Blessed By Their Presence
I thought it appropriate to call your attention to the fact that two of Pearce’s “tribal elders” will soon celebrate their birthdays. Howard Myer and Arden Travis will both be turning 97!
What a blessing to have both of these delightful gentlemen in our community of faith. It looks like participation in this community may contribute to longevity. Just sayin’!
Andersons at Common Grounds
Al and Stacy Anderson will soon be sharing an update of their youth ministry in Eastern Europe. Al is the regional director of Young Life—overseeing the work in Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, and Macedonia. Pearce has financially and prayerfully supported the Andersons for many years.
The Andersons, along with their children, Ellie and Jake, will be visiting with Al’s family in North Chili over the holidays. We are privileged to take advantage of their sojourn in the area and hear more about Young Life’s outreach.
Plan to grab a cup of coffee in Pearce’s Common Grounds Café at 6:30pm on Wednesday, December 28, as Al & Stacy fill us in on what God is doing in their part of the world! The Andersons will begin their time of sharing around 7pm, so you’ll have time to chat and settle in before they begin.
The Andersons will also be with us this Sunday in our morning worship service.
In The Running
If you’ve been watching the news lately, you are aware of the constant speculation as to who will be the next appointee to the president-elect’s cabinet. I thought, in light of this media swirl, that I would release the names of this year’s nominees for the Official Board. The five nominees are Donna Barefoot, Shelly Bliss, Mike Faro, Susanne Mohnkern, and Joyce Wagner.
The election will be held the first week of February. This is a wonderful group of gifted leaders and I am grateful for their willingness to have their names placed on the ballot. From the five nominees, three will be elected to serve three-year-terms on the board. You’ll have opportunities to learn more about each of these candidates after the first of the year.
I should also note that Mike Vannest has agreed to have his name placed on the ballot for treasurer. Mike has done an excellent job in this capacity for several years.
My thanks to the Nominating Committee and to its chair, Jamie Chalmers, for their excellent service to our church as they assembled this slate of nominees.
Are You Part of the Conspiracy?
I must confess, I’ve never been a fan of conspiracies. I am convinced that Neal Armstrong did actually walk on the moon and that Oswald acted alone. But I am fully engaged in the Advent Conspiracy, a movement to place the emphasis of our Christmas observance in America on presence rather than presents.
To join this conspiracy, simply devise ways to spend time with others. Substitute purchasing another gift that will probably get placed in a closet in a few months with time well spent with those you love and cherish. You can find a host of suggestions and ideas at adventconspiracy.org. Then give the money you would have spent on extra gifts toward providing clean drinking water to a village where it is not easily accessible.
This weekend, we’ll be receiving an “Advent Conspiracy” offering for an incredible organization: Clear Blue Global Water Project. Based in Akron, Ohio, this Free Methodist ministry has dug wells in 25 countries around the world since 2007. In our seven years of participation, the Pearce family has contributed $83,036.56 through Advent Conspiracy offerings to aid this effort. I invite you to conspire with me this weekend!
More Than Food Distribution
Sue noted that there were four intergenerational families comprised of grandparents, children, and grandchildren volunteering to help serve those receiving food. Those attending were also given candy cane ornaments made by the children in Char Kuhlkin’s Sunday school class.
My thanks to the many volunteers who staff this important ministry to our community. Four Mobile Food Pantries are scheduled for 2017: February 11, May 13, September 16, and December 1. Take advantage of one of these opportunities to help serve others!
During last Sunday’s Children’s Moments, Pastor Jeremy mentioned that his family had just adopted two kittens. He then asked for the children to raise their hands if they owned a cat. Several hands shot up! How about a dog? More hands! A goldfish? A hamster? More hands. Then Pastor Jeremy asked, “A skunk?” Of course, no hands on that last one.
But wait just a moment! On Tuesday, Joyce Lyon sent an email that read: When we were first married, we had a pet skunk. That’s me with him in the photo taken while we lived in the trailer court at RWC. We had a second one later, but then it became illegal to own them as pets. We have been long remembered as the people with the skunk!