Pearce Teens Go Wild
For the twentieth year, the teens of Pearce have ventured into the Canadian wilderness of Algonquin. This year, a group of 17 headed out for a time of solitude, physical exercise, and spiritual growth. Our days were full of canoeing the calm waters of Algonquin and hiking the portages between the lakes. Our evenings consisted of cooking, card games, and conversations around the campfire. Perhaps the most memorable evening for the guys in my group was the night we sat quietly by the lake watching the Perseid meteor shower, as well as a lightning storm off in the distance. We sat by the lake watching the magnificence of what God had created, and no one spoke a word. In almost 20 years of working with teens, I have seldom seen nine guys so speechless. It is a memory I will carry with me and I hope they will carry throughout their lives.
Old Man of the Woods
The teens of Pearce are incredibly blessed to have dedicated volunteers who invest in their lives. Tom Corbett (affectionately known as TC) is one of these leaders. TC has championed the Algonquin Spiritual Disciplines Canoe Trip for over 15 years. He is the driving force behind this fantastic adventure and he is happiest when he is in Algonquin. Every year, as we are driving back home, he asks, “Who is ready to go back?” TC is a man of few words, but our teens know when he speaks, what he has to say is going to be important. If you see TC this month, thank him for all he does. His endless hours of canoeing, go-karting, and riding roller coasters with kids are making a difference.
The Moose is Loose
In the very near future “Monty Moose” is going to begin showing up in all of our teen communications. “Who is Monty Moose”, you may ask? Monty is the result of a nine-month process to bring recognition to the Pearce Teens. Last October, Ryan Palma, the volunteer leaders, and myself, began to talk about how we could bring some branding to the Pearce Teens. Initially, we discussed coming up with a creative name for the student ministry, but ended up agreeing that those names don’t always stick, can often create more confusion than clarity, and frequently the vision behind them gets lost in a year or two. Ryan then suggested possibly coming up with a logo to lend branding to the student ministry. He asked what “hallmarks” there are to the Pearce Student Ministry. On a whim, I responded “the moose.” Every year we go to Algonquin for our annual canoe trip, and every year students desire to see a moose in the wild. Ryan jumped into action and came up with the above logo. It does not have any blatant religious meaning, other than it reminds us, that just like we search every year for moose, we also want to be searching for the Creator of the moose. We decided to give the moose the name “Monty” as a nod to Monty Vitolins, a long time teen Sunday School teacher, and one of the most caring men we know. So when you see “Monty Moose,” pay attention, it means we have something to share with parents and teens.
Don’t like my driving? Stay off the Sidewalks
Each year, as a part of TNT, we head over to the Club House for an evening of Go-Karting and Mini-Golf. This year, we had 56 students join us on the track for some beating and banging (all in Christian love, of course!). It was a beautiful night where kids from 7-12th grade were able to share some laughs and swap some paint. It was also a great way to say good-bye to some of our seniors as they head off to college. As the summer is coming to a quick end, I remind you that we still have two more TNT nights. August 20 is a pool party at the Everett’s, and a pool party ice cream sundae party is at the Bentley’s on August 27. Come on out for an evening of fun and laughs.