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Baptism Service – June 30, 2013

Baptism Service, June 30: Please plan to come to John and Lesia Stuelke’s home (108 S. Hillcrest Circle in Center Point) immediately following the worship service on June 30th. Please bring a salad, side dish, or desert to share. Hamburgers and hotdogs with water and lemonade will be provided. We’d like to start eating at 12:15PM.

**If you desire to be baptized at this service and so profess your faith publicly in obeying Christ’s command to be baptized, contact Pastor Matt today ( More info on baptism available here:

If you can’t make it to lunch, we plan to begin the baptism service at 1:15PM.

After the baptism service, anyone who would like to stay and swim are welcome. The Stuelkes request that girls wear one-piece bathing suits at their pool.

Church at Marion Square Park – June 16

This Sunday June 16, we will be having our 10AM Sunday morning worship gathering at the Marion Square Park (corner of 10th Street and 7th Ave in Marion).

The service will be a combination of songs, testimonies of God’s grace, and a short Father’s Day sermon.

Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on (and possibly activities for your children). Plan to stick around after the service for a bring-your-own picnic lunch.

Check our home page and Facebook on Sunday morning if bad weather is looming, but right now the weather looks to be great!!


Pastor Post: June 5, 2013

The 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.

June 5, 2013

Dear Church Family,

We are right in the middle of our sermon series on “Hitting the Church Jackpot.” I’ve tried to explain that the jackpot isn’t butts, bucks, or buildings, but rather God’s Spirit working among His people to be marked by Scriptural Saturation, Deep Intimacy, Dependent Faith, Unselfish Service, and Spiritual Multiplication.

Let me elaborate why the difference is important. First, if you measure “success” by numbers or dollars, you can be fooled. McDonalds gets numbers and dollars, so too Starbucks and Apple. But these are not Spirit-filled, Christ-centered, God-glorifying works. Likewise, churches can look outwardly successful, but be plagued with false motivations, improper ministry methods, and an inaccurate presentation of truth. Yes, we want God to bring huge numbers of people into a life-changing (and wallet-changing) relationship with Christ, but sheer numbers will never tell the true story.

Second, every ministry will have seasons of great fruitfulness and other seasons of drought and desert. Jesus’ ministry had highs and lows. Moses’ ministry had highs and lows. In the seasons of great fruitfulness, we must daily cry out in dependence to God that He will continue to shower His grace. In seasons marked by sorrow and suffering, we must daily cry out in dependence to God that He will continue to shower His grace. Again, the outward marks are not the true measure. Ultimately, the measure of “Hitting the Church Jackpot” is faithfulness to Jesus Christ and His Word. And we believe faithfulness would look something like this: Scriptural Saturation, Deep Intimacy, Dependent Faith, Unselfish Service, and Spiritual Multiplication.

May we be a church really seeking the jackpot that brings God the most glory and us the most grace.

What’s Up Ahead? 

Membership Class (starts this Sunday, June 9): If you are interested in becoming a member of Cornerstone Church or want more information on what makes this church tick, come to this four week class. We’ll start at 9AM sharp this Sunday.

Worship in the Park (June 16): We will have our corporate worship service at 10AM at Marion Square Park on Sunday June 16. Bring a folding chair, a sack lunch, and possibly some activities for your young kids. If bad weather strikes, we’ll head over to the theater.

Philosophy Discussion Night (starts Tuesday June 11): Join the first discussion on “The Problem of Evil and Suffering” this Tuesday night at Mark and Katheryn McCreary’s home. Please let Mark know if you’d like to attend. (If you don’t have Mark’s contact info, please contact the church office)

Sacred Marriage DVD Study (starts Thursday June 13): If you’d like a chance to focus in on your marriage for six weeks this summer, please plan to attend this discussion group at Dave and MaryLou Erlacher’s home. Please contact Dave for more info. (If you don’t have Dave’s contact info, please contact the church office)

See the Summer 2013 Ministry Happenings brochure for more info on our summer ministries.

Thanks for being a part of this family,

Pastor Matt

Pastor Post: May 9, 2013

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

May 9, 2013

Dear Friends,

With baby #4 soon to arrive, my wife and I keep finding more and more things to do “to get ready.” We laugh at ourselves knowing full well that you are never “ready” for another child to enter your home.

Well, as I reflect on the journey of our church, I realize we will never “be ready” to birth a new church. You aren’t ready to church plant when you have 200 members or when you have 2000 members. But that doesn’t mean you don’t prepare. So, I’m going to ask you to pray very intentionally for the next 40 days. In 40 days, the elders of this church will take their annual retreat. We will be seeking God’s direction for the future of our church, and church planting is on our hearts and minds.

So, let’s do everything we can (like praying) to “get ready” to birth a new church. Please join us in prayer. Our elder retreat is June 17-18.

In other news…

Summer’s Coming: Please check out this link highlighting all the opportunities for this summer.

No May 13 Ministry Community Meeting.

Turning the Corner in Acts: This Sunday we start a new mini-series in the book of Acts called “Hitting the Church Jackpot.” We will dive headfirst into Acts 2:42-47 in order to decipher what a truly “successful” church looks like.

Enjoy spring!

-Pastor Matt

Pastor Post: April 19, 2013

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

April 19, 2013

My friends,

Since we talked this past Sunday on Church Planting, I wanted to encourage you to be in prayer for 2 new church plants that are just getting started in the Cedar Rapids area. The first is called Regeneration Church and is being started out of New Life Community Church in Marion ( The other is called Veritas and is being planted by a thriving ministry down in Iowa City (

Pray for these 2 churches. And if the LORD leads you, feel free to go and join in these new works of God. Lord willing, God will grant us the privilege of planting a church in the years to come. But it’s always good to pause and celebrate what God is already doing in our city and to be in prayer for fellow brothers and sisters serving in the Kingdom.

Important Announcements:

Deadline – Spiritual Life Retreat: Please get in registration forms for our April 26-27 Spiritual Life Retreat this Sunday (deadline 12PM Monday, April 22). There is a Friday only option that costs $10 per person. Otherwise the whole weekend is only $35. See this link for more details:

Friday Night Fun, Friday May 3rd, 6-9PM: All 7-12th grade students and any friends are encouraged to come out to Dave and Colleen Gardner’s home Friday for food, Christian fellowship and teaching, games, a campfire, and an ol’ school hayrack ride.

Potluck and Church Family Meeting, May 5: We will be having a business meeting and pot blessing after church service Sunday May 5th at Lowe Park—more details to follow.

National Day Of Prayer, May 2 in Greene Square Park (11:30-1PM): The theme for 2013 is Pray for America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men. For more information at or 

Faith Day at the Kernel’s, Sunday, May 19th – Faith Day to Feed the Hungry –Bring canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned chicken or tuna and 100% juice to stock our local food pantries. The band Airwaves is playing prior to the game and the band Mike’s Chair is providing a concert right after the game. More information at

And now finally, please prepare your heart for this Sunday’s worship and celebration of the Lord’s Supper. So too, since it is communion Sunday, rather than going out to one restaurant as a church family after our service, we are encouraging you to meet in smaller settings either in homes or different restaurants. We’ll continue this pattern until it is warm enough to have our weekly picnics in the park.


Yours in Christ,

Pastor Matt