There are times when I am overwhelmed by the level of activity that goes on at Pearce. Take the recent Saturday before Thanksgiving as an example.
I entered the church and first stopped by the Family Life Center to check on the packing of the Thanksgiving boxes. The FLC was abuzz with people packing the 682 boxes as others were taking completed boxes outside and loading them into vehicles for delivery. I visited with Terry Taber and was brought up to date on how everything was progressing. Leaving the FLC, I marveled at the wonderful way so many worked together to provide delicious Thanksgiving dinners to families throughout Monroe County.
On the way to my office, I passed by the sanctuary and noticed that children were rehearsing the Christmas musical. I felt compelled to go in and see how their production was progressing and was impressed by their enthusiastic participation. Wishing them well, I headed out once again to my office.
As I was walking out of the sanctuary, I ran into Kristin Coon carrying a huge basket of knitted caps. Kristin had been working for several months to gather hats for donation to area hospitals for use in their neonatal intensive care units. Kristin had gathered more than 1,100 hats and was bringing them in to place on our church’s altar so that we could dedicate them in the worship services the following day.
After visiting with Kristin and helping her get the hats arranged around the altar, I again resumed my journey to my office. As I entered the administrative wing, I encountered Kim Brittin and Ester Skiff working on wreaths for decoration of the sanctuary windows. I spent a few minutes with them, hearing of their plans for this year’s decorations.
Finally I made it to my office! But what a great series of encounters along the way! Each one served to remind me of the wonderful ministries that regularly occur within and outside of our church’s facility.
FORUM ON 2012 BUDGET
Are you interested in our church’s budget for next year? Or maybe you simply want a better sense of the financial health of Pearce. If so, you’ll want to attend this Monday’s Congregational Forum at 7:00 pm in Parmerter Chapel. The chairman of Pearce’s Finance Committee, Dan Papa, and his team will present an overview of our church’s finances and the proposed 2012 budget. You don’t need to be a CPA to appreciate this presentation!
The consumer rush is on, isn’t it? News outlets are highlighting the record sales over the Black Friday weekend. A total of $52.4 billion was spent, an increase of 16 percent over last year. Consumers are reported to be spending more on discretionary purchases, like jewelry, toys, and sporting goods.
Well, I’m all for a robust economy, but I want to encourage all of us to participate in the Advent Conspiracy and consider ways in which we can place a greater emphasis on “Christmas presence” rather than “Christmas presents.” The Advent Conspiracy simply asks each person to consider buying one less gift this Christmas and give that money to a worthy cause. Here at Pearce we are encouraging each family to make a gift on December 17 & 18 to the Global Blue Water Project, a wonderful ministry that provides wells in parts of the world where fresh water isn’t readily available.
You can find out more about the Advent Conspiracy and ways to participate in this grass roots movement to restore a more Christian approach to the holiday by checking out their Web site at www.adventconspiracy.com.
This weekend I’ll be directing our attention to another of the women listed in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew’s gospel. The story of Rahab is a fascinating one and serves to highlight a faith that takes risks. To prepare for this coming weekend’s message, you might want to read the second chapter of Joshua.
Did any of you catch my mistake in the title of our Advent sermon series? I took the title from the lyrics of the familiar Christmas song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and entitled the series “Where the Love Light Glows.” I recently discovered, when taking a closer look at the lyrics, that the song goes “Christmas Eve will find me where the love light gleams.” My apologies to James “Kim” Gannon who wrote the lyrics to the song in 1943!
NEW MEMBER OF THE PEARCE TEAM
Kim Brittin recently accepted the position of Assistant to the Office Manager at Pearce. Kim is an alumnus of Roberts (class of 2003) and has worked in education since graduating. Kim has attended Pearce for the past four years and is serving in several volunteer roles. She is a Stephen Minister, assists with Kidz Worship, and, along with Ester Skiff, provides the seasonal decorations for our church facility.
Kim’s new responsibilities will include scheduling activities in our church’s facility, recruiting and training volunteers, and providing general office support.
This new full-time position is the integration of what were formerly two part-time positions. One of the part-time positions was held by Lisa Quirk until Lisa left in August to begin her new career as a dental hygienist. Mary Jane Lighthouse has held the other part-time position for several years and will be retiring later this month.
We welcome Kim to Pearce’s staff and pray God’s blessing as she begins her new ministry.