This Weekend at Pearce
Our summer series on the book of First John continues this weekend with an examination of chapter three, verses 11-24. The title for this week’s message comes from an old Barry White love song, “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything.”
If you’ve been with us during these weeks, you are aware that John is writing to a church that is hurting. False teachers have divided the church and then left, trying to take others with them. Those left behind in the community of faith are bruised and battered by the whole experience. John writes, in part, to reassure his readers whose confidence has been so deeply shaken.
Pastor John Tassone will be preaching in the Saturday service this week as I’ll be officiating at a wedding ceremony held that same evening. I’ll be preaching in the Sunday service and as a part of that gathering Mike & Andrea Green, missionaries to Uruguay, will share a brief word about their new field of ministry in Latin America.
Jack Made It to LuGia’s
During last Sunday’s “Children’s Moments,” I discovered that Jack Lambert had never been to LuGia’s Ice Cream, near Spencerport. I was a bit caught off guard as I was told early in my tenure here at Pearce that I had to experience LuGia’s! I thought every kid growing up on the west side of Rochester had made the pilgrimage to this establishment where the ice cream cones are the biggest I’ve ever seen. (I can only usually handle a “baby-sized” cone, although I once tackled at “kiddie-sized”one!)
After the service, I meet with Jack and his father, Pastor Tim, and made arrangements for them to enjoy LuGia’s. Later that afternoon, Pastor Tim posted this photo of Jack and his young brothers enjoying their ice cream.
So, all is well and Jack has now tasted the delights of LuGia’s. He’ll never be quite the same!
Denial of VISA for Ephaste
Sadly, I was informed this week that Niyigena Ephaste, who oversees the ministry of International Child Care Ministries in Rwanda, was denied a VISA to visit the United States. Pearce’s Great Commission Leadership Team (GCLT), which oversees our local and global ministry strategies, had invited Ephaste to visit us in early October to help share the vision of our partnership with the preschool in Nzige, Rwanda. No explanation was given for the denial.
Although Ephaste is unable to join us, Dr. Linda Adams, the director of ICCM, is scheduled to be with us the weekend of October 3 & 4 when we’ll celebrate our continued partnership with the Nzige school.
It has been a long-standing tradition at Pearce that we receive an Exit Offering on Sundays when Communion is served in that day’s worship service. Each month’s Exit Offering is given to a specific ministry, often one outside Pearce’s walls.
For example, this past Sunday the Exit Offering was designated for Hope Africa University (HAU), a large and fast-growing private Christian university in Burundi. A total of $817.00 was given and will be forwarded to HAU to assist them in providing quality education for Africa’s next generation of leaders.
So far this year, the Pearce family has given a total of $5,620.16 in exit offerings for a wide range of ministries: from helping to provide fresh water through International Child Care Ministries to providing safe housing for Rochester’s homeless at Grace House. Your generosity is impacting others for the Kingdom. Thanks!
Lifetree Goes to Rwanda
Due to Pearce’s partnership with the Nzige preschool, I thought I should give you a “heads up” regarding an upcoming Lifetree Café. On Thursday, August 27, Lifetree will feature the story of Rwandan John Gasangwa. This man, in the midst of great suffering, made a promise that if he finished his education, he’d serve the people of his homeland. John has since made good on his promise. You’ll appreciate his story of hope and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges many Rwandans face.
Tonight’s Lifetree is entitled “Faith and Science” and features a filmed interview with Dr. Francis Collins, a world-renowned geneticist who led the human genome project.
Lifetree begins each Thursday at 7pm in Pearce’s Common Grounds Café.