Baptisms This Weekend
Pearce, like any community of faith, has a host of wonderful traditions. We present Bibles to our first and sixth graders each June; and we always raise our Christmas Eve candles high as we sing the fourth and final verse of Joy to the World! Another one of our traditions takes place each spring, as we invite those who desire to declare their faith to do so by receiving the sacrament of Christian baptism. For many years, this May baptismal service has been a high point in the Pearce Church year.
This coming Sunday, fifteen individuals will publicly declare their faith in Jesus Christ. The evening before, a couple will bring their young daughter for infant baptism. I invite you to join us for this special weekend as we witness these commitments.
Men at Work
We anticipate that Elmer W. Davis Roofing will tackle the installation of the new roof on Parmerter Chapel this coming Monday. As you know, we have been preparing for this project for quite awhile. I recall a day, three or four years ago, when Bob Antes, our Facilities Director, presented me with a shingle from the roof that readily crumbled in my hand.
For the past year and half, we have been raising funds to cover the $161,200 cost. Although we have not fully funded the roof, the contractor is beginning the installation this coming week in order to ensure the completion of the project before our summer Vacation Bible School. (We want to have our grounds ready for the many children who attend this annual event.)
To date, we have received $138,456.50, leaving a little less than $23,000 needed. I encourage you to help us raise this outstanding amount in the coming weeks. Wouldn’t it be great to have this project fully funded before its completion?
Pastor Jeremy’s Ordination
A high moment in the life of a pastor is the day of their ordination. The bishop lays his or her hands on the pastor and intones, “The Lord pour out the Holy Spirit for the office and work of an elder in the Free Methodist Church.” I know it is a moment I’ve never forgotten and doubt that I ever will, even though my own ordination took place 35 years ago!
I asked Pastor Jeremy this morning: “What are you feeling as you anticipate your ordination?” He responded, “I am looking forward to being ordained because it is such a wonderful milestone in what has been an incredible journey of life and ministry. During the course of the ordination process, I have been surrounded by amazing men and women of God who have loved me, invested in my leadership, and helped me to grow in Christ. Being ordained represents, for me, the compassionate care and leadership so many have poured into my life and their affirmation of the calling I began to sense many years ago. For this reason, I am forever grateful for my church family and look forward to being ordained so that I can continue to serve them for the glory of God.”
I invite you to witness this special moment in Pastor Jeremy’s life. He will be ordained, along with other candidates, at a special time of worship on Thursday, May 26, at 7pm at the Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia.
We’ll also acknowledge Pastor Jeremy’s ordination at a reception in Pearce’s Atrium, following the Sunday morning worship service on May 29.
Getting Up There!
I snapped this photo of Mendal Dick as he installed a new light fixture on the west side of Pearce’s facility. As I see him up on that high ladder, working hard and at personal risk, I am mindful of the many men and women who, day in and day out, help serve this congregation and our community. Thanks, Mendal, and thanks to all of you for being so generous with your time and talents!
The Ministry of Morning Moms
Pearce’s Morning Moms just finished another year of ministry. Each Friday morning, from September through April, mothers of young children gathered to encourage and support each other. Pastor Megan Hoose sent me some comments that moms recently made to her concerning this vital ministry.
Michelle wrote: “Morning Moms is such a blessing to me! A great place to share in the joy of God’s blessings and to join together as His children in prayer for our greatest needs! It has helped me focus more on God and His word, encouraging me for the task God has given me—to raise His children—and assurance I am never alone! Never have I been in such a group, with so many women in different stages of family and life—I am so thankful for this group”
Lois commented: “I’m an elder mom but am embraced by this group of beautiful spirited women. No cliques here! They care and share for each other to a degree I have never witnessed before. They call me their teacher, but so often I am the one who is taught. I thank God for this ministry every week.”
A mom by the name of Jessica wrote: “God uses this group to turn islands into a village. The support, encouragement, and prayer I have received are countless and have been my lifeline.”
Thanks, Pastor Megan, and your entire team, for creating this caring environment!