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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

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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, February 03, 2018
Program: 
Praise
We're Marching to Zion • Spiritual Medley • Pass Me Not, Oh Gentle Savior
Prayer
Against the Wall
José Bourget with Taurus Montgomery
Children's Story
Kenneth Logan, Minister of Music
In Heavenly Love Abiding • Finnish Traditional Melody
Worship in Music
PMC Sanctuary Choir; Marguerite Samuel, director
With a Voice of Singing • Martin Shaw
Sermon
Dwight K. Nelson
"Tell Your Heart to Beat Again"
Connect Card
Tithes & Offerings
Kenneth Logan, Minister of Music
"Holy Spirit, Gracious Guest" • 589 (tune of 305)

"Tell Your Heart to Beat Again"
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  • The Story
    • Danny Gokey
      Tell your heart to beat again
      Close your eyes and breathe it in
      Let the shadows fall away/Step into the light of grace
      Yesterday's a closing door/You don't live there anymore
      Say goodbye to where you've been
      And tell your heart to beat again
  • The Heart
    • Revelation 2:4 Message—"'You walked away from your first .'"
    • Matthew 24:12—"'Because of the increase of wickedness, the of most will grow cold.'"
    • Matthew 23:23/Luke 11:42—"'Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! . . . You have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy [] and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter without neglecting the former.'"
    • Luke 7:34; 15:1,2—"'The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, "Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a of tax collectors and sinners.'. . . Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, 'This fellow sinners and eats with them.'"
    • Christ's Object Lessons: "When you see yourselves as sinners saved only by the of your heavenly Father, you will have tender pity for others who are suffering in sin." (210)
    • Romans 5:5 NLT—"For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his ."
      • People filled with the Spirit of God are filled with the of God—and people filled with the love of God will those the rest of the church and the rest of the world cannot find a heart to love.
      • William Blake: "We are put on earth for a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of ."
  • The Convictions
    • #1—We will never like Jesus did until we are daily baptized by the Holy Spirit like Jesus was.
      • Pray: "Pour Your love into me today."
        • Steps to Christ 94: "Our heavenly Father waits to bestow upon us the fullness of His blessing. It is our privilege to drink largely at the fountain of boundless love."
      • Pray: "Pour Your love out of me today."
    •  #2—There is a hunger in this world for a place, for a people "who will me for who I am—a sinner in desperate need of God's saving grace and love."
      • Jerry Cook: "I say to you, that [individual] was restored only because God enabled us to love and accept and forgive him. , acceptance, forgiveness—those three things are absolutely essential to any ministry [church] that will consistently bring people to maturity and wholeness. If the church is to be the force for God in the world that it should be, it must learn to love people, accept them and forgive them." (Love, Acceptance, Forgiveness: Equipping the Church to Be Truly Christian in a Non-Christian World  11)
      • Romans 5:5-8
  • #3—I believe God is calling us as a congregation to embrace new DNA to become the most , the most friendly, the most caring church around.
    • Jerry Cook: "The minimal guarantee we must make to people is that they will be —always, under every circumstance, with no exception. The second guarantee is that they will be totally accepted, without reservation. The third thing we must guarantee is that no matter how miserably they fail or how blatantly they sin, unreserved forgiveness is theirs for the asking with no bitter taste left in anybody's mouth. . . . A church that can make that commitment to every person is a church that's learning to love and a church that will be a force for God". (11, 13)
    • Gregory Boyle: "We played the grooves off this record. Consequently, a line from the song found itself permanently etched in my brain—a mantra of sorts: 'Long lay the world in sin and error pining—'til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.' Sure—it's a song about Jesus and Christmas, but how is it not the job description of human beings seeking kinship . . . remembering that we belong to one another, and letting souls feel their worth." (Tattoos on the Heart 196)
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Prayer Car Caravan for Our Medical Professionals

Our medical professionals are on the front line of this epidemic and we want to show them love and support. In the next week or two, we want to send a prayer caravan to drive around the hospital. We'll let them know ahead of time that we'll be praying—and perhaps honking our horns—at a designated time. To get more information and to register, please click below and select the prayer caravan option. We'll see you soon!

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GC 100 Days of Prayer Commence

This week I learned of our world church headquarters appeal for prayer throughout the global Seventh-day Adventist family. Originally timed to end during the recently-postponed General Conference session in Indianapolis, our church leaders are calling us to now focus 100 days of praying (March 27-July 4) on behalf of the global coronavirus pandemic. There could hardly be a more urgent need for earnest praying! 

A pastor friend of mine, Jim Moon, pointed out a two-verse juxtaposition I'd not noticed before: "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a pestilence among My people, if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:13-14). While everyone knows the beloved prayer call in v 14, few of us connect it with the preceding divine action in v 13. "A pestilence among My people" certainly could represent a global pandemic like the coronavirus COVID-19. While Satan is the originator of destructive calamities, what more faith-appropriate response is our collective prayers to the One who can deliver this nation, this world, these people, from the grips of pestilence.

So let's join together in humbling ourselves before God and praying and seeking His face—that our world might be saved and our faith community might yet be mobilized to share the glad tidings of Jesus' soon return. 

- Pastor Dwight

First Tuesday Comes This Tuesday

Since October 2018, our Pioneer congregation and the Andrews campus have joined together in setting aside the first Tuesday of every month as a Day of Fasting and Prayer. Since most of us this coming Tuesday will be safely ensconced in our homes, it will be a fitting opportunity to band together to seek God's face on behalf of our nation, our world, our church. The economic collapse on multiple fronts as a result of this pandemic has seriously affected the Adventist church and schools globally and locally. Let's unite our petitions to appeal to Christ to minister to the members, the leaders, the students, the teachers and all who serve our faith and academic community in this time of financial duress for many. "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).

Home-bound Agape Feast this Sabbath

In a world changing now by the nanosecond thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, want to celebrate something that isn’t? Join us in a house-bound Agape Feast, as we celebrate the unchanging love of God poured out through Jesus at Calvary. All you need is some fruit, crackers and nuts. Invite your family and friends to join you online Saturday morning (9AM/11:45AM ET—pmchurch.org or Facebook Live). It’s time to the good news overwhelm the bad news—be a part of the Feast!

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.

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

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