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We must be marked by a prayerful dependence. We must believe in a good and powerful God. We must cling to the Apostolic message.
April 19, 2013
Since we talked this past Sunday on Church Planting, I wanted to encourage you to be in prayer for 2 new church plants that are just getting started in the Cedar Rapids area. The first is called Regeneration Church and is being started out of New Life Community Church in Marion (http://www.regencr.com/). The other is called Veritas and is being planted by a thriving ministry down in Iowa City (http://veritascommunity.org/).
Pray for these 2 churches. And if the LORD leads you, feel free to go and join in these new works of God. Lord willing, God will grant us the privilege of planting a church in the years to come. But it’s always good to pause and celebrate what God is already doing in our city and to be in prayer for fellow brothers and sisters serving in the Kingdom.
Deadline – Spiritual Life Retreat: Please get in registration forms for our April 26-27 Spiritual Life Retreat this Sunday (deadline 12PM Monday, April 22). There is a Friday only option that costs $10 per person. Otherwise the whole weekend is only $35. See this link for more details: http://cornerstone-marion.org/2013/03/26/1596/
Friday Night Fun, Friday May 3rd, 6-9PM: All 7-12th grade students and any friends are encouraged to come out to Dave and Colleen Gardner’s home Friday for food, Christian fellowship and teaching, games, a campfire, and an ol’ school hayrack ride.
Potluck and Church Family Meeting, May 5: We will be having a business meeting and pot blessing after church service Sunday May 5th at Lowe Park—more details to follow.
National Day Of Prayer, May 2 in Greene Square Park (11:30-1PM): The theme for 2013 is Pray for America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men. For more information at www.servethecity.org or http://nationaldayofprayer.org
Faith Day at the Kernel’s, Sunday, May 19th – Faith Day to Feed the Hungry –Bring canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned chicken or tuna and 100% juice to stock our local food pantries. The band Airwaves is playing prior to the game and the band Mike’s Chair is providing a concert right after the game. More information at www.servethecity.org
And now finally, please prepare your heart for this Sunday’s worship and celebration of the Lord’s Supper. So too, since it is communion Sunday, rather than going out to one restaurant as a church family after our service, we are encouraging you to meet in smaller settings either in homes or different restaurants. We’ll continue this pattern until it is warm enough to have our weekly picnics in the park.
Yours in Christ,
Here’s the video we shared this past Sunday about what our denomination is doing regarding church planting in our region…
If you wonder what we mean by “church planting” at Cornerstone Church, listen to Pastor Matt’s message from April 14, 2013. http://cornerstone-marion.org/sermons/13-0414_Church_Planting_A_Work_of_God_Acts_16–1-34_Matt_Proctor.mp3
Big Idea: Church planting is a work of God done through the lives of His people.