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
Welcome Aaron Ferry, Pioneer's New Director of Faith Formation
On March 1st, Aaron Ferry officially began his role as Pioneer’s Director of Faith Formation. We welcome Aaron and his family to the congregation. Let’s let Aaron introduce his family:
I'd like to take a brief moment to introduce you to my family - Mary Kate, Paxton and Elyn. We come to Pioneer from Tennessee and we are very excited to be a part of the family and community here in NE Ohio. I am an ordained minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination and have served in both the PCUSA and CPC in varying ministerial roles. I've also had the opportunity to serve both denominations ecumenically at higher levels by being a part of boards and planning teams for youth ministry camps and conferences like Montreat, Triennium, ARW and the Cumberland Presbyterian Youth Conference. We enjoy being outdoors and taking adventures with the kiddos, but enjoy our date nights out on the town too, and make it a point to go to at least one concert a year - so that'll be fun to explore here in the Cleveland area. Again, we are very excited to be here and look forward to being a part of the Pioneer family and its ministry in NE Ohio.
Grace and Peace,
Aaron, Mary Kate, Paxton and Elyn
Join Us for a NIght of Pizza and a Hands-On Mission Project
Your MIssion and Outreach Team would like to introduce you to a new "hands-on" project. Mark your calendar for March 19th, 4:30-6:30pm. All ages will have the opportunity to help measure and bag rice, Skittles, beans and pasta to go in the Kinderkits to help Cleveland families of pre-kindergarteners learn how to sort colors, count, and write letters. This project was developed by Ben Colas when he was teaching kindergarten in a Cleveland school and found that only one child in his class had these skills. Come to Pioneer on March 5th to hear Ben give a "Minute for Mission." All supplies will be provided and pizza will conclude the evening.
New to the Pioneer Stephen Ministry Library
In addition to doing a book study on Cancer-Now What?, the Stephen Ministers are adding this book to the
existing Stephen Ministry Library. Please feel free to ask Stephen Minister Leaders Caroline McClendon or Betty Evans for more details.
Cancer—Now What? is a book to give to those with cancer and their loved ones, providing useful information and practical ideas for dealing with the wide range of medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges that cancer brings. With 74 concise chapters organized into 12 topical parts, people can read the book from beginning to end or directly to whatever chapters address their needs at any given time.
Cancer—Now What? draws on the experiences and insights Dr. Kenneth C. Haugk gained as he walked alongside his wife, Joan, during her battle with cancer. It then builds on that foundation through extensive research conducted with over 3,500 cancer survivors, loved ones, and medical professionals. The book is written in a warm, conversational style, encouraging and empowering readers throughout their journey.
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.
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.
Pioneer supports PAWS on Child Hunger
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:
- Save your aluminum pull tabs from beverage cans, pet containers, and food cans. Place them in the container in the narthex.
- 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.
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.
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.