Pearce’s Own Living Statue
Ever wonder what the pedestals at Pearce’s Orchard Street entrance are for? Exiting the church on a recent Sunday, I discovered that they are platforms for “living statues” when I encountered Elijah Hays striking a dramatic pose. (I think he has a future working at Epcot!)
Linked with Love
This past Monday morning, Lydia Monroe, Pearce’s P4K director, and I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Linda Adams, the director of International Child Care Ministries (ICCM). Linda was in town for a couple of days, and Lydia and I took advantage of the opportunity to meet with her and discuss Pearce’s partnership with Nzige.
One of the exciting recent developments is in the area of teacher training for the staff at the Nzige preschool. Lydia discovered an organization called TEACH Rwanda, a U.S. based non-government organization that provides teacher education for preschool teachers in Rwanda. Lydia is dialoging with the leaders of this organization to explore ways in which they may be able to help us with the training of the Nzige preschool staff. It’s too early to tell the impact of these conversations, but it is exciting to find others who are committed to providing engaging learning experiences for the children of Rwanda.
Dr. Adams will be at Pearce the weekend of October 3 & 4 to participate in a special weekend as we reaffirm our Linked with Love partnership in our worship services.
Sprucing Up the South Side
This past week, needed attention was given to the south and east sides of Pearce’s facility when a painting contractor put a fresh coat of paint on the window frames and other exterior-wood-components of our building. Your faithful financial support of our operational budget enables this vital maintenance to continue. Thanks for your help!
Our “Summer of Love” Enters Its Final Weeks
The “back to school” ads are beginning to blanket media and print advertisements. I even sensed the smell of the approaching autumn on some recent early mornings. As summer begins to wind down, we approach the final chapters in John’s first letter in our current sermon series.
This coming weekend, Pastor Jeremy Kelly will examine the first twelve verses of chapter four. His message takes its title from Steve Winwood’s 1986 song “Higher Love.” (Winwood’s song hit number one on the Billboard list for only one week. I hope there is no significance in the fact that the number one song of the prior week was Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach!”)
At tonight’s Lifetree Café an interview with Kenyon Easton will be featured. Kenyon began a coast-to-coast walk across America in April 2014. Hear about his life-changing perspective at this week’s Café, beginning at 7pm this evening in Pearce’s Common Grounds.
Speaking of Lifetree, Pearce will hold a “sample” Lifetree Café on Sunday morning, August 30, at 9am. This special “Sunday morning edition” will provide an opportunity for those who haven’t been a part of Lifetree to gain a sense of what this particular ministry is about.
The Richness of Intergenerational Worship
Colleen Dick sent me this photo of her son, Jameson, at Pearce’s altar on a recent Sunday morning. The image of this young boy in prayer beside an older gentleman is, for me, a wonderful illustration of the richness of Pearce’s intergenerational fabric!
Petra in 2017
Pastor Mike recently sent me a copy of the travel itinerary for Pearce’s “Biblical Study Tour” planned for February 2017. This is at the request of many of those who participated in this year’s recent study tour of Israel.
This tour will include such traditional sites as the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem and the Mount of Beatitudes. But it will also feature a visit to Jordan to tour the ancient and amazing city of Petra.
If you are interested in participating in this next tour, contact Pastor Mike or me and we can supply you with a preliminary itinerary of the trip.