Every boy deserves a Father
On October 4, Pearce Church once again hosted the Iron Sharpens Iron Conference for men. This year, we also hosted a table for Fathers in the Field. If you are not familiar with this ministry, it is designed to help connect a Christian man with a boy in the church or community whose father is absent for one reason or another. Pearce currently sponsors two “Field Buddies” and we have more waiting to be matched up with a “Mentor Father.” FitF provides a monthly lesson that helps boys work through the anger and hurt of life without a father. When they complete each lesson, they receive a gift which will help them in their outdoor pursuits, (rain gear, boots, compass, pocket knife, etc.) and will help to ease the cost for a single mom. In addition to doing a lesson each month, the Field Buddy and Mentor Father also get together to learn a skill such as camping, fishing, hunting, bird watching, or cycling that the young man has an interest in. If you are a single mom who would like to get her son involved, or a man that has the time to invest in the life of a young boy, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 594-9488.
Bold and Cold
As I mentioned last month, we moved Project Out in the Cold from December to October. The thinking was that perhaps we would avoid the snow – which we did, however we got the rain. Our kids didn’t let the wet weather get them down. We had nearly 30 students come to hear from the Open Door Mission, RAIN (Rochester Area Interfaith Network) and Grace House. They also enjoyed great food, provided by Buzz and Linda Mantegna. The night was a huge success as our students managed to raise over $1,300 for these shelters and were able to get a first-hand glimpse of what being homeless is like.
Chili Commons & Pearce Teens
Throughout the past year, Pearce Teens have been active in finding ways to serve the community at Chili Commons. From a week-long VBS program this summer, to a family Kickball Night in September, to a Halloween Party on October 29, our teens have found creative ways to love and serve our neighbors to the south. It has been a joy to watch our students build relationships with kids in our community who may be a little different. The joy on the faces of these young kids as they received Halloween candy, as they got to play games, and as they were loved for no other reason than being God’s children was priceless. A secondary benefit has been that some of our Chili Commons friends have been coming on Wednesday nights for our teen program. While this is awesome, it was not our goal. We are simply trying to provide our students with an avenue to love outside their comfort zone and to be a presence in our community for Christ. Keep praying for Chili Commons as Thanksgiving Baskets are delivered this month and as we hold our living nativity in December.