Greg Coles Returns to Pearce
I am pleased to announce that Greg Coles will be Pearce’s guest preacher the weekend of October 13 & 14. Greg was an active part of our congregation during his sojourn as a student at Roberts where he majored in communication and graduated this past spring. During his senior year, he assisted in worship leading, especially in the Saturday evening service.
Greg has a fascinating background. He grew up in Bandung, Indonesia (a city of more than two million!). He jokes that it was there that he learned such life skills as “how to hang out the doors of moving vehicles” which became tragically useless upon his return to the United States.
Greg is presently serving as a ministry intern at New Hope Community Church in Potsdam, New York. He will continue our current sermon series, sharing a message he has titled “Jesus Incognito” based on Luke 19:18-21.
I will be on retreat that weekend with the members of Pearce’s Official Board at Lighthouse Christian Campground.
Music to My Ears
Author Flannery O’Connor wrote: “I do not like the raw sound of the human voice unless it is under the discipline of music.” Last Sunday’s celebration of our choir’s golden anniversary was definitely under the discipline of music! Fifty-four voices enriched our worship with an inspired selection of choral pieces. I want to express my appreciation to the Pearce musicians for a special time of worship. Thank you!
You Are Invited to Dine
This weekend Communion will be served in each of Pearce’s worship services. Many congregations, including Pearce, observe the first Sunday of October as “World Communion Sunday.” This observance was first held in a Presbyterian church in Pittsburg in 1933. The purpose of “World Communion Sunday” is to remind each of us that we are part of the whole body of believers.
To help us gain a sense of the world-wide community of faith, I’ve invited some members of the Pearce family to read the Scripture readings in their indigenous language. Among those scheduled to read is Dutch-born Pieter Aarsen in the 9:00 am Sunday service and Cuban-born Jorge Tamayo in the 10:30 am Sunday service.
What to Do with Halloween?
It is always a bit of a challenge for Christian families with small children to know how to navigate Halloween. In an attempt to provide a safe, wholesome environment on Halloween night, Pearce is holding a “Fall into Fun” gathering. This event is specifically geared for families with children up to sixth grade, however we hope it will be an intergenerational time for our congregation.
Pastor Kathy, our Children’s Pastor, and Lydia Monroe, our director of Pearce 4 Kids, are putting this evening together. It will include an inflatable bounce house (Great for preschoolers!) and an obstacle course (Perfect for older kids and even adults!).
If you are an older member of our congregation, you may enjoy coming, watching the “organized chaos,” and serving as an adopted grandparent, aunt, or uncle.
This event will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 pm (come-and-go) in Pearce’s Family Life Center.
A brief and thoughtful reflection on Halloween by Harold L. Myra can be found at www.christianitytoday.com