Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church

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 vibrant and caring 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!

News & Announcements

Lunch with the Pastor

In order to foster connection and conversation with Pastor Ben and among the community, we will be holding small group gatherings every so often just to chat.  The first of these will be Tuesday, February 14, at Panera in Solon at noon.  There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex if you would like to chat with Pastor Ben and some of your fellow parishioners.  You can bring questions or thoughts on the sermon, the church, or you can just come to enjoy the fellowship.  You will be expected to purchase your own food.  If a weekday lunch does not work well, future gatherings will be at various times in various venues.

Wednesdays of Lent

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1.  On each of the six Wednesdays of Lent, March 1—April 5, we will join together at 6:00p.m. in Fellowship Hall for a soup supper.  On March 1, supper will be followed by a service of ashes, and on each of the remaining five Wednesdays by a period of simple devotions.  We hope you can join us.  If you can help by providing soup on one or more Wednesdays, please sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex.  We do thank you.

Urgent Food Pantry Needs

Pioneer helps stock the pantry at the Chagrin Falls Park Community Center.  When you go to the grocery store, we hope your grocery cart will make you think of grocery cart here at Pioneer and that you’ll consider buying a few items to help fill it.  The following items are urgently needed items: Hot Cereal: grits, oatmeal, cream of wheat; Rice: any kind, white, brown, minute rice; bar soap; shampoo.

 

Pioneer Preschool Registration

Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now open. Please visit the preschool website, pioneerpreschool.org or phone the Preschool Director, Lisa Vandivier 440-498-1983 for more details.

It's SOUPER BOWL season!

Pioneer Youth collected $850 for the 2017 SOUPER Bowl of Caring!  This is a youth-lead effort to reduce hunger in our local communities. The money was donated to the Twinsburg Paws on Childhood Hunger program.  Food items that were collected were given to the Chagrin Falls Park Community Center. 

Update: Pioneer's 2016 Living Waters for the World Mission Team

The Living Waters for the World Mission Team spent a rainy October week in El Dorado, Honduras installing a water filtration system that will provide clean drinking water for the entire village. Below are photos of the wonderful celebration with El Dorado where 200 residents joined our Pioneer crew for the dedication, ribbon cutting and toast with purified water.
Our group planned to visit 2 prior sites before heading home. The site of our first filtration system is doing very well.

Pioneer's 2016 Day of Mission was held Saturday, October 1st

The day Pioneer comes together to make a difference in Solon and beyond...

The Mission Team thanks all 65 people who volunteered their time Saturday morning around our community.  You made lots of people happy. Glad the weather was more cooperative this year.

Blessing of the Backpacks

Calling all students and teachers!

The Backpacks have been blessed, it's time to start returning to school!  If you missed getting a backpack tag for your bag, please stop in the church office and pick yours up!  Take one for a friend and invite them to church!  Have a great school year!

Mission Trip to Mobile Health Fair for Migrant Workers

A team of nine from Pioneer recently traveled to Western Ohio to help with a Mobile Health Fair for Migrant Workers.  The group helped with free health screenings and education as well as delivered a pickup truck full of clothing donated by our Pioneer Family.  Thank you to all who traveled to spread God's love to our neighbors across the state!

Pioneer supports PAWS on Child Hunger

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 Trips to Honduras

Pioneer is planning another trip to Honduras this fall.  They will be installing a water filtration system in the town of El Dorao.  Our team has now successfully installed three water filtration systems in the villages of La Arada, 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!  If you're interested in joining the mission team, please see Brad Mold or Greg Reynolds for information.

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!

 

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 (9:15 am Sunday mornings during the school year); and Wednesday Night Live! (Selected 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 each month? 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.