July 6, 2018
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. 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.” Actually, they could be labeled “hymns I love to sing and don’t need a hymnal to sing them!” This week the congregation will have the opportunity to join together in singing hymns such as “He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought” and “Victory in Jesus.”
I will not be with you this Sunday as Wendie and I spend some time on the northwestern coasts of Washington and Oregon. I have always wanted to go on a whale watch, and we are doing that this weekend in the waters off the San Juan Islands – we’re looking for Orca whales! Please know you will be in my thoughts this Sunday, and we look forward to being back with you soon. Julie Schendel will be preaching this week as we continue our sermon series “The Sermon on the Mount.” This week we will consider Matthew 5:12-16 and focus upon Jesus’ description of a disciple:
You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world…
I believe this message could be just the encouragement many of us need this week as we seek to grow in our relationship with Christ. In preparation for Sunday, I encourage you to read Matthew 5:12-16 and let your mind and heart marinate in these words. Will Greene will be singing “Deep River” as a part of the service.
Last Wednesday 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 60,000 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 cheered on the participants in this year’s race. 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). In addition, we will offer a forum on prayer in September with Bishop Larry Goodpaster and begin a noon prayer service each Wednesday. Look for more details about these 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 viewing the service later on the church app or through the church’s website.
See you soon!