The Tour Hasn’t Ended Yet
Pearce’s “tour of the Kingdom” sermon series continues this coming weekend. Last weekend, Dr. Doug Cullum helped all of us better grasp the Lord’s Prayer, as found in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. This weekend, I’ll be dealing with Jesus’ words regarding money, as found in Matthew 6:19-34. I hope you’ll join me!
I appreciated Dr. Cullum’s closing illustration in last weekend’s message. I thought you might like a copy of the poem to which he referred. Here it is:
To pray is to laugh, whistle, dance on happy feet,
sing, shout, and jump higher than ever before.
But it is also to whisper, wander,
stumble in dark places, cry, scream, or just hold a worried head in tired hands and wait.
Prayer is our tired reaching out
to the one who holds us closer
and loves us more than we would dare imagine.
This past week, the Orchard Street parking lot received a layer of chip and seal, helping to extend the life of the blacktop. After the chip and seal has hardened, the lot will be painted with parking stripes, sometime later this month.
This important maintenance project was funded through Stewardship With A Goal (SWAG) giving from 2013. Although the money was raised last year, inclement weather in the fall prevented the project’s execution then.
To date, three projects have been funded for this year. First, $10,000 was raised to pay on the principal of our church’s loan, incurred when the Family Life Center and education wing was constructed. The second project was putting a new blacktop surface on the east side driveway, a road that was in need of significant attention for several years. The third project was funding a new sidewalk along the off-street parking on the east side of Orchard Street. This project should be completed within the next several weeks.
I want to encourage you to contribute to our fourth project for 2014, which is a payment of $20,000 on the principal of our loan. To date, we have received a total of $5,358 toward this project, one that reaps significant savings in interest payments over the life of the loan.
Thanks to the 115 people who have thus far contributed to this year’s SWAG projects. I appreciate your help in taking good care of Pearce’s facility to enable ministry both now and in the coming years.
Head Pew Stuffer Wanted!
Did you know that Pearce has “pew stuffers” at our church? Perhaps you are envisioning people filling seat cushions with cotton, but that’s not what our pew stuffers actually do. Our pew stuffers go through each pew in the sanctuary after our weekend services and make sure the pews are clean and that the appropriate printed materials are “stuffed” in the holders. You can imagine, with a sanctuary the size of Pearce’s, it takes a great team of individuals to carry out this usually unseen ministry.
Dona Stockton has served as the leader and coordinator of Pearce’s pew stuffer team for many years. She will be stepping down soon and I’m on the lookout for a new head pew stuffer. No experience necessary, just a heart to serve!
Thanks, Dona, for taking care of this task for so many years!
The Newest Member of our Team at Pearce
I am pleased to announce that Jason Wilson has accepted the full-time position of Facilities Evening Supervisor at Pearce. Jason is the son of Mike and Cindy Wilson and has been working for the past few weeks in a part-time summer position on the facilities staff. Jason graduated earlier this year with a Masters of Art and Religion from Trinity School of Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He is also a 2011 graduate of Geneva College, majoring in Communications with a concentration in theatre. In addition, Jason has served in a variety of custodial jobs over the past several years.
We welcome Jason to this position, recognizing that he brings a wonderful skill set accompanied with a heart for ministry. If you spot Jason around Pearce, usually wearing his dapper hat, please welcome him to our team!
This coming Saturday, men from our church will be participating in Pearce’s Neighborly Help ministry. Each month, a group of individuals head out on a Saturday morning to help provide assistance for those in our community who may need a helping hand. Since this ministry began last spring, over two hundred hours of labor have been donated by Pearce members.
Al Lawrence, who heads up this ministry, wrote this in his most-recent communication with his team: “As I’ve stated probably every month, this is a very natural ministry. All we need to do is open our eyes to see the need, open our hearts to share our love and caring, and wedge in a few hours to help those in need.” Thanks to all who serve in this vital ministry of caring!