April 27, 2018
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope this note finds you well. I hope you are planning to be present on Sunday as we celebrate Confirmation Sunday here at Peachtree Road. Over the course of the last nine months, nearly 100 sixth graders have participated in this spiritual formation class. They attended a retreat at Camp Glisson in the early fall, have been meeting weekly as a class to explore their faith, and have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. I am grateful to Grace Southworth and Daris McCullough for their leadership with this outstanding group. They have been assisted by teachers Mary Pillow Cornett, David Cunningham, Chad French, Mary Fletcher Higdon, Ellen Marbut, Stephanie Mattison, and Scott Whitehead, and youth leaders Adeline Allen, Griffin Daniel, Elke Gill, Charlie Hoke, Tyler Hubbard, Taft Meredith, George Pope, Sarah Pope, Charlotte Taylor, Margaret Taylor, and May Lebby Thompson.
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, many of these sixth graders will approach the altar of the church, make a profession of faith in Christ, and become full members of Peachtree Road. We will receive our new members at both the 8:45 am and 11:15 am services in the sanctuary, and I hope you will join me in welcoming them.
The title for this Sunday’s message is “You Are God’s Own People,” 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.
Speaking of Sunday, let me emphasize two other events occurring:
- We will welcome the Jack Britt High School Chorus from Fayetteville, North Carolina to our worship services in the sanctuary. They are under the direction of Richard Butler and will be singing five songs in the time leading up to each service. So, I encourage you to get to the sanctuary early to hear these talented young singers.
- During Sunday’s services in the sanctuary, Michael Layne will share a word of encouragement with us about an opportunity to participate in a life-transforming ministry called “Sponsor a Child.” Your gift of $330 provides the essentials of food, clothing, education, and medical care for an entire year for a child living in the nation of Georgia. Plan to drop by Grace Hall between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm to learn more.
Finally, I want to encourage you to attend our children’s musical this Saturday evening. Peachtree Road’s five children’s choirs are presenting “Step Right Up!” at 6:00 pm in the student center, and I have been told that we will be thrilled by daring feats of strength and skill – with clowns, muscle men, jugglers, tumblers, riders, and more! Admission is free, and popcorn and cotton candy concessions will be available before the show.
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.