COVID-19 UPDATES  —  

For your safety, Pioneer Memorial Church offices are now closed until further notice. Pastors and staff continue to work remotely to serve your needs. Read more regarding the COVID-19 Pioneer response here.

 
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 21:26

Speaker

Dwight K. Nelson

Since 1983, Dwight Nelson has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preaches on the “New Perceptions” telecast, teaches at the theological seminary and has written some books, including The Chosen. He and his wife, Karen, are blessed with two married children and 2 granddaughters.

What does God do to protect His most precious possession on Earth? He bestows upon it this Impregnable Gift.
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□ Matthew 16:13-21

  •   #1—Who is the of the Church?
    •   Jesus blessed Simon with these words, “You are Peter [petros—a small ], and on this Rock [petra—a towering ledge] I will build My Church.”
    •   Peter himself was never confused over who was the Leader of the Church—Acts 4:12: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
    •   Deuteronomy 32:4—“The LORD is the .”
    •   Psalm 18:2—“The LORD is my .”
    •   Psalm 95:1—“Let us shout aloud to the of our salvation.”
    •   1 Corinthians 10:4—“The spiritual [petra] that accompanied them was

      Christ.”

    •   Matthew 7:14—“The wise man built his house on the .”
    •   1 Corinthians 3:11—“No one can lay any other than Jesus

      Christ.”

  •   #2—Who is the of the Church?

     Matthew 16:18—“I will My Church.”

  •   #3—Who is the of the Church?
    •   Matthew 16:18—“I will build Church.”
    •   Acts 20:28—“Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own

      .”

  •   #4—Who is the of the Church?
    •   Matthew 16:8—“The gates of will not overcome the Church.”
    •   Actually what Jesus is describing here is not a defensive stance (where the church is

      trying to fend off the forces of hell)—rather He describes an stance

      (where hell is trying to fend off the forces of the church).

    •   Revelation 19:16—“And on His robe He has this name written: “KING OF KINGS

      AND LORD OF LORDS.”

  •   4 defining questions that declare the Church of Christ to be , a

    fortified position unable to be captured.

  • “Enfeebled and defective as it may appear, the church is the one object upon which God bestows in a special sense His regard” (Acts of the Apostles 12).
  • Richard John Neuhaus: “We must be sure it is the Church we are talking about: the Church in all its thus and so-ness, in all its contradictions and compromises, in its circus of superficiality and its moments of splendor.” (Freedom for Ministry: A Critical Affirmation of the Church and Its Mission 8)

□ John 6:14-18

  • Desire of Ages: “Those were hours of large blessing to the disciples, but they had
  • forgotten it all. They were in the midst of troubled waters. Their thoughts were stormy and unreasonable, and the Lord gave them something else to afflict their souls and occupy their minds. God does this when [we] create burdens and troubles for [ourselves]. The disciples had no need to make trouble. Already danger was fast approaching.” (380)
  • “Send the storm and save the Church.”
  • Desire of Ages: “Jesus had not forgotten them. The Watcher on the shore saw those fear-stricken men battling with the tempest. Not for a moment did He lose sight of His disciples. With deepest solicitude His eyes followed the storm-tossed boat with its precious burden; for these men were to be the light of the world. As a mother in tender love watches her child, so the compassionate Master watched His disciples. When their hearts were subdued, their unholy ambition quelled, and in they prayed for help, it was given them.” (381)

□ “I want to be more like Jesus, I’m following in His ways.”

  •   Then let us for His Church as He did.
  •   Then let us for His Church as He did.

  Then let us His Church as He did.

  • Ye Shall Receive Power: “Let all who believe the truth for this time put away their differences; put away envy and evil speaking and evil thinking. Press together, press together.” (188)
  • GROW Groups are a third millennial strategy to "press together."
  • One-step sign-up: www.pmchurch.org/growgroup

“UNTIED”  “UNITED” 

Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor To Neighbor is hosting a food giveaway on April 6, 2020, sponsored by Feeding America. It will begin at 11:00 AM.

20 volunteers are needed to facilitate an efficient distribution process. Out of an abundance of caution we will be explaining new protocols which will be put in place. Masks and gloves will be provided. For volunteers interested in assisting with this event, join us on Zoom on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6:00 PM for a briefing.

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2nd Quarter Adult Sabbath School Lessons

Due to the COVID-19 stay at home mandate, Pioneer is unable to provide physical copies of the Adult Sabbath School Lesson at this time. Both teacher's edition and standard edition are available online for free.

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FLAG Camp Staff

Each year, FLAG Camp seeks enthusiastic, responsible high school and college students to work as counselors, teachers and support staff. If you have a love for children and are committed to setting a wholesome example for our campers, consider joining our team. The application deadline is April 5, 2020. At this time FLAG Camp is still scheduled this summer. Due to the COVID-19 virus, please stay tuned for further updates.

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Livestreaming Schedule

Pioneer will be worshipping online online until further notice. We look forward to having you join us there.

  9:00 AM ET - Pioneer at Worship
10:30 AM ET - Sabbath School
11:45 AM ET - Pioneer at Worship

Facebook Live  Website

Home Visits

The Board of Elders, under the leadership of Bryan and Becky von Dorpowski, has responded to the immediate spiritual and emotional needs of our oldest Pioneer members. Recognizing many of them will chose to protect themselves from the coronavirus by limiting their time in the wider community and thus missing the weekly fellowship that worship and Sabbath School provided, the elders will be focusing on those Pioneer members in their 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s—and will be reaching out by phone to visit with them. (In order to protect the health of our members our elders will not be making home visits at this time.)

If you know of an at-risk member who needs personal attention, please call Claudia Sowler 269.471.3134. The elders are praying these targeted phone calls will bring the ministry of our Good Shepherd Savior to these who have faithfully walked with Him throughout their lives.

Family, Faith, and Fun!

During this time of potential boredom and cabin fever, enjoy these fun ideas for spending quality time together as a family.

After the long winter of gray and brown, get outside and look for all the buds, sprouts, and new leaves you can find. Try to identify what each one is. You can use your phone to look on the Internet or use an app like Pl@ntNet to identify leaves. Currently, you can see things like crocuses, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, lilies, snowdrops, moss, ferns, ramps, and wild chives. It is so nice to be reminded that even when things look bleak, God is still there and recreating!

You can also "adopt a friend" each day or week! Send several encouraging and kind notes to a friend via text, email, Messenger, etc. Let them know you are thinking about them and even praying for them.

Sponsored by the Family Life Committee

Volunteer for the Most Vulnerable

We are looking for teams of volunteers that can help people who are more vulnerable in our community to run errands such as picking up groceries and medicine. We're also asking for volunteers to make calls and pray for our members and community.

Volunteer

COVID-19 Grow Group Update

Community and gathering in some form remains vital. We have asked Grow Groups of more than ten people to start meeting online. For Grow Groups of less than ten people, we're asking them to practice safe social distancing of at least six feet—as per the CDC. 

Protect Yourself & Others

Love on the Move

Over the summer and fall of 2019 Pioneer underwent significant physical renovation—including a new roof and a major Sanctuary makeover. During the same time congregation leaders engaged in multiple conversations about our missional renovation—how does a faith community like Pioneer seriously engage and impact the people around us for Christ? From this dialogue emerged a fresh new expression of our Pioneer mission: "Love on the Move."

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Campus News

For more events impacting our local university campus, please visit www.andrews.edu/agenda.

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