Entering a New Season of Love
In last week’s Dangling, I wrote about our “kick-off” weekend and then neglected to mention when it will be held! (A few of you graciously wrote to highlight my omission.) So, with humble contrition, I announce to you that we will celebrate the start of a new church year this coming weekend, September 12 and 13, at our 5pm Saturday service and at 10am on Sunday.
If you are coming on Sunday, plan to stay after the service to enjoy some light refreshments on the lawn of our Orchard Street properties. As we’ve done in the past, we’ll have the southern end of Orchard Street closed to traffic during this time to ensure safety in crossing the road.
Dann Brown and Michael VanAllen, assistant professor of music at RWC, will provide some light jazz in the background as you reconnect with your Pearce family as the summer draws to a close. You may want to bring along some camp chairs to use since we’ll have a limited amount of seating.
My message for the weekend is titled “Walk Right In, Sit Right Down,” and we’ll be considering Psalm 78:2-7. I hope you will join us!
Know the Story
Last April, a review of J. Richard Middleton’s latest book, A New Heaven and a New Earth, appeared in The Christian Century magazine. The reviewer wrote: “In these days when moviegoers, gamers, and television watchers demonstrate a strong taste for postapocalyptic settings, we need and long for a strong current of theological explication of Christian eschatology.” He went on to affirm that Dr. Middleton had provided a thoughtful, thorough, and well-written book on the Bible’s view of the end times.
I have always found Dr. Middleton’s presentations to reflect what that reviewer wrote. He never fails to prompt me to think more deeply about God’s Word and its implications for what lies ahead.
You’ll have a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of Dr. Middleton’s teaching this coming Wednesday, September 16, at 6:30pm, in Room 138 at Pearce. I hope you’ll take advantage to hear from this internationally well-respected, biblical scholar. But I warn you; you may walk away with your mind buzzing!
Lifetree Café Tonight
This evening’s Lifetree Café will feature a topic that has been part of our nation’s political discourse as candidates vie for their parties’ nomination. Titled “An Immigrant in the Sanctuary: When Faith and Politics Collide,” it examines a local congregation’s decision to provide sanctuary to an illegal immigrant.
Lifetree is committed to providing a venue where controversial topics can be discussed openly and freely, without judgment. This particular topic has prompted heated exchanges that are only heightened by the recent flood of refugees into Europe.
Looking for an opportunity to think through this issue? Join us tonight at 7pm in Pearce’s café.
Welcoming New Members
At this Sunday’s service, three delightful individuals will be welcomed into membership. Glen & Jan Samarra have recently moved into the area. Both of them are retired schoolteachers who lived for many years near Gowanda, NY. Some of you may know them as the parents of Shelly Lambert, Pastor Tim’s lovely wife. Also joining our Pearce family is Megan Douglass, presently a graduate student at RWC. Meg began attending our church with her father, Steven, in 2013.
Looking for an Opportunity to Learn More?
On Sunday, September 20, adults will have several opportunities to engage in learning more about the Christian faith in one of several classes being offered on Sunday mornings. To find a listing of courses being offered, check out the NEUs page of our website at pearcechurch.org/neus. This weekend, handouts will be distributed that will introduce you to our Christian education opportunities for all ages.