On April 6th Pearce hosted the regional Quizzing tournament. Our teams all did a fantastic job representing Pearce. In addition to competing in the Quiz Tourney, Pearce students led worship and our own Brooke Caton gave the devotional message. Todd Rapp provided a fantastic meal for all involved. We are so proud of these teens and their leaders. Month after month they memorize scripture, study God’s word and take part in friendly competition. Way to go quizzers!
Flower City Work Camp
April 1-5th saw 14 of our students and 11 Pearce adults take part in Flower City Work Camp. While the weather was cold and wet, these folks endured and made a huge difference for nearly 60 families in the Rochester area. Our kids painted, put up drywall, refinished cupboards, and fixed plumbing. During the evenings, they allowed God to do construction on their hearts. Rather than just learning how to be Christ to this world, they went out and did it. As a result, the city of Rochester got a tangible picture of Jesus. To all who participated – bravo, you did a fantastic job!
“not a fan”
On April 14th we began a new video series with our Sunday Small Groups (SSG). For seven weeks we will be watching the “not a fan” series. This series looks at how we can move from just being a fan to being a follower. The idea is that sports fans often know statistics, win-loss records, and player’s jersey numbers, but don’t know the players themselves. We want to move beyond this in our relationships with Christ. Do we know the names of Christian bands, do we have a Jesus fish on the back of our car, and do we own three or more Christian t-shirts? These can be markers of fans, but we what want is to not just be fans but committed followers. Many of our adult small groups have used this video series; we are using the youth version. Feel free to ask our teens about what they are learning through this series.
From May 23-June 2 Pastor John Tassone and I, along with our daughters, Emily and Bridget, will be traveling to our adopted village Ndidor, Senegal. We have traveled to Ndidor numerous times over recent years to help with projects such as putting in clean water and building a church. They have also provided school supplies, health aid, and children’s programs. By returning to the village year after year, they have been able to build fantastic, life changing relationships. This year Pearce teen Emily Kuhlkin and alum Bridget Tassone will also be going to help minister to the women and children of the village. Please pray for this group as they travel to this Muslim nation. Pray for health, as they live with the villagers at the edge of the Sahara desert and seek to build friendships and relationships. If you would like to support the team, they are collecting vitamins and first aid items, and need to raise approximately $2,500 each. Thank you in advance for your support and prayers.