The results are in from Pearce’s election central! With a total of 205 ballots cast, the following were elected to three-year-terms on our church’s Official Board: Mike Faro, Susanne Mohnkern, and Donna Barefoot. These three will be assuming their duties at the March 9 sitting of the Board.
Mike Vannest was re-elected to another term on the Board as Pearce’s treasurer.
Also elected to serve three-year-terms on the Nominating Committee were: Bill Smout, Nancy Carden, and Janise Beguhl. The Nominating Committee, charged with identifying gifted leaders for the Board, will once again get down to business in September.
I am deeply appreciative of each of the individuals who permitted their name to be placed in nomination. Our church, as I have often thought, is blessed with many gifted and gracious servants of the Kingdom.
Stick to Preaching
Okay, so here’s the story. In last week’s Dangling, I mentioned Sabrina Kovach’s recent comment that in order to cover the entire Bible in a year, I needed to average a certain number of verses each week. In the Dangling, I said that was 5,977 verses per week. In reality, Sabrina had told me I needed to cover 598 per week.
Sorry, Sabrina, for misquoting you! Your math is better than mine. As Kim Brittin said, upon hearing of my error: “Just stick to preaching and let others handle the math!”
On a Mission
Last Thursday, I made my daily stop at Pearce’s Common Grounds Café to discover Sheryl Hunt and Bev Roy hard at work on our upcoming Annual Mission Garage Sale. If you have been around Pearce in the springtime, you know that this is a major undertaking each year that has a significant impact on our local and global mission efforts. Since 2004, this event has raised $179,413.21 to be distributed to ministries outside of Pearce.
I’d like to encourage your participation in this year’s sale. You can help in one of two ways.
First, begin now to collect items that someone would be willing to buy at the sale. Now be a bit discerning and don’t bring items that really should be tossed in the trash! You might even want to challenge yourself to give away something of value. After all, you can’t take it with you!
Secondly, sign up to volunteer to help prepare for and staff the sale. This year’s sale will be held on April 28 and 29, but help will be needed throughout that week as items for the sale are sorted and tagged.
For more information on how you can help serve as a volunteer, contact Sheryl Hunt (585-738-0899) or Bev Roy (585-455-4348).
Loving Your Neighbor
In recent weeks at Pearce, a group of us have been meeting on Wednesday evenings to consider what it means for us to love our neighbors of a different race.
Next Wednesday, February 15, a documentary about John M. Perkins, Let Justice Roll On: The Life and Legacy of John M. Perkins, will be shown at 6:30pm in Room 81 in Pearce’s lower educational wing.
I had the privilege of working with John in January 1978, while I was a student at Asbury Theological Seminary. Four of us from the seminary went to Jackson, Mississippi to work at Voice of Calvary Ministries, a holistic ministry with the mission “to help people reach their full potential in Christ.”
One of our sister Free Methodist institutions of higher learning, Seattle Pacific University, launched the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development. You can read more about John on the SPU website.
The Generosity Continues
At the conclusion of this past Sunday’s worship service, those present were encouraged to participate in an Exit Offering to help purchase supplies for the school in Nzige, Rwanda. Once again, the Pearce family responded generously by giving a total of $1,086. This money will be used to restock supplies at the preschool, helping to ensure that the Nzige teachers can implement the teaching methods they have been taught by recent Pearce VISA (Volunteers In Service Abroad) teams.
Our third VISA team specifically geared to help train the teachers at Nzige leaves on Thursday, February 16. Pray for the members of the team: Carol Stevenson (team leader), Laura Ciminelli, Cheryl Heimberger, and Jackie Kuhlkin. If you signed up to purchase supplies for the team, be sure and drop them off in the atrium at Pearce no later than this coming Sunday, February 12.
This past Sunday, we showed an edited version of the new ICCM video (International Child Care Ministries) on Connected Communities. This video highlights Pearce’s “Linked with Love” partnership with Nzige. Check here for the complete video.
Books on My Nightstand
It’s been a while since I updated you on my current reading. I offer this in the spirit of encouraging all of us to continue to read broadly and passionately.
On the history side of things, I’m reading Three Days In January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission, by journalist Bret Baier. The author focuses on Eisenhower’s farewell speech and the challenging transition to Kennedy’s new administration. I am halfway through this and find it to be a fascinating and absorbing read against the backdrop of our current political environment.
My current theological read is N. T. Wright’s The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’ Crucifixion. Wright argues that the Protestant Reformation did not go far enough in transforming our understanding of the Crucifixion. Most Western Christians, asserts Wright, have been taught that Jesus died so that they could escape the results of sin and go to heaven after they die. He argues that the New Testament speaks of Jesus’ death as the defeat of the powers of evil that have kept the world in captivity. The implication of Wright’s argument is that the world is actually going to change as a result of the Crucifixion, through the life and the work and the witness of those who believe the good news. It’s a challenging read, but has wondrous insights. There’s an interesting interview with Wright in the October 13, 2016 issue of Christianity Today, available online.
For sheer fun and relaxation, I read The Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston. The author narrates his experience as a member of an archaeological expedition through the jungle of eastern Honduras. I will never view snakes in quite the same way after reading about Preston’s encounter with a venomous pit viper.
A Personal Note
Many of you have approached me in recent months to comment on my weight loss. At the encouragement of my wife, I am letting you know the reasons behind it.
During a routine physical this past summer, I was informed by my primary care physician that I have type 2 diabetes. The news was no surprise to me as this disease runs in the maternal side of my family. It is also, unfortunately, a common predicament for many older adults in our country. (In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population had diabetes. The percentage for adults 65 and older is 25.9%!)
At that appointment, my doctor encouraged me to change my diet to see if that alone could control the diabetes. So after a consultation with a dietician, I began to alter my eating habits. I was not trying to lose weight; I simply began to try to eat healthy. Over the past few months, I have lost about 45 pounds. As a result, my A1C is significantly lower than it was in June and I feel healthy and energized.
Thanks for the many comments and questions. You have been an encouragement to me and I am grateful for being part of a caring community.