Dear Church Family,
I miss you; your faces, smiles, prayers, and praises. Know that the LORD is near the brokenhearted, and He promises to draw near to all who draw near to Him.
Here are some ways to stay connected to the life and ministry of Cornerstone Church:
1) Join us for a Live Online Worship Service, Sunday @9:30AM – If you go to our church’s Facebook website around 9:25AM (https://www.facebook.com/cornerstoneefca/videos), we will have a live service beginning at 9:30AM this week. Click below for bulletin.
A few other details:
1) You DO NOT have to have Facebook to watch (if you don’t want to create an account just close out the suggestion from Facebook).
2) If you do have an account, make sure you like Cornerstone Church’s Facebook page and feel free to share our plans with others.
3) If you have problems listening or viewing, the video will be on Facebook immediately at the end of the service and we’ll post an audio of the service A.S.A.P. on our website.
4) Please reach out to anyone you know that could use help getting technologically set up. Maybe they could join you in your living room.
#2: Online Church Family Encouragement and Prayer Service, 7PM this Wednesday 3/25. We are going to use the platform GotoMeeting (you do not have to pay anything to use this tool).
#3: Online Resources: The elders are committed to your spiritual encouragement. You will find various Covid-19 updates and 2-3 personal and family devotionals added each week to this webpage: http://cornerstone-marion.org/about-us/cornerstone-social-distancing-resources/
#4: Church Finances? Some people have asked about money matters related to our church. First off, the LORD has provided a buffer in our savings account for such a time as this. So too, we are committed to help meet the financial needs of those in our church family. If you plan to give throughout this season without public gatherings, you can send checks in the mail (925 Blairs Ferry Road, Marion, Iowa 52302) or give online. Click here for more details.
God will hold us,
Hi Cornerstone family,
As I’m sure you heard, the Governor has declared an emergency (https://governor.iowa.gov/press-release/gov-reynolds-issues-a-state-of-public-health-disaster-emergency) and all gatherings of over 10 people are required to be cancelled. So in compliance with that order, and for the health and well-being of our church family, we will not hold a public meeting this weekend and we will continue to be in compliance with this order.
We will be sending more information on Friday about how you can still participate in the life of the body while we are absent physically. The elders want to be in prayer for you, so please send any prayer needs to email@example.com (if they are private prayer concerns, please let us know so we don’t pass them along).
The Chinese Church has for many years had to meet in secret. We’re not doing that, but even this gives us a glimpse of what our brothers and sisters in Christ might face. Praise the Lord that we can communicate via email, text, facebook, etc. God is good and even in this crisis He is on His throne.Be of good cheer!
Randy – for the Cornerstone Elder Board
Last week’s question was:
What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?
Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in worship of God. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother.
Our memory verse was Lev 19:3 – “Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the Lord your God.”
This week’s question is:
What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?
Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we live purely and faithfully. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else.
This week’s verse is:
Romans 13:9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Stephen Um: “Christians are obligated to obey the Ten Commandments, because what we find in the Ten Commandments are the laws of God. What we find in Jesus’ interpretation in the Sermon on the Mount is that the standards of the law are much higher than we had assumed.”
This week the laws get very personal. These speak directly to how we treat each other. And Jesus took these laws and expounded on them. The Apostle Paul said all of these laws are summed up in love your neighbor as yourself (Romans 13:9).
Have a conversation with your kids this week about the difference between the words of the law and the spirit of the law. Pharisees prided themselves on keeping the letter of the law, but Jesus showed them they were far from the spirit of it. We can fall into that same trap when we take our eyes off of the real purpose of the law, which is to draw us to God and recognize our unworthiness. Ironically, those that “keep” the law in word are often the farthest away in spirit. May it not be with us.