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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 18:41

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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

Saturday, December 03, 2016
Program: 
As We Begin
On This Day Earth Shall Sing • Gustav Holst / Smith
Praise
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing • st. 1 & 3 of 122 / O Come, All Ye Faithful • st. 1 & 2 of 132 / Silent Night • st. 1 & 4 of 143 / Joy to the World • all st. of 125 / I Will Exalt You
Prayer
José Bourget
"Go!"
Rodlie Ortiz
Tithes & Offerings
Joy to the World • Daniel Kallman
Children's Story
Michael Bryson
Bible Reading
2 Corinthians 1:18-20 NIV
Worship in Music
What Child Is This? • Alfred Reed
Sermon
#RxF4Now: “Jolly Old St Nicholas Goes to Bethlehem” • Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card
What Child Is This? • 141
As We Depart
Symphonic Prelude on Adeste Fideles • Claude Smith

“Jolly Old St Nicholas Goes to Bethlehem”

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  • Proverbs’ One Prayer
    • Proverbs 30:8—“O Lord, give me neither nor ,  but give me only my .”
    • A Christmas prayer asking God to keep me in because (v 9):
      • The great danger in wealth is that it tends to make us feel of God. (Psalm 73:12; Job 21:13-15)
      • The great danger in poverty is that it tends to make us feel   by God. (Isaiah 8:21)
      • “O God—give me neither poverty nor riches—but give me only my daily bread.”
  • Joshua Becker, The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own” (Loc 199-213):
    • www.becomingminimalist.com
    • In the US we now consume as many material goods as we did 50 years ago.
    • Over the same period the size of the average American home has nearly tripled and today contains about items.
    • On average our homes contain more than people.
    • The US Department of Energy reports that due to clutter, % of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside, and another % have room for only one vehicle.
    • One out of 10 American households rents off-site —the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades.
    • The average household’s credit card debt stands at over $, while the average mortgage debt is over $.  
    • Will Rogers: “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.”
       
  • “My daily bread”:
    • Born in a village whose name meant “House of ”(Beth-lehem).
    • A fitting birthplace for Him who one day would teach us to pray: “Our Father who is in Heaven, give us this day our daily .” (Matthew 6:11)
    • A fitting prayer from Him who one day would declare: “I am the of Life—whoever comes to Me will never go hungry.” (John 6:35)
       
  • God’s One Promise
    • 2 Corinthians 1:20—YES! and AMEN!
      • Psalm 33:6, 9
      • Isaiah 55:11
      • John 6:63
    • Jesus: “Give and it will be given to you—pressed down, shaken together and running over!” (Luke 6:38)
      • AMEN!
      • Joshua Becker, The More of Less: “It’s true that the less we , the more we can . But what if the inverse is also true? What if the more we give away, the less we need? In other words, what if   leads to contentment?”
    • God: “Bring the whole tithe into My storehouse and test Me and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (Malachi 3:10)
      • AMEN!
      • Tweet: “The antidote 2 Black Friday is 4 words long. Memorize them—you’ll have no problem driving past a shopping mall 2day: “I don’t need it.” (@DwightKNelson)

 

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The Christmas Experience

Get your family ready for Christmas and its deeper meaning. Join our Healthy Families Sabbath School class 10:30 AM. Sabbath Morning in Room 141. We will be showing and discussing the DVD study series, The Christmas Experience.

December 4- Just the Right Time, December 11- Favored One, December 18-Faithful One, December 25-This is God's Plan?, January 1-Immanuel, January 8-Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh.

Thank-you!

Thank-you to all who braved the weather on Sunday, November 14 to participate in the Village of Berrien Springs Shamrock Spruce-Up! 18 of the 24 volunteers who came out to show love on the move were part of the Pioneer team. Participants were out for around four hours, raking, blowing, and bagging leaves in yards all over Berrien Springs. It was a blessing for everyone involved! 

Offering for December 4, 2021

Local Church Budget

And [Jesus] looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, "Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had." Luke 21:1-4

Donny and Johnny were the youngest of 7 children. Their family wasn't blessed with an abundance of money, but there was more than enough love to go around.

One Christmas there was no money to buy presents, so each person in the family exchanged something they already had with someone else. Donny and Johnny were chosen to exchange gifts with each other. Neither boy had much, but Donny had a shiny, sliver flashlight that Johnny thought was pretty cool.

It was the only possession of real significance Donny had.

On Christmas morning when the gifts were exchanged, what do you suppose Donny had given to Johnny? That's right, it was his silver flashlight! Rather than just giving Johnny something that wasn't very valuable, he gave him the best that he had.

When we give our offerings to God let us remember that it isn’t the dollar amount that is of greatest importance. Rather, it is the sacrifice we make that renders our gift as valuable in Heaven’s sight. Today’s offering is for the Local Church Budget.

—PMC Stewardship Committee

Andrews Academy Invites You to the Feast of Lights

Update: Andrews Academy will be presenting the 48th annual Feast of Lights program on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM. With the rise of COVID-19 cases our community and county, the 48th annual Feast of Lights program will be live streamed for our community. To provide enough physical distancing we are restricting the in-building audience to just a limited number of family members of participants. For many in our community the Feast of Lights is part of our cherished Christmas traditions, we are sorry that we have to make this last minute change. The community is invited to enjoy this spectacular night of music, Scripture, and drama, honoring the King of Kings. It will still be an evening of lights, bells, instruments, choral singing, congregational singing, shepherds, a Nativity scene, and the retelling of a glorious Christmas story. The program will speak to your hearts of His wondrous love.

You are also invited to an evening of popular Christmas music on Saturday, December 11, at 7:00 PM at the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University. Join us as we bring in the holidays with a variety of well-known Christmas songs including a grand finale played by the combined musical groups.

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"Joy to the Season": AU Wind Symphony Christmas Concert

Get in the Christmas spirit as the Andrews University Wind Symphony under the direction of Byron Graves performs its annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 4, at 8:00pm in the Howard Performing Arts Center! Along with classics like Joy to the World, Ding Dong Merrily on High, and Away in a Manger, we will present imaginative transformations of Jingle Bells and the Nutcracker Suite by Julie Giroux, music from Disney’s Frozen, and a mambo version of We Wish You a Merry Christmas. You won’t want to miss it!
 

Spread Some Joy

On Sabbath December 11, during both services, we will have the opportunity once again to give and share with the children in our community. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to share for ages newborn through 16. These will be given to the children in our community.

Full-time Paid Ministry Position "Training & Outreach Assistant" for ASAP Ministries' Reach the World Next Door (RWND) Program.

ASAP Ministries is looking for an effective communicator with good organizational skills and attention to detail, as well as marketing experience, including social media and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop.

Duties will include general office tasks coordinating RWND's day-to-day activities, promoting the RWND training course through social media and other communication channels, and following up to facilitate participants’ completion of the RWND training course.

If interested, please email your résumé, references, and cover letter to Pr. Robert Benjamin at robert.benjamin@asapministries.org. If you have any questions about this position, call Pr. Benjamin at 269-471-3026.

God’s Hands 4 Kids Ministry

God's Hands 4 Kids is a ministry that grew out of a Grow Group and originated in 2013. It exists to support foster care, adoption, kinship placement and disadvantaged families serviced through Berrien County Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies. We provide a support group for foster, adoptive and kinship families. We also invite families who are interested in fostering, adopting or supporting these families to join us. Their next meeting is November 18. For more information visit GH4K.org and join their Facebook Group, where they share needs presented to them.

 

A Prayer for Veterans

O God, Father of military persons as well as civilians, on this Sabbath following Veterans’ Day, we pray for all those who have served in one of the branches of the Department of Defense-Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy, and have separated or retired. We realize that not all were God-loving or even God-fearing, but all were serving their country selflessly. Many have been very seriously wounded, some physically, some mentally-lifelong wounds. But, wounded or not we ask for them your bounteous grace and mercy-lifelong. Touch with generous and caring hearts those who have caring responsibilities, official and unofficial, to provide gracious and comprehensive care as Good Samaritans. Today, we also pray Your merciful care for all veterans, world-wide, through Jesus, Who has all authority in Heaven and Earth, till He comes again. Amen.

Women's Ministries Reflections on Christmas Hymns

First Advent Calendar 2021
“Reflections on Christmas Hymns”
December 1-25, 2021

This Christmas season, Pioneer Women’s Ministries is delighted to share with you a Christmas Hymn Reflection each day through Christmas day. A daily email and/or a text will be sent to those who register. To register, text HYMNS to 269-281-2345.

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