Another Priest at Pearce
Peter notes in his first letter to the scattered believers of his day that Christians “like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).
I had the privilege, this past Saturday, of officiating at the dedication of a new member of the holy priesthood – Levi Jeffrey Dorr, the firstborn son of Andrew and Jennifer Dorr. The Dorrs are cross-country coaches at Roberts, and it was special to have the college’s cross-county team present to witness the dedication. (I thought you’d enjoy seeing the exuberant team!)
It’s wonderful to be a part of a congregation with so many children. What a blessing each of them are to us!
A Memorable Weekend for Christians
This weekend is a wonderful time for all who follow Jesus Christ to gather and remember His death and resurrection. Pearce will hold four services this coming weekend, providing you and your family with opportunities to worship our Savior and Lord.
Our Good Friday Service is a stark service that helps us recall the sacrificial death of Jesus. Join us at 7pm in the main sanctuary for a sober hour of worship. Dr. Jeff Altman will be providing the Good Friday homily and the service will conclude, as is traditional, in silence and darkness. Also as a part of this service, selections from Handel’s Messiah will be featured.
At 5pm on Easter Eve, we’ll gather in Parmerter Chapel for a service that, while restrained, carries the hope of the resurrection.
On Easter morning, all restraints will be thrown off as we rejoice in the reality of Christ’s resurrection. Identical worship services will be held at 9 and 10:30am to provide the opportunity for your friends and guests to celebrate with us.
You are also encouraged to take advantage of the wonderful Easter Breakfast in the Family Life Center from 7:30 to 11am. Enjoy an abundance of good food, such as pastries, buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, and breakfast sausages. Tickets are available to purchase at the lobby reception desk. Cost is $5.50 per person, with an immediate family maximum of $22; children under age 5 are free.
I hope to see you this weekend!
Off to a Good Start with SWAG
Jim Morton recently announced that we are bringing back SWAG this year. SWAG (Stewardship with a Goal) was first introduced at our Annual Celebration in February 2013 as a way of encouraging those in our community to go above and beyond their regular giving to help fund needed improvements and repairs to our facility. Over the years that we have highlighted SWAG, we have raised funds for such projects as a new sidewalk on Orchard Street, the sealing of our driveways, and new roofs on both our main sanctuary and Parmerter Chapel.
This year’s goal for SWAG totals $99,000 and includes the following projects
Project #1: $10,000 payment on the principal of our loan
Project #2: $11,000 to convert the aging light fixtures in our Family Life Center to LED lamps
Project #3: $10,000 payment on the principal of our loan
Project #4: $18,000 to install a new concrete porch, making it handicap accessible, at the entrance to Parmerter Chapel
Project #5: $10,000 payment on the principal of our loan
Project #6: $30,000 to upgrade our fire alarm system
Project #7: $10,000 payment on the principal of our loan
Check the SWAG poster in Pearce’s reception area to keep updated on our progress. Already we have received $995.00; and we’ve only just started! Thanks for your continued generosity in supporting the upkeep of our facilities!
Not Bored with this Gang!
Pearce’s leadership board, known as the Official Board, will be meeting tonight for their monthly gathering. At last month’s meeting, the Board elected officers for the year.
Jim Morton was re-elected as Chair, Terry Taber as Vice-chair, and Chuck Cockrell as the legal secretary. Lynn Bates (not included in the photo) has graciously agreed to serve another year as the recording secretary for the Board. New members Donna Barefoot, Mike Faro, and Susanne Mohnkern also assumed their responsibilities at the March meeting.
I am deeply appreciative of these individuals and their willingness to serve our congregation and to be led by God’s Holy Spirit. When you see them, be sure and thank them for the many hours of service they donate to Pearce.
Staying Connected at Pearce
Kim Brittin, a member of our office team, has been hard at work over the past few weeks overseeing the installation of new Wi-Fi equipment at Pearce.
The upgrade was necessitated by the fact that in June Roberts is removing its Wi-Fi hardware from the education wing. You may recall that Roberts installed Wi-Fi hardware upon the completion of the education wing in 2002. At that time, the school signed a fifteen-year rental contract to utilize our facility for classroom space. As the college has since expanded its own classroom space on campus, they decided not to renew their contract upon its expiration at the end of this academic year.
Throughout the rest of our building, the Wi-Fi equipment needed to be replaced and upgraded. It is hoped the new hardware will provide better access and eliminate some “dead spots” that existed with the old equipment.
The new password for PearcePublic will be available on signage posted throughout the building. I hope you find this upgrade to be helpful in keeping connected while at Pearce!
I’m a Basket Case
I was touched by the generosity of some of our church’s youth this past weekend as I waited for the Saturday worship service to begin. I noticed an Easter basket sitting on the platform at the front of Parmerter Chapel and, thinking it had been left from a P4K event, began to move it off the platform only to notice a card addressed to me!
It’s been awhile since I’ve had my own Easter basket, so thanks Andrew, Jaden, Josh, Emma, Nolan, and Ethan. Anybody want to enjoy some of my candy with me? Mary has always told me that “sharing is fun!”