Wacky Pastor Wally
In last Sunday’s Children’s Moments, Dr. Linda Adams, Director of International Child Care Ministries, told the kids that the average American child owns 238 toys, but only plays with 12 of them daily. I also brought along one of my own toys, a miniature WALL-E from the movie of a few years back, to show the kids
The other day I checked my mailbox at Pearce and found a “Wacky Wally” with a note from our Board Chair, Jim Morton. On the note he said, “Another toy for your collection since 1,000 plus wasn’t enough!”
Now, in light of Linda’s message, I feel even guiltier! My toys overfloweth! Thanks, Jim!
You Herd and Responded Moovelously!
All right, I admit that’s a weak excuse for a Dangling article title! But I want to make the point that Pearce is a generous congregation.
Last weekend, we received an Exit Offering to purchase cows for the Nzige school–cows that will provide milk for the students and fertilizer for their garden. Our goal was to raise $700, enough funds to purchase two cows.
I am pleased to announce that we received a total of $2,437 for the purchase of cows for Nzige. That’s a lot of moooola! (Okay, sorry, I couldn’t help myself!)
The Power of Song
Cheryl Preston sent a note to Pastor Tim following last Sunday’s worship service. It’s a beautiful note, and I asked Cheryl if I could share it with you. I’m appreciative that she gave her permission.
Our youngest son, Paul, is 16 years old and is autistic. He is verbal but typically only uses his speech to communicate his wants and needs. The limited language can make knowing what is going on in his mind a bit of a challenge—although with lots of practice, we’re pretty good at it.
Anyways, we sit up in the balcony because it can be tricky for Paul to be completely quiet during a whole service and he will typically make it through with a combination of Veggie Tales books to read and reminders from us to try and use a “whisper” voice. Anyways, it is not easy to know what Paul typically gets from a Sunday morning service.
Last Sunday was just a typical Sunday with Paul until the very end of the service when we were singing “Blessed Assurance.” As the song was ending, Paul reached over and pulled the hymnal from his brother’s hands to study it very intently. (That took us all by surprise, but Paul does like to keep us on our toes!)
Upon arriving at home after worship, Paul headed up to his room to play on the computer while I made lunch. Soon a familiar tune could be heard coming from Paul’s room. He had come home and found a version of “Blessed Assurance” on YouTube. He listened to it the entire time while waiting for lunch to be ready.
Dr. Linda spoke last weekend about “songs of sustenance.” It was not too long after we adopted Paul that we recognized that he would be a “song of sustenance” to our family. He gives us way more than we give him. That truth became even clearer after his diagnosis. I think that Paul can be a “song of sustenance” to Pearce Church as well.
Paul is a reminder that God works in ways that are beyond our comprehension. He is able to reveal himself to those who do not see the world in the same way as everyone else. We’ve known for a long time that Paul has an understanding of God’s love and His presence that is beyond ours.
Discover More about Pearce!
I invite you to join me for a Discovery Seminar on Saturday, June 3, from 9am–2pm at Common Grounds Café. The Discovery Seminar is your opportunity to become more familiar with Pearce, our history, what we believe, and our mission and vision for the future.
This seminar is geared for those who are new to our congregation, as well as those long-time attenders who wish to become members. (This seminar is a prerequisite for those wishing to join Pearce as members.)
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Kim Brittin in the church office. Lunch is provided and there is no fee for this seminar.
Wheeling and Dealing
I want to share a story that comes from Jim Muelhbauer, one of the volunteers who worked at last month’s Mission Garage Sale. It reminds me of the many ways God works through a simple thing like a garage sale!
A college student showed up on the last day of the Mission Garage Sale about 90 minutes after it had ended. I was helping pack things up, when this young lady approached me and asked about a bike. She lacked transportation and had been praying about her need for a bike. She apologized for being late to the sale, but said that God had told her to come over.
As we walked over to where we had staged the bikes to load into the Salvation Army truck, I inquired as to the type of bike for which she had prayed. She said she hoped for one that had two baskets so she could transport groceries and books.
I recalled that we had a bike just like that. Many people had looked at it, only to walk away. The bike had been priced at $30, but on Saturday we had cut the price to only $15.
I showed her the bike. When I told the student the price, she stammered that she didn’t have much money. I told her she could have it for $10. She opened her wallet and I could see she had a ten-dollar bill and two ones. She gave me the ten.
I helped her walk the bike out as she praised God the entire way. She then thanked me for our church being so kind and generous.
If she would not have had the money, I would have covered her bill. But I felt God wanted her to purchase it.
I told this story to someone who said, “If God told her to get a bike, I’m glad we didn’t stand in the way!”
Thanks to Jim, and all the volunteers who worked at the sale, for showing Christ’s love!
Blessed by the Children
I’ve frequently commented that one of the great blessings in my life is the children of our community of faith. “I get more hugs on a Sunday morning,” I have said, “than I deserve!”
A case in point was last Sunday when Kristina Smout approached me with the request for a photo with me. I was honored and humbled that she would invite me into a “photo shoot” with her.
As proof of one of my many blessings, here’s my photo of Kristina and me! (Thanks, Kristina!)
I want to express my appreciation to all who financially support the Operational Budget of our church. You can see by the graph pictured above where we stand in relation to past years. We are making progress, but are presently $18,059.19 behind our Operational Budget for the year. I appreciate your help in making up this shortfall.
Thanks to those of you who regularly give! If you aren’t a regular giver, can I invite you to be a financial supporter of this vital ministry?