How To Quantify Your Happiness

How To Quantify Your Happiness: In the Churchyard of Cambridge

Speaker

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 2 granddaughters.

Offering

In his famous poem Henry Wadsworth Longfellow embedded the key to happiness and a life of meaning. What secret lies within the Churchyard of Cambridge?
Saturday, May 17, 2014

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“How to Quantify Your Happiness: ‘The Churchyard in Cambridge’”

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  • □  Susan Reimer on the latest Journal of Consumer Research study
    •   “‘While people tend to define happiness in terms of excitement,

      enthusiasm and high stakes arousal, people define happiness in terms of calm, peacefulness and low states of arousal,’ the authors wrote. We still love thrills as we age, the researchers found. experiences give young and old almost the same amount of pleasure. But happiness from experiences as people got older.” (South Bend Tribune 3-2-14)

    •   Ninety-three year old essayist Roger Angell on aging: “‘We’ve outgrown our ambitions. If our wives or husbands are still with us, we sense a trickle of contentment flowing from the reliable springs of routine, affection in long silences, calm within the light boredom of well-worn friends, retold stories and mossy opinions.’” (Ibid)
  • □  Jesus in Acts 20:35
    •   “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
    •   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “In the Churchyard at Cambridge”:

       “Dust is in her beautiful eyes”—a graphic depiction of the unassailable truth that you can’t it with you.

       Thus the poet can describe “Christian charity”—the charity of —as “the richest and rarest” of .

    •   The way Jesus Himself lived: “He went about doing ” (Acts 10:38).
  • □  Tim Aka in End Game Economics: Understanding the Financial Crisis through Scripture
    •   “It has become painfully obvious the world is suffering under a tremendous burden of debt. From Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain in the European Union, to Japan, China, and of course the United States, nations have become saddled with unstainable amounts of debt.” (8)
    •   “Individuals have also taken on great amounts of debt to try to attain and maintain a lifestyle. . . . Of course there are those who are truly impoverished without the necessities of life, but the majority of us have all we need for a comfortable life. Yet we don’t realize the extent to which has played a role in the creation of this lifestyle.” (8-9)
    •   USDTA: “Credit card debt in the USA currently amounts to a total debt of about billion dollars. The average credit card debt per credit card owning household is dollars. This is the total credit card debt divided by the number of households with credit cards. Credit card penalty fees in the US add up to about billion dollars a year.
    •   “Approximately million credit cards are currently in use in the United States, with credit card users having an average of cards each. There are about 176.8 million credit card users in the US. Every year, about billion credit card solicitations are mailed in the USA.
    •   “Students are particularly likely to have credit card debts and they are also likely to have multiple credit cards. The average credit card debt of a new graduate is dollars, with about 20 percent of graduates having credit card debts of more than dollars.” (http://www.usdta.org/credit-card-debt-in-the-usa.php)
    •   Romans 13:8 NLT—“Pay all your , except the debt of love for others.”

□ God in Malachi 3:10

  • “The 90 Day Tithe Challenge”
  • “The 90 Day 2nd Tithe Challenge”
    • “The first tithe was strictly for the support of the priests and Levites [Numbers 18:21; Deuteronomy 14:22]. The second tithe [Deuteronomy 14:23, 28-29] provided either for a sacred family feast before the Lord or for a table provided by Jehovah for orphans, for the poor, and for ‘strangers’ within the land. Levites were eligible to partake of all such feasts. The provisions among Israel for the needy encouraged the practice of true religion. The apostle James expressed the same principle for the Christian church (James 1:27).” (SDA BC 1:1003)
  •  Desire of Ages: “Having undertaken our redemption, [God] will spare nothing, however dear, which is necessary to the completion of His work. No truth essential to our salvation is withheld, no miracle of mercy is neglected, no divine agency is left unemployed. Favor is heaped upon favor, gift upon gift. The treasury of heaven is open to those He seeks to save. Having collected the riches of the universe, and laid open the resources of infinite power, He gives them into the hands of Christ, and says, All these are for man. Use these gifts to convince him that there is no love greater than Mine in earth or heaven. His greatest happiness will be found in loving Me.” (57)

“Test Me . . . Again” 

Widow/Widower’s Potluck

 On Sunday, July, the Saint Joseph Seventh-day Adventist Church, at 1201 Maiden Lane, Saint Joseph Michigan 49085 is inviting all widows and widowers to a 1 PM potluck. Bring a favorite vegetarian dish to pass and relax among old and new friends. 

2024-2026 VEC Report First Reading

The 2024-2026 VEC report is available at each Welcome Center or online. For any comments on edits, please text “VEC” to 269.281.2345.

2024 VEC Report - 1st Reading

To Volunteer

Offering for June 22, 2024

Michigan Advance Partners

Before we step into this new quinquennium, it's important to look back with gratitude for how God has guided us.

Over the past five years, Education has emphasized the "Key3" initiative, which lies at the heart of our mission:

1. Bringing students to the foot of the Cross.
2. Ensuring quality at all levels.
3. Training our students in the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

This focus has led to an increase in baptisms among students in our schools, and we thank God for this! Adventist Education's mission is truly to introduce children to Jesus as their loving Savior, prepare and equip them to serve in any vocation to which God calls them, and help them understand the unique and urgent eschatological mission given to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

As we look ahead to the next five years, we aim to make this mission even more intentional across our 34 schools in the Michigan Conference footprint. Your offerings to Michigan Advance Partners will help us move forward in these changing times. Thank you for your faithfulness to MAP and to the cause of education in the plan of salvation.

North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Cashier Needed at Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor to Neighbor is looking to hire a part time cashier to work at least 27 hours per week. (Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm).

Selected qualification's skills and responsibilities include:

Qualifications & Skills:
• High School diploma
• Work experience as a retail cashier or in a similar role would be preferred
• Customer satisfaction oriented

Responsibilities:
• Greet customers politely
• Manage transactions with customers using cash registers
• Bag, box, or wrap purchased items
• Be able to lift items over 25 lbs.

 

For more information or to apply please call Neighbor To Neighbor at 269-471-7411.

 

Save the Date for Church Business Meeting

Pioneer members are encouraged to attend the Church Business Session which will be held in the Pioneer Commons, Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00 pm.  The topics to be discussed and voted upon include the 2024-2025 budget.

Changes to ADRA Giving Options

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist have decided to simplify the number of donation options. Historically, a significant number of options have been available when giving to ADRA allowing donors to specify a specific project or program. Going forward all currently existing ADRA donations will be consolidated into 5 major categories.

ADRA Health Programs
Poor health is often at the heart of poverty and suffering. Giving to the ADRA Health fund helps build healthier lives for those we serve by improving access to safe water sources, providing hygiene and sanitation solutions, helping families access nourishing food, supporting pregnant women and mothers, and delivering reliable health support.

ADRA Education Programs
Education for all helps safeguard against chronic poverty, violence, abuse, exploitation, and even reduces vulnerability to natural disasters. The ADRA Education fund will help remove obstacles to learning by providing access to primary, secondary, and tertiary education, delivering school supplies, uniforms, and other resources, teaching adult literacy classes, and providing technical and vocational education.

ADRA Livelihood Programs
Livelihood training is a key contributor to breaking the cycle of poverty. The ADRA Livelihoods fund will help end generational poverty by empowering savings and loan groups in vulnerable communities, preparing communities for climate resiliency, training farmers to improve their methods, and empowering women to become business leaders in their communities.
ADRA Emergency Response and Preparedness
When disaster strikes, those whose lives are the most at risk are often furthest from help. Every year, ADRA responds to more than 100 emergencies around the world: earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, civil strife, and more. Contributions to the ADRA Emergency Response and Preparedness fund will help support a global network of offices and partners to quickly mobilize resources and bring relief to the hardest-hit areas.

ADRA General Fund
ADRA, the global humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 120 countries. Gifts to ADRA will provide families with emergency aid in times of crisis or natural disaster and longer-term, sustainable assistance to people battling chronic hunger, homelessness, and other life-threatening challenges, so they can live as God intended.

 

Pioneer Spiritual Life Survey

This quick survey will give our church leadership team a better understanding of how to lead our church. All responses are anonymous and every precaution will be taken with the data.

 

Something in Common Sabbath School

Healing The Mind by Timothy R. Jennings, MD Have you ever been hurt, lonely, depressed, frightened and hopeless? Or maybe you have found yourself feeling helpless, that gut wrenching helplessness when someone you care about is hurting, distressed and on the verge of giving up and you don’t know how to help them. Did you wish you had something to give them, something that would help? Healing the Mind is six of Dr. Jennings' most important lectures, recorded live during a 2-day seminar. The material is based on his book, "Could It Be This Simple”. The Six lecture topics are: 

  • June 22- The Mind: God's Design. What Went Wrong? 
  • June 29- God's Principle: The Law of Love and Liberty 
  • July 6- The Fix for Failing Families 
  • July 13- Demolishing Satan's Strongholds 
  • July 20- Depression: The Brain-Body Connection 
  • July 27- Forgiveness: Seven Common Myths (+ Q&A) 

Everyone is Welcome Sabbath mornings from 10:30-11:30 in PMC room 141.

Adventist Heritage & American History Tour

Explore Scenic New England and it's Rich History from September 1-8, 2024