Month: March 2013

Spring 2013 Spiritual Life Retreat

On Friday and Saturday April 26th and 27th, there will be another opportunity for you to participate in a spiritual life retreat.  We’ll be studying and practicing Sabbath – a time of resting before God and in community with each other.

Festivities will begin at 6 Friday evening at the Stuelke residence (Center Point, IA) for dinner and an opening session.  Then we’ll spend 8am to 5pm on Saturday at the new Faith Bible Church building.  Cost will be $35 for the weekend. Anyone who attended the Fall 2012 spiritual life retreat may attend the spring retreat at no cost.

Watch for registration forms and further details in the coming weeks.

March 17, 2013: Acts 4:12 “What Dr. Luke Wants Us to Know: Jesus is Savior (Part 1)”

Big Idea:  Jesus is Savior!

March 10, 2013: Luke 14:25-27 “What Dr. Luke Wants Us to Know: Jesus is LORD”

Big Idea:  Jesus is LORD!

Pastor Post: March 6, 2013

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 6, 2013

Dear friends,

I want to say a big thank you to all our nursery and children’s church workers. Sometimes we forget what a blessing it is to have loving volunteers who care for our little ones week in and week out… thank you.

I want to say a big thank you to our deacons, set up and tear down crews, and all the people who serve in the shadows but are the backbone to our church. Thank you for picking up friends and getting them to church. Thank you for welcoming new faces. Thank you for cleaning up messes. Thank you for sending notes to the tired, the hurting, and the discouraged. You are doing the things Jesus said His people would do! Glory to God.

Quick updates:

1) Final encouragement: The elders are encouraging you to go a bit deeper in March-May with one person in our church family over regular meals (weekly, every other week, monthly, whatever works). Go out for lunch, have the friend over, or bring your families together. Pursue a David-Jonathan friendship one meal at a time. And remember, quality friends take quality time. For those of you who missed any sermons in the “Seven Marks of a Life-Giving Friend,” you can find them online here:

2) HOLY WEEK is coming. Check out this link to get all the details regarding services and special events:

3) GOOD FRIDAY: I want to particularly mention our combined Good Friday worship service with Northbrook Baptist Church. The service will be @6:30PM on Friday night March 29th (childcare provided). If you’d like to sing in the choir, please attend choir practices at Northbrook Baptist Church on the 2 Wednesdays leading up to the service at 7:15PM. You will also need to attend a mandatory final practice/rehearsal on Thursday night March 28th at 6:30PM.

4) Holy Week Outreach: Also, during the week leading up to Easter, we will be going out into neighborhoods to pray for our community and invite them to our Holy Week services. If the Lord allows, we will also be sharing the gospel. If you would like to assist in this project, please attend one of two trainings happening Sundays March 17th and March 24th at 8:30AM at Collins Road Theater.

5) Special Visit: On Sunday March 17, Pastor Kent and Jan McKinnon will be a part of our worship service and Flint Sunday School hour. Kent and Jan helped start Cornerstone Church in the formative years of 2000-2002. We’ve also supported them for a number of years as missionaries in Poland. Kent and Jan will be sharing about where the Lord is leading them next. For those who would like to connect more with Kent and Jan, they will be heading to the Lindale Mall Food Court after the service for lunch.

Thanks for serving Christ and this church together!

-Pastor Matt

Holy Week 2013

We hope you can join us for several Holy Week opportunities with Cornerstone Church.

Sunday morning March 24 “Palm Sunday”: Any kids interested in our Palm Sunday processional will need to arrive at Collins Road Theater no later than 9:45AM.  The service with start at 10AM.

Sunday night March 24th: An Evening Of Worship And Prayer – 6:00 to 7:30 PM –  There will be an all-city/all-church worship service hosted at New Covenant Bible (3090 North Center Point Rd). It will be a night to gather “in remembrance of the Lord Jesus” with songs, prayers and communion as we remember the manner in which the Lord Jesus died.  

Good Friday March 29, 6:30PM: 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.

Easter Sunday March 31: See all the festivities below that will take place at Collins Road Theater on Easter Morning!

9:30AM: Easter Brunch (no cost)

10AM: Resurrection Sunday Worship Service


May God richly bless Cedar Rapids and Marion, Iowa this Easter Season.