I realize it has been a long, cold winter, and we are just finishing up March, but Algonquin is coming. March 1 is our annual kick-off for the Algonquin season and, staying true to form, the applications were released this year the first week of March. This year, we will be heading north on Sunday, August 3, and will return at noon on Saturday, August 9. This trip has always been a benchmark for the Student Ministries at Pearce. Each year, we have the opportunity to take kids into the Canadian wilderness for a week away from cell phones, computers, and television so that they can re-connect with their Creator through His creation. The spiritual growth and the relationships that are built last a lifetime. If you are interested in going, you must be going into at least 9 grade this fall. The applications are available at Pearcechurch.org, on the Pearce Teen Facebook page, and in the information rack at the bottom of the stairs going up to the teen area. The cost is $450, but if you register before May 1 you get a $25 discount. Families with multiple students going, save $50 off for each student. Don’t miss this adventure!
Side-Out is an old volleyball term, used when a team earns a point off the opponent’s serve. In the case of the Pearce Teens, everyone scored at this month’s teen tourney. The junior and senior teens gathered in the FLC for a six-team tournament in which teams were awarded points for most creative duct tape uniform, game play, and crazy human tricks. The final scores ranged from 852 points to a mere 280 points, but in the end everyone laughed, played hard, and received prizes in the form of candy. These types of activities go a long way to integrate our younger students into the ministry. They also make for a great way for our teens to invite friends to participate in an event that is not threatening or overwhelming. Thanks to the leaders who participated, and to the adults who inquired about playing, you’ll be happy to know that plans are in the works to open the gym on Friday nights this summer for a pick-up volleyball league. Stayed tuned to pearcechurch.org and the NEUs for more information.
Life to the Fullest
Pearce teens are some of the coolest people I know. They are active in school and in the church, but many of them are active in many other areas as well. Allison Vannest, pictured above, participates in a local volleyball club. She spends many nights and weekends balancing life and practice. She has done very well in the sport and has provided inspiration to Emily Kuhlkin (also pictured) by encouraging and cheering on, as well as being a role model for how to live out her faith on the court.
This month, the Greater Rochester Robotics team competed at RPI. Ryan Pappa, an 8th grader at Gates Chili, joined the team this year and quickly moved into a lead position writing code. Ryan is, technically, too young; but because of his skill in this area, he was invited to join the advance team at RPI. The team did not win the tournament, however they won the prestigious Chairmen’s Award. This award is given to the team that does the best job at helping others, sharing information, and working with integrity. By winning the Chairmen’s Award, the team received an invitation to the championship in St. Louis later this spring. I am so proud to see how well our teens are doing as they use their talents in a variety of activities. They are truly representing Pearce and Christ in some fantastic ways.