Here at Pearce, we are blessed to have a wonderful group of people who usher, direct traffic at our crosswalks and drop-off circle, and greet those arriving for services each week—and we are grateful for each them! However, we have many holes in our weekly schedules for both traffic safety and greeters. Would you consider serving in one of these areas, just one time every three months? You can even serve with a friend or family member! Training will be provided. If you would like to learn more about these opportunities, contact Joan Goulart at email@example.com or 594-9488.
“It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming!” (more…)
Seven factors will drive almost all future church growth—and at the top of the list is “Personal Invitation.” This was written by Carey Nieuwhof in his February 28, 2018 blog. (more…)
Bible story fans—remember Peter? The impetuous, impulsive, “bull in a china shop” follower of Jesus. The one who promised never to betray Jesus and then turned right around and did exactly that, not once, but three times. The same Peter who, after the resurrection, when filled with the Spirit of God, became the fearless leader of the early church. Yes, that Peter! (more…)
Covenant Acres, located in Pike, NY, offers several camp programs for youth and teens this summer. Learn more about Covenant Acres at covenantacres.org.
- July 15-20: Youth Camp, (grades 3-7)
- July 22-27: Teen Camp (grades 8-12)
- August 2-4: Adventure Camp, (grades 6-12)
- August 15-19: Family Camp
“Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” I found this on a small plaque carefully placed where very few would ever see it. I was a rookie youth pastor. (more…)
As you plan your summer activities, remember Lighthouse Christian Camp located in Barker, NY on the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario. The camp is equipped with motel units, camp sites, and cabins. It is a safe place for children and families to enjoy. Contact the camp for information at 716-795-3216, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit lighthousechristiancamp.org. Below are some planned events that will be happening.
- Memorial Day weekend: May 26-28
- June Friday Night Dinner: June 8
- Father’s Day: June 17
- Family Camp: June 30-July 7
- July Friday night dinner: July 20
- Keen Kamp (over 50 crowd): July 22-27
- Empty Nesters: July 27-29
- Mexican Fiesta: August 4
- Getaway Camp: August 4-10
- Aug Friday Night Dinner: August 17
- Labor Day Weekend: September 1-3
- September Friday Night Dinner: September 14
- Customer Appreciation Weekend: September 14-16
- Fall Festival: October 6-8
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.
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!