One More

One more. One more Sunday to worship together in the fellowship of the Peachtree Room. One more opportunity to experience the technology that has allowed us to communicate important coming events, play worship videos, assist us with Scripture and music texts, and encourage guests to get to know us better.

One more. One more Sunday until Holy Week. Next Sunday we will re-enter our sanctuary to begin the most sacred year of the Christian calendar. New opportunities await us we continue the warm and inviting environment that Wieuca as we make our way toward Easter.

We have missed some of you during this interim time. I encourage you to make your attendance and involvement an even higher priority. Let’s honor the Wieuca value of community by finding friends and inviting guests to sit close and toward the front of the sanctuary. As one of the worship leaders here, I cannot express more firmly the difference it makes when we lead people instead of pews in worship.

Please note the schedule for Holy Week this year. Palm Sunday, March 29 begins our observance and celebration. The Maundy Thursday service on April 2 is a meaningful service of reflection and gratitude as we contemplate the sacrifice of Christ. It will be held in the Peachtree Room at 7:00 pm. Wieuca hosts the Good Friday Service on April 3 in the sanctuary. Monsignor McNamee from the Cathedral of Christ the King will be preaching. Ministers from Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, and Peachtree Presbyterian Church will join me as worship leaders. Congregations from Buckhead have been sharing this special service for many years. Let’s be good hosts for this noon service. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt drew over 1000 people last year. Volunteers are needed to help us take care of the great crowd that will coming. Easter Sunday is the most glorious day we have as Christians. We join brothers and sisters around the world in proclaiming the ultimate victory over sin and death. He is risen.

It is not too early to make plans to attend the next Global Leadership Summit in August. Additional information is available in the newsletter. The full faculty will be announced soon. Mark August 6-7 to take part. We will once again offer our “50 for 50” program. The first 50 Wieucans sign up for $50.

Spring is coming. The promise of new life also encourages new commitment and renewed joy in our relationship with God and His people. It is not the same when you are not here to celebrate!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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