Telling God’s Story
Last week, a large mural was installed in Parmerter East. This striking painting of acrylic on masonite features 28 scenes from the Bible, all from the Old Testament, save the central image of the crucifixion.
Charles Bratt, father of Chaplain Jonathan Bratt, invested two years of studying scripture and painting the mural, completing it in the mid 1970s. Over the past 40 years, the painting has been displayed at more than 100 churches and art shows.
Mr. Bratt, writing about his experience, comments, “This mural was a turning point in my life….The Lord has used this work to bring me closer to Him!”
Jonathan’s father recently celebrated his 83rd birthday and was gratified to hear of the mural’s installation at Pearce.
On behalf of the Nominating Committee, I am pleased to announce the five nominees for this year’s Official Board elections: Chuck Cockrell, Lori Garratt, Aimee Lyon, Terry Taber, and Ardis Tucker.
Ballots will be available at the Annual Celebration held on Wednesday, February 3. Three of the nominees will be elected to three-year-terms on Pearce’s Board. (Balloting will also be available during the days immediately following the Annual Celebration.)
A brochure providing more information regarding each candidate will be available at services this weekend or can be found on the NEUs page of our website.
Coffee and Conversation on Nzige
Any educators interested in participating in this summer’s VISA (Volunteers in Service Abroad) team to Nzige, Rwanda are invited to a meeting this Sunday, January 17, at the home of Ruth Stewart (300 Chili Avenue Extension, Churchville). Beginning at 6:30pm, the meeting will provide an opportunity for Lydia Monroe to give an update on her team’s plans for their exploratory trip in February. It also provides time for those attending to share ideas for what the team should explore during their time in Nzige and at the Amizero Special Needs Daycare. Ruth is planning to provide Rwandan coffee to inspire the dialogue. For more information, contact Lydia Monroe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Eye on History
Susanne Mohnkern has recently accepted the position of Church Historian at Pearce. Susanne, Professor of Medical and Surgical Nursing at Roberts, has an interest in general Free Methodist history and in the story of Pearce in particular. She is a fourth-generation Free Methodist on both her father’s and mother’s sides of the family. She has attended Pearce for 56 years. (Obviously, she began attending at a very young age!)
Pearce has been without a historian since Kathryn Martin moved to Texas in 2014. I am pleased that Susanne will help us maintain our archive of historical documents and photos.
Talking with Susanne about her new responsibilities, she related a quote she had recently come across: “History is like a swing. You have to go back to propel yourself forward.”
A Global Perspective
Becky Draper has been appointed to serve this year as the Chair of the Great Commission Leadership Team (GCLT). Becky is in her third year on the GCLT and has a passion for both local and global ministry.
Becky is a 1994 graduate of the State University at Geneseo, with a degree in psychology. She then completed a Masters in Social Work at Syracuse University in 1996. Becky now works as an adoption social worker for Bethany Christian Services. She and her family have attended Pearce since 2001.
Commenting on assuming this new leadership role, Becky said, “I am excited about watching the GCLT moving forward with new projects and new opportunities, both locally and internationally. Serving on the GCLT has provided me with a wonderful vantage point from which to see God’s hand working through servant-hearted people. I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this role.”
This past year, Karen Hopkins lead the GCLT and did an excellent job, particularly in developing Pearce’s “Linked with Love” partnership with the Rwandan village of Nzige.