The Running of the “Garage Sale-ers”
Tomorrow morning, I’ll take my place in the Family Life Center to observe as the countdown is given for this year’s Mission Garage Sale. As the doors are swung open wide, an eager “mob” of intense garage sale devotees will race into the gym to examine the countless tables laden with items. It is a memorable sight for me! It doesn’t quite rank up there in the same category as the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, but it is impressive.
The hours of this year’s sale are Friday from 9am-7pm and Saturday from 9am-noon. I encourage you to be supportive of this major source of funding for ministry around the world!
Official Board Retreat
This weekend, members of Pearce’s Official Board will gather for a time of retreat on the campus of Houghton College. The purpose of this retreat is to provide an opportunity for our leaders to prayerfully consider the mission and vision of our community of faith. The board last gathered for such a time in October 2014.
The retreat will begin on Friday evening and continue through Sunday morning. I appreciate your prayers as we consider God’s direction for our church.
Pastor Jeremy will be in the pulpit this weekend. His message is entitled “Contagious Joy” and is based on 1 Peter 1:3-12.
On Tuesday, I received an update from Ephaste Niyigena, the International Child Care Ministries director for Rwanda. He included this photo of the children who are graduating from the preschool in Nzige and who will be attending the local public primary school.
The children were recently presented with bags of school supplies to aid them in their education at the primary school. As your sponsored child graduates from the Nzige preschool, they will continue to receive support while they attend the public school.
According to Lydia Monroe, the nearest primary school is a four-mile-walk through steep and difficult terrain. The parents of the children in Nzige are presently working to construct additional classrooms in their village that will permit them to begin offering primary grades at the site of the existing preschool and eliminate the children’s need to walk so far. (We’ll be receiving an Exit Offering on April 30 and May 1 to assist the parents in purchasing construction materials.)
Packets with names of children will be available for sponsorship during our Nzige Weekend, being held on April 30 and May 1. Dr. Linda Adams, ICCM’s global director, will be with us along with Bishop Samuel Kayinamura of Rwanda. You won’t want to miss our worship services and the opportunity to hear from these gifted and dynamic leaders.
Reception for the Bishop
Speaking of Bishop Samuel, I want to invite you to an informal reception on Thursday, April 28, at 7pm in the Friendship Center. Bishop Samuel will be sharing his personal story, a wonderful testimony to God’s provision and protection on his life. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions and learn more about Rwanda and our “Linked with Love” partnership.
Celebrating 50 Years of Child Sponsorship
A special evening celebrating 50 years of International Child Care Ministries will be held at Pearce in the Family Life Center on Saturday, April 30. This “Jubilee Banquet” will begin at 6pm. Tickets for the event cost $15 per adult and $6 per child aged 6-12. (Tickets for children age 5 and under are free!) Tickets are required and are available to reserve here or by contacting the Pearce office at 594-9488.
Welcome to the Spencers
This past Sunday morning, I had the joy of welcoming Phil and Fay Spencer into membership at Pearce. Fay wrote me on Monday: “As the newest members of Pearce Church, we wanted to take a minute and say what an awesome church we attend! Worship yesterday was so God-inspired and wonderful, it just confirmed our decision to become members.”
Next month, you’ll notice an improvement to our Common Grounds Café. A contractor will be installing windows and a door on the south side of the café, allowing the café to be completely closed off from the atrium.
The reason for this project is two-fold. First, as the use of our café as a venue for special gatherings has grown, we’ve become aware of the need to eliminate the ambient noise from the atrium as much as possible. Secondly, this improvement will allow the room to be locked when the café is not open, increasing security and eliminating the chance of any unauthorized use of that space.
I appreciate the ministry of the café and the wonderful ways in which Sheryl Hunt, manager of Common Grounds, and her staff provide an environment of grace for so many each week.
Keys Not to the Kingdom
Honna Curtis, Pearce’s administrator, has recently tackled making an inventory of the keys to our building. As part of this inventory, Honna is requesting those possessing keys to Pearce locks, and who no longer have need of them, to return any keys to her. This will help insure a safe environment for the many who regularly enter our facility each week.
Thanks for Your Financial Support
How are we doing financially at Pearce? All in all, we are doing well and keeping the bills paid and the lights on. However, we are slightly behind in all three main budget areas: Operations, Building Fund, and Missions.
The table below, provided by our treasurer Mike Vannest, helps illustrate our need. Thanks for helping us meet our budget and remain financially strong.