Another Delightful Semester!
As the lead pastor at Pearce, I enjoy many privileges. I get to stop in the church kitchen each morning to enjoy a cup of coffee with Jim Heeks, I receive an impressive number of hugs from children on Sunday mornings, and I have the opportunity to teach a course at Northeastern Seminary. The course is Pastoral Formation and its focus is on the role of the pastor as shepherd. This past Monday evening was the final class of the semester and I took the opportunity to take a photo of the group. They look like a great group, don’t they? I assure you, they are!
Each week, I email a copy of my sermon to my email account at Pearce. It serves as a backup for me to the manuscript on my home computer. I don’t write anything in the email, I simply attach the Word file to the email and send it off.
I had to chuckle this week when I glanced at my email on my iPhone. There, among my emails, was the email to myself with last weekend’s sermon attached. Under that particular listing were these words: “This message has no content.” Ouch! I think I better work harder this week!
Speaking of this weekend’s message, I’ll be addressing a tough question often raised by skeptics of the Christian faith: “If there is a God, why is there so much suffering in the world?” I hope you’ll join us as we wrestle with this.
What Is Going On?
If you drive by Pearce this coming Tuesday, you may notice a large Gatti Plumbing truck on the east side of our facility. And you may wonder, “What is going on?” (But most of you wonder that every week, don’t you?)
Just to let you know what’s taking place, here’s the scoop: a tree root intruded on an underground drain, near the entranceway to the classrooms. This past weekend, the old kitchen downstairs near the Fellowship Hall, was flooded. (Don’t worry, there wasn’t any permanent damage.) But the flooding alerted us to the issue and, as a result, there will be excavators engaged in some serious digging, as the pipe is approximately 20 feet below ground. Hopefully, the repair will only take a day or two.
So, honk as you drive by, to express your support to Gatti Plumbing as they help us out!
More than a Garage Sale
- Hundreds of Pearce families have relieved themselves of “treasures” that are no longer needed and appreciated.
- Anyone who donated goods can take a tax deduction on Schedule A of your 2013 tax return.
- Members of the Pearce community have acquired many “just what I’ve been looking for” items.
- A huge collection of dedicated volunteers left with a satisfied feeling for completing an exhausting job with outstanding results.
- Over $18,000 is going to fund three projects:
- Aurora House—a hospice facility located just south of Spencerport
- Hope Africa University—a Christian liberal arts university located in Bujumbura, Burundi
- Charles Finney High School—a scholarship for an inner-city student
It’s not too early to start preparations for next year! So, clear a space on that shelf in the basement and begin laying aside your donations for next year. And, thanks again, for helping Pearce impact the world!
Of the ten projects addressed by Pearce’s SWAG (Stewardship with a Goal) emphasis, three have now been fully funded as the result of your generosity. To date we have received a total of $45,970. Three projects down, seven more to go in 2013.
Project #4 is making a second $10,000 payment on the principal of the loan Pearce took out to finance the building of the atrium, Family Life Center, and educational wing. We have already made one $10,000 payment on the principal, resulting in an estimated savings of $26,000 over the duration of the loan.
If you haven’t participated in SWAG, I encourage you to join with the many others who are helping us learn how to better free our resources to support our church’s ministry.