The Many Links in Linked with Love
By now you are familiar with Pearce’s partnership with a vibrant preschool in the Rwandan village of Nzige. Several things have been accomplished already this year. First, families from our congregation have sponsored 82 of the children in Nzige, providing a significant infusion of support for the school and the village. Secondly, the children from this month’s VBS raised $1,200 for the construction of a playground at the school. Thirdly, an “Nzige classroom” has been created in our facility to serve as a “cross-cultural learning lab” for the children of P4K and Pearce Church
Now, under the direction of Nancy Carden, a great intergenerational team of volunteers is making dresses and shorts to be delivered to Nzige by Pearce’s own Ruth Stewart on August 20. After last Sunday’s worship service, Megan Douglass pulled me aside to show me the four dresses she had made as part of this collaborative effort. The hope is to have more than 300 dresses and shorts ready for delivery by mid-August. Thanks for all those who are helping with this project.
Visiting Nzige and Never Leaving Pearce!
I mentioned in the article above the “Nzige classroom” that has been created. This room is located downstairs just inside the original exterior entrance to Parmerter. (Those of you who have been at Pearce for many years will know it as the old Agapé waiting room!)
A sign over the door announces that you are about to enter the Nzige Preschool, photos of the actual school are on the wall outside the room, along with information about a girl who is sponsored by P4K. Inside, the tables and chairs, the color of the walls, and even the artwork are all careful recreations of an actual classroom in Nzige. School uniforms, created by Evelyn Smout after the clothing worn by students in Rwanda, are in crates ready to be donned by children as they enter the classroom.
Lydia Monroe and her team have done a great job creating a space where our “Linked with Love” partnership can be very visible to the children in our community of faith.
Can You Feel the Love?
I’ll be continuing our summer sermon series on “The Summer of Love” this weekend with a look at 1 John 2:28-3:10. As you prepare for worship, remember that Communion will be served at both services on Saturday and Sunday.
One of my joys is receiving what I call “worship art” following services at Pearce. Worship art includes wonderful pictures drawn by children as they enjoy times of worship at our church. I thought you might enjoy this photo of Emma with her drawing of our sanctuary.
Can I encourage you to be generous to Pearce in the remaining weeks of summer? I ask that because we have received to date a total of $664,038 toward the operational expenses of our church. This is $5,000 below where we were on this same date last year, and it is more than $30,000 below our budget to date. Since our costs for 2015 are significantly higher than they were a year ago (health insurance, etc.), the $5,000 less is even more impacting. Maybe you are in a financial position where you could be generous in helping us remain financially healthy. Thanks for considering this!