My Ignorance on Display
At the 10:30 am worship service this past Sunday I referred to the Super Bowl by commenting on the Giants and the Packers. I should have sensed something was wrong by the buzz emitted by the congregation at that point, but I simply plodded on, oblivious to my mistake.
Do you get a sense that I am not an avid sports fan? But, I must affirm in my defense that I did watch the Super Bowl later that evening. But I kept wondering, where were all the cheeseheads? Did I miss something?
I am pleased to announce that Jim Morton, Phil Ogden, and Ellyn Cornell have been elected to serve three-year terms on Pearce’s Official Board. Also, Chuck Cockrell, Paul Ludington, and Tim Corbett were elected to serve on our church’s Nominating Committee. Thanks to those who took the time to participate in this year’s election. A special thanks to all those who permitted their names to be placed on the ballot.
Annual Report Illustrations
Did you notice the great line drawings in this year’s Annual Report, distributed at last week’s Annual Meeting? Those drawings were skillfully executed by Ross Doucette. He is a junior graphics student at Roberts and is serving as an intern in our church office this semester. We appreciate having Ross help us out!
Speaking of the Annual Report, if you didn’t get a copy, contact the church office at 594-9488. They can get one to you.
A Sobering Read
I just began reading the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Author Katherine Boo carefully documents life in Annawadi, a slum near the Mumbai airport, by focusing on Abdul, a sixteen-year-old boy who supports his family of eleven by scavenging and sorting trash. Ms. Boo, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, spent three and a half years observing Abdul, so her book is rich in detail. As a review in last Sunday’s Boston Globe described it, this book “takes us on a harrowing journey into an unfamiliar world of an urban slum and makes us citizens of that world.”
Left Dangling Again
Our conversation will be left dangling next week. The pastors of Free Methodist churches associated with college campuses are gathering to discuss ministry opportunities presented to these uniquely situated congregations. The Board of Bishops will be joining us for this informal dialogue, so I appreciate your prayers as we gather. I’ll pick up the conversation with you on February 23.
A Special Guest
Rev. Stephen (Mac) Macaluso will be speaking at Pearce the weekend of February 18 & 19. Until recently, Pastor Mac served as the lead pastor at Liverpool Community Church near Syracuse. He recently accepted a new role as a regional representative for the Free Methodist Foundation.
Pastor Mac, after reviewing recent sermon series at Pearce, asked if he could add one more message to January’s “Urban Legends of the Flower City.” I encouraged him to move in that direction, so Pastor Mac will be talking about the urban legend “I better play it safe!” I encourage you to come and hear about God’s call to be risk-takers.
Thanks, Mary Lou
This evening (February 9) will be Mary Lou Bates’ final meeting as the Official Board’s recording secretary. For the past couple of years, Mary Lou has carefully kept minutes of the Board’s deliberations. She has done an excellent job and been a gracious presence at the meetings.
Stepping in to assume this responsibility is Lynn Bates. Lynn is an administrative assistant at Roberts and is quite familiar with church boards. For many years, Lynn’s husband, Laverne, served churches in western New York and Ontario as a senior pastor and superintendent.
Thanks to both of these delightful women for their service to Pearce.
Opening at Pearce
Bob Antes, Pearce’s Facility Director, is seeking to fill a part-time janitorial position at Pearce. This entails cleaning between 10 and 15 hours per week on evenings and weekends. This may be a great job for a high school or college student, or a retired individual seeking part-time employment. For more information, contact Bob Antes at 594-9488.