Mission Garage Sale Report
I’ve heard many comments the past few days about this year’s Annual Mission Garage Sale. The sale, which was held last Friday and Saturday, may go down in the record books of this event’s annals. Several veterans surmised that there was more “stuff” for sale this year than previous years. Also, as I heard from no less an authority than Jim Heeks, there was a “better quality” of items than recent years.
I imagine you want to know hard figures, don’t you? Well, I am going to keep you in suspense until this weekend. We’ll unveil the total raised at this year’s sale in worship services on Saturday and Sunday. We will celebrate then.
In the meantime, be sure to thank Bev and Ted Roy and the great team of people who served so enthusiastically last week.
“Corner Conversations” Continues
During these weeks of late spring, we’re considering the questions and doubts that both believers and skeptics may wrestle with as they consider the Christian faith. This coming weekend, we’ll take a look at the question, “Aren’t there many paths to God?”
A helpful book to read, as a backdrop to the series, is Tim Keller’s The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. A new shipment of the books has just come in and copies are available in Pearce’s lobby.
Note from Heart & Soul
I recently received a nice thank you note from the Heart & Soul congregation in Rochester. Pastor Joanne wrote: “Thanks so much for all your support! Thanks for partnering with what God is doing in the inner city. We appreciate your prayers, involvement, and support.”
The note was in response to Pearce’s funding of a project this past winter to install a new sidewalk along the north side of Heart & Soul’s building, to help with basement flood control. It is a joy for Pearce to come along side this ministry to our city. I want to express our thanks to Pastors Joanne and Louis for their faithful ministry.
Quite a Bit More SWAG
Wow! What a great weekend for our “Stewardship with a Goal” (SWAG) emphasis. We received a total of $12,243, bringing our total-to-date for this year to $41,525. Do you realize what this means? We have totally covered the expense of the asbestos abatement project that will take place later this month in Pearce’s boiler room. We have, in addition to that project, been able to make a $10,000 payment on the principle of our $2.7 million building loan. It is estimated that this $10,000 payment will save us, over the remaining time of our loan, nearly $26,000 in interest fees.
We are now encouraging SWAG giving to allow us to begin addressing improvements to the parking along Orchard Street. Presently, we have several parking spaces along Orchard Street that provide convenient parking for Pearce 4 Kids families, as they drop off and pick up their children each day. There is a need to install a new base for the parking areas, as the existing blacktop has significantly deteriorated over the years. The cost of this third project is in the neighborhood of $10,000. The exciting news is that, due to your generosity, we are already over halfway to the goal for this project. Thanks!
A Blessed Partnership
I love the fact that Pearce is adjacent to the campus of Roberts. What a blessing it is for Mary and I to get to know so many wonderful students. I was reminded of this last Sunday, when we hosted an evening “Italian Picnic” for the college Sunday school class at our home.
Danielle Glasso, a nursing student at RWC, wrote this about Pearce’s place in her life: As a college student, I’m far away from home—but Pearce has become a wonderful substitute! It’s hard to believe I’ve spent three wonderful years attending Pearce and becoming involved with its community. I attend the college class led by Dr. Stewart and Rob Hoose, and I’ve made friendships, debated some tough passages of Scripture, and eaten some magnificent food (courtesy of Mary Fleming!). The community, love, and fellowship I found at Pearce Church have seen me through some academically and emotionally tough semesters. The church has been a rock for me as I have wrestled to grow in my faith. I love the people, the atmosphere, the music, the laughter—Pearce is everything a church should be, and as a young adult teetering on the edge between college and the “real world,” it has been a remarkable blessing to be part of Pearce.
Students will be soon heading home for the summer break. As they go, I invite you to pray for them. If you see any of them this weekend at Pearce, give them your best wishes and thank them for being such a blessing to our congregation.
What Does the Finance Committee Do?
Frequently, in Pearce communications, one reads about an action of the Finance Committee. Did you ever wonder, “Who are its members?” or “What does it really do?”
Like the Personnel Committee and the Policy Committee, the Finance Committee is a standing committee of the Pearce Official Board. Among its responsibilities are: reporting the church’s financial condition to the congregation and encouraging good stewardship practices.
The Pearce Finance Committee is composed of the Church Administrator, the Treasurer and three members of the Official Board. Current members are Honna Lusk, Michael Vannest, James Morton, William Smout, and Michael Wilson.
The responsibilities of Pearce’s Finance Committee include:
- working with the administrator and staff to prepare an annual budget for approval by the Board
- monitoring the details of Pearce’s finances and reporting to the Board each month
- reporting on a regular basis to the congregation
- encouraging generous giving
- recommending to the Board any needed modifications to the budget
- preparing challenge initiatives beyond the budget (Recent examples of this include the “Bell Tower Project” in 2012 and “SWAG” this year.)
Members of the Finance Committee are always receptive to your questions, so stop “down on the corner” and chat with one.