CURRENT EVENTS (updated May 23, 2013)
SUMMER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! Before long, we’ll be savoring long days, backyard barbecues, and road trips. At Pearce, we’ll also experience a different Sunday worship schedule. Beginning Sunday, June 16, we will offer a single, unified worship service at 10:00 a.m. While still in the planning process, Pastor Wally and Tim Lambert, with the input and advice of Dr. Dan Barta and Chaplain Jonathan Bratt, are developing a worship format that will be Christ-centered and meaningful for all who attend. So don’t expect either the Classic Service format or the Celebration order of worship. It isn’t a matter of selecting one over the other. Rather, their goal is to provide a worship time that will enable those of either preference to sense the presence of our Living God. Our Saturday worship service will continue throughout the summer at its regular time of 5:00 p.m.
FIRST GRADE BIBLES: We would like to present all first graders with a Bible during the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 16. If you have a child who is finishing first grade this June and is not involved in Pearce Sunday school, please make a note on the connection card (found in the pew rack) including his/her full name (the way you would like it to appear in your child’s Bible) by this Sunday, May 26, or email that information to Pastor Kathy at email@example.com.
SENIOR BIBLES: We would also like to present all high school seniors with a Bible during the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 16. If you have a student who is graduating this June and is not involved in Pearce Sunday school, please make a note on the connection card (found in the pew rack) by this Sunday, May 26, or email that information to Pastor Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRING YOUR BIBLE NEXT SUNDAY! As a special moment in the service on June 16, we would like to present a video showcasing people of all ages from Pearce displaying a Bible that is special to them. If you have a Bible that was given to you on a special occasion, or by a special person, bring it to church with you next Sunday, June 2. We’ll be filming the video in the education wing all morning, so stop by before or after the service. No speaking is required!
PICNIC: Following our special 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 16, the entire Pearce family is invited to gather for a picnic to welcome the summer season at our church. Picnic foods will be on the menu, including ice cream to cool down the hot afternoon temperatures. The meal will be served immediately following the worship service. No RSVP is needed for this free picnic (donations accepted), just come as you are and bring along your entire family.
KINGDOM ROCK VBS
VBS IS COMING! Pearce’s Kingdom Rock VBS is coming Monday-Friday, June 24-28. This year, kids will learn to stand strong for God by participating in exciting music, crafts, games, stories, snacks and more! Invite your friends and neighbors to this “rock solid” community outreach event. If you have not picked up your child registration form yet, don’t wait—space is limited. Forms are at the atrium kiosk and can also be downloaded from our website.
- Many crew leaders are still needed, to make sure the children have a fun, safe, and meaningful experience. Sign up to lead a crew of five-six children to various stations each day as they learn to stand strong for God!
- Other volunteer positions, including a nurse and music assistant, are also available. Not available the week of VBS? Perhaps you might be able to assist with some “behind-the-scenes” prep work, prior to VBS. Help will be needed with folding, cutting, etc.
- If your time is limited, would you consider fulfilling one or more donation request items?
Volunteer opportunities, preparation help, and donation request needs are updated often, so please stop by the atrium kiosk each week to review new opportunities/needs and find out how you can help.
FROM ATRIUM TO CASTLE: The VBS decorating crew is hard at work preparing for “Kingdom Rock.” Transforming Pearce into a castle takes a lot of work and materials, and the crew could use your help by donating any of the following items:
- 4 rolls of duct tape (silver)
- 1 roll of blue duct tape
- 1 roll of yellow duct tape
- 1 roll of red duct tape
- 3 rolls of black electrical tape
- 2-3 rolls/packages of fishing line
- 2-3 packages of tin foil
- 1 small/medium wooden bucket
- glue sticks for hot glue gun (standard or mini-sized)
- yellow tissue papeR
If you have questions about what is needed, you may contact Kim Brittin at email@example.com or by calling the church office.
NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW
NURSERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUMMER: Our wonderful RWC students, who helped staff our nursery during their school year, have now left campus for the summer. This means that we need to staff our nursery with volunteers from the congregation.
If you would like to help, Nursery Volunteer Response cards are available at the Welcome Kiosk in the atrium. Please fill out a card and leave it at the reception desk, or place it in the offering plate. You may also contact Rita Dean directly at 352-7835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SANCTUARY FLOWERS: We appreciate our decorating team of Kim Brittin and Ester Skiff. They invite those who would like to donate money for fresh flowers on the communion table each Sunday to please sign up at the Welcome Kiosk in the atrium. You may contribute $35 for a designated Sunday (in honor or in memory of a loved one, or to the glory of God).
BIRTH: Wyatt Joseph and Jackson Brian Steinwachs were born on May 13 to Adam & Sarah Steinwachs in Tennessee. Proud grandparents are Joe & Sharon Steinwachs.
TODAY’S SANCTUARY FLOWERS were donated by Neva Pfouts in memory of Neil E. Pfouts.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OPTIONS for children, teens, and adults are taking a break this Sunday for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. However, the Gospel Ambassador’s ABF will meet at 10:15 a.m., in the Friendship Center, and all are welcome to join them.
Kids’ Worship is finished for this school year, so be sure to pick up a Kids’ Bag (in the back of the sanctuary) before the worship service.
VESPERS AT THE GREENE meets tonight at 6:00 in the College Greene Community Center, with John Gay and special music by the Redman family. Vespers provides an opportunity to enjoy some of the old gospel songs, a time of fellowship, and a message from God’s Word. Everyone is welcome to share in this informal service of praise and worship.
CHURCH OFFICE: In honor of Memorial Day, the church office and building will be closed this Monday, May 27. Regular office hours (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) resume on Tuesday, May 28.
Also, beginning this Friday, May 31, through Friday, August 30, the church office will close at noon on Fridays.
BIBLE QUIZ QUOTE-A-THON: The Pearce Bible quiz team will be participating in a quote-a-thon this Tuesday evening, as their final fund-raiser of the season. Money raised will be used for this year’s tournament expenses, as well as expenses for National Quiz Finals, which will be held at Roberts Wesleyan College this summer. The quizzers will have a table in the lobby this Sunday to collect sponsors. You may sponsor a quizzer per quote or for a fixed amount. Please support the team as they commit the Word to their minds and hearts.
JOURNEY OF HOPE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP will meet this Wednesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Friendship Center. Dr. Jennifer Aube, Professor of Psychology at RWC, will facilitate this session, exploring the topic of “Coping and Healing: Finding the Touch of God.” Anyone dealing with cancer, either personally or as a family member, is invited to participate. Contact Cheryl Crotser at email@example.com to learn more.
WEDNESDAY COMMUNITY NIGHT OPTIONS (6:30-8:00 p.m.)
- New Life Prayer (continues through the summer)—led by Inge Redfield, Room 101 (office wing)
- Sanctuary Choir (ends June 5)—led by Tim Lambert, Sanctuary
NEXT WEEKEND we welcome Dr. Jeffrey Altman to our worship services. He will continue our “Corner Conversations” series, looking at the question, “Hasn’t Science Disproved Christianity?”
Dr. Altman is a graduate of RWC and Asbury Theological Seminary. He has pastored in the Free Methodist Church in Canada; served at the Free Methodist Church headquarters from 1983-1985, and served as associate pastor at Pearce from 1985-1987, before undertaking graduate studies at the University of Rochester. He is Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at RWC; and, for a number of years, served as Rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Syracuse.
Jeff lives in Churchville with his wife Meredith, who teaches math at Genesee Community College. Their daughter, Megan; son-in-law, Rob; and grandsons Jessup and Aaron are all active at Pearce—Jessup and Aaron are generally active all over!
RED WINGS GAME: Join others from Pearce at a Red Wings game this Wednesday, May 29, at 7:05 p.m. A small number of tickets are left and may be purchased ($8.50 per person) at the reception desk in the lobby. If those sell out, but you want to meet up with the Pearce group, tickets can be purchased at the stadium—the Pearce group will be in section 207.
FAMILY MISSION NIGHT: In place of our annual Mission Conference, typically held at Pearce in October, we will be offering several Family Mission Nights over the next two years, to help connect our church family to missionaries and mission organizations that Pearce supports. Our first Family Mission Night will be held next Sunday, June 2, in Parmerter, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The night will focus on Hope Africa University (HAU), a Christian liberal arts university located in Bujumbura, Burundi. (We just raised funds to benefit this university with our 2013 Mission Garage Sale.) The evening will involve panel discussions with several Pearce members who have recently traveled to HAU. Table activities will be provided for children age 12 and under (nursery care will not be available). We invite you and your family to come and learn how Pearce is helping to change individual lives and nations, one degree at a time, across Africa.
GOLDEN HEIRS: A picnic is planned for the Golden Heirs on Monday, June 10. Famous “Kinde Burgers” will be on the grill and Diane’s delicious macaroni salad will be served, too. Cost is $5.00; bring your own silverware. The speaker for the day will be Paul Shewan, sharing his “behind the scenes” stories of music and life. Reservations appreciated, call Joan Steward at 293-3002.
You are also invited to join Golden Heirs on a field trip to The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) in Rochester on Thursday, June 13. Learn what is available for various visual problems and tour their extensive facilities. The group will leave the Pearce parking lot at 10:00 a.m.; tour begins at 11:00 a.m. Lunch (baked ham with pineapple sauce, scalloped potatoes, and broccoli) will be at ABVI; cost is $2.50. Plan to return to Pearce in the early afternoon. You may sign-up for this trip at the picnic luncheon on June 10, or RSVP to Joan Steward at 293-3002.
SENIOR RECOGNITION PICNIC: High school seniors, you and your families are invited to a picnic in your honor, on Thursday, June 13, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Gather at Church Lodge in Churchville Park for food, games, and a trip down memory lane. The cost is $5 per person for family members and friends, free for seniors. Teachers and others who have been involved in the lives of these young folks are also encouraged to attend. RSVP by Sunday, June 9, to Pastor Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE PEARCE MISSION GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Saturday, June 29, from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at Salmon Creek in Spencerport. For $75, you get 18 holes of golf with a cart, gifts, and a full lunch banquet. You also get to support the Pearce Student Mission Trip coming in the summer of 2014 (their tentative plan is to return to Romania). Find registration forms in the atrium, or sign-up on our website.
ALGONQUIN APPLICATIONS: It’s time to start thinking about the Pearce Teen Spiritual Discipleship Canoe Trip. Each year, students going into 9th grade or higher take part in this week-long adventure in the Canadian wilderness. The group spends five days canoeing, cooking over campfires, swimming, and taking in all that God has created. This is a trip anyone can manage, even if you have never camped before, and it is a fantastic way to grow deeper in your walk with Christ. If you are interested in participating, please speak with Pastor Mike.
The group will leave from Pearce on Sunday morning, August 4, and return on Saturday, August 10. Cost is $450 per person, and includes all transportation, food, and gear. Applications are in the student information rack in the teen area, or on our website. Applications must be submitted by July 1—spots are filling up quickly.
“BELIEVE GOD CAN DO ANYTHING,” the Women of Faith 2013 tour comes to the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester this fall, September 13 & 14. Special guest speaker is Pastor Max Lucado, with music by Third Day. Also appearing are: CeCe Winans, Sheila Walsh, Holly Wagner, Angie Smith, and more.
If you’d like to attend with a group of women from Pearce, pick up a registration form in the atrium or print one off from our website. Cost is $101 per person. Completed registration forms, with check for $101, may be left in the Women of Faith mailbox, near the elevator in the atrium. Pearce registration deadline is Sunday, June 2. Pearce contact, Suzanne Russo, will be available at a table in the atrium this Sunday, May 26, to answer questions, or you may contact her at 585-872-0946 or email@example.com.