A Story Worth Hearing!
Have you noticed Ethan Woeller helping out in Pearce’s sound ministry on Sunday mornings? I asked Pastor Tim to tell all of us about this wonderful young man and his commitment to service at Pearce. Here’s what Pastor Tim gave me:
This is a story that should be heard.
It’s a story about a loving, intergenerational church family committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ. It’s a story of how Pearce Church has made an impact in one life, and how that one life in turn has impacted others for Christ. It’s a story about a young man named Ethan Woeller.
Ethan Woeller has grown up at Pearce. He’s an intelligent young man–gifted in technology, science, and music. He is also a quiet soul who cares for our congregation.
A few years ago, I heard from Pastor Mike that Ethan was a gifted musician who loved the science of music and sound. I passed him in the hallway one evening on my way to a rehearsal and asked him if he wanted to learn how to run our newly-purchased soundboard. He nodded at me and said it sounded interesting to him. What quickly amazed me about Ethan was how his understated enthusiasm translated into unwavering commitment. Ethan started coming every week to rehearsal, simply sitting next to Mike Wilson, absorbing the new technology. He didn’t run the sound board for months; he just kept coming and watching.
Then, one evening Mike told me, “Ok, Ethan’s ready now.” I remember responding, “Really? I haven’t seen him do much yet.” Mike told me not to worry, and that Ethan might know the board better than he did. So I said, “Ok. Give ‘im a shot!” Two weeks later, Ethan was running our board like a pro.
Sound ministry at a church is a little like being an offensive lineman in football. If your name is mentioned, it’s probably because you messed up. It’s a job that’s high on criticism and low on accolades. Nobody mentions after a service how good and clear the sound was; we only comment on what went wrong. It is also tough because running sound in this day and age is much more involved than turning a few knobs. That being said, a sound tech’s job is of vital importance in a church to help boldly proclaim the great news of the gospel. (I invite you to give a sound tech a hug today!) Ethan has chosen a difficult area of ministry to serve in, but his quiet dedication makes an enormous difference in the quality of our services.
Since becoming an active member of the sound team, Ethan graduated from high school and is currently studying biochemistry at Geneseo. Despite his class load and busy schedule, Ethan still volunteers once or twice a month as a sound technician or a French horn player by driving back up to North Chili in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Ethan is a shining example of what it means to be an active member of our church family. He has chosen over and over again to work hard so that others might become fully devoted followers of Christ. The next time you see Ethan sitting at the sound board, make sure to give him a high five and thank him for the important work he is doing.
What about you? Do you know an Ethan in your life that needs to be encouraged today? Is there someone you know that could step up in service for the Kingdom? Maybe all he or she needs is someone to believe they can do it. Maybe that person is you. God has called our faith family to do great and important things for the Kingdom. Let’s work together and make disciples for Him.
Our World’s Great Tragedy
Last weekend, we began our trek through the Bible by examining Genesis 1 and the wondrous beginning of God’s Story (Genesis 1:1-2). On Tuesday, someone pulled me aside and, with a twinkle in their eye, said, “Pastor Wally, I’m concerned about your plans to go through the entire bible like this. Last Sunday you only got through two verses!” (Don’t bring this up with my Bible study group. They still joke about how long it took me to go through Genesis with them!)
Well, I’ll see how far we get this weekend.
This weekend’s message is titled “The Story’s Great Tragedy,” and is based on the third chapter of Genesis. This passage will encourage us to consider how each of us are writing our own stories. From the beginning, men and women have chosen to write their own stories apart from God. In so doing, we have brought ruin to ourselves and our world.
Pastor John Tassone will be preaching in the Saturday service this weekend. Due to a holiday dinner for Mary’s employer that same evening, I’ll be off duty. Pastor John has graciously agreed to step in.
I hope you join us this weekend at Pearce.
During last Sunday’s worship service, I asked the congregation what the shortest book in the Bible was. I heard several answers and thought I’d better check on the real answer. The shortest book is 3 John with only 219 words in the original language. The second shortest book, 2 John, has 245 words, even though it has fewer verses than 3 John. The longest book in the Bible is Luke with nearly 20,000 words in the original language and more than 1,000 verses.
Now you know, just in case it comes up in a worship service again!
Redhawks at Pearce
Pastor Jeremy sent me this article about a wonderful opportunity for Pearce and RWC to partner together.
A few weeks ago, Roberts Wesleyan College’s athletics department, Thrivent Financial, and Pearce Church teamed up to raise donations for our Food Cupboard. For every food donation brought to the men’s and women’s basketball games on December 31 or January 2, Reggie Bucks were given to fans to redeem at the Redhawks Fan Shop.
We cheered when the RWC Director of Athletics, Bob Segave, and Eric Roth, a representative from Thrivent Financial, hustled over to the church to pass off to us the many donations received at those games. It was a real score! We are incredibly grateful for this event and the tremendous impact it will have on our neighbors in this community.
Since 2012, our Food Cupboard has ministered to an average of 170 households each year. Nearly 30 Pearce members try out (I mean volunteer) to help support this ministry and offer food to our neighbors.
If you would like a shot at being a part of this awesome ministry team that provides for the basic needs of many families, or would like to make a food or financial donation, you can contact Pastor Jeremy or our Food Cupboard Champion, Lesley Eich. We all win in this ministry! Oh, and go Redhawks!
Why should you join us next Wednesday evening (February 1) at 6:30pm in Parmerter Chapel?
Here’s just a few reasons that come to my mind:
- You will be reminded of the blessings of God on our Pearce family throughout 2016.
- There are goodies for you to enjoy afterwards in Pearce’s atrium!
- It’s an opportunity to hear more about the process of identifying a new lead pastor for Pearce. (Superintendent Pam will be present to help explain the process.)
- You may make a new friend. (Sit beside someone you don’t know and introduce yourself!)
- Why watch another episode of “Wheel of Fortune” or “Duck Dynasty” when you can enjoy being a part of Christian community?