Dinner is Served
Our annual Progressive Dinner took place December 13 and was a wonderful evening. This year, almost 60 students toured close to 20 homes of Pearce families, but we added a bit of a twist. The ministries at Pearce have been actively seeking ways to provide more “intergenerational” experiences. As part of our Progressive Dinner, we specifically asked for hosts who might have little to no interaction with our teens. It was a wonderful experience. Our students were able to hear Bill Christopher share his testimony, got to experience food from Poland and Latvia while dining with the Vitolins, and got to share appetizers with an entire small group meeting at Char and Roe Kuhlkin’s home. It was a truly wonderful way to celebrate God’s acts of salvation in our lives this year, as well as in the lives of our hosts. Thank you to all of you who participated!
Don’t Even Try to Escape!
Every year we take the teens on a weekend retreat in January. Every year I have students who say “um, I don’t know, I’ve got stuff to do, the dog needs a bath, I have people to text with, and TV to watch, I can’t go.” Every year I fight these excuses, and every year the kids who end up going say it was an awesome trip. This year, let’s just skip the excuses and my rebuttals. Sign up now! This weekend is a gift, and an opportunity to escape the busyness of life to play, learn, and laugh with your friends. We leave January 22 and return the afternoon of January 24. The cost is $80, but money will never keep anyone from coming. See Pastor Mike to sign up.
The Christmas Blues
Each month, I am trying to provide a resource for parents. This month, I found a short article regarding helping our students move back into “normal” life after a vacation full of digital media, movies, and video games. Check out the link HERE for some fantastic hints on how we can help our kids navigate these first few weeks of January.