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

Jody’s Funeral Service

Dear Church Family,

A few of you couldn’t join the funeral service for Jody Sloan. For the next 30 days, this video will be live for you to view. The video is a start to finish recording of the entire service including all the songs, stories, and funeral message.



AUGUST 25, 2019: Luke 14:25-35 “Despite the Cost”

Unfortunately the audio recording did not take for Pastor Matt’s message this week.

Pastor Matt is able to make this early manuscript of the sermon available –


Pastor Post: August 23, 2019

Dear Church Family,

I’m as excited about this year’s fall launch as I have been in a long, long time. We’ve taken some important steps over the past 2 years to strengthen our leadership, focus our mission, and what an amazing gift it has been to see the building transformation and the hiring of Pastor Gary. 

What’s before us? “For the joy, despite the cost, for the family.” Together, let us seek the joy of our Heaveny Father, in sacrificing for King and Kingdom, to see the family of God grow locally and globally. The Church is God’s plan for history. God’s Kingdom will last forever. Let’s make our greatest investments in the Kingdom that will never end; let us do this together!

This Sunday we launch. Please join us for the kickoff celebration and meal at 11AM. We’ll gather in the Sanctuary at 11AM to hear about what’s happening this fall, and then the Church is providing a free meal for everyone! Invite your friends, family, relatives, coworkers, random strangers on the street, neighbors, check out clerks, and anyone you can find. God is up to something at Cornerstone–to God be the Glory!

Click here for a Fall Launch Info Sheet on everything that is launching this year. Sign up for things; pray for everything! 🙂

I love serving as a pastor of this Church!

-Matt



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