This Weekend at Pearce
I hope your plans for this weekend include attendance at one of Pearce’s four worship services.
Tomorrow evening (Friday) at 7pm, our Good Friday “Tenebrae” Service will be held in the Sanctuary. This service provides a time of sober reflection as we recall the death of Jesus on the cross. Pastor Harold Scott will provide a homily and Communion will be served.
Saturday evening, we’ll gather for our 5pm service. A highlight of this service will be the presentation before the Lord of two young daughters by the Brody and Grimm families.
Two opportunities for worship will be held on Easter morning, at 9 and 10:30am. Pastor Tim and his team have prepared beautiful music for these services. I’ll begin a new series of messages that examine the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. This weekend, we’ll look at Luke’s account of an encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).
If you are a regular attender at Pearce, I encourage you to help us alleviate parking problems that may occur Sunday morning in the brief interval between the two worship services. You can do that by parking farther away from the church, allowing visitors to enjoy the prime spots. (The forecast for Sunday is cloudy and relatively warm.) You may also want to join the pastoral team and park on the lawn of Pearce’s Orchard Street property in order to free up space.
During this past weekend’s sermon, I read an excerpt from Corrie Ten Boom’s classic book The Hiding Place. The book became an immediate best-seller upon its publication in 1971, and was made into a movie four years later.
Following last Sunday’s service, Mary and I talked about the book and its impact on us. “You should encourage a new generation of readers to pick up The Hiding Place.” She’s right; I should!
Piece by Piece
When we kicked-off our campaign to raise funds to replace the Parmerter Chapel roof at the outset of 2015, our graphic designer, Jess Brannan, designed a poster for placement in Pearce’s lobby. Featured on the poster is a whimsical rendering of Parmerter Chapel.
As funds have been raised, portions of the roof have been added to the poster. This has highlighted, with only a quick glance, our progress towards our $160,000 goal.
I was quite pleased this past Monday to witness Jess’s addition of another portion of the poster’s roof. This means we now have a total of $121,841 on hand and are less than $40,000 away from our goal!
I am deeply grateful to the many who have given sacrificially to enable us to have a new roof installed this coming June. Let’s keep making progress so that we can accomplish this need without borrowing any funds.
Real Pastors Climb Mountains
Do you ever wonder what real pastors do in their spare time? This past weekend, Pastor John Tassone and his youngest son climbed one of the peaks in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. On Saturday, the two made their way up Mount Madison, which is the fifth highest peak in the Presidential Range with a summit of 5,367 feet above sea level.
On the morning of their assent, the temperature was a cool minus four degrees Fahrenheit, with wind gusts of 30 miles per hour.
To keep up with Pastor John, I’ve determined to ascend to the top of Cobb Hill (elevation 633 feet) sometime this summer when the temperatures are more comfortable!
I recently received word that parents of the Nzige students have begun construction on a new classroom building to accommodate this growing school. This building will permit the school to begin providing instruction for primary students. Until now, the school has focused on preschool education. This new structure will provide an additional three classrooms. Commenting on this project, Dr. Linda Adams, director of International Child Care Ministries said, “They are people of great faith!”