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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.

Opening Music

"Take My Life, and Let It Be Consecrated"  •  Paul Thompson
Andrews Academy Orion Strings, Elsy Gallardo-Díaz, director

Welcome, Call to Worship & Prayer

Lindsey Pratt, Associate Pastor

"Good Shepherd": A Hymn Cycle

 

"The King of Love My Shepherd Is"—SDAH 197, st. 3-4  •  "In Heavenly Love Abiding"—SDAH 513 mel. SDAH 316, st. 2-3  •  "Hark! 'Tis the Shepherd's Voice I Hear"— SDAH 361, st. 2-3
Annelise Burghardt, soprano, Andrews University student; Kenneth Logan, organ, Minister of Music

Congregational Prayer

Milton & Neela Bairagee, Pioneer Members

Pioneer Life

Taurus Montgomery, Harbor of Hope

Children's Story & Prayer

Story: Don Goodbrad; Prayer: Julie Habiri

Scripture Reading

Don Starlin, Elder, Pioneer Memorial Church

Worship in Music

"To God Be the Glory"  •  Paul Thompson
Andrews Academy Orion Strings, Elsy Gallardo-Díaz, director

Message

"Marriage: An Answer to My Eleven Year Old Parishioner"
Dwight K. Nelson, Lead Pastor

Connect Card/Prayer

 

Closing Hymn

"O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go"  •  76

Benediction

Lindsey Pratt, Associate Pastor

Closing Music

Kenneth Logan, Minister of Music

Opening Music

"Take My Life, and Let It Be Consecrated"  •  Paul Thompson
Andrews Academy Orion Strings, Elsy Gallardo-Díaz, director

Welcome, Call to Worship & Prayer

Lindsey Pratt, Associate Pastor

Worship in Music

"To God Be the Glory"  •  Paul Thompson
Andrews Academy Orion Strings, Elsy Gallardo-Díaz, director

Congregational Prayer

Milton & Neela Bairagee, Pioneer Members

Pioneer Life

Taurus Montgomery, Harbor of Hope

Pioneer Life: Baptism

Jordynn Wright with Rodlie Ortiz

Children's Story & Prayer

"Holy Water"  •  "Yes and Amen"
Sinegugu Katenga, Annelise Burghardt, Abel Siamubi, vocals; Joshua Goines, piano; Joel Wallace, electric guitar; Trevor Furst, cajon; Jamison Moore, cello; Philip Wekesa, keyboard

 

Scripture Reading

1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13 NIV
Abel Siamubi

Praise

"Falling In Love With Jesus"

Message

"Marriage: An Answer to My Eleven Year Old Parishioner"
Dwight K. Nelson, Lead Pastor

Connect Card/Prayer

 

 

Closing Hymn

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go  •  76

Blessing

Lindsey Pratt, Associate Pastor

Closing Music

Kenneth Logan, Minister of Music

 

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Offering for September 18, 2021

Pioneer Operating Budget

During the early days of the Seventh-day Adventist movement, church buildings were few. Battle Creek, Michigan, had become the center for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They needed to build a church large enough to house the rapid membership growth, camp meetings, and General Conference sessions.

Elder James White, one of the founders of the church, thought of a plan. He suggested, “If each month, every member would donate one dime, within one year we could raise enough money to build a new church structure.” At that time, the average price of a home was around $2,000.

The members adopted the project. On April 20, 1879, they dedicated the new church, debt-free. The “Dime Tabernacle,” capable of seating 4,000 people became the fourth church structure of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.

The fund-raising plan was simple; Give a dime per month. A dime then would be equivalent to $2.25 today. Even though $2.25 is 22 ½ times more than a dime, it still isn’t much money in today’s economy!

Widespread participation brought success. When the members took this as their project, the Lord blessed.

When God’s people come together, like they did with the Dime Tabernacle, God will move hearts to accomplish His will through His children. “And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:27

—North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Fellowship Dinners

Volunteers are needed by the Fellowship Dinner teams to assist with the preparation and service of the fellowship dinners which we hope to be able to resume soon. Teams serve about three times a year, so the time commitment is minimal, but your help is invaluable. Please let us know you if can help by emailing Ben Chilson at bennettc43@gmail.com. You will be assigned to a team that fits your schedule.

Delta Cannot Stop Calvary

At the beginning of the summer, we hoped that the pandemic would recede enough for us to have a full-orbed on-site celebration of the cross at Pioneer come the fall. But alas, the unwelcome Delta variant means that on Sabbath, September 18, Pioneer will sponsor a two-phase Lord's Supper commemoration.

Friday evening (September 17) we invite families, friends, students, acquaintances to gather together to celebrate Jesus' own example of foot washing. "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you" (John 13:14-15). Let it be a blessed beginning to a beautiful Sabbath experience.

Then Sabbath morning (September 18) in both celebrations (9:00 AM/11:45 AM) let's gather around the Lord’s Table to relive the deep significance of Jesus' sacrifice for our salvation. "How to Become an Influencer: The Last Aching Abyss." Once again, we will have sealed communion emblems for either on-site or in-home worship. The in-home emblem packets will be available for pickup at the church office on Thursday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Jesus' wish for us all is clear: "I have eagerly desired to eat this Supper with you" (see Luke 22:15).

Adventurers & Pathfinder Registration Open

Our Pathfinder and Adventurer Clubs are back in session this fall. Join below:

Pathfinders text "PMCEP" to 269-281-2345 or join online.

Join Pathfinders

Pathfinder Staff Members text "EPSTAFF" to 269-281-2345 or join online

Staff Members

Adventurers text "PMCFF" to 269-281-2345 or join online

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It's Time for Fall Grow Groups!

Fall Grow Groups are here and we are so excited to have more than 50 groups available to join this semester! The session officially begins September 19, so don’t wait!

We have a variety of groups meeting every day of the week. Pioneer is continuing to offer groups both in-person and online, so we think you’ll be able to find one that works for you--whether you’re looking for Bible study, support, art, prayer, discipleship, or activity groups.

Grow Groups are open to everyone–so invite a friend and join us! Text "JOIN" to 269-281-2345 or choose your group online.

If you have any questions, email us at growgroups@pmchurch.org.

The Darkness Will Not Overcome Series

The Darkness Will Not Overcome is an 8-part series that will inspire, equip, and empower you to live your best life possible. In every presentation you will learn practical ways we can experience healing, hope, and change. Whatever your "darkness" is—an addiction, a mental health struggle, dysfunction, past trauma, broken relationships, or lack of direction—the Darkness Will Not Overcome! Beginning Friday, October 1.

Learn More

Neighbor to Neighbor Helping Hands Team

Neighbor to Neighbor (our local Adventist Community Services center) is currently looking for volunteers for their "Helping Hand Team". To respond, please call 269-471-7411 or visit them at 9147 US 31, Berrien Springs, MI.

Pioneer Collegiate Sabbath School

Pioneer's new Collegiate Sabbath School meets in the Pioneer Commons! This is a place for interactive connections with Collegiates and with God, to study the stories of Jesus and what they mean for us today. Breakfast snacks will be provided.

Weekly on Sabbath, 10:30 AM
Location: Pioneer Commons

Care Giver's Support Group

Are you the primary caregiver for your spouse or another person? If so we have a resource available for you. Care Giver's Support Group, Thursday evenings starting at 6:30 PM, at Neighbor to Neighbor (West entrance). You're invited to come and  recharge your "batteries". For more information call Pastor John Glass at 262-825-3632.

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