The Pearce Family Gathers
It’s that time of year, isn’t it? This week college students returned to Pearce’s educational wing to attend classes. The Common Grounds Café, closed for what seemed an especially long summer hiatus, is now resuming weekday hours. It’s the last week of August and the last hurrah of summer will take place on the Labor Day holiday.
Pearce will celebrate the “bird’s returning to Capistrano” as our church family settles back into our weekly routine. (Ours, however, is a fall migration and not a spring one!) We are going to celebrate the start of a new church year with a special worship service on Sunday morning, September 8, at 10:00 am A special element of the service will be the reception of several individuals into membership at Pearce.
We’ll have refreshment tents set up on the Orchard Street properties, immediately across the street from Pearce for a time to renew friendships following the worship service. The Town of Chili has graciously extended to us permission to close the lower portion of Orchard Street to create an easy and safe walkway from Pearce’s facility to the tents. I hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity that Sunday to hang around after worship for a few minutes and visit with the wonderful group of people that comprise our church.
So after you’ve closed up the summer cottage or closed the backyard pool, join us for a special morning of worship on September 8.
This morning I opened an email from a member of the small group in which Mary and I regularly participate. The email was an invitation to join the four other couples in our group for a pot-luck dinner being held during the Labor Day weekend. The note was a nice reminder of how encouraging it is for both Mary and me to share our Christian journey with others in the intimate setting of a small group.
I find being a part of a small group not an option, but a requirement if I am going to feel enfolded in Christian community. I don’t think my experience is unique, but is shared by many. We don’t really feel a part of a church family unless we have a group with whom to share our lives.
In September, you will be given an opportunity to sign up to be a part of a small group at Pearce. I hope you will seriously consider joining a group if you aren’t presently a part of one.
Iron Sharpens Iron
For many years, women from Pearce have participated in “Women of Faith,” a series of annual conferences geared to help women in their faith journey. This fall, the men of Pearce are invited to attend “Iron Sharpens Iron,” a series of conferences begun in 2001 to equip men for their walk with Christ. This year conferences are being held in more than fifty locations across the United States, including here at Pearce.
Geared for men thirteen years old and older, this one day conference will be held on Saturday, October 5. Sean McDowell, a popular speaker for such organizations as Focus on the Family, Campus Crusade for Christ, and Youth for Christ, will be featured. Also serving as a keynote speaker is Tom Joyce, a pastor who served in the Navy for more than twenty years. Tom survived the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, which included his office.
A list of the seminars available at the conference can be found at http://www.ironsharpensiron.net/component/conferences/?cid=240.
To register, contact the church office by calling 594-9488, go online at pearcechurch.org/isi, or sign up this weekend at the table in Pearce’s atrium. The cost is only $39 if your registration is made early!
Up on the Roof
In 1963 the Drifters sang of finding refuge “when this old world starts getting me down” by climbing up on the roof. I wouldn’t recommend this course of action with the present condition of Pearce’s main sanctuary roof. The shingles are deteriorating and, as a result, a large portion of the western end of the roof was recently covered with roof tarps to help prevent leaks. Installing a new roof is an expensive project; estimates from last November pegged the cost at upwards of $150,000. The Board has set aside $90,000 over the past few years in anticipation of this repair, but additional monies must be raised for the project to move forward.
All of this brings me to this week’s SWAG (Stewardship with a Goal) update. We are presently on project number five of the twelve projects identified as meriting financial support in 2013. This fifth project is raising $20,000 to help bring us closer to the day when we can replace that large section of our facility’s roof. To date we have received $12,996.94 towards this project, an additional $7,003.06 is yet needed.
Thanks to the many who have contributed to this year’s SWAG emphasis. To date, we have received a total of $67,996.94 towards SWAG projects. Thanks for being such a generous community of faith!