A Story Interrupted Stories get interrupted. It’s one of the realities of life. Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson said, “I’m interested in discontinuities and interruptions, people having to rewrite the narrative of their lives because of sudden changes.” Sudden changes! My own story was briefly interrupted last weekend by an unexpected illness. In turn, our

Thanks for the Memories Well, the lights are on, the sidewalks are cleared, and Pearce Church is open today! What a memorable stretch these past eight days have been! First, the church was closed last week for three days due to the power outage from the wind storm; then, Pearce was shut down for two

Putting on the Armor The church of my childhood had a program for kids called “Christian Youth Crusaders,” usually referred to as CYC. It was the Free Methodist denomination’s version of scouting – with uniforms, badge-laden sashes, and its own pledge. The highlight of each year was the spring awards ceremony. One of the CYCers

Loving Our Neighbor A recent Pearce Reads is Edward Gilbreath’s Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity. While the author acknowledges that there has been “significant progress” in race relations in America, he also feels that “to break out of the white cultural status quo of today’s evangelical movement, we must confront

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Nzige, Here We Come! Pearce’s fourth VISA (Volunteers In Service Abroad) team to Nzige is leaving today for Rwanda. This past Sunday, our congregation took time to pray for Carol, Laura, Cheryl, and Jackie as they prepare to embark on this time of ministry to our “Linked with Love” partner.       I asked

Gracious Servants The results are in from Pearce’s election central! With a total of 205 ballots cast, the following were elected to three-year-terms on our church’s Official Board: Mike Faro, Susanne Mohnkern, and Donna Barefoot. These three will be assuming their duties at the March 9 sitting of the Board. Mike Vannest was re-elected to

Immersed with Love This past Sunday, Heart & Soul Community Church made use of their new baptistery. The purchase of this baptistery was made possible through the generosity of the Pearce family as a sign of our love and support for this sister congregation. Last October, more than $3,100 was donated through an exit offering.

A Story Worth Hearing! Have you noticed Ethan Woeller helping out in Pearce’s sound ministry on Sunday mornings? I asked Pastor Tim to tell all of us about this wonderful young man and his commitment to service at Pearce. Here’s what Pastor Tim gave me:  This is a story that should be heard. It’s a

Shaped by God’s Story How well do you know the scriptures? If someone asked you to summarize the Bible, what would you tell them? Could you clearly relate God’s Story? Perhaps even more importantly, do you understand your place in His Story? I am hoping our new sermon series will help you know, tell, and

Pastoral Transitions at Pearce Pastor Mike and I, with deep gratitude to God and the Pearce family, announce our resignations. Pastor Mike has accepted, effective March 20, 2017, the position of lead pastor at Hope Chapel – a Free Methodist congregation in Perry, New York. And, as of December 31 of this year, I will