Month: September 2014

One Month In – In the Word for our Worlds

Friends,

By way of reminder, the elders are encouraging each person at Cornerstone Church to take an extended time for reflection each month. During these times, please pause and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in a time of personal evaluation.

Questions for monthly reflection are as follows:

What impact is happening in your personal world? Are you more patient, kind, loving, joyful, etc.?

What impact is occurring in your home world? Are you a better sibling, child, parent, and/or spouse? Are you growing in love and respect for those closest to you?

What impacts are evident in your work world? Are you working more diligently, with greater integrity, and with a passion to honor God and serve neighbor? Are you putting the needs of others (customers, coworkers, etc.) before your own?

What impact is resulting among your neighbors? Are you building friendships with those you live near, work beside, and interact with? Are you finding ways to serve needs and share Christ? 

What impact is moving out to the nations? Are you praying more for people around the world? Are you financially supporting those serving Christ around the globe in increasing measure? Are you taking personal steps to share Christ locally and globally with those most in need?


September 28, 2014: Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:16 “Facing Dark Powers”

Big Idea:  How we face the powers of this world shape history.


September 21, 2014: Ecclesiastes 3 “Time, Seasons and Eternity”

Big Idea:  Only God can see history from beginning to end, and only God can see history to is proper end.


September 14, 2014: Ecclesiastes 2 “Playing God, Seeking Pleasure, and Elusive Peace”

Big Idea:  Pleasures are dangerous – they can ruin us.  Only God can save us.


Pastor Post: September 11, 2014

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

September 11, 2014

Dear Church family,

The 13th anniversary of 9-11 brings all kinds of emotions to me. But it also brings up this important conversation of Jesus during his earthly ministry:

NIV  Luke 13:1-5 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

Some implications we must consider for our lives today:

1) Atrocities strike people every century, every decade, and every day.

2) This is not necessarily because someone is more sinful than another; sadly, it is the reality we all are subjected to in this fallen world.

3) Even in such a vulnerable world, there is hope beyond this world for all who repent of theirs sins and turn to follow after God.

4) All tragedies, and even small frustrations, remind us that our lives and this world are in desperate need of redemption.

I pray that as you meditate on this anniversary, you would be led to repent personally and pray unceasingly for the worlds around you–for your home, work, neighbors, and nations.

Announcements:

Bible Reading Plan: Please join the dozens of folks who have already committed to reading the Bible daily. We’re only 1 week in, so if you are behind or late to the game, just start reading from where we are today. You can download the chart here: http://cornerstone-marion.org/docs/Reading_Guide_Fall2014.pdf

Bible Discussion Group for Women: There is a women’s Bible Discussion Group for women from 10 to 11am on Monday mornings at the church building. If you are newer to Cornerstone or are interested in investigating the Bible with other women, this is for you! There is no preparation needed; we will simply read and discuss questions around a passage from the book of John each week.

Women of Cornerstone, Save the Date: Coffee, light refreshments, and informational meeting about upcoming ministry events for women on Monday, September 15th 7-9PM at The Warehouse (a.k.a “the church building”).

Our 2014-2015 Vision:  Our theme this year is “In the Word for our Worlds.” We desire to be transformed by the Word of God so that we can be agents of transformation in the worlds God has put it–particularly at home, at work, with our neighbors, and out to the nations. More information on our 2014-2015 vision can be seen by downloading and printing this informational brochure: http://cornerstone-marion.org/docs/2014_15_Vision.pdf

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Matt

 

**Small Group Meeting Times and Locations**

10AM Tuesdays @ Virginia’s (439 Lindale Dr Apt 205 Marion)

For women, led by Mary Taylor (360-1350)

6:30PM Tuesdays @ Erlachers (4717 Savannah Ct SE CR)

For adults, led by David and Nancy Griffith (319-848-8256)

7PM Tuesdays @ Schultz’s (4751 Chestnut Trail Cedar CR)

For adults, parents & teens, led by Jeff Olson (573-0669)

7:30PM Tuesdays @ Hardinger’s (1626 Linmar Dr. CR)

For adults, led by Jay and Molly Hardinger (641-420-0551)

6:30PM Wednesdays @ Dryden’s (740 Williams Drive Marion)

For adults, led by Greg and Becky Dryden (373-2202) & David and Colleen Gardner (842-3225)

7PM Wednesdays @ Leverett’s (525 6th St Marion)

For adults, led by Rob & Jennifer Taylor (362-5494)