Pastor Post: August 15, 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.

August 15, 2012

 

Dear Church Family,

I’m pleased to announce that at our congregational meeting on Monday night August 13 our church family affirmed both the updated language that expresses our church’s mission, values, etc. and the 2012-2013 vision. We are committed to our mission of faith and family growth in order to advance the Gospel locally and globally.

Over the next 12 months, we want to zero in on “family growth” to overthrow spiritual apathy and isolation. We want to be a church marked by deep intimacy. We want to be a church filled with loving relationships. We want to be a place where people know each other and are known by each other. We want to be a place where brothers and sisters in Christ dwell together in unity. I plan to present a broader picture of what this means on Sunday August 26. Until then would you begin to pray for yourself and this church family?

Pray that we’d be a place where we serve each other with our time, talents, and treasure. Pray that we’d be  place where we commit to share life daily and weekly. Pray specifically that our small group ministry would be a place where God is treasured through Bible study and where relationships are deepened through the Holy Spirit. So too, would you pray that individuals in our body would develop deeper friendships in 2012-2013? David might not have ever been King if it were not for his friendship with Jonathan. Caleb and Joshua were united in their faith. Paul had Timothy and Silas and Barnabas. Peter and John served side-by-side in the trenches of  ministry. And don’t forget the unselfish friendship Ruth offered to her mother-in-law Naomi (yes, her mother-in-law). Who’s your Jonathan? Who is your Ruth? Ask God for this type of special friendship.

Important Announcements:

Baptism Class (9AM Sunday August 19): If you are interested in learning more about baptism and/or are hoping to be baptized on August 26, please plan to attend this 45 minute meeting this coming Sunday.

Membership Class in August, August 22 and 29: We will have two 2-hour membership classes (7:30-9:30PM) August 22 and 29 at the home of Jonathan and Sara Crandall. If you have been worshiping at Cornerstone Church and are considering membership, please let Pastor Matt know if you will be attending as soon as possible. More information on membership can be read here: http://cornerstone-marion.org/membership/

Baptism Service and Church Family Luncheon, Sunday August 26:  After our worship service at Collins Road Theater, we will have a 12PM lunch at Greg and Becky Dryden’s home followed by a baptism service. For lunch, BBQ pork sandwiches, chips, and cold beverages will be provided at no cost, but please plan to bring either a salad or bars for dessert to share.

Spiritual Life Retreat (October 26-27): We will be taking 20 adults on a weekend away to focus on spiritual disciplines, the value of rest, and to grow in intimacy with the LORD and each other (more details to come). Please mark your calendars. Once retreat information comes out, we will take the first 20 to register. For those who cannot attend this Fall, we hope to offer a similar retreat in the Spring.

By grace,

Pastor Matt