Rev. Jonathan Bratt, Chaplain at Roberts Wesleyan College, will be our guest in Pearce’s pulpit this weekend, concluding our series, “When God’s Story Became My Story.” Chaplain Bratt has selected a rather unusual text for his message: Romans 16:1-16. As you read the text, I encourage you to take a guess at what his theme may be.
I’ll have to catch the Chaplain’s message on Pearce’s podcast as I’ll be at Lighthouse Christian Camp this coming Sunday to preach in their worship service at 10:00 am The following weekend (September 8 & 9), I’ll be back in the pulpit at Pearce. Although I have greatly enjoyed listening to the wonderful guests who participated in this summer’s sermon series, I’m looking forward to being back in the pulpit on a regular basis.
This past weekend, we enjoyed having Dr. Linda Adams, Director of International Child Care Ministries (ICCM), as our guest preacher at Pearce. During her message, Dr. Adams briefly shared about ICCM and the ways in which the lives of children are impacted through sponsorship. As a result, twenty-four children were “adopted” by Pearce families! This means twenty-four children now have new opportunities and a more hopeful future. Thanks to those of you who “adopted” children this weekend and thanks to the many families that already sponsor children through ICCM or Compassion International. (Compassion International is another wonderful Christ-centered child-care ministry!)
Pastor Mike writes: Thank you to all who supported the Pearce mission trip to Poland. What a fantastic adventure God had for us. Yes, many of us spent a bit of time in the hospital, and yes the remainder of the team was left to hold camp together, but God knew what He was doing. Over and over again we saw the hand of God move. Once again God proved that when we are obedient to His call, things may not go according to our plans, but He is a big God, and His plans are perfect.
The weekend after Labor Day will be a special time at Pearce. I hope you will plan on joining us!
Those attending the Saturday evening service on September 8 will be invited to a reception following worship in Pearce’s beautiful courtyard. This will be an informal gathering, providing the opportunity to enjoy conversation and catch up on each other’s summer activities.
On Sunday, September 9, we’ll gather for a single service at 10:00 am For those who regularly worship on Sunday, this will provide the chance to see old friends and make new ones. Following the service we’ll gather for a picnic, featuring pulled pork and roasted corn on the cob. (The cost for this meal is only $5 per person or $20 per immediate family.)
Following the Sunday meal, everyone is invited to join others around the campfire for great story-telling. Several of our community of faith graciously consented to tell their own stories. Among those telling their stores will be Mike and Lynn Vannest, Pieter Aarsen, and Naomi Garwood. The fixings for delicious s’mores will be available so everyone can listen to the stories while munching on the perfect campfire food! (Don’t forget to bring camp chairs or a blanket to sit on.)
A conference will be hosted the weekend of September 21-23 at Roberts and Pearce entitled, “Healing Ministry through the Majority World Church”
Promotional material for the conference highlights its focus as follows: “This conference will explore the continued expansion of health care [around the world] through the church, even without missionaries.” Attendees will learn how this has transpired, as well as explore possible partnerships with various health care ministries. The conference should be of interest to pastors, laypeople interested in missions, students, and health care workers (doctors, nurses, and physician assistants).
Presenters include Bishop David Roller, Pearce’s own Dr. Darlene McCown, and Linda Stryker (a missionary nurse serving in the Congo).
You may register for the entire conference (which includes dinner on Saturday) or just attend Friday night and/or Saturday morning and make a free will donation if you wish. Registration can be arranged by contacting Dr. Norm Wetterau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning September 15 & 16, sign-up sheets for small groups at Pearce will be available in our church’s atrium. If you are not part of a small group, why not stop by a table and leave your contact information? A member of our pastoral team will be contacting you to help you find a small group that can be an encouragement in your walk with Christ.