Utilizing Pearce’s Lifetree Café
This past week, our volunteer team did a great job in hosting our first Lifetree Café at Pearce. Tonight, October 16, our Lifetree Café is open to the public for the first time!
You may be wondering about ways in which you can utilize Lifetree. Here’s what I’d like you to do. Take a look at each week’s topic. When you spot a subject that you feel may be of interest to a co-worker or friend, invite them to join you for an evening at Lifetree. The material is excellent and the environment is welcoming, even to those who don’t usually walk into church facilities.
For example, tonight’s topic is “The Bible: Real? Relevant? Reliable?” It features an interview with Eugene Peterson, one of my all-time favorite Bible teachers. You can see upcoming weekly topics at the Lifetree web site at www.lifetreecafe.com.
Held each Thursday evening, Lifetree Café opens at 7pm and ends promptly at 8pm. Why not come out and try it tonight?
Operation Christmas Child Can Be a Community Event!
Over the past couple of weeks, people have picked up hundreds of Operation Christmas Child boxes in Pearce’s atrium. We are pleased to once again participate in this wonderful ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. (You can read more about Operation Christmas Child at www.samaritanspurse.org.)
The last few years, Mary and I have found it meaningful to ask others to join us on our Operation Christmas Child shopping expedition. So this past Sunday night, we drove over to the Brockport Walmart with two carloads of friends from Pearce to experience together the joy of this special ministry.
Load up your boxes and be sure to have them back to Pearce’s atrium by October 26. Ask some friends to join you as you pack your boxes!
This Weekend Back to James
Were you as blessed by Dr. Russ White’s ministry this past weekend at Pearce as I was? His message on the “Feeding of the 5,000” from John’s Gospel is one of the best and most inspirational teachings on the miracles I’ve ever heard. (If you missed it, be sure and check out the podcast at http://www.pearcechurch.org/category/sermons/)
This weekend, I’ll return to our fall series, “The Authentic Life,” and examine the later half of James’ second chapter (verses 14-26). The title of my message is “A Lively Faith!”
Why Not Help Out?
Pearce offers grieving families the opportunity to have a reception or meal at our church following a funeral or memorial service. We have done this for years. I think it is a wonderful ministry, as it provides a place for the extended family to gather and encourage each other in the face of their loss.
Jim and Susan Heeks, Pearce’s Food Service Directors, do a great job putting together a meal and providing just the right touches to make a family feel welcomed and valued. They rely on a team of volunteers to help serve on these occasions.
In recent months, we have experienced difficulty in finding volunteers willing to help with a funeral dinner. In fact, there have been times only one volunteer was secured after calling a list of twenty people!
The challenge with funeral dinners is that the lead-time is often only two or three days. So, I can understand why many people have to say no. Many of us often have more on our schedules than we can manage.
But I can’t help but feel that there are people who would probably enjoy helping with this vital ministry if they knew there was a need. If you are interested in becoming a part of our hospitality team, contact Kim Brittin in the church office (549-9488) and she’ll put you in touch with the right people.
Thanks for considering the opportunity to come alongside families in a time of need.