What’s Around the Corner?
In my annual report to the Pearce family near the beginning of this year, I wrote this regarding our year of transition: “There’s no need to be anxious. Our Heavenly Father has the incredible ability to get this church to the exact place He desires it to be. He will provide new pastoral leadership that will guide this congregation around the corners that lie ahead.”
I continue to believe what I wrote five months ago! I hope you carry that sense of confidence in God’s purposes and plans being accomplished here in North Chili.
Recently, I asked Rev. Pam Braman, Superintendent of the Genesis Conference, to provide a brief update on the search process for a new lead pastor for Pearce. She wrote: “The Genesis Conference Ministerial Appointments Committee (MAC) is currently considering the top four candidates. One candidate is from outside of the denomination and an additional two candidates are outside the Genesis Conference. Next steps include narrowing down the list to the top one or two candidate(s) and then beginning the formal interview process.”
Jim Morton, the chair of Pearce’s Official Board, added: “As soon as that name (or names) comes to the Official Board, we will go through an interview process to validate the candidate from a local perspective. The Board is prayerfully anticipating this next step. We are excited to see who God brings forward as the next lead pastor for Pearce.”
I invite you to be praying for the MAC and our own Board as they move through these next few weeks!
Notes of Thankfulness
As I walk through these final months of my ministry at Pearce, I want to savor the rich blessings I’ve enjoyed over the past nearly ten years here. One of those joys is the children of our congregation. I have been privileged to preside at the baptism/dedication of so many children. I pulled out the photo above from Juliana Davison’s baptism on October 18, 2009. How blessed have I been?
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Speaking of notes of thankfulness as we move through this year of transition, this coming Wednesday evening (June 14) we’ll hold a special service of prayer. Pastor Tim has titled it “Sweet Hour of Prayer” and, beginning at 7pm in Parmerter Chapel, various members of our congregation will lead us in prayers of thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness to our congregation over the last few years.
I’ve asked the following individuals to represent the various generations of our congregation in this special service of prayer: Jameson Kelly, Abby Monroe, Jess Newcomb, and Nelson Hill. There will be opportunity for those in attendance to add their notes of thanksgiving as well!
This will be the first of three special services of prayer for our church. The next one, “Blankets of Prayer” will be held outdoors on the Orchard Street property on Wednesday, July 19, at 7pm.
They Came, They Saw, They Discovered
This past Saturday, I spent the day with five wonderful people from Pearce at our Discovery Seminar, a time devoted to orienting those attending on the history, doctrine, and mission of our congregation. In attendance were (from left to right): Marilyn Rivera, Bryan Wittman, myself, Jessica Newcomb, Wes Tagliaferre, and Lauren Fish.
February VISA Team to Nzige
Tonight, the GCLT (Great Commission Leadership Team) is asking Pearce’s Official Board to approve a VISA (Volunteers in Service Abroad) team that will head to Nzige, Rwanda next February. This will be the sixth team sent from Pearce since our “Linked with Love” partnership began in 2015.
This team will focus on strengthening the partnership with our church’s Pearce 4 Kids ministry by sending teachers from P4K to provide continued training for the Nzige school staff. Carol Stevenson, who is overseeing our teacher-training teams, will lead this group. This will be P4K director Lydia Monroe’s third trip to Nzige. Going for the first time are (from left to right): Becca Johnson, Becky Watson, Leandra Cooke. These teachers have been instrumental in highlighting the Nzige partnership in their classes.
I, along with Pastor Jeremy, will serve this summer as the fifth VISA team to Nzige. We’ll leave on August 7 to spend time in Rwanda and join in the 75th anniversary of the Free Methodist Church in Rwanda at the invitation of Bishop Samuel. We’ll also spend a few days in the village of Nzige.
SWAG Project #1 Complete
Last weekend, as the result of your generosity, we completed our first SWAG (Stewardship with a Goal) project for 2017! (Strike up the band and launch the fireworks!) We were able to send a $10,000 payment on the principal of our loan, saving us (at the current loan rate of 5.4%) $9,287 over the remaining life of the loan.
Pearce took out a $3,600,000 loan in 2001 to finance the construction and expansion of our facility. Presently, the outstanding balance on the loan is a little under $2,200,000. At our present rate, this loan will be paid off in November 2028.
Our next SWAG project for this year is to fund the installation of new lighting in our Family Life Center. This $11,000 project will enable us to replace the aging light fixtures and convert to more energy-efficient LED lighting. Thanks for helping us “brighten” our gym by giving to this second project. To date, $1,100 has been received for this second project.
Don’t Forget Sunday’s Chicken Barbecue!
While working on this Dangling, I took a brief break to refill my coffee cup in Pearce’s kitchen. There, I found Karen Teske hard at work making centerpieces for the tables for this Sunday’s picnic. It looks like a festive occasion and I hope you’ll join us after the worship service!