Supporting the Nzige Team
You may recall a few weeks ago in worship services when we highlighted a remaining financial need for our Pearce team traveling to Nzige. While there, they will provide training for the teachers, interact with the preschool children, and take several items with them as education resources and for play. The team (which consists of Carol Stevenson, Ruth Stewart, Kim LaCelle, and Sue Smout) will be leaving next week. The estimated cost of the trip is around $10,000. We shared that we needed an additional $2,000 to help cover the cost of getting the team to Rwanda and sustaining them while there (e.g. food, lodging, interpreters, etc.).
Once again, I am thrilled by the kindness and support of Pearce Church, and am happy to share that $3,701.50 was given toward that need! Thank you for your generosity and for believing in this ministry! Let’s continue to be in prayer as our team prepares for this trip. I look forward to hearing how the Lord continues doing wonderful things in Nzige and in our Linked with Love partnership.
Milling and Repaving Orchard St.
Have you ever received an email you knew was important, but for some reason the message communicated didn’t click sink in until finding yourself in a situation where knowing the content of that email would have been helpful? Wednesday morning, on my way to the office, I was driving along Westside Drive and came to make a left turn onto Orchard. To my surprise, I saw Orchard Street torn up like a piece of chocolate cake after a hungry child dug into it with determined little fingers. Large construction trucks were everywhere; and the sound of screeching, as hot metal slowly wheeled a vehicle and heavy machinery ripped through pavement, filled the air.
As I was waved through Orchard Street by an emotionless construction worker, my head bobbing left and right and up and down as I drove over bumpy terrain, through hot steam rising from the street, I thought to myself, “What is going on and why didn’t anyone tell me?” It wasn’t until this disgruntled (a bit of an exaggeration) pastor parked his car that it hit me, “That’s what the email I received yesterday must have been about!” I hope I don’t stand alone in experiences like that. Can you relate?
Well, this was a long way of sharing with you that the Town of Chili is in the process of milling and repaving Orchard Street. We do not have a specified date of completion for this project, but the town expects to be done mid-August. It should look beautiful when it’s finished! So don’t be surprised, like me, when a trip down Orchard feels like a bumpy ride at Seabreeze. Read your emails and the Dangling Conversation carefully; and if you find yourself thinking why didn’t anyone tell me?—just remember, I told you so!
An Evening at Seabreeze
Speaking of rides at Seabreeze, this past Tuesday a group from Pearce went to Seabreeze as a fun church outing. I asked Pastor Mike, who oversaw this event, to give us an update on how the evening went:
Every summer, the teens make their pilgrimage to Rochester’s own Seabreeze Amusement Park. This year, we decided to open it up to our Pearce families as a whole. We had a few takers, but mostly it was 60 plus teens running through the park laughing, screaming, and taking in the beautiful night. Seabreeze has always been one of my favorite nights of the year with our teens. I ride some rides, but mostly I watch the kids as they talk, laugh, and as they bask in being carefree and young. This time was no different. The smell of fried dough, the sound of kids on the Jack Rabbit, and the smile on Paul Livermore’s face as he came down the water slide—wait, what? Yes folks, Dr. Paul Livermore is an amusement park connoisseur! It was a good reminder that you’re never too old to be a kid. I took that reminder to heart as Josh Mantegna, Kevin Dick, Owen Davis, and Sam Hunt coaxed me to join them on the log flume. I had no desire to get wet, but I’m glad they pushed me to do it. We have a memory now, and my clothes eventually dried. Next up for TNT is a pool party at the Emerson’s and then our annual Algonquin Canoe Trip.