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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 one granddaughter.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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  • Jonah
    • Haddon Robinson: “If ever there was a man who lived in direct disobedience to God, it was the prophet Jonah.  God directed him to preach to the citizens of Nineveh, but he boarded a ship and sailed away from God rather than do what God had commanded him to do.  During his flight a violent storm arose that terrified the pagan sailors, but Jonah was below deck in the boat asleep.  Evidently Jonah had peace about the decision he made.  On the other hand, if ever there was someone who was doing God’s will, it was Jesus going to the cross.  Yet, in the Garden of Gethsemane he was in anguish, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the earth (Luke 22:44).  Peace is not evidence we have made a godly decision.” (Preaching to a Shifting Culture, 85-86)
       
  • Nineveh
    • "'Should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh . . . ?'" (Jonah 4:11)
    • Billy Graham diary entry: “Preached on the Prodigal Son. Felt somewhat bound, not as much liberty as normal. The crowd was about the same tonight as before. It was very hot and humid. I think we had about the smallest response to the invitation we have had yet. I seem to sense that there is a greater response to the invitation when I preach on judgment than any other subject. Tonight I preached more on the love, mercy, and grace of God, and the response is not nearly so great. Perhaps the message for New York is judgment." (Curtis Mitchell, God in the Garden: The Amazing Story of Billy Graham's First New York Crusade, 134)
    • Ellen White: "In every city, filled though it may be with violence and crime, there are many who with proper teaching may learn to become followers of Jesus. Thousands may thus be reached with saving truth and be led to receive Christ as a personal Saviour." (Prophets and Kings 277)
    • Ralph Moore: "One question we all face is, 'Am I willing to accept the Great Commission as a personal calling?' If the answer is yes, then nothing will stand between us and spiritual revolution. Our gifts of time, money and prestige will burst with sacrifice. You and I will crave the power of the Holy Spirit so that we can make a difference wherever we go. If we embrace the goal of spiritual revolution, we will only be happy in a church that sees itself as a force for change and acts accordingly. It will be easy to set aside comfortable tradition (even the tradition of the last decade) for functional steps toward the goal of Christ’s kingdom realized in our generation. The point is that, like Peter and Andrew, you and I must be willing to become ‘fishers of [people]' on a much broader scale. We simply need more fishing boats." (How to Multiply Your Church 114-115).
    • Oswald Chambers: "If you do not cut the moorings [the ropes that tie you to the shore], God will have to break them by a storm and send you out. Launch all on God, go out on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and you will get your eyes open. If you believe in Jesus, you are not to spend all your time in the smooth waters just inside the harbor bar, full of delight, but always moored; you have to get out through the harbor bar into the great deeps of God . . ." (My Utmost for His Highest 160)
    • Jesus: "The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something [Someone] greater than Jonah is here." (Matthew 12:41)

"We have heard a joyful sound—
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!"

 

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Support Those Affected by Flood Waters

February 22, 2018

 
Pioneer Family:

As you know, our community has experienced one of the worst flooding events in recent memory. Dozens of families have been displaced from their homes and are taking refuge at Berrien Springs Middle School. And we just got word that families from Sodus have also been affected and will also be seeking shelter at Berrien Springs Middle School.
 
Our team has been in contact with Lucy Randall, one of our Pioneer members, who is the Family Emergency Services Coordinator at Neighbor to Neighbor. We've also been in contact with Mike Hildebrand, the Oronoko Township Supervisor, and have been able to determine the needs.
 
Here's how you can help and make a difference:

  1. Donate Items to Neighbor to Neighbor: You can bring financial contributions, clothing, blankets, coats, diapers, baby items, toys, coloring books, crayons, and food items.
     
  2. Volunteer at Neighbor to Neighbor: Neighbor to Neighbor will be open Friday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to facilitate emergency assistance to those affected by flooding. They will need volunteers for two shifts each day: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Volunteers will be answering the telephone, receiving donations, processing beneficiaries, and guiding them through the process of accessing needed items. We need 8-10 people each shift. Then on Sabbath afternoon at 5:00 PM, we need 20 people to pack flood buckets. We plan to start with 50 buckets and will be packing more as needed.
     
    To volunteer for a shift or for more information, please contact Lucy Randall at 269-471-7411.
     
  3. Help Feed Those Taking Shelter: Mike Hildebrand, the Oronoko Township Supervisor, has asked Pioneer Memorial Church to take a shift feeding the 100-150 people in the shelter. Our turn will be this Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Ben Chilson, our hospitality leader, is leading the effort and will be looking for volunteers to bring food and to serve the meals.
     
    If you'd like to be involved in this effort, please contact Ben at 317-674-6120.

What a privilege it is to serve our neighbors at a time like this. After all, that's what Jesus would do. Of course, we must pray—but let’s also become involved. It’s when our actions speak louder than our words and even our prayers that people can “feel the love.”  Which is why I’m looking forward to seeing you at one of these shifts over the next few days—as we live out Jesus’ love together—

 

Dwight K. Nelson
Lead Pastor
Pioneer Memorial Church

Burt & Babb Wedding

The Burt and Babb families invite you to rejoice with us over the marriage of our children Celesta and Zack. We hope to see you there!

March 4, 3:30 PM
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church

Benefit Concert featuring Jamie Jorge

Come for a wonderful night of violin music by the world renowned Jaime Jorge and a special dedication for the Care for Cuba mission team leaving March 16 to spearhead evangelistic efforts in Cuba. A free-will offering will be collected to support Care for Cuba. Admission is free.

March 14, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

AUSA Service Gala

The AUSA Service Gala is premiering student-led service opportunities with the intention of inspiring and connecting students with opportunities to serve. The AUSA Service Gala will be a two part event, the first part will feature a series of speakers in the Howard Performing Arts Center (HPAC) Concert Hall representing different avenues of service. The second part will be a black-tie/red carpet style reception during which the AU UNICEF will be facilitating a silent auction fundraiser to raise funds for UNICEF emergency disaster relief.

Sunday, February 25, 6:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Organic CSA Shares Available

CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture. Sower's Purse Microfarm LLC is offering full and half share memberships for the 2018 growing season. With a focus on seasonal culinary diversity and growing methods which honor the Creator and His creation, your membership helps to ensure fresh, healthy produce remains available in the area for the forseeable future. It's the best way to connect with where your food comes from without growing it yourself. Weekly deliveries will be available at Neighbor to Neighbor every Friday from early-June to late-October. For more information on this season's limited membership please e-mail: christopher.dicicco@gmail.com.

Academy Day

All eighth grade students are invited to attend Academy Day March 6.  Come see the exciting programs Andrews Academy offers and experience one day with us. While there you will worship together, go to a number of classes with academy students, and participate in a number of games and activities.  Lunch will be served, T -shirts and prizes will be given.  Registration begins at 7:30 am, the full day of activities will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude by 3:15 pm. You are invited to stay for the optional dodgeball tournament and pizza supper to follow.   Call (269) 471-3138 with any questions you may have.

Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 AM to 3:15 PM
Location: Andrews Academy

Wind Symphony Vespers Concert

For our annual Vespers Concert as part of the Andrews University Music Festival, the Wind Symphony presents a wide of variety of inspirational sacred music for wind band. Headlining the program is David Gillingham’s No Shadow of Turning, a distinctive arrangement of Great is Thy Faithfulness and other moving repertoire pieces. Come be blessed and inspired by these moving pieces!

March 2, 7:30 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Keys to Personal Revival and a Lifestyle of Vibrant Living in Christ

Female spouses of seminary students and student women clergy are invited to a Prayer Retreat. Be prepared for an extraordinary life changing experience with guest speaker and author Melody Mason of the GC Prayer Ministries Dept. Melody is the author of the bestselling book "Daring to ask for More". Register at the NADEI Office in the Seminary Building.

March 2, 5:30 PM
Location: Five Pines Ministries

New Member Orientation

If you have recently transferred your church membership, been baptized, joined by Profession of Faith, or enrolled at Andrews University, you are invited to attend the Pioneer new member orientation. We want to meet you, share the mission and vision of Pioneer with you, and introduce you to your pastors as we help you become better acquainted with your new church family. Click below to register or call pastor Sabine or Gracie Gaytan via (269) 471-3133.

Sabbath, March 3, 10:30 AM
Location: PMC Boardroom

Used Adventist Book Sale

There will be a used Adventist book sale on Sunday, April 8, 10am-4pm at the Village Adventist Elementary School. There will be about 7,000 used books for sale. If you are looking for something specific, John Segar is encouraging you to call him in advance at (269)781-6379. Part of the proceeds will go to the Village Adventist Elementary School.

There will have a large assortment of used Adventist books including:

  • Doctrinal
  • Ellen G. White books
  • Story books
  • Bible Story/Uncle Arthur Bedtime Story
  • SDA Bible Commentary
  • Song Books
  • Cook Books

Sunday, April 8, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Village Adventist Elementary School Gym
               (409 W Mars St, Berrien Springs, MI 49103)

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