Friday Campfires continue at Chris & Janelle O’Brien’s house, 10 Straub Rd. Rochester, 14626—it’s the gray house on the corner of Long Pond and Straub. Come for a campfire, games, and snacks; the fun starts at 7pm.
If you are in your 20s and early 30s and you are not already in a small group, contact Pastor Chris to find out more about getting plugged into a group. The 20s@Pearce small groups will be launching this September!
Want to join our mailing list or have any questions? Contact Pastor Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you prefer texts over emails, text “20sgroup” to 68398.
This summer, you’re invited to join others in Room 80 (lower level education wing) on Sunday mornings at 10am to study the Old Testament books Jeremiah and Lamentations. The group is led by Rick Kinde.
More Journey Groups will begin on Sunday, September 16, at 10am. Look for a listing of what will be offered later this month.
Do you like free food? Are you interested in helping to serve those less fortunate than you are? Help us set up the new Food Cupboard at Pearce! We are meeting in the Pearce atrium on Saturday, August 18, at 9:30am. We’ll work hard to get the new room set up and then eat lunch…our treat! Questions? Contact Pastor Chris at email@example.com.
Fall is coming! We are looking forward to our new ministry year starting up in about one month. You may not be ready to think about summer ending (we aren’t either!), but just add these dates to your calendar for now and we’ll give you more information as they get closer…and enjoy these last few weeks of summer!
- September: If you are in your 20s and early 30s, and you are not already in a small group, contact Pastor Chris to find out more about getting plugged into a group. The 20s @Pearce groups will be launching in September!
- September 9, Combined 11am Worship Service: Ephaste, director of International Childcare Ministries Rwanda and our primary contact in Nzige, will be visiting with us in early September. He’ll be arriving Saturday evening, September 8. He won’t be able to make the Saturday service, but he will be with us all morning on Sunday, September 9. We are so excited about this, we’re combining our services that day to allow us to all be together. We’re still working out the details and will pass those on as they are finalized. For now, just remember that the combined service will start at 11am that Sunday (September 9), and you won’t want to miss it!
- September 9: We’re starting this school year with a new night for teen ministries! Journey Teens will gather on Sunday evenings from 6-8pm (instead of Wednesday nights). Teens in 5th-12th grade will meet at the church in different locations; keep reading this NEUs issue to find out more.
- September 12: Wednesday evening Savory Suppers begin. Jim Heeks will again be offering delicious dinners each Wednesday (4:30-6:30pm), September 12-October 24. Ticket and menu information will be available soon.
- September 12: Come to Friendship Center at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 12, for an opportunity to get to know Ephaste better. Pastor Wally will host the evening discussion with Ephaste and allow time for your questions, too.
- September 15 & 16: This will be our fall ministry kick-off weekend! Services will resume our normal schedule: 5pm Saturday, 9 & 11am Sunday. This weekend will also be our official new logo “reveal,” and we’ll have some fun giveaways available to share our new look. All services will end with a light reception to celebrate being back together after a relaxing summer.
- September 15: Journey Kids (birth-5th Grade) begins September 15 at 9, 10, and 11am. Adult Journey Groups begin, too, at 10am. Adults, look for a listing of what will be offered later this month. Keep reading this NEUs issue to learn more about Journey Kids.
Did you know that Rochester is the 5th poorest city in the United States, among the top 75 metropolitan areas? RAIHN, a not-for-profit organization, assists homeless families to achieve sustainable independence by supporting them with tailored services including shelter, food, and case management.
RAIHN works with 42 congregations in the Rochester community who host homeless families one week every quarter, or support the congregations that do host. Pearce volunteers support St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church (nicknamed “Two Saints”) downtown, on Fitzhugh Street, as they host families. Two Saints will be hosting the week of June 11, and we will offer support with meal preparation, evening hospitality to families, and overnight support. The primary skills required are a willingness to listen, love, suspend judgement, and extend grace! And training is provided.
Visist raihn.org learn more about the organization. If you think you might be interested in volunteering with this program in the future, please contact Bev Faro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor Kayleigh has a blog, “Grape Juice Faith!” Each week leading up to our fall kickoff, she’ll be sharing about her plan and vision for Family Ministries at Pearce. We feel it is important for our entire church family to understand what is happening in Family Ministries, how we can all get involved, and how we can pray for this ministry in the coming weeks. To allow as many people as possible to see her posts, we’ll be including a copy of each post in the NEUs, handing out printed copies at weekend services, and we encourage everyone to subscribe to Pastor Kayleigh’s blog. (While you’re there, find out what inspired the name “Grape Juice Faith!”)
We have an incredible year ahead! Though it is clearly summer, planning for this coming school year is already underway, and we want you to be the first to know what’s coming for your family. For the next few weeks, I’ll be sending out emails detailing different aspects of this year’s ministry, explaining the why and how behind everything we’ve planned. It is my prayer that as we work to communicate more clearly, we’ll be able to better partner with you as parents in journeying through each and every phase of your kids’ lives. I truly believe that, as parents, you are the most important people in the lives of your children. Therefore, as we work to develop a clear family ministries strategy here at Pearce, our driving value in decisions is to provide other loving adults to come alongside parents to help reinforce what you are saying and teaching.
As you read these emails in the coming weeks, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. Here’s to a great year of growing to look, live, and love like Jesus together!
This is a great question—thank you for asking! Before the service, we ask our pastors to be in one of our many lobbies or in the sanctuary welcoming you to worship. After the service, we take a different approach in that we ask our pastors to tarry at the front of the sanctuary to meet with any wanting a pastoral conversation or prayer. Please pray with us that each of our services will be marked by the presence of our God of unfailing love.
Pearce family, you’re all invited to Pastor Chris & Janelle O’Brien’s house for Friday Campfires! Bring your whole family for a campfire, games, and snacks on Friday nights this summer—the fun starts at 7pm. (Where? 10 Straub Rd. Rochester, 14626—it’s the gray house on the corner of Long Pond and Straub.)
All three of the current Free Methodist Church leaders, Bishops David Kendall, David Roller, and Matthew Thomas, have announced that they will not include their names for consideration for the next term. So, three new bishops will be elected at General Conference 2019. Please be in prayer for the candidate selection process, the selected candidates, and all delegates who will vote on this important leadership team of our denomination.
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!