COVID-19 UPDATES  —  

For your safety, Pioneer Memorial Church offices are now closed until further notice. Pastors and staff continue to work remotely to serve your needs. Read more regarding the COVID-19 Pioneer response here.

 
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 21:26

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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.

Does addiction seem like an unbeatable challenge? Here are 7 steps you can take to turn your defeats into victory.
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04/19/2014
Feeling trapped by addiction? What if the very same power that freed Jesus from the tomb was available to free you from you're own bondage?
04/26/2014
The same One who can break your bondage to sin can also wash you clean and keep you that way for the rest of your life.

“The Bondage Breaker:
How to Turn Your Defeats into V-I-C-T-O-R-Y”

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The Principle
• Luke 8:1-3
• Luke 11:24-26
• You must what you .

• Re video gaming:

  • Philip Zimbardo in an Aug 2011 TED talk: “Boys’ brains are being digitally rewired in a totally new way, for change, novelty, excitement, and constant arousal. They’re totally out of sync in traditional classes, which are analog, static, and interactively passive. And they’re totally out of sync in relationships [with young women], which build gradually and subtly.” (www.TED.com TED Talk, Aug 2011/quoted in Leadership Fall 2011)

The Plan

  • #1—Replace hi-visual/hi-tech stimulation with .

     Psalm 46:10—“Be and know that I am God.”

    •   Richard Foster: “In contemporary society our Adversary majors in three

      things: , , and .”

    •   Desire of Ages: “When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait

      before Him, the of the soul makes more distinct the voice of

      God.” (363)

  • #2—Replace self-absorbed stimulation with .

    Wall Street Journal “Can Faith Rewrite an Addict’s Brain?”: “Frequent involvement in seems to help in the treatment of those who do abuse alcohol and drugs [according to a research report to be released next month in Alcohol Treatment Quarterly]. . . . Our study showed spiritual experiences predicted abstinence, increased social behavior and reduced narcissistic behavior. . . . Why might this combination work? Neuroscientists, including Andrew Newberg in his 2010 book ‘How God Changes Your Brain,’ are beginning to uncover what happens to the mind when the unconscious neurological foundations of addiction are short- circuited by [1] spiritual awakening and [2] a new focus on others. Neuronal pathways in the brain appear to be instantaneously realigned.” (WSJ 3-28-2014)

  • #3—Replace hormonal stimulation with /physical exertion.
  • #4—Replace dietary stimulation with .

     “I have come to realize that the ‘lust on/off switch’ primarily starts with my .” (Graduate student email)

 “Physical habits have a great deal to do with the success of every individual. The more careful you are in your , the more simple and unstimulating the food that sustains the body in its harmonious action, the more clear will be your conception of duty. . . . The has much to

do with the disposition to enter into temptation and commit sin.” (Counsels on

Diet and Food 52)

  • #5—Replace beverage stimulation with .

     The stimulation that injects into the nervous and circulatory systems, pumping you up before dropping you down, is an artificial stimulation for both you and your body.

  • #6—Replace stress stimulation with .
     Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician and philosopher and Christian of the

    seventeenth century, wrote: “All the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay in their own room.” (Ruth Barton, Invitation to Solitude and Silence 9)

  • #7—Replace some of your old friends with .
     April 16—Wednesday 7 p.m.—a special prayer and anointing service for all
    •   Counseling and Testing Center— (269) 471-3470/

      www.andrews.edu/services/ctcenter/resources

    •   www.MichianaSober.org for local Alcoholics Anonymous groups
    •   www.alcoholics-anonyous.org for national directory
    •   Sexaholics Anonymous/Sundays 5-6 p.m./call Ed (480) 274-8114
    •   Google for local information for other 12-Steps

      Desire of Ages: “Jesus knows the circumstances of every soul. You may say, I am sinful, very sinful. You may be; but the worse you are, the more you need Jesus. He turns no weeping, contrite one away. He does not tell to any all that He might reveal, but He bids every trembling soul take courage. Freely will He pardon all who come to Him for forgiveness and restoration.” (568)

      You must replace what you remove! 

Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor To Neighbor is hosting a food giveaway on April 6, 2020, sponsored by Feeding America. It will begin at 11:00 AM.

20 volunteers are needed to facilitate an efficient distribution process. Out of an abundance of caution we will be explaining new protocols which will be put in place. Masks and gloves will be provided. For volunteers interested in assisting with this event, join us on Zoom on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6:00 PM for a briefing.

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2nd Quarter Adult Sabbath School Lessons

Due to the COVID-19 stay at home mandate, Pioneer is unable to provide physical copies of the Adult Sabbath School Lesson at this time. Both teacher's edition and standard edition are available online for free.

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FLAG Camp Staff

Each year, FLAG Camp seeks enthusiastic, responsible high school and college students to work as counselors, teachers and support staff. If you have a love for children and are committed to setting a wholesome example for our campers, consider joining our team. The application deadline is April 5, 2020. At this time FLAG Camp is still scheduled this summer. Due to the COVID-19 virus, please stay tuned for further updates.

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Livestreaming Schedule

Pioneer will be worshipping online online until further notice. We look forward to having you join us there.

  9:00 AM ET - Pioneer at Worship
10:30 AM ET - Sabbath School
11:45 AM ET - Pioneer at Worship

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Home Visits

The Board of Elders, under the leadership of Bryan and Becky von Dorpowski, has responded to the immediate spiritual and emotional needs of our oldest Pioneer members. Recognizing many of them will chose to protect themselves from the coronavirus by limiting their time in the wider community and thus missing the weekly fellowship that worship and Sabbath School provided, the elders will be focusing on those Pioneer members in their 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s—and will be reaching out by phone to visit with them. (In order to protect the health of our members our elders will not be making home visits at this time.)

If you know of an at-risk member who needs personal attention, please call Claudia Sowler 269.471.3134. The elders are praying these targeted phone calls will bring the ministry of our Good Shepherd Savior to these who have faithfully walked with Him throughout their lives.

Family, Faith, and Fun!

During this time of potential boredom and cabin fever, enjoy these fun ideas for spending quality time together as a family.

After the long winter of gray and brown, get outside and look for all the buds, sprouts, and new leaves you can find. Try to identify what each one is. You can use your phone to look on the Internet or use an app like Pl@ntNet to identify leaves. Currently, you can see things like crocuses, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, lilies, snowdrops, moss, ferns, ramps, and wild chives. It is so nice to be reminded that even when things look bleak, God is still there and recreating!

You can also "adopt a friend" each day or week! Send several encouraging and kind notes to a friend via text, email, Messenger, etc. Let them know you are thinking about them and even praying for them.

Sponsored by the Family Life Committee

Volunteer for the Most Vulnerable

We are looking for teams of volunteers that can help people who are more vulnerable in our community to run errands such as picking up groceries and medicine. We're also asking for volunteers to make calls and pray for our members and community.

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COVID-19 Grow Group Update

Community and gathering in some form remains vital. We have asked Grow Groups of more than ten people to start meeting online. For Grow Groups of less than ten people, we're asking them to practice safe social distancing of at least six feet—as per the CDC. 

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Love on the Move

Over the summer and fall of 2019 Pioneer underwent significant physical renovation—including a new roof and a major Sanctuary makeover. During the same time congregation leaders engaged in multiple conversations about our missional renovation—how does a faith community like Pioneer seriously engage and impact the people around us for Christ? From this dialogue emerged a fresh new expression of our Pioneer mission: "Love on the Move."

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Campus News

For more events impacting our local university campus, please visit www.andrews.edu/agenda.

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