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Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 18:18

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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.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Program: 
As We Begin
O God, Our Help in Ages Past • William Croft
Praise
O Worship the King • Our God • Our God Reigns • Enough
Prayer
Russell Burrill
"I Thank My God"
Evelyn Savory / Jeannie Liederman Ruth Murdoch Elementary School / Andrews Academy
Children's Story
Poor Wayfaring Stranger / You Are Blessed, Who Live in Unswerving Faith D. Hustad / J. Brahms
Worship in Music
Love's Greeting • Edward Elgar
Sermon
“The Widow Factor: Living on the Edge with God”—2 • Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card, Tithes & Offerings
Hymn
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus • 524
As We Depart
O God, Faithful God • Johannes Brahms

More In This Series

“The Widow Factor: Living on the Edge with God”—2

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  • The Widow’s Narrative
    • 2 Kings 4:1-7
    • Desire of Ages 371: “The means in our possession may not seem to be sufficient . . . but if we will move forward in faith, believing in the all-sufficient power of God, abundant resources will open before us.”
    • “If the work [prayer] be of God, He Himself will provide the means for its accomplishment. He will reward honest, simple reliance upon Him. The little that is wisely and economically used in the service of the Lord of heaven will increase in the very act of imparting.” (Ibid)
    • “If we go to the Source of all strength, with our hands of faith outstretched to receive, we shall be sustained in our work, even under the most forbidding circumstances, and shall be enabled to give to others the bread of life.” (Ibid)

 

  • God’s Arithmetic
    • When we ADD, God MULTIPLIES.
    • Luke 6:38—“‘Give [When we ADD], and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over [God MULTIPLIES], will be poured into your lap.’”
    • Malachi 3:10—“‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse [When we ADD], that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing [God MULTIPLIES] that you will not have room enough for it.’”
    • The four spiritual benefits of endtime giving:
      • #1—Giving shapes me into the likeness of God, who is a Giver by nature—and a cheerful and sacrificial one at that.
        • John 3:16
        • 2 Corinthians 8:9
        • Galatians 2:20
      • #2—Giving deepens my walk with and trust in God, creating opportunities to cast my cares in trusting confidence on Him.
        • 1 Peter 5:7
        • Philippians 4:19
      • #3—Giving declares I believe that it all belongs to God “from whom all blessings flow.”
        • Deuteronomy 8:17, 18
      • #4—Giving in all its forms is the most frontal assault I can launch on my inbred and natural selfishness and greed.
        • Mark 8:34, 35
        • Christ’s Object Lessons 351: “Our money has not been given us that we might honor and glorify ourselves. As faithful stewards we are to use it for the honor and glory of God. Some think that only a portion of their means is the Lord’s. When they have set apart a portion for religious and charitable purposes, they regard the remainder as their own, to be used as they see fit. But in this they mistake. All we possess is the Lord’s, and we are accountable to Him for the use we make of it. In the use of every penny, it will be seen whether we love God supremely and our neighbor as ourselves.”

 

“You would have gotten more out of it, if you had put more into it, wouldn’t you have?”

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Calling All Worker Bees!

It's time for fun and fellowship again, while we work to beautify the exterior of our Spiritual Home… Pioneer. Time to spruce it up before the new school year begins. We will meet at the parking lot end of the church to assign work areas. Pull out your tools, sharpen them up, and please put your name on them to identify them as belonging to you. They will be used as "community tools" during the work bee. Be sure to bring your own work gloves. (We will need shovels, saws of all kinds, dandelion pickers, hedge trimmers, wheelbarrows, hoes, brooms, dustpans….any tool that you think could possibly be used.) Come out for some good old-fashioned work and fellowship fun. Thank you to all who gave their time putting their backs and tools into the project in the past. Looking forward to seeing each of you and the new volunteers on August 15.

August 15, 9:00 AM – Noon
Location: Meet at Pioneer Parking Lot

—Karen Nelson

Memorial Service for Bonnie Steele

A memorial service to celebrate Bonnie Steele's life will be held this Thursday, August 5, at 6:00 PM in the Pioneer Memorial Youth Chapel. Visitation will take place at 5:30 PM.

Pioneer Safety Update

As we draw closer to Graduation weekend at Andrews University, Pioneer has been monitoring the spread of COVID-19, especially the Delta variant, closely.  About 80% of the counties in our country are at substantial or high risk, as classified by the CDC, with Berrien being surrounded by substantial risk counties.

As the risks are higher in an indoor environment, with people coming from all over the country (and the world), we encourage all who worship and/or attend events at Pioneer this weekend to:

  • wear a mask
  • practice social distancing, and
  • practice good hand hygiene

We wish for everyone to return home safe and healthy.

—Pioneer Safety Committee

Offering for August 7, 2021

Pioneer Operating Budget

After the fall of Israel because of their apostasy, God gave the nation time to consider what they had done. Seventy years later, when their probation ended, the time arrived for Israel to return to rebuild the walls and the temple at Jerusalem.

However, they didn’t have the resources to go back and rebuild. Yet God had ways of opening the treasures of heaven to bless His people. Never underestimate our God!

The Bible says, “In the first year of King Cyrus, King Cyrus issued a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem: "Let the house be rebuilt, the place where they offered sacrifices; and let the foundations of it be firmly laid, its height sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits …. Let the expenses be paid from the king's treasury.” Ezra 6:3,4

God touched the heart of the pagan king to allow Israel to return to Jerusalem. Not only that, but the king offered to finance the entire project for the restoring of the temple.

Years later, God touched the heart of Darius, the king who followed Cyrus. He provided the lambs, bullocks, and rams needed for the sacrifices. He also provided wheat, salt, wine, and oil for the ceremonies connected to the worship services.

It was God Himself who touched the heart of the king to support the cause of spreading the Gospel. Today, may our hearts also be open to support the gospel ministry our church has for this community.

—North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Pioneer Fellowship Dinner Returns in September

Pioneer Fellowship Dinners Return this September. This time, there's an exciting new twist. Every meal will be an opportunity for fellowship among members and visitors.

Appetizer! Pioneer's large congregation will meet each week in groups of about 135 persons, so that over a year, each group can participate twice. This means more opportunities for fellowship among members and visitors alike.

The scoop! The dinners will be like a traditional potluck. Fellowship Dinner Ministry Team will provide the main course each Sabbath, and members who attend will be asked to bring side dishes. Members who are invited for that week will receive an email or text message listing the menu and suggesting what side dishes are needed. Single members are encouraged, where possible, to bring one side dish to serve at least 12-15 persons; families are encouraged, where possible, to bring 2 dishes—each to serve at least 12-15 persons. A form will be provided to RSVP.

S'More! If your name is not included in the alphabetical list for a particular Sabbath, but you would like to join the meal, that is not a problem—just bring a dish to share and join the fellowship.

Please plan to join us!

District 9 Family Camp

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and with it comes the District 9 Family Camp. Reserve your spot online or obtain application materials from the church office. The deadline for reservations is Noon on Sunday, August 22. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ric Streelman at 269-208-7172. You will be physically refreshed and spiritually blessed!

September 3–6, 2021
Camp Au Sable

ASM Sweet Corn Feed Postponed

Due to the recent COVID-19 concerns, the Corn Feed has been postponed. September 12 has been selected as a tentative date. Mark your calendars!

New College Students Welcome Reception

A reception will take place on the lawn in front of Pioneer (Campus Mall) immediately following the 11:45 AM service on August 28. We are looking for volunteers to help furnish 3 dozen cookies for the event. We will serve cookies and lemonade to welcome the new students. To help, please call the church at 269-471-3131 or confirm online. Instructions will be sent to volunteers furnishing cookies. We hope you'll join us in welcoming the new students!

I Will Help

Support SDA Church Members in Madagascar

Andrews University is helping to support the SDA church members in southwest Madagascar who are currently experiencing severe drought and famine in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, you can provide food to those in desperate need.

We have been told that some members eat mud, roots, and leaves to try and remove hunger cramps. As a member of the Adventist family, you can feed a family of four for one month for $50, providing vital rice, beans, oil, and other essential food. The neediness of these families is serious. There are eleven churches scattered around the affected area with 494 families and over 1,691 individuals. Even though some food aid was collected and distributed in November 2020, the drought has continued, and that food is now used up.
 
Give online or write a check to Andrews University with the memo “CIDP-Famine Relief” and send it to:
 
Office of Development
8903 US Hwy 31
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0660
 
More Info: cidpprojects@andrews.edu

Something In Common Sabbath School

Something in Common Sabbath School is meeting again! For the summer we are temporarily meeting in the Pioneer Commons. We are watching portions of Gary Smalley's classic "Keys to Loving Relationships" and discussing how to apply these principles to our families. Come and join us!

Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 AM
Location: Pioneer Commons

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