Out in the Cold—For Real
It rained and snowed on Friday night, November 13, this year. Ask any of the 27 teens who slept out in cardboard boxes on the front lawn of Pearce and they will tell you: it was cold and windy. They will also tell you that it was educational, informative, and fulfilling. We held our annual Project Out in the Cold overnight, an event designed to raise awareness in our community about the issue of poverty right here in Monroe County. Guests from Straight from the Heart Ministries and Urban Choice Charter School shared with the students about what life is like for those living without enough. Not only did our students learn, they survived an evening in the cold and raised over $1,700 in the process, which was divided among Straight from the Heart, Urban Choice, and the Open Door Mission.
Small Groups Doing Big Things
One week out of each month, our Sunday Small Groups split up and take a week off from teaching to do something creative. Some weeks, it’s Chuck Cockrell cooking pancakes for the teens, some weeks it’s just discussion. Recently, the groups have gotten the idea to do something for someone else. Projects have included making Christmas cards for those at Pearce who are unable to make it to church, and building bluebird houses to be auctioned off at the Young Life auction for Al & Stacy Anderson. I am so proud of the hearts of these students. They are learning what it takes to be fully engaged in the life of the church.
Boxing–A Church Service
I want to give a special thanks to Capt. Bob, Duane Eich, and the rest of the crew picture here, for their efforts in moving over 1,000 boxes from Parmerter Chapel to the Family Life Center. As many of you know, Pearce packed over 1,000 Thanksgiving boxes this year. What many don’t know is the enormous amount of prep time, coordination, and logistics that went into making it a success. This small crew spent about one and a half hours simply moving boxes from one location to another. I love seeing the intergenerational spirit here at Pearce.
Put That Thing Down
As a pastor, I come across numerous resources to help with teens and parents. As a new feature in my Musings, I am going to pass on more of these resources to you. This month, I found an excerpt entitled “Put That Thing Down! And more things you would like to say to your kids about digital media.” It is from the Fuller Youth Institute, which, admittedly, is one of my favorite resources. The article is the result of interviews they did with parents; the end result is a new book for parents called Right Click. I have pre-ordered a copy and will give you more details once I have read it. This article focuses on the idea of “Supervision, not surveillance.” I think that perspective is excellent. We want our kids to integrate and be successful in our world but also to remain faithful to their Creator Father. We can’t remove them from digital media or remove digital media from our world, so we have to be diligent in helping our kids learn to navigate this world in safe and effective ways. For more on this article, check out https://fulleryouthinstitute.org/blog/put-that-thing-down.