Blow Off the Dust!
I wish I knew better how to encourage people to attend Pearce’s Annual Meeting. The gathering provides an opportunity to acknowledge God’s faithfulness to our congregation over the past year and peer into what lies ahead. I think people anticipate a dull, dusty old meeting with long reports and incomprehensible spreadsheets.
It isn’t that at all! Rather, I find it an exciting time to talk about what may lie around the next bend and where God may want to take us. Rather than coming to the Annual Celebration in slippers and robes, ready for a mid-winter nap, I think we should come in hiking boots and knapsacks, ready to hit the road!
So I hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, February 1, at 6:30 pm in Parmerter Chapel.
The nominees for this year’s Official Board elections are: Beth Bellinger, Ellyn Cornell, Jim Morton, Phil Ogden, and Tom Preston. What a great slate, huh?
Three of the five nominees will be elected to three-year terms on the Official Board. A brochure introducing the nominees will be made available this weekend at Pearce. Full members are invited to vote at the Annual Meeting on February 1; at the church office on Thursday, February 2, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; or in the lobby before or after worship services on February 4 & 5.
Nominate for the Nominating (Repeat quickly five times!)
Ever wonder how the nominees for the Official Board are selected? No, it doesn’t involve the casting of lots! A great group of nine individuals gather in the summer and fall to work on identifying godly, gifted leaders for nomination. This weekend you can nominate a person (full member of Pearce) you feel would be good to have on the Nominating Committee to work on the nominees for next year (2013). Slips are available at the reception desk in the lobby on which full members of Pearce may jot down that person’s name and deposit in the marked box.
It’s Okay, Martha!
Yesterday, Martha Beales stopped me to confess that she is still playing Christmas music. I assured her that it’s okay. (I write this as I’m listening to a new Christmas CD.) I don’t approve of keeping up Christmas decorations into late January, but have no qualms with a few Christmas songs even on a February morning!
I mentioned during worship a couple of weekends ago that I have been reading Billy Graham’s newest book Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well. It isn’t a profound book or one that is particularly well written, but it is filled with Graham’s characteristic simplicity and deep sense of God’s faithfulness. Reading it reminds me of sitting and talking with my Uncle Jack, a retired pastor. I always walk away from our conversations with a sense of peace and gratitude for a life lived well with the Master.
I am not quite finished with Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine by Eric Weiner. The book relates Weiner’s search for God after he experienced a bit of a scare in a hospital emergency room. So he embarks on a journey to explore his spiritual identity. Weiner dabbles a bit with Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity and finally ends up with what he calls an “Ikea God.” “Some assembly required,” he says, “[The] idea is that you can cobble together your own sort of personal religion, a sort of mixed tape of God.” It is a bit frustrating to read of Weiner’s religious flirtations, but I feel that it helps provide a sense of how many in our culture approach their own personal spiritual journey.
Mike Vannest, Pearce’s treasurer sent me this graph highlighting the fact that we met our budget for 2011 in all categories. Thanks for everyone who contributed so generously to our ministry in 2011!