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Church News 10/18/2012

Friends,

A few quick announcements:

1) We have new CORNERSTONE APPAREL (Christmas has come early!): We will be taking orders for Cornerstone t-shirts and polo shirts beginning this Sunday the 21st.

      The t-shirts (short sleeve) are available in youth to adult sizes and will cost about $10 each.  They will follow the same color scheme as the polo shirts.  Women’s short sleeve dry-blend polo shirts will be $16 for sizes S-XL and $19 for 2XL-3XL.  They will be light blue with a navy blue embroidered Cornerstone logo.  Men’s short sleeve dry-blend polos will be navy blue with a white embroidered logo and will also be $16 for S-XL and $19 for 2XL-5XL.  The dri-blend has more of a cotton feel.  There will also be a men’s cotton long sleeve polo option for $21 & $24.  We will have samples available to assist in sizing choices.  If you prefer a polo for your youngster, we can make those arrangements as well.  They really are sharp-looking and would make a great gift!

2) Meals on Wheels: If you have any time during the day that you’d be willing to assist in getting meals to those in need, please contact lnass@horizonsfamily.org

3) This Sunday is Communion Sunday. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. If you are unfamiliar with how you should prepare yourself to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, you can read more here: http://mattproctor.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-to-prepare-yourself-for-lords-supper.html After the service, there is no listed location for McCornerstone. Rather, we hope that individuals and families will gather in smaller groups in homes and restaurants.

4) Sunday November 4 Annual Buisness Meeting: 12:00 Potblessing 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.

Thanks friends!
Pastor Matt


Pastor Post: October 10, 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 10, 2012

Dear Church Family,

One of the three major goals for this year is that each person in our church would be using their gifts to serve others in the body. We believe one major aspect of being a life-giving friend in God’s family is using our time, talent, and treasure for the benefit of others.

We currently have dozens of you regularly serving. Thank you! You are loving people, meeting needs, and using what God has given you to be a blessing to others. You are doing what 1 Peter 4:10 calls us to: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (NIV).

For those of you still looking for a place to serve or if you’d like to serve in a new way, I encourage you to seek out the various ministry leaders in our church. We often need nursery works (so Kim Schildroth would be glad to speak with you). We often need help setting up and tearing down our Sunday morning worship space (if interested, talk to John Stuelke and Tony Weber). We’re always looking for warm faces to greet people and welcome new visitors (if you’d like to get on the schedule, talk to Sue Frederick).

There are a myriad of ways to serve the body so don’t feel constrained by the just the Sunday morning opportunities. If there’s a need, go meet it. Visit the hurting, open your home to the stranger (even your strange pastor), take care of the sick, feed the poor, and the like. You don’t need the approval of me or anyone else to love people and serve others. Oh, and if there’s a ministry area you’d like to develop that we’re not currently offering, please contact any of the elders.

I hope each of us experience the joy this year of serving others. May we never forgot the model of our Savior: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

Upcoming Events:

Friday Night Bonfire, October 12: Please join us for a potluck and bonfire at the Schultz’s home on Friday, October 12th, 5:00-??. The Schultz’s will provide paper/plastic wear, water, pulled pork and stuff for S’Mores. Add to that as you feel led. Come fellowship with us either way! Bonfire, Capture The Flag, Volleyball, Trampoline, playhouse for the little ones, indoor play area as well. If you want to bring along a guitar and lead some praise songs around the fire, great! We’re starting early, but please drop in when you can! Contact Garry or Jacalyn for questions.

October 14 6:00: An Evening of Worship & Prayer will be held October 14, 2012 from 6-7:30 pm at New Covenant Bible Church for all believers in Linn County. This event is hosted by the Linn County Association of Evangelicals and Serve the City. More info http://servethecity.org/events.htm

Communion Sunday and McCornerstone: For many years we have gone out each Sunday at a local restaurant or park as a church family. We plan to continue this in 2012-2013, but starting in October we are changing what we do for McCornerstone on Communion Sundays (usually the 3rd Sunday of the month). On the 3rd Sunday of the month, no restaurant location will be listed for McCornerstone. Instead, we would like individual friends and families to choose to fellowship in smaller groups in individual homes, local restaurants, etc. Quality friends take quality time and we want to give you an opportunity to take the fellowship into your living room or individual pizza booth. We’ll remind you of this in future weeks. But keep in mind October 21 will be the first Sunday to invite others out to a more intimate meal together.

Baby Shower, Tuesday October 23:  Ladies, you are invited to attend a baby shower to bless the McCreary’s.  The shower will be held at Lesia Stuelke’s home in Center Point at 7:00 p.m.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Matt


Some resources for the soul…

Dear Church Family,

I wanted to make known a few resources and events that might be good for your soul in the coming days and weeks:

1. An October 14 Prayer Service: An Evening of Worship & Prayer will be held October 14, 2012 from 6-7:30 pm at New Covenant Bible Church for all believers in Linn County. This event is hosted by the Linn County Association of Evangelicals and Serve the City. More info at: http://servethecity.org/events.htm
2. An Encouraging Sermon (not by me): In light of this year’s vision to see us grow as life-giving friends in God’s family, I highly recommend the sermon “You are My Friends” by Tim Keller. (go here to download it or listen to it: http://sermons2.redeemer.com/sermons/you-are-my-friends)
3. The Church Retreat, October 26-27: Please let me know if you desire to attend the Spiritual Life Retreat. More info here: http://cornerstone-marion.org/2012/09/06/spiritual-life-retreat-october-26-27/
Let us love one another.

In Christ,
Pastor Matt

Pastor Post: September 27, 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.

Dear Church Family,

Our goal this year is to reflect Beautiful Unity through Christ-Centered Community.  I’m encouraged by our journey together thus far in Fall 2012.

For starters, we are seeing many of you plugged into a small group. That is exciting. Some of our groups are so big that we might have the joy of multiplying our groups this Spring (glory to God)! This is the kind of multiplication we desire to see so that one day we will be able to send out a church plant.

I’ve also heard a number of you are making individual steps to be a more life-giving friend in God’s family. I’ve heard that people plan to invite others over to their home for meals. I’ve heard of people writing notes on birthdays and other occasions. I celebrate the unity and love we’ve expressed in saying good-bye to different individuals in our church for various reasons. I think God has been pleased with our healthy good-byes and warm well-wishes. Satan might try to bring disunity, but Christ sets his favor and blessing on brothers and sisters when they dwell together in harmony (Ps. 133:1, 3).

In other news…

CHURCH RETREAT, October 26-27: We still have plenty of spots for the Fall Spiritual Life Retreat. My hope is to have 20 registered people and we still have about a dozen spots left. Never underestimate the power of time away with the LORD and His people. Some of you are tired. Some of you are spiritually hungry. Please make Oct. 26-27 a priority. Maybe you need to allow your spouse to get away by offering to watch the kids. Maybe a couple needs to commit to go together in order to be spiritually refreshed. Please sign up by Sunday September 30. If you have any questions, call Pastor Matt today or check out this link: http://cornerstone-marion.org/2012/09/06/spiritual-life-retreat-october-26-27/.

Friday Night Bonfire, October 12: Please join us for a potluck and bonfire at the Schultz’s home on Friday, October 12th, 5:00-??. The Schultz’s will provide paper/plastic wear, water, pulled pork and stuff for S’Mores. Add to that as you feel led. Come fellowship with us either way! Bonfire, Capture The Flag, Volleyball, Trampoline, playhouse for the little ones, indoor play area as well. If you want to bring along a guitar and lead some praise songs around the fire, great! We’re starting early, but please drop in when you can! Contact Garry or Jacalyn for questions.

Baby Shower, Tuesday October 23: Ladies, you are invited to attend a baby shower to bless the McCreary’s.  The shower will be held at Lesia Stuelke’s home in Center Point at 7:00 p.m. Details will follow.

Communion Sunday and McCornerstone: For many years we have gone out each Sunday at a local restaurant or park as a church family. We plan to continue this in 2012-2013, but starting in October we are changing what we do for McCornerstone on Communion Sundays (usually the 3rd Sunday of the month). On the 3rd Sunday of the month, no restaurant location will be listed for McCornerstone. Instead, we would like individual friends and families to choose to fellowship in smaller groups in individual homes, local restaurants, etc. Quality friends take quality time and we want to give you an opportunity to take the fellowship into your living room or individual pizza booth. We’ll remind you of this in future weeks. But keep in mind October 21 will be the first Sunday to invite others out to a more intimate meal together.

I love serving this church. I have the best job on earth.

Love you,

Pastor Matt

Pastor Post: September 13, 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.

September 13, 2012

 

Friends,

This year’s Fall Spiritual Life Retreat is about growing closer to Christ and one another. It will be an intimate group of just 20 people from our church and the speakers. The lodging place is perfect for small church retreats. There are a number of walking trails and places to enjoy God’s creation. We will rest, feast on God’s Word, and worship together. Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Come rest in Christ with us October 26-27. We hope to offer a a similar retreat in the Spring for those unable to attend this Fall. More info here: http://cornerstone-marion.org/2012/09/06/spiritual-life-retreat-october-26-27/

Other Announcements:

Next Sunday September 23, McCornerstone: After church next Sunday, we encourage each individual and family to bring your own picnic or fast food lunch and fellowship at the home of Garry and Jacalyn Schultz. Bring you own chair as well. Their address is 4751 Chestnut Trail, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52411.

Friday Night Bonfire, October 12: Please join us for a potluck and bonfire at the Schultz’s home on Friday, October 12th, 5:00-??. The Schultz’s will provide paper/plastic wear, water, pulled pork and stuff for S’Mores. Add to that as you feel led. Come fellowship with us either way! Bonfire, Capture The Flag, Volleyball, Trampoline, playhouse for the little ones, indoor play area as well. If you want to bring along a guitar and lead some praise songs around the fire, great! We’re starting early, but please drop in when you can! Contact Garry or Jacalyn for questions.

Personal Assessment: We are asking every member and regular attender of Cornerstone Church to fill out a 2 page sheet that assesses each person’s experience of unity and community at Cornerstone Church. Please return these to Pastor Matt by September 16. We hope the information gathered helps the leaders of this church make wise decisions in the coming year to prayerfully see spiritual growth in our church family.

Thanks,
Pastor Matt