Johnny on the Spot
If you drive by Pearce this weekend, you may be surprised to see a port-a-potty in our front lawn! This odd sight is just an indication that it is time, once again, for Pearce’s annual “Project Out in the Cold.”
Tomorrow, our junior and senior teens will be spending the night outside in cardboard boxes to help bring awareness to the plight of those without enough in our community. By this, the teens hope to stand in solidarity with them and raise funds to help three vital organizations that minister to the disadvantaged in our area: Open Door Mission, Straight from the Heart, and Center for Youth.
Representatives from all three of these ministries will be sharing throughout the evening, beginning at 7pm. You are invited to join them for dinner and to hear the powerful testimonies of these three organizations. For more details, please contact Karen Hopkins.
As you drive by Pearce on Friday night, give our students a honk and say a prayer for them, as they learn in a very real way what it is like to spend a cold night outdoors. (It’s forecasted to get down to 39 degrees on Friday!)
When Your Fabrics Clash!
This weekend, I’ll bring our sermon series on Christian Community to a close with an examination of Romans 14:1-12, “When the Fabrics Clash!” This message will consider how we handle disagreement within the church.
Want Help in Sharing Your Faith?
I’m always interested in learning new ways to present the old, old Story! Colleen Dick, Pearce’s newest Local Ministerial Candidate, will be sharing a seminar geared to help you in the task of bringing hope and restoration to a broken world. This seminar will expose you to a marvelous tool, The Flower Man, a wordless picture book geared to speak to a post-Christendom culture.
This seminar will be held over three Wednesday evenings, beginning on November 9. The other two sessions will be on November 16 and 30. (There will be no Wednesday evening activities at Pearce on Thanksgiving Eve.)
This seminar, you may notice, was originally scheduled to being yesterday (November 2), but was moved back a week to accommodate the “My Faith Matters” simulcast.
The Music of Christmas
Now that November has arrived, I’m in full Christmas music mode! While riding in my car the other day, I offered to play some Christmas music for a friend. They quickly declined saying, “Christmas music is not permitted ‘til after Thanksgiving!”
Obviously, I don’t live with that restriction. (I am, after all, a “Free” Methodist!)
So, I thought I should highlight a few new Christmas albums I’m enjoying this week.
The first is Matt Redman’s album These Christmas Lights, and features completely original Christmas music. This album grew out of a time when Redman retreated to walk the paths and roads of Israel, places so familiar to us in the Christmas story. He explains, “I don’t want to just tell a story, I want to make sure that we put ourselves in the story too.” Take special note of the song His Name Shall Be.
Give a listen to Salt of the Sound’s rendition of the old English carol In the Bleak Midwinter. Its ethereal sounds create an evocative atmosphere for this traditional song.
I have really been enjoying Future of Forestry’s Advent Christmas, Vol. 3. I find this to be a reverent album that beautifully assists me in glorifying God for the gift of His Son.
Let me know of any new Christmas music you are discovering! It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas, at least where I go!
Facing a Significant Shortfall
A few weeks ago, I informed you of Roberts Wesleyan College’s recent decision to no longer rent classroom space from Pearce after the end of this academic year. Rental income from the college has significantly contributed to our Operational Budget for many years. Because Pearce will no longer benefit from this arrangement, putting together our budget for 2017 is particularly challenging.
I hope you’ll join us on Tuesday evening, November 15, in Parmerter Chapel to hear the Finance Committee outline Pearce’s financial situation and the possible cut-backs that may be in our near future.
As always, I am grateful for the wonderful generosity of so many of you. Thank you for your faithful and regular financial support of our ministry!
In last week’s Dangling, I mentioned that Jared and Tracy Bush were bringing their daughter, Emelyn Joy, in dedication at the Saturday worship service. I thought I should follow up this week with a photo of the Bush family. You must admit, Emelyn is too cute!