Light on Dark November Days
I think you will find the words of this ancient prophet to be encouraging, especially as we face winter and the dark months of the year. “Wonderful, Glorious Light” is the title of this week’s message, based on chapter 42 of Isaiah.
Thankful for Your Help
As you know, we are in the midst of getting 1,000 boxes of food prepared for delivery this Thanksgiving. Many of you have already been at work, helping us get ready for this expression of love.
Here’s how you can continue to assist us:
- Bring in your copy paper-sized boxes. We still need about 300 of these.
- Donate funds to help purchase frozen turkeys. In the past, many of you purchased turkeys and brought them into the “Turkey Hotel” at Pearce. Due to the significant growth to this ministry in recent years, we can no longer accommodate 1,000 frozen turkeys in Pearce’s freezers. So your helping to fund the purchase of the turkeys is deeply appreciated.
- Help deliver boxes by signing up as a driver for Saturday, November 19, or Sunday, November 20.
- Pray that God will use this ministry for His purpose and to His glory!
This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to visit with one of our church’s attenders over a cup of coffee. As often happens when I meet with people, our discussion turned to the latest books each of us was reading. My friend mentioned that they had just finished the Bonhoeffer book that I had on the “Pearce Reads” shelves a few weeks ago. She then told me that she also read the Lewis biography that was highlighted a few weeks prior to Bonhoeffer’s book. I was gratified to hear that the books offered as “Pearce Reads” are proving to be helpful.
Well, let me encourage those of you who are interested, to read a new book by Tim Keller titled Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ. Keller’s books are always worth the investment of your time and this book will provide a thoughtful read in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
I’ve also placed copies of three devotional books that I’ve featured in prior years. The first is Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas. Several families have mentioned to me their use of this book to enrich their family’s observance last Advent. The second book is Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas. I have used this for the past several years and always enjoy the rich variety of readings from a wide selection of gifted authors. The third book, Goodness and Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas, sounds a lot like the book I just mentioned; but it is a different compilation of advent devotional readings.
I hope you find some good reading during these long, dark evenings of November and December!
A Rather Odd Reality
It seems a bit odd to me in some ways, but this is the reality: it is challenging to put together a volunteer staff for the worship service on December 25. Yes, in case you haven’t realized it, Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. On that special day, Pearce will hold a 10:30am worship service.
It’s understandable why it is difficult to find volunteers to help staff the nursery, greet those entering the church, and help with parking. After all, everyone wants to enjoy a day with family and friends, especially on Christmas morning.
On the other hand, it is Christmas! What more wonderful time, other than Easter perhaps, to gather and worship. We want Pearce to be well prepared for any visitors who may decide to worship Christ this Christmas.
If you are able to help with greeting or parking lot ministries, contact Joan Goulart at email@example.com. If you are able to help with the nursery, contact Pastor Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for helping us welcome others to worship the newborn King!
Nzige Team #4 Now Complete!
I’m pleased to announce that Pearce’s fourth VISA (Volunteers in Service Aboard) team to Rwanda is now fully staffed. Recently, Jackie Kuhlkin was named to the team by our church’s Great Commission Leadership Team (GCLT), joining the three other members: Laura Ciminelli, Cheryl Heimberger, and Carol Stephenson. These four gifted individuals will spend several days in Nzige next February. The focus of the team will be to continue training the Nzige teaching staff as part of our church’s “Linked with Love” partnership with the Nzige school.
I also recently received word from Dr. Linda Adams that International Child Care Ministries (ICCM) is now encouraging other Free Methodist congregations in the U.S. to partner with ICCM schools around the globe. Two videographers from Indianapolis, Josh and Alicia Baker, will be visiting Pearce the first weekend of December to secure footage that will help tell the story of our “Linked with Love” partnership. It is hoped that the resulting video will help spur other churches to develop similar relationships.
By the way, we have a great supply of sponsor packets if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for one of the children in Nzige. You can check out the packets by contacting Kim Brittin in the church office at 594-9488.