CURRENT EVENTS (updated August 30, 2013)

WELCOME BACK WEEKEND

Next weekend, September 7/8, will begin our new church calendar. The theme for the weekend will be, “Join the Conversation,” from Psalm 133. We’ll focus on creating authentic Christians and what that might look like for us here at Pearce. The weekend worship service schedule will be: Saturday at 5:00 pm; Sunday at 10:00 am, followed by a light reception outside.

WEDNESDAY COMMUNITY NIGHT

SAVORY SUPPERS: September 11-October 23. A community dinner is served each Wednesday from 4:30-6:15 pm in the Family Life Center. Registration is requested. Call the church office, make a note on the “connection card” (found in the pew rack), or sign-up online by 6 pm the Monday prior.

  • Cost: Adults—$6 ($7 at the  door); Children under 12—$3.50 ($4.00 at the door);                                       Children under 5—free (donations)
  • Menu for September 11: beverages, salad bar, BBQ boneless chicken breast, pasta with meat sauce, dessert bar

Wednesday Community Night begins September 11, with programs offered for all ages from 6:30-8:00 pm Details on adult options will be available next weekend.

  • Nursery through age 4 (open 6:30-8:05 pm)
  • Kids’ Zone
    • Kindergarten-2nd Grade, drop-off/pick-up in Room 36 (primary wing)
    • 3rd-4th Grade, drop-off/pick-up in Parmerter
  • Collide 56 (Grades 5-6), drop-off/pick-up in the Fellowship Hall (P4K wing)
  • Junior High (Grades 7-8), meet in the teen area
  • Senior High (Grades 9-12), meet in the teen area

FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Beginning the weekend of September 14/15, we will return to our regular worship schedule:

  • Saturdays (5:00 pm)
  • Sundays (9:00 & 10:30 am)
    • Christian education: Children’s Sunday School (9:00 am); Teen Small Groups (9:00 am); Adult Bible Fellowships (9:00 & 10:30 am); Kids’ Worship for K-2nd graders (during 10:30 am service)

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

HAVE YOU ENJOYED the scripture slides as you prepare for worship services this summer? All photos were taken on Pearce grounds by Ryan Palma, our graphic designer.

Sanctuary flowers: This Sunday’s sanctuary flowers were donated in memory of Neil Pfouts, who is remembered and loved by his many friends.

PEARCE MISSIONARIES: Pearce Church is committed to spread the Good News of Christ Jesus around the world. We presently support, both in prayer and financially, the following Free Methodist missionaries: JR & Becky Crouse, Peru; Rick & Cookie Ireland, Haiti; Delia Nüesch-Olver, Free Methodist Latin American Ministries Director; Josef & Lynette Sykora, Slovakia (We are pleased to have the Sykora family worshiping with us this weekend!); Chris & Yuko Wilkins, Cambodia. (For more information on any of these missionaries, go to www.fmcusa.org/fmwm/.)

Pearce also supports Al & Stacy Anderson, Czech Republic with YoungLife (www.alandstacyanderson.com); Mike & Andrea Green, Cordoba, Argentina with Operation Mobilization (http://losverdesenargentina.blogspot.com); and David Shewan, LeRoy, NY with Young Life.

PEARCE WEBSITE: The Pearce website will be down next week, starting September 2, as we prepare a new and improved look. The updated site will launch Sunday, September 8. Take a look at the Pearce facebook page at facebook.com/pearcechurch for news and updates while the website is down.

JOIN THE CHOIR! This Wednesday, September 4, from 6:30-8:00pm we will be holding a Combined Choir rehearsal in preparation for our Welcome Back Sunday service on September 8.  It’s the perfect way to come and see what singing in a choir at Pearce is all about!  Whether you’ve sung in a choir for 50 years, or are thinking of singing in a choir for the first time, we hope you’ll join us!  If you’d like more information about choir options for fall and Christmas, contact Tim Lambert by calling 594-9488 or e-mailing him at Lambert_Tim@pearcechurch.org.  NOTE: “Combined Choir” means singers from the Sanctuary Choir, Praise Choir, Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir (and anyone else). All are encouraged to come.   

Pearce Reads: If you’re looking for a good read for these final weeks of summer, check out Bob Goff’s delightful book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World. It is a collection of remarkable stories about the author’s life. He is a rather quirky attorney who has managed along life’s journey to experience remarkable epiphanies of God’s love and grace. You’ll frequently chuckle or even shake your head at Goff’s antics, but you’ll also come away with a deep appreciation for a life devoted to incarnating God’s love. Copies of this easy-to-read book are available at the bookshelves in our lobby, for a donation of $12.00. Pick up a copy, find a nice comfortable chair on the back deck, and allow the Lord to stir in your heart a love for Him and for others.

UPDATE: Pearce will not present a children’s Christmas musical this year. The pastoral team is presently exploring opportunities to have our children participate in other special events during the Advent season. We hope to announce what that may look like in the near future. But for now, we wanted to notify parents that there will be no tryouts in September. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Kathy at petteys_kathleen@pearcechurch.org.

Have you dreamed of being a barista? Making coffee and talking to college students just might be the best job ever. We may need help in the coffee shop this semester.  If you have 8am-12pm or 12pm-4pm weekday openings in your schedule and are interested, please contact Sheryl Hunt at 738-0899.

THE PEARCE FOOD CUPBOARD continues to help individuals and families in our community through faithful donations from the Pearce congregation, Pearce 4 Kids families, and FoodLink. On average, there are four to six families who receive assistance through our food cupboard ministry each week.

  • We are running low on facial tissues, crackers, Jell-O, mayonnaise, canned ravioli, canned beef stew, baked beans, chili, SpaghettiOs, pudding, and jelly. Donations may be left in the shopping cart in the atrium. Thank you for your generosity!

SWAG continues to move forward! As of this past weekend, members of the Pearce family have generously given a total of $67,996.94 to fund special projects above and beyond this year’s operational budget. Four significant projects have been completed to date. First, the asbestos abatement and re-insulation of our boiler room was completed in June. Secondly, a payment of $10,000 was made on the principle of our loan, saving us $25,000 in future interest payments. Thirdly, the parking on the east side of Orchard Street, along with the sidewalk on that side of the building, were improved in July. Fourthly, a second payment of $10,000 was made on the incurred loan when our atrium/Family Life Center/education wing was built. Now we are working on the fifth project on this year’s list: raising $20,000 to help finance the installation of a much-needed new roof on the sanctuary. To date we have received $12,996.94 towards this fifth project, an additional $7,003.06 is yet needed. Will you help us raise the remaining amount and enable us to move on to the sixth project, the sealing of the Orchard Street parking lot? To make your gifts, use one of the pew envelopes and mark it SWAG. Thanks for your participation in Christian stewardship!

THIS WEEK

COMMON GROUNDS café is open Sundays, 8:30-10:45 am starting September 15; Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-3:00 pm (when RWC is in session); Wednesday evenings, 6:00-8:30 pm (when children’s ministries are running, beginning September 11).

The church office will be closed this Monday, September 2, for Labor Day. College classes will continue to meet in our building as usual.

Morning Moms, Pearce’s ministry to moms with children of all ages, resumes on Friday, September 6, at 9:30 am in the Friendship Center. This year’s theme is John 15:4-5, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you…apart from me you can do nothing.” Come, and bring a friend who could use a little time with other moms for support, encouragement, and friendship. Child care is available for children from birth to age 5. Speaking of child care, if you love kids, are free on Friday mornings, and would like to give moms a break, Morning Moms ministry needs you! Contact Jess Newcomb at jesseswifemay11@yahoo.com to learn more.

“CLAYS & CLAMS:” Does the smell of steak cooking in the autumn air get you fired up? How about the smell of spent gun powder and the kick of a shotgun? Well, if these are things that interest you, whether you’re an expert marksmen or a first timer, the Pearce Sportsmen would like to invite you to come to the Heek’s estate the evening of Friday, September 6, for our first annual “Clays and Clams.” Skeet shooting begins at 5:30 pm, with a clam and steak bake to follow. The cost is $10 per person, to cover food and clays. There is no agenda, just a chance to gather around a fun activity and some great food. Contact Pastor Mike at kuhlkin_michael@pearcechurch.org to RSVP, or sign up on the Pearce website.

LOOKING AHEAD

COLLEGE STUDENTS, do you have a desire to get plugged in with other Pearce college students? Do you desire to refine you leadership skills? Do you feel called to step into a leadership/ministry role here at Pearce? Beginning Sunday, September 8, the Pearce New Leader Training Course will be held twice a month from 7:00-8:30 pm at the home of Pastor Mike and Jackie Kuhlkin. The group will look at the way Jesus led throughout the Scriptures, some practical tips for leadership, as well as enjoy some great desserts. For more information, contact Pastor Mike at on Facebook at pastormikek@facebook.com or at kuhlkin_michael@pearcechurch.org.

KIDS’ GYM starts on September 11, from 10:00-11:00 am in the Family Life Center. Kids’ Gym is open to preschoolers and their caregivers from our church and community. Kids enjoy an hour of play time while their caregivers enjoy the time of fellowship.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION options for all ages begins Sunday, September 15. Sunday school for children and teens will be offered from 9:00-10:15 am Adult Bible Fellowships will be offered at 9:00-10:15 am, and 10:30-11:45 am Find more details in next weekend’s current events page.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS are offered by Pearce Parish Nurses on the second Sunday of each month. Come to the library (lower level) next Sunday, September 8, immediately following the 10:00 am worship service for your free screening.

PARENTS, come get the “411” on the social media outlets your kids may be involved in or exposed to. On Sunday, September 15, at 9:00 am, counselors from Agapé will be presenting information and ideas for parenting in the age of Facebook and Twitter. Come get answers to questions like: How young is too young? How much should I monitor my child’s use? Are there long-term effects to being so media-saturated? We will follow this seminar with a six-week Adult Bible Fellowship entitled, “Sticky faith: Everyday ideas to build lasting faith in your kids.” This class will be led by

Dr. Cheryl Repass and Pastor Mike and will include video and discussion. Both the seminar and the class are open and useful to parents with children of all ages.

PEARCE GRIEF CARE provides ongoing support to people who have experienced loss. Grief Care meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and their next meeting will be September 3. Each session is led by Janet Bratt and meets at 6:30 pm in the Pearce Parlor. Contact Pastor Harold Scott at scott_harold@pearcechurch.org to learn more.

ATTENTION MEN! Pearce will be hosting the Iron Sharpens Iron Conference on Saturday, October 5, from 8:30 am-4:55 pm The one-day conference is for men of all ages; beginning with men age 13. Early registration cost is only $39 ($29 for students), plus $8 for the on-site lunch. There will be 16 different seminars for men—something for everyone. Sign-up in the atrium this weekend.

“BOUNTIFUL BASKETS & BRUNCH,” a benefit for Aurora House (home for the dying and their loved ones) will be held at Pearce on Saturday, October 19. Come for brunch and enter for a chance to win a variety of themed gift baskets (each valued at $50 or more). Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, September 2, and must be pre-purchased. You may make your reservations at aurorahousewmc.com or mail your check with name, contact information, and full names of everyone in your party, to: Aurora House, PO Box 21, Spencerport, NY 14559. Contact Mary Kay at 490-8672 with questions.

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