All You Can Eat – For Christmas
The week of Christmas was a time for relaxing and enjoying friends. One day that week, we gathered our junior high teens for lunch at Pizza Hut and spent a couple of hours laughing and eating. Our junior high students are awesome! They have so much excitement and energy and are always “up” for something. I appreciate the willingness and the leadership of these young folks. They make organizing ministry easy and fun.
Time to Get Away
Each year, our senior teens take a weekend away in the winter to relax and be “off the grid.” Our teens today find themselves over-scheduled and this weekend is seen as a gift to them that allows them to sleep in, play games, sled, eat, and grow a bit spiritually. Increasingly, we see teens that are struggling with trying to balance sports, school, family, and other extracurricular activities. The pressures wear on them the further they get from Sabbath, so we provide this weekend to remind them of the importance of unplugging and disconnecting. Thirty-six hours without a schedule seems daunting at first, but they quickly slow down and realize how much they need the break. This year’s trip to Penn-York Camp was excellent! We had 18 folks who leaned into each other and into Christ, and who really leaned into 20 lbs. of chicken wings and 5 lbs. of shrimp that we fried on Saturday night! What a blessing it is for me to spend time with these incredible young adults.
Flower City Work Camp
This year is shaping up to be our best year of Flower City Work Camp yet! Each year over spring break, teens and adults from all over the Rochester area converge on the city to help repair homes. This year, over 60 churches are involved, including Pearce. There are 760 students registered and over 300 adults. This year, Pearce will have 21 students and 8 adults participating in this local mission. Painting, dry-wall, plumbing, and various other projects will enable us to share the love of Christ with our city. Be praying for the students, the adults, and the homeowners as we approach FCWC. Pray for safety, pray for opportunity and conversation, and pray that our student’s lives will be impacted as well.
The Holy Land
As many of you are aware, a group of from Pearce will be traveling to Israel over February break. I am particularly excited about this trip because it is a “bucket list” item for me, but also because I believe it will add a richness to my teachings about scripture. This semester, in our Sunday Small Groups, we have looked at the parables of Jesus. We are now starting a new series on the Life of David and in April, Laura Cockrell will be giving a 3-week presentation on the land of Israel. While I am thrilled for personal reasons to be heading to the Holy Land, I am also looking forward to how this trip may energize the way I relay God’s Word to our students. Please keep us in prayer as we travel.