What a Day to Look Out My Windows
Monday was a great day to look out of my office windows. My office is located on Pearce’s second floor, right at the southwest corner of the building. While working at my desk, I could look to my left and see the construction crew digging the foundation for the new sidewalk. What guy doesn’t love seeing powerful machines at work? (Check out the photo in the next article!)
Swiveling around in my chair, I could glance out the south side of my office and see a group of kids from P4K who were “washing their cars” on the front driveway. It was entertaining to watch the kids’ antics as they soaped up their cars and, sometimes, themselves!
I had the best view in the entire church this past Monday! What a great place to work!
SWAG Project Under Construction
Walking into Pearce this past Monday, I was greeted with a beehive of activity on the east side of Orchard Street. There, a crew was busy at work on the new sidewalk that will provide safer access to the off-street parking on Orchard. This $10,000 project was entirely funded by this year’s SWAG (Stewardship With A Goal) giving.
Project #4 is currently our SWAG focus. This project is to raise $20,000 to pay on the principal of the loan assumed by our congregation when the 2001 addition was added to our facility. To date, we have received a total of $7,363 toward this project. We are more than a third of the way there! I hope you’ll join the 121 individuals/families who have given toward this year’s SWAG.
I got carried away a bit during last Sunday’s “Children’s Moments” at Pearce. Corbin sat next to me and, in the middle of my remarks, began waving at his parents in the balcony. So I thought I should take a “selfie” of me with him. Then Kristina, who was sitting on the other side of me, asked for a photo too! So I took another one. It wasn’t until later in the day, after posting the photos on my Facebook page, that Alicia Thomson pointed out to me that Al Krober, one of our organists, photobombed the picture. I never know what is going to happen on a Sunday morning at Pearce!
The Next Stop in Our Tour!
This summer, we’ve been touring the Sermon on the Mount: the wonderful extended teaching of Jesus found in chapters five, six, and seven of Matthew’s gospel. This week, we’ll turn our attention to the opening paragraph of chapter seven and Jesus’s words about judging others. You may want to read the first five verses of the chapter in preparation. Together, we’ll explore what it means to provide a community of true sanctuary in our world. See you this weekend!
Financial Peace University
An excellent resource for learning how better to manage your finances is Dave Ramsey’sFinancial Peace University. Dave Ramsey’s organization describes the class this way:
It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!
Pastor John Keller, a former member of the Pearce staff and now serving on the pastoral team at Northgate Church in Batavia, will be hosting the class, along with Pearce’s own Dan Pappa. The class will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00pm beginning on September 17.
Recently Graduated from College?
I want to invite any “twenty-somethings” to Mary’s and my home on Sunday evening, August 31, at 5:30pm. On that evening, we’ll talk about plans to start a new Bible study group for those who have recently graduated from college and are making their way in the “real world.” We’ll provide the picnic food, I’ll grill some hamburgers and white hots, and we’ll dialogue on what the small group might look like. RSVPs are requested by August 29, so Mary and I can prepare for the cookout. Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Status of Pearce Finances
Mike Vannest, our treasurer, recently sent me the following graph that illustrates our church’s financial status. You can see we are slightly behind in our three main categories of giving: operations or general budget, building or debt reduction, and missions. Summer is always a bit tough financially, so in light of it being mid-August, we’re not in too bad a shape.
As Mike put it in his note to the Official Board: “…being a couple of percentage points behind budget as we come out of summer is not a terrible position to be in, and it is reasonable to think we will make up the gap by year-end. I would love to see us do better, but this way we get to exercise our faith over the coming months, until year-end….and what would we do without something to test our collective faith?”
Next Thursday, August 21, Ryan Palma will be taking photos of individuals from our congregation for a bulletin cover. The cover requires photos of nine individuals: ordinary, everyday people of any age. If you would like to help us out with this, contact Kim Mantegna at email@example.com. Remember, this is open to anyone! Teens, moms or dads, college students, retired adults, or anyone else who wants to get in on the fun is encouraged to contact Kim to set up their own “photo shoot!”