A Quiet Weekend
If you’ve been to Pearce the past couple of weeks, you know we are in a sermon series entitled “This Christmas Will Be Different!” I’m encouraging families to discover ways of walking through December with a deep awareness of Christ’s presence. Sometimes we need to say “No!” to some of the traditions of Christmas to better free ourselves to draw near to God.
This weekend, we’ll be considering the place of silence in our preparation for Christ’s coming. To complement the theme, our worship music will be a bit subdued this weekend. Last weekend, the youth band pulled out all the stops to help us celebrate. On the weekend before Christmas, the music will be quite celebratory once again. But this weekend, be ready for a quieter worship service and savor the space silence can create for us to better hear God’s voice.
We are less than $120 dollars away from completing Project #5 for this year’s Stewardship With A Goal! Jim Heeks and our fine hospitality team will soon have an ample supply of hot water in Pearce’s kitchen, thanks to your generosity.
Any SWAG donations received after this project is fully funded will be applied to the principal on our loan.
SWAG will come to an end on December 31 of this year. In 2015, we will direct our focus to raising funds for a new roof on Parmerter Chapel. This will be a major project, estimated to cost $160,000; so we will need to concentrate our efforts on that one project in 2015.
Practicing Sabbath at An Early Age
On Monday morning, I received this email from Jason Scott. He wrote: “Emily took this morning’s message to heart and rested on Sabbath. This is how we found her after our short ride home from church.” I am gratified to hear of such an immediate response to my message last weekend!
Christmas Story Hour
For the past 35 years, I have read Christmas stories to the children of the churches I have pastored. I figure there is no reason to let go of that tradition now!
This coming Wednesday, December 17, I will take my place in Parmerter Chapel and read three delightful Christmas stories. I have selected two new stories for this year, along with one that I have read a couple of times in the past. (It’s always good to hear some stories again and again!)
I invite interested children, along with their parents, to come at 6:30pm dressed in their pajamas for this year’s Christmas story. (And bring along pillows and blankets!) Rob & Jessie Keim will be providing music for this event, so you won’t want to miss it!
Christmas Sing Along!
While I’m reading stories to the children, lovers of Christmas music are invited to the Sanctuary to enjoy a memorable sing-along with Dr. Robert Shewan. Dr. Shewan, if you don’t know him, is a gifted choral director. I’ve asked him to select some of his favorite songs of the season. Come, join him in song!