Thanksgiving in September
Growing up, I always loved Thanksgiving. My immediate family would head over to Uncle Herb and Aunt Sally’s house for a wonderful gathering. My cousins and I had a great time mixing different flavors of soda to come up with our own unique blend. Sometimes, we gathered around the Ping-Pong table to see if we could break our record for the longest volley. Then, of course, we eventually sat down to a delicious meal around a long table. It was a time to affirm family and I delighted, even as a kid, in the relationships I had with a special group of people.
I’m reminded of those Thanksgiving gatherings as I plan for this weekend at Pearce. It is our “kick-off” weekend, a time when the “Pearce family” gathers together. All summer long we’ve been going in a thousand different directions. There have been relaxing days of vacations and leisure weekends at the cottage. But now we are coming back home, settling into a routine, and anticipating a new season.
The theme for this coming weekend is “Engaging Our Neighbor,” and we will reaffirm our congregation’s vision to “Engage our Time in the Timeless Story!” I hope you’ll join us for our service on Saturday (5pm) or on Sunday (10am). Following the Sunday morning service, we’ll gather on the Orchard Street property to enjoy some refreshments and music under the tents. I’ll see you there!
I’ll be hosting a “prayer walk” on Wednesday, September 10. I invite those who are interested in joining me on this walk to meet me in the atrium of Pearce at 6:30pm. (Perhaps after enjoying a great meal at our first Savory Supper of the fall!)
A Special Homecoming!
The last weekend of this month will prove to be a very special time here at Pearce. The Roberts community is putting together the final touches on plans for this year’s homecoming celebration. This homecoming, as you probably know, is a significant and historic one as Dr. Porterfield is inaugurated as the new president of the college.
Pearce will join in the celebration in several ways. First, the inauguration will be held on Friday, September 26, at 11am in Pearce’s sanctuary.
Secondly, we’ll have a special single worship service on Sunday, September 28, at 10:30am. Dr. Barbara Rose, a beloved former faculty member at RWC, will be sharing a personal reflection on her own spiritual journey and the ways in which God has touched her life.
Thirdly, also on that Sunday, I’ll conduct an interview with Dr. Robert and Dr. Paul Shewan at 9am in Parmerter Chapel. These two men, father and son, have had a lasting impact on both Roberts and Pearce. Gifted musicians themselves, the Shewans have encouraged hundreds of students to use their musical gifts in service to our God.
It should prove to be a very special homecoming and I hope you’ll be a part of it here at Pearce!
Our current SWAG (Stewardship With A Goal) project is raising $20,000 to make a payment on the principal of our church’s loan. This loan was incurred in 2001, when Pearce built the Family Life Center and educational wing. We have received a total of $12,590 towards this latest project.
I hope you’ll consider a gift to SWAG this weekend. A $20,000 payment on our loan’s principal will result in significant savings over the remaining life of the loan. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to finish this fourth SWAG project in the next week or two?
By the way, this Friday and Saturday the driveways around Pearce will be given a new coating of blacktop sealant. This important maintenance item is being funded by one of last year’s SWAG projects.
Trip to Israel
Pastor Mike has informed me that twenty-four individuals have registered for next February’s tour of Israel. If you are still interested in joining a great group from Pearce, including Mary and me, I encourage you to talk with Pastor Mike within the next week.
Cleaning Out Closets
Did you know that one of Pearce’s many ministries is providing good, used clothing for distribution in Rochester? In the hallway between Parmerter Chapel and the Friendship Center, you’ll find three large bins in which to place your donation.
If you want to know more about this ministry, Bill Christopher can answer your questions. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you’ll take the opportunity this fall to clean out your clothes and, in so doing, help provide for others.
Look at What a Garage Sale Can Do!
I recently received a letter from a staff member at the Charles Finney School, informing me that a second student has been identified to receive a scholarship provided by Pearce through the proceeds of our Annual Mission Garage Sale.
Thank you to all of you who provided items to sell at this past April’s sale! As the letter highlighted, our generosity “not only provides the gift of education, but also of spiritual and character development that leads to transformational and purposeful living.”