That the City Might See Jesus
Each year, Spring Break rolls around and students always begin to talk about the warm and exciting places they will be heading for vacation. Simultaneously, there is also a group of students here and throughout Rochester who begin to think about the projects they will be participating in, the conversations they may have with Rochester residents, and the impact they might have on the city of Rochester. Flower City Work Camp, once again, gathered over 700 students from nearly 60 area churches over Easter vacation and embraced the city of Rochester with the love of Christ. The sound of love was at times a hammer being used to repair a porch railing, sometimes it sounded more like a circular saw, or a conversation with a young child. Whatever it sounded like, the love of Christ was heard. This year, Pearce had 16 students participate, with an additional 10 adults in support roles. For these folks who chose to forgo a tropical vacation in order to bring the love of Christ to those who desperately need Him, this week was worth every chilly minute.
Junior Teens On Parade
It has been more than three years since the last Pearce Jr. Teen retreat. This year, thanks to Tony Bailey, a cabin near Bath NY was made available to us free of charge. It was an offer we couldn’t resist, even though I was a bit skeptical about traveling and living with young teens for 24 hours. As God would have it, it was one of the easiest retreats I have ever led, and it was a lot of fun. The accommodations were excellent, and the kids were very well behaved – even when we stopped at McDonalds! We focused our time in the gospels, and looked specifically at the ways Jesus loved those who most wouldn’t. Combine this with a frantic game of capture the flag in the dark, great food, and numerous other games, and the weekend was a success. This overnight will likely become a staple of the Junior Teen ministry.
It’s May… But Summer is Coming.
If you are new to the schedule that we keep with the teens, you need to be aware of some upcoming shifts. The month of May marks the beginning of about eight weeks of break for our Wednesday night ministries. We do this each year, in part, because our teens are so busy with sports, proms, and exams; but, just as important, is the Sabbath it provides our volunteer leaders. Our volunteer staff gives literally hundreds of hours of their time, and they do it well. We want to ensure longevity for them in ministry, so we take the months of May and June off. At the end of this break, we hit the ground running with our summer programming: TNT (Tuesday Night Thing). These evenings provide some fun activities, opportunities to invite friends to non-threatening events, and a chance for our leaders to build relationships with students. Included in our summer program is our annual trip to the wilderness of Algonquin. This trip for teens going into 9th grade and older, is one you don’t want to miss. Check out some other dates below for this summer.
May 4, 11, 18 – Sunday Small Groups Continue
May 30 – June 8 Mike & Jake Kuhlkin in Senegal Africa
June 1, 8, 15 – Sunday Small Groups Continue
June 21 – Annual Mission Golf Tournament at Salmon Creek, 1:15pm Tee Off
June 22 – Senior Recognition Sunday
June 24 – Picnic at Hamlin Beach (meet at Pearce at 5pm, return by 9pm)
July 1– No TNT 4th of July Week
July 8 – Seabreeze (Meet at Pearce at 5pm, cost is $15. Return by 11pm)
July 15 – VBS week Pool Party at Kuhlkin’s
July 22 – Picnic/Hiking at Black Creek Park (meet on back side, by Moose Lodge, to avoid soccer traffic, 6:30-8pm)
July 29 – VBS at Chili Commons (meet at Chili Commons/Meadow Brook, 5:30-8pm)
August 5 – No TNT – Algonquin Week August 3-9
August 12 – Pool Party Location TBD (Mike & Jackie on vacation)
August 19 – Sky Zone (meet at Pearce at 6pm, cost is $15. Return by 9pm)
August 26 – Clubhouse (Mini Golf, Go Carts, cost is $15, meet at Pearce at 6pm, return by 9pm)