The Soundtrack Continues to Play
Thus far this month, we’ve listed to a hymn, a jingle, a fugue, and a dirge. (By the way, Pastor Jeremy is still trying to comprehend a fugue. Perhaps that’s why I’ve heard such an odd assortment of music emanating from this office next door to mine!)
This weekend, we’ll look at a “serenade” as we consider the words of 2 Samuel 1:25 and reflect on the songs of sorrow that invade each of our lives. In this passage in Samuel, David grieves the loss of his best friend in song. His words prompt us to consider the deep emotions that we encounter on the death of someone near to us.
Join us for this fifth message in our series “The Soundtracks of Our Lives” at our 5pm Saturday or 10:30 am Sunday service.
For Crying Out Loud!
I’m pleased to announce that Pastor Kathy and Rita Dean, Pearce’s nursery director, are making plans to launch a nursery for the Saturday evening service, beginning on February 20. The “purple room” on the lower level of our facility is a well-equipped nursery within close proximity to Parmerter Chapel. Parents attending the worship service will be provided with pagers in the event they need to be summoned to the nursery for any reason.
As the Saturday service has grown over the past four years, it has become apparent that a nursery is needed. (Attendance the first four weeks of the service in 2012 averaged 62. This year it averaged 85. It is interesting to note that the average worship attendance of a Free Methodist congregation in the United States is 77.)
Jim Morton, on behalf of the Pearce Official Board, announced at the close of last Sunday’s worship service that I’ve been granted a sabbatical beginning in late May. My time away from my responsibilities at Pearce will begin on Friday, May 27, and conclude on Monday, August 29. The purpose of this sabbatical is to provide an opportunity for me to work on finishing my D. Min. degree at Northeastern Seminary.
I began this program at the seminary in the spring of 2009 and completed all but the dissertation phase by 2011. For the past five years, I’ve not made any progress. (Alas!)
The board has graciously encouraged me, along with my colleagues on Pearce’s pastoral team, to take time to make headway on my dissertation. I am grateful to them for their support. Although I will not complete my dissertation by summer’s end, I hope to make significant progress and complete my work by the end of March 2017.
I’ll be meeting with my Pastor’s Cabinet (Nelson Grimm, Gina Spear, and Terry Taber) in a couple of weeks to clarify details of the sabbatical. Dr. Doug Cullum will be serving as my dissertation advisor.
“Bridges over Troubled Waters”
Why should you come to next Wednesday’s Annual Celebration at 6:30pm in Parmerter Chapel? Let me suggest the following reasons:
- You’ll be surrounded by nice people who love the Lord and have a heart for the work of the Kingdom and of the local church.
- Individuals from our congregation will be sharing how the Lord, working through His people, brought them through “troubled waters.” I never tire of hearing people’s stories!
- No offering will be received.
- Two words: cheesecake bar! Heeks & Company will provide a wonderful time of refreshment in the atrium at the close of the celebration.