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Peachtree Baptist Church Peachtree Baptist Church Messenger 2108 Briarcliff Road NE Atlanta, GA 30329 (404)634-2463 V O L U M E 1 5 , N U M B E R 3 J U N E / J U L Y 2 0 1 1 Community Garden! This summer, the young adults and the Green Team at Peachtree Baptist have teamed up to start a community garden. The first seeds were planted in the middle of May, and the vegetables are grow- ing more and more every day! The garden in- cludes: several varieties of lettuce, some tomato plants, corn, peas, and a few different types of INSIDE THIS ISSUE: herbs. Our hope with this garden is that we can From a 2 get those in the Peachtree community involved Servant’s Heart (Morningside Day Out, Applerouth Tutoring, Music 3 Heart of the Father Christian Church, and Amaz- Notes ing Grace Ghanaian Church) and donate most of Student Ministry 3 the goods to area food pantries and homeless shel- Young ters. The produce that we don’t donate can be 3 Adults used for Wednesday Night suppers here at church! Staff 4 We’d love to have you help out by watering—even if it’s just one day! Please contact the church of- fice if you’re interested! PAGE 2 From A Servant’s Heart A question that has been plaguing me For example, I am an extrovert to the for years is this: “how do I spend time with core of my being. My parents used to tell me I God?” I don’t mean it in a “what am I doing could talk to a brick wall and never expect a in my life that shows proof of time spent with response. It is in my nature to be gregarious. God” kind of way, I mean it in a “I have no One of my dearest friends is quite the oppo- idea how to spend time with God” kind of site. She can sit alone in her room for hours way. Of course I think the answers that we all and read without ever having the urge to speak run to immediately (and with good reason— to another person. Because of this, we both they are great ways to spend time with God) have very different ways of communicating are reading our Bibles, praying, and going to with each other and, for that matter, with God. church. But is this all? Jesus tells us that the greatest com- I will be the first to admit to you that mandment is to love the Lord your God with I’m very impatient and tend to be controlling all your heart, with all your soul, and with all of conversations. Because I am this way, I your mind. He even goes so far as to say that find it pretty difficult to sit down, open up my loving our neighbor is just like loving God. If Bible, read, pray, and listen for God. We live this is true, should we not be spending time in a society where instant gratification is a helping our neighbors and loving them as a common theme (and problem, if you ask me). way of showing our love for God? As a byproduct of this society, I can whole- Jesus’ actions throughout the Gospels heartedly tell you that I expect results. When I show us how many opportunities we as Chris- pray and don’t hear the booming, Denzel tians have to be in communion with God: by Washington-esque voice of God, I get frus- serving food, by lending a helping hand to trated. So maybe this isn’t the best way for those in need, by praying for those who are me to be in communion with God. Maybe sit- sick and hurting, and so many other things. ting still and being quiet isn’t the mode of So my challenge to us all is this: if, like me, it communication I should turn to first. is uncomfortable for you to sit down and wait Allow me to defend this statement. I on God to speak, maybe following Christ’s think it’s wonderful and even necessary for example and spending time with your people to be able to sit down and listen pa- “neighbors” can be just as beneficial to your tiently and quietly for God and to usher God’s relationships with God. Or if you are like my presence into their lives in this way as often as close friend who prefers to stay in your room possible. After all, as the psalmist wrote, we reading the Bible and waiting on God, maybe are to “be still and know” that God is God. following Christ’s example and spending time But we must also keep in mind that God made with your “neighbors” can be just as beneficial us each individually and uniquely, and just as to your relationship with God. We all have we do not all have identical ways of being lessons we can learn from each other. There with our friends and those closest to us, we do are limitless ways for us to strengthen our re- not all have identical ways of being with God. lationships with God, we just have to figure out what they are. PEACHTREE BAPTIST CHURCH VOLUME 15, NUMBER 3 PAGE 3 Music Notes PBC youth During the Summer, we will have Sanc- tuary Choir rehearsals at the normal time of 6:30 PM on Wednesday nights. Join us for dinner before rehearsal at 5:30 in the fellowship hall! Youth and Children choirs will resume in the Fall. Upcoming Dates: June 12—Taylor Johnson, our Music As- sociate, will be ordained by the Peachtree congregation at 3 PM. Please join us for this special event. June 19—Farewell luncheon for Robert and Alicia Walker as Alicia transitions to a new job at the University of South Caro- lina. (Contact the church office to make a reservation) July 3—Immediately following worship, we will have a 4th of July luncheon and patriotic song sing-along! Peachtree’s Young Adults are starting a summer Bible study series! Each month, we will be visit- ing a local restaurant in the Decatur area to spend time in fellowship and discuss theological topics in various Bible stories. If you’re interested in being involved, please contact Mary Kate in the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to have you join us! Church Staff: Rev. Dr. Robert H. Walker, Jr. Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Alicia W. Walker Associate Pastor for Music And Wor- ship Peachtree Baptist Church is a historic Miss Meredith Shaw Associate Pastor for Students church with a rich heritage and a pro- Mr. Taylor Johnson gressive vision, a diverse community Music Ministry Associate unified in faith and mission. An autono- Mrs. Ayoung Lee Pianist mous body committed to Christ, we Mr. Lamar Savage partner with ministries in our community Organist and around the world to extend the love Miss Mary Kate Christian Administrative Assistant and grace of God to all. A non- Mr. George Townsend judgmental congregation, we welcome Facilities all who wish to join us on their personal journey of faith; our hearts and doors are open to everyone.
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