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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.

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Part 1 of this 4-part series.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Program: 
As We Begin
That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright • Sharon Rogers
Praise
Christ Is Alive • Mighty to Save • How Deep the Father's Love for Us • Because He Lives
Prayer
Ben Martin
Children's Story
That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright • David Johnson
Processional of Hope
Dwight & Karen Nelson / Christ the Lord Is Risen Today • 166
Sermon
“Chasing Hope: From An Empty Tomb” • Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card, Tithes & Offerings
Hymn
He Lives • 251
As We Depart
Alleluia • Théodore Dubois

More In This Series

04/23/2016
Part 4 of this 4-part series.
04/16/2016
Part 3 of this 4-part series.
04/09/2016
Part 2 of this 4-part series.

“Chasing Hope: From an Empty Tomb”

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  •  “The Instinct of Hope”

Is there another world for this frail dust
To warm with life and be itself again?
Something about me daily speaks there must,
And why should instinct nourish hopes in vain?
'Tis nature's prophesy that such will be,
And everything seems struggling to explain
The close sealed volume of its mystery.
Time wandering onward keeps its usual pace
As seeming anxious of eternity,
To meet that calm and find a resting place.
E'en the small violet feels a future power
And waits each year renewing blooms to bring,
And surely man is no inferior flower
To die unworthy of a second spring?

                              —John Clare (1793-1864)

  • The Narrative of Hope
    • Matthew 28:1-10
    • Desire of Ages: “The earth trembles at his approach, the hosts of darkness flee, and as he rolls away the stone, heaven seems to come down to the earth. The soldiers see him removing the stone as he would a pebble, and hear him cry, Son of God, come forth; Thy Father calls Thee. They see Jesus come forth from the grave, and hear Him proclaim over the rent sepulcher, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life.’ As He comes forth in majesty and glory, the angel host bow low in adoration before the Redeemer, and welcome Him with songs of praise.” (780)
  • The Promise of Hope
    • 1 Peter 1:1-3
    • 1 Corinthians 15:13-19
    • Earnest Becker: “The soberest conclusion that we could make about what has been taking place on the planet for about three billion years is that it is being turned into a vast pit of fertilizer.” (The Denial of Death 283/in Lewis Smede’s How Can It Be All Right When Everything Is All Wrong? 132)
    • 1 Peter 1:3-5 The Message: “What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.”
    • Lewis Smedes: “We may as well be very candid: Christian hope is fixed on the last square of our date book. Hope bets that the last square is not that closed closet commonly called a coffin, but a front door into a new world where everything is right, right in all its dimensions. There will be an intermission, of course, between my arrival at my own private last square and the arrival of the new world. But I will not feel as if I need to wait for it to come. In fact, when I find myself in the new earth, I will feel as if I got there at the moment I left the last square of my calendar. It may be light years away, but in the new dimension it will seem like tomorrow.” (How Can It Be All Right, When Everything Is All Wrong? 124)
    • Rubem A. Alves: “Hope is hearing the melody of the future. Faith is to dance to it.”

 

“And the future starts now!”

 

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Swim & Gym

All are invited to a swim and gym night at the new wellness center! This event is brought to you by your Family Life Committee.

February 29, 7:30-9:30 PM
Location: Andreasen Center for Wellness

Simply Sandi: An Intimate Night of Songs & Stories with Sandi Patty

Simply known as “The Voice,” Sandi Patty is one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records and five gold records. Sandi is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history with 40 Dove Awards.  Join us for an evening with Sandi Patty as she shares her message of hope, life and love.

March 8, 7:00 PM
Location: HPAC

Ruth Murdoch Elementary School Visitor's Day

Students who will be in the 1st through 8th grade next school year are invited to visit RMES on March 10. Make friends, meet teachers and have fun! 
Grades 1-6: 8:15 - 11:30 a.m. 
Grades 7-8: 8:15 - 3:30 p.m. 
Parents, please call 269-471-3225 to register.
(A special Kindergarten Visitor's Day is planned for April 1)

"Crossing Point. Songs of an Immigrant" by Adriana Perera

Adriana Perera is professor of music theory and composition at Andrews University. She is a prolific composer with her main interest being sacred music. This concert of her compositions will be performed by various guest artists. Also performing will be the University Singers, conducted by Stephen Zork, and the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Chris Wild.

April 4, 8:30 PM
Location: HPAC

There Is No Substitute For Blood

Give the Gift of Life!
Donate blood on February 26, 2020 at PMC from 1-7pm in the PMC Commons. Sponsored by PMC, AU,and the Red Cross. More information at redcrossblood.org or contact Larry Ulery at 269-471-0467. Help save lives, treat cancer and other illnesses and make a difference.

February 26, 1-7 PM
Location: PMC Commons

AU Passion Play "Hebrew" Dancers Needed

The Nagilah Grace Jewish Folk dance group is looking for recruits of all ages to perform in the Andrews University Passion Play. To learn dance moves that date back to King David's time, come join us at 4:00-6:00 pm every Sunday afternoon in the Neighbor to Neighbor Community Center.  Please feel free to come even if you cannot be at pratice for the whole time.  If you would like more information, please contact Doug Adams at dancingdouggie53@yahoo.com.

Save the Date

Pioneer members are encouraged to attend the Business Session. The topics to be discussed and voted upon include the 2019 year-end reports and the 2020 proposed budget.

February 24, 7:00 PM

Grandpa's Two Minute Bible Stories

Please invite all kids to call 740-571-4365 to listen to a daily recording of two minute Bible Stories or visit http://gpasdd.com for YouTube Bible Stories. The seed of God's Word sown into the hearts and minds of children has great potential of bringing forth much fruit!

Food Collection for Backpacks for Berrien

During the month of February, PMC will be collecting nonperishable, single serving food items for children within the Berrien Springs community.  B4B is currently handing out food bags to 110 children with breakfast and lunch items for both Saturdays and Sundays.  Bins will be in the welcome centers with a photo of items that are needed.

 

More Volunteer Opportunities!

The Siegfried H. Horn museum would like to have a few more docents (volunteers). We are working to keep the museum open every Sabbath (Saturday) from 3:00p to 5:00p but we need help. Let us know if you would like to help and if you have not been to the museum (or it has been a while) come on over! 9047 US Highway 31, Berrien Springs, MI 49103.

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