Bishop Kendall is Coming to Town!
This weekend, we have the opportunity of welcoming Bishop David Kendall and his wife, Lavone, as they join us for worship. In fact, this seems to be the “Year of the Bishops” for Pearce. Earlier this year, we had Bishop Samuel from Rwanda join us in celebration of our Linked with Love partnership in Nzige. In the fall, we will have the honor of having Bishop Roller as our guest. We are a blessed congregation, aren’t we?
I met Bishop Kendall a few years ago at a conference for Free Methodist ministers. I heard him speak and was amazed by the biblical knowledge and wisdom that flowed from this dynamic man. However, I was even more blessed when I met him in person—by his humility and genuineness as an individual.
You may already know this, but for those of you who do not, the US Free Methodist General Conference has a total of three bishops. In simplified terms, Bishop Matt Thomas oversees the west coast region of the country, Bishop David Roller oversees the east coast region of the country (our region), and Bishop David Kendall oversees the mid-west region of the country. Each of these men are incredible and godly leaders for our denomination, who bring their own unique gifts. I have often heard it said that Bishop Kendall is the scholar. I believe you will find that observation justified as we hear his rich insight into scripture and the things of God, this weekend.
Bishop Kendall will be continuing our series in the Book of Acts from Acts 13:44-52 with his sermon “Good News for Others, and for All!” Together, we will explore how the “earliest witnesses shared the good news by what they proclaimed, how they lived, and what they did,” said Bishop Kendall in an email. I am excited that Pearce has the privilege of spending some time with the bishop and Lavone this weekend! We are planning to take a few moments in the service to get to know them better and to discover ways we can be praying for them in Christ’s love. I hope you can join us for this special occasion!
Pastor Wally at Wabash
Pastor Wally let me know this week that he will be leaving tomorrow (Friday) to drive to southwestern Indiana to serve as the camp pastor at the Wabash Family Camp from Sunday, July 17, through Saturday, July 24. The camp serves the 76 churches of the Wabash Conference, located in Indiana, West Virginia, and eastern Illinois. He accepted the invitation to serve in this capacity long before he had scheduled his sabbatical, so he is “breaking” his time of withdrawal and study to engage in this ministry. He has asked for your prayers for the camp as he has always deeply appreciated the prayer support of this congregation. “I’ve always loved knowing that the people of Pearce take seriously the task of intercessory prayer.” He continues to enjoy his time of sabbatical, but deeply misses the Pearce gang!