Hold On and Lean Back!
I want to express my thanks for your prayers for the seventeen of us who just experienced a rich week of touring Israel. We enjoyed an incredible week that began with a camel ride in the desert of the Negev near Beersheba. We were instructed, after mounting our camels, to “hold on and lean back!” That instruction became our mantra for the remainder of the trip. (In the photo, Alan Bowman demonstrates the “hold on and lean back” method!)
I posted daily photos of the trip to my Facebook account. If you are interested in checking them out, go to my account at “Walter S. Fleming” on Facebook. (Sherri Taber and Pastor Mike also posted photos on their Facebook pages.)
Members of the group that participated in the study tour of Israel will present a brief overview of the trip on Saturday evening, March 21, at 6:30pm in Pearce’s Common Grounds Café. The café will open at 6pm and a light dinner menu will be available at modest prices, along with the regular café drink menu.
My thanks to Pastor Jeremy for filling the pulpit on an extremely cold and snowy winter weekend, on February 14 and 15, and to Dr. Jeff Altman for kicking off our new sermon series this past weekend. It is wonderful to partner with such gifted ministerial colleagues.
This Week at Lifetree Café
The topic at this evening’s Lifetree Café is “Make a Difference Now” and features an interview with best-selling author Mark Sanborn. You may be familiar with his book The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary. Come, enjoy a cup of coffee and get tips for transforming a normal life into a remarkable one! Lifetree Café begins at 7pm in Common Grounds.
Next week (March 1) the subject is “Coming Together: Finding Common Ground When it Seems Impossible.” This café will feature a screening of the lighthearted, award-winning South African short film “Kanyekanye.” The film will provide the backdrop for a discussion on the issues that divide families and communities, and practical ways to overcome those divisions.
Raising the Roof
The past two weeks, we’ve been encouraging everyone to make a pledge to help us put a new roof on Parmerter Chapel. To date, we have received $10,855.50 toward this ambitious $160,000 project, scheduled for installation in the spring or summer of 2016.
Members of Pearce’s Official Board have made pledges totaling $21,400 toward the roof; members of our congregation have committed an additional $16,793 in pledges during the past two weeks. Thanks to each of you who have made a commitment to “Raising the Roof!”