This Weekend at Pearce
Last weekend, I began a new sermon series on the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. I’ve chosen this
four-week series because I feel it is critical we realize that the cornerstone of our faith, the resurrection of Jesus, is a historical event. The Biblical writers make a point of documenting the many eyewitnesses who encountered Jesus after his resurrection from the grave.
This weekend, I’ll look at the closing chapter of John’s gospel, where Jesus encountered members of his inner circle near the shores of Lake Galilee. You might want to read and reflect on John 21:1-14 in preparation. Communion will also be served in both the Saturday and Sunday worship services.
I’ve asked Dr. Tim Dwyer to present a three-week seminar at Pearce on the subject of “Dealing with Human Sexuality.” This seminar will explore three significant topics. On April 13, Tim will help us understand the relationship between Biblical authority and human sexuality. The following week, April 20, he’ll help us consider the issue of homosexuality and how to blend both truth and grace into discussions. Finally, on April 27, Tim will highlight gender relations and gender confusion. Each seminar will begin at 6:30pm in room 82 in Pearce’s education wing.
Tim is a familiar face to many of us at Pearce. Since 2003, Tim has served as Professor of Christian Scriptures at Roberts and throughout that time he has been a guest in the pulpit of our church. (In fact, Tim is scheduled to preach during my sabbatical on June 4 and 5!) I appreciate him taking time out of a demanding teaching schedule to help us think through these issues.
Are you among the 149 families that have signed up for their photo for Pearce’s upcoming photo directory? If not, here’s what I want you to do. Go to www.pearcechurch.org and click on the link located near the bottom of the page.
It’s easy to schedule your appointment online. I should know, as I just made an appointment for Mary and myself while I was working on this Dangling. Now 150 families are signed up!
Nzige Team Selected
I’m pleased to announce that the members of Pearce’s VISA (Volunteers In Service Abroad) team have been selected for this summer’s ministry in Rwanda. Carol Stevenson, the team’s leader, will be accompanied by Kim LaCelle, Sue Smout, and Ruth Stewart. Each of these individuals have extensive experience in education.
Both Carol and Kim have long taught in public school districts in our area. Carol presently teaches elementary grades in the Rush-Henrietta School District. Kim has served as a science teacher for nearly two decades and previously worked at the Life Sciences Learning Center at the University of Rochester, leading teacher training for grant-funded projects. Sue Smout has taught at P4K for 16 years. (You may recall that last year Rochester’s News 10 NBC presented Sue with a “Golden Apple” award for excellence in instruction.) Ruth Stewart has 20 years of experience in home schooling, and has also taught at both the high school and college level.
Each of the three educators applied, underwent an interview, and were selected out of a total of six applicants. Interviews were conducted by Carol, as the team’s leader; Lydia Monroe, Pearce’s P4K director, and Becky Draper, the chair of Pearce’s Great Commission Leadership Team (GCLT). One of the primary reasons the members of this summer’s team were selected is that each of them have experience in training other teachers, the primary focus of the August trip.
This team is scheduled to provide training for the Nzige school faculty August 1 through 5, a week during which the students are enjoying summer vacation.
A second team is now being anticipated for February 2017. To find out more about this 2017 VISA team, contact Lydia Monroe. This team will have the opportunity to observe teachers in action, as well as model creative teaching techniques.
Saturday’s Delightful Moment
Easter Eve was a special moment at Pearce as two families brought their children to be presented before the Lord.
Chris and Lauren Grimm brought their daughter, Avery, for baptism. Chris and Kelly Brody brought their daughter, Grace, for dedication.
The relatives of these two infants pushed the Saturday service to a new high attendance of 113. Including the Good Friday Service, nearly 1,400 people attended one of the four worship services held at Pearce last weekend.