Thank you, Michael Johnson!

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Our deep thanks to Michael Johnson as he ends his service with us! Michael has served faithfully and diligently as our Campus Maintenance Supervisor these last 8 years. He is completing his service with us in mid-August as he takes another job. He, Jan and the children will remain active members of our congregation. Michael, the officers, staff and congregation thank you from our hearts for serving Christ and His Kingdom in our midst. You will be sorely missed day to day!

VBS Mission Project

Each year during VBS week, we collect money for local and foreign mission that our church supports. This year, we invite YOU to join us in our mission! We are collecting money for Joni and Friends to see how many wheelchairs we can buy to send to India. Each wheelchair costs $250. Our goal is 10 wheelchairs! You can help us with this by giving during church or at the church office and specifying your offering for "VBS missions." Thank you!

General Assembly

Please be in prayer for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, meeting in Dallas this week. Teaching Elders Caleb Cangelosi and Dean Williams, and Ruling Elder Tom Young, are representing Pear Orchard as commissioners. John and Martie Kwasny and Rod and Jeanne Russ will be at the Assembly with One Story Ministries. Pray that the Lord will continue to grant truth, unity, and a heart for the lost to our church. If interested, you can follow the Assembly live by clicking here.

VBS T-shirt design

Help us design the VBS t-shirt! Entries due by June 24. You can design on the computer or sketch it out. (Black & white design, or in one color please). Kids & youth can also come up with a design! The VBS team will choose one of the designs for our VBS shirt this year! The design needs to include the following: POPC VBS 2019, and The Scottish Sleuths and the Puzzling Parables. The rest is up to your artistic discretion! E-mail your entries to ajohnson@ccs.ms or kwclark.24@gmail.com.

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Staff Spotlight: Dean Williams

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Get to know Dean Williams, our associate pastor!

Where you grew up: I grew up in St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands, spent summers in New York.

Hobbies:  Basketball, Reading, Bowling, playing games.

Fun fact:  I was on my school’s bowling team; both in high school and in college; I’ve bowled a 299 game, 290 twice, 289 twice, 279 about 20 times, but never a perfect game (300).

Family:  My wife’s name is listed on our college Alma Mater’s Women’s Basketball “Wall of Fame”.  She’s also listed as a Women’s Basketball Pioneer on the website “luckyshow.org” (formerly “PioneeringWomeninBasketball.org) for scoring 105 in two games (55, 50).

Our daughter held all of her middle and high school’s track and field sprint records; she also held all the school’s basketball scoring records.

Our son, currently the Search and Rescue Officer on board a United States Naval ship, won a Middle School State Track and Field Championship in the 400 Meter race, won a Regional Championship in High School, and finished third that year in the State Championship race.  

Anything else: Being at Pear Orchard has been one of the greatest blessings I’ve ever experienced. 



Summer Suppers

Ladies, save the first 3 Thursday nights in June and plan to join your POPC sisters from 6:30 to 8 pm for sweet fellowship and delicious food. Our theme is "FLOURISH." We'll have a brief devotional and small group discussion on what it means to live in light of our union with Jesus Christ. Dinner is provided at no cost.

To sign up to bring a dessert, fruit, or gallon of tea for the supper on June 6 at Catherine Stradinger's home, visit https://buff.ly/2Qnbeyz.

To sign up to bring a dessert, fruit, or gallon of tea for the supper for June 13 at Frances Wilson's home, visit https://buff.ly/2W8aELe.

To sign up to bring a dessert, fruit, or gallon of tea for the supper for June 20 a Linda Morris's home, visit https://buff.ly/2YNKfz8.

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Cookbooks

It's not too late to place a cookbook order, and now that the cookbooks are in, you can pick them up as soon as today! We still have some cookbooks to purchase. For those of you who haven't purchased yet or already bought cookbooks but wanted more, please click here to order your cookbooks as soon as you can to make sure you get the amount of cookbooks you want. If you order before pick up or bring a check at pick up, cookbook pick up times are available today, (Thursday, May 9) from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., and 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the parlor. You may also come to the parlor after the first service/before Sunday School or after the evening service until 7:45 p.m.

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Cookbook orders

It’s time to purchase your copies of our wonderful keepsake cookbook. Hardback, three-ring binder books are sprinkled with artwork and articles of history and church life by POPC members and over 500 recipes. The cost is $13.00 per book. Purchase at pearorchard.org/cookbook or write a check to POPC and put it in Tammie Haynes's box or Linda Morris's box, which are both located in the office copy room. Cookbooks will be delivered by Mother’s Day. They make great gifts! Be sure you also think about future gifts. These make great keepsakes for your kids when they get married or move out. We hope you enjoy this wonderful keepsake filled with treasures from our church members! If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail ltaylor@pearorchard.org

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Congregational Meeting - Sunday, March 24, at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary

A Congregational Meeting has been called for Sunday, March 24, at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. Our purpose is to discuss the pastoral succession plan further and to answer questions you may have about these matters. Another purpose is to name a Pulpit Committee as set forth in our Book of Church Order (BCO). Please be praying about this meeting and be sure to ask your questions of Carl or the Elders either before, during or after the meeting. To read more about our Pastoral Succession Plan, click here.

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POPC Church Directory

The POPC church directory is accessible online to communing and associate members through the free ShelbyNext Membership app. To sign on to the app once you have downloaded it from your appstore, enter your first and last name separated by a “.” [ex John.Smith]. Skip the password entry and type “pearorchard” for the domain. Next, click on Forgot password? and an email will be sent to you with a new password. Once you log in, if you see that any of your family information or pictures are incorrect or missing, please update it on the app. Please email rick@pearorchard.org if you have any questions or if you would like a copy of the Members User Guide, which provides many useful tips and explains the program features.

Missions Pledges

Rev. Kevin DeYoung said, “The Great Commission is so wonderfully freeing because it is big enough to fill the whole world and yet small enough for every single one of us to play a part.” Last year at this time we had 90 pledges for $117,600. So far this year we have 75 pledges for $104,000. Since there were no additional pledges last week, we still have need for each of our 278 families to play a part in sending our missions partners! Won’t you help by giving to missions each month and also submitting a pledge?

Women's Retreat

Registration is now open for the POPC Women's Retreat, April 12-13 at Twin Lakes Conference Center. Our guest speaker, Emily Hartman, will speak on "Living with a Whole Heart in a Broken World," from Psalm 90:14. For more information about the retreat and to register online, visit pearorchard.org/women. You may also fill out the registration form in the retreat brochure and attach a check made payable to POPC with "women's retreat" on the memo line. Place the form and check in Tammie's box in the church office. Brochures are in Sunday School classes and the church foyer. Deadline for registration is Thursday, March 28.

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Missions Festival Report

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Thanks be to God who went before us to prepare the way so that the Missions Festival was such a tremendous blessing to our congregation and to our Missions and Ministry Partners! Thank you to all who planned, executed, hosted and participated in numerous ways to make this a special week in the life of Christ’s church at POPC. We got off to a good start on our Direct Member Giving Goal of $133,000 as we have received 66 pledges for $94,000 so far. Keep praying about how God would use you to plant the seeds of His love and grace. Will you be one of God’s senders? This is an every member ministry.

CCS/POPC family basketball fun night TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19!

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Please join us this Tuesday, February 19, at 5:30 p.m. for a night of basketball fun and entertainment. This night of community building and entertainment will include an Elementary and Middle School Boys’ All-Star Basketball Skills Competition and a 3 Point Competition. The event will culminate in a basketball game pitting the POPC/CCS staff members against the middle school boys’ basketball team and parents of CCS students. Food and drink will be on sale at the concession stand throughout the event. So, bring the entire family and watch staff and students battle it out in great fun. This event is a fund raiser for CCS.