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

Service of Light and Hope

Pioneer's Annual Service of Light and Hope will be held on Sunday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. This service is organized by the Pioneer Stephen Ministry team under the direction of Pastor Ben and is open to all that want to participate within and outside of the congregation. Christmas is a time when we are in need of the comfort and reassurance that comes freely and desirously from God. In this simple service of wholeness and healing, the ambiance is quiet, and without fanfare...a sacred space for those living through the slightest or heaviest of dark times. It's perfect time to bring your heart to our Lord. Whether you've lost a loved one, struggling with illness , have experienced a loss of job or career, or you simply have had an emotionally challenging year, please join us! No loss or challenge is too small or insignificant. For more information, please contact Stephen Leaders Caroline McClendon or Betty Evans. 

Wednesday Night Live! 

Have you heard that WNL has had an exciting update? We still meet on Wednesdays at 6pm but most weeks will include a catered meal. (On the first Weds of the month, the meal will be potluck.)  That's right, one night per week, you can cross dinner off your to-do list.

In addition to dinner, childcare is also taken care of. A nursery will be provided and there will be activities for children.

Adults and teens are welcome to choose between two different study and discussion options led by Pastor Ben Graves and Aaron Ferry.  Pastor Ben will be leading a Bible study on Hebrews and Aaron will be leading a study called Reel Life, Real Faith.  These lessons do not require you to be present each week, please feel free to attend as often as you are available.

Give WNL a try... you will be glad you did! 

Operation Christmas Child

Help send Christmas shoeboxes to children all over the world as their first step to faith.  They recieve Christian education along with the shoebox gift as a beginning set in their new journey.

Our goal at Pioneer: Each person and/or family fills at least one shoebox.
Shoe Box Collection: 1st and 2nd Sundays of November at Pioneer

How to fill your shoebox:
Start with a "wow" item-a medium or large item that will capture the child's attention the minute he or she opens the box.

Suggestions include: a ball, stuffed animal, truck, doll, puppet, musical instrument, small baseball mitt, a craft kit, yo-yo, jump rope, school supplies, socks, hairclips, flashlight with batteries and non-liquid hymgiene items (like combs, bar soap, ect). June Bolenbaugh is willing to partner with someone if they wish to work together. June has access to some stuffed toys if anyone wishes to use them. Please contact June directly if interested.

Please do NOT include: used or damaged items; war-related items such as guns, knives, military figures; food or medication; liquids or lotions; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans

Note: The boxes are shipped to children all over the world-so no gift cards please. If including small books in your shoebox, be aware that many children do not read English although young children might enjoy picture books.

It is not necessary to wrap the box-but IF you do wrap it, the lid and box must be wrapped separately, so that the lid can be easily removed for inspection.  Label the box BOY or GIRL and note what age (2-4 or 5-9 or 10-14) the gift is being prepared for. 

Pioneer High Schoolers enjoyed a great week at Montreat Youth Conference July 8-15

Pioneer Youth had a wonderful time at the Massanetta Middle School Conference June 27-30!

Congratulations to Taylor Garrett who has been selected as a PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer for 2017-2018!

Click here to learn more about the Presbyterian Church's Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) and to find information and details on how you can support her YAV mission year.  

You can also visit Taylor's page on the PC(USA) website by clicking the following Link:  Support Taylor's YAV

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.

Pioneer Christian 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.

 

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 (10:30 am Sunday mornings); 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.