Church Offices Closed  —  

The church offices will be closed Wednesday June 19 in celebration of the Juneteenth holiday.

 

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

Saturday, June 16, 2018
Program: 
As We Begin
God Will Take Care of You • Stillman Martin
Praise
To You We Sing • How Marvelous • This Is My Father's World • Still
Prayer
Sharon Terrell
Children's Story
Children of the Heavenly Father • Aaron Miller / John Ferguson / Kenneth Logan
Worship in Music
Children of the Heavenly Father • Ovid Young
Sermon
"Gone to the Birds: Lessons from the Divine Ornithologist—3"
Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card, Tithes & Offerings
Under His Wings • 529

"Gone to the Birds: Lessons from the Divine Ornithologist"—3
Hen
www.newperceptions.tv

  • Matthew 23:37
    • Jesus: "How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not."
    • Craig Keener: "Jewish tradition claimed that Jewish people were under God's wings, and when a Jewish person converted a Gentile, he or she brought that Gentile 'under the wings of God's presence.'" (The IVP Bible Background Commentary 111)
    • "No more poignant or tender expression of solicitude ever came from the lips of Jesus." (SDABC 5:493)
    • Desire of Ages: "Divine pity marked the countenance of the Son of God as He cast one lingering look upon the temple and then upon His hearers. In a voice choked by deep anguish of heart and bitter tears He exclaimed, 'O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!' This is the separation struggle. In the lamentation of Christ the very heart of God is pouring itself forth. It is the mysterious farewell of the long-suffering love of the Deity." (620)
  • Psalm 91
    • KJV (vv1-2)—"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High [Elyon] shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty [Shaddai]. I will say of the LORD [Yahweh], He is my refuge and my fortress: my God [Elohim]; in him will I trust."
    • Ellen White: "God's commandment-keeping people stand under the broad shield of Omnipotence." (8T 120)
    • Psalm 124:7—"We have escaped like a bird from the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped."
    • NET Bible dictionary: "FOWLER: A professional birdcatcher. In the days previous to firearms, birds were captured with nets spread on the ground, in traps and snares. . . . or the use of the throw-stick (Ecclesiasticus 11:30). This was a stick 1 1/2 feet in length and 1/2 inches in diameter, hurled with a rotary motion at the legs of the birds and was very effective when thrown into flocks of ground birds, such as partridge or quail, especially if the birds were running up hill." (http://classic.net.bible.org/dictionary.php?word=FOWLER)
    • Ecclesiastes 9:12—"Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them."
    • Patriarchs and Prophets: "The great mass of the world will reject God's mercy, and will be overwhelmed in swift and irretrievable ruin. But those who heed the warning shall dwell 'in the secret place of the Most High,' and 'abide under the shadow of the Almighty.'" (167)
    • Psalm 91:4—"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge."
      • Psalm 17:8-9—"Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings, from the wicked who oppress me, from my deadly enemies who surround me."
      • Psalm 57:1—"Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by."
  • Psalm 91:11—the line Satan left out—"He will guard you in all your ways."
  • Memorize Psalm 91—
    • "Let the more important passages of Scripture [e.g., Psalm 91] . . . be committed to memory, not as a task, but as a privilege. Though at first the memory may be defective, it will gain strength by exercise . . ." (CG 511)
    • According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (Vol 287, No 6, p 742), the National Institute of Aging found that "adults who regularly participate in intellectually stimulating activities [such as memorization] may reduce their risk of developing dementia such as Alzheimer's disease by as much as 47%."

"Under His wings I am safely abiding"
William Orcutt Cushing

 

 

(Flyer, TV, Google search, name of person who invited you, etc.)
Hymnsing at The Old Rugged Cross Church

 You are invited to a hymn sing on June 22, 4:00-5:00pm at The Old Rugged Cross Church, 61041 Vermont St., Pokagon,, MI49047.  Please bring your Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal. A freewill offering will help to maintain the church.  Please contact Melchizedek Ponniah, (269) 876-7476 or melponniah@gmail.com for any additional information. 

Save the Date for Church Business Meeting

Pioneer members are encouraged to attend the Church Business Session which will be held in the Pioneer Commons, Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00 pm.  The topics to be discussed and voted upon include the 2024-2025 budget.

Ukrainian Thank You Tour to Visit the Howard

The Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University will host a concert by Ukrainian artists on Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m. The concert is part of a 40-day U.S. tour that five Ukrainian professional musicians turned active-duty soldiers have led since May. They will be joined by several local guest artists for the program. Admission will be free for all guests, and there will be a free-will collection at the concert. 

Church Office Closed Wednesday June 19

Pioneer offices will be closed on Wednesday June 19 for the Juneteenth Holiday.

Offering for June 15, 2024

Pioneer Operating Budget

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” (Revelations 7:9 NIV).

As I look around my college classroom, I’m always amazed at the rainbow of faces that I see. The gospel is beautiful because our great hope is that one day, we will all be united in heaven, and we will get to worship God for eternity. In the meantime, we must exist in this fallen world. As I discuss with my students what is happening in the world today, we wrestle with our place as Christians and as a church body.

God has called us to be His hands and feet, and this generation of college students has a strong desire to see impactful outreach within our local church ministries that they can connect with to help our community. In one such example of ministry, one student said that their church back home would support mothers in need with free diapers if they didn’t have money. The multitude described in the book of Revelation will be composed of many people who have allowed Christ to live through them and bless others. Today’s offering is being collected to support the local church budget.

Our church is able to serve as a house of worship for all people because of your generous gifts, so thank you!

North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Changes to ADRA Giving Options

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist have decided to simplify the number of donation options. Historically, a significant number of options have been available when giving to ADRA allowing donors to specify a specific project or program. Going forward all currently existing ADRA donations will be consolidated into 5 major categories.

ADRA Health Programs
Poor health is often at the heart of poverty and suffering. Giving to the ADRA Health fund helps build healthier lives for those we serve by improving access to safe water sources, providing hygiene and sanitation solutions, helping families access nourishing food, supporting pregnant women and mothers, and delivering reliable health support.

ADRA Education Programs
Education for all helps safeguard against chronic poverty, violence, abuse, exploitation, and even reduces vulnerability to natural disasters. The ADRA Education fund will help remove obstacles to learning by providing access to primary, secondary, and tertiary education, delivering school supplies, uniforms, and other resources, teaching adult literacy classes, and providing technical and vocational education.

ADRA Livelihood Programs
Livelihood training is a key contributor to breaking the cycle of poverty. The ADRA Livelihoods fund will help end generational poverty by empowering savings and loan groups in vulnerable communities, preparing communities for climate resiliency, training farmers to improve their methods, and empowering women to become business leaders in their communities.
ADRA Emergency Response and Preparedness
When disaster strikes, those whose lives are the most at risk are often furthest from help. Every year, ADRA responds to more than 100 emergencies around the world: earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, civil strife, and more. Contributions to the ADRA Emergency Response and Preparedness fund will help support a global network of offices and partners to quickly mobilize resources and bring relief to the hardest-hit areas.

ADRA General Fund
ADRA, the global humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 120 countries. Gifts to ADRA will provide families with emergency aid in times of crisis or natural disaster and longer-term, sustainable assistance to people battling chronic hunger, homelessness, and other life-threatening challenges, so they can live as God intended.

 

Pioneer Spiritual Life Survey

This quick survey will give our church leadership team a better understanding of how to lead our church. All responses are anonymous and every precaution will be taken with the data.

 

Adventist Heritage & American History Tour

Explore Scenic New England and it's Rich History from September 1-8, 2024