A Successful Summit
Last week while I was serving as a delegate at our denomination’s General Conference, the Pearce facility was filled with children experiencing the joys of Vacation Bible School. This summer’s theme, “Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power,” focused on Bible stories about Elijah, Naaman, and Jesus. Kids learned that God has the power to provide, comfort, heal, forgive, and love us forever. I ask you to pray for the 41 children who made first time commitments to Christ. Also, pray for the 130 kids who indicated they were committed to staying on course to follow Jesus.
As a part of their fun and meaningful week, those attending VBS raised a total of $1,209.50 to help purchase playground equipment for the Nzige Preschool and helped to stock the Pearce Food Cupboard.
My thanks to Pastor Kathy and her team for making this summer’s VBS a successful summit!
More Gems in the Treasure Chest
Nancy Drew, our intrepid librarian, recently drew my attention to the fact that new books for children have recently been placed in Pearce’s library. (If you’ve never been in our library, ask someone to help you find it the next time you are at Pearce!) I especially enjoyed Beverly Lewis’s No Grown-ups Allowed.
Kids at our church are encouraged to read as part of our Kids Treasure Quest. Children ages 2-12 are invited to pick up a Treasure Quest Tracker at Pearce’s reception desk or library and begin recording their reading progress.
Few things are better than lying on soft, green grass on a summer day with a good book in hand!
I don’t know if you have attended a Lifetree Café since we began holding them last October in Pearce’s Common Grounds Café. At each week’s Lifetree Café, you’ll hear stories that will make you think, spice your conversation, and help you make sense of this sometimes crazy world in which we live. The atmosphere is casual, providing a safe place for you to share your own story.
This Thursday’s Café is on the subject of prayer. It features interviews with Nathan Matz and Tosha Williams: two people who pray daily, but in very different ways. Next week’s Café deals with a particularly challenging subject as it focuses on the story of a man who is changing gender. His interview prompts examination of such issues as family dynamics, workplace complications, and spiritual implications for transgender individuals. If you have been challenged to know how to respond to the recent flurry of news reports regarding Caitlin Jenner, this may be the Lifetree you don’t want to miss.
Each Lifetree Café begins promptly at 7pm and ends at 8pm sharp.
Linked with Love One Stitch at a Time
If you were at Pearce last Sunday, you listened as I introduced the kids of Pearce to Nancy Carden and had her share about her Linked with Love sewing project. Linked with Love is, of course, our partnership with a preschool in Nzige, Rwanda. Nancy has the ambitious goal to make 300 dresses and shorts to send to the children in Nzige. That’s quite a bit of fabric and thousands of stitches!
During my interview, I encouraged those who may be interested in helping sew these clothes to meet with Nancy for a few minutes after worship to find out how they could help with this project. More than twenty-five people showed up to offer their sewing skills!
Nancy said afterward, “I was just bowled over by the interest and the enthusiasm of those that attended the meeting. It was such a delight to see the excitement and to have so many want to take part in the project, including several children!”
Check out this weekend’s NEUs for information on a Linked with Love sewing night to be held at Pearce on Wednesday, August 5, at 7pm.
On Saturday, July 11, Ray and Becki Bigham brought their first child, Charlie, for the sacrament of baptism. Pastor Jeremy officiated at the baptism where Becki’s brother, Bryan, and his fiancé, Emily, stood with the Bigham family. The Bighams began attending Pearce in 2013.
General Conference Overview
Several have asked me about last week’s General Conference, our denomination’s national gathering each quadrennial. Overall, I think it was a wonderful gathering of church leaders from across the country and around the world. The worship services were definite highlights, with powerful preaching on the part of our Board of Bishops and, on Sunday morning, July 12, Dr. Timothy C. Tennet, president of Asbury Theological Seminary.
I also enjoyed the music ministry of the conference’s worship team of which Pearce’s own Pastor Tim Lambert and guitarist Tim Guillemette were a part. (Some of you may recognize Mr. Guillemette for his participation in our Sunday morning music.)
Our administrator, Honna (Lusk) Curtis, was unable to attend as a delegate due to her need for recovery time after a tonsillectomy.
During one of the sessions on the final day of the conference, each of our present bishops was elected to a third four-year team.