Are You Connected Now?
Kim Brittin, our church logistics director, has been hard at work in recent weeks overseeing the upgrade of Pearce’s wireless network. You may have noticed new glowing routers in various rooms of our facility. This means you’ll enjoy better connectivity to the internet while at Pearce. (Just in case my message gets a bit boring, and you need to play League of Legends or check social media!)
In the photo, Common Grounds barista Rachel Macaluso graciously highlights the new router that serves the café.
To connect at Pearce, select “PearcePublic” in your settings and enter “pearce1861”as the password. Why, that password? Our church was formally organized in 1861. When you type in that password, I want you to thank God for his faithfulness to this community for the past 156 years!
Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Seminar
I was quite excited to get a copy of Dr. Craig Blomberg’s recently published book, The Historical Reliability of the New Testament. (At 725 pages, it may take me a while to move through it!) I’m even more excited at the prospect of hearing Dr. Blomberg tomorrow night (April 28), in Parmerter Chapel, as one of the speakers at the Proof of the Truth seminar being held from 7 – 9pm. For more information on this seminar, go to proofofthetruth.info. (Note that there is a $15 fee for this seminar.)
Dr. Linda Adams will be joining us on May 6 & 7 for our Linked with Love weekend at Pearce. This weekend will mark the second anniversary of our commitment to partner with a preschool in Nzige, Rwanda. International Child Care Ministries (ICCM) presently sponsors 99 schools around the world.
Since this partnership began, more than 100 Rwandan children have been sponsored by Pearce families. These sponsorships ($30 per month) enable the school in Nzige to provide uniforms, tuition, and meals for the children who attend. In a country where per capita income is less than $700 per year, these sponsorships are literally life-changing!
Our goal is to have 20 new children sponsored during the weekend by members of our congregation. If you presently sponsor a child, I want to thank you for your ministry to them. If you don’t have a sponsored child, I encourage you to “adopt” one during our Linked with Love partnership weekend. Before and after worship services, Rev. Megan Hoose, an ICCM Ambassador, will be available to present you with a packet that will initiate your new relationship with one of the children of Nzige.
Don’t Forget the Jell-O
Holidays for this coming Sunday, April 30, include Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, Hairstyle Appreciation Day, and National Mr. Potato Head Day. (Where do people come up with all of these?) Here at Pearce, it will be “Jell-O Sunday” and we are inviting each of you to bring along boxes of gelatin or pudding mix to donate to our food cupboard. (This is an item we tend to run low on frequently!) Saturday worship attenders are invited to join in the fun as well!
Donna Barefoot, Le Roy resident (Home of Jell-O), texted me this morning to inform me that the director of the Jell-O museum in Le Roy has found Walmart to have the cheapest prices at 75 cents a box! (Other brands can be found for even cheaper!)
On Tuesday, Lois Favro and Lesley Eich showed up outside my office to present me with a basket for collecting the Jell-O boxes from Pearce’s children during this Sunday’s Children’s Moments. Thanks to them for their support of our food cupboard ministry!
Get This on Your Calendar!
Mark Friday, June 23, on your calendar as “Pearce Red Wings Night,” and plan on bringing your family to one of summer’s great past times: a good, old-fashioned baseball game! We do this occasionally for the sheer delight of sitting with church friends, enjoying “peanuts and Cracker Jack,” and good conversation on a relaxing summer evening. Tickets for the game are $9.50 per person and will be available later this spring.
Speaking of Conversation
I always enjoy opportunities to sit and visit with people in our congregation. To me, those are some of the richest moments of community. The last few Saturday evenings, at Pastor John Tassone’s invitation, some of us have gathered at the Gates Panera Bread after worship for food and story-telling. I thought you’d enjoy seeing last Saturday’s gang!