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, March 03, 2018

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Keywords: Love, Heartbeat, Heart, Danny Gokey, Gregory Boyle, Jerry Cook
Keywords: love, caring, Holy Spirit, Washington Post, My Bright Abyss, Vanishing Grace, For the Glory, Philip Yancey

"Church of Hearts: Can You Feel the Love?"

  • Two Theories
    • The Church as a Field
    • The Church as a Force
  • One Teaching
    • Matthew 13:1-3
    • Matthew 13:24-30
    • Matthew 13:36-43
      • It is not the mission of the Church to weed the field—it is the mission of the Church to love the field.
      • Matthew 13:47-50
  • Ellen White: "[Christ] has not committed to us the work of judging character and motive. He knows our nature too well to entrust this work to us. Should we try to uproot from the church those whom we suppose to be spurious [fake] Christians, we should be sure to make mistakes. Often we regard as hopeless subjects the very ones whom Christ is drawing to Himself." (Christ's Object Lessons 71-72)
  • "Were we to deal with these souls according to our imperfect judgment, it would perhaps extinguish their last hope. Many who think themselves Christians will at last be found wanting. Many will be in heaven who their neighbors supposed would never enter there. Man judges from appearance, but God judges the heart." (72)
  • Jerry Cook: "The minimal guarantee we must make to people is that they will be loved—always, under every circumstance, with no exception. The second guarantee is that they will be totally accepted, without reservation. The third thing we must guarantee is that no matter how miserably they fail or how blatantly they sin, unreserved forgiveness is theirs for the asking with no bitter taste left in anybody's mouth. . . . A church that can make that commitment to every person is a church that's learning to love and a church that will be a force for God." (Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness 11, 13)
  • Clare De Graaf's The 10-Second Rule— "Just do the next thing you're reasonably certain Jesus wants you to do—and do it within the next ten seconds."

  • A Pledge

I make this commitment to you, . I will love you—always, under every circumstance, with no exception. I will accept you—totally and without reservation. And no matter how miserably you fail or how blatantly you sin, I offer unreserved forgiveness to you for the asking. I choose to love you as Jesus loves me.

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Kindergarten Visitation Day

Bring your child for a morning of singing, worship, stories, a craft, PE class, music class, outdoor playtime, and time to enjoy one of the 20+ learning centers. Please call (269) 471-3220 to register your child for this fun-paced day!

April 4, 8:15 to 11:30 AM
Location: Ruth Murdoch Elementary School

Kindergarten Parent Night

Come meet Mrs. Curnutt and learn about the creative, hands-on, developmental program that will help your child to grow in academic, social, physical, and spiritual ways. Tour the classroom and school, ask questions, and enjoy refreshments while you meet other parents. A $50 coupon toward tuition for the first month is available only on this night. Please come early if you need to drop off your child for child care.

April 3, 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Location: Ruth Murdoch Elementary School

Pathfinder Bible Experience

There will be 25 PBE teams from around the Lake Union that will be participating. Clubs from this area are PMC Evergreens, Stevensville Challengers, and Eau Claire Critters. Daniel and Esther are the books they have been studying this year. Come to encourage, support a team, and challenge your bible knowledge. 

Sabbath, March 17, 3:00 PM
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church

Knitting Hearts Together

Please join this Spirit-led ministry as we create and deliver hand-created comfort to the seriously ill and bereaved.

March 27, 7:00 PM
Location: MacCarty Residence
Contact: Alice Williams - alicew@andrews.edu | (269) 461-6815
              Lyn MacCarty - (269) 471-9060 or (269) 208-3377

Experience the Gospel of Mark

Celebrate Easter with us by attending a live performance of the story of Jesus. Experience the good news of Mark’s gospel by attending this stage performance told by Jared Nudd. Pastor Nudd has committed to memory the entire gospel and will be sharing Mark’s words as it was originally intended - orally in its entirety. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you and your family will plan to attend!

Sabbath, March 31, 5:00 PM
Location: South Bend First SDA Church
                1936 Altgeld Street, South Bend, IN 46614

Get Your Life Back!

Depression & Anxiety Recovery Seminar by nationally acclaimed depression recovery/research specialist, Dr. Neil Nedley (via video and with locally trained presenters). Thursdays, March 29—May 17, 6:30- 8:30 PM (9 sessions). Info session will be held March 15. 

Information Session: March 15, 6:30 PM
Seminar Dates: Thursdays, March 29 - May 17, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Location: Village SDA Church
Register: (269) 471-7795

Not All Wounds Bleed 5K

The Andrews University Psychology Club is hosting a 5K run/walk fundraiser for Not All Wounds Bleed. Through this run/walk, they hope to bring awareness to PTSD, provide an outlet for the expression of physical health, and bring both the AU students and community members together. Runners will be given a free t-shirt and wristband. Click the link below to sign up.

April 15
Location: Andrews University Track Field

“Heart Stories: A Celebration of Praise, Testimonies and Prayer”

Come March 17 and be inspired at either worship service with something new at Pioneer—a Sabbath morning worship service devoted entirely to spirited praise, live testimonies and interviews, and collective prayer. For months we have shared a conversation about the daily baptism of the Holy Spirit and His call to love, acceptance and forgiveness. Now let’s share the “heart stories” as we prepare for God’s “next steps.”

Sabbath, March 17
Both PMC services

Adventist Community Service Disaster Relief Introduction Training

This 1-2-hour course is intended to prepare for disasters. Types of disasters are identified and basic information is presented. If individuals are prepared to survive a disaster, they may be able to assist others. The course is the first step to get your ACS Disaster Relief certification. If you are interested in attending this free training, email teela@andrews.edu or call (517) 290-1518.

March 31, 4:00 PM
Location: PMC Commons

Community Supported Agriculture

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.