A High Moment
Baptism is one of the high moments in the life of a Christian community. Through baptism, individuals publicly declare their commitment to follow Jesus the rest of their life. I never cease to be thrilled when I hear someone’s testimony and then witness their baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
This coming Sunday, in Pearce’s 10:30 am worship service, five young people will witness to their faith in Christ by being baptized. Those individuals are: Cole Favro, Andrew Vannest, Haley Smout, Elisa Everett, and Emma Draper. These young people will also be welcomed into youth membership at Pearce, along with Ian Lukowski and Trent Repass. (Both Ian and Trent have already received Christian baptism.)
I invite you to be present for this significant moment in these young men and women’s lives.
Lazy, Hazy Days
Summer is rapidly approaching. Before long, we’ll be savoring long days, backyard barbecues, and road trips. At Pearce, we’ll also experience a different Sunday worship schedule, beginning June 16. Although our Saturday worship will continue at its regular time of 5:00 pm, on Sundays, we’ll be offering a single worship service at 10:00 am
You may be wondering what this “unified” worship service will be like. Well, we’re working on developing a worship format that will be Christ-centered and meaningful for all who attend. Tim Lambert and I are meeting with Dr. Dan Barta and Rev. Jonathan Bratt to prayerfully brainstorm the format. We invited Dr. Barta and Rev. Bratt to help us out, as they have interest and expertise in this area. And four minds are better than two!
I’ll keep you posted on this service as June 16 draws near.
A Garage Sale to End All Garage Sales!
In case you weren’t in worship services at Pearce last weekend, permit me to update you on the results of this year’s Mission Garage Sale. We raised a total of $18,234.87 over the two-day sale! This is by far the highest amount raised over the Mission Garage Sale’s ten-year-history. The previous high was $14,223.34 from the 2008 sale.
Evidently, this year’s sale was the sale to end all garage sales. But this, of course, doesn’t mean we won’t have a sale next year. We plan to keep this annual event going, as it is significantly funding ministries around the globe. Over the past ten years, a total of $121,228.18 has been raised. So start setting aside items for next April.
Family Mission Night
A few weeks ago, Wayne and Darlene McCown told of their involvement at Hope Africa University, a rapidly growing Christian school in Burundi, Africa. Their brief presentation in the worship services left me wanting to know more. I’ll have a chance to hear more about Hope Africa at a “Family Mission Night” at Pearce on Sunday, June 2, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in Parmerter. This is planned as a family-friendly event, geared for all ages. Come and hear more about one of the ministries that significantly benefited from our recent Mission Garage Sale.
The Numbers Are Looking Good!
In a recent conversation, Terry Taber remarked, “Pearce is a very generous church.” I agree! As we enter May, members of our congregation’s Finance Committee see many positive signs when examining our church’s financial situation. So, permit me to share some encouraging numbers:
- Contributions to the Operating Budget after 17 weeks are nearly $6,000 above budget. This has greater significance when one recalls that the 2013 Budget is 2% higher than that of 2012.
- Contributions to Debt Retirement (mortgage) and Missions are virtually on budget; Debt Retirement is slightly above (+$500) and Missions slightly below (-$600).
- These numbers represent balanced giving to all parts of Pearce’s programs. This is a trend that is truly appreciated by the staff.
- Pearce staff members have effectively maintained expenses slightly below budget. This has resulted in a minor operating surplus, which is helpful as we enter the summer months.
- Responding in overwhelming fashion, the Pearce congregation has given generously to SWAG, allowing the first two projects to be fully funded. SWAG giving now totals $44,787. This means we are less than $300 away from fully funding the third project!
Thanks for being such a generous community of faith!