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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

Spiritual Life Retreat, October 26-27

Retreat Information:  

Proverbs 4:23 says that we are to above all else, guard our hearts for from the heart flow the wellsprings of life. Would you be willing to set-aside 30 hours in October to take a break from the daily grind of life to look at your heart? Mark and Carol Doss and Tim Olson will be using their gifts and life experiences to facilitate a refreshing weekend to help us connect with Christ and with one another. The Spiritual Life Retreat will have both large group sessions involving teaching and corporate worship, as well as, personal times for Scriptural meditation and solitude. The goals of the weekend are to worship Christ, receive His gifts, and find rest and refreshment for the soul.

NOTE! One unique aspect of this retreat involves having a Prayer & Dialogue Partner (preferably a person of similar age and gender, and thus not your spouse). We are encouraging those who hope to attend to identify this Prayer & Dialogue Partner before signing up. We will have a few opportunities during the retreat for you to pray with and dialog with your Prayer & Dialogue Partner:  Also, we will have a few suggested follow-up activities for you to do with your Prayer & Dialogue Partner in the weeks that follow the Retreat.

***Retreat brochures and registration forms will be made available during Sunday services in September!! Email Pastor Matt for more details.***

Important Details:

  • Departure: 4PM sharp Friday , October 26th, from the Church Office
  • Return: around 9PM Saturday evening, October 27th
  • Cost: $100 per person (This covers lodging, travel, retreat materials, and 4 meals.)
  • We are only taking the first 20 people to register. We hope to offer a similar retreat in the spring for those who cannot attend the fall retreat.

 


Pastor Post: August 30, 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.

August 30, 2012

 

Friends,

We are ready to go this Sunday…a new sermon series, new small groups, new reading plans, new dreams, new friends…exciting huh?!?

For those who didn’t catch it, I recommend listening to my sermon from last Sunday. I was able to share a bit about the hopes the elders have for our church this year and present in greater detail the 2012-2013 Vision. You can listen or download the sermon here:  http://cornerstone-marion.org/2012/08/26/august-26-2012-psalm-133-beautiful-unity/

By way of reminder, the elders are inviting each person to take steps of faith to grow as a life-giving friend in God’s family. We believe there are 3 core practices that serve as pathways to this end: 1) Contribute to God’s work with your time, talent and treasure; 2) Belong to God’s family by getting involved in a weekly small group; and 3) Pursue a David-Jonathan friendship this year. Each of these ideas will be discussed and encouraged throughout the year in greater depth. Would you today commit to pray for your church family and your own heart that we might each grow as life-giving friends in God’s family?

Church News:

New Sermon Series and Small Groups Launching September 2:  Please consider jumping into a Cornerstone Church small group as we study John 13-17 this Fall (details will be in this week’s bulletin). Our sermon series is called “Learning Community from the Upper Room.” More info can be read about this new series here: http://cornerstone-marion.org/2012/08/23/fall-2012-series-learning-community-from-the-upper-room/

Sermon Series Study Aids: Each Sunday Pastor Matt will have personal study guides available for those who would like to do some personal Bible study in preparation for the upcoming and small group. These study guides will also be sent out each week via email (see attachment to this week’s Pastor Post). So too, we have Daily Reading Guides available for people desiring to get in the Word daily. If you would appreciate some direction this Fall on passages that relate to the sermon series, you can get a copy of the reading guide on the table by the offering box this Sunday or online at: http://cornerstone-marion.org/docs/Fall_2012_Reading_Guide.pdf Don’t forget we will also be memorizing John 15:1-17.

Spiritual Life Retreat (October 26-27): We will be taking 20 adults on a weekend away to focus on spiritual disciplines, the value of rest, and to grow in intimacy with the LORD and each other (more details to come). Please mark your calendars. Once retreat information comes out, we will take the first 20 to register. For those who cannot attend this Fall, we hope to offer a similar retreat in the Spring.

By grace,

Pastor Matt

Fall 2012 Series: Learning Community from the Upper Room

The adventure begins September 2, 2012. The adventure involves great risk, but the rewards are well worth it.

Here’s what the adventure looks like Fall 2012…

1. Pastor Matt is going to be preaching a sermon series “Learning Community form the Upper Room” from John 13-17.

2. You are invited to attend a weekly small group that will be attempting to live out the kind of community principles we learn from John 13-17.

3. You are also invited to do some personal study. A Daily Reading Guide is available listing Scripture readings up to Thanksgiving. So too, Pastor Matt will be providing a Weekly Personal Study guide via email and on print one week in advance of each sermon.

4. Starting September 2, we will also be memorizing one verse each week from John 15:1-17.

We invite each of you to grow as a life-giving friend in God’s family. We are asking God to make us a church that reflects beautiful unity through Christ-centered community. To accomplish this we need your prayers and participation.


Pastor Post: August 15, 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.

August 15, 2012

 

Dear Church Family,

I’m pleased to announce that at our congregational meeting on Monday night August 13 our church family affirmed both the updated language that expresses our church’s mission, values, etc. and the 2012-2013 vision. We are committed to our mission of faith and family growth in order to advance the Gospel locally and globally.

Over the next 12 months, we want to zero in on “family growth” to overthrow spiritual apathy and isolation. We want to be a church marked by deep intimacy. We want to be a church filled with loving relationships. We want to be a place where people know each other and are known by each other. We want to be a place where brothers and sisters in Christ dwell together in unity. I plan to present a broader picture of what this means on Sunday August 26. Until then would you begin to pray for yourself and this church family?

Pray that we’d be a place where we serve each other with our time, talents, and treasure. Pray that we’d be  place where we commit to share life daily and weekly. Pray specifically that our small group ministry would be a place where God is treasured through Bible study and where relationships are deepened through the Holy Spirit. So too, would you pray that individuals in our body would develop deeper friendships in 2012-2013? David might not have ever been King if it were not for his friendship with Jonathan. Caleb and Joshua were united in their faith. Paul had Timothy and Silas and Barnabas. Peter and John served side-by-side in the trenches of  ministry. And don’t forget the unselfish friendship Ruth offered to her mother-in-law Naomi (yes, her mother-in-law). Who’s your Jonathan? Who is your Ruth? Ask God for this type of special friendship.

Important Announcements:

Baptism Class (9AM Sunday August 19): If you are interested in learning more about baptism and/or are hoping to be baptized on August 26, please plan to attend this 45 minute meeting this coming Sunday.

Membership Class in August, August 22 and 29: We will have two 2-hour membership classes (7:30-9:30PM) August 22 and 29 at the home of Jonathan and Sara Crandall. If you have been worshiping at Cornerstone Church and are considering membership, please let Pastor Matt know if you will be attending as soon as possible. More information on membership can be read here: http://cornerstone-marion.org/membership/

Baptism Service and Church Family Luncheon, Sunday August 26:  After our worship service at Collins Road Theater, we will have a 12PM lunch at Greg and Becky Dryden’s home followed by a baptism service. For lunch, BBQ pork sandwiches, chips, and cold beverages will be provided at no cost, but please plan to bring either a salad or bars for dessert to share.

Spiritual Life Retreat (October 26-27): We will be taking 20 adults on a weekend away to focus on spiritual disciplines, the value of rest, and to grow in intimacy with the LORD and each other (more details to come). Please mark your calendars. Once retreat information comes out, we will take the first 20 to register. For those who cannot attend this Fall, we hope to offer a similar retreat in the Spring.

By grace,

Pastor Matt