Many of you know that Gina and I have been in a period of transition for about one year now. During that time, we keep hearing a message to simplify our lives and ministry. We believe that, from a ministry standpoint, the Lord is calling us to focus on “outsiders,” those who are living on the margins of our society. We don’t know yet what that ministry will look like, but we feel it’s necessary to withdraw our service at Pearce as of September 1 to explore that call. At the same time, having been out of work for almost one year, I’ve accepted a part-time job back in the secular world in Norwalk, CT. I will work Tuesday-Thursday through this October, after which we will evaluate next steps. God lights our path one step at a time!
We have been truly blessed by the love and friendship we’ve experienced from our church family in our nearly ten years at Pearce, and we thank God for the opportunity to serve and enjoy fellowship with all of you. We will carry you in our hearts with us wherever it is the Lord takes us.
John served as the Administrator at Pearce for nearly three years and helped to set up some excellent processes and connections which have greatly aided us and continue to do so today! Now, as a volunteer pastor, John has been invaluable not only during the Saturday evening service, but has made himself present and available at other events, chaired the Great Commission Leadership Team, tended to those in our congregation and community, been a powerful prayer warrior for us, and so much more. We have been greatly blessed to have him and Gina in our church family!
As you may remember, we are undergoing several projects this summer and we wanted to let you know how they are going.
- The Boiler Project is replacing our two over-52-year-old large steam boilers in the lower level of our building. Both old boilers have be removed now so installation of the new ones can begin. We’re thankful we are able to fund this now as a planned project instead of a crisis situation when it’s cold outside.
- Project Supernova, as we have affectionately named it, includes painting and decorating the upper education wing so we are ready to welcome kids to our new Journey Kids wing this fall. We’re also updating paint, flooring, and technology in the Friendship Center and several other rooms to better accommodate our adult ministries. We’ve contracted out the Friendship Center painting and new carpeting will be installed soon. (While updating in the Friendship Center is happening this summer, the room will be closed to any events/ministry groups.) Painting in the Journey Kids rooms and hallway is comlpete…it’s looking more and more like a kids’ wing!
- Our new Food Cupboard is almost finished and ready for use. Due to several large cords running through the room that are necessary for the Boiler Project, we will continue our current model of having our volunteers pack food for our clients in the new location but will move to the client-choice model (allowing people to “shop” for what they need) once those cords (tripping hazards) are removed.
- We’re also in the process of designing a new website and logo that will be launched this fall.
Many exciting things are happening here over the summer months, and we appreciate your prayers that all the details would come together and that those working on the projects would have the energy to see them through with excitement.
“God’s Heart of Humility and Generosity”
from Luke 14:-24
Sunday, July 22, 2018
with Pastor Louis Colon
“God’s Heart of Love is for All of Our Neighbors”
from Luke 10:25-37
Sunday, July 15, 2018
with Pastor Chris O’Brien
Hey, teens in 7th-12th grade, it’s time for our summer TNTs! Check out the calendar below and parents, get your teens to these great events. We will meet at the various locations mentioned except for the Sea Breeze Trip and Letchworth trip – we will carpool to those. See you then! Questions? Contact Pastor Kayleigh at email@example.com.
In place of an offering moment during the service, we are utilizing Offering Boxes in our 11am Sunday Worship Service, as we do in our Saturday service. Two boxes are located just outside of the Sanctuary and one is in the balcony for people to place their offering and Connection Card as they leave the service. In addition to being able to leave checks/cash in the Offering Box, you may also choose to give via your smart phone using SmartGiving. Simply text “GIVE” to 585-617-0773 and follow the detailed instructional prompts. The first time will require a few extra steps as you enter your name and email address to create a giving account. If you have any questions, you may contact our Executive Administrator, Honna Curtis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“God’s Heart for the Poor”
from Luke 4:14-30
Sunday, July 8, 2018
with Dr. Jeffrey Altman
“God’s Heart of Mercy”
from Luke 1:46-55
Sunday, July 1, 2018
with Pastor Chris O’Brien