Ruth Murdoch Elementary School is collecting books during the month of March for their upcoming student book swap . If you have any books appropriate for grades K-8 and consistent with Christian values that you are willing to donate, please bring them to RMES during business hours between now and March 31. RMES students will have an opportunity to select a book during the week of April 3 to 7. This is a wonderful way for our church family to support our students and promote a love for reading. Please email RMESHomeAndSchool@gmail.com or speak to Kimberly Westfall if you have any questions. Thank you for your support!
How to Survive the Coming Economic Crisis
How to Survive Your Own Financial Crisis
SpeakerDwight 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.
More In This Series
"How to Survive the Coming Economic Crisis:
How to Survive Your Own Financial Crisis"
»A story of two brothers or sisters
• Luke 10:38-42
• Distraction #1—
• Distraction #2—
• The average adult spends hours online per day.
• The average teen spends hours online per day.
• UC Irvine study discovered it takes us to get back on track after we’ve been distracted (whether in class or at work).
• Distraction #3—
»The WOW numbers
• credit cards are now in circulation in the U.S.
• Consumer debt last year (auto loans, student loans, personal loans, credit cards/not mortgages) hit a new high—just over $ .
•(How much is a trillion dollars? If you spent one dollar per second, in a day you would spend $86,400. Over the course of a year, your spending would come to more than $31.5 million. At that rate of spending, it would take you over years to spend one trillion dollars.)
• Consumer spending in the U.S. (food, gas, clothing, mortgages, electronics) last year set a new record: $ .
• Joshua Becker, “Becoming Minimalist” blog: “The numbers paint a jarring picture of excessive consumption and unnecessary accumulation. Fortunately, the solution is not difficult. The invitation to own less is an invitation to freedom, intentionality, and passion. And it can be discovered at your nearest drop-off center.” (https://www.becomingminimalist.com/clutter-stats/)
• Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Earthly gifts are given to be used, not to be . . . . [T]he disciple must receive his portion from God every day. If he stores it up as a permanent possession, he spoils not only the gift, but as well, for he sets his heart on his accumulated wealth, and makes it a barrier between himself and God. Where our treasure is, there is our trust, our security, our consolation and our God. is idolatry.” (Cost of Discipleship 194)
»#1 Life Principle—Make God .
• Matthew 6:33
• Father Abraham—“Then Abram gave him [the priest Melchizedek] a tenth of everything.” (Genesis 14:20)
• Grandson Jacob—“‘And of all that You give me I will give You a tenth.’” (Genesis 28:22)
• Lord Jesus—“‘This you ought to have done [tithing], without leaving the other undone [loving].’” (Matthew 23:23)
• Malachi 3:10-12, 8-9
• “O God, I make You my C-suite Lord!”
• Desire of Ages: “Satan has represented God as selfish and oppressive, as claiming all, and giving nothing, as requiring the service of His creatures for His own glory, and making no sacrifice for their good. But the gift of Christ reveals the Father’s heart. . . . Having undertaken our redemption, He will spare nothing, however dear, which is necessary to the completion of His work. . . . Favor is heaped upon favor, gift upon gift. The treasury of heaven is open to those He seeks to save. Having collected the riches of the universe, and laid open the resources of infinite power, He gives them all into the hands of Christ, and says, All these are for man. Use these gifts to convince him that there is no love greater than Mine in earth or heaven. His greatest happiness will be found in loving Me.” (57)
Make God First
Our Kindergarten program helps children grow in spiritual, academic, physical and social ways! Parents of children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2023 are invited to our Kindergarten Parent Information Night April 4, 6:30-7:30 PM. Children are invited to Kindergarten Visitor's Day April 5. Please let us know you are coming by calling 269-471-3220.
You’re invited to send a personal message of thanks to Pastor Dwight and Karen. Selected messages will be included in a Tribute presentation to Pastor Dwight and available on this site at a later date.
-Farewell Planning Committee
Share your tribute at pmchurch.org/farewell/tributes.
On April 16, Pioneer is planning to provide beds for children in our community who don’t have any. This project, Beds for Berrien, needs your help! There are 3 main ways to assist: First, and most critical right now, you can donate. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to provide 40 beds to children who need a better sleeping situation in their homes. Your donations to the Pioneer Outreach fund will help us reach that goal! You can check our fundraising progress at pmchurch.org/beds. Second, you can help us get organized on our distribution day, April 16. This is the area that we have the most help with right now. Third, we really need more delivery teams to transport the beds and bedding to homes, and assemble the bed frames for the families. If you’d like to donate to the Pioneer Outreach fund, volunteer, and/or find more information, text BEDS to 269-281-2345 or visit pmchurch.org/beds.
The congregation of All Nations SDA Church in Berrien Springs, MI is partnering with the Groupe Francophone D'Andrews to present a special day of bilingual fellowship and worship in French and English to celebrate International Francophone Month. Breakfast will be served at 10 AM, followed by 10:30 sabbath school, 11:45 worship service, and a hot potluck lunch. All learners and lovers of French from all nationalities and backgrounds are welcome. Please contribute salads and hot dishes to the fellowship lunch as you are able. Contact Marianne Kordas at firstname.lastname@example.org or the All Nations SDA church at 269-473-4400 for more details
A BIG THANK YOU to all who volunteer to purchase or make food for the PMC funeral receptions. It is such a help and a blessing to us and the families. We would love to have more volunteers on our funeral dinner team. Please call 269-471-6565.
-PMC Funeral Committee
Registration is now open for the Explore Andrews Summer Camp for middle school students. Our weeklong day camp is taught by Andrews professors and covers topics such as Pre-Vet camp, Technology camp, Art camp, History camp, and Architecture camp. A daily lunch is included in the University cafeteria. Join us from June 12- June 16th!
Something In Common Sabbath School presents God As He Longs For You To See Him:
How would you describe God!? Awesome? All Powerful? Creator? While we cannot know Him exhaustively, we can know Him truly. And God longs for you to see Him as He truly is. This fascinating series studies seven attributes of God.
As you begin to see God for who He really is and what His true desires for your life are, it will change the way you pray, the way you live, and the way you think about the world around you.
- March 18 – The Goodness of God
- March 25 – The Sovereignty of God
- April 1 – The Holiness of God
- April 8 – The Wisdom of God
- April 15 – The Justice of God
- April 22 – The Love of God
- April 26 – The Faithfulness of God
Everyone is welcome to join us each Sabbath morning from 10:30-11:30 AM, in PMC Room 141
On Sunday, April 2, 2023, from 11 AM-2 PM the Village of Berrien Springs is organizing a Spring Spruce-Up to help members of our community clean up their yards. Let’s get out and be Love on the Move for some of our neighbors who could use some assistance preparing their yards for Spring. If you’d like to join Pioneer’s Spruce-Up team of volunteers, text SPRUCE to 269-281-2345 or register at https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=K2J6ODRWQlphVUk9.
Care For Cuba brings crucial resources to pastors and Bible workers in Cuba. There are 11 million people living in Cuba, and out of 400 pastors and bible workers, very few have the needed technology, transportation, and ministry resources to reach these people and finish the gospel work. You can help by giving to one or more of the projects like bikes, Bibles, computers or projectors. Your donation of any amount is 100% tax deductible and will change many lives, guaranteed! Join us by donating today. Mark your envelope as “Care for Cuba”. For more information or to donate online visit www.careforcuba.org.