This fall has been a busy one for the Pearce Teens. We began the school year with some program changes that have allowed for more casual time on Wednesday nights for leaders to converse with students. It does not seem like much of a change, but it has been huge for us. We are placing a premium on relationships over programs. Additionally, once each month the guys and girls separate for some gender-specific time. These times include both the junior high and senior high teens. These times have provided opportunities for the older teens to practice leadership and mentoring and have proved to be a great addition to our ministry.
The Pearce Quiz Team has been active in their studies as well as in fund-raising efforts to benefit their trip to the National Meet in Seattle next June. Part of their fund-raising was a Pasta Dinner and Quiz Tournament against the pastors. The students dominated—so much so that there were cries for drug testing. An anonymous pastor was quoted as saying, “They must be on the juice, and there is no way a kid could stand up that fast!”
The college ministry has been going strong this fall with a consistent Sunday morning class, small groups, and regular dinners at the Kuhlkin house. We have enjoyed getting involved with students from RWC, RIT, MCC, and the UofR, including members of the RIT Hockey team. We have been meeting regularly with the RIT goalie Jordan Ruby in hopes of helping him reach his friends at RIT. We are praying for two couples who would like to take this ministry on as their mission.
No update of the Pearce Student Ministry would be complete without some discussion of our upcoming teen mission trips. That was not a typo; “TRIPS” plural is correct. Initially we planned to take a single trip to Poland to help Al and Stacy Anderson, but due to timing issues we had students and leaders who would not be able to participate. An opportunity came up to return with a group to Romania in July; and rather than make a decision that would inevitably exclude some students, we decided to embark on two separate trips. A group of 15-20 teens and leaders will travel to Romania July 26 – August 6, and a second group of 8-15 teens and leaders will travel to Poland August 16-27. We are very excited about the impact we can have in Europe this summer, but as the Student Ministry Pastor, I am most excited about what we may see with our teens because of them serving in this capacity. Algonquin will still run the first full week of August; we acknowledge that it will be a small group than usual, but it is still a crucial piece of our ministry.
Please keep us in your prayers this winter as we continue to reach new kids, disciple our current students, fund-raise and make plans for the summer. There will be many opportunities for you to get involved in our fund-raising, Flower City Work Camp, and regular programs. We look forward to being able to discuss all of these things with you.