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Pastor Post: March 22, 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.

 

 

March 22, 2012

Dear Church family,

We have lots of announcements; so please check them out below.

One of the things I’m most excited about this Holy Week is our combined Good Friday worship service with Northbrook Baptist Church on April 6 (7PM, more info below). This will be a neat opportunity for two different churches who love Jesus to worship the LORD together. Each church will probably learn some new songs. Each church will meet new people. Each church will have an opportunity to hear messages and testimonies from different folks. All these differences and new things have the potential of making someone uncomfortable. My encouragement to each one of us is to come with an open heart, willing to receive what the LORD might have for us. I look forward to this special worship services of 2 different bodies!! Please consider inviting friends to this special service.

More announcements:

Baby Shower Thursday March 29th  6:30 We will have a baby shower to bless Sara and Ramona Crandall. The Shower will be held  at Colleen Gardner’s in Central City. Dessert will be served.  Sara and Jonathan have all they need to care for baby number five.   Sara has requested freezer meals for their family or diapers as a gift.

Ladies Craft Night Thur. April 5 : Please join for fellowship at 7:00PM at MaryLou Erlacher’s home.  This is a great opportunity to invite a friend!

Good Friday Service – April 6, 7pm We will be joining the congregation of Northbrook Baptist Church 1700 Boyson Road.  Join us to glory in the cross of Christ through song, Scripture, devotions, testimonies, prayer and the Lord’s Supper. Childcare will be provided for children 4 and under (please RSVP to Lesia Stuelke by Monday April 1st to ensure sufficient staffing). Light refreshments and fellowship to follow.

Resurrection Sunday, April 8: An Easter brunch at 9:30am will precede our 10am worship service.

Sharing the True Meaning of Easter Outreach, April 1-5:  Have you been looking for an opportunity to tell others about Jesus?  Or have you ever wanted to share your faith with a bit more confidence?  Whether yes or no, please come to a 9am training next Sunday morning.  Then, we will encourage you to consider going out one evening of Holy Week to share the true meaning of Easter.  We will be going to Thomas Park from 6:30 – 7:30pm Sunday-Thursday April 1st -5th.  Even if you don’t want to talk to others, it would be great to have you come for prayer support or to listen. Bring your kids too.  Please talk to Jeff Olson or Gary Schultz if you have any questions or if you want to sign up.  Consider what the Lord did for us and please give Him an extra hour or two the first week of April.

Easter Sunday Mens Group: If you would like to join a group of men singing “Up from the Grave” on Easter Sunday, please contact Tony Weber. Practice will be Thursday March 29 and Thursday April 5 @ 6:15 pm at Weber’s.

Palm Sunday Processional April 1:  We would like to invite any of the children who would like to be involved in the Palm processional to meet in the flint room at 9:50 next Sunday.

Flowers to decorate the sanctuary Easter Sunday: We would appreciate anyone who would like to bring Easter Lilies to decorate the lobby and the sanctuary.

Thanks friends!

-Pastor Matt


March 18, 2012: Genesis 19 “The Hopelessness of Sodom”

Big Idea:  There is no hope in Sodom (but there is hope in Genesis 19!)


Holy Week 2012

We hope you will be able to be able to worship with us this Holy Week. Please mark these worship services on your calendar.

Sunday April 1: Any kids interested in our Palm Sunday processional will need to arrive at the church no later than 9:45AM.

Friday April 6, 7PM: We will be doing a combined Good Friday worship service with the congregation of Northbrook Baptist Church at their church facility, 1700 Boyson Ave. in Cedar Rapids.

Sunday April 8: See all the festivities below! These will be all held at our normal location of Collins Road Theater!

9:30AM: Easter Brunch

10AM: Resurrection Sunday Worship Service

 

 


March 11, 2012: Genesis 18:16-33 “Does God Act Unjustly?”

Big Idea:  ›Because of God’s character, the LORD’s perfect plans include perfect justice.


Pastor Post: March 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.

 

 

March 8, 2012

Dear Church Family,

Historically the season of Lent is a season of repentance and mourning. In more liturgical churches, all the color is removed from the sanctuary, sometimes the lights are dimmed, and often the songs are somber. The entire effect is designed to invite the people of God to long for the Redeemer. Not long for Him to come (for Jesus did already!). Rather, we are invited in this season leading up to Resurrection Sunday to long for the Redeemer to have more our our lives, more of our hearts, more of our moments each and every day. Like Paul, we are to see life as a new opportunity to experience Christ and death as the greatest gain possible for then we will be with our LORD unhindered by sin forever (Phil. 1:21). But today we press on. Today we fight the fight of faith with fresh vigor. Let us press on pursuing Christ and throwing off the sin that so easily entangles (Heb. 12:1-3). Long for Him. Long for Jesus. Long for God. God loves to give good gifts to His children.
Items to note:

Vision Team, March 10: The 14-member vision team will meet for 4 hours Saturday morning. We are at the two-thirds point in our long-range planning discussion. It’s been heavy work. Please pray for clarity and unity in these final months. In April, we will provide an informational meeting on our progress.

Ministry Community, March 12: The leaders of CC will have their monthly meeting this Monday at 7PM at the church office.

Updated Reading Plan: Due to some variation in my preaching schedule, the reading plans are now a bit off. Please use this updated schedule up until Easter. Thank you. Sorry for the confusion this week.

March 11-17: God’s Perfect Justice – Exodus 33:12-34:9; Isaiah 5; 1 John 3-4; Revelation 19

March 18-24: The God of Judgment – Genesis 19; Isaiah 1:1-19; Ezekiel 16:43-63; Psalm 38; 2 Peter 1-3

March 25-March 31: God Demands the Son – Genesis 22; John 3:10-21;  Mark 10:32-45; Philippians 2:5-11; 2 Cor. 5:11-21

April 1-7: The Land is Received – Genesis 23; Joshua 1; Psalm 126; Proverbs 2; Revelation 21-22

Baby Shower Thursday March 29th  6:30:  Ladies, please save the date.  We will have a baby shower to bless Sarah, and baby Crandall.  We will meet in Colleen Gardner’s home, 2021 Turner Road Central City.

Ladies Craft Night Thur April 5: Please join for fellowship at 7:00PM at MaryLou Erlacher’s home.

Good Friday Service, April 6, 7PM: We will be doing a combined worship service with the congregation of Northbrook Baptist Church at their church facility, 1700 Boyson Ave. in Cedar Rapids.

Resurrection Sunday, April 8: An Easter brunch at 9:30AM will proceed our 10AM worship service on Resurrection Sunday.
Blessings!
-Pastor Matt