Are We There Yet?
You have heard the question many times, haven’t you? On almost every trip I have been on, little voices from the back seat will ask, “Are we there yet?” The answer always seems obvious to me, as the car wheels are still moving and the visual evidence outside of the windows clearly show the destination has not been reached. Now, Emma and Joshua have learned that it’s funny (at least from their point of view) to get Mommy and Daddy worked up by asking the question before we have even left our driveway. I suppose it is a little comical.
Since the end of May, we have all watched fences go up on the west side of Pearce, pallets of roofing material spread out across the grassy common area, and shingles raining down like sheets of black coal. You may have asked from week to week (as I have) “Are we there yet—when will the roof be completed?” I am happy to say that we are very close indeed! The roofers have worked diligently throughout the summer and have overcome various obstacles along the way. All that is left are gutters to be installed around the perimeter of Parmerter, flat roof shingles need to be completed, and there are a few repairs to be taken care of right above the courtyard.
The roof is looking fantastic and the grounds around Parmerter are clearing up more and more each day. I almost forgot there was a playground over there! Once again, thank you for the many ways you have generously given towards this roof. The cost of the roof is $161,200 and the church has received $154,100 toward this beautiful and necessary project. It would be incredible if we were able to fully cover the remaining balance of $7,100! If you are looking for something to give toward, this would be a wonderful project to consider!
Pleasant Afternoon with the Bishop
I hope you enjoyed Bishop David Kendall and Lavone’s visit with us a couple of weekends ago. I sure did! As I mentioned in the service, I was touched by their humility and kindness, and was blessed by the Bishop’s sermon. They are such easy people to talk to and connect with. I feel incredibly honored to be a part of a denomination with such fine leaders.
The Saturday they were in Rochester, Michele and I had the opportunity to take them to lunch at the Apple Tree Inn on Ridge Road in Brockport. If you haven’t been there yet, I would certainly recommend this quaint little restaurant. Afterwards, we strolled along the canal in Spencerport, visited the used book store (which they loved!), and finally grabbed ice cream at Abbott’s! It was a relaxing afternoon. Later Michele commented, “We should have taken them to LuGia’s!” Where’s Pastor Wally when you need him?
During our stroll, I had the chance to ask the Bishop some questions and in return tell him a little bit about us and about Pearce. In our conversation, I learned that three of his favorite authors are N.T. Wright (well of course), Dallas Willard (oh yeah!), and Samuel Wells (who?). Apparently, the Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells is vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London. He served as Dean of Duke University Chapel and Research Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke Divinity School and has written numerous books and articles on Christian social ethics. I look forward to checking out some of his work.
I was also intrigued to hear how the church is growing in various parts of the world, like Africa and Asia, and how there is a Free Methodist Church among the Palestinians. I didn’t know that, did you? I am amazed at how, like a plant grows through a crack in cement, the Spirit of the Lord is able to revive life in the most unusual places. The Lord is good! I am thankful for people like the Bishop and Lavone. I am reminded by their presence that in the midst of a world full of chaos and sadness, God continues to raise up disciples and leaders full of his Spirit, full of hope, and full of peace.
Pastor Wally wanted me to let all of you know how much he appreciated your prayers as he spent last week in southwestern Indiana as the camp pastor of the Wabash Family Camp. He preached each evening of the seven-day camp, as well as taught a Bible study each weekday morning. Although most of those he met were new to him, Pastor Wally was able to connect with a few old friends: including former RWC student Elizabeth Macaluso Goodberry, who now pastors on staff of the Free Methodist Church in Avon, Indiana; and Rev. Henry & Bonnie Church, retired missionaries to Africa and the Middle East. Pastor Wally participated in the camp at the invitation of Bishop Emeritus Joe James. He has a new appreciation for Ogden summer days after the heat and humidity of an Indiana July, and is grateful to return to his time of sabbatical here at home.