Watch Channel 8 News Next Wednesday
Pearce 4 Kids Child Care Center was a-buzz one afternoon back in March when Channel 8 news anchor Kevin Doran showed up with his cameraman. They came to present Sue Smout with the “Golden Apple Award,” a way to celebrate teachers who make a great impact on the lives of their students. Sue was nominated by two families, the Renters and the Wongs, whose children sat under her wonderful teaching in recent years.
The story of Sue’s presentation will be broadcast this coming Wednesday, April 29, as part of the evening news.
My congratulations to a gifted teacher and a wonderful woman who so clearly reflects Christ’s love in all she does!
Wrapping Up “Memorable Lines”
This weekend, I’ll conclude our current sermon series entitled “Memorable Lines from the Story,” our examination of the Easter narrative in John’s Gospel. The final message is based on one of my favorite passages in the New Testament, Peter’s encounter with the risen Christ on the shores of Lake Galilee. You may want to read John 21:15-25 in preparation for our time together.
My Current Read
For those who are wondering, my current read is David Brooks’s The Road to Character. My wife brought the book to my attention after hearing Brooks, a New York Times columnist, interviewed on NPR.
The book begins by noting that in the 1950s, a Gallup poll asked high school seniors if they considered themselves to be a very important person. Only 12 percent said yes. When the same question was asked 50 years later, 80 percent affirmed that they were very important.
It is this cultural shift towards a sense of inflated self-worth that Brooks examines. He argues that our generation mistakenly focuses on our own importance and success rather than learn how to forget ourselves in order to live truly fulfilling lives.
I am finding this a fascinating book of great relevance in our self-obsessed, “Kardashian” society! Although not written from a Christian perspective, it has a significant message for today’s American churches.
“Linked with Love”
The weekend of May 2 and 3 is a special one in the life of our congregation, as we begin our partnership with the Nzige preschool in southeastern Rwanda. On that Sunday, we will gather for a single worship service at 10:30am. (All Adult Bible Fellowships will meet at 9am.) In both the Saturday and Sunday services, we’ll focus our attention on this emerging partnership that we are calling “Linked with Love.”
As part of the weekend, we will challenge the families of Pearce to sign up to sponsor a child in Nzige. Although the school has an enrollment of more than 300 children between the ages of four and seven-years-old, we are seeking to have 75 of those children sponsored that weekend. (Our hope is to eventually sponsor many more, but we figure this is a good start to our partnership!)
I should say that “we are seeking to have 74 children sponsored,” as Mary and I have been given the privilege of sponsoring the first child! This week, we received our packet introducing us to Solange Umuhoza, a young girl who will turn seven-years-old this Saturday! Already, Mary and I are praying for Solange, asking God to richly bless her life in Rwanda.
I hope you’ll consider sponsoring one of the children from the Nzige preschool. Perhaps your small group or ABF wants to commit to a sponsorship as a group.
Together, let’s link our hearts and hands in love with the children of Nzige.
Mission Garage Sale Tomorrow!
Friday morning will find me in Pearce’s Family Life Center to witness the opening of the doors for this year’s annual Mission Garage Sale. If you have walked by our gym this week, you’ve noticed a room rapidly filling with items from Pearce families’ garages, attics, and closets. Under the direction of Bev Roy and Sheryl Hunt, a wonderful team of volunteers has been busy sorting and pricing thousands of items.
Last year’s event raised $18,000 to be distributed to ministries engaged in both local and global ministries.
The sale runs all day Friday from 9am-7pm. Hours for Saturday are 9am-12noon. Why not stop by?