From Scraps to Scarves
Jean Ellinwood recently stopped by the reception desk at Pearce to deliver a plethora of hand-knit winter clothes for our “Clothes for Kids” ministry. Jean knitted or crocheted a total of 77 scarves, 10 pairs of mittens, and 6 hats. The scarves were crafted in a variety of lengths to accommodate children of different ages.
Last December, Jean brought in 11 scarves that she had made and donated them to our “Clothes for Kids” ministry. She was told then that her handiwork made wonderful additions to some of the gift boxes of winter clothing being provided to inner city children in Rochester. She then inquired as to how many children were being given winter garb and she found out that 63 kids were being helped.
Jean went home, determined to make enough scarves for each child touched through this Christmas distribution. She began knitting in January, a skill she learned as a young girl of 12 or 13 years old. Jean wanted to start knitting in January as, “I didn’t want to be handling yarn during the hot months of summer!” “But I ended up knitting then anyways,” she added.
This year, a total of 86 children are being assisted. Fortunately, Jean made enough scarves, hats, and mittens to allow one item to be included with each gift box.
“I had a lot of fun and ended up using many of the scraps of yarn I had lying around the house,” Jean wanted me to know.
I’m grateful for the many Kingdom servants at Pearce who find stuff “lying around” and put it to use in redemptive ways. Thanks, Jean, for helping us remain a congregation that blesses many with Christ’s love.
More “Words Worth Hearing”
Last weekend, I began our Advent sermon series entitled “Words Worth Hearing.” In this series, we are considering the messages delivered by angels to people in the opening chapters of Luke’s gospel. This week, our focus will be on the message given to Mary, as found in Luke 1:26-39.
In the 10:30am service on Sunday, Tyler and Becca Logan will present their first-born son, Jack, in dedication. Assisting me in this special moment will be the child’s great-grandfather and the person whose name he bears. Rev. Jack Logan, a retired Free Methodist pastor and long-time attender at Pearce, will have the privilege of presenting young Jack before the Lord.
Pssst! Join the Conspiracy!
If you have been around Pearce the past few years, you are aware of our annual participation in the Advent Conspiracy. This is a global movement of people and churches resisting the cultural Christmas narrative of consumption by choosing to “worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all.” You can find out more about this conspiracy at adventconspiracy.org. (While at the website, check out the wonderful and humorous new video that we ran in services a few weeks ago!)
The originators of the Advent Conspiracy encourage us to free up funds, the money normally used to purchase gifts, to help provide clean drinking water in places around the world. Since 2010, the Pearce family has contributed a total of $60,274.98 to Clear Blue Global Water. This ministry, based in Akron, Ohio, exists to provide clean, safe water to desperately needy locations.
On Sunday, December 20, we’ll receive a special offering as part of Pearce’s participation in the Advent Conspiracy. I encourage you to carefully consider your participation in our consumer culture and discover ways to free up funds for Clear Blue Global Water.
Thankful for Thanksgiving
I recently received the final summary of this year’s Thanksgiving boxes ministry. I thought you should see these bullet points and celebrate with me the generosity of so many people!
- 1,000 Thanksgiving boxes were packed and then delivered by more than 200 volunteers from Pearce, Browncroft Church, Rochester Family Mission, and an RWC class.
- Food donations were received from: Foodlink, Pearce Church, Browncroft Church, East River Veterinary Clinic, Wheatland-Chili Middle School, Holmes Road and Buckman Heights Elementary Schools (Greece), and Charles Finney School.
- Twelve Rochester-area churches, including Heart & Soul, provided names of deserving families and then helped to distribute the boxes.
- Nearly 800 deliveries/pick-ups were completed by Saturday evening, November 22.
- 815 glasses of Alka-Seltzer were taken on Thanksgiving Day to relieve the pain of overconsumption. (I made up this last one; can you tell?)
Thanks, Pearce Family, for a job well done!