Movements that truly become revolutionary often have inauspicious beginnings. Consider the Jesus movement. Jesus challenged His followers to be a blessing, but in the most peculiar ways – the poor, those who mourn, the humble, those who hunger and thirst for justice, the merciful, the pure hearted, the peacemakers, those who are mocked and persecuted. Not many sign up for such blessings today. Yet these are the very blessings identified by Jesus designed for His disciples; blessings that changed them and transformed our world in revolutionary ways.
You’re invited this weekend (February 24, 25) as we continue our Christian series and unpack words of love and hope about how we as disciples of Jesus can transform our world.
We hope you will join us:
- Saturday: 5pm Contemplative Service
- Sunday: 9am Traditional Service; 11am Contemporary Service
Journey Groups are a great place to make some new friends, grow, and be needed (KNOW, GROW, GO). If you haven’t signed up for a Sunday Journey Group but would like to check them out, we would love for you to stop by and visit any of our Journey Groups in our upper and lower education wings between 10am and 10:50am. There is a place for you!
Parents, are you looking for a fun program for your kids this summer? You should check out Pearce 4 Kids Summer Day Camp. Camp is an 8-week summer program for kids entering Kindergarten this fall through children 12 years of age. Each week (July 2-August 24) includes a field trip and fun activities designed around that week’s theme, like Super Heroes & Princesses, Space Camp, and Crazy Carnival. Children going into Kindergarten and 1st Grade will enjoy activities in a separate hallway from older campers. Brochures with more information, including pricing and how to register, will be available at the Information Kiosk and at pearce4kids.org beginning February 19.
We are pleased to announce that Tyler Logan, Mark Bates, and Linda Mantegna have been elected to serve three-year terms on Pearce’s Official Board. Also, Sherri Taber, Mike Wilson, and Darlene Kelly were elected to serve on our church’s Nominating Committee. Thanks to those who took the time to participate in this year’s election. And a special thanks to all those who permitted their names to be placed on the ballot.
I once read that the Free Methodist Church in our country had as many churches in 1890 as we have today. Our church family exploded across the country in our first thirty years of existence but in the General Conference gatherings of 1890 and 1984, a decision was made that we were growing too fast and that we should regulate the aggressive evangelism of the church. David McKenna looks back on this moment and writes “Without undue exaggeration, the rest of the history of the Free Methodist Church can be written in the multiplication of strategies and systems to jumpstart aggressive evangelism and get the church going again.”
Just 12 years ago, our own Pearce Memorial Church was bursting at the seams with an average weekend attendance of almost 1,300—including well over 200 children and teens. Our 2017 weekly attendance average was 570. And now we ask ourselves, how we might “jumpstart…and get the church going again.”
I have an article on my desk from the Harvard Business Review, “How the world’s oldest company reinvented itself.” It’s the story of a corporation (Stora Enso), formed in 1288, and its transformational journey in today’s global market. But I’m not drawn to corporate turnaround strategies.
I’m not even drawn to trying to repeat what God is blessing around the corner or around the world. My heart is drawn to ask our God of unfailing love to show us what He is doing on the westside of Rochester and beyond, and then show us ways He can and will use us—His Church here at Pearce—for His glory.
Let’s dare to seek God first. Let’s dare to promise God our full and complete obedience, even before He answers our prayers. Let’s dare to love God and neighbor with such a reckless abandon that His love might be unleashed in hearts and homes all across the westside of Rochester and beyond. Let’s dare to be a church that looks, lives, and loves like Jesus!
Do you like food, friends, and fun? Then come to Pearce’s Common Grounds Café this Sunday, February 25, at 6:30pm. We will be discussing what it means to be a Christian in today’s world. Come for the food, and stay for the conversations and fun. Invite your friends, and join our family. Contact Pastor Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. (Overflow meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.)
If you missed our Annual Celebration on Wednesday, copies of the Annual Report are available to pick up at the Information Kiosk in the atrium, or you can download it here: 2018 Annual Report
Do you like food, friends, and fun? Then come to Pearce’s Common Grounds Café on Wednesday, February 21, at 6:30pm. We will be discussing what it means to be a Christian in today’s world. Come for the food, and stay for the conversations and fun. Invite your friends, and join our family. Contact Pastor Chris at email@example.com to learn more. (The 20s Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.)
Mission Garage Sale—April 27 & 28: Mark your calendar with this date and begin to set aside items in good condition that you can donate. All proceeds from this sale go to support local and global mission initiatives. And while you have your calendar out, check to see if you can free up some time that week and/or weekend to help with the sale.
Great Marriages Don’t Just Happen. Get intentional about taking your marriage to the next level at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember, held at the Hyatt Regency Rochester March 2-4. Your getaway includes: Biblically-based insights from top speakers and marriage experts; relaxing time alone together, free from distractions; and helpful tools and resources for an immediate impact on your marriage. Visit weekendtoremember.com to learn more and to register.