Dear Peachtree Family,
A few days ago on September 11, I flew to a board meeting. Even though it has been eighteen years since the tragedy in lower Manhattan, the memory of our country’s loss is still fresh for us as a nation, particularly for those who were survivors of the attack. I am also mindful that my wife flew out of Newark airport on that day. Her plane was diverted to Atlanta, and she found shelter in the home of Vic and Becky Pentz for several days until she could drive home toward the NYC area. In this way, I was grateful for our congregation before I knew many of your faces and names.
On Sunday mornings, we are talking about Grace Habits that help us to become more available to God and to one another. Last week, we discussed the highly distracting and addictive quality of our technology. Turning off the tech is a form of modern-day fasting in a digital empire. If you were not able to be with us, here are links to last week’s message as well as the inspiring story of the Eddy family discovering what it is like to find a place to belong.
This week we will talk about what Rabbi Heschel once called, “The Jewish Cathedral.” The Jewish Cathedral is not actually a place but a day of the week. The Sabbath is one of the holiest of God’s gifts, and it is one of the most ignored.
We also invite you to join us after the services to fill the Blessing Bags. Our church will be packing 5,000 Blessing Bags filled with food for students — students who often go hungry during Fall Break when they don’t receive breakfast and lunch at school. These bags will be distributed to schools and after-school programs where over 88% of the students are on free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs. With just a few minutes of your time you can pack two Blessing Bags for two vulnerable children.
With hope in Christ,