A New Resident at the Mission House
While returning to my office on Monday afternoon, I noticed a new resident at Pearce’s Mission House on Orchard Street. As you probably know, the Wilkins family (missionaries to Cambodia) has been residing in the house this year. Evidently, they have welcomed a new member to their family. When introduced, I found this new resident, named Maddy, a bit cold and reserved. But I sense she won’t be around for very long!
Do You Want to Know a Secret?
This Advent, we’ve been considering how we can make this Christmas different. What can we not do to enhance our appreciation of Jesus’s birth and prepare ourselves for His return?
This weekend, we’ll take a look at the opening verses of Matthew 6, where Jesus teaches that we should “not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” The message it titled “Let’s Keep this a Secret!” and examines the place of secrecy in the lives of believers.
I’d tell you more about this weekend’s message, but….
SWAG Winds Down
We are in our final weeks of Stewardship With A Goal, a stewardship emphasis at Pearce that has enabled us to accomplish significant projects on our facility. So far this year, SWAG has resulted in the resurfacing of our driveways and parking lot, a new sidewalk along Orchard Street, a new hot water tank for the kitchen, and, to date, $30,000 paid on the principal of our loan. . The hot water heater will likely cost less than the raised $12,000 and, so, the excess raised as compared to actual pricing will also go toward additional debt principal. Thanks to the 142 individuals/families who have contributed a total of $69,749.50 to SWAG in 2014!
Any SWAG donations received by December 31, 2014 will be applied to the principal of our loan.
SWAG will be discontinued next year. The Official Board has decided that the priority in 2015 will be to raise the $160,000 necessary to install a new roof on Parmerter Chapel.
In two weeks, a Pearce team will head to Rwanda, Africa to explore the possibility of a new partnership between our congregation and a school in Nzige, a town east of the capital city of Kigali. I thought it might be helpful to provide a couple of books that offer a glimpse into the nation and people of Rwanda.
Two books will be available at the bookrack in the lobby. The first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, is the first-hand account of Immaculee Illbagiza, a young woman who lost most of her family during the 1994 genocide. I’d advise you to skip the forward by Wayne Dyer, as his theology is quite questionable, but Immaculee’s story is worth hearing.
The second book, As We Forgive, Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda, by Catherine Claire Larson, is based on personal interviews with both victims and perpetrators and traces the route of reconciliation in the lives of Rwandans. Either book is available for a $15 donation.
And the Nominees Are….
Can you help us? Pearce is looking for wise and godly individuals to join our Nominating Committee—a committee responsible for the important task of identifying potential candidates for the Official Board. What we need from you are names of individuals that you feel would serve well on the Nominating Committee; we need nominees for the Nominating Committee! (Say that fast five times!) A box for submissions in located at the reception desk in Pearce’s lobby. Nominees to the Nominating Committee will be reviewed by the Official Board and the top five will be placed on the ballot at the Annual Meeting. Are you following all of this? It may seem complicated, but we want you to be a part of this important first step in selecting leadership at Pearce.