Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church

Traditional in a New Way

Solon • Chagrin Falls • Twinsburg • Bainbridge • Aurora • Cleveland • The Ends of the Earth
A Welcoming Faith Community for Cleveland's Chagrin Valley

Welcome to Pioneer

We hope you'll get a sense of who we are through this website, but hope even more that we'll have the chance to meet you in person.  Pioneer is a healthy, growing, vibrant congregation where everyone is welcome.  Together we seek to be people of faith who love God and love our neighbors.  Join us this Sunday.  You are ALWAYS welcome!

Learn more about our people.

News & Announcements

Report from the Migrant Health Fair

Each year the Synod of the Covenant, of which Pioneer is a part, sponsors Migrant Health Fairs in Ohio and Michigan. These may be the only physicals that these workers and their families receive. Those who need further attention with medical problems are referred to local medical personnel. This is the 6th year that Pioneer people have been  participating in this worthwhile program.  Our job is to assist the Synod's hired college team in doing the health screenings and to educate everyone on different health issues. Often preschool children need to be entertained while their families are being screened. This is a job that we have fun doing, also. In addition to the health screenings, we have hosted a clothing and bedding collection prior to the fair. The migrant families are thrilled to receive the donated items that we take over each year. This year we met a woman who will be taking some of the items right into the migrant camps to distribute. Those who chose to be the hands and feet of Jesus this years are: Cary Weatherhead, Pam Spagnoli,  Kaitlin Spagnoli, Mary K Paisley, Jim Paisley,  Lois Mitchell, Kaitlin McGrath, Judy Hawley, Valerie Davis, Madison Davis, Amanda Davis, Denise Budnick, and Sue Berger. Check out the Mission bulletin board  for some photos of the Migrant Health Fair experience.

April 26 will be Youth Sunday

Please be sure to join us at 10am as the Youth lead worship on the themes of Welcome and Forgiveness.

 

Following our youth-led worship, join the Mission Team for a Honduran meal and program on our Living Waters for the World trip to Arada last November. This fun event will begin around 11:00am.  

Pioneer in the News!

Pioneer recently received a Twitter shout out from the Superintendent of Twinsburg Schools for our support of PAWS on Child Hunger.  Way to go Pioneer!

Help the House!  Collect those Aluminum Pull Tabs!

Pioneer's newest mission is now underway!  Cleveland's Ronald McDonald House can use everyday items that many of us already have!  The House serves families whose children are undegoing medical treatment at local hospitals by providing lodging and food at minimal rates during their Cleveland stay.  No family is ever turned away due to ability to pay.  They rely on volunteers and donations to offer this outreach.  Here is how we can help:

  1. Save your aluminum pull tabs from beverage cans, pet containers, and food cans.  Place them in the container in the narthex.
  2. The House also needs hotel and trial/travel sized toiletry items like soap, shampoo, lotion and toothpaste.  Place these items in the hospitality basket in the narthex.

If you have any questions, please contact June Bolenbaugh.

Living Waters for the World - Mission Trip to La Arada, Honduras

The trip to La Arada, Honduras was a great success.  Our team traveled to Honduras and installed a water filtration system in the village of La Arada.  They also visited our previous installations at Lempa and Arenales.  Lempa has already processed over 35,000 gallons of water and has helped two other towns through the site selection process.  They also provided free water to the churches, schools, and teams at soccer games for a 32 team league!  Thank you for your prayers and support!  Even though it's a small team that travels to Honduras, we all play an important part to make this mission project happen!

Pioneer Day of Mission 2014

Thank you to all who participated in our 7th annual Day of Mission.  Special thanks to the folks at Valley Presbyterian who partnered with us for this wonderful day of service!

Every Day Is Mission Day

Pioneer Mission opportunities near and far!

The Mission Team is looking for Volunteers to take on leadership roles for one mission project in the upcoming year.

Where do you feel called to serve? Please contact the church office if you are willing to volunteer.

June

Mobile Health Fair

  • trip organizer
  • organizer for clothing collection

July

Solon Home Days

  • person to recruit volunteers to work the booth
  • person or family to decorate the booth 

September

Sundays at North Church

  • a person to recruit volunteers to help prepare lunch for the homeless on Sundays in Sept.

October

Mission Day - Oct. 3rd

  • co-organizers to line up sites and recruit volunteers

Operation Christmas Child

  • person to organize collection, packing, and delivery

November

Living Waters for the World goes to Honduras

November and December

Holiday Baskets

  • co-leaders to organize and deliver food baskets to Chagrin Falls Park

December

Angel Tree

  • a person or two to recruit recipients and present donors and then to organize the delivery of gifts

Alternative Giving Fair

  • two volunteers to assist with the 10,000 Villages set up, sales, and take down

January, 2016

  • Homeless Stand Down, 2016
     organize clothing collection and/or hygiene kits

All Year

Chagrin Falls Park Food Pantry

  • person to deliver food collected in the shopping cart to the Chagrin Falls Park Community Center

Opportunities to Serve at Pioneer

The Worship, Music and Arts Ministry Team is looking for people to serve as greeters, ushers, liturgists, and to help with the children's sermon.  We're also looking for people to host Coffee Fellowship after worship on Sunday.  Sign up on the sheets in the Narthex to help out!

Paws on Hunger

Have you heard about Paws on Hunger?  This new program in the Twinsburg Schools provides a bag of child-friendly, nutritious food items each Friday to Wilcox Primary school children who participate in the free or reduced lunch program.  This helps to ensure that they have healthy food to enjoy over the weekend.  This program is a true partnership between the Twinsburg Schools and the Emergency Asistance Center!  Pioneer will be sponsoring the cost of this program for the month of February.  For more information, check out this recent article in the Twinsburg Tribune.

From the Twinsburg Tribune, Jan 2014.pdf
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For a calendar of events at Pioneer this week click here.

Connect!

Pioneer seeks to offer a variety of "Entry Points" for people to connect with one another and with their growing faith.  Some of these entry points are obvious: Worship (9:30 am Sunday mornings during the summer); Pathways - our Sunday morning education program (9:00 am Sunday mornings during the school year); and Wednesday Night Live! (Wednesdays at 6:00pm).

But did you know that there are several Bible Study groups for men and women?  Or a Prayer Group that gathers every Tuesday evening? Or did you know that we have Small Group Ministries for men, women, couples, and people of all ages?  EVERYONE IS WELCOME at Pioneer, and though it's not always easy to take the first step we hope you will.  Join with us as we seek to connect with one another and with our living faith.

Stephen Ministry

We are a Stephen Ministry congregation.  Specially trained lay members of the congregation are equipped to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing challenges in their lives.  Click here for more information.