This weekend, I’ll continue our series of messages from John’s gospel by taking a look at a memorable line from verse 19 of chapter 19: “Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” We’ll consider the significance of that title, King of the Jews, which Pilate wrote in derision and nailed on the cross. You may want to read John 19:17-27 in preparation.
Also, have you placed the bookmarks we distributed this past weekend in your current read? The bookmarks, containing Paul’s summary of Jesus’s life and ministry as found in Philippians 2, are a great way of reminding you of God’s Story! (Additional bookmarks are available at the Welcome Kiosk!)
At last week’s Official Board meeting, two recently elected members were seated. Nicole Berg and Chris Grimm joined the other seven board members for dinner and a time of orientation. The board also elected Jim Morton as the chair. Jim commented: “I am humbled and honored to be able to serve the Pearce community in this capacity for another year. As chair, my goal isn’t as much to lead as it is to follow—follow God’s plan for Pearce. In so doing, I hope the board as a whole will accomplish much as we enable the fulfillment of our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ.”
Making a Dent in Debt
Last weekend, Chuck Cockrell, the chairman of Pearce’s Finance Committee, presented brief updates in each of our worship services. Chuck reminded us that our church carries a debt totaling $2,446,429—a debt incurred in 2001 in the construction of the Family Life Center and education wing. Our weekly payment is $4,866.25. At our present rate, the debt will be eliminated in October of 2028.
To date this year, we have received a total of $48,804 towards the Building Fund. This is right on target to cover our weekly payments. Thanks for all of you who regularly support this fund!
Orchard Street Update
This coming July, Pearce will take ownership of two houses along Orchard Street, located on either side of our Orchard Street parking lot. This is the result of plans that were developed in the mid-1990s by Pearce’s leadership.
At that time, parking had become a significant issue and the church decided to create a new parking lot. To gain land necessary for this, the church had to acquire the houses in whose backyards the lot was to be developed. As the college owned the properties in question, utilizing the houses for faculty offices, a deal was struck with Roberts for the church to make payments over a fifteen year period to purchase the properties.
The final payment will be made this summer and, as of July 1, 2015, the houses will belong to Pearce. The future fate of the two houses is yet to be determined.
Thanks for your faithful giving to Pearce that has enable us to purchase these properties and ensure the necessary land for the future needs of our congregation.
A Quick Visit to Israel
Enjoy our informal “travelogue” of Israel this coming Saturday, March 21, at 6:30pm in Common Grounds Café. Pearce members who recently participated in the February study tour of the Holy Land will present photos and commentary.
Tentative plans are being made for a second study tour in 2017; this weekend’s gathering may whet your appetite for this upcoming tour!
The Café will open at 6pm serving, along with its regular coffee/drink menu, soup and grilled cheese sandwiches at modest prices.