The Story Continues
This past weekend I told of my recent encounter with a neighborhood dog. Evidently my story resonated with many of you. I had offers from several to lend me devices that emit high frequencies and reportedly silence dogs.
On Sunday afternoon Daniel and Abby Foley stopped by to deliver a bag of dog biscuits to me. On the bag they had placed a note that read: “A Random Act of Kindness to Help You.” (The parents insisted it was their children’s idea!)
As the Foleys and I were talking, Dave and Julie Ditzel pulled up. Dave got out of his car and flashed his t-shirt which read “Alpha,” a reference to my attempt to be the alpha male in silencing the neighbor’s dog. Dave’s wife pulled out a t-shirt for me to don for a photo.
Monday morning I checked my mailbox at Pearce as I headed to my office. In my box sat a can of “Mighty Dog” dog food. (With lamb and rice, in case you were wondering!) In black marker some unknown individual had written, “Woof!” next to a smiley face.
What a delight to pastor a congregation with such a good sense of humor! By the way, I haven’t yet taken the biscuits next door to befriend the dog, but I must do so soon! (Thanks, Foleys!)
A Moment to Celebrate
Many at Pearce provided prayer support and words of encouragement for Mary Jane Devan as she battled cancer. Now cancer-free, Mary Jane is inviting everyone to a time to “celebrate God’s great goodness, mercy and love” toward her. She also wants this to be a time for her to express thanks to the many individuals who prayed for her healing.
Her celebration will be held on Sunday, October 14, in the Shewan Recital Hall. A brief program will be presented at 4:30 pm, but you are welcome to stop by any time between 4:00 and 6:00 pm RSVPs are requested by October 5 by calling 585-594-4505 or emailing Mary Jane at email@example.com.
A Golden Morning
Pearce is richly blessed in the many gifted musicians who share their talents with us in worship services on a regular basis. Some of those individuals have been so for quite a long time! Take for instance people like Jack & Mary Lou Bates, Bob Conner, Barb Lehman, and Neva Pfouts who have been a part of Pearce’s Sanctuary Choir for fifty years. Join them at this coming Sunday’s 9:00 am worship service to help celebrate the choir’s “Golden Anniversary!”
It was a delight to have Dr. Frank and Carol Ogden share briefly in the recent Sunday morning services regarding their medical mission work at Hope Africa University. The ministry of this university is dear to the hearts of many at Pearce.
The Ogdens encouraged support of the university’s medical program, particularly its partnership with Kibuye Hospital, the hospital where Dr. Ogden served as the medical director for many years. If you are interested in supporting the medical school, send your tax-deductible gifts to “Friends of Hope Africa University,” Box 580, Spring Arbor, MI 49283. Note on the memo line of your check: “Kibuye Operations.” Thanks!
Now This Is A Small Group!
How do you kick-off a new year as a small group? Well, I don’t how your small group starts a new season together, but members of our group gathered for a picnic and a competitive game of bocce this past Sunday evening. Members of the group kept asking “Where’s the yipping dog?” It never made an appearance, prompting members of our small group to question the veracity of my sermon illustrations!
By the way, if you haven’t yet signed up to be part of a small group, contact Pastor Harold at firstname.lastname@example.org. He’ll be happy to help get you gathering with a great group of people.
A Thought-Provoking Film
Next Wednesday some of us are gathering for the screening of a new documentary film on poverty in America. Entitled The Line, this film examines the stories of people in America who are living at or below the poverty line. I hope it prompts me to be more aware of the daily struggles experienced by millions in our nation and, thus, better advocate for ways to address the issue as a follower of Christ. If you would like to see this short documentary (45 minutes), join me in Room 81 of Pearce’s educational wing.