Exploring a Possible Partnership
On January 1, a team from Pearce will head to Rwanda to explore a possible partnership between our church and a school in the village of Nzige. The team is comprised of Karen Hopkins and Bev Faro, both members of Pearce’s Great Commission Leadership Team; Lydia Monroe, director of Pearce 4 Kids; and me.
This trip grows out of a series of conversations with Dr. Linda Adams of International Child Care Ministries (ICCM). Linda has suggested this possible partnership with Pearce as a new way for Free Methodist congregations to establish an on-going relationship with an ICCM school. She wrote back in early October, “I’m excited about what might happen—not only for Nzige, but in helping work out a process for other churches establishing partnerships.”
You’ll hear more about this possible partnership in the coming months as the team explores what it may entail by meeting with Free Methodist leaders in Rwanda. I am hopeful that this may result in a significant avenue for Pearce to be involved for many years to come.
This is not Pearce’s first ministry involvement in Rwanda. You may recall that our congregation supported Olive Kamurera, an orphan of the Rwandan genocide, as she went through college. Pastor Wally and Mark Pellingra were able to be in Rwanda in 2012, to celebrate Olive’s graduation and to present her with a laptop computer as a gift from our church.
This past Sunday, in the 10:30am service, Ezekiel and Andrea Gillie brought their daughter, Genesis, to offer her in dedication to the Lord. Andrea, the daughter of Dan and Mary Kennedy, grew up at Pearce. She and her husband now live in Logan, Ohio where Zek serves as the Director of Children and Family Life at the Hocking Hills United Methodist Church.
It was a privilege for me to bless this child and her parents and older brother. I encourage you to remember Genesis in prayer, asking God that she may early come to personal faith in Christ.
Blanketing Kids with Love
I love hearing the wonderful things people of our congregation are doing to extend Christ’s love to others. This past week, Carol Wilson’s Sunday school class made twelve fleece blankets to be given to needy kids as part of Project Linus. The 9th and 10th grade girls are pictured with some of the blankets they made.
Project Linus’s mission is “to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers.’” You can find out more about Project Linus at www.projectlinus.org.
Thanks, Pearce Church, for discovering so many ways to make Christ’s love real to others!
A small, but interested, group gathered this past Monday evening in the Friendship Center to hear the Finance Committee’s presentation on the proposed 2015 church budget. The proposed budget includes a modest 1.7% increase over this year’s budget. A significant portion of the proposed increase is due to rising health care and insurance costs. If you are interested in more detail, you can obtain a copy of the materials distributed at the Financial Forum by contacting the church office.
The coming year will also challenge us with the need to raise funds to install a new roof on Parmerter Chapel. I know that we finished raising funds for a new sanctuary roof only a year ago, but the existing Parmerter roof is deteriorating and is in need of replacement in 2016. In place of SWAG, next year we’ll invest our energies in the task of raising $160,000 to keep Parmerter dry for years to come.
If you are interested in Pearce’s financial health at this point in 2014, we have received, to date, $1,070,621 toward our operating budget. Presently, we are $24,299 (or 2%) short of where we hoped to be at this time. I encourage you to be generous in your support of our ministries, so we can close out the year in a strong financial position.
We are nearly finished with our fifth swag project this year, which is a new hot water heater for Jim Heeks’ kitchen. (Well, it’s really Pearce’s kitchen, but I can’t conceive of it without Mr. Heeks!) We have raised $10,289.50 towards this $12,000 project, leaving only an additional $1,710.50 to come in before December ends. Let’s join together to keep Jim in hot water!
Grateful for Jay!
This week, we received, with regret, the resignation of Jay Stephenson. Jay has been a wonderful addition to the support staff here at Pearce, serving as our web master and our information technology specialist for the past two and a half years. Jay is leaving Pearce to accept a position at Roberts Wesleyan College.
Commenting on his sojourn at Pearce, Jay wrote: “I have really been blessed with my time here at Pearce. It was my first job out of college and it has been a great experience for me. I’m going to miss Pearce and the people, but I’ll only be next door! I can still make some trips over and get a chai from Common Grounds or bug Jim Heeks in the kitchen!”
Applications for this position are now being received until January 31, 2015. If you are interested in applying, I encourage you to send your resume to Honna Lusk at firstname.lastname@example.org and Kim Mantegna at email@example.com.