Month: September 2012

September 30, 2012: John 14:1-11 “Don’t Be Troubled, Part 1”

Big Idea:  Come to the Father because Jesus has removed all obstacles.


Pastor Post: September 27, 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.

Dear Church Family,

Our goal this year is to reflect Beautiful Unity through Christ-Centered Community.  I’m encouraged by our journey together thus far in Fall 2012.

For starters, we are seeing many of you plugged into a small group. That is exciting. Some of our groups are so big that we might have the joy of multiplying our groups this Spring (glory to God)! This is the kind of multiplication we desire to see so that one day we will be able to send out a church plant.

I’ve also heard a number of you are making individual steps to be a more life-giving friend in God’s family. I’ve heard that people plan to invite others over to their home for meals. I’ve heard of people writing notes on birthdays and other occasions. I celebrate the unity and love we’ve expressed in saying good-bye to different individuals in our church for various reasons. I think God has been pleased with our healthy good-byes and warm well-wishes. Satan might try to bring disunity, but Christ sets his favor and blessing on brothers and sisters when they dwell together in harmony (Ps. 133:1, 3).

In other news…

CHURCH RETREAT, October 26-27: We still have plenty of spots for the Fall Spiritual Life Retreat. My hope is to have 20 registered people and we still have about a dozen spots left. Never underestimate the power of time away with the LORD and His people. Some of you are tired. Some of you are spiritually hungry. Please make Oct. 26-27 a priority. Maybe you need to allow your spouse to get away by offering to watch the kids. Maybe a couple needs to commit to go together in order to be spiritually refreshed. Please sign up by Sunday September 30. If you have any questions, call Pastor Matt today or check out this link: http://cornerstone-marion.org/2012/09/06/spiritual-life-retreat-october-26-27/.

Friday Night Bonfire, October 12: Please join us for a potluck and bonfire at the Schultz’s home on Friday, October 12th, 5:00-??. The Schultz’s will provide paper/plastic wear, water, pulled pork and stuff for S’Mores. Add to that as you feel led. Come fellowship with us either way! Bonfire, Capture The Flag, Volleyball, Trampoline, playhouse for the little ones, indoor play area as well. If you want to bring along a guitar and lead some praise songs around the fire, great! We’re starting early, but please drop in when you can! Contact Garry or Jacalyn for questions.

Baby Shower, Tuesday October 23: Ladies, you are invited to attend a baby shower to bless the McCreary’s.  The shower will be held at Lesia Stuelke’s home in Center Point at 7:00 p.m. Details will follow.

Communion Sunday and McCornerstone: For many years we have gone out each Sunday at a local restaurant or park as a church family. We plan to continue this in 2012-2013, but starting in October we are changing what we do for McCornerstone on Communion Sundays (usually the 3rd Sunday of the month). On the 3rd Sunday of the month, no restaurant location will be listed for McCornerstone. Instead, we would like individual friends and families to choose to fellowship in smaller groups in individual homes, local restaurants, etc. Quality friends take quality time and we want to give you an opportunity to take the fellowship into your living room or individual pizza booth. We’ll remind you of this in future weeks. But keep in mind October 21 will be the first Sunday to invite others out to a more intimate meal together.

I love serving this church. I have the best job on earth.

Love you,

Pastor Matt

September 23, 2012: John 13:34-35 “Leave No Doubt”

Big Idea:  Christ-like love that leaves no doubt is defined by the Lord’s example and observable for the world to see.

Note:  Due to technical difficulties, the first several minutes of this message are missing from this recording.


September 16, 2012: John 13:18-38 “A Tale of Two Souls”

Big Idea:  Our response to Jesus Christ determines our destiny.


Pastor Post: September 13, 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.

September 13, 2012

 

Friends,

This year’s Fall Spiritual Life Retreat is about growing closer to Christ and one another. It will be an intimate group of just 20 people from our church and the speakers. The lodging place is perfect for small church retreats. There are a number of walking trails and places to enjoy God’s creation. We will rest, feast on God’s Word, and worship together. Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Come rest in Christ with us October 26-27. We hope to offer a a similar retreat in the Spring for those unable to attend this Fall. More info here: http://cornerstone-marion.org/2012/09/06/spiritual-life-retreat-october-26-27/

Other Announcements:

Next Sunday September 23, McCornerstone: After church next Sunday, we encourage each individual and family to bring your own picnic or fast food lunch and fellowship at the home of Garry and Jacalyn Schultz. Bring you own chair as well. Their address is 4751 Chestnut Trail, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52411.

Friday Night Bonfire, October 12: Please join us for a potluck and bonfire at the Schultz’s home on Friday, October 12th, 5:00-??. The Schultz’s will provide paper/plastic wear, water, pulled pork and stuff for S’Mores. Add to that as you feel led. Come fellowship with us either way! Bonfire, Capture The Flag, Volleyball, Trampoline, playhouse for the little ones, indoor play area as well. If you want to bring along a guitar and lead some praise songs around the fire, great! We’re starting early, but please drop in when you can! Contact Garry or Jacalyn for questions.

Personal Assessment: We are asking every member and regular attender of Cornerstone Church to fill out a 2 page sheet that assesses each person’s experience of unity and community at Cornerstone Church. Please return these to Pastor Matt by September 16. We hope the information gathered helps the leaders of this church make wise decisions in the coming year to prayerfully see spiritual growth in our church family.

Thanks,
Pastor Matt