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Advent 2012 Series: Church Unity

Join Cornerstone Church during Advent 2012 as we remember the amazing, sacrificial life of the incarnate Son of God. We will be studying some key passages in the book of Philippians. We will see that Christ’s humility becomes both the model and motivation that brings unity into the body of Christ.

Upcoming Sermons:

December 2 Philippians 1:27-2:2: Contending for the Gospel Together

December 9 Philippians 2:3-5: A Holy Ambition–Unselfish Service

December 16 Philippians 2:5-8: Going Down, Down, Down

December 23 Philippians 2:9-11: What Goes Down Must Come Up

Pastor Post: November 8, 2012

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.

November 8, 2012

Dear Friends,

You are beautiful. God has created you in His image. You have dignity and worth rooted in the infinite and glorious God. Even when we rebelled from God and chose to ignore Him, He still sent the Son of God to live and die for us. Now in Christ, each of us are a beloved child of God, pleasing to the Father, with a hope and a future, God’s workmanship Creator in Christ Jesus to do good works.

I find it a rich privilege to colabor with such amazing people in the advance of the Gospel both locally and globally. We are a sent people, on mission to help all people know, love, and worship the Triune God.

May God bless you as you go into the ripe harvest, offering the love and truth of God wherever you go. Know that I am praying for you and cheering for you!

A few quick announcements:

1) Prayer for the Persecuted Church (special note to parents of young children): On Sunday, we will be setting aside about 10 minutes to highlight the trials and tribulations of Christians around the world and then pause to pray for them. We will watch a somewhat graphic video depicting the suffering, torture, and threats (at gunpoint in a few scenes) one brother in Christ experienced in Laos in the 1990s and early 2000s. Parents should know the scenes are somewhat intense. If you’d like to keep your children out of the service at this portion, you will have a bit of warning. We will play this 5 minute video right after we dismiss the kids to Children’s Church.

2) The Monthly Ministry Community meeting for the leaders of Cornerstone Church will be this Monday night November 12 at 7PM at the church office.

3) Operation Christmas Child Boxes are due this Sunday, November 11.

4) The most recent (and final edition for this John 13-17 series) Personal Study Guide is attached.

5) Finally, I want to thank many of you for the kind wishes and gifts that I received during pastor appreciation month. I am humbled by appreciation; thank you.

You are precious  to me and to the Father,

Pastor Matt

A Few Quick Church Updates


1) Please plan to join us for a church family potluck immediately following this Sunday’s service (11/4) We will be going to Lowe Park (4500 N Tenth Street in Marion, just north of Linn-Mar High School). Please bring a main dish and either a dessert or side dish to share. A congregational meeting will follow around 1PM for the members of Cornerstone Church.
2) This Sunday will be the last Sunday to order Cornerstone T-shirts and polo shirts. If you need more information, please contact Jennifer Taylor.
3) This Sunday will be the last day to sign up for an Operation Christmas Child Box. We will want the boxes all returned on Sunday November 11.
4) The newest Personal Study Guide is attached.
5) Don’t forget about our Saturday community outreach starting at 1PM at Jeff Olson’s home. We will be distributing 9 Volt batteries and reminding folks of the time change. A small note will be attached with information about our church and about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. More info here:
Oh, and please remember to set back your own clocks one hour this coming Saturday evening; it’s always nice to fall back and gain that extra hour of sleep.
See you Sunday,
Pastor Matt

Time Change Outreach to Community…

We will be well rested for church and the business meeting this coming Sunday as we fall back to Standard time. On Saturday, November 3 we are planning a small, low intimidation factor Outreach to some of our neighbors in Marion. I have 128 9-volt batteries for smoke detectors and change time reminders to show love and care for some of our neighbors in Marion. I need people to:

* Assemble packets with battery and reminder sheet
* Pass out packets

I thought we would go door to door in the mobile home park behind K Mart and the mobile homes near the Church Office. You can just bless people with the gift or you may be led to converse about spiritual things. Let the Holy Spirit lead you. If you’d rather go around your own neighborhood that is fine, too.

If you are willing and able to participate meet at the Olson’s House: 945 Parkview Dr, Marion at 1 PM. Put in as much time as you are able. The more people the faster it will go.


Jeff Olson

Pastor Post: October 25, 2012

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.

October 25, 2012

Dear Church Family,

I’m regularly reminded of the joy it is to serve as your pastor. You are dear people. Thank you for your love, prayers, and support both personally and corporately as we seek to know Christ and make Him known.

I’ve been meditating on two passages lately.
(1) NIV  John 12:24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  I know that as a church and as individuals we desire to see the kingdom advance. Jesus says the way the kingdom advances is through death. We die to our selfish desires. We die to our fleshly pursuits. We give up our time, talent, and treasure. Just as the Son of Man gave his life away, we too are inivited to give our lives away so that there will be a great harvest.
(2) NIV  Matthew 23:23 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.  God’s heart is for justice, mercy, and faithfulness. Certainly, we are called to tithe, but we can do such things and not have love (as 1 Cor. 13 tells us and the end result is nothing). My invitation and challenge to you is to make sure your personal spiritual growth is dedicated to developing justice, mercy, and faithfulness. May the mark of our lives be love, not Bible knowledge or outward religious performance. Let’s be Micah 6:8 people: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (NIV).

A Few Announcements:

A thank you! We recently received this message from Sam Henson’s mom, Molly and the rest of the family: “Dear Cornerstone, Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers and plant that you sent in honor of our Bob, also known as Whitefield. Thanks also, for your prayers and the love you have shown to Sam these past years.”

Spiritual Life Retreat: Please pray for the 15 people involved in the Fall 2012 Spiritual Life Retreat this Friday and Saturday. Pray for them and for their families in their absence. Pray for our speaker and worship leader. Pray for spiritual rest and growth. Pray this retreat would be bring blessings for our whole body.

Sunday November 4 Annual Business Meeting: At Lowe Park 12:00 Pot Blessing followed by annual business meeting at 1:00.  Bring a main dish to share, and a salad or dessert.  Utensils and drinks will be provided

Cornerstone Apparel: We will be taking orders for Cornerstone t-shirts and polo shirts beginning this Sunday October 28 and November 4. More information and sign-ups will be in the lobby before and after church those Sundays.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes – How to get started: 1. Stop by the table in the lobby, sign up and get a plastic shoe box. 2. Decide whether your box will be for a boy or girl and what age range.  3. Fill it with gifts.  Gift suggestions are listed in the brochure.  4. Include a $7 donation to cover shipping.  5. Bring it back to church by November 11th.

Serving with you,
Pastor Matt