New Members Welcomed
I love the convenience of cell phone cameras! Pastor Mike caught this shot of last Sunday’s 10:30 am worship service as I welcomed four new members into our church. Standing next to me, from left to right, are Linda and Kevin Brink and Michael and Kristen Ockrin. Both of these couples, along with their children, began attending Pearce about a year ago. We celebrate their being a part of the Pearce family.
After I welcomed the Brinks and Ockrins into membership, Board member Bill Christopher offered a prayer. Bill faithfully attended the recent Discovery course so that he would get to know the new attendees at Pearce.
I Sold Out!
I’ve taken quite a bit of good-natured ribbing this week about the phone message that I recently recorded for the company that is publishing our new church directory. They asked me to record a message encouraging people to set up appointments for their family portraits.
Reluctantly, I complied with their request. (I have never been a fan of recorded phone messages—especially after a rather long season of receiving political phone messages!) I must have sounded fairly natural as many of you commented that you began talking with me, figuring that I had personally called. Judy Laurini sent me an e-mail saying: “We had quite a conversation together before I realized that it was a recorded message. I had a real laugh at that point.”
If you haven’t scheduled your appointment yet, you can sign up through the Pearce Web site. Go to http://www.pearcechurch.org/index.php/church-directory/ and click on “online signups.” Or if you don’t have Web access, call the church office and they can help you get on the schedule. Photos are being scheduled from May 8 through May 19. Those unavailable during that time frame can secure appointments on June 5 & 6.
Our last photo directory was published four years ago, so we are overdue for a new edition!
The Wilkins at Pearce
Last week I noted that several of our church’s members, who recently taught courses at Hope Africa University, are scheduled to relate their experiences in Africa on Sunday evening, June 3. This week I want to highlight an opportunity for you to hear about the ministry of Chris and Yuko Wilkins as they continue to serve in Cambodia.
Join the Wilkins on Wednesday, May 2, at 7:00 pm, in the Friendship Center. Chris currently serves as the field supervisor for our denomination’s work in Cambodia. Both he and Yoko have a good grasp on what is taking place in that part of the world and are looking forward to helping us become more aware and informed.
While home on furlough, the Wilkins family is staying in Pearce’s “Mission House,” located on Orchard Street near Pearce Church. They recently celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary.
True Story and The Story
Last fall I recommended to you the book True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In written by James Choung. I’ve made copies of the book available once again in preparation for this summer’s sermon series “When God’s Story Became My Story.” A wonderful host of special speakers, from Bishop David Roller to Pearce’s own Dr. McCown, will be sharing how God’s Story intersected with their own lives. Copies of the book are available on the book rack in the foyer for a $10 donation.
In this past weekend’s message, I mentioned the challenge each of us face in understanding the over-arching story of the Bible. I said, “For many of us the Bible was more an encyclopedia or a reference book than a compelling story. Even its format of chapters and verses reinforced our view of the book. We could open it at any page, point to any particular verse, and find our wisdom for the day. We used it to proof-text our lives, but seldom did we have the sense of the whole Story.”
I then went on to relate that Mary and I read a condensed edition of the Bible called The Story. Using the New International Version’s text, the story of the Bible is arranged chronologically in 31 chapters. Not intended as a study Bible, it is edited to help us gain a greater sense of the grand Story of the Scriptures.
I commend this edition of the NIV for your reading if you are interested, as I am, in coming to better know the Story. You can find copies of this available also on the book rack in the foyer for a $10 donation.
We are almost half way to our goal of $25,000 for the restoration of Pearce’s Bell Tower. Last week we received $1,469 for a grand total thus far of $11,068. We hope to raise $25,000 for this project by mid-June. Thanks to all who have given so generously thus far!
Thanks a Latte!
Emily Benedict, on the left, has worked at the Café for four years and left her post this past week to begin serving as a teacher’s aid at Mary Cariola Children’s Center. Bekah Steele, seated on the right, will be leaving in early May to assume her new responsibilities as an art teacher at Global English School near Bangkok, Thailand. Both Emily and Bekah are December 2011 graduates of Roberts.
We are grateful to these two, and our prayers go with them as they launch out on their new endeavors!