Author: <span class="vcard">pastormatt</span>

As you head to worship today…

Three Cornerstone Announcements:

1) Supporting Ukraine: Praise the LORD, all but $500 have come in for our 7-member team. A few final ways you can cupport the Ukraine Missions Team are…   

A – Please come to the monthly Congregational Prayer and Praise meeting tonight @6:30PM at the church. We’ll pray over our team.   

B – You can still place a support check in the Offering Box or give online (Memo-Ukraine):  http://cornerstone-marion.org/2017/07/20/give-online/    

C – You can lift up the team by name from now through our return August 10: Jonathan and Meegan Dyrland, Jeff and Laura Olson, Kim Pospisil, Colleen Garnder, & Matt Proctor. 

2) Safe Families for Children: Today, Brett Erickson, director of Safe Familes for Children will join our Worship Service and part of Adult Sunday School to share about this ministry to children, moms, and dads in need. He’ll have a table in the foyer before and after our service. There are many ways to come alongside Safe Families and live out “pure and undefiled religion that cares for orphans and widows in the distress” (James 1:27). More info here: https://iowacitycedarrapids.safe-families.org/


3) Sunday School for the next few weeks:     Today July 21 – Adults and Kids studying Hebrews 11-12     July 28 – Kids learning about Ministry in Ukraine and Adults/Teens having an open “Q&A/Ask Anything You Desire with Pastor Matt.”     August 4 – Kids and Adults separately praying for the Ukraine Team. 


Important Dates for Cornerstone Servants

Dear friends,
Some of you have had the opportunity to rest this summer; others of you still have your hand at the plow. I hope you can find some time to rest over the next several weeks because August is a heavy planning month and then Fall Ministries kickoff soon! I am ever so thankful for serving beside faithful servants of our LORD Jesus Christ. Christ builds His church; He is using you. The Church will last forever; what a privilege to be a part of the enterprise that will go on into eternity.

Leaders, please take note of these key dates (if you are not currently serving as a leader, would you please be in prayer for your Cornerstone servant-leaders?):

Leadership Summit – Monday August 12 @7PM – This is for all elders, ministry directors, ministry leaders, small group leaders, Sunday School lead teachers, and deacons. We’ll discuss the elders’ call to ministry that came out of our summer 2019 retreat, work through Pastor Gary’s plan to strengthen and clarify our volunteer recruitment and leadership development process, and spend time in prayer together.

Sunday School Training – Sunday August 18 @11AM – This is for all Sunday School teachers and helpers working in preK through adult classes.

Small Group Leader Training – Monday August 26 @7PM – This is for all small group leaders, co-leaders, and any perspective small group leader apprentices. Lord willing, we’ll have already started marketing our Fall 2019 small groups. Feel free to have small group kickoffs anytime after August 15 for fellowship, introductions, prayer, etc. We’ll use this time on 8/26 to focus on small group dynamics, small group multiplication of groups and leaders, and how to strengthen our groups’ commitment to Word and prayer.

All Worship Team Membersdon’t forget you have a meeting at 11AM on Sunday August 11th.

All of these meetings will be at the church facility.

You’re dear to me,

Pastor Matt


Reminder: Tomorrow’s Baptism/Lord’s Supper Class (7/7/2019)

Are you ready to be baptized?

Do you wonder if you should be taking the Lord’s Supper (or not)?

If you or your child would like to look at what God’s Word has to say about baptism and the Lord’s Supper, please join Pastor Matt at 11AM in one of the Sunday School classrooms off the foyer tomorrow morning (7/7).

Do you wonder if you should be taking the Lord’s Supper (or not)?
If you or your child would like to look at what God’s Word has to say about baptism and the Lord’s Supper, please join Pastor Matt at 11AM in one of the Sunday School classrooms off the foyer tomorrow morning (7/7).


Pastor Post: June 21, 2019

Dear Church Family,


This day, I’m grieving and rejoicing. I grieve because Pastor John Seitz of Antioch Christian Church here in Marion died suddenly yesterday morning. John has pastored Antioch for many years before dying at only 51 years of age. Please be in prayer for John’s family and our brothers and sisters at Antioch. I grieve also because tomorrow, many of us, will attend the funeral of a young man who took his life a few weeks ago. Please continue to pray for the Thompson family.

In the midst of grief, I also rejoice. I’ve just returned from the National Conference of the Evangelical Free Church of America (our denomination). What a rich week to see how God is at work locally and globally through our interdependent gospel partnership. Our denomination grows; our missionary movement expands; our passion for evangelism and disicple-making intensifies. May God be glorifed. (As a little footnote to the week, our denomination did vote to remove “premillennial” from Article 9 of our Statement of Faith and changed the word to “glorious”. This means premillennialism is no longer the only accepted view of Jesus’ return, but our historic connection to premillennialism will shape the movement for many years to come.) 

UPCOMING Events at Cornerstone:

Next Steps Class, this Sunday June 23 @11AM: A simple next step for those who have been around our church one week or a few months. 

Membership Class, Sunday afternoon June 30, 4-8PM: This class is for any regular attender interested in joining our church family as a covenant member. Signup is at the Welcome Table (or shoot Pastor Gary email, pastorgary@cornerstone-marion.org). A light supper will be provided, please let Pastor Gary know of any dietary restrictions or preliminary questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Baptism and Lord’s Supper Instruction Class, Sunday July 7 @11am. For those wanting to receive baptism or anyone who is wanting to better understand these two practices of the church.

Church Family Picnic and Pool Party, follows the Sunday service on July 14. Hosted by John and Lesia Stuelke (108 S. Hillcrest Cir in Center Point), hamburgers and hotdogs provided, bring a side and/or desserts to share. If the Lord wills, some may proclaim Christ through baptism.

Please pray for the Ukraine Team heading off July 31 to support our SEND International Missionaries—Jeff & Laura Olson, Colleen Gardner, Jonathan & Meegan Dyrland, Kim Pospisil, and Matt Proctor.

I look forward to our gathering on the Lord’s Day.

In Christ,Pastor Matt


Pastor Post: May 30, 2019

Friends,


I wanted to invite you to a few key opportunities for seeking the LORD as a church family:


#1: After preaching on fasting this Sunday, I’m going to join whoever will join me next Wednesday to fast before the LORD on behalf of our church and city. Those interested can join me during the lunch hour next Wednesday, June 5, from 12-1PM to pray (we’ll meet in Sunday School Room we use for Sunday morning prayer).


#2: Our next Sunday night of Congregational Prayer is Sunday night June 9th @6:30PM. We worship the LORD in song, pray personally and in small gruops, and wait on the LORD together.


#3: Then, I’d like our entire church family to be in prayer for the June 10-11th elder retreat. Pray that your shepherds hear the Great Shepherd speaking and leading our church family. Your willingness to pray and fast for those 2 days would be most appreciated.


Thank you,

Pastor Matt