Passport to Sundae Sunday Island
The great children’s book author Dr. Seuss once wisely suggested: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Not only was Dr. Seuss a master of rhymes and creative creatures, but he was a firm believer in how important it is that children read. We hold that same value here at Pearce Church.
So this summer, we are hosting a fun kids’ summer reading program called “Passport to Sundae Sunday Island.” You’re intrigued aren’t you? Now, I am sure many of you have already booked your vacations for the summer; but if you have children between the ages of 2-14, you won’t want to miss this trip! Sundae Sunday Island is an imaginary place where our kids will travel on Sunday, August 21, in the Family Life Center for a make-your-own-ice cream sundae celebration!
Like any exciting trip to a fabulous destination, our kids will receive their very own passports beginning this weekend, June 25/26, at the Reception Desk. Mr. Wayne Drew will be available on the weekends to take their picture, so they can place the photo of themselves in their cool passport (sorry, no enhanced driver’s licenses). Inside, there will be nine different categories for reading. Each time they complete an individual category, they can have their passport stamped and receive a fun prize from our spectacular treasure chest! (If your child cannot eat ice cream due to an allergy, please see Pastor Kathy or Michele Kelly and we will make sure they have a fun reward too!)
I am excited to hear about the stories of our kids reading individually or with their families. Those times create such incredible memories. So please get behind our kids this summer and help us support and encourage them in their reading! We don’t want anyone to miss the fantastic trip to Sundae Sunday Island!
All Wrapped Up!
Pearce Church will probably never make it onto Fortune 500’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list; but in my book, Pearce is the greatest place to work! During the beautiful summer months, we enjoy having a Pearce Staff Fun Wednesday- when we take a short respite from our day to spend some time together as a team. We plan fun activities like taking a walk to Jitters Café, a trip to LuGia’s for ice cream (I think Pastor Wally is the catalyst behind that one), or a picnic lunch together. I have to admit, I am a little surprised Pastor Wally hasn’t incorporated water slides into those days!
Well, this past Wednesday, the pastoral team had left the office for a meeting. When we returned to our offices, we each found a surprise waiting for us. Pastor Tim had multi-colored post-it-notes canvassing his walls and furniture; Pastor Mike had caution tape and an outline of a person taped to his floor like a crime scene; Pastor Kathy found an office full of balloons and wads of paper; Honna discovered her phone had been meticulously wrapped in rubber bands; and Lydia had a plethora of rubber duckies dispersed throughout her office. “What did they do to your office?” you may wonder. Well, as you can see from the pictures above, I discovered plastic wrap tightly twisted around my office chair, computer, and book shelves. I am certain that whoever pranked my office had done this before—it was professionally executed.
We were all laughing pretty hard and were tickled how quickly they had pranked us—we were not gone that long! We learned that it was the office staff who had fun in our absence, and took advantage of our pastoral team forgetting-or rather missing-that the fun event for the week was to prank somebody (note to self: read all emails carefully).
I feel blessed to be in ministry with such an incredible team! Oftentimes life can be very full with heavy and serious matters, but we all must remember that God also created us to play. In the joys of playfulness, we are able to discover yet another glimpse of our Father.
A Word from Pastor Mike
On and off for nearly 30 years, Jim and Sheri Morton have hosted a weekend for the graduating seniors at their cottage in Canada. The tradition was revived this year: June 17-19. We took 11 teens and six adults for a weekend of tubing, water-skiing, volleyball, kayaking, cliff jumping and euchre (lots and lots of euchre). The weather was perfect, as we spent most of our time on the water and around the camp fire. While the weekend was relaxing and included plenty of laughs, it was also a time to reflect on the last four years and to ponder the future. This group of seniors has been a unique group, and I am so appreciative of the time I have had with them. Their love for each other and for Christ has been so apparent as we have traveled to Algonquin, Romania, volunteered at Meadowbrook, and even as we have spent time together on retreats or in coffee shops. Continue to pray for them as they head out at the end of the summer for the next steps in their journeys. Pray for their parents, too, as they say goodbye to their kids. And if you think of it, say a prayer for me; it’s hard to let one child go, but I’m saying goodbye to 15!