Andersons in Worship This Weekend
Those of you who attended services at Pearce last Sunday listened to a pre-recorded Skype interview with Beth Honan, serving with Veritas in Romania. If you are at Pearce this coming weekend, you will have the opportunity to hear from the Andersons about their ministry with Young Life in Eastern Europe.
Stacy recently wrote regarding the Anderson’s stay in Pearce’s Mission House, located at 49 Orchard Street. Here’s what she wrote:
Thank you, Pearce, so much for the blessing that the Mission House has been to us these past three months. Just a couple of days after Christmas, we packed up and piled into an airplane to start our six months in the US with a lot of anticipation, excitement, and luggage. We were really looking forward to being closer to family and friends for our time in the US, but as you can imagine, it’s hard to be “in transition” for six months, especially with a one- and two-year-old along for the ride.
It has been a wonderful blessing to us to have a home to stay in while we are in North Chili. It is the nicest place we’ve ever lived in since we’ve been married, and all of the work the Pearce community put into the house recently is amazing. This house has quickly become a home-away-from-home for us and has given us a safe and comfortable place to be together as a family in the midst of a lot of transition and new people for our kids. Ellie and Jake have loved playing with the different toys and books that are here, and all of these new treasures lessened the blow of leaving their toys, stuffed animals, and books at home in Czech.
Thank you to everyone who has donated toys, time, kitchen utensils, handyman and painting skills, and everything else that has gone into creating this special place called the Mission House. The house is wonderful, and is a very specific and tangible way that we have experienced the love and support of the Pearce community. Every morning our kids watch out the window for the school buses (something we don’t have in Czech!), and Ellie thinks that every time she hears the bell ring it’s time for church! We are very thankful for the few months we’ve been able to spend here with you, and thank you for the ways you’ve welcomed us “home” while we’ve been here.
Mission Garage Sale’s Impact
In only a month, Pearce will be holding its eleventh annual “Mission Garage Sale.” This event provides significant funding each year for both local and global mission projects. Last year’s sale brought in more than $18,000! Part of those funds went to provide scholarships for two inner city students to attend Charles Finney High School.
Aimee Lyon, the high school principal at Finney and an active member at Pearce, recently updated me regarding the two students benefiting from the proceeds of last year’s sale. I encourage you to pray for these two students. I also hope it inspires you to begin going through your house to see what you can provide for this year’s sale!
One student is in sixth grade. Socially and spiritually she is doing very well. She loves her friends and time at Finney. She has expressed that one of the things she loves about Finney is there is no swearing or violence. She is doing reasonably well academically. In addition to classes, she also participates on the Worship Team. Finney is an excellent fit for her. Without renewed scholarship support, her family will struggle to re-enroll her next year. We are praying for the finances to keep her here, as she is flourishing at Finney.
Another student, also in sixth grade, started off strong but has struggled the second and third quarters. Although he has received tutoring, he could not keep up, which caused a significant amount of stress to both the student and his mother. His mother pulled him out of Finney at the end of February and put him back in his old school. Faculty and administration were heartbroken by the family’s decision. It is not uncommon for students to struggle their first year at Finney. He was a great fit for the school and with time, faculty believed he would have made academic progress. We have great confidence that for the last five months he heard the gospel, worshiped, prayed, and has a deeper relationship with the Lord. The faculty and administration told his mother that he is always welcomed back to Finney. We are praying!
Our second SWAG (Stewardship With A Goal) project for 2014 is the sealing of the driveways around our church facility. To date, we have received $7,240 towards this $17,000 project. Last Saturday evening’s concert brought in $2,300 of that $7,240 total. Thanks to all of you who continue to support our efforts to properly maintain our church property and reduce our debt load.
Beginning this weekend, you can monitor the progress of this year’s SWAG on the bulletin board in Pearce’s foyer. One graphic will display total year-to-date giving toward SWAG, the other will highlight the number of individuals/families who have contributed. To date, eight-seven families have contributed to SWAG. I invite you to join with them!
Pearce’s Official Board, the leadership board of our congregation, recently organized for the new board year. Jim Morton was elected to serve for a second year as the chair, Mike Wilson was elected vice-chair, and Charmy Perry as the legal secretary.
Each board member serves on one of the committees of the board. This year’s committee assignments are:
- Policy: Mike Wilson (chair), Bill Christopher, and Ellyn Cornell
- Finance: Chuck Cockrell (chair), Jim Morton, and Cindy Wilson
- Personnel: Beth Bellinger (chair), Charmy Perry, and Bill Smout.
Also, the following new members of the Pearce Great Commission Leadership Team (GCLT) were recently elected by the Official Board: Karen Hopkins, Buzz Mantegna, Becky Draper, and Carol Wilson. Karen Hopkins will be serving as the chair of the GCLT. The four of them join current members: Duane Eich, Bev Faro, and John Tassone.
I am deeply appreciative to these individuals who give of their time and talents in service to our community of faith.
A Story of Gracious Giving
Bill Smout recently invited a few Pearce members to share their stories concerning giving. This week’s story comes from Wilma Kelley. I hope their stories inspire you to discover the joy of giving our money, time, and talents in service to the Kingdom.
When I was around six years old, I remember earning a dollar for completing some extra chores at home. I was paid the dollar in ten dimes. I had been admiring a pair of sunglasses which cost a dollar, at the local country store. I was thrilled to make my purchase!
When I got home, my father questioned what I had done with my earnings and I showed him the sunglasses. He asked me what portion of the dollar I had given to God. The next day I returned the sunglasses to the store. On Sunday, my dime was in the offering plate.
I began to understand how God allows us to make choices with the money and resources with which He entrusts us, and the difference between ‘need’ and ‘want’. (And to my surprise, I got a pair of sunglasses for my birthday several months later!)
From as early as I can remember, my parents modeled sacrificial giving and instilled in us the blessing and joy of returning to God the first-fruits of our earnings. In raising my own daughter, I have taught her those principles of giving to God, and the experience of trust in the One who provides for our every need. With each paycheck, paying my tithe first, is a joy beyond words! I am so grateful to the Lord for His provisions, that my gift to Him is a way to say, “Thank you, God, for your grace!”