This Weekend at Pearce
“Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, disappointment, and death will be part of your journey,” Brennan Manning acknowledged in The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out. However, he went on to write, “…but the Kingdom of God will conquer all those horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.”
Manning’s words serve as commentary on this coming week’s passage from First Peter. I invite you, in preparation for this weekend, to read 1 Peter 3:8-22 and reflect on your own experiences of hardship and how you have viewed those moments as a follower of Christ.
A special event will take place in Saturday’s service, as Jorge and Meg Tamayo bring their son, Lucas, to present to the Lord in Christian baptism. Then, on Sunday morning, I’ll welcome Jesse and Jessica Newcomb into membership at Pearce.
I hope you can join us for worship on this holiday weekend, as we observe our nation’s independence.
Note: Communion will not be served this coming weekend. Our next service of Communion will be held on the first weekend of August.
More Summer Reads
Have you picked up a good summer book? I enjoy hearing what others are reading. Here are current reads from two members of our Pearce family:
Susanne Mohnkern, professor of nursing at RWC and a member of our Pearce board, is reading (aside from her stacks of student papers) Chuck Davis’s Bold Christian. Davis, a pastor and former professor at Alliance Theological Seminary, tackles the issue of spiritual authority. He spent ten years as a missionary in Mali, Africa.
Joyce Wagner, counselor at Restoration Counseling, has a rather tall stack of books on her nightstand. She’s reading Book of Joy, by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama; the devotional classic Hinds’ Feet on High Places, by Hannah Hurnard; Brene Brown’s The Gift of Imperfection; and Love Does, by Bob Goff. The list she sent me is even longer, but that gives you several ideas!
Enjoy those moments out on the back porch with a good book, a blue sky, and a cold class of ice tea or lemonade!
Bishop Roller on Transition
I recently asked our area bishop, Dave Roller, to share his thoughts regarding our year of transition here at Pearce. He graciously wrote:
I share Pastor Wally’s calm sense of optimism about the good future for the Pearce family. I am in regular communication with Superintendent Pam about prospective lead pastors, and know that one of them will be the ideal person to lead the church toward God’s best for you. I’d encourage the church to use these months of uncertainty as a reminder that our certainty is always placed in our Lord.
Thanks, Bishop Roller!
A while back, Mark Bates handed me an old receipt book that his great uncle Raymond Strickland kept on behalf of Pearce’s Young Peoples Missionary Society. The book contains receipts from 1931-32, receipts that document mission giving from that era. Looking through the book, I was prompted to thank the Lord for the many people in our church who have been so faithful in their financial stewardship over the years – people like Mrs. Leonora Langmead, who gave five dollars nearly 86 years ago! Thanks also to you, for your consistent financial support of Pearce’s ministries, both local and global.
Greens at Pearce on July 16
Mike and Andrea Green will be sharing about their ministry in South America on Sunday, July 16, at 9am in Common Grounds Café. The Greens are missionaries ministering in Durazno, a city of 30,000 residents in central Uruguay. Andrea grew up at Pearce, so this is a bit of a homecoming for her! You’ll enjoy catching up with this delightful couple and with Gabriel, their two-year-old son.
What a Great Week!
I’d be amiss if I didn’t include a Vacation Bible School photo in this week’s Dangling. Pearce’s facility has been filled with the exuberance and joy of children, as they have gathered each morning to hear that each of them was created by God for a purpose. A special shout out to Pastor Kathy, VBS Director Krys Merriam, and the entire team that worked hard to make this week so special for our kids!