Month: May 2012

May 27, 2012: Genesis 35: “The Cure to Complacency”

Big Idea:  The cure to complacency is complete surrender and submission to God.

THE LAUNCH: Summer Series Coming…

Dear Church Family,

I am getting very excited about our Summer Series “Drinking Deeply in Dark Days” that will focus on the Psalms and Prayer! Sunday May 27, June 3, and June 10 are Launch Sundays. Let me update you on how you can be a part of the LAUNCH.

1 – READING: If you haven’t already, grab a summer reading guide. We encourage every person a part of our church family to read through the Psalms this summer. We all start reading on June 3. There are questions for each day on the reading guide to help you dig a bit into the message of the Psalms.
2 – PRAYING: We want every person in our church to have a prayer partner. This is where the P.M.S. comes in.  The P.M.S. is the Partner Matching Service (what else could it be? :)). On Sunday May 27, June 3, and June 10 a table will be set up in the foyer. Please come to this table and let us know who your prayer partner is for the summer. Or if you need help finding a partner, we would be happy to pair you up with another friend at Cornerstone Church.
3 – LEARNING: Starting June 3, I will start preaching a psalm a week from the Book of Psalms.

As the summer goes one, we hope to hear from you on what you are learning about prayer, what prayers God is answering, and how prayer is bringing you into a deeper relationship with God and His people.

I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday as we have our final sermon from the book of Genesis. Thank you for going on this journey of faith together!

God bless,
Pastor Matt

May 20, 2012: Genesis 32 “The Taming of the Shrewd”

A sermon by Rob Taylor. By day Rob serves and protects as a deputy of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

Big Idea:  We must surrender our self-sufficiency.  God’s power is made perfect in weakness.

Pastor Post: May 14, 2012

The Pastor Post is a bi-monthly update from Pastor Matt with a brief meditation as well as information on upcoming events in the life of Cornerstone Church.



May 14, 2012

Dear Church Family,

It has been a spectacular school year. We have seen new individuals and families become a part of the Cornerstone Church family. We’ve seen individuals trust Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior. The whole body (and particularly the Vision Team) labored faithfully to seek God’s face for our future. God is bringing in a harvest. Keep praying, keep serving, our labors in the LORD are not in vain.

At the same time, the year has been filled with moments of sorrow and pain. We’ve seen close friends go through illness and death. We’ve seen loved ones struggle through difficult marriages and relationships. I’m thankful that at these moments that we have Christ’s church to offer support and solace. I’m thankful for a church that deeply cares for one another.

Christ promised, “In this world you will have trials and tribulation, but take heart I have overcome the world.”

A look ahead…

This Sunday May 20th…Back by Popular Demand!! Rob Taylor will be preaching from Genesis 32. Keep him in your prayers as he labors over God’s Word and prepares to speak with God’s people. I’m so thankful for Rob’s passion to study and proclaim God’s Word. He models the heart of Ezra: “For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel” (Ezra 7:10, NIV). We’ll also be blessed as Jeff Olson leads us through the Lord’s Supper.

“Drinking Deeply in Dark Days” — Summer Series: Starting June 3 our church family will begin traveling through the Psalms. We invite and encourage every person to grab a Reading Guide so we can all read together the 150 psalms. Also, we encourage every person at Cornerstone Church (teenagers included) to identify one person to pray with on a somewhat weekly basis throughout the summer (more details to come). Call someone today and ask them if they will be your summer 2012 Prayer Partner.

Church in the Park, June 17: We will be having Church in the Park on June 17. Our worship service will start at 10AM in downtown Marion at the Depot. Bring your own picnic lunch for after the service. There will be no Sunday School, Nursery or Children’s Church. Bring chairs, a blanket, activities for kiddos (as needed), and dress for the weather.

Privileged to serve with you,

Pastor Matt

May 13, 2012: Genesis 29 “Life with Laban”

Big Idea:  God loves the unlovely; God disciplines those He loves.