Phyllis Sorter Shares Her Story
You may remember hearing of the February 23 abduction of Free Methodist missionary, Phyllis Sorter, in Nigeria. Our congregation prayed for Phyllis upon receiving the news of her abduction and, a few weeks later, celebrated when we heard of her release.
Recently, Phyllis was interviewed by Rev. Blake Wood, the lead pastor of the Seattle Free Methodist Church where Phyllis attends when she is stateside. This interview has been posted on our denominational website and is worth watching. Simply go to http://fmcusa.org/blog/2015/04/06/phyllis-sortor-shares-about-her-abduction-and-release/ to hear this wonderful story of God’s provision and care.
Opportunities for Growth
This coming Sunday begins a new “quarter” in our adult education at Pearce Church. Laura Cockrell, director of adult education, has put together a wonderful slate of classes for adults. You can check out the options at http://www.pearcechurch.org/christian-education/.
Also, a three-week seminar entitled “Growing Closer to God through Spiritual Practices” begins on Wednesday, April 15. Taught by Dr. Becky Letterman of Northeastern Seminary, this class will help you discover ways to develop your sense of spiritual intimacy with God.
I had the privilege of taking a course at the seminary from Dr. Letterman a couple of years ago and found it helped me gain some valuable tools for my own spiritual journey.
Additions to the Pearce Staff
This past Monday, our staff held a brief reception to welcome the newest member of our team. David Aman began work this week as our Webmaster and Information Technology Specialist. This position, formerly held by Jay Stephenson, was vacated when Jay accepted a job with Roberts Wesleyan College this past December.
David is a recent graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Information Technology. We welcome him to Pearce!
Another member will be “joining our team” this September. Our bookkeeper, Jess Alcorn, and her husband anticipate welcoming their first child into the world around September 5.
Great to Have Them Back!
Easter Sunday brought me great joy as I had the opportunity to visit with many of the people attending our worship services that morning. This photo reminds me of two important people whose presence made the day even more special.
The first is, of course, my wife! Mary was able to attend church following her recent hip replacement in the aftermath of an unplanned fall! She borrowed my walking stick, but appeared to have no need of it as she walked into the Sanctuary.
On the right is Pearce’s Treasurer, Mike Vannest. For the past couple of months, Mike has been recovering from a serious illness. Easter was his first time back at Pearce and I was glad to see this gracious and dedicated servant of Christ.
Two very special people who are aware of the Lord’s touch upon their lives!
Lifetree Café Tonight
This evening (Thursday), the topic at the Lifetree Café is a rather heavy one. Strategies for surviving the death of a loved one will be considered. The program, titled “Surviving the Death of a Loved One: Finding Peace in Your Time of Loss,” includes a film featuring Susan Burton, a woman who lost an infant child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
“It’s been 10 years,” says Burton, “but Emily is still a part of our family and our life. You can’t pretend the loss didn’t happen—you’ve got to cope with it.” Burton will discuss what proved helpful as she moved through grief and found peace and healing.
I encourage you to attend this week’s café at 7pm tonight!
Saturday at Common Grounds
Looking for a relaxing venue in which to savor your weekend? Common Grounds Café will feature a great evening of music this Saturday (April 11) from 6:30-8:30pm. The coffee shop will provide its full menu of delicious drinks, as well as light supper options like soup, chili, grilled cheese, and beef stew. (All available at modest prices!)