Wally Meet Wally
I’ve received many undeserved honors over my nearly four decades as a pastor, but a recent one is surely one of the most memorable and enjoyable ones. This past Saturday, I met Wally, a sixteen-week-old Bernese mountain dog.
His owners, Joey and Rachel Lee, now live in Boston. I had the privilege of getting to know this couple while they attended school in Rochester: Rachel at RWC, Joey at RIT. They regularly attended a Sunday evening Bible study that I led and, this past August, I had the honor of officiating at their wedding.
Several weeks ago, Joey sent me a text with a photo of Wally, informing me of their decision to name their new puppy after me. I was at a loss for words! Not since 2008, when a tasty drink at Common Grounds was named the Carmel Wallyatto in my honor, have I been so deeply touched.
This past weekend, the Lees were in town visiting family. They invited me to Rachel’s parents’ home in Rush where I had the joy of getting to know Wally. I found him quite likable, although he had a propensity for licking my face!
Two New Wednesday Evening Adult Options
Two excellent opportunities for growth in your Christian walk are available beginning next Wednesday, January 11, at 6:30pm. Adults are encouraged to take advantage of these seminars.
Onward is a six-week video series facilitated by Norm Everett that is based on an excellent book by Russell Moore, Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel. The book was named the 2016 Book of the Year by Christianity Today. This seminar will provide a primer on how our commitments to Christ and his kingdom should shape not only how we live, but also what our lives should say to a watching, listening world. Onward will be offered in Room 136, in Pearce’s education wing.
Loving Your Neighbor of a Different Race is the title of a seminar that will examine the issue of race relations and explore how Pearce, as a community of faith, can improve relationships across racial divides. The first three weeks of the seminar will consist of the screening of “Racism: A History,” a documentary that explores the global impact of racism. It provides a historical overview of how racist ideas and practices developed in key religious and secular institutions. The final weeks of the seminar will consist of panel discussions featuring Christian leaders from Monroe County’s communities of faith. This informative seminar will be held in Room 81, in the lower level of Pearce’s education wing.
The family of Rudy McManus have announced plans to hold a memorial service on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11am in Pearce’s sanctuary. Rudy served 23 years on Pearce’s facilities staff and will long be remembered for his gracious smile and welcoming presence.
This Weekend’s Message
This past December, we examined John’s first letter in our sermon series “Love Came Down”. This coming weekend, I’ll explore the concluding verses of that epistle in a sermon I’ve titled “Confidence in the Face of Uncertainty”. You may want to read 1 John 5:13-21 in preparation.
Congratulations to Kevin
Recently, I was pleased to receive a letter from Raymond Ehrmentraut, scoutmaster of Scout Troop #133. In his letter to me, he wrote: “I am honored to inform you that Kevin Dick has received the ranking of Eagle Scout as of January 14, 2017. His family and Boy Scout Troop #133 are very proud of his accomplishments.”
Part of Kevin’s Eagle Scout project was his improvement of our church’s landscaping in the summer of 2015. Kevin took out overgrown flower beds and shrubbery on the west side of Parmerter and contoured the ground, creating a much cleaner and more attractive appearance for our facility.
I celebrate Kevin’s accomplishment and am grateful for the many ways he serves his community and this congregation. Way to go, Kevin!