Pastor Post: August 30, 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 30, 2012

 

Friends,

We are ready to go this Sunday…a new sermon series, new small groups, new reading plans, new dreams, new friends…exciting huh?!?

For those who didn’t catch it, I recommend listening to my sermon from last Sunday. I was able to share a bit about the hopes the elders have for our church this year and present in greater detail the 2012-2013 Vision. You can listen or download the sermon here:  http://cornerstone-marion.org/2012/08/26/august-26-2012-psalm-133-beautiful-unity/

By way of reminder, the elders are inviting each person to take steps of faith to grow as a life-giving friend in God’s family. We believe there are 3 core practices that serve as pathways to this end: 1) Contribute to God’s work with your time, talent and treasure; 2) Belong to God’s family by getting involved in a weekly small group; and 3) Pursue a David-Jonathan friendship this year. Each of these ideas will be discussed and encouraged throughout the year in greater depth. Would you today commit to pray for your church family and your own heart that we might each grow as life-giving friends in God’s family?

Church News:

New Sermon Series and Small Groups Launching September 2:  Please consider jumping into a Cornerstone Church small group as we study John 13-17 this Fall (details will be in this week’s bulletin). Our sermon series is called “Learning Community from the Upper Room.” More info can be read about this new series here: http://cornerstone-marion.org/2012/08/23/fall-2012-series-learning-community-from-the-upper-room/

Sermon Series Study Aids: Each Sunday Pastor Matt will have personal study guides available for those who would like to do some personal Bible study in preparation for the upcoming and small group. These study guides will also be sent out each week via email (see attachment to this week’s Pastor Post). So too, we have Daily Reading Guides available for people desiring to get in the Word daily. If you would appreciate some direction this Fall on passages that relate to the sermon series, you can get a copy of the reading guide on the table by the offering box this Sunday or online at: http://cornerstone-marion.org/docs/Fall_2012_Reading_Guide.pdf Don’t forget we will also be memorizing John 15:1-17.

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