Christmas—a time of blessing. So much to be grateful for.
Years ago, I was in a Latin American country for ministry meetings. We had a few hours free in the afternoon. I joined a friend for a walk through a local park. Our peaceful stroll was suddenly interrupted by five young men, two with rather imposing machetes. We were robbed, roughed up a bit, with our clothes torn and ripped. Later that night, I was alone in my room in the Catholic retreat center where we were staying. I prayed that God would protect me from nightmares as my body still shook from the trauma. By the way, this is a prayer our God of unfailing love answered, as to this day, I have never had a nightmare about this event. As I was falling asleep, I remembered thinking that I wished my father was with me. Funny, at that time I was a grown man with my own family but I wanted the comforting presence of my father. (more…)
There is much to love about our church. I continue to be blessed as I learn more about the history of Pearce. Our connection to the founding of our family of Free Methodist Churches; B.T. Roberts, whose grave is just steps away, reminding us of the trusting, confident, faith-filled steps of his life. Bishop Pearce, Rev. Parmerter, and so many other gifted, gracious, humble leaders who paved the way are honored throughout our building. (more…)
I’ve been thinking afresh about what it means to look, live, and love like Jesus—every day. How will I know if it has been a “good” day? How can I make it a “good” day in my humble attempts to look, live, and love like Jesus? (more…)
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…)
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…)
“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…)