Blankets of Prayer
I hope you’ll join us for the second in our series of special prayer services this summer at Pearce. Bring your blanket or camp chair for an outdoor time of song and prayer at 7pm on Wednesday, July 19. We’ll gather on our green space on the west side of Orchard Street.
When we gathered in Parmerter last month, our focus was on prayers of gratitude for God’s faithfulness to our church over its history. This prayer time will center on prayers for each other and what God is doing in our lives right now!
At the conclusion of the song and prayer time (8pm), we’ll get a campfire going and make s’mores. Bring your entire family, as this is an event geared for those of any age in our church.
Mike and Andrea Green, Pearce-sponsored missionaries to Uruguay, will be giving an update of their ministry on Sunday, July 16, at 9am in Common Grounds Café. I asked the Greens to send a note of greetings to our community of faith in anticipation of their visit. Here’s what Andrea wrote:
Hello, our dear family at Pearce!
It has been a joy for me, over the last few months in Uruguay, to reflect on my spiritual journey. In this time of reflection, the Lord brought to memory significant moments of my journey with Christ.
There was a pattern in my childhood and teenage years of strategic encounters with people at Pearce. Even before I began my relationship with Christ, God used this family to bring me into Life. I overflowed with thanksgiving for the saints who dedicated their time and energy to teach me the books of the Bible, those that explained complicated stories of God, those who would not let me slip through the cracks at a time I didn’t like Church, and for those that encouraged my baby years in Christ in the tumultuous teenage years.
In these last 5 years, you all have embraced my family and sent us out on a mission: to reach Latin Americans, particularly Uruguayans, for Christ. Sunday, July 16, Mike, Gabriel and I are pleased to celebrate with you what God is doing through your support and the movement that is ahead of us in Uruguay. Please look for us and pull on our arms to chat afterward!
There have been quite a few emails going back and forth between North Chili and Nzige, Rwanda over the past several days. We’ve been sending Ephaste, the Rwandan director of International Child Care Ministries (ICCM), videos from last week’s VBS. We’ve also been confirming details of two upcoming VISA teams to Nzige. Pastor Jeremy and I will visit Nzige in August (August 7 – 17), and a team of teachers from Pearce 4 Kids will be heading over in February 2018. The Linked with Love partnership is thriving!
The primary classroom building is being finished now that, thanks to you, construction has been fully funded. Last week, the children at VBS raised $1,610.93 to help fund the construction of new bathrooms for the students. The remainder of the cost of this $3,300 project is being covered with funds raised through this past April’s Mission Garage Sale.
Ephaste wanted us to know that our partnership is deeply appreciated by the families, so he sent this photo of the children holding a thank you banner near the construction site.
Thanks for your generosity towards this community in southeastern Rwanda.
Welcoming a Child
“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven,” wrote a Congregational pastor more than 150 years ago.
I felt as if I was touching a bit of heaven this past Saturday evening, as I prayed over Lucas Tamayo at his baptism. His parents, Jorge and Megan, presented their second child to the Lord at our 5pm service.
This Week’s Read
This week finds me engrossed in Senator Ben Sasse’s book The Vanishing American Adult. I had initially ignored the book, as I interpreted its title as a bashing of those in the millennial generation. I am glad that I picked it up, as it challenges me to consider the dynamic changes in our country and the impact of these changes upon our communities. (And I don’t think he is bashing millennials!)
Sasse repeatedly praises the American experiment and asserts that “Many Americans coming of age today don’t understand the country they’re inheriting.” The solutions that he advocates include helping kids understand mortality, mix with older generations, develop strong reading habits, put production before consumption, nurture a strong work ethic, and travel beyond their comfort zones.
At times, Sasse comes across a bit shrill; and I’m not always convinced he is balanced in his assessments. But much of what he writes resonates with me and, while reading, I have often set the book down to reflect on his comments.
I particularly appreciate his advocating for the mixing of generations and the richness that results from such interactions. It reminds me that it is critical for us at Pearce to encourage a generational richness in our worshiping community.