Your Pearce Memorial Church family wishes you and your family and loved ones a blessed Thanksgiving holiday! We are a people of blessing. Thank you for your generosity in sharing this blessing with so many on the westside of Rochester and beyond in so many ways. May our Thanksgiving holiday weekend be filled to overflowing with gratitude for His many blessings to us.
God’s voice seems so clear to me now. His call is for us to look, live, and love like Jesus. How will we accomplish this? A commitment to be and make disciples that love God and neighbor. But we have to keep this simple, following the example of Jesus and the early church. So, we focus on three ministry invitations—Worship, Community (relationships), and Service. And we have four biblical core values that support all of this—Reach, Teach, Mend, and Send. (more…)
Under the leadership of Pastor Harold Scott, our Community Care Pastor, a Pastoral Care Team is available to help with hospital visitation, follow-ups at home, and visits to our seniors and shut-ins. Each pastor on this team serves several days each month. Our Pastoral Care Team is made up of the following ordained ministers: Jeff Altman, Brian Babcock, Laverne Bates, Dave Carden, Larry Greeno, Nelson Hill, Megan Hoose, and John Tassone. In addition, Sarah Grice and Maurice Hopkins will help to provide support over weekends. So, if you are ever hospitalized or going through a time of person struggle, you can anticipate one of these pastors to follow up with you. If you have questions, you may contact Pastor Harold Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 594-9488.
24! And 14! According to Gates Chief of Police James Vanbrederode there were an all-time high of 24 deaths due to drug overdoses in September and another 14 in October across Monroe County! And these aren’t just in downtown Rochester. This happens in our backyard as well. A reminder of evil at work in our world. (more…)
Recovery Now, in partnership with the Town of Gates and Gates Police Department, are offering addiction support services at Gates to Recovery, on Thursdays from 5-8pm at Gates Town Hall, 1605 Buffalo Road. This group will answer questions you have regarding the disease of addiction, offer solutions to those with a substance use disorder, and support affected families. If you need immediate help, call the 24-hour helpline at 585-310-4080.
“There is enough time in every day to do all of God’s will!”
I was attending a conference. This is the only thing I remember the speaker saying. I don’t even remember who the speaker was. But these words I have never forgotten. (more…)
Quickly—how is “Rohingya” pronounced? And where is it on the world map? And why should it be in the news today? (more…)
I just read a blog from a favorite author. A young staff member from their church was investing in a friendship with a gay barista at Starbucks. Sort of like our “Pray for One.” This barista had been treated rudely by so many “Christian church people.” This staff member relentlessly invested in their friendship—a friendship with a purpose. Finally, this gay barista friend accepted an invitation to join them at church one weekend. Guess what? She loved it! She wrote to her friend on staff at this church, “I’ve never really thought about reading the Bible, but his enthusiasm is making me think I should check it out.” (more…)
I enjoyed breakfast with a friend this morning. We were sharing how our Pearce commitment to “Pray for one” is stretching us. So much of our day is lived striving to get something done so we can move on to whatever is next in line to be done. Our conversation served to remind both of us that our God of unfailing love delights in “interrupting” our busyness with His Presence. (more…)