Uprooted and Displaced
This week, Mary and I said “farewell” to our nephew Devon. He recently graduated from Grove City College and, as I write this, is on his way with a car-load of worldly goods to begin his post-college life at a company in Washington, D.C. Talking with him on Monday, I sensed he felt a little uncomfortable and at loose ends heading to an unfamiliar place and an entirely new set of responsibilities, even though he was excited by this new stage of life!
Have you ever felt that way…a bit uprooted and displaced? Hang on to that feeling!
This weekend, I’ll begin a new series of messages based on the Apostle Peter’s first letter to Christians scattered throughout what is modern-day Turkey. This series, entitled Uprooted and Displaced, reflects on what it means to live as a Christian in places where we may feel a bit uncomfortable and out-of-sync with our surroundings. (Don’t worry, I’ll return to our series Shaped by God’s Story in September!)
Also, three individuals will profess their faith through Christian baptism this Sunday: Colin Magin, Joshua Kelly, and Autum McManus-Penberthy. I hope you’ll be there to witness this significant event in their spiritual journeys.
Laila Charmed Us All
Speaking of baptism, last Sunday I had the privilege of officiating at the baptism of eight-month-old Laila Phalen. She was quite animated and appeared to be fully engaged in the moment – as engaged as one can be at that young age! Pray for little Laila, asking God to help her mature into a woman of vibrant faith in Christ!
John and Elizabeth Gay would like to update the Pearce family on their ministry in the Congo. The Gays recently returned from the Congo, where they have been involved in medical mission work. They’ll be sharing their experiences next Wednesday, June 7, in the Friendship Center, beginning at 6:30pm.
Last week, Pearce hosted the Genesis Annual Conference, a yearly gathering of Free Methodist pastors and lay leaders from Western New York State. At the conference, two of Pearce’s members were received as Conference Ministerial Candidates (CMCs): Colleen Dick and Sarah Grice. In the photo, Bishop Roller welcomes the CMCs. Colleen and Sarah are, respectively, fourth and third from the right. Congratulations to these two women and may the Lord guide you as you serve His Kingdom.
We can all breathe a sigh of relief! I have seen the indisputable sign of summer’s approach. Last Saturday evening, Grant Ott showed up wearing shorts. Since the Saturday service first began, Grant has signaled the advent of warm weather by wearing his trademark shorts.
For several weeks now, I’ve been going over to Grant and his wife, Jean, to check whether or not he had donned his shorts. Needless to say, I was quite encouraged by last week’s development and had to record the moment with a photo! Enjoy summer!