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.

February 12, 2013

Dear Church Family,

Our series on friendship is about to end, but this is just one part of our year long journey in becoming life-giving friends in God’s family.

As such, I’d like to make a request on behalf of the elders. Starting March 1 through the end of May, would you commit to meet regularly (think every week or every other week) with one person in our church family for a meal? Maybe one week you meet for breakfast, and then the next your families go out for lunch after church. Or maybe you just have a standing lunch date. Jesus demonstrated there is great power in table fellowship in his ministry. We’d like each of you to take a step toward more intimacy, honesty, and mutual support. Note that we are encouraging that you choose one person rather than several people. We cannot have quality friends without quantity time. Would you please prayerfully consider taking this step?

Other Announcements:

Communion Sundays and McCornerstone: On the third Sunday of each month, our church celebrates the Lord’s Supper. On these Sundays 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.

TWOgether Marriage Mentoring: This coming Sunday February 17, Lynn Nelson, the executive director of Twogether Marriage Mentoring, will be attending our service to share more about a new Christ-centered marriage ministry in Linn County. Cornerstone Church began to partner with this ministry on January 1 of this year. More info at

Coffee, Tea, Orphans, and Ethiopia Sunday February 24: Please set aside some time Sunday afternoon Feb. 24 at 2PM to hear more about Sarah Banowetz’s missions trip to Ethiopia and the organization she served. This event will be hosted at the Roush’s home (2614 Bever Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids).

City-wide Prayer: Reminder for those who picked up a Lenten Prayer Guide that those prayers start tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. You are joining hundreds locally and thousands nationally. If you didn’t grab a prayer guide this past Sunday, they will be available again on Sunday February 17. Also, you may want to put on your calendars that another all-city prayer meeting will occur on the the evening of Palm Sunday (March 24) at New Covenant Bible Church @ 6PM. A video invite can be viewed here:  This is another great opportunity for Jesus’ church to reflect Beautiful Unity through Christ-Centered Community.

Good Friday Service, March 29: Mark your calendars for a 6:30-7:45PM Good Friday Service. We will be having a combined worship service for the second year with Northbrook Baptist Church (1700 Boyson Rd. NE). Childcare will be provided. We’d like people to bring snacks and desserts to share for after the service.

Much love in Christ,
Pastor Matt
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