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WORSHIP

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP In-Person on Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 10:30am or on. Facebook and YouTube on Sunday at 10:30am. If you plan to join us in person, we ask that you register your attendance each week. Watch this quick video on how to register...you need to click through several screens before you are actually registered, so it's good to know that ahead of time! You can also call the church at 585-594-9488 to register. We ask that you wear a mask when you are in our building and maintain 6 ft social distancing at all times. Read our entire Regathering Safety Plan, following federal and state guidelines and guidance from the CDC.

Let’s make Christmas meaningful this year—join us in ADVENT CONSPIRACY! Advent Conspiracy was founded on the radical idea that we can celebrate Christmas humbly, beautifully, and generously. Advent is the greatest story ever told, when God entered our world to make things right, and it changes everything—including the way we celebrate Christmas. Over the last decade, thousands of churches have celebrated with more relational traditions, partnered with more organizations, and have channeled more resources to the poor, marginalized, and forgotten. You can learn more about Advent Conspiracy at adventconspiracy.org. There you’ll find links to many resources like their blog that provides practical ways to participate in AC and an AC Spotify playlist curated to help us remember the gift of Jesus all season long. One way we join the conspiracy at Pearce is by receiving an Advent Conspiracy Offering throughout December. This year’s AC offering will go to the school in Nizge, Rwanda. They need to build new classrooms for the 2021/2022 school year so that the children who will age out can continue in school—many kids would drop out if there was not a grade to promote to. Also, government regulations require the school to have smaller class sizes due to COVID so the extra rooms will help spread the children out and allow more children back into school. Like our Linked with Love / Pearce & Nzige FMC Facebook page to stay updated on our Nzige connection.

Over the past year or two, many people in our congregation have experienced the death of a loved one or another significant loss in their lives. The holiday season is often difficult and painful, as you remember your loved one or grieve other changes. For this reason, the Pearce Parish Nurse Team and Grief Care Support Group Team are providing a special worship service to assist anyone who has experienced loss. This SERVICE OF HOPE will be held on Sunday, December 13, at 4pm, and is designed to offer comfort and hope during the holiday season. You are invited to join us in person or watch the Livestream on Facebook and YouTube. If you plan to attend in person, please register ahead of time (a registration link will be available soon). If you have a friend or neighbor who has been touched by loss, please let them know about this service so they, too, may know the Lord’s comfort.

We’re looking forward to CHRISTMAS EVE! Our pre-recorded Christmas Eve service will start at 4, 6, and 8pm, and will be posted on Facebook and YouTube. In response to the escalating COVID cases in our area, we are evaluating whether to hold in-person candlelight services. Information will follow in the coming days. We may not all be together in person this year, but we look forward to sharing this special evening with you, celebrating the birth of our Savior and the hope that He brings.

COMMUNITY

A MEMORIAL SERVICE for Pauline Roushey will be held here at Pearce on Saturday, December 5, at 1pm. Anyone who plans to attend the service is asked to register online before coming (be sure you click through until you receive a confirmation email) and wear a mask.

What are Pearce’s plans regarding budget and stewardship in 2021? Are you interested in learning more about what is happening financially at Pearce? We’ll review the 2020 budget and contributions and look ahead to 2021 at our annual FINANCIAL FORUM on Tuesday, December 8. A presentation will be recorded and made available on the Pearce Nation Facebook group and YouTube at 6:30 that evening.

A MEN'S PRAYER BREAKFAST meets at Town and Country Restaurant (3205 Chili Ave.) at 7 o'clock on Tuesday mornings.

MIKE & ANDREA GREEN, Pearce-supported missionaries to Uruguay, are stepping down from their position as Free Methodist VISA Missionaries. While they still have a heart for the ministry in Uruguay, they have two young children and feel at this season in their lives, they need to focus on their marriage and family. When they move back to the States, they plan to call Grand Rapids, MI home for the foreseeable future. If you are currently supporting the Greens financially, they would appreciate your continued support through May 2021, as they plan to be actively involved in Free Methodist work until May. You can read more about their decision and transition in this letter they wrote to our Pearce congregation.

THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY FOOD MINISTRY

The PEARCE THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY FOOD MINISTRY distributed food to about 1,050 families this year due to the generosity of our congregation and many other churches and organizations. The goal of 200 Adopt-a-Boxes was exceeded by at least 15 boxes, and there are sufficient funds for all the frozen turkeys! With food donations from many places, we were able to put an ample amount of food into each remaining box and continue to pray this gift of love points folks to Jesus.

Thank you to the following: Pearce Church Staff and Congregation, United Methodist Church (corner of Buffalo & Westside), Community of the Savior, Foodlink, Churchville Chili Cheerleading Squad, Wheatland Chili Middle School, Chestnut Ridge Elementary School, Charles Finney School, Roberts Wesleyan College, and Northeastern Seminary. Thank you to Bob Antes and the custodial team for the set-up and clean-up. Thank you to Michael Gabriele for securing nearly 600 boxes and thank you to Chuck Rudd for providing his trailer to facilitate the outside distribution at Pearce. Due to COVID-19, we had a small group of folks who helped organize and pack the boxes; a big thank you to each of them—you know who you are! A special thank you to Jim Heeks for working with Foodlink on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis to secure food.

God is good. All the time.

Blessings, Sherri and Terry

SERVE

It’s the season for hot cocoa, hats & gloves, and…SNOW! If you’d like to help serve our church family and guests by ensuring our sidewalks are clear and safe, we’d love to have you on our SNOW TEAM! Check your calendar to find some dates that work best for you this winter, then follow this link to sign up and Bob Antes will contact you with instructions and more information. If you have questions, contact Bob at antes_robert@pearcechurch.org or 585-594-9488.

Our littlest church family members would love to spend some time with you! If playing with a toddler or rocking a baby sounds at all inviting to you, consider HELPING IN OUR NURSERY. Contact Lydia Monroe at monroe_lydia@pearcechurch.org if you’d like to help.

Our FOOD CUPBOARD continues to serve many people in our community every week, providing food and personal care items when they are needed most. We are in dire need of canned proteins like canned tuna and kidney beans and we’re also running low on jelly, paper towels, and Kleenex. Donations can be left in the shopping cart in the main lobby. Thank you for faithfully supporting this ministry!

THANK YOU to everyone who donated warm coats, hats, blankets, and more for First Genesis Straight from the Heart ministry. Check our Pearce Nation Facebook group to watch a quick video showing all that was received. Please pray that these items bless the receiver and that the volunteers helping this weekend will be full of God’s grace and love.

KIDS (birth-5th grade)

Questions? Email Lydia at monroe_lydia@pearcechurch.org

TEENS (6th-12th grade)

  • Our teens meet on Sundays for a LIVE EQUIP STUDY at 11:30am on Instagram (pearcejourneyteens) and Facebook (Pearce Journey Teens).
  • Youth Group (grades 6-12) meets on Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm in The Loft at Pearce. (Youth Group will not meet on November 25.)
  • Bible Quiz practice meets on Tuesday evenings. Contact Rob Distaffen at rfdistaffen@gmail.com with questions regarding Bible Quizzing.
  • Parents, join the Pearce Journey Teens Facebook group. Teens, follow us on Instagram.

Questions? Contact TC at corbett_tom@pearcechurch.org

SUPPORT GROUPS

If you have experienced the death of a loved one, we want you to know you are not alone. GRIEF CARE can provide you with a number of avenues for care and encouragement during your time of loss. The group uses GriefShare curriculum and meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm in The Upper Room. Contact: Dorcas McCown, dorcasmccown@mac.com

The CELEBRATE RECOVERY COMMUNITY GROUP meets on Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the Journey Kids hallway. (CR will not meet on November 25.) This is a safe place where we can be set free from our hurts, habits, and hang-ups. CR is an open meeting, and everyone is welcome. Contact: CR leadership team, cr@pearcechurch.org

The DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at noon in the Conference Room. This group supports dementia caregivers who face frustration, and even anger, as a part of everyday life. To learn more, contact Mary Lou Bates at jmlbates@gmail.com.

ONLINE GIVING

Thank you for supporting Pearce! You're continued financial support of Pearce Church is deeply appreciated. See the giving page of our website for ways to contribute, or use the link below to give online.