Month: November 2016

Sundays @CC through January 1

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Normal 9:25AM Worship Service every Sunday in December and January 1.

Christmas Program Prep on December 4, 11: Pre-K through High School will be in the sanctuary from 11-11:55AM to prepare for our December 18th Christmas program during the worship service.

Stump the Pastor on December 4 and 11: Any adult, parent, or student not involved in the Christmas program is invited to a “Stump the Pastor Q&A” session in the back Children’s Church room from 11-11:55AM. You can bring any question. If you have one on your mind right now, you can email it to pastormatt at cornerstone-marion.org so he can prepare. You can ask questions about past sermons, theological or contemporary issues, or any other Biblical quandary. Hopefully this might scratch some theological itches, and if you have friends with questions about Christianity, please invite them to attend.

Christmas Program/Potluck on December 18: We’ll have a 9:25AM Worship Service; the Christmas program will be during the worship service. At 11AM, we’ll have a church family potluck. Please bring a main dish with side or dessert to share.

On December 25 and January 1: We will have a 9:25AM service with no 11AM Sunday School on both of these Sundays.

**Don’t forget Christmas Eve Service at 6PM on Saturday night December 24.**

 


An important update from your Church Elders

eldercommunication_webbanner-11Greetings Cornerstone Friends:

As many of you know, on October 24 our leaders had a meeting with Gary Shaw, a Central District Representative, who has experience in helping churches make building decisions.  Gary gave us helpful guidance.

First, he asked us some key questions about Cornerstone.  The questions were so good that we went to each small group meeting and asked them the same questions. Second, he helped us to understand how our building plans have to dovetail with out ministry plans.  It’s important to have an idea who we want to be in ten years so we can figure out what we need from the building in five years or even in six months.

We talked with each small group about their vision for our building and found we had a lot of ideas in common (the need for classrooms, ceilings, some improved aesthetics inside and out, etc.).  That was encouraging.

Now, it’s important that we tie any future building and finance decisions to our hope of growing into a Mature Church over the next 5 years (#adulting). The four key areas they are focusing on are evangelism, discipleship, leadership development, and church planting.

We plan to have a meeting of the congregation in January to continue this discussion.  We hope to hear the following:

  1. How we’re making steps and plans for each of the four key areas.
  2. A summary of what the small groups thought about our building needs.
  3. A discussion on the resources needed for our building and future ministries and how to best fund it.
  4. A discussion of our upcoming ByLaws change proposal.

Please try to keep Monday night January 23 at 7PM open and join us.

Please be in prayer for our church, and specifically about how the LORD would lead you to invest in our vision with your time, talent, and treasure.

Sincerely,

The Elders at Cornerstone Church


Sign up for December classes TODAY!

next-stepWe have 3 classes launching next week (see classes below).
Please email Pastor Matt or our church secretary by the end of Tuesday (11/29), to let us know which class you will participate in. We order materials Wednesday. Please bring any payments to the first class (if finances are a difficulty, email Pastor Matt today).

 

 

THE CLASSES:

S.H.A.P.E. – $10 – Come & Grow in your understanding of how God has prepared you to serve.  Learn your S.H.A.P.E. – how God has shaped you to serve in this world. Wednesdays at 7PM, starting December 7 at church building.

 

For the Life of the World (FLOW) – Cost $10 – For someone who would define themselves as a Faith & Work Apprentice (a learner). Come and see the Bible’s Story in a whole new way! You may know, what are you saved from?  But do you know, what are you saved for? Thursdays @7PM, starting December 8 at church building.

(Women Only) Six Steps to Reading Your Bible – $10 – An introductory course on how to read, understand, & study the Bible. Space is limited, so please contact Carrie directly to sign up. Starts Wednesday December 7 @7:30PM at the Proctor home (1470 8th Street in Marion)


November 27, 2016: Hebrews 1:1-4 “Who Has Your Ear?”

Big Idea:  Whoever has our ear shapes how we see the world.


Kids SS – Praises of God’s People

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One more week of regular Sunday school before we take a little break until after the New Year. Thanks to Dave Gardner for covering for me this week!

Remember: Dec 18, during the morning worship service the Sunday school kids will sing two songs. We’ll be singing O Come, O Come Emmanuel and The First Noel.

This week we finish Unit 12 with a look at the Psalms. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Session Title: Psalms of God’s People
  • Bible Passage: Psalm 1; 100; 110
  • Main Point: People wrote songs to praise God because of who He is.
  • Key Passage: Psalm 100:5
  • Big Picture Question and Answer: Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.

During this holiday season, even if you’re not particularly musical, you’ll probably find yourself singing with your kids. Those familiar songs of the season are sung in the car, around the table, and the little earworms are probably coursing through your head as you go through your day.

When was the last time you really talked about the words of those songs with your kids. (And I’m not talking about “Up On The Housetop”.) Take an opportunity to sing those wonderful songs with your kids, but also take the opportunity to talk about the songs too. The Psalms are the songbook of ancient Israel, and they are a wealth of songs for us as well. You can just about open to any Psalm and identify with the emotions of the author. Try reading a Psalm with your kids and seeing if they can identify the emotions as well. Try asking: Does this Psalm seem sad, happy, angry? Why does the author feel that way? Ask those questions of the Christmas songs you sing as well.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. May God bless you with His presence!