Out in the Cold
On December 7 & 8 approximately 20 teens and adults gathered for “Project Out in the Cold.” This project was conceived and executed by Karen Hopkins, and was designed as an opportunity for our students to live a night in the shoes of the homeless. The goal was to help our teens to identify with those in the Rochester area who are less fortunate, raise funds that can help local missions to the homeless, and to bring a general awareness to our community about this growing problem. The teens slept out in cardboard boxes on a cold rainy night, were served two warm meals by Buzz and Linda Mantegna, and heard from three different missions. My heart swelled with pride as our kids were eager to learn from our guests what life for the homeless is like, and how they might actively participate in helping them. The hearts of these teens are an encouragement to me when I think about their potential to change their world.
Get Out of Town
On December 9-11, Jackie and I were blessed with this directive, given by our volunteer leaders, “Get Out of Town.” On Sunday afternoon we had volunteers come to the house to stay with our children and provide Jackie and I with a stay at a wonderful bed & breakfast in Ellicottville, complete with a gift certificate for dinner. What a wonderful gift from volunteers who already give so much of their time and talents to teens. We are such a blessed congregation to have these dedicated leaders working with our kids. Thank you to Karen & Maurice Hopkins, David Shewan, Honna Lusk, Sean Hardy, Tom Corbett, Sarah Grice, Lynn Vannest, Kyle Poag, Craig Bailey, Beth Honan, Becca Sadler, Todd Adams, James Kerwin, Becca & Tyler Logan, Allie Stewart, and Rob Hoose.
‘Tis the Season – To Eat
One of the proverbial favorites of the Pearce Senior Teens is our annual Progressive Dinner. This year the traveling meal was attended by 47 teens and leaders and took place on Sunday evening, December 16. The groups traveled to various host families for appetizers, salad, and dinner, and completed the night with homemade pies at the home of Dave & Sheryl Hunt. The evening closed with each student sharing how they have been impacted by the Pearce Youth Group and by Jesus Christ this year. We finished in prayer and singing “Silent Night.”
It is my belief that the best way to raise kids up is in a multi-generational fashion, and again this year that was bore out with this event. Our kids ate in the homes of families, retirees, and even pastors. The people who make up the congregation at Pearce have so much to offer our teens in the way of wisdom and example. Thank you so much for the way you once again served our teens.
E.T. Phone Home
As the parent of two junior high students, I am realizing how difficult it is to get information, and how easy it is for kids to lose info in the black hole they call a book bag. To help with this, we are trying to communicate with parents through as many mediums as possible. First, teens will continue to get paper flyers about events to take home. Second, join our Pearce Parents Facebook group by searching for Pearce Parents. Third, we are using all outlets available through Pearce, including the Current Events Sheet, the Worship Card, the Pearce Facebook page, and the Pearce website. Finally, you can get text message updates from us by texting PearceTeens to 68398 or by scanning the QR code below. We know we will still be missing some of you, so let us know if there are other ways you would like us to communicate with you. See you in the funny pages.