Continuing to Develop a Heart for Worship
This weekend, I’ll continue our exploration of Pearce’s core worship values in our series “A Heart for Worship.” In our services, we’ll consider that worship is to be dialogical. This is how we state it in our core values: “Christian worship is a conversation initiated by God to which we respond in faith, gratitude, and obedience. The elements of worship guide us in this loving conversation with our God.”
These core values were developed by our worship planning team: Pastor Tim Lambert, Julie Smith, Dr. Dan Barta, Rev. Jonathan Bratt, and me. This team meets each Thursday afternoon to plan upcoming worship services.
You can read the entire list of Pearce’s core worship values by clicking here, on the “Worship” tab under “Weekend” on our website.
Wondering what our next steps with be as Pearce begins partnering with the Nzige Preschool in Rwanda, Africa? The Great Commission Leadership Team (GCLT), led by Karen Hopkins, is exploring ways in which this can be a long-term and fruitful partnership.
Our first step will be to encourage families in our congregation to sponsor one of the children at Nzige. International Child Care Ministries is a wonderful organization and they have agreed to “reserve” sponsorship of the children at Nzige for Pearce families.
Presently, materials are being assembled that will enable us to present “sponsorship packets” in the coming months. It will probably take several weeks for the packets to be ready for families in our congregation. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
If you would like to know more about Pearce’s new partnership with Nzige, join Lydia Monroe and me on Saturday, January 31, at 6:30pm at Common Grounds Café. Economical and light dinner options will be available for purchase, as well as the Café’s usual menu of drinks. Free coffee, direct from Rwanda, will also be available.
Pictures Sent with Love
Speaking of Nzige Preschool, we received some photos this past week from the director of ICCM in Rwanda. Lydia, the director of Pearce’s P4K ministry, delivered pictures drawn by our kids. In this photo, the children are holding those hand-delivered expressions of love. I thought you would enjoy seeing it!
Financial Goals for 2015
This past weekend in the Sunday services, Jim Morton, Official Board Chair, announced Pearce’s financial goals for this year. There are three goals.
The first goal is to meet the operational expenses of our congregation. Our weekly Operation Budget is $23,195. This is a modest increase of 1.7% over 2014’s Operation Budget. (Insurance costs, for example, in part prompted this increase.) By adequately funding our operations, you help ensure that the lights of our building stay on, our gifted staff is provided for, and our many ministries continue.
The second goal is to continue to fund payments on our building’s loan. This loan was incurred during the construction of our atrium/Family Life Center/education wing in 2001. Presently, a total of $2.46 million is outstanding on the loan. We need to make payments of $4,400 per week to continue to eventually eliminate that debt. However, we have chosen to make payments of $4,866.25 to help reduce the principal. If we fail to receive funding for our loan payments through “building fund” giving on the tithe envelopes, we must allocate money from operations to cover the shortfall.
The third goal is to fund the replacement of the roof on Parmerter Chapel. The costs of this project are not finalized at this point, but it is estimated that the roof will cost $160,000. Instead of Stewardship With A Goal (SWAG), we are “Raising the Roof” in an effort to fund this critical maintenance expense. The plan is to install the new roof in 2016.
Thanks for your generosity in keeping Pearce financially healthy!