Thank You for a Wonderful Weekend!
I would be amiss if I didn’t take a moment in this week’s Dangling to acknowledge the many individuals who helped make the recent Easter weekend at Pearce such a worshipful and memorable time.
Let me express appreciation to a few of the many who gave of their time and talents:
- Thanks to Pastor Tim Lambert and Julie Smith for their wonderful planning of each worship service.
- Thanks to Kim Brittin for her inspired decorating of the sanctuary for Good Friday and Easter, and Parmerter Chapel for Saturday’s service.
- Thanks to Jessica Best for her “scripting” of readings for our Good Friday and Easter morning services. Also, to the wonderful narrators who helped communicate the Story so effectively.
- Thanks to the many musicians who stirred our hearts with touching songs. (A special note of thanks to Jameson Kelly for his duet with Jessie Keim. He’s pictured above with his Uncle Jeremy. And to Brandon Hammel for his joyous percussion accompaniment of our service on Sunday! He’s pictured here as well!)
- Thanks to Jim & Susan Heeks and their crew for a wonderful Easter breakfast!
- Thanks to Wes Tagliaferre’s for putting together the video that so beautifully depicted Jesus’ ministry on earth and served as a backdrop for one of the songs on Sunday.
In this weekend’s services, we’ll continue our journey through Scripture with a message from Ecclesiastes, chapter 3. I hope you’ll join us as we consider the ways in which our stories, told in particular times and places, are touched by God to become beautiful stories for all time.
Annual Mission Garage Sale
Since 2004, the first year Pearce held this annual event, you have helped us raise a total of $179,413.21 to support a variety of local and global mission projects. We are hoping this year’s sale will enable us to support the completion of a new classroom building for the school in Nzige, Rwanda, as well as continue to provide scholarships for two wonderful students from Rochester’s inner city who are attending The Charles Finney School.
Walk through your home this weekend and select objects that you would love to see help fund these significant and life-changing ministries. You can bring them into Pearce beginning this Sunday, between the hours of 9-10:30am and 11:45-12pm. Or, you can deliver your items Monday through Wednesday from 9am-7pm. (Remember, we cannot accept donations of chemicals, children’s toys and car seats, intercontinental ballistic missiles, or old TVs/monitors – flat screens will be accepted.)
The sale will be held from 9am-7pm on Friday, April 28, and from 9am-12pm the following day.
Have you noticed the generous financial support we’ve received so far this year at Pearce?
Last fall, we braced ourselves for financial challenges this year and appealed to you to remain a faithful tithing and giving community of faith.
Although we remain about $14,000 below budgeted giving, you have been faithful in your support and giving is even slightly ahead of this same period last year. Some of our existing short-fall can be attributed to the “storms of March” and their impact on attendance the weekend following the wind storm of March 8.
Jiggly Jell-O Jubilee
One of my favorite childhood snacks, after playing outside in the dirt and warm sun, was the cold jiggly treat we all came to love: Jell-O. Do you remember mixing that sweet powder and warm water with mom, and then waiting for it to set in the refrigerator? It seemed to take forever, but it was well worth the wait.
At Pearce, we have a Food Cupboard that ministers to over 130 households a year—households that include a lot of children. Those kids love the Jell-O and pudding treats we are able to send home with them. So much so, we often run out of this fun item.
The weekend of April 29 and 30, we want to help replenish the Food Cupboard with this item (especially with summer right around the corner) by sharing in a fun event called Jiggly Jell-O Jubilee. Whether you are a child or simply kid at heart, we’re asking you to bring to the Saturday and Sunday services on that weekend a donation of either one box of gelatin or pudding mix. There will be a decorated shopping cart to place your donation in. Kids can hang on to their donations, and bring them up front during their time with me at Children’s Moments.
Following the service, there just might be an exciting surprise waiting for us all in the atrium. Don’t tell your kids, but it’s going to be an awesome structure built by our Pearce youth from the donated boxes! There will also be a Jell-O snack for them as well! Hope you will consider participating in our Jiggly Jell-O Jubilee on April 29 and 30!
Don’t Miss this Seminar
Several months ago, Dr. Richard Middleton, professor at Northeastern Seminary, suggested that Pearce may want to host a seminar on the authority of Scripture. Once I heard the details of what he was proposing, I enthusiastically said “Yes!”
Jim Walton, a pastor in Buffalo with whom Dr. Middleton has collaborated in the past, is the founder and president of The 3rd Choice. This organization will be presenting a “Proof of the Truth” seminar at Pearce next Friday, April 28, in Parmerter Chapel at 7pm. The 3rd Choice is committed to engage people in conversation about apologetics and discipleship.
What is of particular interest to me is that Dr. Craig Blomberg is featured as one of the two-hour seminar’s speakers. Dr. Blomberg is a well-known biblical scholar, and his books and articles are highly regarded around the world. He presently teaches at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado.
There is a fee for this seminar. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased the evening of the event. (You are encouraged to pay by cash or check, although credit cards will be accepted.)
For details, check out Pearce’s website or go to proofofthetruth.info.