A Note of Appreciation
As you may be aware, this past Tuesday Pearce hosted the funeral for Barry Miller, the EMT who was tragically killed last week in an accident while serving on an ambulance run in Bergen. Due to the size of the funeral, Barry’s home church, Bergen United Methodist Church, was unable to accommodate the service.
I was moved by the somber pageantry of the service: the first responders standing at attention, the bagpipers playing “All Creatures of Our God and King,” the playing of taps, and the twenty-one gun salute. I was also touched by the symbolic flyover of a Mercy Flight helicopter at the end of the ceremony. A person who served his community passionately and selflessly had died while responding to another’s need and an entire community stopped to pay tribute.
I want to thank the Pearce team, both volunteer and paid staff, for the wonderful way in which everyone worked together to host the service. I am deeply appreciative, as well, of the Roberts community for partnering with us on Tuesday.
“Linked in Love”
On Saturday, October 3, at 5pm, P4K director Lydia Monroe and I will update the Pearce community on our “Linked with Love” partnership with the Nzige, Rwanda preschool. The following day, Dr. Linda Adams, director of International Child Care, will be speaking in the two morning worship services. Linda’s message, “Bumper Crop of Grace,” is based on 2 Corinthians 9:8-15.
You’ll want to stop by the new photo display in Pearce’s Narthex. These photos of Nzige were taken by last January’s team to Rwanda and during Ruth Stewart’s visit in August. Megan Hoose, ICCM ambassador, will be available to help you “adopt” a child for sponsorship.
At 5pm on Sunday, Dr. Adams will be available in Common Grounds Café to meet with educators interested in exploring ways in which our “Linked with Love” can help provide teacher training and support for the Nzige preschool’s faculty. Lydia Monroe will be hosting this informal dialogue with Linda. A light meal will be served to those gathered.
A Challenging Topic for Pearce Reads
I will present a series of six messages on the first three chapters of Genesis beginning the weekend of October 10/11. These chapters are foundational for anyone who takes both God and the Scriptures seriously.
To assist you in working through the many issues raised by the opening chapter of Genesis, I am placing two books on the “Pearce Reads” book display in Pearce’s lobby. Both books are by Dr. John H. Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College.
The first book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate, is an attempt to provide a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1. Walton does so in the context of ancient Near Eastern studies and our modern scientific understanding of the world. You may not agree with all of Walton’s conclusions, but it will prompt you to think more deeply about the first chapter of our Bible.
The second book, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate, compliments Walton’s first book. Once again, the author applies contemporary scholarship’s understanding of the Near Eastern context of Genesis, as well as truths gleaned from modern science. New Testament scholar Scot McKnight commented in his review of the book: “John Walton is a voice of reason and he has shown time and time again that we must learn to read the Bible as God gave it, not the way we’d like it to be.”
Each book is available for a $15 donation.
Sykoras on Eastern Europe
Josef and Lynette Sykora recently concluded their nine years of service in Slovakia. They will summarize their ministry experiences at a seminar on Wednesday, October 14, at 6:30pm in Room 134 (education wing). The Sykoras will also help you to gain a sense of the current state of the Free Methodist Church in Eastern Europe. I encourage you to take this opportunity to catch up on what God is doing in this part of the world.
“My Roof Has a Hole in It!”
Those of you old enough to remember may recall a song released in 1964 by the Serendipity Singers with the title “Don’t Let the Rain Come Down.” It is part of the soundtrack from my own childhood! One of the lines of the song said, “My roof has a hole in it and I might drown!”
Well, things are not that dire at this point, but the Parmerter roof continues to degrade. Bob Antes, our facilities director, is hoping and praying that the roof survives the coming winter without incurring water damage to Parmerter Chapel.
The replacement of the roof is a pressing need. Thankfully, the Pearce family is proving to be generous in helping us set aside the necessary funds ($160,000) to cover the cost of a new roof. To date, you have given a total of $68,946.50, bringing us 43% of the way to fully funding this critical need.
Thanks for your regular support! Can I encourage you to continue to give to this project?