A 62-Year-Old Witness
Bill Roushey, a valued member of our facility team at Pearce, recently brought me a letter his dad wrote to Bill’s mom in October 1954. At that time, Bill’s parents were dating. His dad was a student at Roberts and his mom was living at her family’s home in Maplecrest, New York.
Here’s some of what Bill’s dad wrote:
“Tonight I’ve a peace in my heart that the world cannot give, a peace it cannot take away. Bro. Warren preached on complete consecration to God. I felt I wanted to really have the victory. As Bro. Traver sang …[the] invitation song I felt I just had to have peace and real victory in my heart. So I went up to the altar and three other people followed.”
Enclosed with the letter was a flyer advertising a special service at Pearce held on the previous Sunday afternoon.
What a wonderful witness for Bill to read his father’s words, written more than sixty years ago! Reading this letter makes me more determined than ever to leave a legacy of commitment to Christ, to my family, and friends! Don’t you feel the same?
A Lasting Partnership
This Sunday, our congregation will gather with the Roberts community in celebrating their 150th anniversary. I’ve asked President Porterfield to join me in Sunday’s worship service and “tag team” the sermon with me. She graciously accepted this rather risky invitation! (I wonder if she has regretted that decision!)
Prior to the Sunday worship service, Dr. Doug Cullum will join me in Parmerter Chapel for a special interview. Dr. Cullum, the Dean of Northeastern Seminary, will share about his life, ministry, and years of service to the RWC and NES community. You’ll find his remarks to be engaging and insightful. This special interview will begin at 9am in Parmerter.
(RWC trivia: Did you know that Parmerter Chapel is named for a former pastor of our church, Rev. Wesley J. Parmerter; and that his daughter, Jean, grew up to marry Dr. Paul Adams, former president of the college?)
Lifetree Café Winding Down
Recently, the decision was made to end our sponsorship of Lifetree Café, as of Thursday, September 29. Pearce began serving as a host site for this Colorado-based ministry in the fall of 2014. Over the past two years, a wide variety of issues has been presented in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment. A wonderful team of individuals, under the leadership of Sid Barefoot and Erin Bennett, hosted the café and worked hard to make it a safe, grace-filled environment.
The reason for ending the Lifetree Café is that it was never utilized as originally hoped. Geared to provide a place for Christians to invite friends who are spiritually searching, it instead became a small group gathering of committed believers. (There’s nothing wrong, of course, with believers gathering together, but that was not the mission of Lifetree Café!) Recognizing this reality, those who have faithfully served at the café over the past two years recommended its closure.
In evaluating the past two years, I celebrate the ways in which the café did minister to people and am grateful for this church’s willingness to give it a try!
Spoiled to Have This Mother-in-Law
On a personal note, I thought I should share with the Pearce family that my mother-in-law, Elaine, will be moving into our house this weekend. A vigorous and lively 92-year-old, Elaine has lived on her own since her husband passed away more than twenty years ago. Both Mary and I feel blessed to have her join us in our home. (What better place to live than in Ogden?) I felt it was important to reveal this transition as you may otherwise wonder why I’ve become so well-behaved all of a sudden! (Mary will now have major support in her quest to help me be a “nice” person!)
When I looked for a photo of Elaine to accompany this article, I immediately thought of this one from June. It shows this wonderful lady sitting on the grass in our backyard, playing with a two-year-old. Ninety years between them, but my mother-in-law can bridge the gap! That’s the kind of person she is!