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

COVID-19 Updates


MARCH 26, 2020

For the latest update related to Pioneer's response to COVID-19, please view our e-letter.

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MARCH 23, 2020

Given today's Executive Order from the governor of Michigan, Pioneer will no longer hold regular office hours. Our staff and pastors remain committed to serve you remotely. If you need to contact someone on the team, please visit our contact page.

Sabbath School content is available for all ages. Adult quarterlies (including Quarter 2 Bible Study Guide) are available online, as well as many resources for children and families.

MARCH 18, 2020

For the latest update related to Pioneer's response to COVID-19, please view our e-letter.

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MARCH 13, 2020

Pioneer will also host an online Sabbath School feature on March 14:

  • For our lower children's divisions, we will be providing links to prerecorded Sabbath School lessons, created by our local leaders, applicable to your child's age. We encourage parents and children to view the content together as a family.
  • Our Youth Department will provide programming at 10:30 AM, available via Facebook Live and our website, followed by an adult lesson study lead by Glenn Russell.

Pioneer will also still livestream both the 9:00 AM and 11:45 AM services both on Facebook Live and on our website. We hope you are able to join us for this time of worship and study. 

MARCH 11, 2020

Dear Pioneer Church Family,

Today the governor of Michigan declared a state of emergency as result of coronavirus COVID-19. Her instructions include no large group gatherings in this state. This evening, in compliance, Andrews University announced all in-person face-to-face classes are moving to an online-only component until the end of the semester. Most students will not be returning to this campus after spring break.

As the campus church, this major change also affects us. Please note the following adjustments to our Pioneer life:

  1. Effective immediately, our worship experience is moving to online-only—which means we will offer both a 9:00 AM and 11:45 AM livestream service. These services will be streamed at and can also be viewed on our Pioneer Memorial Church Facebook page.
  2. Pastor Ben and Pastor Lindsey are hoping to incorporate a newly produced online component for children's Sabbath School classes. More information will be available in the next few days.
  3. During this time, maintaining a sense of community through Grow Groups and other fellowship will be important. Your Grow Group leader will communicate with you how your group will continue to meet. As a church we are committed to doing all we can to facilitate continued engagement.
  4. Regarding your tithes and offerings, please take advantage of Adventist Giving Online. If you prefer, you may come to the church office during the week with your tithes and offerings or mail them via the United States Postal Service.
  5. We encourage you to continue following the recommendations from the CDC such as washing your hands for 20 seconds, staying home if you feel sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. For a full list of recommendations click here.  
  6. One of the best ways to ensure a healthy immune system is to continue to follow health practices that are well-known to us: eat healthy foods, get regular exercise, expose yourself to some sunlight, get some fresh air, and rest.
  7. For the latest information regarding Pioneer's response to the coronavirus, return to this page. In this time of national uncertainty, please know your pastors and church office staff are here to serve you. (Office hours will remain the same.)

Finally, let us not forget that God is still on His throne. The story of Scripture is the history of God reversing the enemy's efforts to thwart His kingdom. So, from the words of the psalmist let us take heart, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble—therefore we will not fear" (Psalm 46).

Dwight K. Nelson
Lead Pastor


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