Let’s Get Graphic
I’m pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Brannan to our church’s staff as our new graphics artist. Jessica will join our team this coming Monday, October 6.
Jessica is, in her words, “an Air Force brat!” She was born in Biloxi, Mississippi while her father was assigned at the Keesler Air Force Base. She then moved with her family, at the age of five, to Anchorage, Alaska and then, a few years later, to Yorktown, Virginia. Now, Rochester has been her family’s home for the past fourteen years.
Jessica graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2011, having majored in time-based-media and graphic design. During her final semester, she held an internship at Pearce. So, Jessica is no stranger here!
When I congratulated Jessica on her new position, I asked her, “What are you looking forward to about working at Pearce?” She responded, “The people! Definitely the people! They always put me in a good mood.” Jessica continued, “I also look forward to delivering high-quality artwork for the church.”
Jessica’s preferred media is digital, but she also likes sketching and putting a pencil to paper. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places and particularly loves seeing historical landmarks.
I, along with all of the staff, celebrate her becoming the newest member of our team!
A Return to Authenticity
Wasn’t Dr. Barb Rose’s message last weekend wonderful? I always appreciate hearing people relate the ways in which God’s Story has intersected with their own story. If you missed her talk, you can catch the podcast at http://www.pearcechurch.org/category/sermons/.
This weekend, I’ll take us back to our series on the book of James entitled, “The Authentic Life.” Based on the first thirteen verses of the second chapter of James, we’ll examine the challenges of ensuring that the church doesn’t become a club for select people. I’m challenged by this passage; I imagine you will be, too!
As a part of this weekend’s services, the Lord’s Supper will be offered.
Iron Sharpens Iron
In a couple of days, Pearce’s sanctuary will be filled with the sound of men joining their voices in praise to God at this year’s “Iron Sharpens Iron” conference. This conference is being held in 40 sites around the country this year; and we are excited that our church, once again, has the privilege of hosting. Pre-registration closed on October 1, but you can register and pay at the door on Saturday.
The Operation Begins!
Again this year, Pearce will participate in the largest Christmas project of its kind: Operation Christmas Child. This ministry uses gift-filled shoeboxes to share God’s love in a tangible way with needy children around the world.
Since 1993, more than 113 million boxes have been delivered to children in more than 150 countries through Operation Christmas Child. This year, the goal is to send another 10 million boxes. This weekend, shoeboxes and instruction sheets will be available to pick up in the atrium at Pearce.
You may want to do what Mary and I do each year. We ask a few friends to join us for a trip to the local Walmart. We always have a great time looking for just the right gifts to fill our boxes.
Check out some of the excellent videos about this ministry athttp://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/.
A Little Extra Would Help!
I recently asked Honna Lusk, our administrator, for an update on giving to Pearce’s general operations. Last year, by this same time, we had received a total of $861, 931.23 in giving for operations. This year we have received a total of $856,207.73.
So, you might say, we are just about where we were last year—if you give or take five or six thousand dollars. That’s true! The challenge is that we are dealing with increased costs since 2013. That makes our gap a bit wider.
I appreciate your careful and prayerful consideration to financially support the ministries of our church and help us close the gap.