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!

Please join us for worship streaming on our Facebook page Sunday at 10am

Due to the increased spread of the coronavirus, we have chosen to hold our services virtually.  The worship leaders will gather safely to record our services and we will stream them each Sunday morning at 10am. 

While this is certainly disappointing, it is not unexpected.  As schools and activities have increased, so has the spread of this malicious disease.  Though it is worthwhile to meet in person, it is not worth risking exposure of this disease to our membership in an undue manner.  We have worshiped well online, better than I ever dreamed possible.  And we will continue to work diligently to produce meaningful worship no matter the circumstances.

Grace and Peace in Our Lord Jesus Christ,

Pastor Ben

Online Donations

Looking for a place to give your monthly pledge or freewill offering?  Pioneer has partnered with Realm, so we can accept online donations to continue our ministries and missions during this uncertain time.  Please click the button below to be sent to our secure donation link.

Pastor Ben to lead Book Study
 
 
Join your Pioneer Friends in a virtual book discussion on Me and White Supremacy. Beginning Monday Feb. 22 at noon Ben will be leading a weekly discussion on the book Me and White Supremacy. This book has been recommended by the Presbytery for discussion. The author, Layla Saad, encourages people with white privilege to examine their racist thoughts and behavior.
If you are interested please contact the church office. Pioneer is making it possible to order the book in hardback for $11.00 from Fireside Bookstore in Chagrin Falls.  Please respond by Feb. 8th unless you would like to order your copy of the book on your own.
 
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Mark Your Calendar
2021 Deacon’s Chili Fundraiser
Sunday, February 7
 
Featuring Mark and Ben Irwin’s
World Famous Chili
 
 
Chili sold in pint servings
with cornbread and fixings
(makes great Super Bowl nachos)
 
Free Will Donation
 
Pre-order by
Thursday, February 4
 
Pick-up at the church
Sunday, February 7
following the Congregational Meeting
(delivery available)
 
Place orders with
Stuart Kline 440-519-0820
swkline@sbcglobal.net
 

Join Pioneer and the community as we make plans to send the employees of Solon’s Police Department and Firefighters & Paramedics a special “Thank You Valentine!”

We would like to express our appreciation for all they do on a daily basis, and especially for their service during the many challenges of the Covid-19 Pandemic. There are a total of 133 employees! That’s LOTS of cards!

Here’s how you can be a part of Pioneer’s February LOVE project which also supports LOCAL BUSINESSES:

  • Make or buy 2 (or more) Valentine Cards and sign them with a sincere note, thanking these special people for their service. Enclose in EACH Valentine card (1) $10 giftcard that you have purchased from a local business. (a few examples: Dunkin Donuts, Subway, BP, Mobil, Giant Eagle, Marcs, Starbucks…or consider a newly opened local business). Seal the envelopes and simply put the words “THANK YOU!” on the outside.

  • Bring your sealed Valentines to Pioneer to drop-off on either Sunday, February 7, before and after the Annual Congregational Meeting or Saturday, February 20, between the hours of 10 am. - 4 pm. Volunteers will be waiting to collect your cards and put them in our large, festively decorated Valentine Box! If you cannot get to Pioneer for either drop off time, please notify Kim Davis or Deb Davenport to arrange a pick-up or alternate drop-off time. Once collected, the cards, will be taken to Solon’s Mayor’s office to be distributed to each first responder employee. 

Let’s show the Heart of Pioneer in action and spread God’s love with simple acts of kindness!

Children's Faith Formation Resumes
 
 
Sunday morning faith formation for all children ages 3-12 will resume February. We are trying something new this quarter, and will be alternating outdoor in person meetings with Zoom lessons at home. The schedule for February will be:
  • February 7 - 11:30 in person gathering in the church parking lot during the congregational meeting. Kids will hear a short Bible story and play some games. Please wear a mask and dress for the weather.
  • February 14 - 11:15 class over Zoom. Zoom details will be sent via email the Friday before.
  • February 21 - 11:30 in person gathering, location tba
  • February 28 - 11:15 class over Zoom.
Resource packets containing an introductory letter with details, handouts, and craft supplies will be delivered to those families already taking part in our previous Sunday school classes. If you have children who would like to participate but have not previously been in Sunday school at Pioneer, please contact the church office.
 
Lenten Devotional
 
 
As part of your spiritual practice this Lent, the Christian Education and Discipleship Team invites you to use the Lenten Devotional published by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PTS). Each day's entry includes a scripture reading, a reflection, and a prayer. The devotional is available in a multitude of formats: 
  • You can read the devotional online, listen to it being read, or download a PDF copy at www.pts.edu/devotional
  • You can have the devotional emailed to you daily during Lent by signing up for devotionals at www.pts.edu/e-mail
  • You can follow PTS on Facebook and Twitter
  • You can download their free app by searching your device's app store for "Devotions - Advent & Lent"
  • Or if you would prefer to have a paper copy of the devotional, please contact us.
 

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); Faith Formation- our Sunday morning education program (9:15 am Sunday mornings during the school year); and Wednesday Night Live! (Selected Wednesdays at 5:30pm).

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.

 

For a calendar of events at Pioneer this week click here.

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.