Church is more than just a building; it's about people. Here at Pioneer Memorial Church, on the campus of Andrews University, we believe in helping transform this generation to be more like Jesus through 4 steps: Connect, Grow, Serve, Go.
Giving is a key part of worship here at Pioneer. As part of our weekly worship service, we collect tithes and offering. In addition, we also provide three online options to help you support our global denomination as well as our local church.
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.
»A Love Song in the Vineyard
• Song of Solomon 1 & 8/Isaiah 5:1-7
»A Parable about the Vineyard
• Matthew 21:33-43/John 15
»This may be the most important truth you have yet to learn:
• John 15:1-5, 8, 16
• Jesus talks about “fruit” seven times.
• What kind of fruit?
• Craig Keener: “In Palestine, the grapes ripen in late summer as the shoots stop growing and the bark changes from green to darker shortly before the vintage of August or September. Yet John writes figuratively; of what sort of fruit does the passage speak? . . . [T]he immediate context . . . suggests fruit.” (The Gospel of John: A Commentary 2:997)
• Galatians 5:22-23—“But the fruit of the is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
• Desire of Ages: “The life of Christ in you produces the same as in Him. Living in Christ, adhering to Christ, supported by Christ, drawing nourishment from Christ, you bear fruit after the similitude of Christ.”(677)
• Acts of the Apostles: “The sap of the vine, ascending from the root, is diffused to the branches, sustaining growth and producing blossoms and fruit. So the life-giving power of the , proceeding from the Saviour, pervades the soul, renews the motives and affections, and brings even the thoughts into obedience to the will of God, enabling the receiver to bear the precious fruit of holy deeds.” (284)
• But what about pruning (John 15:2)?
• Hebrews 5:8—“During the days of Jesus' life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He .”
• 2 Corinthians 12:8-10—“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ . . . That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am , then I am strong.”
• Philippians 3:10—“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His , becoming like Him in His death.”
• Hebrews 12:10-11—“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness [“Become like Me”]. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces the of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained [pruned] by it.”
• 2 Timothy 3:12—“Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus [connected to the Vine] will be [pruned].”
• Mark 10:30—Jesus promises all who give up all to follow Him will be rewarded a hundred times as much in this life with “ .”
• The point: we won’t get through this life without being .
• Desire of Ages: “The pruning will cause pain, but it is the Father who applies the knife. He works with no wanton hand or indifferent heart.  There are branches trailing upon the ground; these must be cut loose from the supports to which their tendrils are fastening. They are to reach heavenward, and find their support in God.  The excessive foliage that draws away the life current [sap] from the must be pruned off.  The overgrowth must be cut out, to give room for the healing beams of the Sun of Righteousness. The husbandman prunes away the growth, that the fruit may be richer and more abundant.” (677)
• Andrew Murray: “Christian, pray for grace to see in every trouble, small or great, the Father’s finger pointing to Jesus, and saying, Abide in Him! . . . A believer may pass through much affliction and yet secure but little blessing from it all. Abiding in Christ is the secret of securing all that the Father the chastisement to bring us.” (Abiding in Christ 122-123)
• “I will put my in Him.” (Hebrews 2:13)
• “Prune me, dear Father, that there may be more fruit . . . in my life . . . for Your glory.”
You gotta have fruit!
Howard Series Presents— Callisto Quartet
Formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio, the Callisto Quartet brings together four dedicated and passionate musicians who share a love for chamber music. The quartet won the coveted Grand Prize in the Senior String division and the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division of the 2018 Fischoff Nation Chamber Music Competition, held at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
October 21, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center
Howard Series Presents...Presidio Brass
Founded primarily as a vehicle for promoting music education, Presidio Brass has become known as a contemporary brass ensemble that combines piano, percussion instruments, guitar and vocals with original arrangements to bring a fresh approach to well-loved music. Through their touring show of Hollywood’s greatest hits, Sounds of the Cinema, these five young men present film music with a good dose of wit and humor that together have become hallmarks of every Presidio Brass performance.
November 18, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center
Andrews Academy would like to invite all 7th- and 8th-graders to Penny Arcade. This is a fun evening of games, activities & food; all for just pennies. Get to know Andrews Academy students better as 7th- & 8th-grade enjoy Penny Arcade. Due to costs, we can open this only to 7th- & 8th-graders & Andrews Academy students. This is not open to siblings and families. Parents can drop their child off at 7:45 PM and can pick them up at 10 PM. If you have any questions, please contact the school at (269) 471-3138.
October 27, 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Location: Andrews Academy
Contact: (269) 471-3138
Adventist Giving Online Apps Available
Thank you for your ongoing financial support which makes ministry happen at Pioneer! Many of you have been utilizing our SecureGive portal for giving recurring and one-time gifts, both online and via the SecureGive App.
In August, 2018, Adventist Giving Online (AGO) announced the launch of their own mobile apps for both iPhone and Android devices. You can download the Adventist Giving App on the App Store for your iPhone or Google Play for Android.
With the Adventist Giving App now available, Pioneer Memorial Church will discontinue the use of SecureGive as of December 31, 2108. Please move your recurring transactions to Adventist Giving Online as soon as possible by creating an account at https://www.adventistgiving.org/?OrgID=ANFFDG or search "Berrien Springs - Pioneer" in the AGO app.
Once again thank you for your commitment to Pioneer Memorial Church. If you need assistance with moving your recurring gifts please call JoAnn at 269.471.7656 or Richard at 269.471.3246.
Buchanan SDA invites you to come learn how to recognize , help and be a friend to caretakers and families of those affected with dementia. They need you more than you know, it is a lonely situation. The speaker will be Keryl Conkright, RN who has worked in this field for years and has alot to offer those suspecting or living in the situation.
November 6, 6:00 PM
Location: Buchanan SDA Church
3115 Niles-Buchanan Rd.
Buchanan, MI 49107
Horn Lectureship Series
The Horn Lectureship Series Presents: “Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls,” by James C. VanderKam, PhD. The lecture will take place on Monday, October 29 at 7:00 PM in the Seminary Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.
October 29, 7:00 PM
Location: Seminary Chapel
Free Tai Chi Class
Learn the 24 forms of Tai Chi. These slow movements result in better balance, strength, coordination for those of all ages. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mondays, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: PMC Commons
Used Children's Sabbath School Quarterlies available
Are you looking for help in reaching your neighbors, need materials for a church plant, or going on a mission trip? Used Children's Sabbath School Quarterlies for all divisions are available on a first come, first serve basis at the Children's Ministry Resource Center (located at the far end of the downstairs hallway). Stop by between 10 AM-12 Noon on Sabbaths or call Debi Robertson at (269) 471-7150. Available only through October 20, 2018.
Andrews Academy Alumni Weekend October 19 & 20
Andrews Academy invites you to the ALUMNI WEEKEND, October 19 & 20, 2018. Come and reunite with your Andrews Academy 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 4 and 9). Friday, 7 p.m. Vespers. Saturday, 9-9:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast, 10 a.m. Sabbath School & Roll Call led by five different honored classes, 11:15 a.m. Alumni Worship Convocation followed by honor class photographs & Fellowship Haystack Luncheon.
Local Alumni please bring the following according to last name:
Q-S Sour Cream
Pastor's Thank You!
Our Pioneer pastors diligently work on our behalf, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their efforts. October is Pastor Appreciation Month and we have provided a card which you can use to write a personal note to one or more of our pastors (Dwight Nelson, Jose' Bourget, John Glass, Ben Martin, Taurus Montgomery, Rodlie Ortiz), or ministers (Kenneth Logan, Richard Parke). Return your completed cards today to the welcome stations located at the back of the church, in the basement lobby, or at the desk located between the Youth Chapel and the Sanctuary. You and your family may want to show your appreciation in another creative way as well but we wanted to give you this opportunity today. Thank you.