Can’t Get More Welcoming
Last year I regularly encouraged those reading the Dangling Conversation to help make Pearce a welcoming place for people of all ages. Well, I think we’re making significant progress! After one of this past Sunday’s worship services, Sheri Breeze stopped me to share a photo she took on her phone of her grandson, Tyler, sleeping in the pew. She shared with me that Tyler not only enjoyed a nice nap, but that he snored loudly during my sermon. Good to know that Tyler felt at home!
Keeper of the Sacred Texts
For the past thirty-five years, Izzie Leupold has served as Pearce’s librarian. Back in 1977, Izzie’s predecessor suddenly moved out of the area, leaving unattended Pearce’s library. Izzie watched the books piling up on the librarian’s desk. Finally, when no one else stepped forward, Izzie decided that she had to do something about the disarray. So she rolled up her sleeves, went to work, and began getting books back in their proper places!
Now, at the highly respectable age of ninety, Izzie is ready to bring this chapter of her life to a close and pass her responsibilities onto someone else. If you enjoy Christian literature and are interested in overseeing Pearce’s library, contact the church office at 594-9488 and request an application. Applications are due by April 30.
And thanks, Izzie, for so many years of faithful service!
A Calculated Move
This past Monday the Pearce staff welcomed Jessica Chapin on staff as our new bookkeeper. Jessica, from nearby Spencerport, is a senior at Roberts Wesleyan College. Jessica’s arrival will facilitate Honna Lusk moving into her new position as Pearce’s Administrator, beginning on March 26th. We are grateful for the ministry of both of these gifted individuals!
As most of you know, we recently initiated a campaign to raise $25,000 to help fund the restoration of Pearce’s bell tower. The total cost of the project is significant, more than $50,000. Approximately half of the cost of the restoration is being covered by funds left to our church from the estate of Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Magill.
Our goal is to raise $25,000 over the next three months to finance the remaining portion of the project. At this point, two weeks into the campaign, we have raised $2,786. I invite you to contribute and extend my thanks in advance for your help in preserving this architectural feature of our facility!
Rock the Lakes
Franklin Graham will be in Rochester this summer for a two-day event that is being billed as “Rock the Lakes,” a reference to the fact that this event will be held in four cities around the Great Lakes. Rochester will be the first venue on June 16 & 17. Green Bay, Buffalo, and Ottawa will each host the event in August or September.
Saturday, June 16, will feature an all-day concert of youth-oriented Christian bands. The next day, a gathering geared toward families, with musical artists that carry more widespread appeal, will be held in the afternoon and evening. Rochester’s Sahlen Stadium, the home of the Rochester Rhinos, will be the site for the event.
To prepare for this weekend of outreach, a series of three classes will be taught by Franklin Graham’s team at area churches. Pearce will be hosting these classes for three consecutive Mondays on April 16, 23 and 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm Youth (age 13 and up) and adults alike are welcome to join. These classes will provide basic tools on how to share your faith and how to listen and pray with someone who comes forward in response to the message of Christ. Those interested in becoming counselors at the Rock the Lakes Festival will need to attend these classes. Please contact Pastor Kathy at email@example.com if you would like to serve as a greeter, usher, or prayer leader for the any or all of the three training Mondays in April.