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!
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News & Announcements
Join us for Easter Worship today at 8:30 and 10:30 am.
Congratulations to our amazing Confirmation Class on making their statements of faith this past Wednesday. We are so proud of you!
Visioning Day is April 27th
Join us on April 27th for Visioning Day and worship from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. As we begin the journey towards calling our next Pastor, please be present to make sure your voice is heard! Lunch and Child Care will be provided. Reservations are appreciated. Registration forms are available on the large bulletin board in the narthex. Registration forms can be left in the offering plate, dropped in the church office and reservations can be emailed or phoned into the church office.
During the Visioning Day event, members of our congregation will reflect on the ministry and mission of Pioneer. We'll share our thoughts on what makes Pioneer special today, consider where God is taking us in the future, and then identify the characteristics needed in our next pastor, to help us achieve that vision. Ideas and thoughts will be shared in small groups led by moderators from Presbytery, allowing all our members to actively participate in the discussions. Results will be summarized in a report by our Visioning Day committee. The Pastor Nominating Committee will refer to the Visioning Day report often during their search process, so please come and share your hopes and dreams for Pioneer.
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!
We have a wonderful group of 4th and 5th graders (Tweens) at Pioneer Church. They are at such an important time in their lives and faith development as they begin to navigate the bridge from childhood to adolescence and to find their place as a child of God in the life of the church and the world at this time.
Pioneer is offering a Wednesday evening series for both tweens and parents, starting February 19, that will meet simultaneously, but separately, through April 30th.
We will gather for a Wednesday Night Live supper in fellowship hall from 6-6:25pm (reservations made by each Monday are extremely helpful, suggested donation is $5 per adult, $3 per tween, except on potluck nights) then transitioning to program time from 6:30-7:30 We have curriculum for the series, designed just for tweens and their parents.
Tweens topics include:
How We Treat Others
Time for God
Who, Me Moody?
How to Change the World
Parent topics include:
Development and Gender Difference in Tweens
Gifts I See in My Child
The Examen-Reflecting on our Daily Lives
It's an Electronic World
Swapping Control for Communication
Naming and Encouraging: Keeping Baptismal Promises
If you have any questions or for more information, contact Neil. We hope to see you there!
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, and our own Steve Noble and Neil Myer were involved in bringing this program to life! 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.
Pioneer Youth catch Olympic fever!
Pioneer Youth recently joined with their parents for an "Olympic" evening of food, fun, and fellowship! The highlight of the night was the torch relay and an epic game of noodle hockey! For info on the next Youth group meeting, check with Neil.
All Pathways classes begin January 19th at 9:15 am!
Our next session of Pathways classes for all ages begins on Sunday, January 19th at 9:15 am! Start off your morning at the Signpost at 9:00 am for donuts, coffee, juice and hot chocolate! Nursery care is available for our youngest "students" while their parents attend classes. While each group will follow a theme, every lesson is designed to stand alone by itself! Come join us as we learn more about God's word and check out our classes for everyone!
Children's Pathways (Age 3-3rd grade)
Holy Moly invites our children to use their biblical imaginations and become theologians in their own right. This fall they will explore Old Testament stories including Creation, The Stone Tablets, Deborah, Ezekiel and much more! Parents of children who are 3 years old or turn three during the year have the choice to have them stay in the nursery or to accompany their child to class to see how the transition goes. Teachers will be willing to work with parents on this transition. Our third graders will be both learners and helpers for the younger kids.
Tweens Pathways (Grades 4 and 5)
Connect takes tweens on a journey through the Old Testament and into the New Testament, exploring the connections between several stories each week. Every Connect lesson follows a three-part sequence: See, Explore, and Make. Each week, tweens focus on and reinforce a theme by watching a witty video, exploring biblical text, and creating projects that range from games to art and more.
Middle School Pathways (Grades 6-8)
In re:form Ancestors, we will explore unlikely people called by God to do amazing things. Youth are encouraged to see the similarities between themselves and their faith ancestors. Videos that use humor aimed at young people also engage the serious theology of what our biblical ancestors went through and experienced. Titles include Pontius Pilate the Troubled Politician, Ruth the Tenacious Outsider, Mary and Martha the Bickering Sisters, Jacob the Conniving Survivor and more! You won't want to miss this! 8th graders will move to confirmation class in January 2014.
High School Youth and Adult Pathways (Grade 9-12 and all ages above!)
Animate:Bible is the brand new curriculum designed to reinvigorate and deepen our understanding of the Bible. With seven thought provoking videos, students of all ages will encounter scripture in new ways! For more information, click on the link below to check out sample videos. http://wearesparkhouse.org/adults/animate/bible/
Welcome Pastor Mike Anderson!
No matter what the temperature is outside, we're so happy to extend a warm "Pioneer" welcome to the Rev. Dr. Mike Anderson as he joins us as interim pastor at Pioneer. Please stop by to introduce yourself and get to know him!
Every Day Is Mission Day
Thanks to all who shopped at the Alternative gift fair and the Deacon's Cookies by the Pound. With your generosity, we supported 10,000 Villages, the Amani Children's Foundation, Living Waters for the World, and Heifer International!
Welcome home to our Living Waters for the World Mission Team! They recently returned from Lempa, Honduras where they installed a clean water filtration system. Many thanks to all who have supported this incredible mission project!
Our sixth annual Day of Mission was Saturday, October 5, 2013. It was a great day with nearly 70 Pioneeer members and friends serving at six different sites throughout Solon and metro Cleveland.
Click here to see some photos on our website. Thank you to our Mission & Witness Team, Sandy Newberry and Kevin Hill, and to all of our wonderful volunteers for a great day!
For a calendar of events at Pioneer this week click here.
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 (10:30am Sunday mornings); Pathways - our Sunday morning education program (9:00am Sunday mornings); and Wednesday Night Live! (Wednesdays at 6:00pm).
But did you know that there is a group of men that meet on Thursday mornings at the Solon Panera for Bible Study? Or a Prayer Group that gathers every Tuesday evening? Or how about the new Book Group that is forming? Or did you know that we have Small Group Ministries for men, women, couples, and people of all ages? Or you can join a group of hungry Pioneers at El Campesino in Twinsburg on Thursday evenings (6:00pm) for Mexican food, laughter, and good fellowship. 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.
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.