Celebrating a Public Witness to Faith
RWC freshman Li “Mylee” Mingyue professed her faith in Christ through baptism this past Sunday in the 10:30am worship service. Mylee is a delightful young woman from China who has been attending Pearce this fall. She approached me several weeks ago, requesting baptism.
In her testimony, Mylee mentioned a Chinese proverb that says “When things happen in threes, it is no coincidence.” She went on to tell of the three ways God has worked in her life to bring her to a point of faith in Christ.
The first way was when as a student in elementary school, Mylee’s teacher, a Christian, showed a video about Jesus’s life. The second was the fact that Mylee grew up near a large church. She often walked by it, wondering what the church was like inside. This past summer, Mylee went to that church and experienced a worship service first-hand. Thirdly, a fellow student witnessed to Mylee at Roberts, encouraging her to make a personal commitment to Christ. Together, these three incidents have prompted Mylee to publicly confess Christian faith.
How wonderful to celebrate Mylee’s decision! The occasion was made all the more special by having President Porterfield assist me with the baptism.
Savoring Another Season of Savory Suppers
I recently had an opportunity to talk with Jim Heeks, director of Pearce’s food service, about our Savory Suppers. According to Jim, Pearce began serving these meals in the fall of 2002, not long after the Family Life Center was built. This past fall’s attendance was the highest in the entire fourteen-year history of the dinners, with a weekly average of 240 individuals, many of them from outside of the Pearce Church community.
Talking with Jim about the ministry that takes place during Savory Suppers, he mentioned that he would like to be a “fly on the wall” to hear all the good conversations that are taking place. He said that, at times, he catches snippets of conversation among the kitchen staff that are reminiscent of a Bible study. “Ministry is happening everywhere!” Jim remarked.
Thanks, Jim, along with your marvelous volunteer team, for seven great suppers this fall. We look forward to the start-up of Savory Suppers January 13–February 24, 2016.
It’s November! At Pearce that means its time for our annual Thanksgiving box ministry. Last year this ministry enabled 905 families in Monroe County to receive a box of food with which to prepare a delicious Thanksgiving meal.
You can assist us this year in the following ways:
- Pack an “adopt-a-box” where you provide all the ingredients for one of the boxes to be delivered. To date 53 families have packed an “adopt-a-box.”
- Provide empty boxes (copy paper or equivalent size).
- Help deliver boxes on November 21-24, especially on Saturday, November 21.
- Bring in canned fruit and pasta donations.
- Provide one of 200 frozen turkeys needed. (We’ve already made arrangements for the rest of the turkeys to be supplied through Foodlink.) The “turkey hotel” will be in the Family Life Center beginning Sunday, November 15. (Please don’t bring your frozen turkeys before that date!)
All donations, except the frozen turkeys, can be left at the Thanksgiving Basket table in the atrium, where you may also find details and sign-up sheets for drivers and Adopt-a-Boxes. If you have questions about our Thanksgiving Basket ministry, you may contact Terry and Sherri Taber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or check out our web site at http://www.pearcechurch.org/thanksgiving-basket-ministry/.
Every Story Has a Beginning
This weekend, I’ll continue our look at the first three chapters of Genesis with a look at Genesis 3:1-7. This is the account of the fall of humankind and is the story of how we became alienated from God. I’ve titled the message “Blinded by Lies,” as this passage recounts the sad story of how Adam and Eve bought into falsehoods about their Creator. I hope you’ll join me!