Celebrating the Generations
This year, we’ve been talking about Pearce as an intergenerational community. One of our congregation’s strengths is the wonderful range of ages that are represented in the Pearce family.
This past Sunday, I happened to highlight the diversity of age in our choir. Young Natalie Beguhl was seated in front of long-time member Neva Pfouts. When I asked Natalie her age, she replied: “Twelve and a half!” I didn’t ask Neva her age, as I thought that was inappropriate. I went on with my message, noting the wonderful child-like vantage point that prompts one to give their age in half years!
After the service, Neva darted over to me in Pearce’s atrium and mischievously said, “I’m ninety-one and three-quarters!”
Like I said, I love the wonderful vantage point that prompts the young to give their age in half, or quarter, years!
By the way, I thought you would enjoy this photo of Natalie and Neva from last Sunday. They both are a blessing to me!
Generosity is Caught as Well as Taught
Last weekend, I brought up the subject of tithing in my message. I feel very blessed to have been raised in a home where I was taught to tithe as soon as I was entrusted with my first allowance.
On Monday, I received an email from Jess Newcomb. She wrote:
I always grin in service when you talk about money because I’m so thankful my parents and Jesse’s parents instilled in us the joy of giving to the Lord his tithes and our offerings. It has been an enormous blessing to be on the same page with my spouse about something so important and life giving.
Giving has never been a drudgery to us, but an awesome privilege, even when we were first married. Jesse was still in college and we were “broke.”
Just thought I’d echo what you share from the pulpit on this subject. It’s something I’ve always been so grateful for in my marriage.
Thanks for the echo, Jess!
Your Thoughts Are Welcome
Lifetree Café, hosted by Pearce each Thursday from 7 to 8pm, has these words as its motto:
At Lifetree Café…
You’re welcome just as you are.
Your thoughts are welcome.
Your doubts are welcome.
We’re all in this together and
God is here, ready to connect.
Tonight’s Lifetree Café tackles the issue of homelessness. “A Day in the Life of the Hidden Homeless: A Mother’s Struggle to Keep Her Family Together” is a compelling examination of a growing problem in our country. Next Thursday’s café, on September 24, examines the issue “Is Marriage Obsolete: Why More People Are Saying ‘I Don’t!’”
Why not stop by Lifetree, held in Pearce’s Common Grounds Café, and enter a meaningful dialogue on these vital issues?
Homecoming at Pearce
Pearce has a great privilege of partnering with our neighbor, Roberts Wesleyan College, in Kingdom work. During the nearly 150-year-history of the college, our church has continued to be a vital part of campus life. (Even now, hundreds of students enter our building each weekday for classes; and Common Grounds Café is a study site for many commuting students.)
To celebrate this partnership, we’re having a special weekend on September 26 and 27. Dr. Matt Hill, assistant professor of philosophy at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, will be our special speaker in the Saturday (5pm) worship service and on Sunday morning. (By the way, we’ll gather for a single service on that day at 10:30am.)
Matt grew up at Pearce and attended RWC, graduating in 2004. He then attended Asbury Theological Seminary and was awarded a Ph.D. from Durham University in 2013. He is an ordained elder in our denomination. You’ll enjoy Matt’s pulpit ministry!
Also, as another special part of Homecoming, I’ll be interviewing Dr. Bill and Rilla Crothers at a special 9am Sunday gathering in Parmerter Chapel. Dr. Crothers served as president of RWC from 1981-2002. He and his wife were active members of the Pearce family during his tenure. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear both of their reflections from their present vantage point. (Adult Bible Fellowships will also meet on this date; all ABFs will meet at 9am on September 27 only.)
A Fascinating History
Beginning on Wednesday evening, September 23, Charles H. Canon will begin a three-week course on Free Methodist history. If you know Charley, you know that he is “Mr. Free Methodist” when it comes to our denomination’s history.
I had the privilege, along with Charlie and Dr. Doug Cullum, of conducting a tour of Free Methodist historical sites in Western New York at the 2011 General Conference, held in North Chili. As the three of us drove around our part of the state, I marveled at the names, places, and stories Charley had at his fingertips! (In the photo above, Charley, Doug, and I stand by the canal locks in downtown Lockport on our 2011 exploratory trip.)
History, told by a passionate storyteller, can be captivating. That’s what you’ll find if you attend this Wednesday seminar beginning at 6:30pm on September 23 at Pearce in Room 134 (education wing).