Islam’s Crisis: Our Opportunity
You’ll have an opportunity to learn about Islam in a series of six seminars presented at Pearce, beginning Wednesday, February 24. The course will be taught by Dr. Don Little and his colleagues from the Lilias Trotter Center. The mission of the center is to enable “thoughtful Christian engagement with Muslims.” (You can read more about this organization on their website http://liliastrottercenter.org)
Dr. Don Little presently serves as an Adjunct Professor of the Christian Study of Islam at Houghton College and is well acquainted with Islam. At the age of 21, Don sensed a call to church planting in the Arab world. He and his wife, Jeanie, served as church planters in North Africa from 1988-98. Don then served as the Executive Director of Arab World Ministries Canada for more than eight years prior to his move to Houghton, New York. He and his colleagues bring a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding this topic so critical to our time.
You won’t want to miss this thoughtful and informative seminar. Join us on February 24 at 6:30pm in Room 82 of Pearce’s lower education wing.
Last Song on the Playlist
This weekend, we’ll conclude our series “The Soundtracks of Our Lives” with our consideration of “A Cantata of Comfort” based a passage from Isaiah 54. We’ve examined several emotions expressed in the songs of Scripture, ranging from praise to sorrow. This week’s message reminds us of God’s faithfulness in comforting us amid life’s disappointments.
Dr. Tim Dwyer will be our guest preacher on the weekend of February 13/14. The title of his message is “Stable as an Oak Tree” and will examine Psalm 1. Tim, in my opinion, is one of the best expositors of God’s Word that I’ve ever heard. I hope you’ll plan on being present at either our Saturday or Sunday service that weekend.
The Passing of the Baton…or Flowers
Last Thursday evening, Pearce’s Great Commission Leadership Team (GCLT) met for their first monthly meeting of 2016. At the gathering, outgoing chair Karen Hopkins was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Becky Draper, the new chair of the GCLT.
Karen has done a great job leading the GCLT over the past two years and I am grateful for her gifted service to Pearce.
Nzige on Our Mind!
This week, Mary and I received a letter from one of the parents of a child we sponsor in Nzige, Rwanda. Ange is a nine-year-old girl whose father, like many Rwandans, is a subsistence farmer.
Her mother’s letter, thanking us for supporting her daughter, reminded me of how Pearce’s “Linked with Love” partnership makes a significant difference in the lives of those sponsored through ICCM (International Child Care Ministries).
To date, Pearce families have sponsored 102 children in Rwanda. Packets for eight children awaiting sponsorship may be obtained by contacting Kim Brittin in the church office (594-9488). It would be wonderful to find sponsoring families for these children in the coming weeks!
Also, be praying as Kristin Coon, Lydia Monroe, and Carol Stevenson prepare to head out to Nzige on Thursday, February 11. To keep track of their journey, check out our new Facebook page at “Linked with Love/Pearce FM Church”.
The North Chili “Caucas”
By now you have probably heard more analysis of the Iowa caucuses by political pundits than you care to recall. How refreshing it is to think of the elections being held this week at Pearce. What a contrast between the two! Here at Pearce, we have five wonderful candidates for three-year-terms on the Official Board and four great candidates for terms on the Nominating Committee. All of them are godly, gifted individuals who would well serve this congregation.
If you are a member at Pearce and were unable to attend last evening’s Annual Celebration, you still have an opportunity to cast your ballot. Simply stop at the table in the lobby before and after worship services this weekend.
The results of this year’s elections will be released in next week’s Dangling!
Be sure to check out the 2016 Annual Report that was distributed at last evening’s gathering. Printed copies are available at the Welcome Kiosk or you can download it from the NEUs page of the Pearce website.
Join members of last year’s team that traveled throughout Israel for a fascinating overview of their experiences on Wednesday, February 10, at 6:30pm in Room 134.
Hear of the places that most impacted members of the team and catch a glimpse of what is in store for those joining Pearce’s tour of the Holy Land in February 2017.