Piling Into the Family Van
May 25, 2014
Piling Into the Family Van
May 18, 2014
Recognized by the Chili Historic Preservation Board
Bob Antes, our Director of Facilities, and Honna Lusk, our Administrator, joined me for a special moment at the opening of this past Wednesday’s meeting of the Town of Chili Board. Bonnie Moore, on behalf of the Chili Preservation Board, presented me with a framed photo of Pearce’s bell tower and a certificate recognizing Pearce for the restoration of the bell tower.
I am grateful to the Preservation Society and the Chili Town Board for this honor. It is gratifying to have the support of people such as Council Member Tracy DiFlorio and Supervisor David Dunning. Both of these elected officials, in particular, have affirmed Pearce’s role in our community and been supportive of our ministry.
Roof Installation Delayed
The installation of the new roof on Pearce’s sanctuary has been rescheduled to begin next week. Originally scheduled to begin this week, the rainy weather forced the delay. It is anticipated that the project will take nearly four weeks to complete. The staging site for the contractor will be along the south side of the sanctuary. So don’t be surprised if you see equipment and supplies as you drive by on Buffalo Road.
A Two Week Hiatus
I deeply appreciate those of you who follow my Dangling each week. Mary and I are taking some time away and, as a result, there will be no Dangling the next two weeks. You can look forward to picking up the conversation on June 5.
Still Piling into the Family Van
I’ll continue our sermon series on the family this weekend with a message on “Healing Broken People.” The weekend of May 24 and 25, Pastor John Tassone will be preaching on the theme of helping your children enter healthy relationships with his message “The Mystery of Love.” Pastor Jeremy will preach his inaugural message at Pearce on May 31 and June 1: “The Big Transition,” looking at ways in which we release our children as they develop and mature.
On to Project #3
We are only $359 shy of finishing our second SWAG project for 2014. This second project is to seal and repair the driveway that surrounds our building. The east side of our driveway, in particular, is badly in need of repair.
This second project totals $17,000. Some have asked why such a high expense to seal around the church. The answer lies in the fact that there are actually two related projects Pearce is tackling this summer. We raised $10,000 in 2013, as one of our SWAG projects, to lay down a chip and tar surface on the Orchard Street parking lot, thus extending the life of the existing macadam. The actual cost of this project is significantly higher than the $10,000 we have on hand from last year, so the funds raised this year for the resurfacing project will also help cover the added expense of repairing the Orchard Street lot.
Together, bids for both sealing the driveways around Pearce and resurfacing the Orchard Street lot have totaled $29,445. With the $10,000 on hand from last year’s SWAG and the additional $17,000 raised this year, we will have nearly enough to cover both projects. Pearce’s operating budget will cover the small difference between what was raised through SWAG and the final expense of the repairs.
Thanks for helping get this needed maintenance accomplished. The resealing projects have not yet been scheduled, but will be done this summer.
I’m excited that we will soon be tackling the third project for this year’s SWAG. Project #3 is raising $10,000 to install a walkway along the Orchard Street parking on the east side of the road. These parking spots are heavily used by P4K families as they drop off and pick up their children during the week. To make walking into our facility safer, we’d like to get a sidewalk paralleling the parking spots to provide a route away from street traffic.
Piling Into the Family Van
May 11, 2014
I Love Children’s Moments!
This past Sunday was a beautiful and poignant time for the Pearce family as we bid farewell to Pastor Harold and Ginny. A highlight for me came in the middle of the day’s “Children’s Moments” as I spoke with the children about Pastor Harold’s retirement and what may lay in his future.
One of the children yelled out that Pastor Harold was leaving to become a professional hockey player! Of course, everyone had a good laugh at that comment. But the rumor circulating around Pearce is that he is in talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs!
A Week of Farewells
Last week was an emotional one for us. First, the Pearce staff gathered on Wednesday afternoon for a farewell luncheon to thank Brian Fox for his many years of service on our facility’s maintenance staff. Then, of course, the entire Pearce family gathered on Sunday morning to say good-bye to the Scotts.
I don’t know about you, but I can use a few weeks of recovery! I hope the dust settles and we can all get back into a routine.
Thanks to our God, however, for these fine people who served our church so graciously for so many years. We are a blessed congregation!
Did you catch the appearance of Pastor Harold Scott on last weekend’s worship bulletin cover? Maybe not! But if you had looked very closely with a magnifying glass, you would have seen him inside the bed of the red pickup truck in the background. Our graphic designer, Ryan Palma, put it in as a tribute to Pastor Harold on his final weekend with us.
Baptism This Sunday!
I am looking forward to this Sunday’s 10:30am worship service, during which six of Pearce’s young people will profess their faith in Christ through Christian baptism. Those being baptized are Kaila Fagan, Calvin Finger, Avery Garratt, Derek Healy, Jordan Loewke, and Timothy Ockrin. I invite you to support these individuals in prayer as they anticipate this special moment in their spiritual journey.
Summer Worship Schedule
This summer, we will once again move to a single Sunday worship format. You may recall we did this last summer and received quite a few positive comments regarding the summer schedule. Beginning on June 22, Pearce will hold a single Sunday service at 10am. This summer schedule will extend through our fall kick-off service on Sunday, September 7. (The Saturday service will continue to meet as usual at 5pm throughout the summer.)
Piling Into the Family Van
May 4, 2014
There are three events that I would like to highlight this month:
- Sunday, May 11, at the 10:30am service, six of our youth from the 5th and 6th grade class will be making a public confession of their faith in Jesus through baptism. Please be praying for these youth, their walk with Jesus, and for this important decision they have made. Also be praying as friends and family will be coming to witness and celebrate with them in their commitment.
- VBS 2014 Jungle Safari: “Where Kids Explore the Nature of God” is July 14-18 at Pearce! Everyone is invited to come join our jungle trek and swing into action.
- VBS directors Andrea Gillie and Krys Merriam are in need of several Station Leaders to help lead the kids in Jaguar Junction, Zip-line Bible Time, Slug-a-bug Swamp, and the Watering Hole. To volunteer, stop by the VBS kiosk in the atrium or contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org or Krys at email@example.com.
- Crew Leader, volunteer, and child registration forms are available at the VBS kiosk in the atrium or you may download the forms from our website: pearcechurch.org.
- First Grade Bibles: We would like to present all first graders with a Bible during the combined 10am service on Sunday, June 22. If you have a child who is finishing first grade this June and is not involved in Pearce Sunday school, please make a note on the connection card (found in the pew rack) including his/her full name (the way you would like it to appear in your child’s Bible) by Sunday, June 1, or email that information to Pastor Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would ask for your prayers for these three important events in the life of our children’s ministry at Pearce. Pray that our children would continue to grow in their faith journey with Jesus.
Coffee Shop Conversations
When I stopped into Common Grounds this past Tuesday morning, Sheryl Hunt, the manager of Pearce’s coffee shop said, “I love working here!” I asked her to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10: 10 being “I totally love my job!” and 1 representing “I’m not coming back to work ever again!” Sheryl thought for a moment and then replied, “I’d give it a 9.5!”
I asked her why she loves it and she began telling me stories of individuals, particularly students from Roberts, that she has had contact with over the past few months. “I’ve had so many opportunities to pray with students,” she informed me and proceeded to share some of the times when she has come along side of people to encourage them with the love of Jesus.
I love knowing that our coffee shop is a place where ministry happens. Thanks, Sheryl, for doing a great job sharing Jesus and loving people!
Speaking of Common Grounds!
After my conversation with Sheryl, I was called over to a table in Common Grounds where Paul Stewart, Professor of Communication at RWC, was sitting with a couple of students. Paul showed me letters he recently received from two children who are supported by patrons of our coffee shop. (You may have noticed the “bread loaf” bank by the check-out.)
The one letter was from Wilbert, a twelve-year-old from Haiti. In his letter, Wilbert wrote, “Today is pleasure for me to send my greetings to you all in Jesus’ name. How are you all and your families doing? I am doing fine, thanks to God. I am doing well in school. Someone died in my family. My family works very hard for me and they were able to pay for school for me with your help. I want to say a big thank you all for your help and support.”
The other letter was from eleven-year-old Franciely who lives in Brazil. She wrote, “Once again I wish to let you know how grateful I am for your help and for your prayers. My brothers and I are doing quite well in spite of the fact that my parents split up. We continue to visit our father. Please pray for him so that he may stop drinking. A big hug!”
Paul asked, in light of what each of these young people are experiencing in their lives, if we could ask the Pearce family to pray for them. It was particularly heartbreaking to hear Franciely’s news of her parents’ separation. Would you pray for these two individuals that are supported by our coffee shop?
Supporting Missions Around the World
I poked my head in Jess Alcorn’s office earlier this week and asked, “Hey, can you give me an idea of how the Annual Mission Garage Sale did?” Beaming, Jess informed me that preliminary figures from the sale show that approximately $18,300 was raised for mission, both local and global. (Arriving at a final number will take a few days, to account for all expenses incurred by the sale.)
This means we set a new record, as last year’s $18,101.17 had been the previous high. Significant Kingdom work will be funded as a result of the hard work from Pearce’s volunteer staff. I especially want to thank Bev Roy for her leadership in overseeing the huge task of putting together all the logistics for another successful sale. Thanks, also, to all of you who donated items for the sale!
New Members Welcomed
This past weekend, I had the privilege of welcoming eight individuals into membership at Pearce. In Saturday evening’s service, Harry and Judy Wood were received. In the 9am service on Sunday, I enjoyed welcoming Dillon and Allison Vache into membership. This young couple is about to welcome their first child into the world! In the 10:30am service, I was able to induct four women who have grown up at Pearce: Alexis Bauer, Krys Merriam, Abby Monroe, and Liz Sadler. We are a blessed church family to have such wonderful people as a part of our fellowship.
By the way, if you are interested in joining Pearce, you may want to participate in our Discovery Seminar on Saturday, June 21. This six-hour seminar, held at my home in beautiful Ogden, begins at 9am and concludes at 3pm. The seminar provides a wealth of information regarding Pearce and its ministries and serves as our orientation for those wishing to join our church. Contact Kim Brittin at the Pearce office, 594-9488, to reserve your spot in the Discovery Seminar. (Lunch will be provided.)
A Note of Appreciation from Pastor Harold
As you are well aware by now, the Pearce family will be expressing our appreciation this Sunday to Pastor Harold for his many years of excellent pastoral ministry here. I count it a great privilege to have worked beside this man who I regarded as one of the finest pastors I have known.
I asked Pastor Harold if he wanted to say anything, realizing his reserved Canadian nature does not yearn for the spotlight. He graciously submitted this for publication.
When I came on staff at Pearce Church in April 1992, I had no idea where this journey would take me. It was the first time I had been part of a multiple staff in my ministry. However, 22 years later, with 18 of them being at Pearce, I marvel at the great privilege it has been to serve the Lord in this wonderful congregation. I believe my spiritual gifts were a unique fit for my ministry role here at Pearce. As a result, I have experienced great joy, fulfillment, and blessing as I have shared in ministry with the pastoral staff, lay leaders, and the entire Pearce congregation.
I thank the Lord for granting me the opportunity to serve in ministry along side wonderful pastoral teams. I have served with four senior pastors during my tenure at Pearce: Gary Walsh, Art Brown, Peter Knappen, and Wally Fleming. In addition, I have enjoyed a special relationship with many terrific associate pastors during my 18 years of ministry at Pearce. I am deeply grateful for the wonderful friendships that I have enjoyed with those on the support staff in the office and on the custodial team. I will always cherish these special ministry relationships.
As I reflect on my journey with Pearce Church, I see a congregation that has been a place of healing and comfort for many, many people. I see a faith community that demonstrates the love and compassion of Jesus. I see a church who takes seriously their call to share the wonderful message of Jesus’ forgiveness. I see dedicated men and women investing in the nurture of children, teens, and adults, helping them to become faithful followers of Jesus. I have a great reservoir of experiences and relationships that affirm these wonderful qualities of Pearce Church.
So, thank you, to everyone at Pearce for your love and support of my ministry. And a special thank you to my wife, Ginny, for her encouragement, love, and support during my ministry at Pearce and over the 40 years of our ministry journey together. Most of all, I am grateful to the Lord of the Church for His call on my life; for His mercy, love, and strength; and for granting me the privilege to share in ministry with you at Pearce Church.
Thank you, Pastor Harold and Ginny!
Working on Sounding Smart!
If you were in worship this past Sunday at Pearce, you were aware that I was fighting a rather nasty cold. I was concerned that my cold would make it difficult for people to listen to me preach; I need not to have worried. While cleaning the sanctuary, Bill Roushey found an offering envelope in one of the pews. The note, evidently written by a younger member of our congregation, read: “Pastor Wally sounds different? With his could he sounds like he is smart.” Perhaps I should have a cold more often!
That the City Might See Jesus
Each year, Spring Break rolls around and students always begin to talk about the warm and exciting places they will be heading for vacation. Simultaneously, there is also a group of students here and throughout Rochester who begin to think about the projects they will be participating in, the conversations they may have with Rochester residents, and the impact they might have on the city of Rochester. Flower City Work Camp, once again, gathered over 700 students from nearly 60 area churches over Easter vacation and embraced the city of Rochester with the love of Christ. The sound of love was at times a hammer being used to repair a porch railing, sometimes it sounded more like a circular saw, or a conversation with a young child. Whatever it sounded like, the love of Christ was heard. This year, Pearce had 16 students participate, with an additional 10 adults in support roles. For these folks who chose to forgo a tropical vacation in order to bring the love of Christ to those who desperately need Him, this week was worth every chilly minute.
Junior Teens On Parade
It has been more than three years since the last Pearce Jr. Teen retreat. This year, thanks to Tony Bailey, a cabin near Bath NY was made available to us free of charge. It was an offer we couldn’t resist, even though I was a bit skeptical about traveling and living with young teens for 24 hours. As God would have it, it was one of the easiest retreats I have ever led, and it was a lot of fun. The accommodations were excellent, and the kids were very well behaved – even when we stopped at McDonalds! We focused our time in the gospels, and looked specifically at the ways Jesus loved those who most wouldn’t. Combine this with a frantic game of capture the flag in the dark, great food, and numerous other games, and the weekend was a success. This overnight will likely become a staple of the Junior Teen ministry.
It’s May… But Summer is Coming.
If you are new to the schedule that we keep with the teens, you need to be aware of some upcoming shifts. The month of May marks the beginning of about eight weeks of break for our Wednesday night ministries. We do this each year, in part, because our teens are so busy with sports, proms, and exams; but, just as important, is the Sabbath it provides our volunteer leaders. Our volunteer staff gives literally hundreds of hours of their time, and they do it well. We want to ensure longevity for them in ministry, so we take the months of May and June off. At the end of this break, we hit the ground running with our summer programming: TNT (Tuesday Night Thing). These evenings provide some fun activities, opportunities to invite friends to non-threatening events, and a chance for our leaders to build relationships with students. Included in our summer program is our annual trip to the wilderness of Algonquin. This trip for teens going into 9th grade and older, is one you don’t want to miss. Check out some other dates below for this summer.
May 4, 11, 18 – Sunday Small Groups Continue
May 30 – June 8 Mike & Jake Kuhlkin in Senegal Africa
June 1, 8, 15 – Sunday Small Groups Continue
June 21 – Annual Mission Golf Tournament at Salmon Creek, 1:15pm Tee Off
June 22 – Senior Recognition Sunday
June 24 – Picnic at Hamlin Beach (meet at Pearce at 5pm, return by 9pm)
July 1– No TNT 4th of July Week
July 8 – Seabreeze (Meet at Pearce at 5pm, cost is $15. Return by 11pm)
July 15 – VBS week Pool Party at Kuhlkin’s
July 22 – Picnic/Hiking at Black Creek Park (meet on back side, by Moose Lodge, to avoid soccer traffic, 6:30-8pm)
July 29 – VBS at Chili Commons (meet at Chili Commons/Meadow Brook, 5:30-8pm)
August 5 – No TNT – Algonquin Week August 3-9
August 12 – Pool Party Location TBD (Mike & Jackie on vacation)
August 19 – Sky Zone (meet at Pearce at 6pm, cost is $15. Return by 9pm)
August 26 – Clubhouse (Mini Golf, Go Carts, cost is $15, meet at Pearce at 6pm, return by 9pm)
Jesus Then, Jesus Now
April 27, 2014