This week’s Dangling is abbreviated due to Spring cleaning! Although the week’s weather did not feel spring-like, the Pearce pastors and office support staff collaborated this Tuesday on cleaning out closets and various nooks and crannies in our facility. (Hence the photo of Kim Brittin, assistant to our administrator, and Jess Alcorn, our bookkeeper, cleaning out one of the “cages” in the lower level of the education wing.)
This Spring cleaning, which pre-empted my usual time to devote to tasks such as the week’s Dangling, has become an annual tradition for us, providing an opportunity not only to attend to cluttered areas of our facility, but also to see if there are items that we can pass on for inclusion in our Annual Mission Garage Sale. (I encourage you to begin identifying items in your own home to bring to Pearce the week of April 18. This year’s sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23.)
In light of this week’s schedule, permit me to briefly highlight a few items! (I’ll resume my typicial long-winded Dangling next week!)
First, this weekend we’ll continue our “We Were There” series of sermons on the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. Check out John 20:24-31 in preparation.
Secondly, Dr. Tim Dwyer begins a three-week series on “Human Sexuality” next Wednesday, April 13, at 6:30pm in Room 82 of Pearce’s education wing. You’ll appreciate hearing Tim share his insights and perspectives.
Thirdly, I want to commend all of you for your support of the campaign to raise $160,000 to install a new roof this June on Parmerter Chapel. Last weekend was amazing, as we received more than $5,000, bringing our total to $130,865. The end of this campaign is beginning to appear on the horizon! Thanks for your continued generosity!
Lydia Monroe, our P4K director, showed me a photo book she put together of our “Linked with Love” partnership. The book will be used with P4K children, to help them better understand this partnership. I love the wonderful ways in which God is using this partnership to bless children, not only in Rwanda, but here in North Chili!
An finally, in last Sunday’s “Children’s Moments,” I got into a discussion about breakfast. You may recall, the sermon text for the day was John 21. In this passage, Jesus prepares a breakfast on the beach for his disciples.
I asked the kids what they had eaten for breakfast that morning before coming to Pearce. One of those responding was Rachel Kuhlkin. She told me she had eaten “Krave” for her breakfast. I was totally clueless as to what “Krave” is. All I could think of was something like “scrapple,” a popular Pennsylvania Dutch food. (Krave does have a bit of a German sound to it, doesn’t it?)
I asked Rachel to describe Krave, which she proceeded to do as a type of “hard chocolate on the outside with soft chocolate on the inside.” (I’m not doing justice to her description!) I continued to be mystified and couldn’t quite wrap my head around Krave.
Well, yesterday, I found a bag containing Krave in my mailbox at church. It was from my young friend, Rachel, with a note:
Dear Pastor Wally,
Here, now you can taste some Krave. There’s two kinds in there you can eat it dry or with milk. Hope you like it.
From Rachel Kuhlkin
I now know what Krave is. It’s actually quite good! Thanks to Rachel for providing me with a new insight into breakfast. The things I learn during children’s moments!