Time to Retreat
It’s been two years since Pearce’s Official Board took time away to prayerfully consider our church’s mission and vision. The members of the Board, along with spouses, last went on retreat in 2012. (If you look closely at the photo, you might notice some of us have gotten a few more gray hairs.) I ask for your prayers as we spend Saturday and Sunday together at Lighthouse Christian Camp.
In my absence, Pastor Jeremy will continue our look at the book of James. In preparation, you may want to read James 3:1-12. But I warn you, I find those to be very convicting verses!
Don’t Say “Humbug!”
I know it is still October, and we haven’t even had our first snow yet, but it is time to talk about Christmas decorations at Pearce. We’ve had a long-standing tradition of inviting families to make a contribution toward decorating our sanctuary for Christmas. If you want to make such a gift, in memory or in honor of a loved one, beginning this weekend you may pick up a memorial gift form at the Welcome Kiosk in the atrium. Return the form with your gift to the church office by Sunday, November 16. A list of honored persons will be announced in the NEUs (News, Events & Updates) on December 20/21.
Speaking of Christmas
Don’t forget to bring your Operation Christmas Child boxes to Pearce this weekend!
This past weekend, I received an email from Sue Smout in which she shared her family’s involvement in Operation Christmas Child.
She wrote: “Before we left home [last Sunday afternoon], I read the Matthew 25 passage to them and we talked about why were doing these projects, and how that tied in with the Bible verses. When we got home from shopping, Kristina and I packed the boxes for OCC, and then I found two videos on the Samaritan Purse website that showed kids in India and Madagascar receiving their packages and telling about how they had come to know Jesus through this. It gave great meaning to our experience today to all three of us, and I would like to continue that tradition in other years.”
Pearce is committed to helping families as they nurture their children. Next Friday’s “Fall into Fun” event is one way we come alongside families. This event provides a friendly and safe atmosphere for kids to enjoy the Halloween holiday. (By the way, have you dropped off your bags of candy in the large bucket near the reception desk? Your contribution helps ensure we’ll have plenty of sweets to share.)
On Wednesday evening, November 19, Pearce will hold a workshop to assist families in their observance of Advent. Elizabeth Cullum, daughter-in-law of Dr. Doug Cullum, will host an “Advent Family Worship” that evening. This workshop will include a brief look at how Advent came to be and ways in which we can use Advent to worship as families today.
Have you noticed the posters with the topics for this month’s Lifetree Cafés? If you have, you probably didn’t miss “Zombies!” I doubt this has ever been an advertised theme at Pearce in its 154 year history. The reason for this theme is that Lifetree is committed to addressing topics that are of interest to our coworkers and family members. I’ve never spent time studying Zombies, but you must admit that many today have a fascination with the subject. Why don’t you invite one of your Zombie-friendly coworkers to join you for the Café on Thursday, October 30, at 7pm?