Honored to Wear the Shirt
This morning as I arrived at Pearce, I was greeted in the atrium by our stellar quiz team. They presented me with a t-shirt they designed to celebrate their study this year in GEPCP. Do you know what GEPCP is? I didn’t! It is an acronym for the books they have been studying this year: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.
Isn’t this a wonderful group of young people? I hope you are proud of them and their diligence in learning the Word of God! (more…)
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! (more…)
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.
The Sweetness of that Hour
Last Wednesday, nearly sixty members of the Pearce family gathered for a service of prayer in Parmerter Chapel – the first of three such services being held this summer. The focus of our June gathering was to express to God our gratitude for His past faithfulness to our congregation.
A second prayer time, one we’ve chosen to call “Blankets of Prayer,” will be held on Wednesday, July 19. This second gathering will be held outdoors on Pearce’s Orchard Street property, and families will be encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs for the event. Prayer on that evening will center on current needs for our church as we move through this year of transition.
Jess Newcomb was among those I asked to prepare a prayer for our June service. I thought you might enjoy reading her prayer of gratitude. (The photo above is of Jess and her family.)
Abba. Father. Daddy. Teacher. We come before You tonight as Your children. Gathered together. At Your sovereign, loving feet. (more…)
A Harvest in Nzige
What a delight to recently receive an email from Niyigena Ephaste, the Rwanda director of International Child Care Ministries (ICCM)! He included a photo of the Nzige children enjoying their first meal with corn harvested from the school land. This is the first harvest grown on land purchased through our Linked with Love partnership.
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! (more…)
Did you know that each weekend, around 20 infants and young children are cared for in our nurseries? What a great ministry we are able to provide to families in our congregation and also to those who may be visiting with us. If you would like to be a part of our nursery caregivers team this summer, we’d love to hear from you. Do you have older children who love little ones? Consider volunteering with your whole family! Not only will you help fill a need, but serving together can be a wonderful way of teaching your own kids about supporting church ministries. To get involved, pick up a nursery volunteer sheet at the Welcome Kiosk in the atrium or contact Rita Dean at 352-7835 or email@example.com.
Shaped by God’s Story
How well do you know the scriptures? If someone asked you to summarize the Bible, what would you tell them? Could you clearly relate God’s Story? Perhaps even more importantly, do you understand your place in His Story? I am hoping our new sermon series will help you know, tell, and live God’s Story. (more…)
Pastoral Transitions at Pearce
Pastor Mike and I, with deep gratitude to God and the Pearce family, announce our resignations. Pastor Mike has accepted, effective March 20, 2017, the position of lead pastor at Hope Chapel – a Free Methodist congregation in Perry, New York. And, as of December 31 of this year, I will be retiring from full-time pastoral appointment. (more…)
Wally Meet Wally
I’ve received many undeserved honors over my nearly four decades as a pastor, but a recent one is surely one of the most memorable and enjoyable ones. This past Saturday, I met Wally, a sixteen-week-old Bernese mountain dog.
His owners, Joey and Rachel Lee, now live in Boston. I had the privilege of getting to know this couple while they attended school in Rochester: Rachel at RWC, Joey at RIT. They regularly attended a Sunday evening Bible study that I led and, this past August, I had the honor of officiating at their wedding.
Several weeks ago, Joey sent me a text with a photo of Wally, informing me of their decision to name their new puppy after me. I was at a loss for words! Not since 2008, when a tasty drink at Common Grounds was named the Carmel Wallyatto in my honor, have I been so deeply touched. (more…)