An Outpouring of Generosity
I was moved this past Sunday, as many of those present in our worship services came to the front of the sanctuary to pick up an Operation Christmas Child box and participate in a special time of prayer. What a privilege it is to be a part of a community of faith where so many give generously of their resources to reach children with Christ’s love in places around the globe!
Grant Carey has provided excellent leadership in this ministry for many years at Pearce. Tuesday morning, Grant informed me that 512 boxes have been received thus far, and he expects a few more to be delivered during this week. Thanks to all of you who lovingly packed one of those boxes.
Grant recently announced that he is passing the mantel on to others for the coming years. Gregg and Brooke Wergin have graciously agreed to lead this vital annual ministry. My thanks to these individuals who, along with others, have given of their time and energy to Operation Christmas Child.
The Music Continues!
Julie Smith’s role in Pearce’s music ministry is expanding, effective the beginning of December. Julie presently serves as the worship leader at Pearce’s Saturday evening service, a responsibility she will continue to hold. Soon, she will also assist in the planning of the Sunday morning worship, including the music in those services.
During the past year, Julie has also served as the Director of Worship Ministries at Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church. Due to her family’s recent decision to move from the west to the east side of Rochester, Julie has announced her resignation at Valley Chapel. Now that Julie is available on Sundays, we are pleased to have her assist Tim Lambert, Pearce’s Worship Arts Director, in an expanded role.
Julie worshiped at Pearce while attending Roberts, where she earned her B.S. in Music Education. She then left Rochester to pursue an M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of North Carolina. A few years ago, she and her husband, Roy, moved back to our area. They are the proud parents of a young son, James.
I am grateful to Julie for her willingness to continue to minister at Pearce and look forward to her gifted participation in our Sunday services.
Last Saturday evening, the congregation had the privilege of witnessing the baptism of Dann Brown and Jeremy Kelly. At the
conclusion of the evening’s message, Pastor John Tassone and I led worshipers from Parmerter Chapel to Pearce’s main sanctuary. With everyone gathered on the platform near the baptismal pool, Dann and Jeremy told of their faith in Christ and were baptized. It was quite the special evening and the first time in the Saturday service’s two-year history that adult baptisms were celebrated.
Including Others in Our Thanksgiving
Last Year, Evelyn and Bill Smout realized they were going to be alone on Thanksgiving Day. After considering several options, they decided to try to gather a group together for a potluck dinner on Thanksgiving. They didn’t know if anyone would be interested, but decided to take a leap of faith. The Pearce staff was willing to provide whole-hearted support for the event. It must have been inspired, as twenty-seven people joined the Smouts in the Friendship Center for an amazing array of food and an afternoon of rich community.
Throughout the year, people have asked the Smouts, “Are you going to do it again?” “Can we bring a neighbor who doesn’t attend Pearce?” “Can I bring an RWC student?” The answer to these, and most other questions, is “yes;” as Evelyn and Bill have graciously offered, once again, to open Pearce for Thanksgiving dinner.
Just so you are aware, there are a few guidelines to insure this event’s success.
First, you must register ahead of time! Registration can be completed by emailing Evelyn and Bill at email@example.com, or by calling them at 585-586-0218. You can also register by calling the Pearce reception desk at 585-594-9488. Registration is limited to the first 48 individuals, so register early! Registration will open on Thursday, November 7, and close on Monday, November 25.
Second, you are asked to bring a main dish and a salad or dessert. The Smouts will provide all the rest of the items necessary for a well-appointed Thanksgiving table. (If you are single or unable to cook, call—and alternative suggestions for ways you can help with the meal will be provided.)
Third, to provide a way for those attending to be updated as Thanksgiving draws near, those registering will be asked to provide contact information (phone number and email address).
The Search Is On!
As you have been made aware, Pastor Harold, Pearce’s Pastor of Community Care, will be retiring next May. No question, he will be dearly missed by all of us!
But now the search is on! Pearce is engaged in finding another gifted individual with a heart for showing Christ’s love to people, both in our church and our community. I know we can’t replace Pastor Harold, but I want to find the best possible person to step into his very large shoes.
If you are aware of such an individual, encourage them to send their resume to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumés will be received until November 30, 2013.