The Grads Receive a Gift and Give One in Return
Twelve years ago, Pearce, in keeping with a long-standing tradition, gave its first graders their first Bibles. At that time, Abby Monroe and Alexis Bauer were first graders and best friends, but they had little idea the adventures they would embark on in the next 11 years. Trips into the Algonquin wilderness, serving the homeless of Rochester, trips to Poland and to Romania, and numerous other quests have been a regular part of their lives at Pearce. This year, as they completed their final year of high school, they received new Bibles. It is Pearce’s way of saying “well done on this leg of the journey”, but it’s also our way of saying “you’re not finished, go and reach the next generation.” The image I will always keep of this “charge” is the investment that Abby and Alexis have made in my daughter, Rachel. They have always been quick to pick her up, to laugh with her and make faces at her, and to be patient with Rachel’s antics. This is part of investing in the next generation, and I am so glad that they have chosen to make that investment in my child. I am proud of the graduates of Pearce; they came in largely as consumers of ministry and are now being sent out as “agents” for the Kingdom of God.
Seniors Take Time to Picnic!
After four years of high-school, the seniors of Pearce Church took time out last week to celebrate and to partake in a picnic party. This year’s graduating class was our largest to date and each grad has made an impression on me and our team of volunteers. On June 13, we spent the evening at Church Lodge, at Black Creek Park, celebrating the years we have been together. Thanks to Bob DeRoo and Tom Corbett for cooking and serving. The evening included food, a slide show, efforts to stay dry, and a very, very, long trip down memory lane. Congratulations to the seniors and to their parents for making it to this milestone.
This year’s seniors are as follows: Abby Monroe, Casey Heimberger, Alexis Bauer, Chantel Morton, Andrew Messinger , Dan Price, Ryan Hardy, Kendra Dick, Aaron Curtis, Karl Daningburg, Nathan Heitz, Andrew Honan, Tim Kovach, Sophie Stewart, Liz Sadler, Brooke Caton, Kendra Dean, Scott Spear, Mitchel Rende, Tim Pietrzykowski, and Devon Powley
Pearce in Africa
As many of you know, Emily and I traveled in late May, with John and Bridgett Tassone, to our village in Senegal, Africa. Nine years ago, John and his family adopted the village of Ndidor, and about five years ago, my family joined the Tassone family in their efforts to bring health, education, and Christ to this beautiful village. This year, our daughters joined us for our annual visit. The experience was incredible. We had opportunities to visit with family, to share the gospel, and to participate in village life. Emily embraced the culture; having her hair braided, carrying babies, and helping to prepare meals. We were both struck with the fact that a people who have very little-no toys, two outfits, no furniture, and little food-would be so generous in offering what they had to us. They put us to shame in the way they served us. Thank you to the teens and families that supported us with material, finances, and most of all prayer.
Into the Wilderness
Just a reminder that we would like to get all Algonquin applications in by July 1, but we understand things come up. If you would still like to join us, on perhaps, the greatest week of your life, call me or let me know via Facebook. We are still accepting applications. We leave Sunday morning, August 4 and will return the afternoon of August 10. Come experience God’s creation by canoeing still lakes and rivers, and observing loons, moose, bear, and deer. You will also have opportunity to take in the Creator through discussion, Bible study, and journal times. This is a perennial favorite for the teens and leaders at Pearce.