree Road.

Thank you for your commitment to Christ and the ministry of Peachtree Road. I am grateful for your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Please call on me when you need me.

Bill

06.11.17 | The Dance

Bill Baby Baptism

Richard Rohr describes the mystery of Trinity as The Divine Dance between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, creating new life and transforming the world. God as Trinity is evidence of God’s character and nature as relational community. Being made in God’s image, we are called to be in relationship, we are called to dance, with God and others in life for transformation.

A few key ideas to remember:

  • “Mystery isn’t something that you cannot understand – it is something you can endlessly understand! There is no point at which you can say ‘I’ve got it.’ Always and forever, mystery gets you!” – The Divine Dance
  • Our tendency is to avoid or protect for the purpose of safety and protection. This indicates a root of fear & brokenness as threat. At the root of God’s being is love, grace, and goodness. Remember those relationships that have changed you.
  • Allow the Trinity to be a way of life rather than an idea or just theology – move from information to transformation.

As we go into the world this week, be in relationship. Courageously engage others looking for where God is at work. In the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, let’s dance!

06.04.17 | Rivers of Living Water

Leslie Baptismal

The work of the Holy Spirit is more inward than outward – the Spirit transforms us from within so we can thrive in the midst of outward struggles. Jesus suggests the Holy Spirit flows out of the believer’s heart like “rivers of living water.”  John 7:37-39

Two observations about the work of the Holy Spirit within us:

  • The Spirit helps us remember we are the children of God. Sometimes we become distracted or busy and forget, but the Spirit is there to remind us.
  • The Spirit inspires us not just to remember but also to act. Humble people, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and full of courage can do great things.

Homework: reflect upon the gifts and abilities God has given you and look for ways to make a difference in the lives of others this week – the life of a child, a youth, a co-worker, a family member, or someone struggling in his or her life. May God bless you as you serve.

  • Bill Confirmation of Faith

May We Be Transformed

June 2, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well as we begin the month of June. Wendie and I have just returned from several days at the beach. It was good to be away, but I really am looking forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. This week we are celebrating both Pentecost and Founder’s Day, and that means that our history as a faith and church will be front and center on Sunday.

According to the author of the book of Acts, Jesus’ disciples and other followers were together in an upper room in Jerusalem, waiting. The Holy Spirit descended upon them, and it looked like tongues of fire lighting upon each of them. Then, they went out into the streets of Jerusalem to tell everyone they encountered about Jesus. The people heard the good news about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and 3,000 believed. They were never the same again, and the church was born. Pentecost is many things – fire, wind, ecstasy, and renewal. But, most of all, it is our celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit whose gift is that of understanding (a gift I would suggest is severely under-used in today’s world!). That’s one aspect of our celebration this Sunday. We will pray that what transformed them may transform us, and with us the world for God and Christ. Prayerfully wait for the Spirit this weekend, and then join us on Sunday to breathe it in.

The second aspect of our celebration this week centers upon something that happened about 1900 years later. On June 7, 1925, the first public worship service of Peachtree Road Methodist Church was held in a partially completed chapel that had a roof and floor but no walls. (Even from its founding, Peachtree Road has been a church without walls, reaching out into the community to share the love, mercy, and grace of God with others.) And our church was born. I love history. I love the stories that come from our history. They remind us of our identity and inspire us to be the people we have been called to be. History is a great teacher, and I look forward to celebrating our history with you on Sunday. The color for the day is red, so please wear something red to worship. The message is entitled “Rivers of Living Water.” I hope you are planning to be with us.

I want to encourage you to join me in prayer this weekend:

  • Last week 29 Coptic Christians were on a pilgrimage to the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in Egypt when their bus was stopped by armed members of ISIS. When the pilgrims refused to renounce their faith in Christ, they were executed. Please pray for persecuted Christians everywhere and for God’s peace to reign on earth.
  • Our mission team to the nation of Georgia arrived safely earlier this week and is busy sharing God’s love and grace with hundreds of children supported by our church. Please pray for these missionaries of our church.
  • Doxology, our youth choir under the direction of Kathy Fletcher, is on tour in Tennessee. They are singing and leading worship in numerous settings. Pray for traveling mercies and for God’s grace to flow through them.

Finally, as we begin the summer months, let me share with you a lighthearted parable written years ago by a church treasurer:

Now it came to pass that as the time of vacation drew near, a certain member of the church bethought him of cool streams where fish were abundant, and his children thought of sandy beaches by the sea, and his wife thought of the mountains. And this church member lifted up his eyes unto the hills and spoke, saying, “Lo, the hot days come and even now are at hand. My work lieth heavy upon me. Come, let us depart to the North Country, where fishes do bite and cool winds bring refreshment and pleasant scenes await.” His wife responded, “Thou speakest wisely. Yet three, nay even four things we must do ‘ere we go.” The husband said, “Three things I can think of: that we ask our neighbor to minister to our flowers and mail, our dog be boarded, and our porch light timer set; but no other thing cometh to mind.” He wife responded, “The fourth is like unto the other three, but greater than them all. Even this: that thou dig into thy purse and pay the church pledge in order that the Lord’s work be not hindered, the good name of the congregation preserved, and the hearts of the treasurer and finance committee be made glad, and that it may be well with thee. For verily I say unto thee: thou hast more money now than thou shalt have when thou wilt return.” The husband replied, “Verily, thou art noble and wise among all people.” He did pay his pledge for the summer, and he seemed to enjoy his vacation all the more. And the church treasurer and its finance committee rejoiced exceedingly, saying, “Of a truth, there are those who care for the good of the church. Praise the Lord!” And it was so.

Thank you for your faithfulness in so many ways to the ministry of Peachtree Road. See you Sunday and remember to wear red!

Bill

05.28.17 | See a Witness, Hear a Witness

The Many Moods of Christmas

See a Witness, Heart a Witness, Be a Witness
Rev. Julie Schendel

As Jesus ascended into heaven, he reminded his disciples that they had witnessed the scripture being fulfilled in his death and resurrection. Now that we have heard the story, let us be witnesses of these thing as well.

  • Everyone loves a good story, and the story of Jesus’ life and resurrection is one of the greatest ever lived.
  • We are the next generation of disciples, and it is our task to share the message of Christ with others so that the story may continue.

This week, grow in your discipleship by being a witness of the greatest story ever lived: share with a friend why you love PRUMC, invite someone to worship with you, or express the love of God to all you meet.

  • Bill Shaking Hands

Stay Connected

May 26, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well as we approach Memorial Day weekend. In keeping with the reason for this holiday, during Sunday’s worship services, our congregation will pause to remember those who have given their lives in service to our country by placing a wreath at the altar in their memory. Wendie and I will be away this weekend, and Julie Schendel will be preaching at the services on Sunday. I hope you are planning to be present.

Of course, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer, and many of you use this holiday as vacation time. If you are unable to be at church Sunday, I encourage you to do as we will do and participate in the service online at 11:15 a.m. You also may “make up” by worshiping later in the week when the service is available on the church’s website. Either way, I hope you will keep worship at the forefront of your spiritual life during the summer season and stay connected to your friends at Peachtree Road.

Speaking of worship, let me remind you of some special upcoming services:

Founder’s Day (June 4) – On June 7, 1925, at 11:00 a.m., the first public worship service of Peachtree Road Methodist Church was held in a partially completed chapel that had a roof and floor but no walls. (That’s a pretty good metaphor for what Peachtree Road has always been – “a church without walls!”) Bishop UVW Darlington was the preacher for the service. The church had organized in May with 19 founding members and on June 7, 20 new members joined, more than doubling the membership to 39. From those humble beginnings our church has grown to become one of the largest in Methodism with an influence felt around the world. We will take the time to celebrate on that day (which also happens to be Pentecost, the birthday of the Church), and I hope you will make your plans to be with us.

Farewell to the Nelsons (June 11) – At the close of Annual Conference this year, Bishop Haupert-Johnson officially will announce what we already know: our associate minister Matt Nelson will become the senior minister of Hickory Flat UMC in Canton, Georgia. Sunday, June 11, will be his last Sunday with us, and I have asked Matt to preach at the morning services in the sanctuary. For the last two years, he has given good leadership to our church. I hope that you will be present on this Sunday as we honor Matt, Ann, Caleb, and Sarah and express our love and appreciation for Matt’s ministry with us. A reception will be held in Grace Hall at the conclusion of each service.

Welcome to Carolyn Stephens and Geoff Beakley (June 25) – As is always the case, when one minister leaves, another is appointed in her or his place. It’s the Methodist way. I am looking forward to having Carolyn Stephens and Geoff Beakley join our ministerial team on June 25. Carolyn and Geoff will be welcome additions to our church, and you will enjoy getting to know them through their preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and leadership. I encourage you to be present as we officially welcome them to Peachtree Road.

Celebration of Freedom (June 25) – Many of you tell me each year as you leave worship that this is one of your favorite Sundays of the year. As usual, we will join together for a wonderful celebration of God and country as we sing patriotic hymns, honor our veterans, pray for our nation and world, and give thanks for God’s many blessings. And, yes, Timothy Miller will be with us again this year to sing “God Bless America.” This is a Sunday you will not want to miss.

Finally, I would like to enlist your prayers on behalf of some who are traveling during these days:

Mission Team to nation of Georgia – many of you know of our vital mission with hundreds of children living in the country of Georgia (many thanks to Lynn Banks for her passion for this ministry). Earlier this year, a record number of you signed up for our “Sponsor a Child” opportunity that directly impacts this ministry, and we are grateful. Last Sunday we commissioned a team that will be in Georgia May 26 through June 11.

High School Mission Trip to Nicaragua – one of the comments we hear year in and year out on Youth Sunday is the difference the summer mission trips make in the spiritual formation of our students. 51 of our high school students are leaving this June 11 for Nicaragua where they will be working for one week in construction and meeting families with whom we have been partnering for a number of years. I am grateful to Chris Mucha, our director of youth and their families, and all who will help make this year’s mission a success.

Thank you for keeping these in your prayers.

As we move into the days of summer, we find many reasons to remember, give thanks, and celebrate. I hope that when you are in town you will be in your place in worship. When you are traveling, worship online and stay connected to your church family. And, please, do not hesitate to call me if you need me.

Bill

05.21.17 | We Have an Advocate

Acolytes in Hall

We are in the season of transitions – graduations, weddings, confirmations, etc.  With each of these, the old passes away and something new begins. And that can be a source of anxiety for many, and Jesus understood that. While preparing his disciples for his own departure, Jesus said: “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever…” (John 14:16)

  • The Advocate the Father sends is one who walks alongside us as a counselor. Do you have someone like that in your life?
  • Jesus doesn’t just send us an Advocate. He sends us the Advocate – the Holy Spirit who brings to us an abundant life.
  • There is nothing you can say or do to prevent God from loving you.

This week, look for ways to declutter your life and create more room for the Holy Spirit to fill your soul. Exercise your spiritual muscles through worship, prayer, study, and service. You have an Advocate!

  • Wesley Woods Speaker

We Have an Advocate

May 19, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are doing well. I want to begin this week’s note by letting you know about the deaths of two of our oldest members – Dan Yates and Ruth Hoover. Dan was 99 and Ruth may have been our oldest member at 102. These saints of the church have finished the race; they have kept the faith; and we are grateful for what they have meant to Peachtree Road. May they rest in peace and rise in glory!

Many of you were present last Sunday for our Mother’s Day worship services. If you were here, you heard Rev. and Mrs. Lewis Davis and Mr. Joe Giordano, residents of the Wesley Woods retirement community, share how Wesley Woods plays a vital role in the quality of their lives. Then, we received a special offering to benefit the benevolent fund of this ministry as they provide financial assistance to some who have outlived their resources. (I invite you to follow this link to see the Channel 46 news report from Sunday.) Also, if you have not had an opportunity to give toward the special offering, I invite you to contribute online. I am grateful for your generosity.

This upcoming Sunday promises to be a great day here at Peachtree Road as we celebrate Senior Recognition Day. At the 11:15 a.m. service in the sanctuary, our high school graduates and their families will be our special guests as we celebrate with them this significant milestone in their lives. It is always a joy when the seniors come to the pulpit, introduce themselves, and tell us what their plans are for the next year. Their parents, grandparents, and loved ones beam with pride, and we as a congregation rejoice with them. The message for the day is entitled “We Have an Advocate,” and we will reflect upon Jesus’s words from John 14 concerning the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In essence, Jesus says to his disciples, “I’ve got your back!” We’ll spend a few minutes talking about what that means and the impact of those words on our lives. I hope you will be with us for worship this week.

Last Monday our Administrative Board met, and I wanted to give you a quick recap from the meeting:

In financial news, Brad Milsaps, chair of the Finance Committee, gave a year-to-date report on the church’s budget. John Ethridge, Lay Leader, and Raymond Reynolds, Chief Operations Officer, reported that roughly half of the funds needed for this year’s outreach budget have been given already or will come in through special giving by the end of the year. We believe we are in very good shape for 2017. Four goals are guiding the Finance Committee’s work for this year:

  • As stewards of the church’s resources, we want to create a church budget that is both strategic in fulfilling our mission and sustainable
  • We want to be transparent in communicating the causes we support and the partnerships in the community that we value
  • We want to clearly communicate the impact of our church through the ministries of worship, congregational care and development, outreach, and witness into the community
  • We want to address possible donor fatigue among our members by reducing the number of special offerings throughout the year

As a result, a detailed financial report is being prepared to go out to all members by the first of June, and the number of special giving requests for the rest of the year has been cut to four. In addition, the church has designed a roadmap that will enable Peachtree Road to be completely debt-free no later than the end of 2018. They also offered a preview of an effort entitled “All the Good…All the Ways…” that is envisioned to be a year-round stewardship emphasis that will fully fund our church’s ministry in 2018 and beyond. They promise to share more details with us in the coming weeks.

In other reports…

  • Matt Nelson and Julie Schendel reported the findings of the Worship Task Force and announced the New Traditions contemporary service will be suspended for the season of summer with the goal of bringing it back as a new and stronger service in the fall
  • Chris Mucha, Director of our Ministry with Youth and their Families, reported on last weekend’s well-attended Youth Ministry Summit
  • Raymond Reynolds reported on the sale of the church right-of-way in front of the parking lot on the corner Peachtree Road and West Shadowlawn. The sale has enabled the church to purchase a new sound system for the sanctuary and chapel and complete funding for the new parsonage to be known as the “Murray Cottage”
  • Adam Pannell recognized Matt Nelson, Associate Minister, as he prepares to leave Peachtree Road and become the senior pastor of Hickory Flat UMC in June

It was a helpful and very informative meeting, and I am grateful for the leadership of our Administrative Board members.

Finally, I am pleased to announce that Elizabeth Byrd will be joining us again this summer as our Candler School of Theology intern. Elizabeth worked with us last summer, and we are excited to welcome her back. Elizabeth begins this weekend and will be sharing her gifts in the areas of preaching, leading worship, teaching, pastoral care, and outreach. In addition, she will be working with our youth ministry team on their mission trips to Appalachia and Nicaragua. We look forward to welcoming Elizabeth back to Peachtree Road.

Thank you for your faith in Christ and your support of Peachtree Road – your daily prayers for her ministry, regular presence in worship, generous giving, and acts of kindness and service in her name are deeply appreciated.

See you Sunday!

Bill

  • Mother & Daughter

Mother’s Day & Methodism

May 12, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. Of course, this Sunday is Mother’s Day. I understand that 20.7 billion dollars will be spent honoring mothers this holiday weekend – gifts, flowers, cards, and meals. It’s amazing what this day of recognition has become, especially when you consider how it all started.

Ann Reeves Jarvis was a member of Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. She taught Sunday School, organized other women in her church to work for better sanitation in her community, volunteered at the local hospital, and worked to support young mothers. After the Civil War, she helped organize something she called “Mothers Friendship Day” picnics. These were designed to bring people together from both the Union and the Confederacy for a meal. Ann Jarvis died in 1905, and three years later, her daughter, Anna Jarvis, organized a day at the church to honor her mother and other women who had done so much for the community. She ordered white carnations (her mother’s favorite flower) for every woman in the church. The event was so well-received that she began to work to establish a holiday to honor mothers everywhere. Then, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson did just that – he signed a proclamation making the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day in America. It all began a little over 100 years ago in a small Methodist Church in West Virginia. And now you know the rest of the story! I like the fact Mother’s Day started in a Methodist Church. And, I like the fact that it started as a way of honoring a woman who made a difference in the lives of others. I hope you’ll join us at one of our worship services in the sanctuary as we honor all women who have made a difference in our lives.

As has become our tradition, we will receive the Wesley Woods Mother’s Day Offering this Sunday as well. Wesley Woods is a ministry started by Methodists in the North Georgia Conference to provide for the needs of the elderly in our communities through residential services as well as health care, rehabilitation, nursing home care, and specialized care for persons suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. People certainly are living longer than ever before, and many are outliving their financial resources. Sunday morning we will hear a word of testimony from some residents of Wesley Woods as they share with us the difference this ministry makes in their lives and their fellow residents. I hope you will join me in welcoming them to Peachtree Road.

Through the years, Peachtree Road has given more than any other church to this ministry. I hope you will help us to continue to lead the way by giving generously when the offering plate is passed. You may make your check payable to Peachtree Road UMC and mark it for Wesley Woods, place your cash offering in the envelope provided in your worship bulletin, or give online through the church’s website. Thank you in advance for your generosity toward this offering.

I did want to share good news with you today that two of our members graduated earlier this week from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Andrea DeWalt, associate director of the Pastoral Counseling Service here at Peachtree Road, received her Master of Religion and Public Life degree. We have been blessed through the years to have access to gifted pastoral theologians like Larry Adams and Ron Greer, and I am so grateful that Andrea has added a solid theological foundation to enable her to help us even more effectively. Also, Grace Southworth, our assistant director of student ministries, received her Master of Divinity degree. She is a very important part of our youth staff team, and her enthusiasm for this ministry is contagious. When you see Andrea or Grace on campus, congratulate them on their achievements!

Finally, I wanted to encourage you to invite others to come and be a part of Peachtree Road. Every week I run into new people at church who have recently moved to town or are going through a difficult time. They are here because someone invited them and encouraged them to come. This is a particularly good time for newcomers to come to Peachtree Road because we are offering a Second Sunday Snapshot opportunity this Sunday, May 14, at 10:00 am in the Hospitality Suite. All who are looking for ways to connect with others and grow deeper in their faith are invited. A light breakfast will be served. For more information, please contact Mimi Brunson.

Peachtree Road is an amazing community in which to worship, grow, serve, and share. I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday and then serving with you throughout the upcoming days.

Bill

05.14.17 | You Never Walk Alone

Sanctuary Handshake

Mother’s Day
You Never Walk Alone
Rev. Bill Britt

 

 

The two extremes of emotion that folks tend to experience most on Mother’s Day are gratitude for those who have loved us and shaped our lives and anxiety from the fear of losing those persons. Jesus understood that fear and counseled his disciples: “Let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God. Believe also in me…” (John 14:1)

In this passage, Jesus invites his disciples to overcome their feelings of anxiety and loneliness by believing in him. We’ve applied that lesson with our children. When a child has separation anxiety, we comfort them, reassure them, and help them learn to trust the ones charged with caring for them. In a similar way, Christ invites his disciples to trust in him for he will watch out for them and eventually bring them to him.

This week, take it upon yourself to look for the anxious, lonely people around you. Offer them a hug, an encouraging word, and the love of God.

  • Bill Promotion Sunday

We Indeed Are Blessed!

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!

Bill

04.30.17

Confirmation

Remember Who You Are
Rev. Bill Britt

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These can seem like difficult days in which to live as a Christian. The author of I Peter offers words of encouragement for us (I Peter 2:2-9).

  • You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people. Think about that – you are chosen by God to live in relationship with God
  • It’s easy to get distracted and forget who you are – forgetting gets us in all kinds of trouble
  • John Wesley gave the early Methodists three general rules to help them keep their relationship with God fresh – “do no harm, do good, and attend upon all the ordinances of God”

Begin each day this week with a prayer that resets your life and helps you remember who you are and whose you are. Claim your identity and live as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

  • Bill Preaching

Into His Marvelous Light

April 28, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. This Sunday promises to be a special day at Peachtree Road as we celebrate Confirmation Sunday. Over the course of the last nine months, over 80 sixth graders have participated in this spiritual formation class. They attended a retreat at Camp Glisson in the early fall, have been meeting weekly since then, and have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. I am grateful to Mia Dunkel, Mary Fletcher Higdon, Daris McCullough, Ellen Marbut, and Scott and Tasha Whitehead for their leadership with this outstanding group.

In recent weeks, each member of the class and their parents have been meeting with me and other members of our clergy and youth staff to talk about confirmation and their spiritual growth. On Sunday morning during the sanctuary worship services, we will celebrate with them as they make a profession of faith in Christ and join the church. I hope you will join us.

The title for this Sunday’s message is “Remember Who You Are,” and I will be preaching on those familiar words from I Peter:

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – I Peter 2:9

This letter was written to encourage new Christians to claim their identity and live into that identity. I look forward to reflecting upon the impact of this passage on our church with you.

In recent weeks, a number of folks have relayed to me how much the teaching of Dr. Manfred Hoffmann meant to them. For nearly 20 years, Manfred was our “Theologian in Residence” here at Peachtree Road, and his courses on the Bible, theology, and Christian history helped many of us grow in our faith. I am pleased to announce that Peachtree Road is establishing a lecture series in his memory. The inaugural Manfred E. Hoffmann Lecture is set for Sunday evening, October 29, 2017, here at the church. The date is especially significant. It is Reformation Sunday and commemorates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany. I especially am delighted that Dr. Jonathan Strom, Professor of Church History and Associate Dean of the Faculty and Academic Affairs at Candler School of Theology, has accepted our invitation to offer the inaugural lecture. Dr. Strom is a Lutheran scholar and fills the position Dr. Hoffmann held for many years on the Candler faculty. If you would like to make a contribution to support the annual lecture series, please make your check payable to Peachtree Road and mark it in memory of Manfred Hoffmann or give through the church website.

I am grateful for your support of Peachtree Road in so many ways and look forward to seeing you Sunday. If I may be of help to you in any way, please do not hesitate to call on me.

Bill
  • Easter Worship

Mountaintop Days

April 21, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are having a great week. We now are living in the season of the year known as Easter. That’s right. Our celebration in the church of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ continues for 50 days.

Last Sunday was one of those mountaintop days here at Peachtree Road. When I got home from the Easter morning services, Wendie had a feast prepared for extended family (I think close to 30 people were in the house at one time!). After Sunday dinner, I sat down in a comfortable chair and fell asleep – right there in front of company! I was tired, but it was a good kind of tired. In fact, it is the kind of tired I hope every one of you get to experience. In the Bible, this kind of tired is referred to as “joy.” Do you know anybody who needs to experience joy? Invite them to Peachtree Road!

Speaking of inviting people to Peachtree Road, I do want to encourage you to attend worship this Sunday. It’s going to be a little different than our usual services – the Doxology Youth Choir is leading us in worship through their presentation of “Celebrate Life!” Through the talented youth of our church, at both the 8:45 am and 11:15 am services in the sanctuary, we will be led through a musical presentation of Jesus’ life, culminating in his resurrection from the dead. They have worked hard to prepare, and I am looking forward to this experience in worship.

In closing, thank you for your generous contributions to last Sunday’s special offering for Habitat for Humanity. We were honored to have Uriel Daniel and her children (the recipients of this year’s house) with us for the 11:15 am Easter celebration. The house is now complete, and I am grateful for your gifts totaling over $33,700 toward the project. If you did not have an opportunity to give last Sunday, it is not too late. You may contribute by clicking here.

Daniels

You may note that the above photo of the Daniels is taken in front of “The New Jerusalem” window in our sanctuary. This window is significant to us here at Peachtree Road because it depicts the vision from the book of Revelation of the city of God with the New Jerusalem, the Tree of Life, the rainbow and the people of God, and the cityscape of Atlanta. If you look closely, below the recognizable skyline of Atlanta, you will see the church building of Peachtree Road and, to its left, homes our church has built in cooperation with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Therefore, the mission of our church to reach out to those in need is always present in the sanctuary as we worship.

Thank you for your participation in a wonderful Easter celebration and for your support of this great church’s ministry!

Bill

04.23.17 | Celebrate Life

Doxology Sunday

Sunday’s worship services were led by our Doxology Youth Choir for the very first time! Their presentation of “Celebrate Life!” led us through a musical representation of Jesus’ life and resurrection. Their work was moving and uplifting and reminded us how fortunate we are to have this talented young generation at Peachtree Road.

04.16.17 | Easter Day: Fear and Great Joy

Jay Christopher Shaking Hands

Matthew’s story of the Resurrection of Jesus contains several unique elements (Matthew 28:1-10):

  • An earthquake changed the spiritual landscape of the world forever
  • An angel representing the presence of God rolled the stone away and sat on the stone in a demonstration of God’s power
  • The response of the women to the empty tomb was one of “fear and great joy” at the same time

Easter invites us to consider the earthquakes that occur in our lives, where we see God showing up, and the times we are missing out on “great joy” because we are paralyzed by fear. Each morning when you get up, recite the words of the “Apostles’ Creed” and claim the power of God in your life.

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Breathe: Saturday, April 15

Saturday, April 15 | Marcia Gaddis | John 18:1-19,42; Hebrews 10:1-25

The Breath of Anticipation

Saturday was the Sabbath. Jesus had been placed in the tomb on Friday night before sundown. Interestingly, the ones who came to care for his body after death were two men who respected Jesus, but kept their distance while he was alive. One was Joseph of Arimathea who went to Pilate to ask for the body. He secretly was a disciple of Jesus, but he feared the Jews. He was accompanied by Nicodemus who had earlier visited Jesus at night and went away disappointed because Jesus’ response was not what he wanted to hear. Both men could not quite embrace this Jesus during his life, but were the first to respond after his death. I wonder why? Perhaps the miraculous events of the previous day were the tipping point. Perhaps after all that had happened, they anticipated something more. Perhaps they truly believed Jesus was who he claimed to be for the first time. Whatever the reason, there was a new boldness to identify with Jesus.

The question was asked in an earlier reading, “Will death diminish us or enlarge us?” For many of the disciples, they went back to their jobs, probably grieving their loss in the way many people grieve today. Go back to work. Diminished. For Mary, Jesus’ mother, the excruciating death of her son must have played over and over in her mind. Her grief had to be inconsolable. Death was final and this was a day of mourning, a day of quiet, a day of simply trying to breathe. Diminished, for sure. But Joseph and Nicodemus encourage me. They found something to do in the midst of their grief and sorrow. They brought the burial supplies. They persevered to do the next thing.

And we, too, are called to persevere in the midst of death. And when we persevere—and we all do it differently—something miraculous happens. Death begins to enlarge us. The gifts we bring to each other in our sorrow and suffering become a sweet fragrance of hope and love. As we find something to do in the darkest hours, there begins to shine a glimmer of promise for things to come.

Jesus gave us only two commandments; “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). Nowhere is it written that he added, “Except, of course, when you’re suffering.”

Prayerfully read the call to persevere in Hebrews 10.

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Breathe: Friday, April 14

Friday, April 14 | Marcia Gaddis | John 3:16; John 18-19

Breath for Me

I will probably never understand how the crucifixion of Jesus took away all my sins. I do not possess the mental capacity to comprehend God and his love for me, a fallen creature. But I have learned to trust the words of John 3:16 which say “For God so loved the world (me) that he gave his only begotten son (Jesus) that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.” That in its simplest form helps me to understand why Jesus had to die. Simply put, God made the decision. He gives me the choice as to what I will do with His cross.

Will I embrace it or will I deny it? Will Jesus’ death bring death or breath for me? It is a question we must answer every day. The words to the song Embrace the Cross offer up possibilities for meditation and prayer today as you ponder your own response to the one who died on the cross.

Embrace the cross
Where Jesus suffered
Though it will cost
All you claim as yours
Your sacrifice will seem small
Beside the treasure
Eternity can’t measure
What Jesus holds in store

Embrace the love
The cross requires
Cling to the one
Whose heart knew every pain
Receive from Jesus
Fountains of compassion
Only He can fashion
Your heart to move as His

Oh, wondrous cross our desires rest in you
Lord Jesus make us bolder
To face with courage the shame and disgrace
You bore upon Your shoulder

Embrace the life
That comes from dying
Come trace the steps
The Savior walked for you
An empty tomb
Concludes Golgotha’s sorrow
Endure then till tomorrow
Your cross of suffering
Embrace the cross, embrace the cross, the cross of Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, today I pray that I retrace every step you took and still hold fast to you. Amen.

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The Good News of Easter

April 14, 2017

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are having a meaningful Holy Week. We made a good beginning last Sunday with our Palm Sunday celebration. As I mentioned at the start of the sermon, I love everything about Palm Sunday – the sanctuary decorated with palm branches, the pageantry of the grand procession (led by our favorite donkey “Jerusalem”), and the inspirational music. The combined children’s choirs accompanied by a string quartet, the Chancel Choir, and Doxology Youth Choir thrilled our hearts as they sang “Hosanna to the Son!”

We also were delighted to welcome 32 new members to Peachtree Road, and it was a holy moment to receive 9 of them on profession of faith. I believe these new members will make a significant impact on our ministry in the days to come and hope you will join me in welcoming them and helping them get connected with others. Sunday really set the tone for this week.

You are invited to join us today at 12 noon for the Community Good Friday Service at Peachtree Presbyterian. We will gather with members from Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist, Cathedral of Christ the King Roman Catholic, and Wieuca Road Baptist as well Peachtree Presbyterian and our church for a special time of worship. I will be preaching at the service and hope to see you there.

Of course, Sunday is Easter, and we will offer four opportunities to worship the Risen Christ:
  • Sunrise service – This special service begins at 6:30 a.m. in the columbarium (the courtyard area between the sanctuary and the Rollins building where the niches are located) shortly before daybreak. For me, this service really captures the spirit of that first Easter long ago. We gather in what amounts to our cemetery here at Peachtree Road, hear the message of the angels, light candles in the darkness, and process to the chapel to celebrate the good news. If you have not attended this service before, I invite you to give it a try. We would love to see you early this Easter Day.
  • Sanctuary services – Please note the special times for our festival worship in the sanctuary:  8:15 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. With the aroma of Easter lilies in the air, we will gather in unrestrained celebration. Each service will begin with the congregation singing Charles Wesley’s majestic hymn “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” and close with the Chancel Choir offering the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by the Atlanta Brassworks.
In the message this Sunday, I want us to reflect upon the Gospel of Matthew’s account of the Resurrection and two emotions associated with Easter: Fear and Joy. I can’t wait to celebrate with you!

We will receive a special offering this Sunday for Habitat for Humanity. During the Lenten season, volunteers from our church have been building a house for Uriel Daniel and her family. This house represents the 46th home we have built in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity. I encourage you to give generously to help the Daniels’ dream come true. You may make your check payable to Peachtree Road, mark it for Lenten Offering/Habitat, and place it in the offering plate this Sunday, or you may give online. Thank you for your support. Together, we are changing lives!

I encourage you to invite others who may not have a church home to experience Easter at Peachtree Road. We are pretty good at recommending restaurants, movies, and books to others, but what about church? Think about someone who might need to hear the good news of Easter and encourage them to attend Peachtree Road.

Finally, let me offer two notes about Sunday’s logistics:
  • We will be running golf cart shuttles from our lots to the sanctuary throughout the morning, but parking may be difficult as we expect over 4,000 people for the morning services. One way you ca