May 7, 2021
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope this note finds you well. Over the course of the last 14 months, we have done our best to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and guard one another’s health. Now, with so many of our folks having been fully vaccinated and hospitalizations and deaths due to the virus in steep decline, we are gradually beginning to re-open our campus. Beginning this Sunday, May 9, we are following some new protocols:
- Two in-person services offered each Sunday in the sanctuary – 8:30 am and 11:15 am
- Advance reservations are no longer required
- Temperature will no longer be checked at the church entrances
- Masks covering the nose and mouth are still required for all
- Register attendance through an online system for contact tracing purposes
- Persons will need to observe physical distancing a minimum of 3 feet
In recent weeks, it has been good to see so many folks whom I haven’t seen in worship in over a year. We are hoping that, as more of you begin to feel comfortable about getting out, you will choose to join us in person for worship each week. Certainly, the livestream of our services will continue, and for many of you that will continue to be the best way to worship and stay connected to your church family. For those who need childcare through our nursery, we do need for you to continue to register your child so we can be prepared to help you. Thank you for your faithful participation in worship throughout these challenging days.
Speaking of Sunday, this upcoming Sunday is Mother’s Day. In worship we will read from John 15 and hear Jesus’ words:
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
In the message we will consider ways in which we can live out that commandment. We also will take up an offering for the ministry of Wesley Woods. Wesley Woods is a geriatric residence started by United Methodists in North Georgia in 1953. Last year, one of our Peachtree Road members approached me with a testimony about the difference Wesley Woods has made in the life of her family. Her parents moved into a Wesley Woods facility together. When her mother’s health began to deteriorate and her dad considered moving them out for financial reasons, the facility director and nursing director let him know financial assistance was available. They didn’t have to make other living arrangements at such a critical time in their lives. The member of our church concluded her testimony to me, “The help the Foundation offers is very real indeed!”
Each year on Mother’s Day, United Methodist congregations from throughout the North Georgia Conference receive an offering for Wesley Woods to provide affordable residential and healthcare services for older adults of all income levels, races, and faiths. Through the years, Peachtree Road has led the way in giving. Note these statistics:
- 75% of the residents of Wesley Woods require some form of financial assistance to remain in their homes each year
- 40% of these actually are living below the poverty level
However, because of the generosity of Methodist people from throughout North Georgia, Wesley Woods is able to provide the assistance many older adults need. Wendie and I will be giving a gift in gratitude for our parents on Sunday, and we invite you to join us. Please make your check payable to Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and mark it for Wesley Woods or give through the church app or online through the church website. Thank you for your generosity.
Here are several opportunities offered through the church in the coming days:
- Become a member of Peachtree Road UMC – we have a special joining Sunday set for June 27, and we would love to help you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ and find avenues of service to others through this great community of faith. If you would like to learn more about the steps in becoming a member, please contact our associate minister Elizabeth Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – a group from Peachtree Road will be traveling through the land of the Bible March 7-18, 2022, and we would love to have you join us. Please reach out to me or Jamie Jenkins (email@example.com) for more information.
- Dogwood Gift Shop – The church’s gift shop is open for business! You are welcome to drop by the shop or visit the website to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or graduation gift for your loved one. All profits support Peachtree Road’s efforts in global ministries.
- May is “Mental Health Awareness” month – Peachtree Road seeks to support families and individuals who are struggling with mental health issues through the ministry of our “One Lamb Initiative.” Please see the “One Lamb” page on our website for more information and ways you can connect.
Finally, I remind you that the memorial service for our Senior Minister Emeritus Don Harp will be on Saturday, May 15, at 11:00 am in the sanctuary. The service will be livestreamed through our church website. Please keep Mary Ellen and her family in your prayers.
Peachtree Road is an amazing community in which to worship, grow, serve, and share. I look forward to worshiping with you both in-person and online Sunday and serving with you throughout the upcoming days.
Grace and peace,