Stories Around the Campfire
This weekend the Pearce family gathers after one of the most beautiful summers in memory. Our theme as we gather is “Stories Around the Campfire,” a reference to one of the great story-telling spots one can picture.
Although we will be meeting in a brick and mortar building in broad daylight, I hope you’ll come with a sense of imagination. Perhaps you can gather with us as if we were making our way by lantern light through woods to a warm, blazing campfire in a remote part of God’s great outdoors.
Come dressed comfortably so you won’t mind staying after worship to visit with those surrounding you in worship. (The pastoral team will dress casually this weekend to help set the atmosphere!) Bring along your camp chairs or some blankets to toss on the ground.
Those attending our Saturday worship will be invited to Pearce’s courtyard for some light refreshments after the service. On Sunday Jim Heeks and his crew will provide a complete picnic dinner at 11:30 am (featuring pulled pork and fresh roasted corn on the cob). For more information on this dinner, check out the current events page of our website (http://www.pearcechurch.org/index.php/current-events/).
Sunday Christian Education
If you attend one of our Christian education opportunities on Sunday mornings, note that classes will begin at 9:00 am rather than at last year’s 9:15 am start time. This change is being made to insure the safety of our children. Last year children were dismissed from the 9:00 am worship service to attend classes. Since our facility is a large one and children may walk a fair distance to arrive at their classroom, the staff felt it would be wise for parents to drop their children off at their classroom at the outset of the 9:00 am worship hour.
Christian education classes that met at 10:30 am last year will continue to meet at that same time this year.
Our first Sunday of classes will be September 16. Thanks for continuing to help us make Pearce a safe place for our children!
C. S. Lewis is quoted as writing “If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.” Part of engaging our culture as followers of Christ is participation in the political life of our nation. To help encourage such participation, a voter registration table will be located in Pearce’s atrium this coming weekend. If you aren’t registered to vote, why not stop by?
Good Food at Cheap Prices
There are plenty of websites that guide people to the best cheap eats in major cities. You can find such places in New York or Prague with a click of the mouse. There are even such sites for our humble city of Rochester. Checking out those sites, I found plenty of options listed from Nick Tahou’s Hots to the Flour City Diner. Not listed on any site, however, is Pearce’s own “Savory Suppers.”
Oh, I know that we don’t really operate a restaurant, but anyone who has attended one of Jim Heek’s Wednesday night meals knows that you get quite a bit for your money. Prices continue to remain low. (Where can an adult get a complete meal for only $6.00?)
“Savory Suppers” may not have linen tablecloths and strolling musicians, but we do request reservations. (Jim wants to be prepared for your arrival!) Call the church office by noon the Monday prior to your coming to make your reservation, or make a note on the “Connection Card” in the pew rack.
It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned my recent reads, so permit me to make amends.
I found Max Alexander’s Bright Lights, No City a fascinating non-fiction read. Max’s brother was one of the co-founders of the board game Cranium. This brother, Whit, seeks to develop a profitable business in Ghana, Africa, by renting batteries to people in villages that lack electricity. Max tags along to document the attempt. The book presents the unvarnished realities of attempting humanitarian work in a country without a viable infrastructure. Although the book lacks a Christian worldview, it is an engaging read.
I just started Christine Dillon’s Telling the Gospel through Story. Dillon, the daughter of missionaries to Asia, works as a church planter in Taiwan with OMF International. I discovered the book via a review in Christianity Today. The book was assessed as “an important, even vital, way to share the gospel—especially in the present age of biblical illiteracy.” I am hoping it helps me become a better teller of God’s Story. (I’ve placed a few copies of this book on the book rack in Pearce’s reception area for those who want to join me on this read.)