Out of His deep love for humanity, God changes our lives and asks us to move His love into our community and world. We are uniquely positioned at Andrews University to share the story of God’s love from the residence halls to the farthest parts of the earth. We accomplish our mission by engaging people across generations to be disciples of Jesus through the process of Connect. Grow. Serve. Go.
Pioneer Media supports the local ministry needs related to classroom and teaching technology. It also creates content for and manages Pioneer's online presence and produces our broadcast television program.
Your financial gift helps support ministry here at Pioneer. From local to global ministry, keeping our facility safe and clean, to outreach and family growth activities, it all provides a space to worship, learn, and grow together. We invite you to Give Purposefully, Give Faithfully, and Give Joyfully.
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.
• US News & World Report—a study last year of 20,000 U.S. adults “found that nearly half felt lonely at least sometime. And only 53% said they had meaningful face-to-face interactions every day.”
• God: “‘It is not good for the man [Adam] to be alone; I will make a companion who can help him [Eve].’” (Genesis 2:18)
• Norway survey of 15,000 people discovered:
– For those 18-29—what matters in relationships is quantity (how many friends do I have?).
• Stephen Johnson—ask these questions to find out if you have the relationships you need:
– Do you have at least one person nearby whom you can call on in times of personal distress?
– Do you have several people whom you can visit with little advance warning without apology?
– Do you have several people with whom you can share recreational activities?
– Do you have people who will lend you money if you need it, or those who will care for you in practical ways if the need arises? (In Friendship Factor 24)
» 4 Secrets to Growing Friendships
• Friendship Secret #1—Less of and more of . (Unselfishness)
– Jennifer Schwirzer: “We have all done it, and we have all suffered when others have done it. The monologuist fails to hold an actual conversation. They seem to thrive on the sound of their own voice.” (13 Weeks to Love 56)
• Alan McGuinnis: Ask yourself—
– Do we usually end up going to the restaurant or watch the movie I prefer?
– Do I enjoy correcting factual errors in other people’s conversations?
– Do I use humor to put down my friends?
– Do I have to know more about a topic than others to feel comfortable discussing it?(Friendship Factor 63)
– 1 Corinthians 13:5—“Love is not -seeking.”
• Friendship Secret #2—Let’s ! (Communication)
– Les and Leslie Parrott (in their book), observe: “Consider this fact: Men say three times as many words in public as they do in private, while women say three times as many words in private as they do in public.” (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts 108)
– Alan McGinnis: “There can be no intimacy without .” (Friendship Factor 105)
– Luke 24:15—“[Cleopas and his friend] talked and discussed these things with .”
• Friendship Secret #3—Quit keeping . (Gift of a Good Forgetter)
– Jacques Vaudre: “Keeping score belongs in competitive sports, not in a mutually supportive relationship. . . . The idea that love involves some sort of quid pro quo, is, at best, evidence of immaturity that needs to be outgrown. At worst, it is a distortion of love that turns two people into unhappy combatants vying for control.” (Six Dynamic Keys 120)
– Matthew 6:12 NIV—“And forgive us our debts as we also [GK already forgiven our debtors.”
• Friendship Secret #4—I’m willing to so you can . (Self-sacrifice)
– The sacrificial love of a mother for her child
– John 15:13—“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s .”
Best Friends Forever
RMES Prayer Calendar
Please join us in praying for the children and families attending Ruth Murdoch Elementary School using their prayer calendar. Beginning in October and ending in May, one student each day is highlighted for our special prayer. Let's all join in praying for that one student on their day.
RMES Prayer Calendar
There is no fellowship dinner this Sabbath
Offering for October 7, 2023
Pioneer Operating Budget
Some parents hand their young child something to put in the offering. When does that stop?
I want you to think about what you are giving and the reason you’re giving it. Some of you may have already given your tithes and offerings this month, or maybe you give online, so you aren’t giving anything during the church service. Thank you for returning your tithe and offerings. But… Let me ask two questions:
1. What are you giving?
2. Why are you giving it?
If we don’t examine and understand what we do and why we do it, it really is meaningless. God knows our motives though, and He can read what is in our hearts. I hope you are giving because you love Him and are thankful for how He has provided for you in so many ways. Gratitude is the only motivation for giving that means anything.
Thank you for giving with a grateful heart today.
—North American Division Stewardship Ministries
Pathfinder Fundraiser Fall Festival
Come out to the PMC parking lot and support the Evergreens Pathfinders on Sunday October 15th from 12:30 to 3:30. Enjoy corn dogs and other yummy treats. There will be hayrides and other fun activities. See you there!
Something In Common Sabbath School
Me and My Big Mouth series by Andy Stanley
Ever said something you wish you could take back? Even if what you said was true, those words may have cost you a job, reputation, or even relationship.
The longer we listen, the more we learn, and the better chance we have of protecting ourselves from our own big mouths. In all our conversations, what if we didn’t aim to be right, but tried to make things right instead?
October 7–Quick to Listen
October 21–According to Code
October 28–Right Where You Want ‘Em
Everyone is welcome to join us from 10:30-11:30 Sabbath mornings in Room 141.
Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross is in need of blood donations and you can help them out! By becoming a blood donor, you are helping to ensure that a lack of blood does not lead to a delay in medical treatment for patients. Join us October 24th from 1:00-6:45 PM in the PMC commons. See you there!
It's that time of year again! The Family Life Committee invites our Pioneer family to the annual hayride at Five Pines Ministries (6597 Smith Rd, Berrien Center). Refreshments, campfire, s'mores, and of course hayrides through the beautiful woods. Sunday, October 15, 6-8 PM. We hope to see you there!
Andrews Academy Alumni Weekend October 20 & 21
Andrews Academy invites you to ALUMNI WEEKEND, October 20 & 21, 2023. Come and reunite with your AA family. Remember the defining moments of your past and reconnect with old friends. We look forward to seeing all of you once again at our Alumni Reunion! (All are invited, this year’s honored classes end in 3 and 8). Friday 7 PM, Vespers; Saturday 10:00 AM, Sabbath School & Roll Call;11:30 AM. Alumni Worship Convocation followed by honor class photographs & haystack lunch. Shydepoke at 8 PM at AU Andreasen Center (basketball).
Howard Center Presents: Take 6
Experience the vocal genius of the ten-time GRAMMY® winners who laid the foundation for so many acapella groups that followed. Considered one of the most successful acapella groups of all time, Take 6 was formed on the campus of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. Their music integrates jazz, pop, and soul, gospel with spiritual and inspirational lyrics. Take 6 continues to push the boundaries of creativity and musical genius with every new release and their continually evolving live performances. Tickets are available online at howard.andrews.edu or by calling our box office at 269-471-3560
Pathfinder Fruit Fundraiser
Pioneer's Evergreen Pathfinder club invites you to support their participation in the upcoming International Pathfinder Camporee in Gillette, Wyoming, August 5-11, 2024. To raise the needed funds, they are partnering with Florida Indian River Groves to bring you fresh fruit. Fruit is harvested the very same day it ships to ensure that you receive fruit that is hours off of the tree. Now that's fresh! This year, the fundraiser will run from September 25 through November 10. Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks! And don't forget your friends, family, and coworkers. Everyone loves fresh fruit from Florida; and you'll be supporting our Pathfinder club at the same time! Thank you for supporting the Pioneer Evergreens!
Each Pathfinder must raise $950.
Pioneer has approximately 100 Pathfinders in its club.
You can help cut the individual costs for our club by starting an order today!
Please spread the word by sharing our website. Thank you in advance for your support - and enjoy the fresh fruit!
If you miss the deadline for ordering fruit, you can also give directly to the Evergreen Pathfinder Club. Select "PMC Pathfinder Club" from the "Local Offering" categories.