Kids Say the Most Wonderful Things!
I always enjoy hearing of the conversations parents have with their children, especially when such times center on matters of Christian faith. Dawn Fugate sent me the following note regarding a recent conversation with her five-year-old daughter, Johanna.
We just got back yesterday after enjoying our time with Jim’s family. Jim’s father is the church’s choir director, and on Easter the choir sang an Easter cantata accompanied by a video depicting Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
As time goes on, it amazes me how much more children take in than we realize at the time. That night, as I was singing to Johanna before bed, she told me the presentation was her favorite part, and she so sweetly said, “I always wondered how Jesus died.”
That led to a precious discussion about our need for Jesus, what He has done for us, why He died, and how incredibly much He loves us. Although she still is quite young, I could see her heart becoming more receptive to our Lord by the questions she asked and comments she made. It was a precious time!
By the way, Johanna’s big brother, eight-year-old Joshua, was one of the readers featured on the concluding video at this past Sunday’s worship at Pearce. Joshua regularly serves as a Scripture reader at Pearce’s Contemplative Service on Saturdays.
Speaking of Easter
I want to be sure and express my gratitude to the many volunteers who worked so hard this past weekend to help Pearce witness to the person and ministry of Jesus Christ.
I wish I could list each individual by name, but the list would be a bit too long for this week’s Dangling! Permit me to specifically thank three teams: Tim Lambert and all the musicians that enriched our worship with such beautiful music, Jim and Susan Heeks and the many who served us such a delicious brunch, and Jesse Newcomb and the tech team that provided the great video presentations. But I also want to thank the many others who helped out! I am blessed by the talented individuals who give so generously of their time and talents to Pearce. Thank you!
By the way, one of the videos shown on Sunday was “That’s My King” featuring Dr. S. M. Lockridge. He pastored a prominent African American congregation in San Diego from 1953 to 1993. He also served as a guest lecturer at numerous schools and served as a faculty member for the Billy Graham School of Evangelism. Dr. Lockridge passed away on April 4, 2000.
The concluding video, featuring five Pearce members reading various New Testament passages, was written by Jonathan Bratt, recorded by Jesse Newcomb, and edited by David Ditzel and Tim Lambert.
Both of these videos have been posted on Pearce’s Facebook page. The latter video is also posted on Pearce’s Web site.
Update on Hope Africa
When I saw Dr. Nelson Hill after his return from Africa where he served as a visiting faculty member for several weeks, I inquired as to how his trip went. He said, “It was life changing!”
Dr. Hill, along with others who recently spent time teaching at Hope Africa University, will share about their experiences on Sunday evening, June 3, in Pearce’s Friendship Center. I know this is a bit early to notify you of this event, but it always seems like weekends in May and June book up quite early.
Bell Tower Update
We’re in the middle of an effort to raise $25,000 by the end of June to help defray the cost of the restoration of Pearce’s bell tower. We received $2,935 toward the project this past Sunday, bringing the total contributed to date to $9,599. Thanks for helping us restore this beautiful architectural feature of our church building!
If someone asked you to summarize the Bible, would you be able to tell its Story? This weekend I’m beginning a six-week series of messages that I hope will help you relate what God is doing in our world. Entitled “Discovering God’s Story,” I hope it will equip you to help us fulfill Pearce’s vision to “engage our time in the timeless Story!”