A Warm Welcome to Nadia
Yesterday, the staff of Pearce was given an opportunity to welcome little Nadia, the daughter of Ryan and Christina Palma. Ryan is the graphic artist on our church’s staff. Nadia is the Palma’s first child and she entered our world on March 7. Each of the staff took their turn at holding little Nadia and, needless to say, it was the highlight of everyone’s work day!
Jesus Then, Jesus Now
This weekend, we’ll consider Jesus’ use of storytelling in his ministry as we examine the Parable of the Sower as found in Matthew 13. Jesus told stories to tease and to clothe the shocking and revolutionary message of God’s kingdom in garb that left the hearers wondering. As N. T. Wright highlights in his book Simply Jesus, the parables are not “earthly stories with heavenly meanings. They are heavenly stories with decidedly earthly meanings.”
As part of the Sunday services this weekend, there will be a brief interview with Beth Honan, a young woman from Pearce who is presently serving in ministry in Romania. The interview was recorded yesterday via Skype and will help you gain a sense of Beth’s first two months serving in Eastern Europe.
On the following weekend, March 29 & 30, Al and Stacy will talk briefly about their ministry with Young Life in the Czech Republic. The Andersons have been staying in Pearce’s Mission House the past couple of months. They will be leaving at the end of March for a few weeks in California, before heading back to Europe at the end of May.
Pearce Board Elects Leadership Team for 2014
At last week’s Official Board meeting, Jim Morton was elected to a second year as the chair. Mike Wilson was elected as the vice-chairperson and Charmy Perry as the legal secretary. The Official Board is the primary leadership board of Pearce, working with the pastoral team to fulfill our church’s mission and vision. I am grateful to all the members of the board for their continued partnership in Pearce’s ministry.
A Glimpse of the Promised Land
Pastor Mike is working with Kristen Ockrin to put together a tour of Israel for interested members of our congregation. The trip will begin on Sunday, February 14, and end on Monday, February 23, 2015. Kristen’s brother, Brian Kyasnicas, is a licensed Israeli guide and lives in Israel with his family. An informational meeting for those who may be interested in this opportunity will be held on Monday, April 28, at 7pm in Room 139.
On to the Next SWAG Project
What a wonderful SWAG offering was received this past weekend at Pearce! Thanks to those who contributed $3,438 to our second SWAG project for 2014. We recently completed the first project, a $10,000 payment on the principal of our church’s loan. The second project is repairing and sealing the driveways surrounding the church. This project comes with a $17,000 price tag. As a result of the generosity of many of you, we are off to a good start in taking care of this important maintenance issue.
Are You Contented?
Recently, Bill Smout was reviewing some back issues of Light and Life: our denomination’s monthly magazine. An article in the December 2011 issue, entitled “Tis the Season to Simplify,” caught his attention. Although intended for Christmas, it is practical for all seasons.
Early in the article, the author sets the focus: “Excess has impaired perspective in the United States; we are the richest people on earth, praying to get richer. What does it communicate when half the global population lives on less than $2 a day, and we can’t manage a fulfilling life on many times that amount? It says we have too much, and it is ruining us.”
Jen Hatmaker, a Free Methodist pastor’s wife from Texas, details how she and her family formulated and lived “The Seven Experiment.” Seven months of reducing excess through simple achievable choices produced profound changes in her family.
She summarizes the results, “The practice of reducing and simplifying has left us with a huge list of reforms and new habits and practices. After curbing my appetites for so long, I’ve discovered my appetites have changed. Seven taught us that we can reduce, live with less, treat the Earth and its inhabitants with integrity, and sacrifice none of the good parts of the story.”
You can check out this classic article at http://llcomm.org/2011/11/18/tis-the-season-to-simplify/. Jen Hatmaker was also recently featured in an article in Christianity Today. You can find this fascinating interview at http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/march/jen-hatmaker-brings-her-super-christian-family-onto-reality.html. (Image: Photo by Dennis Burnett)
Don’t Forget This Saturday
Tim Lambert has put together a wonderful concert for this Saturday at 7pm. “An Evening of Classical Hymns” will feature two talented musicians. Vocalist Jessica Best and pianist Dr. William Newbrough will be performing. A special offering will be received to benefit this year’s SWAG (Stewardship With A Goal).