Thanks for the Blessings!
On Wednesday, I had the joy of taking the Pearce pastoral team out for lunch and a stroll across the bridge at High Falls. As I head out on my three-month sabbatical, I’m aware of the blessing of having such a capable team to lead this congregation in my absence.
I’m also grateful to each of you who are a part of this community of faith. Thanks for blessing me with this gift of three months to research and write.
When Bill Smout, a long-time board member, approached me last December about taking this time away, it seemed an impossibility to me. I appreciated his suggestion, but wondered at if it was a realistic one. Now, as I write this on my last day in the office, it is soon to be a reality.
Few pastors have the opportunity that you have given me. Thank you!
Introducing the Rev. Kelly
This weekend, Pastor Jeremy will preach his first sermon as an ordained minister in the Free Methodist Church. I celebrate this special moment with him. As I watched him officiate at last Sunday’s baptism of little Alexander Messoloras, I was reminded of the wonderful ways God has gifted him for pastoral leadership.
I’ve asked Pastor Jeremy if he would maintain the Dangling Conversation during my absence and he, very graciously, has agreed to do so. I’ve encouraged him not to feel compelled to write as much as I do each week. (I do get a bit wordy at times, don’t I?) So expect that this summer’s Dangling may be brief, but Pastor Jeremy has promised to keep you informed each week.
I’m glad he is picking up the conversation and that you will not be left dangling!
Books for the Journey
A wonderful group of pastors will be preaching at Pearce this summer. Beginning on June 18/19, the summer series will be a look at the book of Acts. The series is titled “Encounters Along the Way” and may help you in your own communication of God’s Story to those around you.
I’ve selected two new books for Pearce Reads that you might want to pick up. The first, Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion is by Os Guinness, one of the leading Christian apologists of our time.
The other book, The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus, is by one of my favorite writers, Dallas Willard. Willard, in this posthumous book, provides a new, and I feel a very attractive, model for how we can present the Christian faith.
Love Seeing the Progress!
This week work has begun on Parmerter roof, a project for which we have long prepared. To date, we have received a total of $143,635.50 towards the $161,200 expense of the roof. Thanks for your faithfulness in underwriting this significant project.