Dr. McCown Bats Clean-Up
Our first sermon series for the summer comes to a close this weekend, with a look at the final chapter of Peter’s first letter to Christians who found themselves “Uprooted and Displaced” in remote areas of Asia Minor (present day Turkey).
Dr. Wayne McCown, the founding dean of Northeastern Seminary, has graciously agreed to preach the final sermon in this series. His message, “When Trials Come, What Then?” will be an encouragement to you. Hope you’ll join us at 5pm on Saturday or 10:30am on Sunday.
Ashes & Memories
My mom was diagnosed in 1986 at the age of fifty-four with breast cancer. After undergoing a mastectomy and chemotherapy, she enjoyed relatively good health until her cancer returned in the summer of 2006. She passed away in 2007 at the age of seventy-nine. Although we held a memorial service in the weeks following her death, her ashes were never interred.
Now, a decade later, my siblings and I have decided it is finally time for us to inter mom’s ashes in a burial plot next to my father’s final resting place: Laurel Hill Cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania. The five of us, along with our spouses, will gather this weekend for what my younger brother has called the “Ashes and Memories Tour”.
Mom’s ashes will be buried and we will hold a service of interment. We’ll also, of course, spend time telling the stories of the many ways she touched our lives and shaped us as individuals and as a family. We’ve also planned a tour of the special places we remember from our childhood.
I appreciate your prayers as we gather for this weekend of pilgrimage and remembrance. Times when all five of us have been together have been infrequent since mom’s passing. In many ways, she was the reason we gathered at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Since her death, geography and commitments and, if I’m honest, our own grief have made our times of reunion rare. (We are coming together from New York, Arizona, Kentucky, and North Carolina.)
I’ll be praying for you as you worship this weekend. Thanks for remembering my family in prayer.
Orchard Street Update
Earlier this week, work resumed on the Orchard Street properties on which two houses were torn down last fall. This week, the properties were cleaned up, the land contoured and seeded with grass. Thanks for your patience as we’ve waited for the fill to settle over the winter and spring months. Special thanks to Bob Antes, our facility director, and the Property Committee for overseeing this improvement!
Halfway on Project #2
Our second project for this year’s SWAG (Stewardship with a Goal) is the purchase and installation of new light fixtures in the Family Life Center at Pearce. It is difficult to find parts with which to repair the original fixtures, now sixteen years old. Also, the new fixtures will be more energy efficient, saving money in the long run.
As of this past weekend, we have received $5,605.00 toward this $11,000 project. Thanks for your support of this needed enhancement of our gym’s lighting.
Next February’s VISA Team
Monday afternoon, I stopped by the Conference Room at Pearce to visit with the members of next February’s VISA (Volunteers in Service Abroad) team to Nzige, Rwanda. The five-member team, four of whom are Pearce 4 Kids teachers, will be continuing the teacher training initiative begun two years ago at the request of the Nzige staff.
Members of the team (from left to right) are: Carol Stevenson, Becca Johnson, Leandra Cooke, Lydia Monroe, and Rebecca Watson.
Speaking of Nzige
What a joy it was for me to receive, last week from Ephaste, a photo of the primary classroom building – now with its roof installed! Thanks to your generosity, primarily through the Mission Garage Sale, this new classroom building is nearing completion.