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.

Offering

As we approach the end of another year and enter into the Christmas season, it's never been more apparent that the world is in desperate need of that baby born in a manger so many years ago. We must now, as God's people did over 2000 years ago, lift our voices in this prayer: "Veni, Veni Emmanuel (O Come, O Come, Immanuel)".
Saturday, December 05, 2015
Program: 
As We Begin
I Saw Three Ships • L. Kerchner
Praise
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing • O Come, All Ye Faithful Silent Night • Joy to the World
Prayer
José Bourget
"By the Word of Their Testimony" Baptism
Chris Ngugi with Ben Martin • Jane-Carla Esperance Idana Gedeon-Sainsurin with Rodlie Ortiz
Baby Dedication
Emmett Elijah presented by Benjamin & Brianna Martin with José Bourget
Worship in Music
Candlelight Procession • Adam Gorb
Sermon
“A Christmas Prayer for 2015: O Come, O Come, Immanuel (Veni, Veni Emmanuel)” • Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Cards, Tithes & Offerings
Hymn
O Come, O Come, Immanuel • 115
As We Depart
Joy to the Season • Sean O'Loughlin

“A Christmas Prayer for 2015: O Come, O Come, Immanuel”

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  • The Gathering Dark
    • James Nelson Black: “As I have looked back across the ruins and landmarks of antiquity, I have been stunned by the parallels between those societies and our own. For most of us the destruction of Carthage, the rise of the Greek city-states, and the Fall of Rome are mere ghosts of the past, history lessons long forgotten. And such things as the capture of Constantinople, the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, the collapse of the kingdoms of France and Spain, and the slow withering decline of the British Empire are much less clear and less memorable. . . . But this is the legitimate background of our own place in history, [thus] it is vital that we reconsider the nature of life in those earlier times. For within those eras and movements are the seeds of the troubles we face today.” (When Nations Die 3 www.leaderu.com/common/nationsdie.html)

Social decay:

  • Crisis of lawlessness
  • Loss of economic discipline
  • Rising bureaucracy

Cultural decay:

  • Decline of education
  • Weakening of cultural foundations
  • Loss of respect for tradition
  • Increase in materialism

Moral decay:

  • Rise in immorality
  • Decay of religious belief
  • Devaluing of human life

 

  • The Piercing Light
    • Matthew 4:16-17—The world was   when Christ came the first time.
    • Revelation 18:1-3—The world will be when Christ comes the second time.
    • Ezekiel 43:1, 2—But as it was the first time so it will be the second time—the Light of will pierce the darkness of the world.
    • Malachi 4:2—The of Righteousness will rise with healing in His beams.
    • Isaiah 60:1, 2—And He will pierce the darkness through His glory that will shine upon His .
    • Matthew 5:14-16—So we must let the light of His shine us.
    • Christ’s Object Lessons:
  • “It is the darkness of misapprehension of that is enshrouding the world. [People] are losing their knowledge of His character.” (415)
  • “The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of .” (415)
  • “The children of God are to manifest His glory. In own life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them.” (415-416)
  • “Thus in the night of spiritual darkness God’s glory is to shine forth through His in lifting up the bowed down and comforting those that mourn.” (417)
  • “Practical work will have far more than mere sermonizing. We are to give food to the hungry, clothing to the naked, and shelter to the homeless.” (417)
  • “And we are called to do more than this. The wants of the soul, only the of Christ can satisfy. If Christ is abiding in us, our hearts will be full of divine sympathy. The sealed fountains of earnest, Christlike will be unsealed.” (417)
  • “The whole earth, wrapped as it is in the darkness of sin, and sorrow, and pain, is to be lighted with the knowledge of God’s . From no sect, rank, or class of people is the light shining from heaven’s throne to be excluded. . . . The power of hell has been overcome.” (418)

 

“Go light your world!”

(Flyer, TV, Google search, name of person who invited you, etc.)
Offering for April 20, 2024

Pioneer Operating Budget

Smells can bring a flood of memories to your brain.

A special family recipe can spark a whole host of thoughts and emotions as it passes through your home if someone is making a meal. There are recipes that my mother and my grandmother have made, that still bring me joy when we get together and they are cooked for the family. One thing I am still mastering is the art of making good bread. I love the smell of fresh-baked, homemade bread, and it is always something that I look forward to making.

What has brought even more joy is involving my children in the baking process, when it is possible. Baking and cooking are skills that can be taught and learned. Similarly, our church has a rich heritage of passing along the lessons we know in order to build up the next generation.

The Bible encourages teaching and sharing what we know! “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2, NIV).

Ministries such as Sabbath School classes help us connect and better know the “recipe” for a better life in Christ, and how to practically live out our Christianity outside of these church walls. Today’s offering is for our local church budget, which supports ministries such as Sabbath school. 

North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Pastoral Staff Transition at Pioneer

Please see the letter below regarding a Pastoral Staff transition at Pioneer.

Letter from Elder Jim Micheff

Hope and Fun with Jesus

The Pioneer Women Ministries invites you explore the topic of “Hope” with us on Sunday, April 28 form 3-5 PM in the Teen Loft. The program will include fellowship time with games and puzzles. Please bring snacks to share with your table: cut fruit, pretzels, cookies, munchies be creative! Drinks will be provided! Join us for this time of encouragement. To Register text “HOPE” at 269-281-2345

Free Bibles

The lost and found ministry at PMC has placed a table in the Main Lobby (Narthex) containing Bibles which have been in lost and found for more than a year and not been claimed. Some have names on them and some do not. You are welcome to take a Bible for yourself or a friend.  Please read and enjoy, For other lost and found item, there is a cupboard in the lower lobby welcome center where these items are kept. You can ask during the week for a secretary to help you check if your lost item is there.  After items have been in lost and found for more than three months they are sent to Neighbor to Neighbor so be sure and check on your items soon after you lose them.

Quiet Activity Bags for Kids in Church

Pioneer warmly welcomes young families! Quiet activity bags for children are available to borrow, enjoy, and return each Sabbath morning. Select a larger bag for 1 to 3 year-olds or a smaller one for 3 to 9 year-olds. Pick up a bag in the Narthex or the organ side front entrance lobby. Return as soon as finished so others can enjoy.

Oasis Public School Ministry

Oasis Public School Ministry provides a safe community for real talk, good food, fun activities, and building relationships between students, leaders, and God. This ministry is open to all public middle and high school students and meets Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 PM in the 5th grade Sabbath school room. Bring a friend and check it out! For more information, contact Diane at simplestirrings@yahoo.com.

Clear Reception

Join us for Bible study and reading "Mere Christianity" an adaption of BBC radio broadcasts by C.S. Lewis during WWII. We plan to build simple radio sets like the ones people listened to Mr. Lewis on. We will meet the first and third Tuesday of each month from 7:00-9:30, in the lobby of the Simulator Building at Andrews University Airpark. Register by clicking on the 'Grow Groups" link at the bottom of Pioneer Memorial Church's web page, then select the option of "Join a Community Group".

BELONG Ministries Adopt-a-Student

 Winter is coming and for many of our students these are the hardest months to get through without their families. You can help create a home away from home by joining our Belong Ministries Adopt-a-Student program. You'll build meaningful connections by hosting the student for a home cooked meal, surprising them with their favorite treats, and reminding them that they've been prayed for. The time commitment is at your discretion.

Sign up to Adopt-a-Student