Just a Few Things
This week’s Dangling will be short, as Mary and I just returned from our trip to participate in a pastors and spouses retreat for clergy from Indiana and West Virginia. I’m still sorting through my email and unpacking my bags.
I’d like to briefly share a few items with you today:
First, thanks for your prayers for Mary and me as we traveled and ministered in Indiana. We put 1,400 miles on our car, so we were on the move. It was wonderful to have time together with about 70 pastors and spouses in the beautiful little town of Nashville, Indiana. Yes, I know! In my last Dangling, I said the retreat was in Clay City. I was wrong! (Not the first time in my life and, surely, not the last!)
Second, Mary and I enjoyed briefly spending time with some family during our travels. On Sunday morning we worshiped with my niece Amanda and her finance, Gene, in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are getting married in May; and, as I’m officiating at their wedding, we had time to talk about their special day over dinner after church. On Wednesday afternoon, we stopped by Grove City College to have lunch with our niece and nephew, Ryan and Devon, both students at the college. Both visits reminded me of how precious loved ones are to us! (The photo above is of Mary with Ryan on the campus.)
Third, I’m looking forward to being at Pearce this weekend and observing the start of Holy Week with you. I hope you are anticipating worship with excitement and joy!
Fourth, I am grateful for your partnership in the Gospel. Whenever I am with other pastors, and listen to the stories of both their joys and challenges, I come back with a deep appreciation and gratitude for this community of faith. Thank you for allowing Mary and me to serve in this place!
See you this weekend!
Best Moment of the Day
I’ve referred occasionally to a long-standing custom in my marriage. At the end of each day, Mary and I will ask each other, “What was your best moment today?”
This past Sunday, I knew what my best moment was. It happened during “Children’s Moments” in worship that morning. I was talking with Emma Draper about her passion for dance. She did a great job sharing about her love for Jesus and how dance provides one of the ways she can express His love. (more…)
A Story Interrupted
Stories get interrupted. It’s one of the realities of life. Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson said, “I’m interested in discontinuities and interruptions, people having to rewrite the narrative of their lives because of sudden changes.”
Sudden changes! My own story was briefly interrupted last weekend by an unexpected illness. In turn, our walk through God’s Story in our sermon series “Shaped by God’s Story” was interrupted as well. (more…)
Thanks for the Memories
Well, the lights are on, the sidewalks are cleared, and Pearce Church is open today! What a memorable stretch these past eight days have been! First, the church was closed last week for three days due to the power outage from the wind storm; then, Pearce was shut down for two days due to a memorable winter storm. (This morning on the radio, they said that this week’s snowfall was the third heaviest on record in Rochester!) (more…)
Putting on the Armor
The church of my childhood had a program for kids called “Christian Youth Crusaders,” usually referred to as CYC. It was the Free Methodist denomination’s version of scouting – with uniforms, badge-laden sashes, and its own pledge. The highlight of each year was the spring awards ceremony. One of the CYCers donned a plastic suit of armor and marched down the center aisle of the sanctuary, leading the procession of eager kids. (more…)
Loving Our Neighbor
A recent Pearce Reads is Edward Gilbreath’s Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity. While the author acknowledges that there has been “significant progress” in race relations in America, he also feels that “to break out of the white cultural status quo of today’s evangelical movement, we must confront hard truths about ourselves.” (more…)
Nzige, Here We Come!
Pearce’s fourth VISA (Volunteers In Service Abroad) team to Nzige is leaving today for Rwanda. This past Sunday, our congregation took time to pray for Carol, Laura, Cheryl, and Jackie as they prepare to embark on this time of ministry to our “Linked with Love” partner. (more…)
The results are in from Pearce’s election central! With a total of 205 ballots cast, the following were elected to three-year-terms on our church’s Official Board: Mike Faro, Susanne Mohnkern, and Donna Barefoot. These three will be assuming their duties at the March 9 sitting of the Board.
Mike Vannest was re-elected to another term on the Board as Pearce’s treasurer. (more…)
Immersed with Love
This past Sunday, Heart & Soul Community Church made use of their new baptistery. The purchase of this baptistery was made possible through the generosity of the Pearce family as a sign of our love and support for this sister congregation. Last October, more than $3,100 was donated through an exit offering. (more…)
A Story Worth Hearing!
Have you noticed Ethan Woeller helping out in Pearce’s sound ministry on Sunday mornings? I asked Pastor Tim to tell all of us about this wonderful young man and his commitment to service at Pearce. Here’s what Pastor Tim gave me: (more…)