Genesis Visits Pearce
Over the last year, the Pearce teens have been building a relationship with the teens from First Genesis. We have gone to Genesis for a youth night and prayer walk, they came to our “Out in the Cold” night, and on May 16 we did a combined gym night here at Pearce. This ongoing relationship has been a huge blessing for both groups. Our teens are learning a bunch about the lives and cultures of each group, and have found that we serve the same God. We are looking forward to more combined events this summer, including some of our TNT outings. As you drive through the city of Rochester, pray for the teens of First Genesis, and for the relationships that are being developed between our two youth groups.
Time to get on the boat
While it is just the beginning of June (and currently the black flies are infesting the woods of Algonquin), August is coming, the flies will be departing, and you still have time to get on board with our annual Spiritual Disciplines Canoe Trip. The trip is filling up, and we have an excellent group going. If you are still thinking about coming, let us know ASAP so we can make sure we have room for you. We currently have three groups of nine going, but we can squeeze in a few more. The cost is $450 and includes food, transportation, all your gear from the outfitter, and all the paddling you can handle. Don’t miss the boat; contact me if you want more information or if you would like to sign up.
Soon we will be hearing the laughter and screams that come with summer vacation. While summer means ice cream, swimming pools, and no homework, it also means the beginning of the Pearce TNT season. Every Tuesday, we gather teens that are going into 7th grade through 12th grade for various activities. TNT (Tuesday Night Thing) is geared for fun. As leaders, we don’t want to simply be chaperones but desire to build relationships with our teens that will help them navigate the turbulent teen years. Nights at Seabreeze or Hamlin Beach allow us the opportunity to laugh and be with our students. It is the foundation for the more difficult conversations that often come during the school year. It is also a time for our teens to invite others to a non-threatening event, and introduce them to Pearce Student ministries. The dates for this summer’s TNTs are below.
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)
Life in the Desert
By the time you read this, Jacob and I will be in Ndidor, Senegal. Our family adopted this village of about 1,000 people in the Sub-Sahara of Senegal, Africa, in 2007. We have been traveling to visit our African village and family about every other year. As you may remember, last year I took my 13-year-old daughter, Emily, with me. This year, I am taking her twin brother, Jake. Life in Ndidor is difficult. The daily temperature is between 100-125 degrees and very little grows there. Only recently has the village gotten fresh drinking water, and the majority of their diet is rice, fish, chicken, and goat. But these people, while having very little, are some of the most giving and joy-filled people you could ever meet. They have almost nothing – but they will give it to you, if you are in need. The folks of my village are largely Muslim, but about 100 have converted to Christianity and they have let the love of Jesus be known. While there, Jake and I will be helping with repairs on the school and church, running a kids’ club, and making home visits for prayer and conversation. Please pray for our safety, our health, and pray for the people of Ndidor, that they may know the love of the One who created them.