Baptisms this Coming Sunday
Max Lucado wrote: “Baptism separates the tire kickers from the car buyers.” It does, doesn’t it? Baptism is that marvelous moment when someone publicly acknowledges his or her decision to follow Jesus Christ as His disciple. This coming Sunday morning, three individuals will be baptized into the Christian faith at Pearce.
At the 9am worship service, Dillon and Allison Vache will bring their first-born child, Joseph Michael Vache, who was born on May 2, 2014. Allison’s parents, Mike and Suzanne Felluca, are also a part of our Pearce family.
In the 10:30am worship service, I will have the privilege of baptizing two delightful individuals. One of them, in the interest of full disclosure, is my aunt! Katie Logan received Christian baptism as an infant, but has expressed a long-held desire to receive this special rite as an adult. How could I say “No!” to this woman who for so long has partnered in ministry with her husband, Rev. Jack Logan?
Also declaring her faith on Sunday is Erin Etsler. Some of you may recall hearing Erin share her testimony in our worship services last November, shortly after she made her commitment to let Jesus fill her heart and life.
I ask you to pray for these people, asking God to touch them in a special way.
Continuing Our Quest for Authenticity
Last weekend, we began our examination of the Book of James in our new sermon series: “The Authentic Life.” This week, we’ll take a closer look at the latter half of James’s first chapter, verses 16-27.
I hope you are helping spread the word with regard to our Sunday schedule on September 28. We will be gathering for a single Sunday worship service at 10:30am on that day.
As you have heard by now, Roberts Wesleyan College will be celebrating the inauguration of Dr. Porterfield as its eleventh president that weekend. In our worship service, we will affirm the special relationship Pearce has enjoyed with the college throughout its history.
Dr. Barbara Rose will be featured as the speaker at both the Saturday and Sunday services. Dr. Rose served on the faculty of the college for many years and, along with her husband Gary, was an active member at Pearce.
Pastor Tim is gathering an “Alumni Choir” to sing in the Sunday service. Also, on a musical note, Dr. Robert and Dr. Paul Shewan will be participating in an informal interview with me at 9am, in Parmerter Chapel, that morning. (Adult Bible Fellowships will also be meeting at 9am on September 28.)
Additionally, Pearce is hosting the actual inauguration on Friday, September 26, at 11am in our sanctuary. If you wish to attend the inauguration, come early to get a seat in the sanctuary or see it live-streamed in Hale Auditorium in the CLC. You can also watch online as this historic moment unfolds. To watch it online, simply go to www.roberts.edu/live-video.
This month, both Mary and I have been captivated by the book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. One reviewer described this book as “Chariots of Fire with oars.” I think that is a good summation of it! It might prove to be a good read for you as the leaves turn and winter approaches.
I always want to express my appreciation to those of you who are regularly giving to Stewardship With A Goal (SWAG). I realize for many of you this is sacrificial giving, above and beyond your regular financial support of Pearce’s ministries.
This calendar year, to date, we have received a total of $54,123 toward SWAG. We have completed three projects and are now closing in on Project #4. This is an ambitious one to raise $20,000, to be applied to the principal of Pearce’s loan on the 2001 addition to our facility. Only $2,877 is needed to complete Project #4 and help us save significant interest costs over the remaining life of our loan.
Wouldn’t it be great if we finished this project by the end of the month? Thanks for helping us do so!
Pearce’s Financial Status
If you are wondering how we are doing financially as a congregation this year, this graph may help inform you. The graph highlights giving in four major financial areas of Pearce’s ministry: SWAG, Mission, Building, and Operations.
Operations is the largest part of our financial picture, as it reflects the funding necessary for our church to continue to open our doors each week. Mission includes both local and global ministries outside of Pearce. Building is money given to our building loan, a debt that was incurred in 2001 when the latest addition was constructed. SWAG is, of course, Stewardship With A Goal, a list of special projects beyond what has been budgeted for 2014.
You’ll note we are a little behind in Operations: nearly $28,000 below where we anticipated being at this time of year. Don’t worry! That doesn’t mean we have unpaid bills. What it does mean is that we aren’t able to do everything we budgeted to do this year. We watch our spending quite carefully to ensure we remain financially healthy.
Thanks for your regular support of our ministry here at Pearce!
Closing the Gap
A few weeks ago, I asked Karen Hopkins, chair of Pearce’s Great Commission Leadership Team, to share about an opportunity for partnership with ministry in the city of Rochester. Karen spoke of a ministry opportunity to serve at the Rochester Family Mission’s
“After School Program” as a tutor for inner city children.
The “After School Program” runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Tutors are needed between 5:30 and 6:30pm.
If you would like more information about this, contact Karen Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bev Faro at email@example.com and they can explain more about this ministry. Or contact Brian Babcock at RochesterConnection@rochester.rr.com.
You may wish to read about the gap between city and suburban schools by checking out an article in Prismmagazine entitled, “School Equality as a Matter of Faith.” It’s worth your read. (Go to http://issuu.com/prismmagazine/docs/full-issue-spring14-web-links/1?e=2263645/7336802) Also, check out the article by “The Community Foundation” reporting that Rochester is the fifth poorest city in the USA as measured among the 75 largest metropolitan areas. (Go to http://www.racf.org/CommunityImpact/CommunityImpact/tabid/164/smid/605/ArticleID/101/reftab/36/Default.aspx)