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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.

“STORM: Finding Jesus in the Gathering Dark”—1



  • The Storm
    • Mark 4:35-40
    • Desire of Ages: “Absorbed in their efforts to save themselves, they had forgotten that Jesus was on board. Now, seeing their labor vain and only death before them, they remembered at whose command they had set out to cross the sea. In Jesus was their only hope. In their helplessness and despair they cried, ‘Master, Master!’” But the dense darkness hid Him from their sight. Their voices were drowned by the roaring of the tempest, and there was no reply. Doubt and fear assailed them. Had Jesus forsaken them? Was He who had conquered disease and demons, and even death, powerless to help His disciples now? Was He unmindful of them in their distress? Again they call, but there is no answer except the shrieking of the angry blast. Already their boat is sinking. A moment, and apparently they will be swallowed up by the hungry waters.” (334)
  • The Prayer
    • Jim Cymbala: “I have come to the sad conclusion that Christians have lost faith in God’s promises concerning prayer. How else can we explain why prayer isn’t paramount in our lives and in our churches? If we believed his promises, wouldn’t we sometimes preach entire series about prayer? Wouldn’t we make room for prayer in [Sabbath] services and set aside weekly times where we could together learn to call on God for his help? We would—unless we are convinced that the status quo is acceptable and we don’t need help from heaven. The key to prayer that changes things is a deep sense of inadequacy and helplessness among God’s people.” (STORM: Hearing Jesus for the Times We Live In 42)
    • Paul Miller: “God wants us to come to him empty-handed, weary, and heavy-laden. Instinctively we want to get rid of our helplessness before we come to God. . . . If we think we can do life on our own, we will not take prayer seriously. Our failure to pray will always feel like something else—a lack of discipline or too many obligations. But when something is important to us, we make room for it. Prayer is simply not important to many Christians because Jesus is already an add-on. That is why . . . suffering is so important to the process of learning how to pray. It is God’s gift to us to show us what life is really like.” (A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World 54, 59)
    • Jim Cymbala: “If we look at society today, if we look at the challenge of a country becoming more godless by the week, if we look at laws being passed that mock any form of morality—instead of lamenting and protesting, wouldn’t it be better for us to plead with God to visit his people? We need to move toward God, and it begins with desperate prayer.” (Ibid 43)
    • 1 Samuel 1:10, 15, 16
    • Ellen White: “We are to pray for the impartation [gift] of the Spirit as the remedy for sin-sick souls. The church needs to be converted, and why should we not prostrate ourselves at the throne of grace, as representatives of the church, and from a broken heart and contrite spirit make earnest supplication that the Holy Spirit shall be poured out upon us from on high? Let us pray that when [the Holy Spirit] shall be graciously bestowed, our cold hearts may be revived, and we may have discernment to understand that it is from God, and receive it with joy.” (Ye Shall Receive Power 321)


The New Year Gift

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Andrews Academy - Play Presentation

Andrews Academy’s Literary Interpretation class presents “Cheaper by the Dozen,” dramatized by Christopher Sergel. Show times are 8 pm Saturday, December 2, and 5 pm Sunday, December 3, in the AA chapel. Tickets are – $5 for students and $7 for adults. See a cast member or Mr. VanDenburgh for tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performance. See you there!.

Sabbath, December 2, 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 3, 5:00 PM
Location: Andrews Academy

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

The 4th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair exists primarily to provide Adventist artists and crafters avenue at which to sell their hand-crafted creations. Over 20 vendors will be showcasing hundreds of beautiful and useful items.

Sunday, December 3, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Chan Shun Hall 
Contact: Diane Helbley - simplestirrings@yahoo.com

Laughing All the Way! AU Wind Symphony Christmas Concert

Get in the Christmas spirit as the Andrews University Wind Symphony performs its annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 2, at 8:00 pm in the Howard Performing Arts Center! Performing under the direction of new director Byron Graves, the Wind Symphony will present familiar favorites like Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite, as well as some lesser-known works such as Percy Grainger’s Sussex Mummer’s Christmas Carol. Bring the whole family and enjoy the evening of festive music!

Sabbath, December 2, 8:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Community Christmas and Live Nativity

Community Christmas and Live Nativity - Come experience a celebration of Christ's birth from 4 to 7 pm on December 3 at the Eau Claire Community Center in downtown Eau Claire. Featuring a Live Nativity from 4:30 to 6:30 pm with live animals the kids can pet, live Christmas music, FREE refreshments, FREE Christmas craft for the kids, and many Silent Auctions ending every hour on items donated by local businesses as a fundraiser for the Eau Claire Pathfinders.   Admission: FREE or bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to families in need. Questions? Call or text (269) 409-1880 or email brandonlubbert@gmail.com or Facebook: @EauClaireCritters.

December 3, 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Location: Eau Claire Community Center

Volunteers Needed for Winter Camp for the Blind

Volunteers are needed for the Michigan Winter Camp for the Blind. If you are able to help, please contact Larry Hubbell at (248) 459-3165 or (248) 634-4379. If you are unable to volunteer but would still like to help—you can make a donation. Make your check payable to Michigan Conference and put "Blind Camp" on the memo line. Send to MI Conference Blind Camp, 812 Academy Rd., Holly, MI 48442.

February 4-9, 2018
Location: Camp Au Sable

Directory Photos

For those who wish to appear in the PMC Directory and did not have a picture taken by the LifeTouch photographers, you may submit your own photo (with everyone in the photo identified). It must be dropped off at the church office during business hours or emailed to nowack@andrews.edu. The photo must be accompanied (even if emailed) by a release form (if the picture is commercially produced). Each picture to be added to the Directory must be also accompanied by $10. The deadline for submission of all three items: photo, photo release, and $10 fee is Monday, December 4. All three items must be submitted for the picture to be included in the directory

Holiday Luncheon

Berrien Springs Public Schools cordially invites the school district's senior citizens (60+) to our Holiday Luncheon. Lunch will be served at 11:45 AM. Entertainment will be provided by our students. Turkey and vegetarian entrees will be available. Please call (269) 471-2891 to make your reservation no later than Friday, December 1st! 

December 6, 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Berrien Springs Public High School Gym

A Foster Care Christmas

Share some joy with a foster kid this Christmas! Donate items for mini stockings (a small toy, chocolates, or small candy canes), buy a gift, or sponsor a wish list. There are collection bins in the PMC lower lobby and the receptionist area, Berrien Springs Ameriprise, and South Shore Women's Health Care in St. Joe. For more information go to gh4k.org.

Madagascar Project

Andrews University's Community and International Development department provide an opportunity for students to attend the Madagascar Study tour each year. The goal every year is to implement a humanitarian & development project. Dr. Joel Raveloharimisy, director of the CID program, has coordinated and sponsored many projects such as Mantasoa Youth Center, Orphanage Hanitry ny Ala, and Orphanage Mampitasoa, and this years project funds a Seventh-day Adventist school, "La Chretienne" College. Students that attend this school are in need of books, computers, and resources to make their education more successful.

For more information about donating to these specific projects in Madagascar go to: https://www.andrews.edu/agenda/44185

Your tax-deductible donations can be made as one-time gifts or through several donations over time. Please visit https://vault.andrews.edu/vault/app/pages/advancement/login/development select "Madgascar Study Tour Projects".  In the text box titled "My Instructions" type in "Smart Future" and this will allow you to donate to La Chretienne College.

"Ny fianarana no lova tsara indrindra"
"Education is the better heritage of all heritages"

Adopt a Family for Christmas

Experience the joy of bringing smiles and feelings of deep appreciation to families struggling to provide basic needs as well as gifts to their children during the holiday season. We are looking for people who would like to adopt a family, give a donation (money, gift cards, food, toys, etc.), or help in other ways. We hope you choose to get involved by bringing cheer and gladness to many families this Christmas. To choose a family, or for more information, call Deby Andvik (269) 471-6648, or Carmelita Arthur (269) 471-6651.