The Pastor Post is a regular update from Pastor Matt with a brief meditation as well as information on upcoming events in the life of Cornerstone Church.

August 30, 2013


The new ministry year is upon us. From Labor Day 2013 through Memorial Day 2014, our church focuses on a ministry theme and attempts to walk faithfully with God together. We hope you’ll walk with us.

This year’s ministry focus is “Fruitfulness through Faithfulness.” The leaders of this church believe the next year needs to be an intentional heart, mind, and hands effort at serving God faithfully, especially in the area of praying for, caring for, and sharing Christ with people far from God.

Over the next 4 Sundays, I (Pastor Matt) will introduce and describe this theme in Sunday morning sermons. Use this month to get your heart and head around the theme. Don’t feel like you have to start out this new ministry year at a 100 miles per hour. Start by praying for your heart. Listen to God’s Word. Listen to God’s Spirit. Share your hopes, dreams, and fears with friends in your small group. I’m looking forward to this year with you.


1) Our Small Groups are launching this week (except for a few, keep reading). Check out Sunday’s bulletin insert for a small group location and time that works for you. Most of our groups will be sermon-based. Come and listen to the sermon on Sunday. Get in the Word after the sermon and start asking how the truths of God relate to your life. Then, come ready to share your ideas with your small group. Also, be ready to serve with your small group this year in a variety of settings. By the way, the two Sunday night groups (meeting at the Stuelke’s and Olson’s) won’t start until September 8th because of Labor Day weekend. Pastor Matt’s small group study on parenting starts Thursday September 12 at 7PM.

2) Praying for Linn County: One prong of this year’s ministry focus is daily prayer for people far from God. One way you can be praying is through Serve the City’s MyT2Save (‘might to save”) prayer initiative. Talk to Doug Hammes for more details. The long and short of it is that a team of people from different churches across Linn County is being formed to pray by name for every resident of Linn County. Would you be willing to pray for some of these people that they’d be drawn closer to God?

3) Jewish High Holy Days in Flint: Join us in Flint class Sunday September 1, 8th & 15th at 9:00 AM as we celebrate and learn about the Jewish High Holy Days. Our creative God included things for us to hear, see, taste, build and do. These holidays appeal to everyone and tell the story of Christ’s return and our redemption from sin. Great reasons to celebrate! Flint class is for all ages; everyone is welcome. Bring your Bible and a heart’s desire to learn about God!

4) Grades 6-12 – Get Together on Saturday, September 14th, 6-9:30 pm: Feast of Tabernacles booth-building at Gardners, 2021 Turner Rd., Central City. We will be having supper, and then building booths to eat our dessert in and sharing scripture about the Feast of Tabernacles. Questions: Call David or Colleen Gardner, 842-3225.

Excited to serve with you,
Pastor Matt
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