We continue to give thanks to Pastor Tim Lambert for leaving us with such a strong worship team. Since Tim’s departure, this team has stepped up during the interim and demonstrated their strength.
With that in mind, we are removing the interim title from our worship team. Pastor Roger will assume the pastoral oversight of the worship team, which will consist of Julie Smith as Worship Director for the Saturday and Sunday Traditional Service, Jessie and Rob Keim as Worship Director for the Sunday Contemporary Service as well as Special Events, and Ben Hays as Director of our Sound and Tech Team!
Please feel free to express your thanks to this dedicated and gifted team. And thank you for your continued prayers as they help to make worship such a strength of our beloved church.
The Pearce Bible Quiz Team will be participating in a Quote-a-thon on May 29, as one of their final fundraisers of the season. As with their previous fundraisers, the money raised will be used for tournament expenses, supply needs, and expenses for National Quiz Finals, which will be held at Greenville, IL from July 2-6. Quizzers will be gathering sponsors at a table in the church lobby on the following Saturdays/Sundays: May 19/20, and May 26/27. You may sponsor a quizzer per quote recited or for a fixed amount. Please support the team as they commit the Word to their minds and hearts. Thank you for your generous support throughout this year!
The Genesis Annual Conference will be held at Pearce on May 24 & 25. The Genesis Conference is comprised of Free Methodist congregations in western and central New York State. Members of the Pearce family are invited to attend the Ordination Service on Thursday, May 24, at 7pm. Bishop David Roller will present the ordination address.
Everyone is invited to attend any of the sessions held throughout the day on May 24 & 25. Sessions begin at 2pm on Thursday and continue through 5pm; they begin again on Friday at 8:45am and conclude at 3:30pm.
Supt. Pam Braman is asking all churches in our conference to pray and fast for this gathering. You can find a prayer guide at genesisfmc.com, under News, then Superintendent’s Log—the May 2018 page.
You can find a the prayer guide here and the complete schedule on the Genesis Conference website.
Did you know that Rochester is the 5th poorest city in the United States, among the top 75 metropolitan areas? More than 700 individuals are homeless each night in Rochester and its suburbs, including 100 families with children. Most shelters in Rochester do not accept children, or take only women or men, so that families are often unable to stay together. So what happens to these families?
RAIHN (Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network) is a wonderful organization that steps into this gap in Rochester. RAIHN is a not-for-profit organization that 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: 13 congregations host homeless families one week every quarter, and the remaining congregations support these hosting churches. Pearce volunteers help to 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 have the opportunity to offer support with meal preparation, evening hospitality to families, and overnight support.
The primary skills required for this work are a willingness to listen, love, suspend judgement, and extend grace! Training, however, is provided. Upcoming training sessions include the following:
- Thursday, May 24, 6:30 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS (1400 Westfall Rd.)
- Tuesday, June 12, 6:30 pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church (4115 Dewey Ave.)
- Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 pm at Mary Magdalene Church (1008 Main St., E. Rochester)
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to register for any of these training sessions. And, check out the RAIHN website, raihn.org, to watch a moving video about the impact of the program. The video was recorded at the Two Saints site during the last hosting rotation.
If you think you might be interested in volunteering with this program in the future, please contact Bev Faro at email@example.com.
Dear Friends of Roberts and Northeastern,
It is exciting to see spring beginning to emerge all around us after such a seemingly long winter! The new growth and bright colors remind me of the promises of the Lord to bring us new life as we abide in Him.
There are many strategic initiatives for both the College and Seminary each year, and 2017-18 has been no different. One area of focus this year has been the spiritual formation of our students. We have put intentional effort into our spiritual formation structure, our chapel program and giving clarity to who we are, and we will continue this focus going forward. I hope you have noticed or heard about some of these changes. As with any focus, especially one pertaining to our faith, challenges arise. When members of one’s community are continually impacted by health, family, financial and other issues, one can’t help but wonder if these are evidence of a larger spiritual battle. I believe that Satan does not want to see Roberts and Northeastern thrive and be a light on a hill that shines the light of Christ. But that is why we are here!
Today I am writing to you to ask a favor: As the weather warms, would you be willing to walk around on our campus and pray specifically for our students, faculty and staff? Perhaps you would consider selecting one building on campus and pray for God to protect, revive and nourish new life within those walls? If you are not able to walk around the campus, maybe you could visualize the same activity as you pray at home or while driving. I wonder if you would commit to doing this as we conclude this academic year, during the summer months, and into the start of the 2018-19 year?
I believe we need extra prayer support right now, to strengthen all of us as we stand against the many forms of evil, and as we work in faith, by faith and for faith renewal on this campus. I believe your willingness to commit to prayer-walking on campus (or a similar effort as you are able) once a week during this season would help us be fruitful in the spiritual work we are undertaking. Knowing we have you as part of “a great cloud of witnesses” praying and lifting us up will bring such encouragement to our community and reinforce the work we are doing.
If you are willing to partner with us in this important way, please let us know. We will provide you with a parking pass to use whenever you are on campus, and let our security staff know to expect you. The parking passes can be picked up from our office in the Rinker Community Service Center during regular business hours. Feel free to call or email Mrs. Darryl Smith with your response (585.594.6199 or firstname.lastname@example.org). I look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for your help!
Deana L. Porterfield
In 2001, Pearce took out a loan for $3,600,000 to help fund the construction of the newest addition to the building. This addition includes what we now know as the atrium, education wing, café, Family Life Center, and main kitchen. The loan, which was provided by the Free Methodist Foundation, had an initial interest rate of 8.25%.
Since our first payment in 2001, several changes have transpired including several interest rate decreases, over $300k in extra principal payments, and paying over and above our required weekly payment each week in efforts to reduce our outstanding debt. Although the current due date is September 2034, we are on track to pay off our debt in 2028.
The loan rate has been 5.45% since June of 2013. Our current outstanding balance as of May 2, 2018 is approximately $2,012,240. Our required minimum weekly payment is approximately $4,162 per week, but we pay $4,866.25 each week, with the difference going toward additional principal payoff.
On June 17, 2018, the interest rate will be dropping to 4.95%! Over the next five years, this will mean that over $46,000 more in payments will go toward principal rather than interest.
After five years, in June 2023, the rate may change again. However, if the rate were to remain at 4.95%, this change from 5.45% to 4.95% will save us $82,500 in interest, and the payoff date will be 17 weeks sooner—in May 2028 rather than September 2028.
We are thankful for the continual generosity of Pearce to enable paying off the debt for such a wonderful addition to our building. Some of us can’t imagine Pearce without those areas! We are also thankful for such a great relationship with the Free Methodist Foundation and their offer to reduce our interest rate for the next five years. Let’s continue to work toward being debt-free as a church once again!
It seems hard to believe, but summer is coming soon! We would like to thank our Roberts Wesleyan College nursery workers for all that they did for our little ones. RWC workers are headed home for the summer, so now it’s time to find some summer help! If you enjoy working with children, please consider ministering to Pearce’s youngest members by volunteering in the Nursery. Stop by the table in the lobby this weekend to sign up for a weekend or two this summer. Contact Abby Monroe, Children’s Ministry Director, at email@example.com with questions.
Do you like food, karaoke, and coffee? Then come to Pearce’s Common Grounds Café on Tuesday, May 1, from 8-10pm. Take a break from finals and stress by joining us for our de-stress event. All are welcome! Our regularly scheduled conversations have drawn to a close for the summer, but fear not! We have plenty of fun events scheduled for this summer.
Stay connected with us on social media to hear about these special events: (search: Overflow- College Ministry on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
Want to join our mailing list or have any questions? Contact Pastor Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you like food, friends, and fun? Then come to Pearce’s Common Grounds Café on Wednesday, June 6, at 6:30pm. In addition to our regularly scheduled gatherings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, we also have a special event each month.
For more information on discussion topics, food, and special events, stay connected with us on social media: Facebook (20-somethings at Pearce), Instagram (Pearce20somethings), and Twitter (Pearce20s). Contact Pastor Chris at email@example.com to learn more.
VBS 2018—Amped: Live Fully Alive, June 25-28
Download a registration form: Child Registration
- Kids: Kids who are currently in Preschool-5th grade are invited to join us for a summer of extreme fun discovering how God wants us to be overloaded with confidence in Him! Find registration forms at the atrium Information Kiosk or download one above.
- Everyone Else: Anyone—kids currently in 6th grade, teens, college students, and adults—are also invited to join the fun and ministry of VBS! We are looking to fill many volunteer opportunities, including Small Group Leaders. Small Group Leaders get to be the primary disciple maker for a group of up to 10 kids. You’ll stay with the same group all week, encouraging spiritual growth, relationships, and discussion. Find volunteer registration and screening forms at the atrium Information Kiosk, along with a list of volunteer job descriptions. If you have an interest in joining our team, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Krys Merriam at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or interest.
- Decorating Needs: This year’s decorating style will be extreme sports and garage industrial. We’re hoping to borrow some items to use for that purpose. Here’s what we’re looking for:
- Chain link fence (3-8 ft. sections)
- Corrugated metal panels (3-8 ft. sections)
- Hub caps
- License plates
- Roller blades
- Skate boards
- Knee/elbow pads
- Bike tires/rims
- Wood or metal crates/boxes
- Cement blocks or bricks
If you have items to donate, please contact Annette Miriam at 820-1796 or email@example.com. Be sure to label all items so they are returned to the correct owner. Items can be brought to the church any time between June 9-20, when the building is open. Items will be available to pick up on June 28, in the afternoon.
- Supply Donations: This weekend, we will begin accepting supply donations for the week of VBS. Stop by the VBS kiosk to see what is needed and sign up for what you can bring. We also have a list of needs on Amazon. Flyers with information on how to order those items is also at the kiosk.